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DIANE MEDVED: The Right Theme Song for a New Era

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives to speak at his election night rally with his son Barron and wife Melania in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.       REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

BY DIANE MEDVED

Throughout his history-making campaign, the president-elect concluded each tumultuous rally on the same puzzling note: playing the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, with a slow, angelic chorus pronouncing the words as if they represented holy writ.

Looking back after Mr. Trump’s astonishing triumph, this may have been a prescient choice.

People I know who supported Trump did so with reservations, admitting the lewd, crude excess of his Access Hollywood tape, aggressive and litigious business dealings, 20-year lapse paying taxes, and propensity to insult opponents and critics detracted from his qualifications for the nation’s highest office.

But they thought Hillary was worse.

Similarly, those who supported Hillary acknowledged that her Benghazi attack bungle, smirched early legal career, Clinton Foundation questions, potentially dangerous handling of emails, plus Bill’s proclivities that brought him impeachment, made her a less-than-ideal candidate.

But they thought Trump was worse.

Both sides liked many of their candidates’ positions. Trump fans liked his uncensored directness, his protection of our trade interests and stand against terrorists. Hillary supporters admired her concern for struggling groups, commitment to affordable education, and diplomatic expertise. And that she’d break the glass ceiling.

You can’t always get what you want. Even those who went wild for Trump, while ecstatic Hillary won’t be our leader, are a little nervous about whether or not their man will–or should–go ahead with all the proposals he made on the campaign trail.

Pres.-elect Trump’s promises: An 80-foot wall paid for by Mexico? Since 2006, we’ve had the “Secure Fence Act” that requires a barrier along our southern border to curtail illegal immigration. It’s been stymied by landowners’ resistance and environmental concerns.

Stand back from NATO? Trump won’t save allies unless they kick in toward our costs to defend them, but Article 5 of the NATO treaty requires us to protect them.

Remake or revoke trade deals? Mr. Trump says China’s killing us, but the American companies that rely on Chinese materials, and consumers who love cheap products, don’t want the huge tariffs Trump proposes that would foment a trade war.

How about the Iran deal Trump says he’ll tear up on his first day? He could (and should) do more to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons-building, but Iran says the deal is with the UN Security Council and no single country can invalidate it.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare? Trump could de-fund the ACA, eviscerating it, and allow plan purchases across state lines, to increase competition. But insurance companies will fold unless they charge enough to cover services, so negotiating particulars of that word “replace” could end up with little advantage.

You can’t always get what you want.

A Good Deal requires Concessions. Pres. Trump’s operating style might keep him from delivering on his promises. He says everything’s a “deal” and if the US has a bad one, we dump it and demand better. But negotiation requires giving as well as taking, and the parties we’re approaching won’t just cave to Trump’s terms without concessions or benefits. If Mr. Trump has his way, we’ll prevail and others will cower. Unfortunately, on the world stage, if others displease, you can’t sue.
A major factor that retarded support for Mr. Trump was his verbal attacks on others (GOP primary opponents, Indiana-born Hispanic judge, fallen American Muslim soldier, Chancellor of Germany, beauty queen who gained weight, Senator tortured as a prisoner-of-war, etc.)

Every American hopes that Pres. Trump will succeed in increasing jobs and prosperity, fortifying us against terrorism, and strengthening our national unity. His conciliatory election victory speech gives hope that he might eschew his scurrilous verbiage for more positive pronouncements. And I wish he’d occasionally smile. A nice, toothy grin.

So far, except when addressing clergy, Mr. Trump has yet to express gratitude to God, reference scripture, or even close a stump-speech with “God bless America.” And yet, he has everything to be grateful for, including the most support from Evangelicals of any candidate, ever. It is my hope that as he takes on this most consequential of responsibilities, he is conscious of an obligation not only to the American people, but to the One who oversees us all.

It could be a message from on High: You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes…you get what you need.

 

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  1. Truth seeker  •  Nov 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Diane wants Trump to grab her by the pussy

    • Kim  •  Nov 12, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Hope this childish and rude comment will be removed.

  2. Henry  •  Nov 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Wow. Nicely thought out and articulated, Diane.

  3. Nani  •  Nov 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    We are talking about Trump right?

    • Franco  •  Nov 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Yes Nani… You're an out of touch LOON.
      You need to quit embarrassing yourself.
      Please try to show some capacity to learn.

  4. DaveThe Raver  •  Nov 12, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I think Diane's pessimism is unwarranted. Both at home and around the world, any US President will have supporters and detractors, and Pres. Trump is no exception. The most important supporters will be the people who have been longing for a strong America for seven years, and they will strengthen the new Presidents hand in many negotiations. The dangerous power vacuum left by Pres. Obama will be filled, to the benefit of all who prefer freedom.

    • Henry  •  Nov 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Still, DaveThe Raver, Diane’s concerns are well taken. We want a ‘noble and strong’ America, not a ‘moronic and strong’ America*. If the Donald can learn to keep his claws off of Twitter, he might well become the neo-Reagan the nation ‘needs.’ The hope is that in 2020 “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” will be replaced with “Happy Days Are Here Again”!
      __________________
      * BTW, the Hillary forces would have given us a ‘nannying and weak’ America.

  5. Truth seeker  •  Nov 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Trump represents white Anglo Saxon gentiles. Go Trump!

  6. Kyle Stoddard  •  Nov 14, 2016 at 11:10 am

    It is nonsense to say that Article 5 of the NATO treaty requires us to defend the of signatories of the Treaty exclusively and without their active and equal participation. It says that and attack on one member is an attack on all. That's it. It does not require that the U.S. solely spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the defense of Europe. Mr. Trumps assertion is that we back away from NATO is the other members are not willing to actively defend themselves. And his assessment is correct. They are not doing so. In fact, the only member that currently has a significant standing military, other than the U.S., is Poland. The military draw downs by Germany, France, Italy and the U.K. are shocking and disgraceful. They need to belly up to the bar because they are not living up to the agreement.

    • Truth seeker  •  Nov 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      I agree

  7. Kyle Stoddard  •  Nov 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    It is nonsense to say that Article 5 of the NATO treaty requires us to defend the of signatories of the Treaty exclusively and without their active and equal participation. It says that and attack on one member is an attack on all. That's it. It does not require that the U.S. solely spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the defense of Europe. Mr. Trumps assertion is that we back away from NATO if the other members are not willing to actively defend themselves. And his assessment is correct. They are not doing so. In fact, the only member that currently has a significant standing military, other than the U.S., is Poland. The military draw downs by Germany, France, Italy and the U.K. are shocking and disgraceful. They need to belly up to the bar because they are not living up to the agreement.

  8. Friedrich von Hardenberg  •  Nov 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Trump was almost always misquoted o quoted out of context and Mme. Medved continues the trend. Trump says, "…a temporary halt to Moslem immigration until they can be vetted." Turns into "…a ban on all Muslims immigrating to the US." Typical turn of phrase that is furthered by "…GOP primary opponents, Indiana-born Hispanic judge, fallen American Muslim soldier, Chancellor of Germany, beauty queen who gained weight, Senator tortured as a prisoner-of-war, etc.)" verbiage which when looked at further was not what it was represented to be. The Medveds are just sour because they don't like Mr. Trump and are trying to justify their opposition in the face of his victory.

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