News & Current Events
wolfgang_schneider — 2017-02-16T14:14:30-05:00 — #1
It unfortunately only took a few weeks for the deep state empire to defeat the Trump presidency and the hope which a larger number of American people (those who elected him and achieved electoral victory in most US States) had for being liberated from the dictate of those slave masters
The following give some more detailed impressions on the situation ...
The real tragedy is that many of the American people have no idea what is really going on and they think it is such a wonderful thing that is happening because "this racist", "enemy of women", etc. would do harm to the USA .... the real harm is not done by Trump but is done by the ones these folks most likely are not even unaware of
No further comments needed .... very little hope seems left at this stage for a peaceful resolve of where the current deep state coup has placed the land which no longer appears to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave"
gao_lu — 2017-02-16T18:54:04-05:00 — #2
I think you underestimate America. The final outcome is ultimately up to God.
One good thing that is coming out of this is unveiling the degree of corruption pervading media and intelligence.
Trump Approval is at 55% and rising in spite of the phenomenal efforts to destroy him. His success in the face of such unscrupulous, dishonest attackers gives much hope!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2.
Considering the media influence and the "lemming factor" of certain demographics, that is amazing.
I had one leg in the political world via contractual business for 7 years. That was long enough to realize how profoundly corrupt it was then. I remember sitting at the table and hearing bald-faced lies, that everyone at the table knew were lies, but were so politically tangled, that there was no way to disprove them. The liar didn't ever attempt to hide the fact that what was said was a lie. Politics (and science) haven't gotten better. We see it in the media every day. I left that world and never looked back.
We belong to a different Kingdom--and if not, you can still get citizenship.
bill_coley — 2017-02-17T00:40:22-05:00 — #3
1) Seems like a good time for a reminder that while Mr Trump won more states than Secretary Clinton in last November's election, she actually won more total votes than he did, a fact which directs attention toward an electoral truth you and I have posted about in threads past, Wolfgang: Mr Trump won more land mass - more of the right land mass, actually - than did Secretary Clinton. Secretary Clinton won more votes.
2) That you raise the election results, here more than three months after the fact, feels akin to the president's decision to re-litigate his battle against Secretary Clinton during his press conference on Thursday. No journalist asked the president about Secretary Clinton or his electoral college victory; he simply raised those subjects. (I must note that during the press conference the president falsely claimed that his was the largest electoral college winning margin since Reagan's... and then, when corrected, falsely claimed that his was the largest Republican electoral college victory since Reagan's... and then, when corrected again, likely falsely as well, claimed that someone had given him and he had somewhere seen the false information about the magnitude of his electoral college victory)
More fact-free conspiracy theories.
More fact-free conspiracy theory... unless you're willing to post links to fact-based evidence of the existence of and damage done by this alleged "deep state."
With due respect, Wolfgang, I feel compelled to tell you that your post achieves what the president seeks often to achieve: distraction from the main issue, which in this case is a hapless, incompetent, and emotionally impaired narcissist who currently is the president of the United States.
Mr Trump, no one else, signed an unconstitutional travel ban order, then rolled it out as if it were managed by the Three Stooges. (That's a travel ban, we should note, the Trump administration formally withdrew on Thursday, in advance of next week's do-over. So much for the president's "see you in court" claim when the Ninth Circuit ruled against him, and his claim that his side would win an appeal of the Court's ruling "very easily.")
Mr Trump, no one else, continues to employ as "counselor to the president" Kellyanne Conway, who defended White House falsehoods on the grounds that they were "alternative facts."
It was Mr Trump, no one else, who during Thursday's press conference asked an African American journalist to set up a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus because they might be "friends of (hers)."
It is Mr Trump, no one else, whom highly respected Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward rebuffed in refusing the president's invitation to replace fired national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Reportedly, Admiral Harward called the job he was offered a "s**t sandwich."
Mr Trump, no one else, has done nothing yet to pursue his legislative agenda, choosing instead a to create a series of executive orders, most of which - save the unconstitutional one - were of dubious real consequence. On February 17 of his first term, President Obama signed the stimulus bill that was a landmark legislative achievement in his first year in office.
And it is Mr Trump, no one else, who at this stage in his presidency has a lower favorability rating than any president in the last ten. In the Real Clear Politics table of such national surveys, Mr Trump is above 50% approval in one of eleven surveys listed, "above water" in some way (the favorability percentage higher than the unfavorability percentage) in two others among the eleven, and "below water" in the other eight surveys. On average among the eleven results, Mr Trump's favorability rating 44.6% and his unfavorability number is 50.3%. For comparison, check out this table of Gallup surveys of the previous nine presidents' first favorability ratings, ratings which averaged 61.1% approval. (Mr Trump currently stands at 40% approval in Gallup.)
Jesus made a good point when he instructed us to check out the logs in our own eyes before we critique the splinters in others' eyes (Matthew 7.3-5). Mr Trump and his supporters would be on much higher and firmer moral ground were they to acknowledge the primacy of Mr Trump and his actions, not some concocted "deep state," in producing the embarrassing and dangerous debacle which has been his first month in office.
bill_coley — 2017-02-17T15:14:04-05:00 — #4
UPDATE: In the Gallup Daily Tracking poll of the public's approval/disapproval of Mr Trump's presidency, as of today his disapproval number has reached 56% (approval stands at 38%). According to Gallup, the president has been "above water" only two days since he took office, January 24 and 25. The current 18 point differential between public approval and disapproval is the highest since he took office.
Of course, such ratings fluctuate with time and events during a presidency, but the general rule is that a president's highest approval ratings come in the first months of a new term. That Mr Trump's ratings are so far under water after just one month in office ought to sound alarm bells in the West Wing. I doubt that will happen, however, given that the president plans to hold a campaign rally (!) in Florida this weekend where he will get all the adoration his needy self desires, adoration that will no doubt numb his sensitivity to the public's grim view of his presidency.
gao_lu — 2017-02-17T17:23:50-05:00 — #5
Lowest rate you could dig up, huh? They missed it badly with the elections. 2.5% margin of error, eh? My mother did not have a college education, but she warned me as a child: "Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see." Cute, but a lot of wisdom there.
Given the dishonesty of the media and the slant and slander and the sadly evident moral character of Trump Bashers, I think even a silly approval rating such as you indicate would be phenomenal. Gives us a lot of hope! Make a few mathematical adjustments for media falsehood--how high would those rates soar? We can only imagine....
Speaking of media, I have been amused at the anxious, big-eyed media efforts to blame the "fake-news" mill (some teenager somewhere--yeah) for their low ratings. Fake news is a problem, but a drop in the bucket compared to plain, old fashioned dishonest news by extremely biased reporters--and the so-called editors who approve it. That is their problem. The more disturbing problem is that there are people who claim to beleive that stuff. Maybe they do, or maybe they just spout it to vent inner anger, and of course don't believe it.
Here is the Survey that has the media clattering like a stack of falling dishes:
gao_lu — 2017-02-18T08:30:02-05:00 — #6
Kinda cute when you think about it. Although the media is presently reporting their own approval ratings at 14% by Republicans, that was 2015 figures, before the big slump. I can't seem to find any current numbers. Maybe there aren't any. Seems cute that one would criticize Trump for 40% (even though other "trustworthy" surveys show him at 55%)--when the media reporting this doesn't have enough credibility to make an ink mark on the chart. What I marvel at most is those people who swallow the "news" hook, line, and sinker anyway. Maybe they do....and then again maybe they know better, but have another cause?
Now for a little rant: The media needs to stop blaming Trump and Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Teenagers in the Balkans for their downfall. They have now begun calling themselves "Journalists" instead of "News." Well...that is a day late and a dollar short. There may be some splinters of problem out there, but the log of what is published as "News" is anything but "journalism."
I suppose the void will be filled by something. Small news sources? Will Facebook actually become a source of reliable news? With approval ratings among Evangelicals very generously estimated at below 15% (likely far lower), I wonder that any news is published at all. Were it not for ad support, I am pretty sure no one would fund it and certainly not buy it. Even the most liberal atheist, probably wouldn't. Do we need some Trustworthy authenticatable source for true journalism? Let's watch and see what happens.