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Is This the Source of Trump's "Forgotten Man" (and Woman) From His Victory Speech?

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Is the following, excerpted from "The Forgotten Man," the source of Donald Trump's "Forgotten man and woman" from his victory speech?

"William Graham Sumner penned a lecture against the progressives of his own day and in defense of classical liberalism. The lecture eventually become an essay, titled “The Forgotten Man.” Applying his own elegant algebra of politics, Sumner warned that well-intentioned social progressives often coerced unwitting average citizens into funding dubious social projects. 

Sumner wrote: “As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine…what A, B, and C shall do for X.” But what about C? There was nothing wrong with A and B helping X. What was wrong was the law, and the indenturing of C to the cause. C was the forgotten man, the man who paid, “the man who never is thought of.” 

In 1932, a member of Roosevelt’s brain trust, Ray Moley, recalled the phrase, although not its provenance. He inserted it into the candidate’s first great speech. If elected, Roosevelt promised, he would act in the name of “the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.” Whereas C had been Sumner’s forgotten man, the New Deal made X the forgotten man—the poor man, the old man, labor, or any other recipient of government help. Roosevelt’s work on behalf of his version of the forgotten man generated a new tradition. 

To justify giving to one forgotten man, the administration found, it had to make a scapegoat of another. Businessmen and businesses were the targets. Roosevelt’s old mentor, the Democrat Al Smith, was furious. Even Keynes was concerned. In 1938 he wrote to Roosevelt advising him to nationalize utilities or leave them alone—but in any case cease his periodic and politicized attacks on them. Keynes saw no point “in chasing utilities around the lot every other week.” Roosevelt and his staff were becoming habitual bullies, pitting Americans against one another. The polarization made the Depression feel worse. Franklin Roosevelt’s forgotten man, the constituent X, perpetually tangled with Sumner’s original forgotten man..."

-- The Motley Blogger

Whose "Forgotten Man and Woman" was Trump talking about? Read the book.

One of, if not the, most frequently quoted and reported lines in President-elect Donald Trump's victory speech was "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer." Undoubtedly the reference was lost on 99% of Americans (and likely 99.9% of the journalists who featured the quote). 

Given the likelihood that someone in Trump's circle knows full well from whence the phrase "The Forgotten Man" comes, those who care deeply about their country and their politics would do well to familiarize themselves with the origins of that descriptive term and its uses (and abuses) over the course of the last 80 years. Much could be riding on whether Trump and his advisers are talking about the "Forgotten Man" (and woman) in the sense in which the phrase's originator meant it, or in the sense in which Franklin Roosevelt and his crew used the word after they hijacked it and gave it an entirely different meaning from what was originally intended. 

If your interest is piqued (or even if it is not), you owe it to yourself to learn more about the "Forgotten Man" and to try to decipher why Trump and his staff thought it was critical to bring up the concept in his victory speech. Undoubtedly, that was the first of many times we will hear that phrase. 

Get yourself a copy of "The Forgotten Man" and if you do nothing else, read the Introduction to the book and focus on the last three pages of the Intro where the title of the book and the meaning of the phrase is explained. Obviously, reading the entire book would also be a big help in deciphering where Mr. Trump and a Trump administration want to take the country, hopefully for better and not for worse, which brings us full circle to the original question: Whose "Forgotten man and woman" was Mr. Trump talking about?

-- The Motley Blogger
Beloved, we cannot change things unless we are politically active. But we must never be politically active if our motives are not grounded in the Word of God and our desires covered in prayer before we act.

Bill O'Brien, the oft-vulgar, rarely competent coach of the Houston Texans...

Bill O'Brien, the oft-vulgar, rarely competent coach of the Houston Texans "professsional" football team, recently became a bit snippy when it was suggested that his team's 5-3 record was shaky and illusory, given all that obviously is wrong with said team. You can't really blame him. Who among us does not get snippy when we have made a huge mistake that quite likely will cost us our job somewhere in the near future?

Image result for Bill O'Brien,Coach O'Brien's current big mistake ("current" because it is only one among many, but it is a doozey) is the selection of young Brock Osweiler to lead the team to the Super Bowl. Apparently the coach developed an instant affinity for the 6-8 quarterback after seeing something of himself (incompetence at critical times, bad decision making, etc.) in young Mr. Osweiler. (Okay, using "etc." in an opinion piece is weak, so here is one bit of what I mean by etc.: O'Brien and Osweiler share another trait, which is the ability to get a really good job and make lots of money based on something other than an established history of high-level performance.)

Now we are hearing reports that tensions are spiking between O'Brien and Osweiler, yet another sign that O'Brien (were it even possible) is perhaps even more incompetent than the league's third-worst quarterback (don't let the statistics fool you; Osweiler is easily THE worst starting quarterback in the NFL). Out-coached not just on any given Sunday, but virtually every Sunday (and Monday night and Thursday night), O'Brien seems headed down yet another bad path that is commonly tread by bad coaches with bad decision-making skills: Blame the players that YOU helped draft and that YOU coach and for whom YOU call plays (not that Osweiler is capable of executing even a simple game plan, but hey, a third-grade Defensive Coordinator could easily decipher the Texan's run-run-pass , run-run-pass, run-run-pass...offense). 

O'Brien should do the honorable thing and fall on his own sword in a last-ditch attempt to save the team and the season, though his job likely is as dead as his play calling. Admit that selecting Brock Osweiler to quarterback your team was a bone-headed idea of epic proportions, and let Tom Savage finish the season. Worse-case scenario, go back to last season's quarterback-du-jour situation, one that arguably might have had the Texans at 6-2 or 7-1 instead of 5-3 -- that's how awful Osweiler has been, and how lucky the Texans have been to have sufficient talent to plug the humongous whole created when J. J. Watt was lost for the season (sufficient talent and a soft schedule, to be more precise).

How likely is it that O'Brien will admit his mistake and try to convince Bob McNair to park the $72 million fake Rolls-Royce in the garage and break out the used Fiat for toodling around town? My guess is that human nature, with which O'Brien seems to be amply endowed, prevents the coach from suggesting such a drastic plan, and would anywise prevent McNair from implementing it even if O'Brien were to suggest it. But as the Motley Blogger always says: You never know.

-- The Motley Blogger