Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump's On-Message Address

Really, it was all out there right before your lying eyes today. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said:
Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether we are immigrant or native-born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held, yet fierce devotion to our country[.]
He spoke, in other words about a "diverse" America.

In his short inaugural address President Trump talked about "citizens," "forgotten men and women," and the way that he dealt with "diversity" was to speak of the
old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.
See the point? Doesn't matter who you are: when it comes to the crunch we are all Americans. Donald Trump believes in E Pluribus Unum and all Americans united in an American nation state. He's not picking over the embroidery to discover a new victim class that needs special protection status.

As the Obama administration has wound down over the last weeks, I have come to truly wonder about the incredible misdirection of the last eight years -- indeed, of the whole liberal project. And I realize what a self-centered conceit it is.

Who. Cares. About all the intricate mysteries of counting the diversity rosary? For God's sake, let's get back to the meat and potatoes of a decent job for the fathers, decent homes for the mothers, and decent schools for the children. And leave the proctology for the historians.

Think of two of Obama's last acts. He pardons terrorist Oscar López Rivera, who nobody cares about except radical lefties. He commutes the sentence of Army private Bradley Manning, who leaked army secrets to WikiLeaks, and who nobody cares about except radical lefties.

So Obama is clearly doing the diversity two-step, releasing an "activist" and a marginalized transgender. He is putting down a marker to the radical left that he is one of them.

OK. No problem, Barry. Because I should think that Republicans will be running with that for the next 20 years. What do Democrats stand for? They stand for pardoning terrorists and traitors. But don't you dare refuse to cater a gay wedding, pal. No pardon for you.

If you are an ordinary American trying to navigate the complexities of the modern world -- as Chuck Schumer admits is hard -- you do not really think in terms of your diversity category. Because when you show up for your job you will be trained to work and to serve in light of all the modern notions about how to create and maintain an efficient and productive work force. The science is settled on that. The modern economy needs
[To make] of each individual member of the [workplace an associate] who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a [person and employee].
Oh. Didn't I mention that it was Gen. von Seeckt that wrote those words -- about the soldiers in the German Army?

The point is that the leaders of all modern organizations (except government) understand that you have got to push responsibility down as far as you can. Otherwise the workers won't be happy, the organization can't do its job and earn a profit.

Business people know this. Generals know it. Trump the businessman knows it. You train your people; you inspire them; you trust them; and then you send them forth into the world to make your company the best it can be.

That is how to understand what President Trump was saying today. He was calling on all Americans to be the best they can be, and Make America Great Again.

He is voicing the one great discovery of the last 200 years of the Great Enrichment. Lashing people to work like peasants or slaves doesn't get the job done. The way you get them to create miracles of productivity of our age is by empowering them.

You know what? Barack Obama and the Democrats and the whole program don't understand this. They don't have a clue.

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