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Every Little Thing He Does Is (Political) Magic…

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Published on: August 26, 2015

The sixth time’s the charm…

Donald Trump, after threatening to do so five times previously, has finally stepped into American electoral politics, and at the game’s highest level. For the time being, he IS the show, the most popular man seeking the presidency, some 14 months before the election.

For those who put stock in early polling, consider the following: Trump leads in Iowa, in New Hampshire, and in South Carolina. Trump seems to lead everywhere, beating everyone…and badly.

Those most severely “Trump-ed”, to date, are political pundits and the media. First, they scoffed at the idea that he WOULD run – understandable, given the previous five false starts…but then he did. They then went to openly predicting that he would pull out of the race, before one voter has opportunity to indicate their preference…well, he still could, but shows no signs of doing so. Recently, they have simply stated that Trump will not win.

Of course, at this juncture, that is a safe bet to make against any candidate – Democrat, Republican, or other – making it against Trump is no more authoritative than making it against Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton; everybody has their own campaign struggles. However, instead of trying to get the press to hedge their bets against him, Trump seems intent on making them double down.

Trump has taken on the media directly and made it personal. Regarding right-leaning news organizations, his debate dust-up with Megyn Kelly:
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is now a minor running feud, and the stuff of social media legend.

And Trump is even-handed, treating left-leaning organizations with the same “directness”:
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even bringing the Univision minion back for a second helping of his “big-hair charm”:
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Ironically, while others seek to gain allies in the press so they might get more attention – and a few more polling percentage points – Trump openly makes enemies of press members and laps the field, defying their conventional wisdom.

Conventional wisdom says Trump’s unrepentant criticism of illegal immigration and opposition to “birthright citizenship” will kill support among Hispanic voters. But Trump leads his Spanish-speaking and Hispanic-surnamed rivals; in at least one state, it’s not close.

Conventional wisdom says Trump is too misogynistic to draw female support; sources even surfaced an allegation that Trump raped his former wife. Besides, isn’t Hillary Clinton a shoo-in with women? However, Trump’s ex-wife publicly called the rape allegation merit-less, and women are taking a hard, and apparently more favorable, look at “The Donald”, while Clinton now falters among those who look most like her.

Conventional wisdom, in 2011, said that Trump’s myriad business failures undermined his “successful businessman” claim, thereby nullifying his only qualification for the nation’s highest elected office. However, four years of “Trump doin’ Trump” later, even his critics acknowledge Trump’s business successes along with his failures.

So, conventional wisdom says a rich, bombastic blowhard, with no political experience, like Donald Trump, should fade under campaign scrutiny, especially given his considerable baggage…

But he hasn’t…so far…despite the predictions, and to the horror, of the conventionally wise, who see many of his comments as falling outside the bounds of the “usual political discourse”, and many of his actions as running counter to the “normal political process”.

The press and the pundits just can’t seem to figure out the Trump phenomenon, though part of the reason should be intuitively obvious to the “establishment” GOP observer…

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Simply put, Donald Trump is an American man:

    • Not given to estrogen, or the “safe” and “practical” thought processes thereof,
    • Possessed of confidence (even cockiness and arrogance), of ideals, and of values,
    • Undeterred by success and unbowed by failure,
    • Believing the best lies ahead, no matter what lay behind,
    • Unafraid to pursue success, especially if it involves difficulty, and
    Unconcerned with your opinion about his choices, efforts, or priorities

In the last 55 years, only two such American men sought the Oval Office. One was John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who said during a 1962 speech at Rice University:

    There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again.

    But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal?
    And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?
    Why does Rice play Texas?

    We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

The other was Ronald Wilson Reagan, who in 1961, said the following:

    Our Founding Fathers, here in this country, brought about the only true revolution that has ever taken place in man’s history. Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. But only here did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolve the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God-given right and the ability to determine our own destiny. But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.

These are the themes and the words that Americans long to hear: of their ability, of their opportunity, to challenge them to exceptionalism. That is what they hear when Trump says he intends to “Make America Great Again”. To be sure, Trump does not deliver the message with the same power and urgency. But it is the same spirit – of seeing a problem, issuing a challenge, and saying America and her people can rise to it – that appears in Trump’s words, that peaks out from behind his arrogance, that shines through despite the bluster.

Trump tells America that it can take on the world and win. He does so with brashness, without apology, and without concern for naysayers. He is as the Quarterback who swaggers onto the field – down 6 points, 90 seconds left in the game, on his own 1-yard line, no timeout to call – and tells everyone in the huddle, “Let’s go win this thing”.

By comparison, Trump’s rivals, the press, and the political pundits are as trainers on the sideline, who simply hope the team leaves the field “healthy”, having already accepted the likelihood of defeat. They do not understand that the American spirit and ethic:

    • Values Victory over mere safety,
    • Values Achievement over comfort, and
    • Values being a flawed World Leader over being a good world partner.

Trump’s appeal is not that he is uniquely qualified to quarterback the American team; he may not be. He is not the best speaker. He is not the most politically skilled. He is far from the most diplomatic. However, he seems the only one in the race who recognizes that no one is playing the quarterback position; Trumo is willing to step into the huddle, and call plays. For that reason, he is, so far, almost bulletproof: when you remind a great people that they are great, then they will hear and support your message.

And, as long as Trump continues in that vein, every little thing he does will be magic to the American people.




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  6. Ron Cole says:

    Ted Cruz is and was my President of choice, now I’m hoping he will be the Donald’s VP pick. There is a danger to the loudest and most charismatic candidate winning because he may be dangerous but, I’m 50 years old and Trump has been in the main stream eye for most of those years and I trust him. I live in New York and I remember what this city was like in the late 70’s when it was not at all unlike Chicago today and Trump was one of the people who helped rebuild this – the greatest city in the world – back up to the level of greatness it’s very name has garnered over the life of this nation.

    There is always a gamble being wagered no matter who is elected… Carter seemed like a nice and intelligent man. After what has been wrought upon this land over the past 30 years at least, the revival can only come at the will of a man as loud and demanding as Donald Trump. Is there a risk? Yes but, there is a risk no matter whom you pull that lever for. He seems as angry as I am and for the same reasons.

    If I don’t vote for him, I will contradict everything I’ve been saying for the past 30 years.

    Voting is important Stanley, you really must stop giving your listeners the impression that it isn’t. You know I love what you do but, that’s one thing you need to STOP doing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Appreciate the comment, well thought out.

      The problem I see with voting is that it is not governing, and THAT is what the Founders wanted us to do – govern ourselves, not choose someone to handle the task for us.

      The impression I want, and seek, to leave is that voting is a failed proposition for anyone seeking to live at liberty. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb, deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb, protesting the vote.” The Founders did not give us a democracy.

      Should the People resume their responsibility for the well-being and governance of this nation, then I will cease my opposition to the current electoral process. Unless and until that occurs, I am compelled to do what I’ve done.

      • Ron Cole says:

        But I think this IS our method of self governing. We aren’t taking to the streets in mass and making changes on our own because most of us simply can’t… we have jobs, homes, bills and everything else in our daily lives to deal with and we’re already at a breaking point in how much we can handle. We have too much to protect. That’s why the only people you see taking to the streets and protesting are really low income people, because they have very little (if anything) they’re afraid of losing. Plus it’s already been demonstrated to them countless times that when they protest and riot, there will be no consequences visited upon them… but if ❙ do that, I have to seriously worry about not only making myself a target and stand to lose stuff I’ve worked hard for, I also stand to cause the same to happen to my family. I just can’t risk it, especially when I have no reason to believe my neighbors would back me up and every reason to believe they won’t.

        So what option do I have left? I have voting and I’m inspired to see the leading contenders on ‘my side’ are the ones who are also wanting to buck the system.

        I fully understand your passion and you’re dream of people ‘rising up’ to take their country back but, I look around and I just don’t see any sign that happening… not even close. Granted I live in New York which is a Liberal Mecca but, I pay a lot of attention and I don’t see the rest of the nation on the verge of ‘rising up’ in any way. People are afraid to do as much as hand out leaflets let alone take up arms. It’s just not going to happen. The only way people would be willing to take a stand would be if something horrible were to happen like a natural disaster or massive terror attack that upsets their lives in a way that causes them to act because they simply must and there’s no other choice… but even that’s a stretch.

        So short of a call to action (which isn’t going to happen) what do we do? We rally together under a leader who’s willing to take the slings and arrows for us, leaders like Trump and Cruz. That’s when we can feel somewhat protected in large numbers at campaign rallies, tea party gatherings and that sort of thing. This massive push for Trump has sent a signal that it just might be a little safer to venture outside the bunker because we can see some ‘friendlies’ outside with fresh supplies.

        Listen, I say this from experience because I’m old enough to have lived through the Reagan revolution which was peaceful and the Giuliani revolution here in NYC which was also peaceful. The system CAN actually work but it only works when there’s that all important leader we can trust to be strong. It doesn’t even matter if we agree with that leader 100% about our issues, all we really want to see is someone we mostly agree with on some major issues who is clearly as bothered by them as we are and willing to fight to make real changes. We see that in Trump and there’s one way and one way only for him to get elected and that is for us to support him and vote for him>

        That’s our only realistic choice. We can dream of the torches and pitchforks march on Washington but the odds of that ever actually happening is the equivalent of a snowflake’s chances of putting out the flames of Hades.

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