It is difficult for this writer to admit, but he voted for Donald Trump for President. Not because he thought Mr. Trump the best man (that role was reserved for Ted Cruz), but because he could not stand the idea of listening to Hillary Clinton screeching into every available microphone every damn day. It was a selfish and foolish vote and it has turned your faithful correspondent completely against politics.
Donald Trump was elected partially on the idea that he was a strong man. A man who takes a position and doesn’t back down. The Left would have had the voter believe that he was a modern Mussolini with odd colored hair and his supporters portrayed him as a modern Theodore Roosevelt or Andrew Jackson who had never been to war, been to a hunt, or had hardly gotten out of the New York/Florida circuit.
There was a brief moment when it looked as if Mr. Trump may have been a man of principle, and that moment was when he talked to the president of the Republic of China, aka Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen before he talked to the leader of the Peoples Republic of China, President Xi. Of course Chinese Communists threw a fit over the matter stating that President Trump was violating the One China Policy that was established by Richard Nixon and insisting that the One China Policy was United States law when, in fact, it is a casual policy established by Nixon and maintained by later presidents. It is a presidential policy and not a law.
And for that brief moment it looked like President Trump was a strong man. He looked as if he was willing to stand up to the greatest threat in the Pacific and establish a close and favorable relationship with Taiwan and put an end to the nonsensical One China Policy. It looked that President Trump would stand up to the encroachments and bullying of Communist China, and it was a beautiful thing to watch the pronouncements from Peking (Beijing, Peiping) as the sputtered in helpless rage and frustration at the fact that they had been ignored in favor of a nation (as corrupt as it may be) with a democratically elected government that is actually pretty entertaining with fist-fights on the floor of the parliament a not unusual occurrence.
But that moment was deigned not to last very long and The President and his spokespeople soon got with the normal program and announced that the One China Policy was still in effect. Probably due to the occupiers of the China desk in the State Department (a questionable bunch, to say the least; almost all influenced by Edgar Snow), President Trump cracked. The strong man, the man with strong opinions and answers, started to crumble and show himself that he is the very type of politician that many of the people who voted for him is the very person they would have voted against if he had shown the weakness that he has shown regarding Taiwan.
Taiwan was the first crack in the armor for the President’s strong man image. Others have followed on a regular basis. Soon the man will show himself as a man of no principle because he talent is “making a deal.”
It should be interesting to see what happens when Mr. Trump meets President Xi. Don’t be surprised if it results in a singing of The East Is Red.