Can't take credit - but I like this. Actually written by Harold Hamilton of the Minnesota Watchdog: RONALD TRUMP Quote of the Week: “Reagan is an amiable dunce.” House Speaker Tip O’Neill If you were alive and paying attention to politics in the 1980s, you would think there’s a time warp spinning about us the past year. You would think we’ve been transported back the 1980s and the Reagan administration. President Trump’s treatment at the hands of the media and the Left is the exact playbook they threw at Reagan during his time in the White House. This is more than similarity or parallel. This is an eerie carbon copy. Reagan was derided as a slacker who didn’t understand the weight of the presidency. He came to the office late and was in pajamas by 6PM. Trump spends hours watching television, eating junk food, and talking on the phone to friends, much like a teenage boy. Reagan was a dangerous commander-in-chief who would end the world through a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. He can’t be trusted with nukes! Similarly, Trump is dangerous and will get America into war with North Korea, setting the whole peninsula on fire. Reagan was an “amiable dunce” who lacked the ability to grasp important public policy concepts. Trump may be successful and an Ivy League graduate, but is nonetheless of mediocre intelligence. His daddy set him up for success. Reagan’s mental fitness must be questioned. He’s old and forgetful. Trump’s mental fitness must be questioned. He says whatever is on his mind and lacks political correctness. In short, Trump, like Reagan, is the subject of vitriol and downright hatred from the media and their allies on the Left. Why is that? First, both were/are bold presidents who were more than caretakers of the country and their party. Both had/have a vision for their party and their country different from the status quo. Reagan built a Republican coalition of defense hawks, social conservatives, and small government advocates that expanded what Barry Goldwater started in the 1960s. Trump is building a similar coalition, with more emphasis on blue collar voters that is reminiscent of the “Reagan Democrats” of 30-plus years ago. Both took over the White House after a democrat president and immediately got to work reversing the work of those predecessors, angering those who benefitted from the previous administration. Reagan worked hard to rebuild the military, cut taxes, and reverse the economic “malaise” of the Carter presidency. Trump has worked to reverse Obamacare, Obama’s overregulation of corporate America, and the hollowing out of our military. Perhaps most importantly, both Reagan and Trump had/have an unshakable belief in American Exceptionalism that lies at the heart of their governing philosophy. Reagan’s “morning in America” and Trump’s “make America great again” differ in detail but both are based on the bedrock belief that America is a unique and special country, destined for greatness by Divine Providence. Liberals hate American Exceptionalism, instead seeing America as a rapacious and destructive country, obligated to forever atone for a variety of cardinal sins against other nations and cultures. Far from being exceptional, America is just another piggy colonial empire, in their thinking. That is the heart of the very deep partisan divide in America today. One camp hates America and thinks the country is bad. The other camp sees America as an exceptional nation steeped in greatness. Is Donald Trump Ronald Reagan? Only history can render that verdict some years from now. In the meantime, we will enjoy tax cuts, a shrinking federal work force, and a president who believes in America.