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Friday, April 15, 2016

Trump: How has the system worked out for you?

The Wall Street Journal published a column by Donald Trump today, ostensibly his response to the Colorado Republican Party's decision to keep voters from selecting the state's delegates to the convention. But Trump used it to ask the bigger question: "How has the 'system' been working out for you and your family?"

From Trump:
I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people. Members of the club — the consultants, the pollsters, the politicians, the pundits and the special interests — grow rich and powerful while the American people grow poorer and more isolated.
No one forced anyone to cancel the vote in Colorado. Political insiders made a choice to cancel it. And it was the wrong choice.
Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.
The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.
Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?
And the killer point he made is this:
While I am self-funding, Mr. Cruz rakes in millions from special interests. Yet despite his financial advantage, Mr. Cruz has won only three primaries outside his home state and trails me by two million votes — a gap that will soon explode even wider. Mr. Cruz loses when people actually get to cast ballots. Voter disenfranchisement is not merely part of the Cruz strategy — it is the Cruz strategy.
Cruz is not who the media makes him out to be, nor is Trump.

I watched his speech last night at a Republican Party. It was funny and informative. He did not talk about policy -- "politics is boring" he said -- but instead used his experience in getting Governor Carey to build the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan instead of the middle of the Hudson River. He spoke of the ordeal of getting the address changed for a building from 7 Columbus Square to 1 Central Park West.

Finally, he spoke of building an ice rink in four months that the city was unable to do in eight years. The city's ice expert was from Miami Beach. He used copper tubing and freon. People kept stealing the copper tubing. Trump called the GM of the Montreal Canadiens and he sent his "ice man" to look at the project. He said use rubber hose. It worked, and no one wanted to steal it.

Four months later, Central Park had an ice rink again.

New Yorkers were screwed until Trump intervened.

Americans are screwed now. We need a Trump intervention. STAT.


  1. The Donald made some very salient points in that rather brief article. I'd say he's getting ready to drop the shtick and get Presidential. He may be the best thing since Ronald Reagan, maybe not. One thing is certain, we can't keep electing the same hacks we have now. - Elric

  2. Excellent piece, just like the previous.

    you are on a roll, sir, and a great op-ed by Trump.

    Eloquent and stirring. The Cruz crowd wanted to know when he would start acting Presidential.

    They just got their answer.

  3. Great essay as usual!

    Aren't we beginning to see the beginnings of a rapprochement between Trump and the GOPe (the recent note about Rove being an example)?

    I hope Trump doesn't have to give up too much to get them over to his side.

    The GOPe has different priorities than the neo-cons (the National Review crowd).

    The neo-cons don't bring any votes with them. Nobody outside the chattering classes cares what they think.

    The GOPe don't bring many votes either, but they can remove procedural obstacles.

    Steve in Greensboro

  4. Good points by DJT and Don.I do think Trump will get the best possible for policy.
    TG McCoy

  5. I can't agree that "the people" are always right.

    "The people" seem to have bought into the government's wealth redistribution schemes.

    "The people" re-elected Obama, apparently because they thought Romney was rich and out-of touch (yes, I know that Romney has since behaved despicably) while presumably believing that Obama and the Democrats had taken vows of poverty.

    "The people" revolted when Ted Cruz (yes, THAT Ted Cruz) sought to get a grip on the national debt. "The people" have certainly allowed and encouraged Western culture to be coarsened.

    "The people" may well elect HRC for being female, just as they gave a huge affirmative action promotion to someone else right years ago

    I would actually rather be governed by an unabashedly conservative elite than by "the people*.

    But, in the real world where everyone is allowed to vote, that isn't a realistic option. Trump is the best of the realistic options.

  6. Great that Trump is feeling so much love. Now don't you suddenly disenfranchised Rs feel dumb for being duped for so many years by the "establishment" and the "elite" who you supported so fervently for years?
    I applaud Trump heartily for one reason: He has successfully opened the eyes of so many of you zombies who have supported individuals for years simply because they had an "R" next to their name. What took you so long to realize your blind loyalty to a party was a joke? But don't feel too bad, the Dems are still zombies.
    Now, if only Trump could provide substance beyond his soundbites, then, maybe, I might consider him the true independent, non-Wall Street candidate I previously thought never existed.

    1. Many of the people you call dupes haven't been duped for years. We didn't support them because they had an "R" behind their names but because they didn't have a "D". The Porkbusters Movement preceded the Tea Party (est. 2009) by years to oppose the profligate Republican Congress and Bush prove how much like a "D" they could be. "Compassionate Conservatism" is just another term for Liberals without infanticide. No, not duped. Just not a lot of good choices.