It’s Endorsement Sunday and Belle’s Blog officially endorses Donald J. Trump for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election on Tuesday, November 8.
Trump was the improbable candidate when he announced, in June 2015, he would run for President of the United States.
A casino owner? A beauty pageant producer? A reality television series star? A wrestling and boxing match promoter? He’d certainly have no problem with facial recognition; that much was certain. Would Americans really vote for the man whose face towered some five stories over the entrance to Atlantic City?
Consider this: Before his first run for President in 1976, Ronald Reagan had been governor of California during the turbulent Sixties. But before that, he was a B-movie actor whose most famous film was “Bedtime for Bonzo” and whose most famous movie line was “Win one for the Gipper.” He lost the 1976 primary to Gerald Ford, but won the 1980 election in a massive landslide.
Critics and pundits mercilessly savaged him for his movie career and questioned his intelligence. He was a college graduate from a small school in Illinois and went on to a career in radio broadcasting and later, films. He also became president of the actors union in Hollywood.
If my only assessment was that Atlantic City Expressway sign and his role as the boss on “The Apprentice,” I’d have probably reacted with doubt. Actually, I did doubt him. Certainly, college-educated Republicans doubted him and still doubt him.
However, Donald Trump is a college-educated man. He attended Fordham University in the Bronx for two years, and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Commerce. There, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. The Wharton School had the only curriculum in the country at the time specializing in real estate.
Trump speaks about the family in a way that Hillary Clinton can only screech. He is all about the family. Trump’s older brother Fred Jr. died in 1981 from alcoholism, which Trump says led him to avoid trying alcohol or cigarettes. Donald started out working in his family’s real estate business, which eventually he took over and renamed Trump Organization. He didn’t name the company after himself; he named it after his family.
I have had the advantage, however, of living in the metro New York area, where I listened to the “Rambling with Gambling Show” on WOR-710 AM. Rambling with Gambling was a staple in our Conservative household. We listened to John B. Gambling with delight. Mom and Dad remembered when his British-born grandfather began the program, featuring live bands.
Donald J. Trump was a frequent call-in guest on son John R. Gambling’s program. The Donald wasn’t calling in to promote books or television shows. He was calling in to express his concerns about the poor decisions our government was making in regard to foreign wars and foreign trade. His statements were sentient, reasoned, surprisingly cultivated, but neither pedantic nor crude.
He was rich, but he was also one of us. He sounded like he could have been Mr. Anybody from Queens (he grew up in Queens, N.Y.). Trump was expressing the views of many Americans who felt the same way: what in the world was happening to America. After 9/11, he even offered to rebuild the Twin Towers, a patriotic, if not politically practical idea, given the mood in Manhattan. Many New Yorkers from the outer boroughs called the station to support his idea.
If critics object to what they consider the low-brow tone of “The Apprentice” and what seemed to be his general persona, they might also consider that it was an extremely popular, hit show. He had the ratings. It was what America wanted.
The Republican Party did not have the ratings. As we’ve noted here time and again, the GOP was not delivering winning candidates. George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain – they were all inelectable candidates, feeble, old, white-haired, and out of touch with the real America.
These candidates were all moderate, if not liberal, Republicans. Conservatives had been thrown out of the tent after Ronald Reagan in the quest for the mythical Hispanic vote. Three types of “Hispanics” exist: the Puerto Rican/Caribbean Hispanic, the Cubans, and the Mexican. The Puerto Ricans were scarcely different than the full-African, black American voters. They’d been agitated by the same radicals who voted to allow chain immigration back in the 1960s during the Johnson Administration.
The Mexicans have nothing to do with being black at all. They’re a mixture of Central American Indians, European Spaniards, and Asians, primarily Chinese, who brought their Marxism with them. Initially, Mexico of the early 19th Century actually admired the United States. But with an uneducated population, it was all too easy for the politicians to fall into corruption, fertilizing the ground for Marxist, Stalinist and Maoist insurgency.
This is who the Republicans are trying desperately to court. The only way to win these Hispanics over is to basically become Democrats. These voters have been inculcated into class and racial hatred. That’s why they so overwhelmingly voted for Obama (with the help of White Guilt Republicans).
The only reliable “Hispanics” are the Cubans who, like Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael watched a guerrilla turned dictator turn the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean into a prison camp of Communist oppression, revisionism, torture, and corruption.
While the television Donald was knocking about the TV set, blustering his way to high ratings, the more thoughtful Donald was watching our beloved America being turned into an ideological wasteland of political correctness.
Donald, a builder and a good one, realized the American people are not bricks for politicians and bureaucrats to build their careers and their fortunes upon. We were created by God, not social engineers using Americans like lab rats in their experiment to create a radical, ideological government based on Marxist utopianism.
Alas, there are two many guinea pigs in America willing to huddle in their cages for a morsel of bread fed to them by a social scientist in return for their uninformed, one-sided vote. Like an animal caged too long, they fear to go beyond the threshold of their cages, go beyond the government limits set for them, go beyond the warning signs that proclaim individual freedom is selfish.
The Republican Party, in nominating moderate candidates, effectually locked us into those cages. We Conservatives were not “sheeple” however. We broke out and formed the Tea Parties, community-based movements, led by local leaders, but united through the Internet – and disparaged by the Media – in the common cause of saving America.
Donald Trump always said he had no particular label or party. He’d been a Republican. He was an early supporter of Ronald Reagan, although, as he pointed out in the last debate with Hillary that he didn’t always agree with him, especially on foreign trade. Hillary tried to make an issue of it, but Trump basically gave her the “so sue me” pose. He’d been a Democrat. He tried joining a third party. In 1999, Trump switched to the Reform Party for three years and ran a presidential exploratory campaign for its nomination. After his run, Trump left the party in 2001 due to the involvement of David Duke, Pat Buchanan, and Lenora Fulani within the party.
His campaign got off to an admittedly (from our viewpoint) shaky start. Trump was still playing “The Apprentice Boss”. He hadn’t yet learned all the lines necessary to become President of the United States. But as he was a newcomer to politics, we owed him at least the benefit of the doubt and give him a chance to get his sea legs.
There were some worrisome moments. But in just the last month or so, Trump has matured as a candidate. He’s solidified his passion on the main issues that concern Americans, primarily Obamacare. He’s taken to giving better, more thoughtful speeches which are beginning to appeal to college-educated voters and assuage some of their doubts.
Now, he’s more temperate, more mindful of what he says and how he says it. His measure is a mixture of attack and optimism. He’s learned his lesson. The most important lesson he’s learned is that this election is not about him, but about the American people and their future. Let us hope – no, pray – that he gives a few more of those sorts of speeches praising Americans and America in the last few days for Election Day.
He’s been listening to his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and providing more details in his policy speeches. A Fox News study showed that the more he referenced facts and data in his addresses, the higher his speech ratings went among the crucial Independent, college-educated voters. Blue collars trust him on instincts; the College-educated just need a little more empirical evidence that Trump is the man for the job, the man who can negotiate trade deals, lead Congress (not compromise with it), and keep our country safe.
Here are the ten key areas Trump stated he would focus on when he is sworn into office on January 20, 2017:
- Passing middle class tax relief and tax simplification
- Enacting trade tariffs to discourage offshoring of American jobs
- Expanding energy production, which will spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment
- Providing greater school choice options to families and improving higher education
- Repealing Obamacare and fixing our nation’s health insurance system
- Making childcare and eldercare more affordable
- Ending illegal immigration
- Tackling crime, drugs and violence to fix America’s hardest-hit cities and neighborhoods
- Restoring our military strength, protecting our national security and taking care of our veterans
- Enacting powerful ethics reform to drain the swamp in Washington
We are an ideologically divided nation. We are an economically divided nation. And we’re a politically divided nation, based on those widely divergent ideologies and economic theories. One will destroy America; the other will make her great again. The American people, and only the American people, with their love of freedom, have the power to make America great.
Money and power are illusionary cheats meant to deceive the American people into believing they have no power and that government-rule is inevitable.
We need a strong leader with a sense of purpose and a love of freedom. America is just a word, a place, a demographic to the Democrats. To Conservatives, America is our home, our family, our job. Donald Trump understands about home (he’s built enough of them), about family (his children are a model family), and about the economics that will give America a strong foundation for the future.
Is he an unlikely candidate? Appearances would warrant that conclusion. But as the old cliché goes, appearances can be deceiving. We’ve seen that with Bill and Hillary Clinton. We know we can’t trust her. She talks about Donald Trump and his supporters being the party of anger, but she’s the one screaming like a Sixties radical at her rallies.
Voting for Donald Trump is not just about “not” voting for Hillary. The Republican Party has failed us and minimalized us. They’re as dependent upon wealthy donors as the Democrats are. Rich as he is, Donald Trump isn’t too wealthy to be that guy from Queens calling into a local radio station to express concerns about America.
He was wealthy enough to look around and realize, “Hey, no one’s doing anything about this. I’m just as good as the next guy – with money. I might as well give it a shot. What have I got to lose?”
We can’t afford to lose, which we will do if Hillary Clinton wins the election. “I WANT to be president of all the people who agree with me!” she screamed yesterday.
Donald Trump is willing to be the president of all the people who love America.