As you know, I love a good polemic. Although I don’t necessarily endorse it, I wanted to bring a passage from Andy Kessler’s most recent Wall Street Journal column to your attention:
Is he a disease or a cure? Like him or hate him, there’s tons of spilled ink trying to assess President Trump’s governing style. To me, the key to understanding Trumpism is remembering why he was elected.
What do I mean? Voters chose Donald Trump as an antidote to the growing inflammation caused by the (OK, deep breath . . .) prosperity-crushing, speech-inhibiting, nanny state-building, carbon-obsessing, patriarchy-bashing, implicit bias-accusing, tokey-wokey, globalist, swamp-creature governing class—all perfectly embodied by the Democrats’ 2016 nominee. On taking office, Mr. Trump proceeded to hire smart people and create a massive diversion (tweets, border walls, tariffs) as a smokescreen to let them implement an agenda of tax cuts, deregulation and originalist judges.
I’m not entirely convinced that Trump’s bluster is a strategy. I think it’s Trump being Trump. I also think he’s giving increased investment following the cut in the personal and corporate income taxes more credit than they deserve. He may be right about deregulation. I wish that better statistics were kept about the effects of specific regulations and their removal. Most of what we have now is just partisan bickering.
I continue to hold the naive beliefs that persuasion is better and longer-lasting than power politics, that honesty is the best policy, that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and you should model in your own behavior the behavior you’d like to see from others. It’s sad that those homely policies don’t attract bands of ardent followers.