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Donald Trump’s New Year’s Resolutions

By Susan Kuebler

After a year of seeing Donald Trump in action, plus his tweets and actions over the last couple of days, it should be fun to speculate what his New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 might be.  Not that Trump ever kept a resolution he made, but let’s give it a try.

Resolution #1 – Piss of two-thirds of the American people at one time.

That takes a special talent, but Trump managed to pull it off in his New Year’s Eve tweet.

With most of the polls showing his approval ratings in the low to mid 30s, the “enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media” comprise around 2/3rds of American voters.  Despite his claims to the contrary, Trump has NOT signed more legislation in his first year than any other president.  Historically, he has signed the LEAST number of bills in his first year since the days of Harry S. Truman, and he didn’t even have a full year in office.

Resolution #2 – Piss off American allies who have nuclear weapons.

Trump began 2018 by sending out a tweet threatening Pakistan, one of our allies, and a nation with nuclear capability.

Granted, our relations with that country have been rocky, but one would think the way to improve them would not be to say we are cutting off financial aid to them.  Perhaps our U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale can smooth over the ruffled waters.  At least this is one of the few countries where we have an Ambassador.

Resolution #3 – Piss off the rest of the world, except for Guatemala.

Even before the recent vote by the General Assembly of the United Nations condemning the U.S. proposed move of our embassy to Jerusalem, both Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said they would be “taking names” of those countries who voted against us.  As reported in the Los Angeles Times, an emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly overwhelming passed a non-binding resolution condemning Trump’s decision to relocated the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The vote was 128 in favor, nine opposed, and 25 abstentions.  Trump response?

“Let them vote against us.  We’ll save a lot.  We don’t care.”

He was, of course, referring to his threat to withhold foreign aid to any sovereign nation that supported the resolution.  He might want to read Dale Carnegie’s classic “How To Win Friends and Influence People” but that would be assuming he actually can read.

Resolution #4 – Help defeat Republican candidates for office.

Based on his track record in 2017, his prospects for getting more Republicans elected in 2018 look grim.  He endorsed Ed Gillespie for governor of Virginia.  He sent out tweets and robo calls supporting his candidacy.  But after Gillespie lost the election, Trump threw him under the bus:

Next came the Alabama Senate race.  First, Trump endorsed the interim Senator Luther Strange, who lost to Judge Roy Moore.  Then Trump endorsed Roy Moore.  Who lost to a DEMOCRAT! Doug Jones – the first Democrat elected in that state since 1992.  But once again, Trumpian logic explains it – somehow.

Actually, the Republicans are 5-1 in Congressional races this year, but let’s not let something like facts get in the way of a good, convoluted tweet.  Is it any wonder the Democrats are fielding far more candidates in 2018 than in previous years?  They are giddy with the prospect of a “blue wave” or even a “blue tsunami” in 2018.

Resolution #5 – Play more golf.

Yes, you were probably surprised at not seeing this as Resolution #1.  But business before pleasure.  You may recall Trump’s tweet sent out on Christmas Day

On December 26th, Trump played golf.

On December 27th, Trump played golf.

On December 28th, Trump played golf.

On December 29th, Trump played golf.

On December 30th, Trump played golf.

On December 31st, Trump played golf and gave a New Year’s Eve party to guests paying him for the privilege of attending.

But never fear, Trump tweeted the following on New Year’s Day

That still gives him time to get in a round of golf before he leaves.

Resolution #6 – Give up Twitter

Ha! Got you on that one.  In fact, Trump plans to continue to tweet, despite the fact that many of his own supporters wish he would stop.

This from the man who has used social media, especially Twitter, to criticize every political action in the previous 8 years.  And yes, there is a tweet from Trump contradicting himself for every occasion.

2018 will prove if these New Year’s resolutions come true or not.  In any case, it’s going to be another bumpy ride.

"All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well". Julian of Norwich.

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