From John Ray's shorter notes
January 02, 2018
Trump coins show that Trump widens the range of the possible
The news about the Trump presentation coins was a good laugh. They are twice as thick as ones by previous Presidents and instead of being nickel-silver are -- OF COURSE -- in gold, presumably gold-plated. Trump has always liked gold. It is his trademark color.
And the media went wild about how crass and vulgar it all is. The man has no taste, no restaint!
And the lack of restraint is the key. Nothing conventional or accepted restrains him. He does what he thinks is a good thing, regardless of any convention. He is extraordinarily independent. He has clearly had a life in which he didn't need to seek approval from others. He gained all the acceptance he needed just by being himself.
And American society in general and the Presidency in particular had become heavily tied up in conventional expectations about what you could and could not do. And, unfortunately, many of those constraints have come from the Left and have been genuinely oppressive.
But Trump has burst the barriers wide open. The Leftist constraints are going at a great rate and other ways of doing things are now possible. His coins are a graphic symbol of that. Who can doubt, for instance, that future Presidents will tweet? They will undoubtedly do it more cautiously but they will do it. It will even be expected now as evidence of frankness and openness.
So expect more and more shrieks from the media as Trump steadily normalizes more and more of what was once forbidden or at least heavily decried -- JR
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