Explaining Trump’s Teflon

Then congresswoman and ultra liberal Pat Schroeder dubbed Ronald Reagan the “teflon president” because none of the liberal rhetorical attacks stuck to him. Today Trump is said to have a teflon coating because none of the media’s daily fare of vicious attacks on him has driven him from office. That’s their goal and so far they’re failing miserably.  The latest Rasmussen poll has Trump gaining one point in his approval rating, up from 46% TO 47%.

I think it possible that Trump’s approval is even higher than Rasmussen finds. Some people who answer a pollster’s question may be engaging in preference falsification.

When articulating preferences, individuals frequently say what they think others will find socially acceptable. They convey preferences that differ from what they genuinely want and believe in order to avoid being castigated or ridiculed. They may do it reflexively to avoid an argument in a social setting, and then do it even when it’s just a pollster on the phone. They don’t want the next question to be laced with ridicule or sarcasm.

The good part of preference falsification is that at some point people come to realize they are not in a minority and an unexpected revolution may occur. That could be what the Great Revolt was in 2016, as articulated by Selena Zito. Trump is not the leader of the Great Revolt, although he may have given it sustenance.

Rather, Trump is the beneficiary of the Great Revolt, which essentially came from the people. “The people” is a term used liberally in the U.S. Constitution. It appears in the Bill of Rights four times, once in each of the First, Second, Ninth and Tenth Amendments, and 12 more times in the textual body of the Constitution.

It is the phrase, “the people” in the Second Amendment that assisted the U.S. Supreme Court in the Heller case to hold that the right of “the people” to keep and to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment is an individual right and not a collective right. All they had to do to make that finding is to find the words “the people” in the Second Amendment to mean exactly the same as those words mean in the rest of the Constitution and in the Bill of Rights.

So in America we define rights as belonging to the people not to any ”peoples’ Republic,” which is what calling it a collective right would be. When a state court uses the term “the people” as the plaintiff in a criminal case, that signifies that crimes are committed against all of us both collectively and individually. It is in general one or more individuals that are the immediate victims of crimes, but every crime is also an offense against all of the people.

It’s great that the Great Revolt began as a grass roots revolt by the people and not by any politician. In some countries a revolt of the people is not allowed and might be put down by force of arms. In those countries only a single “strong man” or “great leader” or “dear leader” may start a revolt. Trump is none of those. Trump is a persuader, not a dictator.

Selena Zito has it exactly right in her book. Like the Tea Party movement, it was the people themselves that started the Great Revolt. Trump cheered it on and that’s why they love him. Trump does not and never will claim to have been the one responsible for it. He’s the one benefiting from it because he’s the only one who saw it happening and saw it as an opportunity to make America great again.

Thank you, Mr. President!

Now, you lazy-dog timid Republicans (timid except when you’re childishly attacking Trump) soaking in the fetid waters of the Washington DC Swamp, get out of there,  dry yourselves off and get to work, stand up fearlessly for conservative principles and stop the Democrats in November! If you don’t do that all the economic progress Trump is making, all the new hope for working people in America will stop on a Democrat dime.

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