President Donald Trump

Ed Hudgins's picture
Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Fri, 2017-01-20 19:01

Obama is out and the rebuilding begins!

We all have our favorite moments in the inaugural speech. What are yours?

I was pleased that Trump said, "We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow." Sounds like he's been listening to Peter Thiel. Obviously I hope the private sector leads the way. This future-focus is what the economy needs and these aspirations reflect the best of the human spirit.

Good on you Kyrel

Sam Pierson's picture

.. you don't take no shit.

Neither does your President, & we're liking it!

No-One a Real Freedom-Fighter Except Me

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

I don't remotely expect Trump to behave like an Objectivist or libertarian. That's my whole point.

But do you notice how I characterize political freedom? I say things like "decriminalizing drugs and prostitution, privatizing schools and roads, terminating Social Security and Medicare." This is what Rand called "thinking in principles" or maybe "arguing with essentials." My political thought is FAR superior to anything you hear from ARI, the Atlas Society, or the rest of Solo Passion. If I wanted to be cruel, I could say the rest of you sound like whiny little bitches and pathetic conservatives impotently belly-aching about "da gobiment."

Oh dear!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Two parties expecting Trump to behave like a card-carrying Objectivist: ARISIS and Kyrel!

Yoooooge announcement re Linz/Yaron debate coming up.


gregster's picture

Let's hope Triumphal will get the important things correct. Drugs and prostitution I can get anywhere.

Yes, But

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Sam, Olivia, Greg -- I still think President Triumph will have a hard time hacking his way thru the forest of options available to him, and finding the semi-correct path, because he lacks a libertarian compass. Four years also offers a yuuuuge amount of time to become corrupted, learn to worship power, and become paranoid about your enemies.

I predict President Triumph will utterly fail at even truly simple and obvious things: decriminalizing drugs and prostitution, privatizing schools and roads, terminating Social Security and Medicare. The wretched and communist/fascist 1930s New Deal and 1960s Great Society will go almost untouched. Any remotely knowledgeable and competent libertarian (President plus Congress, admittedly) could have defeated them.

Exactly Sam

gregster's picture

To right the wrongs is a "simple plan." To return to harmonious prosperity is simple. And down here we still have the red team versus the blue and interminable talkback complaining about the same old same old.

Fortuitously President Zero and Killary were so bad that civilisation has been salvaged.


Olivia's picture

At 70 Trump is what he is, and will not be learning much. He'll be following his instincts. He's spent the last 50 years thinking & saying how he'd do things. Now he's just getting about it.

That's a very salient point about Trump, and a yoooooooooge difference between him and Obama. Obama, the community organiser, had to learn about many things "on the job" whereas Trump has been a force of nature all his life, which is what made him the billionaire success story that he already is. And yes, at 70, it's about applying his knowledge and learning to the job at hand. His cabinet is a testament to that knowledge.

I've noticed that in these official swearing in cermonies, Trump is standing by like a human being already confident of himself. When I compare this with Obama in similar contexts, it was all about his newfound power being on display. Trump has been powerful all his adult life, so he radiates a kind of benevolence toward the people who are immediately in the spotlight. Yesterday it was Tillerson. Trump had just come from the funeral of the Marine who had been killed in the raid that he green-lit in Yemen. Trump looked as if he had spent the afternoon balling his eyes out - and I bet he had. That would've weighed like ten tonnes of bricks upon his soul.


Sam Pierson's picture

At 70 Trump is what he is, and will not be learning much. He'll be following his instincts. He's spent the last 50 years thinking & saying how he'd do things. Now he's just getting about it. Him & his core team have a very clear idea on what they're about, which is why they're moving so quickly. And it's a simple plan.

His instincts and those of his cabinet seem reasonable & pro-liberty, but not in the abstract or the esoteric. Right now it's about strength & dominance, and asserting US power unashamedly. This is the way to peace & prosperity for all, though not all agree.

The Trump Revolution

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Sam Pierson speaks of "this revolutionary period -- almost single-handedly the work of Trump, and with few parallels in history." I somewhat agree! Smiling Trump is like a man shot out of a canon. There's certainly a lot more hope in America now than there would be with Tepid Barry or the Wicked Witch.

My great hope is that Trump learns on the job -- and then ends up pointing (at least somewhat!) ever more toward capitalism and libertarianism. My great fear is that Washington will slowly-but-surely corrupt him, and he'll learn to love power for its own sake. These first few weeks and months might easily be his best. Trump might fade considerably after that.

But who knows? Perhaps on-the-job learning and experience might teach him the morality and practicality of individual liberty! Smiling


Sam Pierson's picture

Yep, Richard, this is the way to do reform. Impressive for a stoopid narcissist orange nazi bumbling buffoon with no prior experience. Hehe

To think

Sam Pierson's picture

.. if the advice of NeverTrumpers & sundry libertarian & objectivist luminaries had been followed, Hillary Clinton would be running the free world right now, and this revolutionary period - almost singlehandedly the work of Trump & with few parallels in history - would not be happening.

Am sure those folk remain committed to their calls, as is human to do. And will lie in wait - if not hope - for his first failing. So goes the world.

But it makes you think. Makes you 'check your premises'. Makes you resolve to not give much credence to 'intellectuals'. There are 'intellectuals' (lots), and then there are men of good judgement.

Take Niall Ferguson, historian. The guy has spent his career studying & writing on the rise of the West and the history of the English in 'Empire', and yet he opposed Brexit and was pro-EU. He has since recanted, owning up to being lead astray by his close relationship with the then PM. (Cynically, perhaps he realised the arc of history was moving away from him and rendering him irrelevant.) But you'd think a guy that knew so closely England's history & independent DNA would have seen how incompatible EU membership was to the UK people, and how the power of independence has propelled her through the ages.

Another blow to the Filth

Richard G McGrath's picture

Trump is now considering withdrawing funding from UC-Berkeley in light of the wanton violence by the anti-freedom protestors who blocked Milo's speech there last night. I sincerely hope he carries this through, and does the same for other universities who fail to protect invited speakers on their campuses. Trump's relentless momentum is reminiscent of the Roger Douglas juggernaut that transformed NZ thirty years ago. Just great to watch!

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Ed Hudgins's picture

One can have honest disagreements about Trump or his policies. I've had some.

But the Democrats seem incapable of anything but a scream of "Nooo!" with nothing in the way of coherent discussion. Here's a writer who argues that the "Dems are digging their own grave." Saves the GOP the trouble. (Democrats are becoming the party of secession)

Also, all that Pelosi can muster about Trump's Supreme Court Justice nominee, who seems by every standard and honest, decent, thoughtful man, is that "If you breathe air, drink water, eat food, take medicine ... this is a very bad decision." And he'll presumably sneak into every house and strangle babies in their cribs while chowing down on live baby puppies. They are, indeed, deranged.
(CNN Lets Pelosi Smear Gorsuch)

Priceless, Ed!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

"Linz laughs" doesn't begin to describe it. Struggling to pick myself up off the floor.

“At EPA headquarters, the mood remains dark,” ProPublica reported Wednesday. “A longtime career communications employee said in a phone interview Tuesday that more than a few friends were ‘coming to work in tears’ each morning as they grappled with balancing the practical need to keep their jobs with their concerns for the issues they work on.”

Trump’s victory has been tough for bureaucrats. The State Department held stress workshops after the election so they would not “become paralyzed by fear.” EPA employees were caught crying before, just after the election, as were White House aides. Energy Department employees were granted counseling. Sobbing staffers greeted Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill a month after her loss.


Loving the magnificent pandemonium at the airports today.

Finally, a stand against The Filth!!!!

This is a great time to be alive!!!!

Such insensitivity Ed

Sam Pierson's picture

Linz laughs only because he's able to reach past himself & understand their pain. hehehe

If I were them, I'd threaten to resign!

EPA Employees ‘Coming to Work in Tears’ Because of Trump...

Ed Hudgins's picture

Oh, the butt-hurt! Meanwhile, Linz laughs!
EPA Employees ‘Coming to Work in Tears’ Because of Trump Win

A ruthless pragmatists wastes

Andrew Atkin's picture

A ruthless pragmatist wastes no time.

I do love it Smiling


Sam Pierson's picture

"The Trump administration is preparing a set of executive orders aimed at isolating the US and which would allow the United States to "drastically reduce" its role and involvement in the United Nations and other international organizations."

THE END of funding the ungrateful, who use your taxpayers cash to destroy you & your friends?

Progressives are already at 11 on the apoplectic scale... they'll need a new scale... they are so done.

Trump is exceeding all expectations... truly an American revolutionary... obviously determined to hit Presidential GREATNESS.

And this is week one.

Disease-free Mars on Trump's watch

Ed Hudgins's picture

VSD - Some context on the “ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease” remark. Trump gave only a 17 min. speech compared to an hour for most inaugural addresses. So the fact that he included these two goals along with his usual points could be significant. In the last 15 years or so, the government has been easing the regulatory burden on private launches and contracting out for services. I suspect Elon Musk is angling for some sort of joint venture with NASA to go to Mars, which would certainly be more efficient than NASA doing it exclusively, though I’d rather have it all private.

There have been incredible breakthroughs in recent years in bio-hacking and genetic engineering. The cost of sequencing a human genome has dropped from $100,000,000 in 2001 to $10,000,000 in 2007 to just over $1000 today. Serious work is being done, mostly in private labs, on stopping or even reversing aging and on eliminating diseases. This revolution could dwarf the info-communications revolution, if only the Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies would get out of the way.

I suspect Peter Thiel has been explaining these facts to Pres. Trump. And I suspect that Trump would welcome “Humans on Mars!” and “Cancer cured!” to happen under his watch.

Actions Not Words

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

So far Trump is governing with far more libertarianism than he campaigned on. Almost always it's the other way around.


Andrew Atkin's picture

Chill out, Dude. That speech was no place for details Smiling

Sorry to Dissapoint

VSD's picture

us 'Krauts' are scared shitless of 'Brownies' (not the sweet kind) so they'll never let the AfD (or similar lunatics) get much further than they are now - and even these levels they only reached because of the dissension-voters trying to screw institutionalized politics ...
Guess we need us another 'Führer' with a little more vision and far better political grasp than those loons on the fringes - they'll never get us out of this mess without dumping us into a much bigger one.

Love your quote Ed

VSD's picture

but allow me to break it apart into what little is known of his actual intentions:

"We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space"
never heard any of that featured prominently enough to make it across the pond - can't have been high on the agenda ...
"to free the earth from the miseries of disease"
as long as he takes whatever savings he get's out of stopping Obamacare and invests it in research that would be brilliant - but wait: his promises always ended at ending Obamacare ...
"and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow."
yeah right: oil and coal and steel - sounds more like going back to 'gud ol yesteryear' ... at least he could 'promise' to make something new out of it like Rearden Steel ...

However if he manages to fulfill any one of those three promises he'll already have surpassed a lot of his predecessors ... if only we knew what he meant by those promises ; )



Lindsay Perigo's picture

Yes, maybe more! Yoooooooge!!!!!

Glorious times!!!!!!!

OrgOism on the wrong side of history.


Sam Pierson's picture

"75%, maybe more."

Please listen Linz.

Regulation roll-back ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture


Meanwhile, ARISIS continues to display TDS!!

As do inexpressibly stupid and ugly women and other sub-humans:

Low Class

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Luke -- Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't those pink pussy hats in shockingly bad taste? Trump at least made his remarks while speaking privately and casually in a free-wheeling, locker room atmosphere. These (ahem!) ladies were wearing their pussy hats right out in public! Shocked

Mad Dog...

Sam Pierson's picture

... had a good day at the office.

Morale in the Pentagon hitting 10 and a bit. Smiling Smiling

Mad Dog's First Day...

Olivia's picture

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Celebrating On Day One, Blows Up ISIS 31 Times
It was Secretary of Defense Mattis’ first day at the Pentagon and he has already hit the ground running. Mattis spent the day overseeing strikes against the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq.

Week one

Sam Pierson's picture

Week one incoming...

- move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem
- US/UK trade deal, and free movement of people
- a pile of executive orders crossed out
- Defence dept underway to terminate ISIS


Who knows what else. Action time.

Hope the Mexican president is bringing his checkbook, to put that downpayment on the wall.

Germans look to be getting with the program too.

MSM & a few agitators continue their impotent wail.

World will be different at the end of the week. Sleeping giant has awoken. Good times, good times...

As Long as They Are Not Pink P*ssy Hats

Luke Setzer's picture

Since the women in question wearing the hats in question are inserting their heads into said hats, does that make them d*ck heads?

Hold On to Your Hats

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Andrew -- Trump is indeed an independent and non-ideological pragmatist. But he needs the Republican Party and they need him -- in order to get things done governmentally. How this relationship will play out I have no idea. In my view, Trump needs to strongly lead -- and even bully and harass them. After which we simply have to hope he heads off in the pro-freedom direction.

The next four years -- or at least the next 100 days -- should be interesting, fun, wild, and even crazy. I hope he cranks up his no-nonsense, simple reason, problem-solving, get-it-done, let's-win, personal philosophy and avoids becoming overly trapped or stuck inside the sad, weak, rather-dismal, conservative mindset and ideology.


Andrew Atkin's picture

My take on Mr President:

He is indeed a "third party". He's no conservative. He's a guy who hijacked the conservative party and reformed it in his own image. And bloody good on him. I f---king love it. Conservatives are just drones in their own right - I don't think much of them. Trump is a true independent, albeit quite shallow.

On a core level, I would say he is a libertarian. He understands natural justice, naturally, and doesn't get off on making peons kiss his arse like creepy Hillary.

But he is also a ruthless pragmatist. He can step on toes for a greater end, if he feels it must be done. He's got that military mindset, basically.

Olivia reckons he's a deist. Maybe he has some private contemplative thoughts along these lines....but light years from a church goer! I would never call him religious. No way.

Semi-Libertarian Maybe

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Multiple commentators in America yesterday stated that Trump is really a third party candidate -- not a Republican or Democrat. In his inauguration speech he certainly seemed to viciously attack both parties. He evidently wants the establishment out and the status quo to change. If Trump truly is third party, I hope he's a semi-libertarian. Or, at least, I hope he grows into the job, and becomes one.

Loving it!!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Just seeing "President Trump" across the bottom of the TV screen is glorious. I think my favourite moment in the speech was, "Today marks the transfer of power from Washington back to you, the people." Just hope it doesn't mean the wrong people. Democracy is execrable.

My second-favourite moment was after the speech, seeing Obamullahmarx fly off in a helicopter.

America is back. Class is back. Ron and Nancy are back. ISIS is dead. The Filth have suffered a major setback.

More of the leftist loony meltdown in DC over President Trump

Ed Hudgins's picture

Helping to build up support for Trump with every idiot act.

Foreign relations

Sam Pierson's picture

'Friendly to all, but American interests first... Each country should look after its own interests.' A welcome return to an honest & real world order.

Yes Ed.

Sam Pierson's picture

With that he shamed BO & his DC and drew a big fat line under their culture. GLORIOUS!

It's a shot that will ring out around the world too, to the peoples in other nations with top-heavy government. Their politicians & bureaucrat elites will be shitting themselves. GLORIOUS!

On Democrats ruining cities

Ed Hudgins's picture

Here's Trump in the face of the Democrats who have presided over the ruin of our cities:

"Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential."

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