I feel the need to mount a brief self-defense.
Some folks on my social media network have accused me of being perpetually negative toward Donald J. Trump. That is not true.
I pledged when Trump became president of the United States that I would praise him when he did something praiseworthy. Yes, those events have been limited, but I believe I have been faithful to my pledge. For instance:
* I praised Trump’s signing of a bill that made it easer for whistleblowers to rat out wrongdoing within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
* Trump drew praise from yours truly for launching the missile strikes against Syria after the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its citizens, killing many civilians.
* The president and the first lady earned kudos from me when they went to Houston after Hurricane Harvey savaged the Texas coast.
* I offered a follow-up comment on the president taking selfies with victims of Harvey’s wrath, showing a glint of humanity.
* I offered a good word for Trump when he went to Las Vegas recently to lend aid and comfort to the victims of that horrific massacre while offering words of support to the first responders who acted so heroically.
One critic of this blog calls me “bitter” over Hillary’s loss to Trump; another critic thinks all “liberals” look for reasons to speak ill of the president, and he thinks I’m one of ’em.
I’m not bitter. Disappointed, yes. As for looking for reasons to criticize Donald Trump, I never have to hunt for them. They do seem to present themselves with stunning regularity.
So … there you have it. The president has earned praise from yours truly. I want to offer more. First, though, he’s got to earn it.