With Friends Like This Trump Doesn’t Need Enemies

By Jim O’Neill

Geeze Louise, to listen to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and a host of other fair-weather friends you would think that President Trump has started eating aborted fetuses for breakfast.  Get a grip people, he signed a short-term Omnibus spending bill, he didn’t give away the keys to the kingdom.

President Trump remains in my opinion the greatest POTUS to come down the pike since the early days of the republic.  I thank God every day that Trump is president, and consider America blessed indeed to have such an intelligent, street savvy, compassionate, stalwart, and courageous patriot at our helm.

How soon we forget.  Do you have ANY idea what America would look like today if Hillary Clinton and the corrupt globalist cabal had won the presidential election?  DO YOU REALLY?  I seriously doubt any of the sunshine patriots and summer-time soldiers who are so quick to dismiss President Trump’s myriad and impressive accomplishments have any real grasp of how closely the USA came to being killed off for good in November of 2016.

In my article “Trickle-Down Trump” I mentioned that one of the qualities that President Trump possesses is a “an unflagging positive attitude.”  The importance of such an attitude on our individual lives and the life of America as a whole cannot be overemphasized.  The famed philosopher William James put it succinctly: “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power!”

He expanded on this theme during a series of lectures he gave at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland during the fin de siecle of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly.  What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered?   What is more injurious to others?   What less helpful to others as a way out of difficulty?  It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it and increases the total evil of the situation.  At all costs then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood: we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.  But it is impossible to carry on this discipline in the subjective sphere without zealously emphasizing the brighter and minimizing the darker aspects of the objective sphere…. (italics added)

William James “The Varieties of Religious Experience” (p. 86, paperback)

So, lighten the f—k up and give President Trump some breathing room.  Save you “pining, puling, mumping” moods for those who deserve it – say Congress.

3 responses to “With Friends Like This Trump Doesn’t Need Enemies

  1. Nanette Alexander

    Thank you for this breath of fresh air and patience for President Donald Trump.

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  2. I understand what you are saying, I truly do. However, what happens when that optimistic, the-world-is-a-bowl-of-cherries, attitude hits a brick wall and there is no way over, around or though it? Then a person is left in despair with a huge bout of depression. I believe this happens a lot to young people who do not have the skills to realize things will get better and then worse and then better and worse, etc. For us adults we just give up. I have not abandon President Trump, but he no longer has any leverage to bring Congress in line.

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    • THIS REPLY IS FROM JIM O’NEILL

      Bravo on a reply that shows insight and wisdom. I have taken the time to treat my response with the care it deserves.
      First, I would say that a positive attitude, if correctly understood, has nothing whatsoever to do with turning a blind eye on the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and substituting a Pollyannaesque view of life as a “bowl of cherries.” That is not a positive attitude, that is burying your head in a hole in the sand – and then acting surprised when the world bites you on the butt.
      A positive attitude is a mindset, a way of being, that looks at life not as a struggle but as an opportunity to grow, expand, and blossom. Life has challenges, not obstacles. There are no failures, only lessons learned. Life is not a bowl of cherries but a series of choices made, struggles overcome, and projects either fulfilled or learned from. “Failure” is as much a state of mind as optimism.
      Optimism does not just happen – it must be nurtured and cultivated. As William James put it, “it is impossible to carry on this discipline…without zealously emphasizing the brighter and minimizing the darker aspects.” In short, a positive attitude (as a negative one) is a choice, pure and simple.
      Why choose to be positive? James answers that question as well. Speaking of a negative attitude he writes: “What is more injurious to others? What less helpful to others as a way out of difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood: we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.”
      It’s common sense really. It is an old spiritual truism that what we think upon grows. If we fill our thoughts and feelings with negativity and despair we are sure to encourage such things to appear in our lives. Conversely, if we fill our minds with positive attitudes and hopeful beliefs, then we are planting the seeds for such things to blossom in our experience. That is not pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. It is simply cause and effect demonstrated in the physical realm.
      It takes no special genius to recognize that what we think upon grows. Call it karma, or call it reaping what you sow. We tend to block those things we disbelieve in, and welcome into our lives what we expect to see. As I say, common sense really.
      Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7 (NIV)
      Why, knowing what we do of the detrimental effects of negative thinking, would we spend any time at all cultivating such poison? And why would we not spend our time constructively nurturing a healthy positive attitude? There is, of course, much more to this subject than I have touched upon here, but hopefully I have provided some worthy food for thought.
      In closing, I have often found these words below by Paul to be worth contemplating and meditating upon. Why would this man of God make such a powerful statement regarding the cultivation of a positive state of being? Godspeed, Jim
      Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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