The Donald has announced his candidacy for president. Already, Conservative pundits are wagging their heads. ‘He’s too egotistical,’ is their number one complaint. ‘He has no political experience.’ Obama had the minimum and his attendance record was questionable. ‘All he cares about is making money.’ ‘He speaks well as a Conservative, but that doesn’t make him presidential material.’ And, ‘He’s a Birther.’ (Glenn Beck).
Not only is he a Birther, but he also wanted to rebuild the Twin Towers. While his heart was in the right place, he hadn’t considered how horrible such a sight might be to the survivors and the families of those who perished. Unless Trump could somehow perform a miracle and resurrect the 2,700 who perished in New York on 9/11, then the Towers couldn’t be rebuilt anyway.
That aside, there are some pros and cons to Trumps candidacy.
1. He’s rich. He’s successful. He’s an excellent executive businessman – a CEO – who knows how to delegate. He’s faced bankruptcy in the past, which occurred shortly after his best executive team was killed in a helicopter accident in Atlantic City in the late Seventies or early Eighties, back when Atlantic City was a going concern.
We could be sure that Trump would surround himself with the best advisors and that he would listen to them. He listened to the helicopter guys – that’s how he became so successful – and his business fell off after they died. He can see what’s happening to the American economy. As a businessman, he recognizes that there’s a severe and unfair balance in our trade with China. His declared intention is to bring back some of the jobs we’ve lost overseas. He hasn’t made any unrealistic promises (that I know of). He doesn’t say that there won’t be any foreign trade. Some foreign trade is essential to a country’s economic health and I’m sure, good businessman that he is, Trump knows that.
Why have we lost those jobs, especially in the manufacturing industry? High corporate taxes, onerous regulations, and excessive union wages and pensions. He would make an excellent economic chief executive in the same way Mitt Romney would have (if only anyone had listened to common sense) – without Romney’s soft-hearted leaning towards illegal immigration.
If there are any cons to the financial side of Trump, it’s difficult to see what they are. How can you argue with success? Not every rich business person wants or should be President of the United States. Usually, the failure begins with them not really wanting the responsibilities of the office. This guy clearly does. Then again, not every politician should be President of the United States, either.
Being rich means he has the means to be a player in a field where money buys advertising and votes. He’s still not as rich as George Soros. George Soros is a rich man who doesn’t want to be President; he wants to be the man pulling the strings of the President of the United States. That’s what we have to face in the upcoming election. We need someone willing to fight. Trump is not alone in this attribute: Scott Walker would be willing, if the GOP would support him, which they won’t. Ditto, Ted Cruz. Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (who was born here in America) is a little soft on marijuana, although he advocates medical marijuana as a doctor. That still might turn off the Conservative voters. Jindal is in favor of spending cuts. As for the rest of the field, the GOP candidates mostly purple, meaning they would ‘negotiate’ with the other side.
Therein lies a “con” for Trump. He wrote a book entitled, “The Art of the Deal.” He prides himself on being a negotiator. So did George W. Bush. That could win Trump some Moderate GOP votes. But will money talk and will he shake hands with the Democrats on the other side of the aisle? That, more than egotism, is what could cost him the nomination and/or the election.
2. He’s pro-American. You can be sure Trump will not bow to foreign potentates. Is he egotistical? Obviously, but so is Obama. Trump wants to be our hero, our champion. We can’t say that of the current White House occupant. A large part of the 16-member GOP field of candidates wants to be the hero of the mythical Hispanic vote, no matter how much of our taxpayer money it takes to buy their votes.
Not only is Trump strong on a strong America economically, but a strong American military as well. Colt, the gun manufacturer, has just declared bankruptcy. Colt built the M-16 rifle, the prime weapon of our infantry. The loss of the M-16 is not just a loss for Colt but a loss for the U.S. Army as well. This bankruptcy is another indication of Obama’s plans to minimize our military, and thereby, our security.
Trump said in his announcement that ‘America needs a cheerleader’ and that he will be America’s Cheerleader. He also said that he would be the greatest American president ever. If he expects to be elected, he needs to tone down the self-boasting. A few less “I’s, Me’s and Mine’s” in his speeches would suit his ambitions better and reassure Americans that he really cares about him. We’ve had enough of those from Obama to last us all a lifetime. We need another George Washington, another Ronald Reagan, not another Barack Obama.
Such bombastic boasting is his trademark, which was fine when he was simply the King of Atlantic City and Manhattan. He must be willing to declare himself our servant, for he is running for a public servant office. He can rest assured that he would still be the boss if elected. But it would be his own Cabinet he would be bossing around, not us. The Constitution allows only a limited power to boss Congress around. So long as he distinguishes between the title of “King of Atlantic City” and “President of the United States,” he could make a good leader. That’s another thing we’ve had enough of these last two elections – tyrants.
Still, promoting is his forte. As long as he can remember he’s supposed to be promoting the country, not himself (except during the campaign, and even there, he should tone down the personal pronouns in his speeches. Not altogether, but by about roughly two-thirds. Personal examples of his success as a businessman and stories about other patriotic people he knows are okay), we could trust him to act in the nation’s best interests.
3. He’s not Ross Perot. Even Ross Perot wasn’t Ross Perot.
Ross Perot was initially a candidate in the Republican primary of 1992. When he lost to George H.W. Bush, who was running for re-election, he ran as an Independent candidate who drew off the vote of Conservatives disgruntled with Bush’s “negotiations” with the Democrats. As a result, Perot was blamed for Bush losing the election.
We’ve learned a thing or two about the Republican Party since then. That was now a long time ago, but Conservatives still remember why they voted for Perot in the primaries. We were tired then of pandering to the politically-correct Democrats. Bush went against an important campaign promise – “Read my lips:” said he, “No more new taxes.” The Democrats had agreed only to pull the rug out from under him. They even had the nerve to sneer at his pledge. Conservatives concluded that the “W.” in his name stood for “Weak” or “Wimpy.”
The GOP should have heeded the warning before the 1992 primaries that the Conservatives were not going to vote for this man again, and stay home or vote for a Third Party candidate instead. But the haughty Republican Party insisted it knew best. Bush ran and Clinton won. The GOP blamed Perot and the Conservatives for the defeat rather than looking to their own strategy to see whether they’d made an error in underestimating the Conservative vote.
Elections became a battle between who was going to govern the party: the Party Heads or the Voters. To the Party Heads, Conservatives were a discounted, discredited minority. They pointed to the loss of Barry Goldwater, who was undermined (as it turns out) by the Liberal – Liberal, mind you, not even Moderate – and very wealthy Nelson Rockefeller (of Standard Oil lineage). Rockefeller was a rich feller, too, like Trump. And he lost anyway. Let’s face it: after Kennedy’s assassination, the sympathy was going to go towards his successor, Johnson.
We had no forum to express our concerns back then, though. Only Bob Grant voiced the Conservative perspective (on the radio – the three-network television was a lost cause in the Sixties and Seventies). After the Reagan Years, only Rush Limbaugh was available to speak up for us. Even Limbaugh thought Third Party candidates were a mistake and would only serve to splinter our own party and hand a victory to the Democrats.
The Media are leaning towards Jeb (John Ellis) Bush for President. If his father’s middle initial stood for ‘Weak’ or ‘Wimpy’, Jeb’s “E” must stand for “Entitlements.” He’s solidly in favor of granting illegal aliens citizenship status, which will mean Welfare for All. He’s a proponent of Common Core system for education. He is pro-Life, unlike brother George. However, having someone who admits to being emotional to the point of being weepy is no better than having a president who bows to foreign potentates.
The Media’s apparent endorsement of Bush is a sure sign that he is not the candidate for us. It must be someone else they’re afraid of, possibly Scott Walker or Ted Cruz. Look for the candidate at whom they spit the most venom.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump won’t be one of them. As an oversized personality, he’s given the Media plenty of ammunition in the form of late-night comedy fodder. Prepare for a barrage of late night skits skewering his hair, his marriages, his Birther beliefs, his self-boasting. Moderate Republicans will squirm uncomfortably in their chairs (they were squirming when he made his announcement) at the thought of Trump campaigning amidst this barrage. One friend predicted that the GOP would never countenance Trump as a candidate for this reason, and my guess is that he’s right. In any case, the GOP has pretty much already made its choice, primaries or no primaries. They will throw their money at Bush because they think the Media approves him.
People forget – or weren’t around yet – when the Media attempted to eviscerate Ronald Reagan. The former governor of California simply smiled and took it all in stride. Yet Reagan was a tough guy and took tough stances as governor and later as President. He had the right stuff to deem the Soviet Union “The Evil Empire.”
Even his own staff criticized that term as a critical error. But Reagan stood firm and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. The Media never let up on their vicious barrage of Reagan. Every morning was a study in cringing, listening to the New York City deejays verbally slap him up one side and down the other. This being the metropolitan New York area, it was no surprise. But the rants were horrible.
Before running for office, Reagan was a B actor whose co-star was a chimp named “Bonzo.” Clips of the film fed late-night talk show circuit’s desire for satire for months on end. Nobody could believe a one-time actor (never mind that he’d served as California governor first) would be elected president. But he was. Democrat Conservatives followed him and Republican candidates flocked to him and he won a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter.
4. Trump may be a negotiator but he’s also a fighter. He’s not afraid of anyone; he’s just as fearless as Reagan. The trouble isn’t that there aren’t candidates courageous enough to stand up for individual liberty, Capitalism, and limited government; the real trouble is there just aren’t any in the Republican hierarchy. No Conservative can get past the GOP gatekeepers. They scorn the Tea Party – the grassroots Conservative movement seeking a courageous, outspoken leader – and remain stubbornly committed to treading the middle of the political road.
Trump could and would buck them. But these Moderate Republicans constitute the majority of the GOP Congress. They’re as bad as the Democrats themselves. Conservatives know they can’t be trusted; Moderates don’t care. As long as Moderate politicians keep the peace and quiet, these voters are content. In fact, thanks to the Media’s decidedly unbalanced portrayal of stand-up Conservatives, Moderates cringe at the idea of any outspoken Conservative politician. They’ll make trouble. They’ll discriminate against women and minorities. They’re in bed with Big Business (actually, it’s the Liberals who are in bed with Big Business, not the Conservatives). They’re loud, obnoxious, and stubborn. “Nothing” gets done when they’re in office.
Nothing on the Liberal agenda, that is. When Liberal Progressives wail, the Media is right there with cameras and microphones to amplify their angst, distress, and frustration, like a crying infant that needs its bottle or its diaper changed. Just as the Media was on call every time former Pres. Ford (a former football player), they’ll be waiting for Trump to display what they regard as his boastful belligerence. That’s the way they’ll make it appear to the public. That’s partially what Republicans are afraid. Then again, what isn’t the GOP afraid of these days?
Trump is no more likely to win the GOP nomination than Perot was. If he hopes to secure that nomination, then he must beging campaigning for it immediately. One thing he has that Perot lacked was name recognition. There’s no problem there. Trump’s job is to make sure Americans can trust that name to deliver. Like any good businessman would, he must advertise, advertise, advertise.
He must prove to Americans that he will make a good chief executive. He has experience there. Trump could do no worse than Romney in advertising his business bona fides, for all the good it did Romney; the Media simply painted Romney as an evil Capitalist. Trump had the good luck to run casinos, which he could turn to his advantage. Everyone wants to be rich; that’s why they play the lottery (and, it must be noted, lose). He’s already used that line, to good advantage. He’s gotten the attention of average Americans who are angry at seeing their jobs disappear.
Now he must go out and make friends with those Americans. He should do what I’ve always advised my political candidate friends to do – in fact, the very same thing the insurance agents I used to interview did – go out and shake as many hands as possible. Visit big and little businesses all across America. Find companies who have legislative programs. Ask them to invite him to speak to the employees. Listen to their stories and tell those stories to his audiences of potential voters. Now’s the time, while the primaries are still far enough off for him to build a base.
Trump should practice his speeches, replace some of the I’s with imagery – for instance, “Looking across America, I see so many empty, dark office buildings and idle factories and I wonder: where are all the people, where are all the dedicated workers? Looking down from this stage, here you are. The time has come to turn on the lights of those office buildings, restart the machinery, and rebuild America with American workers.” He should also dwell on the positive changes he’ll make, not the negative situation we’re facing. Allude to the negative, perhaps, but always finish on the upbeat.
That’s something you’ll never hear from the Republican candidates. Certainly not Jeb Bush. He’d fill those offices and factories with illegal immigrants who “identify” American but, in fact, are not. If Trump is nothing else, he’s genuine, funny-looking hair and all. Being Big Government bureaucrats, not the servants of the American people, the Republicans probably have never heard the saying: “Give the customers what they want.”
Trump knows the saying – or he wouldn’t be so successful.