For the Bookworm Beat, 2017 has been a wonderful and entertaining year. Moreover, this Bookworm predicts that 2018 will be even better.
I only believe the good polls. While the polling did prove accurate in Alabama, the reality is that for the past couple of years, those people who rely on polls are probably the same people who read their horoscope in the local paper every morning to plan their day. Nevertheless, how can I not like a poll — from Gallup, no less — that sees President Trump as the second most admired man in America, coming in only 3 percentage points behind Obama.
I’m not even bothered that Obama leads. Think of it this way: For nine years, the media has practiced a form of idolatry when it comes to Obama. This is not an exaggeration. From the beginning, he was a “magical negro” and a “light bringer.” He was regularly photographed so it appeared that he had halos, rainbows, or streams of sunlight radiating from his head. He was touted as the smartest man ever to occupy the White House and the greatest president since Lincoln, FDR, and Kennedy combined! Just when one thought the hagiographers couldn’t sanctify him more, they did. They always did.
Meanwhile, to continue the religious analogy, Donald Trump has been the Prince of Darkness. No, not the Prince. The Knave, the Garbageman, the Drug Dealer of Darkness. He’s been castigated as a rapist, a Hitler-esque fascist, a bigot, a homophobe, a misogynist, an antisemite, an Islamophobe, a liar, a traitor, and an incompetent — and that’s just in the news for any single day in the past fifteen months. And yet Trump still manages to be the second most admired man in America. Talk about a tortoise and hare victory for him.
- It appears that despite the media’s effort to destroy the Trump presidency, people have noticed a few things:
- they’ve noticed that the economy is soaring;
- they’ve noticed that race riots have stopped;
- they’ve noticed that gay people are still getting married;
- they’ve noticed that the actual rapists, with few exceptions, are Progressives;
- they’ve noticed the increased economic freedom that comes from fewer regulations and they anticipate the roar of the economy from lower taxes;
- they’ve noticed that an unchained American military wiped out ISIS;
- they’ve noticed that Europeans are voting like Trump supporters not Obama supporters in their own elections;
- they’ve noticed that the Trump administration is breaking up child sex rings and MS-13 gangs;
- they’ve noticed that China and the rest of the world are working with Trump to isolate North Korea;
- they’ve noticed that multi-million dollar football players look silly and uninteresting when taking a knee against the country that made them rich;
- they’ve noticed that the world isn’t warming, it’s cooling; and
- they’ve noticed that Trump’s rhetoric is about America and Americans, not about various race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation categories.
So even though Trump came in second, I call that a strong win — and that’s why this is one poll I believe. [Read more…]