Facing the Truth About Trump

Donald Trump wanted his chance to run in the Republican Primaries. Simply because he was a businessman rather than a career politician was no reason for the GOP to deny him the right to run on the ticket.  He had many supporters who wanted the chance to hear their candidate out, and for the rest of us to hear him.

 

He’s had his fair chance and now, and the Iowa Caucuses coming up on Feb. 1 and the New Hampshire primaries on Feb. 9th,  it’s time for Conservative voters to consider whether Trump deserves their vote or not.

 

Trump began on a hot topic: illegal immigration.  He advocates sending the illegals back (which isn’t as hard as his opponents claim; they got here, didn’t they?) and building a wall.  If any other candidate spoke about building a wall between Mexico and the United States, we’d laugh them off and direct them to the nearest sanitarium.

 

However, Trump is a builder. That’s what he does. He’s in the construction business.  He stated that it’s easier to build a wall than a skyscraper and he’s correct.  Walls are easier because gravity doesn’t play as much of a factor in the construction.  Building a wall won’t solve all our illegal alien problems.  Many of them arrive by airplane.  That’s how the 9/11 hijackers got here.

 

Trump is pro-military. So is every other GOP candidate, except Rand Paul.  The difference is Trump is louder.  His American flags are bigger, his spectacles more flamboyant, and his speeches more jingoistic (it pains me to say a thing like that, because I’m quite red, white and blue myself.  I love a parade and I love the military).  He’s also pro-gun and outraged (rightly so) that the military are not allowed to carry on their own bases.

 

He promises to deal with the Islamic State, that growing caliphate in the Middle East which everyone says nothing to do with that great religion of peace, Islam. Trump vows to turn back all the so-called refugees who are, in some cases, already here and are otherwise overrunning Europe.  Not all Muslims want to see a caliphate.  The last Muslim I spoke to apparently believes so, giving hints about a coming change in local politics that will represent the true population of the town in which we were talking.

 

Trump is eager to do something about the, frankly centuries-old trade imbalance between the West and China, specifically between China and the United States. China is eating our breakfast, lunch and dinner, he says, and it’s hard to disagree with him about that issue.  Opponents point to China’s current weak economy which is sending shivers down Wall Street’s back.

 

Who will the United States borrow money from if China goes under?

 

Finally, Trump promises to restore the U.S. economy and bring back jobs to the country. Lots of jobs for everyone, he claims.  Again, it’s hard not to cheer when you hear a boast like that when you’ve been out of work for four years.  Or six.  Or eight, if you lost your job right after the Wall Street plunge.  Obama says we’re in a recovery and experts say we’re now heading into a recession in 2016.  As far as I can see, we never recovered in the first place.

 

All that is well and good, but there are some things he doesn’t talk about, like the national debt. think he might have boasted that it would be wiped out. Maybe.  But not under him.

 

In recent days, after the debate with Ted Cruz, his true colors are starting to show and it’s something we Conservatives, some of whom are Trump supporters, must really take into consideration. Trump claims he’s a Conservative.  But is he, really?  He ran into a Conservative Wall fighting Ted Cruz.  While he won the sound byte, bouncing off Cruz, a true Conservative, threw him far back into Moderate, and Liberal, territory.

 

The sentence that really set Trump back was this one: “That’s what I do; I make deals.”  He claimed that the Iran “deal” was no deal because Obama achieved it, along with many other measures, with executive orders not deals, not a consensus with Congress.

 

This is a businessman whose best-selling book was “The Art of the Deal.” Yeah, he’s rich.  He’s made it “big.”  Everyone loves a winner.  Naturally, we would figure that a successful guy could bring America back.  Romney could have done that, too.  Only we recognized him for what he was, thanks to his Massachusetts Care – a Big Government guy.

 

Think back, Conservatives, and particularly Tea Party Conservatives. What was our biggest beef with Congress?  That they made deals, almost always in favor of the Progressives.  We won’t bother making any distinctions between Democrats and Blue Republicans who think they can woo Communist Mexicans who are in the country illegally and so, impress the Hispanic voters.

 

Fat chance of that happening. The Republicans have bent over and kissed Democrat you-know-what over illegal aliens, Common Core, higher taxes, debt ceiling increases, gay marriage, abortion, corporate and bank bailouts, agricultural subsidies, and other pork.

 

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad just came out and denounced Ted Cruz in favor of Donald Trump. Trump favors corn subsidies for ethanol and Ted Cruz does not.  The fact is, Iowa farmers have grown far too much corn to the point that corn prices are at record lows – there’s a glut of corn on the market.  Gas prices are also at record lows, which means gasoline doesn’t need to be expensively enhanced with ethanol in order to prevent “climate change.”

 

The corn subsidies are just another example of Big Government, that other point on which Tea Parties rallied in 2009. Trump is – just as Glenn Beck has been claiming – a Big Government guy.  What else would he be?

 

Trump’s a guy from a Big City who built Big Buildings and hobnobbed with Big Spenders and Big Government politicians. Everything about Trump is Big.  He’s the first to say so.  He admitted in the first debate that he was that very guy who bought and sold politicians like the ones he shared the podium with that night.

 

In 1999, he told an interviewer that he held “New York Values,” the New York Values that Ted Cruz cited in the last debate. Trump admitted that he was pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion and pro-Big Government on many other matters.  At the time, he was a converted Democrat (he started life as a Republican, but being a native New Yorker, he did what all New Yorkers do – he went with the flow).

 

What’s wrong with New York City being a big city? No one knocks Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston or Miami.  Detroit…well, it was a great city, once upon a time.  The majority of America’s population has increasingly been found in urban centers.

 

What’s wrong with New York is this: In 1898, the beginning of the Progressive Era, the modern New York City was formed with the consolidation of Manhattan, with Brooklyn (until then an independent city), and outlying areas. Manhattan and the Bronx were established as two separate boroughs and joined together with three other boroughs created from parts of adjacent counties to form the new municipal government originally called “Greater New York.”

 

The Borough of Brooklyn incorporated the independent City of Brooklyn, recently joined to Manhattan by the Brooklyn Bridge; the Borough of Queens was created from western Queens County (with the remnant established as Nassau County in 1899); and The Borough of Richmond (Staten Island) contained all of Richmond County.

 

Municipal governments contained within the boroughs were abolished, and the county governmental functions were absorbed by the City or each borough. In 1914, the New York State Legislature created Bronx County, making five counties coterminous with the five boroughs.

 

The problem was that the state legislature’s incorporation of the five boroughs of New York was unconstitutional and done by fiat, without the consent of the residents of the municipalities involved. Big Government created the Big City.  Staten Island’s status as a New York county was decided by two Big Business guys in a yacht race.

 

So, when Ted Cruz used Trump’s own 1999 (does it really matter when he said it) statement of “New York Values,” the New York Media, Trump, and his supporters went viral, accusing Cruz of being “nasty” and “vicious”. They wanted to know what “New York Values” were.  Cruz pointed out Trump’s own interview for the answers to that question.

 

Trump harumphed. But when we look back, which candidate has really been nastier?  Who has Cruz actually insulted with words like “bimbo,” “boring,” (George W. Bush – “didn’t have the IQ to be president”), “a stiff” (Lindsey Graham), and “a totally overrated clown” (Charles Krauthammer – who held the very same opinion of Trump).

 

But we let it pass because mostly he was talking about people we didn’t like. Sometimes he was correct in his assessments:

— “Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of State in the history of the United States,” Trump told Business Insider.

— “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” The remarks led a number of businesses to cut their ties with him.

He even made us laugh:

 

— He [Texas Gov. Rick Perry] needs a new pair of glasses to see the crimes committed by illegal immigrants,” Trump tweeted on July 5.

 

Cruz’ comments, both in the last debate and in the news, were pithier, however, and more polished.

 

—“Friends don’t take friends hostage.”

 

Then, there was this exchange in the debate between moderator Neil Cavuto and Cruz on his citizenship:

 

CAVUTO: All right. Welcome back to the Republican presidential debate, right here in North Charleston, South Carolina. Let’s get right back to the questions. And I’ll start with you, Senator Cruz.

 

Now you are, of course, a strict constitutionalist — no one would doubt that. And as you know, the U.S. Constitution says only natural-born citizens are eligible for the office of president of the United States. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Now, you were born…

 

(LAUGHTER)

 

… you were born in Canada to an American mother. So you were and are considered an American citizen. But that fellow next to you, Donald Trump — and others — have said that being born in Canada means you are not natural-born, and that has raised questions about your eligibility.

 

Do you want to try to close this topic once and for all tonight?

 

CRUZ: Well, Neil, I’m glad we’re focusing on the important topics of the evening.

 

(LAUGHTER)

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

You know, back in September, my friend Donald said that he had had his lawyers look at this from every which way, and there was no issue there. There was nothing to this birther issue.

 

(LAUGHTER)

 

Now, since September, the Constitution hasn’t changed.

 

(LAUGHTER)

 

But the poll numbers have.

 

(APPLAUSE)

 

And I recognize — I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa. But the facts and the law here are really quite clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen.

 

If a soldier has a child abroad, that child is a natural-born citizen. That’s why John McCain, even though he was born in Panama, was eligible to run for president.

 

If an American missionary has a child abroad, that child is a natural-born citizen. That’s why George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was eligible to run for president, even though he was born in Mexico.

 

At the end of the day, the legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that the birther theories that Donald has been relying on — some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil.

 

Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified and, interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified.

 

Ben Carson probably got the best laugh of the night:

 

CARSON: Neil, I was mentioned too.

 

CAVUTO: You were?

 

CARSON: Yeah, he [Jeb Bush] said everybody. (LAUGHTER)

 

However, Carson has now suspended his campaign, due to a serious accident in which senior members of his staff were involved. So back to Cruz.

 

To get to the “New York Values” statement, this is what he said:

 

Not too many years ago, Donald did a long interview with Tim Russert. And in that interview, he explained his views on a whole host of issues that were very, very different from the views he’s describing now.

 

And his explanation — he said, “look, I’m from New York, that’s what we believe in New York. Those aren’t Iowa values, but this is what we believe in New York.” And so that was his explanation.

 

And — and I guess I can — can frame it another way. Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I’m just saying.

 

(LAUGHTER)

 

Maria Bartiromo questioned Cruz’ assertion and Trump was quick to claim that he had “insulted a lot of people.” What the insult was exactly, is hard to figure.  Then Trump went on to invoke 9/11 to prove that New Yorkers were not hard-hearted (Cruz didn’t say that) and, in fact, were quite patriotic, and that they’d suffered through a terrible catastrophe and so therefore they should never again be criticized, even though they are not at all Conservative.

 

Obama won overwhelmingly in both elections in every New York City county except Richmond County (in 2008; he won in 2012 against Romney). I don’t know what the percentages or ratios were:  5 to 1?  He gained the most votes in Brooklyn (with a large Muslim population) in 2012:  604,443 to Romney’s paltry 124,551 votes.  Obama lost votes in toney Manhattan in 2012.  In 2008, he won 572,126 to 89,906.  In 2012, the vote was 502,674 to 89,559.  More Democrats (69,452) stayed home than Republicans (347).

 

Those 347 must have been Manhattan’s Conservative voters. So many Democrats could not possibly have stayed home.  The 69,452 must have been disillusioned Liberal or Moderate Republicans who realized apologies are not enough.

 

The GOP has distinctions that have vanished from the Democrat Party altogether: Liberal (as in Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon), Moderate (George W. Bush – “I’m a Uniter not a Divider), and Conservative (Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan).

 

Marco Rubio attacked Cruz’ Conservative record. Cruz responded immediately

 

I’m going to get a response to that, Neil. There’s no way he launches 11 attack — I’m going to — he had no fewer than 11 attacks there. I appreciate your dumping your (inaudible) research folder on the debate stage.

 

So ended the debate, pretty much. But the fight between Trump and Cruz was just getting started.

 

Like a New York pitbull, Trump was going to let up on what he thought was an advantage for him, an “insult” by Cruz on New Yorkers and their values. Time and again, Cruz held his ground, citing Trump’s 1999 interview – in his own words, defining New York values “which are not Iowa values” – again and again.

 

If Trump was the victor, then why on Sunday did he (clumsily) try to invoke God and the Bible? Trump insisted he and God were good buddies, pals.  He joked that the Bible “blew away” his own best-selling “Art of the Deal.”  In Trump’s defense, it was just a joke, guys, albeit a lame one, in light of his own proclamation of “New York Values.”

 

This episode merely proved that New York Values don’t stand up very well in Iowa, even if its governor denounced Cruz for throwing Trump’s own words back at him. Yet we’re supposed to believe that Cruz is a nasty, insulting man and Trump a Bible-thumping gentleman.

 

Cruz acts the way Trump talks. In the end, Trump himself admits he will “make the deal” where Cruz will stand by what he says, no matter who feels insulted (as to actually being insulted).  Trump talks tough, but will he talk tough when dealing with the Ayatollah Khameini or will he shake hands and pat his back over champagne and caviar in Trump’s sumptuous, meticulously laid-out corporate 757?

 

Here’s what First Corinthians (the first letter of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (from the city of Corinth, in southern Greece – descendants of the former Spartans) which Trump attempted to cite:

 

“Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one:  and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  For we are labourers together with God:  ye are God’s husbandry; ye are God’s building.  According to the grace of God, which given unto me [Paul], as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth upon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth upon.

 

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abides which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burnt, he shall suffer loss.  But he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

 

“Know you not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelled in you? If any man defiles the temple God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  Let no man deceive himself.  If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, He taketh the wise in his own craftiness. 

 

“And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore, let no man glory in men.  For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.”  1 Corinthians 2:8-23

 

When Trump builds a church to God, with God’s name on it, not his own (since he’s so passionate about 9/11, perhaps he could rebuild the St. Nicholas Church in lower Manhattan), and we never hear of it but by accident rather than by boasting or advertising, then we’ll know Trump is the real deal.

 

We already know Ted Cruz is.

 

 

 

 

 

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