yeah... that clock keeps ticking... tickling? I wonder if people were as 
optimistic after the first 4 as they will be after 32?

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:31:43 PM UTC-8, KeithInTampa wrote:
>
> Yes.....Sometimes, the truth hurts, but I would suggest that you should 
> start bracing yourself and getting reaquainted with our Nation and it's 
> leaders doing what's in the best interest of, "Americans"!  We haven't seen 
> that happen 28 years!
>
> On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:29 PM, euwe <machg...@gmail.com <javascript:>> 
> wrote:
>
>> Gingrich should wear a diaper,.
>>
>>
>> On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:37:56 AM UTC-8, KeithInTampa wrote:
>>
>>> President-elect Trump’s Three Greatest Challenges
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.gingrichproductions.com/2016/11/president-elect-trumps-three-greatest-challenges/
>>>
>>>
>>> Fox News 
>>> <http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/29/newt-gingrich-president-elect-trumps-three-greatest-challenges.html>
>>> November 30, 2016
>>> Newt Gingrich
>>>
>>> *To receive Newt’s weekly newsletters, click here 
>>> <http://www.gingrichproductions.com/2012/08/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/>.*
>>>
>>> There are three fundamental challenges to any effort to transform 
>>> Washington.
>>>
>>> I learned these principles from working with President Reagan on 
>>> dramatic change in the 1980s and then leading the Contract with America 
>>> with its deep changes (first GOP majority in 40 years, welfare reform, the 
>>> only four balanced budgets in your lifetime, the largest capital gains tax 
>>> cut in history, etc.)
>>>
>>> The principles I learned working with Reagan and applied as Speaker seem 
>>> to be universal for those who would enact deep, profound changes. They are:
>>>
>>> 1. The “normal” will try to convince the leader to be “reasonable”.
>>> 2. Solving symptoms feels satisfying and is an easy substitute for 
>>> solving the real, underlying problems.
>>> 3. The urgent drives out the important.
>>>
>>> Let me explain each.
>>>
>>> First, the “normal” will try to convince the leader to be reasonable. I 
>>> remember on election night of 1994 when we had won the House for the first 
>>> time since 1952. At about 2:00 AM, our key supporters–people who had spent 
>>> years of their life working for a Republican majority–sat around discussing 
>>> the historic victory. Their number one fear was that I would go to 
>>> Washington and be talked into behaving “normally.” They knew that the 
>>> lobbyists, the news media, the socialites, the bureaucracy and the old 
>>> order would gather together to “tame” the revolutionary reform effort of 
>>> the American people.
>>>
>>> That Friday, three days after the election, I spoke at The Heritage 
>>> Foundation and shocked the Washington media by declaring, “I will cooperate 
>>> but I will not compromise.” This formula was a direct attack on the 
>>> Washington assumption that campaign promises are cynically made to win 
>>> votes but after the election “responsible” people forget those words and 
>>> get back to governing as insiders.
>>>
>>> If we had listened to the Washington establishment, we would never have 
>>> reformed welfare, balanced the budget or cut capital gains taxes.
>>>
>>> President-elect Trump should get up every day and begin by looking at 
>>> his own campaign promises. He owes his presidency to the people who 
>>> believed in him, not to the courtiers and schmoozers who had contempt for 
>>> him as candidate but adore him now that he is going to be president.
>>>
>>> “Reasonableness” will be the death of Trumpism. The very essence of the 
>>> Trump candidacy was a willingness to set out new policies, new goals, and 
>>> new toughness that was “unreasonable” to Washington but made perfect sense 
>>> to millions of Americans. President Trump should “unreasonably” insist on 
>>> draining the swamp and changing policies. This is why he was elected.
>>>
>>> Second, there will be so many symptoms of problems that a president 
>>> could satisfyingly spend every day focusing on little problems that require 
>>> little solutions. While that approach will yield many small satisfactions, 
>>> however, it will not produce the profound changes that are needed. Peter 
>>> Drucker warned of this tendency to allow surface symptoms to attract our 
>>> attention. In *The Effective Executive* <http://amzn.to/2fLYn4T> (a 
>>> book every Trump appointee should be required to read), Drucker wrote that 
>>> great leaders look below the symptom to find the real problem. Getting rid 
>>> of one bad bureaucrat may be satisfying, but it doesn’t solve the 
>>> underlying problem. Other bad bureaucrats will show up. Overhauling the 
>>> bureaucracy so that it quits producing bad bureaucrats and starts producing 
>>> good civil servants is a reform that could last a lifetime.
>>>
>>> President-elect Trump and his senior team have to acquire the habit of 
>>> asking of every situation “Is this a symptom, or a problem?” If it is 
>>> symptom, they must take some time to look for the real underlying problem. 
>>> When they solve that problem they will have solved orders of magnitude more 
>>> symptoms.
>>>
>>> Third, Washington is a city in which the urgent drives out the 
>>> important. Senator Jesse Helms first taught me this. He saw me on the 
>>> street one day early in my career and said, “Young man, remember that this 
>>> is a city in which the urgent drives out the important. Your job is to get 
>>> up every morning, place the important at the center of your desk, and work 
>>> on it until the urgent overwhelms it.”
>>>
>>> As I thought about Helms’s rule and watched President Reagan, I realized 
>>> he had developed an antelope-and-chipmunk theory of leading.
>>>
>>> Lions know that they cannot afford to hunt chipmunks because even if 
>>> they capture them, they will starve to death.
>>>
>>> Lions have to hunt antelopes and zebras.
>>>
>>> President Reagan was a lion. He wanted to accomplish big things. He knew 
>>> that meant he could not get bogged down by tiny problems (chipmunks).
>>>
>>> President Reagan got up every morning and reminded himself of his three 
>>> antelopes: defeat the Soviet Union, grow the American economy, and renew 
>>> American civic culture so we would be proud to be American again.
>>>
>>> When President Reagan entered the oval office, chipmunks would come 
>>> running in. Some federal chipmunks can be $10 billion or more. Reagan would 
>>> listen patiently and say “You are a fine chipmunk! Have you met my chief of 
>>> staff?” Jim Baker became the largest chipmunk collector in the world.
>>>
>>> President-elect Trump has to pick between three and five antelope he 
>>> wants to hunt. He should focus on them relentlessly.
>>>
>>> He should work out with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior 
>>> strategist Steve Bannon how they are going to divide up the chipmunks.
>>>
>>> Only with a system like this can the new president avoid having the 
>>> urgent and the trivial overwhelm his ability to focus on the essential 
>>> changes that will make his presidency historic.
>>>
>>> Developing Trumpism as a governing system is going to be an enormous job.
>>>
>>> Moving America from decay to dynamic growth is going to be an enormous 
>>> job.
>>>
>>> Draining the swamp in Washington is going to be an enormous job.
>>>
>>> President Reagan proved it could be done.
>>>
>>> These three principles will help get it done.
>>>
>>> On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 8:57 AM, Kamakazee <mscot...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Sucks to have some whiny bitch censoring your shit, eh Ewen?  
>>>> Particularly when it's so hit or miss depending on whether he's having his 
>>>> period at that very moment.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 4:05:48 AM UTC-6, euwe wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> I reposted the first paragraph only (up to "and which are not?") and 
>>>>> it was also deleted as spam.
>>>>>
>>>>> On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 2:04:06 AM UTC-8, euwe wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> the topic:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/30/coulter-how-trump-could-ruin-his-presidency/
>>>>>>
>>>>>> my reply:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> But if he breaks a *major* campaign promise, his supporters will 
>>>>>> turn on him with a blind ferocity, dwarfing their rage toward Jeb! 
>>>>>> because 
>>>>>> Trump’s is the more exquisite con. He will have duped them. And he will 
>>>>>> never, ever, ever get them back.
>>>>>> ------------
>>>>>> That's a little Gothic baroque there, seems to me, especially in 
>>>>>> light of the mincing around the word "promise." Haven't we already begun 
>>>>>> bracing for what we already know are broken promises by giving 
>>>>>> permission 
>>>>>> for Trump to define which promises are major and which are not?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Isn't it business as usual? Haven't we always found ourselves 
>>>>>> willingly yoked by the tyranny of low expectations? Reagan's rule - 
>>>>>> don't 
>>>>>> criticize our own - the opposition will do it for us.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Only in the case of Trump, not only have we accepted the old 
>>>>>> politicians trick, "read my lips," on a sliding scale of meaning, but 
>>>>>> added 
>>>>>> permission to redefine the new red-meat phrases that energized the base 
>>>>>> as 
>>>>>> 'sarcasm,' 'literary license,' and 'hyperbole'.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Ann, if you go ballistic about "broken promises," you'll be facing 
>>>>>> the populist movement we've based all our hopes on, alone.. Do I have to 
>>>>>> remind you what awaits you on that road?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> First, you'll be "crazy Ann" - that "disgusting person," who he never 
>>>>>> thought was a very good writer. Never read your books. Shortly followed 
>>>>>> by 
>>>>>> character assassination - every day will be a bad hair day - bad 
>>>>>> lighting 
>>>>>> in the studio, or in a late night, grainy paparazzi photo .. sunken eye 
>>>>>> sockets.. Rosie was a fat pig.. you'll be a skinny witch, maybe with a 
>>>>>> sly 
>>>>>> sniff into the microphone for emphasis. Perhaps Trump will muse aloud 
>>>>>> during a press conference without naming you, whether an Adam's apple is 
>>>>>> a 
>>>>>> dead give-away for... well, you know.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> and then there's twitter.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Oh, your friends at Fox will help you out at first, give you some 
>>>>>> air-time like a two-headed snake - the sensation of the hour, poked and 
>>>>>> prodded like a specimen in a jar.. will Hannity abandon Trump, that he 
>>>>>> single handedly elected, for your unique commentary, book tours and 
>>>>>> biting 
>>>>>> insights?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> If your list of "major" promises disagrees with his, I suggest you 
>>>>>> parrot his exact phrases describing his rationalizations - as all the 
>>>>>> others who depend on populism for their celebrity, and continued income, 
>>>>>> will.
>>>>>>
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