Sunday, September 27, 2015

Trump's Trump

From: Allen M.
Sent: September 27, 2015
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Trump's Trump

Whether you are for or against “The Donald”, you will find something in
this commentary that you probably did not know before. I recommend
you read this informed opinion piece. After reading, you will understand
why so many politicians on both sides of the aisle are hitting on him!

long, but fun to read. . . .

Whether you currently favor him, oppose him, or simply are entertained
by him, here are some interesting points to ponder.

Wonderfully well-written -- and a fun read!
Allen

Trump's Trump
By G. Murphy Donovan


Donald Trump is a piece of work even by New York standards: tall,
white, loud, brash, entrepreneurial, successful, rich, ruthlessly
candid, well-dressed, and fond of heterosexual women. He has married
at least three delicious ladies in fact. Trump has five children and
seven grandchildren. Indeed, his progeny are well above average too,
smartly groomed, photogenic, and successful to boot.

As far as we know, Donald does not have any tattoos, piercings,
unpaid taxes, or under-aged bimbo interns. He is not a drunk or a
junkie either. Trump projects and enterprises probably employ more
folks than the NYC school system -- or the United Nations.

You could say that Trump is living the life, not the life of
Riley, but more like Daddy Warbucks with a comb over. “The Donald,” as
one ex-wife calls him, is not just living the American dream. Trump is
the dream -- and proud of it.

You could do worse than think of Trump as upwardly mobile blue
collar. He is the grandson of immigrants and the product of Long
island, a Queens household, and a Bronx education. The Donald survived
the Jesuits of Fordham University for two years before migrating to
finish his baccalaureate at the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania.

When readers of the New York Times , The New Yorker , and the New
York Review of Books speak of “the city”, they are not talking about
the Queens or the Bronx. Growing and schooling in the blue-collar
boroughs gives Trump a curb level perspective, something seldom found
in Manhattan. Or as any “D” Train alumnus might put it, Trump has “a
pretty good Bravo Sierra detector.”

So what’s not to like about Donald Trump? He doesn’t just stay in
four-star hotels; he builds them. He doesn’t just own luxury
condominiums; he makes them. He doesn’t just own historic buildings;
he restores them. He doesn’t just eat at the best restaurants; he
creates them. He just doesn’t belong to the best country clubs; he
builds those, too.

And Donald Trump, unlike the Manhattan/Washington fantasy Press
and every Beltway political pimp, doesn’t just pay lip service to a
bigger and better economy, he creates micro-economies every day.

The only thing we don’t know about Donald Trump is why he would
like to immigrate to the District of Columbia.

In any case, the merits of entrepreneurs like Trump might best be
defined by the character or motives of his critics. Trump detractors
are for the most part “B” list politicians, ambulance chasers, and a
left-leaning Press corps that lionizes the likes of Nina Totenberg,
Dan Rather, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, and Brian Williams.

If the truth were told, most of Trump’s critics are jealous,
envious of his wealth -e- and they loath his candor. Donald might
also be hated for what he is not. Trump is not a lawyer, nor is he a
career politician who lives on the taxpayer dime. Trump is paying for
his own campaign. Bernie, Barack, McCain, and Kerry could take
enterprise lessons from a chap like Trump.

Unlike most government barnacles, Trump can walk and chew gum at
the same time. He knows how to close a deal and build something. He is
a net creator, not consumer, of a kind of wealth that provides “life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for Americans -- real jobs not
feather merchants.

Today, Trump has nothing left to prove. Yet, success has allowed
him the rarest of public privileges, an electoral pulpit and the
courage to speak his mind. Alas, truth is not necessarily a political
asset in a socialized democracy.

Indeed, the erstwhile presidential candidate stepped on his crank
recently by suggesting that Mexico, already exporting dangerous drugs,
cheap tomatoes, and even cheaper labor, was also exporting violent
felons to the US.

Truth hurts! Trump’s rude candor is underwritten by nearly half a
million illegal felons in American jails. Coincidentally, events have
conspired to support Trump’s take on Mexican dystopia with the El
Chapo Guzman jailbreak and the murder of Kathryn Steinle by Francisco
Sanchez.

Senor Sanchez sported a lengthy criminal record and had been
deported on four previous occasions. San Francisco, a "sanctuary"
city, failed to honor existing warrants and released Sanchez from jail
just before he blew Kathy Steinle away.

As serendipity would have it, Trump then went to Phoenix on 12
July and gave a stem winder to a sell-out crowd on the subject of
illegal immigration. Senator John McCain was not pleased to have The
Donald on Arizona’s front lawn and intemperately called Trump
supporters “crazies.” Trump returned fire saying that McCain was no
hero.

Here again Trump cut to the quick, pointing out that no one
qualifies as a hero because he was shot down or captured. Indeed,
being a hostage in North Vietnam is not necessarily heroic either.
McCain is thought by some to be a heroic because he refused to accept
an early release.

In fact, the Hanoi parole offer was a ruse, a Hobson’s choice,
designed to embarrass McCain and his father at CINCPAC.

If McCain took the parole and abandoned his fellow POWs, he would
have shamed his father and been ostracized by shipmates. Indeed, had
John McCain not been the son and grandson of famous nd victorious,
Pacific Command flag officers, no one would have noticed him then or
now.

Few of the demagogues who have come to John McCain’s defense could
name any of the 600 Vietnam-era POWs other than McCain. McCain is
famous today because he, like John Kerry, has parlayed a very average
Vietnam military service into a three-decade political sinecure.

We know of 50,000 Vietnam veterans that might be more deserving
than John McCain. Unfortunately, they died in a war that generals
couldn’t win and politicians couldn’t abide. A body bag seldom gets to
play the “hero.”

McCain is no political hero either.

He is famously ambiguous on domestic issues like immigration. He
is also a Johnny-come-lately to Veterans Administration rot, which has
metastasized as long as McCain has been in office. On foreign policy,
McCain is a Victoria Nuland era crackpot, supporting East European
coups, playing cold warrior, and posturing with neo-Nazis in Kiev.
McCain pecks at Putin too because the Senate, like the Obama crew,
hasn’t a clue about genuine threats like the ISIS jihad or the latest
Islam bomb.

To date, Trump has run a clever campaign. He is chumming, throwing
red meat and blood into campaign waters and all the usual suspects are
in a feeding frenzy. McCain, the Press, the Left, and the Republican
establishment all have something to say about “the Donald.” It is
truly amazing how cleverly Trump manages to manipulate the
establishment.

If you are trying to sell an idea or a candidacy, there’s no such
thing as bad publicity.

Who knows where the Trump campaign goes? For the moment, he has
scored direct hits on Mexico and McCain. With El Capo on the loose
again, every time a toilet flushes in Sinaloa, Mexican garbage is
likely spill out in Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco, Portland,
or Seattle. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that the Left Coast could
survive without cheap labor, pistileros , meth, coke, heroin, or weed.
Necrotic immigration and its byproducts are ready made targets for a
gunslinger like Trump.

Trump is no bigot. He probably employs more Latinos and Blacks
than Enrique Peña Nieto or Barack Obama. In his own way, Donald Trump
is both immigrant and POW, a refugee from Queens and still a prisoner
of Wharton. The Donald is The Dude, the guy with babes and a role of
Benjamins that would choke a shark. He is the wildly successful
capitalist that some of us love to hate.

Before democratic socialism, success and effectiveness were
measures of merit. It doesn’t take much insight to compare Trump’s
various enterprises with federal programs. Public education, banking
oversight, public housing slums, poverty doles, veterans fiascos,
Internal Revenue hijinks, and even some Defense Department procurement
programs are consensus failures. The F-35 “Lightning” fighter is an
illustration, arguably the most expensive single DOD boondoggle in
history. Pentagon progressives seldom win a catfight these days, but
they still spend like sailors.

If and when Trump fails, he is out of business.

In Trump’s world, failure has consequences. In contrast,
Washington rewards failure with better funding. Indeed, generational
program failure is now a kind of perverse incentive for Beltway
politicians and apparatchiks to throw good money after failed
programs.

The difference between Trump and McCain should be obvious to any
fair observer; Trump has done something with his talents. McCain, in
contrast, is coasting on a military myth and resting on the laurels of
Senatorial tenure.

Any way you look at it, Donald Trump is good for national
politics, good for democracy, good for America, and especially good
for candor. If nothing else, The Donald may help Republicans to pull
their heads out of that place where the sun seldom shines.

The author had two tours in Vietnam as a junior officer and
subsequently served as command Intelligence briefer in Hawaii where he
updated CINCPAC, John McCain’s father, on POW matters.

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Wikipedia gives a different perspective, but makes it clear that
Trump does have a lot of accomplishments.

G. Murphy Donovan

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