“How do you raise an army? You do that by dividing America into tribes and, as ‘president,’ aligning yourself with the most extreme tribe, all the while promoting militarization among people who support you. You do it by worshiping military figures and talking in militaristic terms. You reverse Barack Obama’s executive order on gun control.” – Charles Blow in Trump Raises an Army [via nytimes.com]

65 Responses to Quote of the Day: How a President ‘Raises an Army’

    • This is factually untrue outside of ofwg circles. What is really going to make you reach for your blood pressure meds is when he goes down as one of the best POTUS in historic context.

      • It is actually unarguable that he did so, even and especially outside OFWG circles. What’s really going to get your little panties in a twist is when everyone else around you finally wakes up to that fact and he finally goes down as one of the worst presidents in history as he damn well should.

    • “Or you can do it like Obama; belittle cops…”

      “This is factually untrue outside of ofwg circles.”

      Mighty selective memory you have, Mr. Proud.

      Here is video of Obama doing *exactly* that.

      Remember this one?

      “…I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,”

      https://www.nbcnews.com/video/obama-police-acted-stupidly-in-gates-arrest-320569411629

    • This is why the pending site redesign needs an upvote button.

      EDIT:

      Well, sorry Elvis. That was more funny / clever than flame. You wuz robbed!!

    • You can make a good argument that Obama’s “army” is in the field right now — they’re the people wearing black masks and attacking peaceful citizens for having contrary opinions.

  1. Dude is “worried” about a fictional army while America spends more on real fighting forces than any other empire in history.

    • In actual dollars, yes…. as a percentage of GDP adjusted for inflation and commodities production, no…. not even close.

  2. Ayup, an army of Social Security recipients who need help with their finances are going to be marching down your street any day now!

    • I was about to post this. Self-described “progressives” have had zero issues with growing government overreach for the last 8 years. Many “conservatives” had zero issues with increased government overreach during the Bush years as well. How soon everyone forgets what it’s like to not have “their guy” in office. That’s why the growth of government will not slow.

      • Looks like the new verse to the same old song it – “A hurricane, need more bucks, business as usual, need the “Dreamer” deadbeats to rebuild, Trump must rest”.

        • Exactly. It amazes me that I can watch policy “debates” on “news” programs today and go back to videos from the 70’s and 80’s with the same arguments, the same taking points, and the same “solutions”. Politically, we live in the definition of insanity.

  3. Dude! Pay attention to your own party line, ok? It’s much more important to disarm the public, because the pubic is already well-armed. which also means there’s no need to arm your supporters.

    Then pay attention to what your own light bringer did to divide the public, constantly harping on how his view was the only reasonable one, that all other views were illegitimate, shaking his head, sing-song voice warbling away.

    Don’t forget the deplorables, the bitter clingers, and all that other divisive talk.

    Conclusion, if you dare: politicians suck, and government is what enables them to turn that suck into authority.

  4. It amazes me that the Left calls Trump names, claims he insights violence, etc., and yet they are the ones who show up at protests carrying bricks, ax handles and other weapons. And the media lets them get away with it.

  5. “You do that by dividing America into tribes and, as ‘president,’ aligning yourself with the most extreme tribe, all the while promoting militarization among people who support you.”

    Ah, yes. The Obama Method.

  6. Here is a man who speaks of something he has no clue about. Liberals/Democrats are historically anti military. The one time they did form an army it got it’s ass handed to it (i.e.) the civil war. Antifa is not an army but rather a bunch of thugs with no education or desire to be anything but thugs. He is right in one aspect there is an army forming. In fact that army is the biggest in the world. Far bigger than the military. It’s called the 2A supporters. If the time comes that it needs to be deployed Mr.Blowhard and the rest of the Antifa Trump haters better be ready. The Lightening of the Terrible Swift Sword will be loosed again on the true dividers of this nation. Keep Your Powder Dry…

  7. “How do you raise an army? You do that by dividing America into tribes and, as ‘president,’ aligning yourself with the most extreme tribe, all the while promoting militarization among people who support you…”

    Then it’s a good thing the candidate who called opposing voters deplorable and aligned herself with Antifa didn’t win, isn’t it?

  8. Give little Charley a break. Pedaling failed policies will just get him ignored. All he has left is tin-foil hat hysteria.

  9. Yeah, “The Gray Lady” has been a polite euphemism for “Your Elderly Neighbor With Dementia” for some time now.

  10. Mr. Blow(hard) neglected to mention that President Trump also raised a Navy composed of those gun-totin’, camo-wearin’, Bible-thumpin’ zealots. They call themselves “the Cajun Navy” and they flocked to Houston by the thousands in their pickup trucks, towing every kind of small boat you can imagine. They spent their own time and resources rescuing anyone and everyone endangered by the flooding be they white, black, brown, yellow, red …. every color which makes up the melting pot of America. They didn’t care what color their skin was or their party affiliation. All they cared about was that they were fellow Americans in need.

    Quite a “basket of deplorables”, that Cajun Navy.

    • Trump didn’t raise that Navy, they self-motivated their own Navy into existence. Southern Christians saw a need to help their fellow man regardless of race, color or creed. Damned those southern hicks just won’t fall in line with the MSM libtard narrative!!!

  11. He is just following the normal left wing mode of operation.

    To deflect attention, accuse the other guy of doing exactly what you are doing.

    They have been doing it for decades.

  12. TOTALLY NOT TRUE! You raise an army by making it a proud honor to serve. The president doesn’t have much control over that. The 240+ years of Marine Corps history does a fine job of advertising. The quality of life in the modern suck aint too bad either, really As long as running and getting screamed at is yoir cup of tea. Was a time that even I enjoyed it, now I’m an OFWG

  13. “Harvey is the third 500-year flood to hit the Houston area in the past three years.”

    And this right here is why my buddy and I are launching our own website in the near future. If you can get paid to put this kind of retardation on the interwebz, hopefully we can get paid to put up something slightly more intelligent.

  14. Remember all the conservatives and Republicans blocking the streets in 2008 when Obama got elected? All the property destruction? Oh, wait…it was lefty a$$holes destroying, looting, and blocking roads when Trump got elected in 2016.

  15. If I was him I would be more concerned about “the Left’s” army of violent masked, black-clad, weapon-wielding stormtroopers ie. “The Resistance” comprised of OWS/AntiFa/AntiRa/La Raza/BLM/ELF/ALF/LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ etc. As for Charles “Blow”-hard, I’m sure he does THAT at Obama’s favorite hangout, Man’s Country gay bathhouse, in ChiCongo.

  16. Oh and “dividing America into tribes”? Blow-hard’s pal, the Chocolate “messiah”, was great at doing THAT.

  17. Did those Obama issued m79 grenade launchers get recalled from school districts in California yet???? I wonder if the ATF let them keep their blue practice ammunition???
    Or the armored fighting vehicles get recalled from school districts around the country, issued by Obama????

  18. B f’ing S! Blow has drunk the kool-aide, fallen victim to Trump Derangement Syndrome, or whatever term you prefer to use describing self-righteous, leftist prigs. Screw ’em.

    “Russia didn’t elect Trump… I did!”

  19. Am I the only one who recalls last time a Republican president had to raise an army quick it was because a bunch of Democrats didn’t like the results of an election and started shooting at people?

  20. Mr. Blow’s BS is exactly why the Democratic party is turning belly up. Bye, bye out of touch Welfare/Appeasement/Globalist/high taxing POS. And I used to be a Democrat: ONE OF LIFE’S BIG REGRETS.

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