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November 29, 2019

Is Trump's Presidency More "Exhausting" Than Reagan's Presidency? [BUCK THROCKMORTON]

A recent meme among allegedly conservative pundits is that they are *exhausted* from covering the Trump presidency. With a heavy heart, they state that the exhausting nature of Trump’s presidency is not sustainable, and therefore something must change. Ace’s readers know that these are the same police-the-right quislings who crave guest appearances on cable news shows, and who spend all day on Twitter flirting with the left-wing journalists at ABCNNBCBS. All the same, the issue of “Trump exhaustion among the right” has received lots of media play. So let’s try to recall if there was ever another Republican President whose tenure was “exhausting”.

The first president I ever voted for was Ronald Reagan. By the end of his presidency I was *exhausted*. Although I never stopped supporting him, I was worn out from the endless “scandals” the media breathlessly reported on every day. It wasn’t just Iran-Contra. The media reported incessantly on the “homeless crisis” that was a direct result of Reagan’s cruel domestic policies. Not only did Reagan not care about the homeless, but homelessness somehow made the rich even richer. The media told me this. And I was exhausted.

Remember Bitburg? By offering remembrance to fallen German WWII conscripts, Reagan set off a media firestorm, without which the media would have politely returned to reporting on Reagan’s foreign policy goals. And what was Reagan’s chief foreign policy goal? Via the arms race he sought to blow the world up in a nuclear war. The media told me this. And I was exhausted.

Remember when Nancy Reagan replaced the existing White House china with expensive new china paid for entirely by private contributions, at no cost to the taxpayers? I don’t recall why, but this was an outrage. There was a media firestorm. Everyone was outraged. All the polite conservatives told me that this kind of outrageous behavior is what kept the media from reporting on Democrat scandals and misbehavior instead. And I was exhausted.

And it never stopped, whether it was “ketchup is a vegetable” or “trees cause pollution”, the outrages never stopped. The media repeatedly told me that Reagan was just like Nixon and Hitler, only much worse. They were exhausted. Everyone was exhausted. I was so exhausted that I happily cast my vote in 1988 for George HW Bush, ready for the media to calm down, and knowing that I’d no longer be exhausted in the era of GHW Bush’s kinder and gentler conservatism.

Guess what. Both Bush presidencies were exhausting. The media’s outrage machinery never stops when a Republican is in the White House. In the fashion they attacked Reagan and both Bushes, the media also attacks Trump, but they have never before encountered a Republican President who fights back and treats them with the contempt they deserve.

And to those “conservative” pundits who are exhausted. Quit your job. Learn to code. Do something else that isn’t as exhausting as reading Tweets from your Beltway idols. Real Americans sweating in real jobs don’t need you whimpering that it’s time for us to surrender in this war that we are winning.

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