Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan, what do you think about Trump?

February 6, 2017

People make comparisons between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. They were both actors. Both had been divorced. Both men had been Democrats. Both men had some populist appeal. They were exactly the same on many issues, like their position on abortion.

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Ronald Reagan & Doug Wead

But there were also many differences. President Trump and President Reagan lived in different times. The national media was openly hostile to both men. Reagan didn’t fight back. At least openly. He smiled and waved and mirrored back the idea that people liked him even though he was bitterly despised by the corporate media and the journalists who covered him.

In some cases journalists would defiantly state false numbers and there was no recourse, no internet to quickly arbitrate, and no Twitter for him to use to retaliate.

There is no question in my mind that Reagan would have used Twitter to go over the heads of the media and directly to the hearts of the people. He tried to do that with earned media. And amazingly it worked. The American people knew they were being lied to by many in the media and they deeply resented it. Some knew intellectually, they knew the metrics, others didn’t have time to research the issues but they knew instinctively.

In 1984, after they experienced his presidency for themselves, in spite of the false and mean spirited media narrative, Reagan was re-elected overwhelmingly. He carried every state except Minnesota.And almost took that one too.

Donald Trump has some things going for him. There is Fox News and Fox Business Network. which are more objective, but again, that has driven the mainstream media even more to the Left to compensate. There is Facebook and Twitter.

Reagan was a gentleman, kindly and measured. He was strong but never out of control.

Still, while some would argue with me about this, I suspect that Reagan would be chuckling with delight at Donald Trump’s style and at his effectiveness. We now have this amazing political spectacle. Trump is president but a Court of Appeals in California, along with allies in the media, have just assumed responsibility for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

 

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Midnight in the White House: How we got screwed on the health care plan

March 22, 2010

By Doug Wead

Even while a Sunday Rasmussen poll showed that the American people opposed Obama and the Democrats Health Care Plan by a 54-41 majority, the national news media trumpeted its passage with glowing language.

USA Today made the effort sound Quixotic referring to the “Democrats’ improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage.”

While conventional wisdom holds that the White House always reserves bad news for Sunday, when it is too late for the morning newspapers and old news by Monday, an Associated Press report in the Washington Post turned that on its heel claiming that it was the president’s work ethic that made it happen in that famous black hole news hour.  “There was no hour too late for the president to embrace this moment,” their gushing coverage explained, describing midnight in the White House when Obama and Biden “strode into the ornate East Room.”

Oh, what courage, what verve!  Working till midnight for the people.

The bill is expected to cost $1 trillion.

The San Francisco Chronicle seemed to suggest that the 54% who oppose the bill are racist and homophobic.  “Before the final debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco locked arms with her Democratic lieutenants, including civil rights veteran John Lewis, D-Ga., to enter the Capitol through a phalanx of angry protesters. It was an emphatic show of solidarity after several ugly incidents on Saturday when demonstrators hurled racial slurs at several African American members of Congress and anti-gay insults at Rep. Barney Frank, the gay Massachusetts Democrat.”  Oh my.

The most hilarious coverage came from AOL, Yahoo, Google News and other online sources who ignored the views of the 13 point opposition spread.  Hmmm.  Maybe Newsmax and Fox TV is leaving some money on the table.  Maybe a less leftist search engine would be a money maker.  Just as the imbalance in the national television media gave birth to the Fox News Channel.

One hopes that the media continues to ignore the majority in their audience, and moves blissfully along with the notion that if there are enough words to the contrary they will change their views by November.  Such arrogance helped elect Ronald Reagan whom the media had dubbed a racist and warmonger.  The American people didn’t buy it.


Obama, the Reagan of the left

February 16, 2009

President Barack Obama is turning out to be the most liberal American president since the liberal conservative debate began in this country.  President John Kennedy, for example, governed from the center left.  The big debate of his administration was federal aid to education.  Bill Clinton also governed from the center left.  And he joined Governor Chuck Robb and others in organizing the moderate coalition that was the power in the Democrat Party at the end of the century.  Lyndon Johnson was truly liberal but at least he partnered with Republicans and Southern Democrats on foreign policy.  So this experience, a completely true liberal, a George McGovern in the White House, is new for Americans and coming as a bit of a shock.

The American people like Barack Obama.  And they especially like the idea of an African America as president.  It purges the land of so many demons and it has made American popular again in the world.  But the move toward socialism, as Newsweek outlined in its last issue, is happening at breathtaking speed.  And the opening of the federal treasury to pay off political debts is stunning in its transparency.

I was invited in to talk about all of this yesterday night on the FOX NEWS CHANNEL.  Here is the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opi-pxJlxfI

One example in particular illustrates what is happening.

Charitable Choice was signed into law three times by Bill Clinton.  A bi-partisan congress liked it so much that they enlarged the bill each time.  What it does is offer government subsidies to disadvantaged Americans who need social services that can be provided more effectively by the private sector.  Say a young lady needs drug rehab and Teen Challenge can boast a recidivism rate six times better than the government program, then Charitable Choice will help the young lady get into the program.  Or say that a young man in the inner city needs a job and a Catholic job training program has a stellar record of training and placement.

Well, Barack Obama is gutting the whole thing.  He is introducing a “cannot hire your own” provision which means the Catholic program cannot hire only Catholics or Mormons, Mormons or Christian Scientists, Christian Scientists.  They must hire atheists or gays or whoever applies.  Of course, the program will lose its effectiveness, the very thing that makes it more successful than the government programs.  So the programs will drop out of Charitable Choice. 

Who is hurt?  The hundreds of thousands in the inner city who lose their ticket out.  And maybe some of the programs that have been caught in the middle of expanding to meet the need.  For Barack Obama, this was the payoff to a coalition of atheists, gays and the ACLU, a way to punish the religious groups in their behalf.  But it doesn’t really help the groups either.  They don’t get anything out of it and it costs them a big chip.  Everybody loses on this one, except the President.  Good politics, I guess.

The point is this…  Nothing like that would ever happen on Bill Clinton’s watch.  He supported the program as did 90% of the Democrats in congress.  Only a handful of the most liberal senators and congressmen ever opposed Charitable Choice and one of those was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Most Americans like Barack Obama and want him to succeed.  His gracious and kind personality makes him a sort of Ronald Reagan of the left.  But there is a big difference. Reagan governed from the right at a time when the American people were on the right.  Obama is governing, at least in these first weeks, from the left, and the American people aren’t there yet.  We will see.