- - Monday, July 3, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

You get a better sense of a person when in his or her presence — even when sitting six rows away. President Trump is very much an alpha male. That alone is reason enough to upset the left. To the political left, masculinity, like patriotism, is better left locked up in the past.

In his speech last weekend at the Kennedy Center celebrating our nation’s freedom, Mr. Trump made fleeting reference to Gen. George S. Patton. As I listened to him, I couldn’t help but think how similar he is to Patton. He’s crude at times, undisciplined, unconventional and hard-charging. He is also up against a thoroughly entrenched establishment that is resistant to change (an establishment composed of both Democrats and Republicans, by the way). Twice now the GOP has asked voters to give them majority status on the Hill. And now that they have it, Republicans haven’t a clue how to follow through on the rhetoric that propelled them into power. Oh, they’ve pulled out a weed or two, but by and large they’ve become gatekeepers of the status quo. Democrats, on the other hand, want to grab the wheel and steer the country to the hard left while accelerating.

Mr. Trump is the anti-establishment presence in Washington. Warts and all, he represents the anger and frustrations of millions of Americans who have tired of the status quo. Unfortunately, substantive change will require a far bigger miracle than the one witnessed last November. But if Moses could part the Red Sea, with a little divine help Mr. Trump can push through a sclerotic Washington.

THOMAS M. BEATTIE

Mt. Vernon, Va.

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