I now reply to his remark, because the positives far outweigh the negatives -- and both are addressed in my book.@donsurber @GregfromHackett Don, it's amazing how someone who is so pro-Trump spends most of his time arguing "the alternative is worse!"— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) August 16, 2016
First, the negative. Trump is an imperfect candidate. This is his first bid for public office and he has made many, many mistakes. Two divorces and the four times one of his companies sought protection from creditors in bankruptcy court are warning signals. He invented Too Big To Fail on his first visit to bankruptcy court, when the size of his debts were too large for the banks to absorb, and so they kept him in charge because they needed him to succeed. Years of playing the press had given him a celebrity worth billions. Literally. Anyone else likely would have lost his company.
Chapter 2 of "Trump the Press" delves in greater detail into these problems. But his supporters had "A Cause without a Rebel," as I titled that chapter. How I wish Scott Walker or even John Kasich had taken the banner of those who see and fear the the transformation of the Greatest Land of All into a banana republic. Walker and Kasich declined. Instead we wound up with someone more like casino owner Rick Blaine from Casablanca.
I concluded the chapter:
Trump did not live in the working-class neighborhood, but he understood the plight of those who did. He championed their cause when no one else would. On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Donald Rumsfeld said, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish you had at a later time.”
This was true of presidential candidates. Trump was not Roy Rogers or even Rick Blaine. But he was not the tail end of Trigger either. Trump rallied a people whom the political class had ignored, which, my friends, is presidential leadership.That's the negative.
The positive is that Trump offered a fearless leadership that would not be cowed by the press or political correctness. This is long overdue. Republicans have been cuckolded by the press all my life, and I am 62 and retired.
Trump defies and ignores the Fox News All-Stars and their DC-centric advice on how not to anger Democrats.
But his real target is the liberal media, not the conservative fringe. We have never had a candidate willing to call out CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times. Trump stripped the Washington Post of its press credentials. Why not? The newspaper lost all pretense of objectivity once Jeff Bezos took over subsidizing it.
You can take the high road, or you can take the path to victory.
Trump's supporters pick up on his defiance. He is their leader. Their attitude is healthy, and reminiscent of Slim Pickens's character meeting Dom DeLuise's in Blazing Saddles.
Taggart: Piss on you! I'm working for Mel Brooks!Not in the face! Not in the face!
As for policy, building a wall and kicking out illegal aliens makes sense, as does fixing the problems with those free trade agreements and mutual defense pacts.
23 of the 28 NATO countries cheat?
To.NATO was set up to keep the Soviets on their side of the Iron Curtain when only the United States could do that. The Soviets fell in 1991. After a quarter of a century, why are we providing the European Union's military?
Only one candidate dared to go there -- a place we should have been in 1991. Bush 41 kept the NATO bureaucracy in place. Clinton 42 expanded it.
As for tariffs, Reagan had them. From an earlier post, "Reality: Reagan was less free trade than Trump":
A reader left a link in comments to a 1988 article by Sheldon L. Richman, the director of public affairs at the Institute for Humane Studies, lamenting President Reagan's actions on foreign trade.
Reagan spoke a great game when it came to free trade, but, well, his record did not match those curtains.Richman cited 18 incidents of tariffs and protectionism by Reagan and concluded: "This abominable record has moved many former trade specialists in the Reagan administration to criticize the administration they once worked for. Gerald Marks, former director of the Chicago office of the Commerce Department's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, called the policy toward Japan 'myopic at best, dangerous to the world trading structure at worst.' Harald Malmgren, a former trade negotiator, said the administration has been 'resorting to vigilante-style unilateral retaliation'."
Trump's trade policy is Reagan's.
It's also Lincoln's. In fact, it is the policy of every Republican president not named George Bush. Republicans used to nurture American industry -- and the world was better for it. From the refining of oil, to the perfection of steel, to the production of automobiles, American capitalists have made life better for everyone.
Trump also is a CEO who turned a million-dollar loan from his dad into a $10 billion multi-national organization that employs 22,000 people. I wrote about this in, "How good a CEO is Trump?" I found Trump had every one of Peter Economy of Inc. magazine's "Top 10 Skills Every Great Leader Needs to Succeed."
I proved each point, beginning with this:
1. Inspires and motivates others.
My favorite example is Jim Herman, who at 38 won his first PGA tournament on April 3, 2016. Herman tried for years to make the PGA but gave up on his dreams a decade ago, and settled in as an assistant pro at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.
"I got into a nice conversation with Donald, Mr. Trump, one day. He's like, 'Why are you folding shirts and giving lessons? Why aren't you on the Tour? I've played with tour players, you're good enough.' I don't know, maybe something like that gives you more confidence," Herman told Simon Evans of Reuters after winning the Shell Houston Open.I respect Goldberg. He's wrong. I have made the positive case for Trump. But it fell on ears that are deaf by choice. And so I remind them that passive-aggressive campaigning for Hillary Clinton is doing nothing in the face of evil.
Let their guilt be their guide back to the side of truth, justice, and the American way.
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