Summaries of Events
The following are brief summaries of some of the events run by Macclesfield Lit & Phil during the 2018 to 2019 season.
Jon Herbert: The Elephant in the Room: Donald Trump, Republicans and Conservatives
The Elephant in the room is that Trump was not a Republican. And that he has in fact followed a strong Republican agenda. He's busy on his phone. He is doing dramatic executive orders (but these mostly don't work). So he lets Congress get on with what the Republicans want to do - Healthcare, Reduction of Taxes, etc. And so the Establishment he is so much against in his speeches, "Drain The Swamp", is free to do their thing.
His staff are largely unfamiliar with the laws they are working under. His executive orders are badly drafted.
Politics in USA is so partisan now (going this way over decades) that the separation of powers is failing. Republican Congress doesn't want to control the President. This undermines the system of checks and balances.
Someone pointed out that we could have six more years of this presidency.
What is Trump doing? He is on his phone playing mind games, serving the media bubble (who he claims to despise). He looks at responses, reacts by muddying the waters, putting up distracting material. Simple messages, attacks opponents, mimicry, satire. Any publicity is good publicity.
He wants to do deals, as in his book, he likes to create leverage and then make a good deal. JH says that the results are poor.
If he had more time, what would he do in the world? JH: he's not actually that interested. He might just walk away if he thinks the polls not promising. "I've made America great again!"
A comment on voters. The Trump vote was not that surprising. We forget how hated Hilary Clinton was. His core base was the Republican base. There is a steady increase in working class votes.
Currently he is the leader. Even if Republicans don't agree with the politics.