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Trump's "Nixon-in-China" Moment?

Jeff Hall

Posted on August 12, 2019 17:07

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I am reading stories saying maybe the latest spate of shootings will cause Trump and the Republicans to do something about guns. I suggest we not hold our breath.

I saw this headline on THE LATEST (pulled an article by Reed Richardson of Mediaite):

Fox Business’ Trish Regan Urges Trump to Take On NRA and Pass Gun Control: This Could Be His ‘Nixon-in-China Moment’

The article went on to say:

Fox Business host Trish Regan personally appealed to President Donald Trump’s well-known affinity for historical greatness, urging him to disregard lobbying from the NRA and help pass gun control in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: “This could be this president’s Nixon-in-China moment.” In the days since the twin massacres that claimed the lives of 31 Americans and wounded...

It's an interesting concept, this "Nixon Goes to China" thing. For those of you not old enough to remember Richard Nixon, he was very anti-Communist and, in a complete surprise, initiated overtures to build bridges to both the USSR and China.

China was the bigger surprise because China was quite isolated from the rest of the world at that time; the US and USSR at least worked on missile treaties from time to time. 

So is it possible Trump would do something out of character and embrace common sense gun control?

After all, a majority of Democrats AND Republicans are in favor of background checks that would keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them. 

I doubt anything is about to change. 

I remember thinking, in Trump's inaugural address, we would see the "big change" then.  In that speech, he would finally end the campaign and start acting "presidential." 

That didn't happen, which is too bad, because I think some of his ideas make sense -- going after China on trade, lifting people out of poverty via an improving economy, getting control over our borders, etc.

But he is his own worst enemy and obliterates his message -- and real progress -- by engaging in "forever" Twitter wars. 

He loves being in a daily brawl because it keeps him at the center of attention. He clearly thinks any attention is better than no attention. If exhaustion seems to be setting in, all he has to do is send out an even-more outrageous tweet and change the subject.  

It's all about the attention, the drama, the ratings. The show must go on! 

To actually sit down and get something done would take work, focus, figuring out compromises that a majority could actually live with. That doesn't sound like much fun for our current president.

This article started with a reference to Nixon (going to China). Nixon also gave us Watergate -- extremely exhausting for the country. At some point, even Republicans began to question him. Then it all imploded. I don't see much chance Republicans are about to turn on Trump; I also don't think he's about to change.

If the people want real leadership, they are going to have to do something to bring it about.  I think the "Do Something" chant is a powerful start.  We'll see. 

Jeff Hall

Posted on August 12, 2019 17:07

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