Can’t you say anything good about President Donald Trump?

Some of my friends claim that I do not give our president a chance. They say I always overlook his good qualities. So I have decided to respond to that criticism by thinking of good things I can honestly say about him and then making a list to share with you.

I first looked to the Boy Scout Law for ideas of good qualities Trump might have: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. I found no help there. Trump does not even pretend to be a Boy Scout.

But he has other qualities that I think are positive and worthy of praise and inspiration.

1. Healthy habits. His no-smoking and no-drinking policy, over an entire lifetime, is a good example for young people.

2. Inspiring older people to serve. He is not the oldest president. Ronald Reagan was 77 when he left office. But at 72 Trump is old enough to inspire a generation of older people to get off the couch and help their country. Note that Trump at 70 was the oldest person to take office. Reagan was only 69.

3. Overlooked concerns. Trump’s ability to ascertain and respond to the real concerns of an overlooked American public is an example for other political leaders.

4. Mobilizing. He has mobilized hundreds of thousands of previously uninvolved voters in the public life and brought them and their ideas into the political arena. From these people will come some activists and problem solvers of the future.

5. Open communication. Trump has brought about a revolution in communication by our leaders.

The direct contact, absent the filter of news organizations and other leaders, certainly has downsides, but our political leaders will never again be dependent upon others to reach their supporters.

6. Giving voice to marginalized citizens. Trump has given a voice to important groups of Americans who have felt left out or stayed out of the public dialogue for reasons of their own choosing. Some groups and individuals with strong views on issues of immigration, race, gender and social policy can no longer say that their views are ignored.

7. Resilience. When Trump’s businesses or personal life have tanked, he always comes back. When his casino businesses failed, he did not throw in the towel. Although many other people would have never recovered from such failures, he somehow recovered, establishing new businesses and new credit lines when most people would have departed the scene.

8. Energy. He spends hours on the campaign stages, booming with spirit, never letting up, and calling the crowds into action. He not only conveys enthusiasm but also infuses the crowds with the same spirit. He pops up everywhere, tweeting in the middle of the night, traveling, campaigning, golfing, meeting with friends and foes across the world.

9. Turning defeats into victories, or re-framing defeats as victories. For instance, after his losing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he revised his position and now claims credit for protecting its most popular feature, coverage for pre-existing conditions.

10. Charisma. Even if his charismatic appearances do not move you, you have to concede that this quality draws large crowds and strongly motivates his followers.

11. Opportunistic. Both as a businessperson and as president, he jumps on unexpected opportunities that present themselves. When recent campaign opportunities arose to exploit the Kavanaugh hearings and the caravan of refugees in Central America, he did not delay.

I am not a fan of Trump and I could write a much longer column about his faults as our country’s leader. But those, like me, who usually oppose him would do well to recognize that it is only fair to recognize some positives as well.


(4) comments

Mark Hayes

Must have caused great pain to credit Trump for anything, I would imagine that it may actually be perceived by Democrat/Socialist as exceeding liberal limit laws, a crime against the party. I did enjoy the little dig on Kavanaugh, Trump using the " refugee caravan " to deflect attention away from the issue, I would like to correct you DG Martin on one specific misnomer in regards to that caravan, they are not refugees, they are a organized invasion of " illegal immigrants " attempting to manipulate our immigration laws regarding " refugees ", but then as a Democrat/Socialist you already know the truth, just against party policy to speak the truth on this matter.

Jim Tomashoff

Well said by one of our resident Republican/Authoritarians (hey, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right Mark? Ooh, I've used your name after I've been threatened not to). It's worth reminding ourselves that, not withstanding the fact that an "organized invasion" has no chance of illegally immigrating given their visibility and the fact, yes fact, that they are coming to claim amnesty, which is their right under international treaties to which the U.S. is still a party. If they wanted to illegally immigrate they would do so in small groups trying desperately to avoid any publicity, you know, like all those trying to immigrate illegally do.

Peyton Cook

Any foreign national attempting to enter the United States at any point of the border other than a Port of Entry is doing so illegally which a crime. It doesn’t matter whether it is a single individual or a “caravan “. Mexico did offer those who were fleeing the dangerous conditions in Central America asylum. Few accepted. This is an organized attempt to overwhelm our Border Control agents. Those wanting asylum could have gone to an United States Embassy or Consulate in their home country. All should be turned back.

Kent Misegades

I am not a fan of Democrat for Life DG Martin but it appears there is hope for him yet, based on these comments. He needs to spend more time in flyover country and take the six week Limbaugh Cure.

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