Glenn Beck Said it First

In yesterday’s post, The Art of Conservatism, I made comparisons between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and David and Goliath.  After finishing my blog and doing some other work, I sat down to watch Glenn Beck’s 5 p.m. broadcast.  He aired a video of his endorsement of Ted Cruz for president in Iowa on Saturday.  In speech, he made many observations and said many of the things about Ted Cruz and the presidential race that I made in my blog.

 

Except that he said them first. I would never make statements (intentionally) that plagiarized what someone else said.  That’s not me.  However, while I knew Glenn was going to make the endorsement ahead of time (he advertised) it, I took a lazy snow day off on Saturday and watched movies all afternoon as the snow fell.  I never saw Glenn’s broadcast.

 

The next day, I was busy shoveling out from under 18 inches of snow. If Glenn’s endorsement was on, I never saw it.  When I did sit down to watch television, as there was nothing on, I popped in a DVD of “E.T.:  The Extra-Terrestrial” (we’d been playing a John Williams excerpt in one of our bands and I just wanted to hear Williams’ glorious music set against a wonderful, charming movie).

 

My blog post and Glenn Beck’s endorsement speech were pure coincidence, describing an excellent, Conservative candidate for president – Ted Cruz (his father’s book, by the way, has sold out on Amazon).

 

The David and Goliath analogy is an accurate one, and maybe because it’s so apt, it’s not a coincidence that more than one person has noticed it. Trump’s supporters admire him for his power, independence, and fearlessness.  He’s so rich and powerful that no one can touch him.

 

Presently, Trump is standing up for America. He’s touched a nerve in the American psyche concerning illegal immigrants, gun control, Islamic Jihadists, the trade imbalance with China, and so forth.

 

However, he’s also vowed to take on all these issues single-handedly, while also promising that President Trump will not be Candidate Trump. He will make deals (he wrote the ultimate book on the art of making deals), compromises, and trades.  He supports bailing out Iowa corn farmers who got caught short with a glut of oil and too much corn for ethanol, the stuff that made gasoline unleaded by the 1980s.

 

Just what he is going to do about all that corn? Give all the corn away to the poor and pay the farmers the market price with our taxpayer dollars?  Corn welfare.  Is this what we can expect from a President Trump?  Tea Party activists rallied against politicians who compromised.  Making deals is neither necessary nor democratic.

 

In another age, Trump would be a king, or at least, a king-maker. He makes us some promises.  A half of a loaf is not good enough when we’ve already been robbed of so much liberty.  Trump exudes strength and power, which is attractive to a weakened, enfeebled electorate.  He implies, subtly, that he will rule with an iron fist.  Take his word for it.

Better yet, see if you can find the documentary on Trump’s corporate 757. Trump is an unapologetic perfectionist.  He doesn’t take “no” for answer.  His money ensures that no one tells him “no.”  He ordered that the 757 be completely remodeled – but he gave a very short timeline for completion of the work before he wanted the plane to fly him to Scotland to fly over his new golf course.

 

Things went wrong, naturally. The wrong engine cover arrived late, for instance.  Then there was the matter of the floor.  Somehow, the floor wasn’t cut to the proper dimensions in the galley and it had to be redone.  The plane was going to be late for arrival at LaGuardia airport (I was surprised they didn’t redo the floor in-flight).

 

The plane arrived in New York. A fog was rolling in.  If they didn’t take off by 11:30 p.m., the plane would be grounded until morning and not only would Trump miss his “golf date”, he’d also miss the speech he was supposed to give later in the day in England.

 

However, it was the night of a political debate (a Democrat debate, I think). Trump didn’t want to miss a word of the televised broadcast and refused to leave Trump Tower before the debate was over.  He finally arrived, with only mere minutes to go before the midnight deadline.  No one dared to tell Trump to “hurry up.”  I wonder what he would have done if the plane had been grounded.  Go to the air traffic control tower and pay them off?  Or order them to let his plane take off?

 

A man used to playing by and making his own rules presents a problematic candidate for President of the United States. When he says he will absolutely stop any Syrian refugees from entering the country, you want to cheer.  When he vows to build a bigger, better border wall across the southern border, you sight with relief.  It’s about time someone took matters in hand.

 

But will happen to those who disagree with him on such issues as gay marriage or abortion? Will he have pastors who refuse to marry gay “couples” arrested?  Will climate change “deniers” join them in jail?  And what about regionalism?

 

The man is a builder by trade. While he’s president, he cannot engage in the trade.  But his children may be able to.  He believes in eminent domain for private builders.  Under regionalization, building will nationalized.  That means the government, under Trump, can bulldoze under any developments that stand in his way.

 

The woman in Atlantic City is another story. We think she was blackmailing him for more money.  I don’t know whether the house was torn down or whether it still stands there, amongst the towering casino buildings.  It reminds me of the house my parents rented rooms in when my older brother was born.  Located on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, N.Y., my mother took us back to see it.  Two huge apartment complexes squeezed the brown cottage on either side (the train station was just down the hill).  The hospital where I was born had burned down (taking my birth certificate with it) and was replaced by another high-rise apartment complex.

 

The question is, does Trump understand that his powers as President of the United States are limited by the U.S. Constitution? That the greatest power lies with Congress?  That far from the American people having to get used to not having their way, it is Trump who will have to accustom himself to such limitations?  Is he going to ride a bulldozer in the Inaugural Parade?

 

Trump has a right to run for President of the United States, in whichever party he chooses as long as he has enough support. His supporters have the right to be able to vote for him in the Primaries.  Or they have the right not to vote for him and vote for someone else.

 

Those who oppose him and prefer another candidate (or are another candidate) will face a force of nature in Trump. He’s rich.  He’s powerful.  He’s physically imposing.  He’s a familiar face to Americans.  He’s bold.  He’s outspoken.  He’s brash.  And he’s nasty.  Very.

 

How ironic that Trump would accuse anyone else of being nasty. People love him for that reason, though.  He gained millions of viewers on his television show, “The Apprentice,” for precisely that character fault.  Trump was ruthlessly nasty when he would tell someone, “You’re fired!”  Audiences ate it up.  God knows why.  Too busy popping speed to “enhance” their work performance, then smoking weed to calm down again?  Working for abusive people is sheer hell.

 

But all that may matter no more than Trump Marina, his major Atlantic City error. He built a casino where not enough people wanted to go.  It was too far from the Boardwalk and even Trump himself did not have the power to force my mother’s passengers to remain on her bus to make that ride out there instead of getting out at one of his other casinos. For the record, Mom did her duty and made the effort, but they said, “No.”  I was there.  I heard them for myself.

 

All the power, money, and muscle in the world will not make him President of the United States if he doesn’t believe in freedom, individual liberty, free enterprise (not necessarily; not if he’s in favor of corporate welfare), and limited government. Even his staunchest supporters will insist on getting off the bus if they realize he’s taking them somewhere they don’t want to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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