I frequently spend time watching or listening to C-SPAN while typing away at this fake story or that "bought opinion piece" because I can't stand CNN or Fox.
I think you are inflating his influence on the world economy a tiny whee bit...
We don't really have enough members left to have a balanced debate about politics, which by the way has never ever done a single good thing for this site. I realize that most aviation people, excluding the liberals at Jetcareers.com, are pretty solid Trump followers. This is primarily caused by republicans setup to enable growth and tax cuts for those who operate business aircraft, rather than restricting it. With most aviators being financially well off, the affection towards surrounding oneself with the rich and powerful people is natural behavior.
What we have accomplished is that people with no party affiliation no longer have a voice and both camps propagate a "we vs. them" attitude.
One camp preaches raw and violent rhetoric:
You're either with Trump or you are the enemy of the state, traitor or a subject worthy of ending up in a gas chamber. There is only one way and its Trumps way. Like it or leave the country.
There is the other camp that preaches raw and violent rhetoric:
You are either rejecting Trump and all he does and says, or you are a backward thinking lemming, traitor, or profit hungry human- enslaving billionaire, worthy of suffering at the cross or being burned by flames of furious progressivism.
All the Bannon, Wolff, Scarmucci, Clinton, Obama, Twitter, Kim Kong Bum, Putin, Comey and Ivanka and Mexican Border Wall crap is just a bunch of highly dramatized, subscriber- clickbaiting huge media scam and white noise that will redefine everything we know about societal challenges. He who manages to divide a unified nation will conquer it. Our nation is irreparably divided.
There is no fix to the disease of public opinion and Facebook judging. Trump has brought political debate to a part of the populace that doesn't undersand economics, has limited history knowledge or harbours a dangerously flat bias. Its basically Facebook Politics, we see today. Statements are evaluated and deemed popular or not within less than 10 seconds.
Appealing to bone-fire (enemy bones) patriots is a perfect way to bring the tidal change we thought was needed. We went from one extreme idiocy to the next and we did't stop along the way.
As an American abroad, you frequently end up being asked about your political orientation. Over here, opinions vary between disbelief and laughter, lots of sarcasm and a megaton of satire. 95% of the time I prefer to be silent on topic. Not because I occupy a hard position on the subject matter, but because I think that it makes no ounce of difference in the other persons view or preset opinion. There is no debate or argument, its just two clashing opinions with no room for change. Why waste my time and breath, trying to convince someone of a different viewpoint?
Pro or contra Trump, doesn't matter one shitty bit. You're going to defend him even if he says that America is the only truly developed nation and that everyone else on earth just crawls around. Meanwhile, if he gave every living American a million dollars for free, some on the left would manage to take it and later state they never got a dime. American politics has arrived in lala-land. Everything matters, nothing matters.
Example from real life:
It took me several years to liberate myself from trying to influence this industry and how miserably it presents itself. When I left the states in 2014, I was broke, burned out, tired, bitter, negative and pretty paranoid.
I took a ginormous step back, reorganized my life, got my feet back under me and at times caught myself no longer looking up when a plane flew overhead. For the longest time, my passion was shot to shit. I erased a whole bunch of naysaying, bitter and negative people from my life and I stopped running after people.
It was a conscientous decision to anonymously step back into the game with Seaplanemagazine.com. My goal was to try something new and fortunately I was smart enough for once to keep my involvement hidden for the first half year. Some people had hunches that the site was my doing, but they could not prove it. We would have gotten extinguished in a month, had I not done that. Yeah, right - I kept some healthy paranoia. I can afford to say no and I can afford to run against the stream. Bend to nothing and nobody, don't sell yourself.
Instead of focusing on opinions and people, I focused on news. Just the freaking news, cool videos, nice pictures, history and the things that go on beyond the borders of the United States. If its not forward thinking, positive and helpful to connecting these dots out there, I won't touch it.
The SPA, AOPA, EAA or any of the old boys soup and swamp political event clown clubs and toothless tigers matter not one bit to me personally. I don't depend on them, my money comes from my consulting business and I don't have to ask for anyones blessing to do what I do... Bring the news, let people decide what they like and support or dislike.
Before too long I was talking to almost every manufacturer and things started to look better. I would not say that I am back to the passion and interest I had before SPA sucked me into its disgusting swamp, but all the important people who decided to go these last 8 years with us, stuck around. Some ballerinas danced out of here, some stonewalled the site, some hate it or me so much that they still read every single word written here - and if they're not here, they've probably seen the magazine... some can't afford to admit that they like it.
If what we do was bad, we would not be quoted and linked in advocacy letters and in fact SPA's stoic ignorance and stonewalling shows me that I am doing everything perfectly right. It took me forever to get this. If the people who hate you the most try to pretend you're not even there, you are exactly where you need to be.
Trump should focus on getting IGNORED. That should be his ULTIMATE goal. Don't do press briefings. Go dark and cold. Produce nothing but results.
I have a different perspective on Trump and nationalistic egocentrism, because I have lived and worked in more than just one system. While I still respect the office, I find myself having a hard time to forget history and the risks of having a big mouth when surrounded and infiltrated by people who've got NOTHING to loose.
I expect the President of the United States to take on the grim challenges that lay ahead, I expect him to protect and preserve and secure the nations safety and security. But, I also expect him to take emotion and smoke out of the equation and to represent this country with dignity and pride and in a manner that fits the weight he carries on his shoulders. This ain't a TV show. The blood pouring out of our soldiers isn't Ketchup and the one single thing you don't want to do with a dictator is try to see if he's got more to loose than you. If need be, wipe this moron from planet earth, put them all back in the stoneage - but stop the mess...
You can win a popularity contest on social media and no question, you can win an election by being connected to the electorate, but I think one needs to balance and know the difference between hot air and leadership. Whats there is lots of hot air...
Currently I fail to see any significant show of leadership and I see no effort to drop the clickbait sensationalism and I fail to see him doing anything of value to get this country back on track. Its called the UNITED States of America. We never became the nation we celebrate by being resistant to reason and logical decisionmaking.
Would be glad go update you when I listen to a speech by him or see a tweet that doesn't make me feel as if I am dealing with a footstomping child with a grandiosity and stable genius complex.