I find it funny to watch the “news” coverage of the visit of Milania and Donald Trump to the UK.
Sky had interviews with a bunch of Globalists (by their statements) and it was hilarious. In such resonant tones they decried the assault on “the established global order” and the horrible “nationalist” tendencies and how it was being imitated by other “extreme right wing” politicians across Europe (as though Europe is unable to make their own decisions without modeling on the USA…) and how he was ~”undermining the UN global institutions”. All presented as though it were the end of Civilization Itself!
So here I was just chuckling at them.
So sure that others simply MUST be aghast at a national leader putting their nation first. We simply ALL MUST believe “diversity is our strength” (even in the face of the decay and weakening of various EU nations under the assault of incompatible immigrants destroying their institutions and blowing up / running over people). AND we must find “straight talking” to be a major sin and social disgrace.
We love him because he DOES speak the plain truths, unvarnished, without wax. “Sincere” comes from root words that mean “without wax” from the ancient practice of waxing ceramic ware so that cracks in it would be hidden from the buyer. We prefer our President to speak sincerely. ( Which, one supposes, means “they” prefer their leaders with wax over the cracks in their pottery. ;-)
Then, today, Melania and Ivanka are under attack for their dress. They actually bothered to wear clothes that are basically British in style. The headline? “Channeling the 1980s”. I doubt it. Melania was a professional model and will know what is, and is not, an acceptable “style”. IMHO, it’s just flat out Fake News Lies For Effect. I looked at the pictures, they look fine to me. I don’t care about the “news” opinions.
One guy being interviewed was assuring everyone that Trump would bring the end of life as we know it due to his denial of “Climate Change”. As though sending more money to the UN and destroying western cultures and economies was somehow a good thing. Completely bought in to the Hype and Lies of “Global Warming”. It’s been at least 30 years now of “Death AND Destruction in 10 years!!!!” and we’re not dead and destruction is nowhere in sight. He couldn’t catch a 12 ton clue if it were dropped on him.
Then there are the Milquetoasts bemoaning that Trump didn’t make kissing-ass noises about The Mayor Of London but actually said the truth. Um, did they not notice that Sadiq started the ‘food fight’ and that Jeremy was the one who was insulting Trump first. Let me supply some whacks from the Clue Stick:
My Mum was British. Dad, an American from an Iowa Farm. I was raised in both cultures. I’ve learned over the years how to move between them. I’ve come, slowly, to realize that it can be far better to NOT do the English Suck Up Polite and instead do the “Shit Kicker” from the farm blunt. In particular, I’ve learned (the hard way) that being polite to attackers is a losers game. Turning the other cheek just gets you two hurt cheeks and an ass whuping. IF someone attacks, counter attack immediately and with overwhelming force. This is what Trump knows too. It is what the clueless press calls being a “counter puncher”. It is very American. I didn’t do it for the first 18 years of my life and that was a mistake.
So when I see the British Press bemoaning that Trump is NOT being a British Style Suck Up Mealy Mouth Polite but instead is being a New York City Ass Kicker, well, it makes my heart go “pitty pat” with pleasure. I know I’ve got a leader who will speak the truth, not care if it hurts, and take names for a good ‘ol ass kicking when the time is right for it. Just Like Dad.
Then I see him being kind and polite to those who need it. Having quiet professional conversations at the dinner table. Helping folks who are friendly and need the help. Explaining that he’d much rather have a mutually helpful working relationship than any “food fight” when negotiating with folks. Asking folks how they are doing, and actually meaning it. Just like Mum.
And then I realize he’s like me. He’s got Scots ancestry not too far removed and raised with The Old Ways. Grew up in America with our rules and ways; the new ways. Able to shift between them as needed.
And it is that shifting that drives the Press Corps around the bend and that causes the Globalists and the British Upper Crust to be clueless about him. He is simply NOT as simple as they would like to believe. He has range. That he uses his range in ways of which they do not approve (and most likely just do not understand) is what makes them go all ‘Splody Head.
How, just HOW can someone like The Queen sit down with such an uncultured boor? Because he is only an uncultured boor to those who need it. He is a polite, caring, and intelligent person to those who reciprocate.
Something I learned “the hard way” is my philosophy of “Be The Mirror”. I think Trump does something very similar. “You can only speak with someone on their level. -E.M.Smith”. If someone has 8th grade language skills, you must speak on an 8th grade level to communicate. Note that is NOT a pejorative. It is identifying a common language. A person may have only an 8th grade language skill yet have a high IQ. I suspect my Dad was brighter than me, but he never graduated high school. (Enlisted in the Army in W.W.II instead). So what is a language? Sometimes it is words. Sometimes facial expressions. Some times fists and kicks. Sometimes it is posture and tone of voice. So, confronted by a hostile person spoiling for a fight, you “become the mirror” and “speak with them in their language” and posture and spoil right back.
I call that process “leveling”. When I first meet someone, I start out at about a “middle high school” level unless there is strong reason otherwise. Then, as conversation progresses, I’ll “level” against them. Raising or lowering vocabulary and speech rate until we match. Similarly, I’ll “level” against their posturing and aggression. With added level if needed to stop an attack. (Yes, I’ve used this in practice). So someone gives you the “sizing you up to maybe attack” look, I give them back the “You want it? I got it. Wanna ‘dance’ today?” look with just a tiny corner of the mouth smile / smirk… NOT something a Brit learns in Boarding School or at Cambridge… But something Trump knows.
Leveling goes the other way too. I once met my, then, new boss. We started talking, both about 10th grade and slightly slow. We started ‘leveling’ against each other. Each adding a bit higher vocabulary and rate. After about 5 minutes we were at “post college” and about double our initial rate of speech. Similarly, someone is nice and polite, my British Polite skills come out as another escalation happens. You see this same thing when Trump is in one-on-one talks with other professionals.
What baffles his detractors is when he gives a speech to the public and press at the 8th grade level (that is the norm for USA newspapers too BTW) and with “shit kicker” sharp elbows (as is an American norm outside the elites). They think that’s all he is. A dumb shit kicker. They are wrong. Very wrong. I know because I do exactly the same things. It is in my “range” of skills to be a shit kicker sharp elbows 8th grade language level crude A-Hole when it works best, or to be at post-doc technical level suck-up polite as needed. In fact, it is kind of fun to explore the whole range. I see Trump enjoying it at times too ;-)
Part of how he won the Presidency was that he would “level” against the 1/2 of the population who were being pissed on by the Washington Elite. Folks could see him as “their guy”. Not a Romney too-soft too-up-tight. Not a Hillary “I think you are stupid and can be exploited”. Not a Jeb Bush “I went to the right schools and I’m nice so deserve the Dynasty”. We saw he could be a “Bull”. OUR Bull in THEIR china closet.
“Trump! Trump! He’s Our Man! If HE can’t piss them off, nobody can!”
So go ahead and be sheep bleating that the Sheep Dog is too mean. We’re OK with that, as he is our Sheep Dog herding the sheep where they need to go. Looking like a wolf when he needs the sheep to run a given way. Looking like a sheep when he needs to fade into camouflage to take out a real wolf at the perimeter.
When The Idiot Press writes their ‘bitch stories’ and interviews their Complainers and Stuffed Shirts and does “Damning with faint praise” at best and “Character Assassination” at worst; I just get a smile and a chuckle out of it. The clueless interviewing the fraudulent. The ‘liars for effect’ giving a platform to the Professional Exploiters & Deceivers. The “deep state” on both sides of the pond.
When the same “news” outlet has an article complaining about Trump being mean and crude, while having another article being mean and crude and insulting “for effect” the clothing of Melania and Ivanka while also claiming it is a PC Sin to criticize women for their clothing; well, let’s just say they look the fool and liar. And I despise them, while having sympathy for Melania and Ivanka. (Besides, they were both quite beautiful… and looked great. But then again, I’m just a style-less ‘shit kicker’… ;-)
It is also a bit funny that “the Left” seems to think news indoctrinates. Size 12 egos in a size 4 hat. They also completely miss the way ‘folks like me’ watch or read “news”. So they get a lot of the Streisand Effect and have things backfire on them. Similarly the present “censorship of the conservative” is backfiring on them. Nothing so raises the viewership of an article or video as banning it.
So I watch the “news” not to be spoon fed the “truth” as they see it, but to laugh at their stupidity and improve my skills at spotting “spin” and “gotcha” questions. To watch the ‘battle of wits’ play out with Trump (and how he so often wins via an Aikido like redirection of the attack…) and to watch the Clueless go all ‘Spolody Head with TDS. All great fun.