I know Tucker through both of our associations with the Cato Institute. Tucker has moved on to the big time national stage and comported himself with aplomb, dignity and distinction. You may be taken aback by what Mr. Carlson concludes in the following Swiss interview. I sure am!
Here’s a brief analysis of the Trump administration’s progress by Carlson, as viewed by Rod Dreher of The American Conservative (abridged):
Tucker Carlson is very disappointed in President Trump. In a startling interview with the Swiss weekly Weltwoche, the Fox News host, who has often defended the president, cuts loose. Excerpts:
Do you think he has kept his promises? Has he achieved his goals?
No. His chief promises were that he would build the wall, de-fund planned parenthood, and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things.
Of course Trump had the Washington elites against him, but as Carlson says, Trump is not focused, and hasn’t made a point of surrounding himself with competent people who could achieve his policy goals (such as they are).
In the United States and in Western Europe labor unions moderated the forces of change and allowed us to preserve capitalism in the form that we see it now… You’re seeing the exact same dynamic play out today, we have another, as I said, economic revolution, the digital age, which is changing how people work, how they make money, how families are structured. There is a huge reaction to that, of course, because there always is, because normal people can’t handle change at this pace. People are once again crying out for some help. They feel threatened by the change. What bothers me is that there is no large group of sensible people asking, how can we buffer this change? How can we restrain it just enough, not to stop it, but to keep people from overreacting and becoming radical?
Read the whole thing. Seriously, do. Carlson has a lot of interesting things to say. Check out what he says about revolution in America. How unusual it is to have an elite journalist who actually has original thoughts.
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