Trump can change Wash­ing­ton

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

You get a bet­ter sense of a per­son when in his or her pres­ence — even when sit­ting six rows away. Pres­i­dent Trump is very much an al­pha male. That alone is rea­son enough to up­set the left. To the po­lit­i­cal left, mas­culin­ity, like pa­tri­o­tism, is bet­ter left locked up in the past.

In his speech last week­end at the Kennedy Cen­ter cel­e­brat­ing our nation’s free­dom, Mr. Trump made fleet­ing ref­er­ence to Gen. Ge­orge S. Pat­ton. As I lis­tened to him, I couldn’t help but think how sim­i­lar he is to Pat­ton. He’s crude at times, undis­ci­plined, un­con­ven­tional and hard-charg­ing. He is also up against a thor­oughly en­trenched es­tab­lish­ment that is re­sis­tant to change (an es­tab­lish­ment com­posed of both Democrats and Repub­li­cans, by the way). Twice now the GOP has asked vot­ers to give them ma­jor­ity sta­tus on the Hill. And now that they have it, Repub­li­cans haven’t a clue how to fol­low through on the rhetoric that pro­pelled them into power. Oh, they’ve pulled out a weed or two, but by and large they’ve be­come gate­keep­ers of the sta­tus quo. Democrats, on the other hand, want to grab the wheel and steer the coun­try to the hard left while ac­cel­er­at­ing.

Mr. Trump is the anti-es­tab­lish­ment pres­ence in Wash­ing­ton. Warts and all, he rep­re­sents the anger and frus­tra­tions of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who have tired of the sta­tus quo. Un­for­tu­nately, sub­stan­tive change will re­quire a far big­ger mir­a­cle than the one wit­nessed last Novem­ber. But if Moses could part the Red Sea, with a lit­tle di­vine help Mr. Trump can push through a scle­rotic Wash­ing­ton. THOMAS M. BEATTIE Mt. Ver­non, Vir­ginia

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