The Appeal of Donald J. Trump: perception and reality

For much of the twentieth century the Left has placed a linguistic noose around the neck of the Right. Certain words having gained totemic power are never uttered. Other words, like ‘discrimination’ or ‘phobia ’ are distorted beyond their true meaning to support accusations of bigotry or racism. To be so accused is to be judged, convicted, and sentenced on the spot. Recently the noose has tightened so that many conservative points of view dare not be uttered else debate on the merits be forcibly shut down. In parallel there has been a marked increase in totalitarian government power: same-sex marriage mandated by the Supreme Court; the persecution of photographers for declining to participate in homosexual nuptials; women in combat roles; forcing schools to permit ‘trans’ boys to shower with girls athletic teams; possible Federal prosecution of the ‘deniers’ of climate-change orthodoxy.

In short the space in which ordinary Americans can speak and act has so shrunk that a powerful reaction has arisen. Conservative voices have self-censored; there has been no significant fighting back. Into this space Trump has stepped. His tough talk is needed to puncture lefty illusions. Regarding the Mexican border or trade treaties, his promises are seen as preserving the integrity of our traditional American culture and economy. His revolt is against all elites, not just the Republican party establishment. Trump is seen by his supporters as a positive, conservative force for restoring health to our sick, confused, feminized society. The more Big Media seeks to brand him as a brown-shirted neoNazi and inspires violent protests, the more his supporters see the need for a thorough cleansing of our Augean stables.   

Trump, however, is not the man for the Presidency. As a television personality he is good at tapping into resentment, but his tell-it-like-it-is straight talk is not much better than John McCain’s. Pace the perceptions of his supporters, he vacillates on the most important policy positions, such as the H-1B program which he used to bring in his wife. After building the wall with Mexico he promises a “big, beautiful door“ to let “the good ones” back in. He congratulated Marco Rubio for compromising and thus enabling the Gang of 8 “deal.” His claim that tariffs will be a net positive are just plain wrong. Ask any economist. E.g. in 2002 President Bush fulfilled a campaign promise to Ohio unions by imposing tariffs that may have saved 1,700 steelworker jobs. The cost to the economy in the form of higher prices and consequent loss of jobs in other industries is estimated at $800,000 per job saved. Trump promises a  populist free lunch that does not exist. He supports affirmative action and Federal control of healthcare. He is impulsive. Many of his positions are liberal. He does however deserve much credit for stating that the Muslim world is full of hatred for the United States and this should influence whom we let into our country. But we remember the newspaper headlines from his adulterous affair with Marla Maples in 1990: “the best sex I ever had.” It is not clear who actually uttered that phrase, he or Miss Maples. If as we believe our biggest societal problem is the huge number of unmarried, unemployed men of working age siring illegitimate children who will have no father, a media personality like Trump is not the man to lead the fight for improvement.

Dr Ben Carson claims that Trump is two-faced and that this is a good thing: “they’re not the same person; one’s very much an entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual.” So which one will gain the White House? Flip a coin and hope on a wing and a prayer that we get the thinking man? But we have the alternative of Ted Cruz, a much smarter, savvier man; a true conservative. George Will believes that on many issues Trump would govern to the left of the Benghazi Princess, in part because he would change positions with the political winds. Harry Reid thinks he can be manipulated. Polls show Hillary beats him. The shutting down of Trump rallies will lead some to support and more to abandon him, showing just how difficult it would be for Trump with his high unfavorables to win the Presidency. He would take down the Republican Senate with him. So much for the Supreme Court. Cruz has proven to be a very good campaigner and should beat Hillary. Is not the decision to support him easy?     Troglo

Troglo (L. H. Kevil)

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One thought on “The Appeal of Donald J. Trump: perception and reality

  1. Good Morni;ng Hunter.Thanks for your thoughts. Trump has been successful because he is saying what most of us want to hear. That however does not of itself cause him to be a good president-in fact, he just might be a very bad one.Sadly, our choices seem to be limited-the Benghazi Princess would I believe be worse.! Buck

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