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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Trump: What the hell do you have to lose?

Last weekend, I did my contrarian thing and posted, "The brilliance of going to rural white areas to get the black vote." I went against the grain that said Trump should have delivered his speech on African-Americans to a black audience. No. The way you build credibility in the black community isn't by pandering; it is by being consistent.

This weekend, people are beginning to see what is happening. Trump is continuing to drive home his message for black voters.
What the hell do you have to lose?
That's a message that can apply to anything and everything: What the hell do you have to lose?

From ABC News on Saturday:
Donald Trump returned to Iowa today, yet continued his push for African American votes.
"Nothing means more to me than working to make our party the home of the African-American vote once again," Trump said, speaking to Iowans attending the 2nd annual Joni's Roast and Ride, hosted by Sen. Joni Ernst.
"There are millions of African-Americans in this country who have succeeded so greatly and who deserve a government that protects and honors their incredible contribution," he said. "But we also have to talk about the millions of African-Americans who remain trapped in poverty and failing schools. I’ve spoken a lot in recent days abut the deplorable conditions in many of our inner cities.
"Just yesterday, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, a great guy, Dwyane Wade, was the victim of a tragic shooting in Chicago," Trump said, after tweeting about Wade's cousin, who was killed Friday afternoon when police said two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head.
"She was the mother of four, and was killed while pushing her infant child in a stroller just walking down the street, shot," Trump said. "It breaks all of our hearts to see it, it's horrible, it's horrible and it's only getting worse."
Some are saying Trump is being opportunistic.

Democrats have not said a peep about a mother of four being gunned down in the streets of Chicago in broad daylight.

Iowa is 10 percent black. Trump is going to keep this up until someone double-dog dares him to come to a black area and talk. And when he does, it will be all over.

People ain't dumb. They see what is happening. If Hillary is elected, they are screwed. What the hell do they have to lose?

I was among those who called his nomination before even one vote was cast, because that was when I began writing my book. On January 9. I knew the book would have a happy ending.

Later this week, I shall decide whether to undertake the writing a sequel. It's not that I don't think he will win. It's whether I can top a book that Austin Bay at Instapundit said:
Don Surber has written an essential first history that is also a fun and witty romp. The book is a professional journalist’s exercise in factual due diligence. He documents –in arrogance-stripping detail– media bias, ineptitude, exaggeration and failure to learn from self-inflicted, unforced errors.


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  1. You could call it Trump the Status Quo.

  2. Don, would it help if we all stand shoulder to shoulder and double dog dare you to write a sequel? Or do you work better under the Brer Rabbit / Briar Bush motivation method?

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  3. Don, we your readers (except gadfly, who's dog-paddling in the soup) KNOW you can do it. Possible cover: Ace of Hearts, with The Donald's face on the heart; Title: The Trump Card.

  4. If Trump doesn't appeal to African-Americans for their vote, then it proves he's racist; but if he does ask for their vote, he's being "opportunistic."

    Now I have to ask, what is wrong with being "opportunistic"? Why should that have a bad connotation? People who aren't opportunistic have to depend on either luck or charity to make their way through life. The way to get ahead in life is to make and take advantage of opportunities. That's the way you make the proverbial American dream come true.

    Don't people say, If you work hard, you can become anything you want? Did Barrack Obama's mother and grandparents say to him, "Barry, don't you lift a finger a day in your life. Just sit back and ignore opportunity when it comes knocking." The problem with too many people who believe the promises the Democrats make is that they are NOT opportunistic. They wait for the government to hand them their free Obamaphone, their free wide screen TV, their free birth control, their free health care, their free college education, free free free. And that's why they get nothing nothing nothing. And then they complain complain complain.
    Well, tough Tough TOUGH!

    It's time for black Americans to leverage their votes. They can find a home in the Republican Party. It is their party of opportunity. If they join in numbers, they can help to set the party's agenda. But if they blindly stick with the Dem party, their loyalty will not be rewarded and they will have only themselves to blame when the Dems eventually throw them over for the fast growing power bloc of Hispanics.

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  6. For 50 years blacks have been voting for Dimocrats. What do they have to show for it?

    1. The useful idiots in the Congressional Black Caucus whose only concern is getting electing and enjoying the perks of power.

    2. Failing schools.

    3. High unemployment.

    4. Crime ridden neighborhoods.

    5. Continuous high poverty.

    6. Gummint dependence.

    The irony here is that they have done worse under the first black president than they did under Reagan and both Bushes.

  7. All of the fine strategizing, working with the various community leaders, has resulted with bupkis.

    So why continue doing the same stuff and expecting different results? The men and women you are dealing with are happy with the way things are, they are living large. They will never be agents of change, they will never change anything because They are still rolling around in Escalades in Armini suits. Why should They do anything different?

    Answer: They won't. Since they are bought off then you have to appeal past them to the people who are further down and ask them "How do you expect to better your lot if these guys up here (points at Congressional Black Caucus) keep everything for themselves and their kin and friends?

    Maybe you should shake that machine up a bit.

    -Mikey NTH

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