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PostTrump and Trumpism (Randy Black, USA, 03/20/16 7:01 am)
I've watched patiently (for me) over the past few months as WAISers of various viewpoints ridiculed, took cheap shots at, insulted, and mentioned the name Donald Trump in the same post with the names Hitler and Mussolini and worse.
One NY Times columnist Tweeted, "The only way to end the Trump campaign is assassination." How quaint. If the same journalist (Ross Douthat, Feb. 25) had written such a sentence during Obama's campaign, you can only speculate if the writer would ever work in print journalism again.
Early on, I did not like Trump. I still don't "feel the love," but he's certainly more interesting than Jeb, Ted, and Marco along with the rest of the liars and hypocrites. Excuse me: I meant the other politicians. As I've watched Trump gain a foothold in the electorate and his support become a potential landslide, I've starting to understand his bandwagon and why tens of millions are flocking to him.
From the right and left, here and abroad, more than a few among us have attacked him for his views, his methods, his lack of people skills, his richness, his treatment of this or that minority, sex and all the rest. Heck, the man funds his own campaign while the other professional politicians wallow at the pig trough and swill our tax dollars.
As I watched the numbers on both sides during the primaries, I noted that his voting numbers approached a level that is double those supporting Hillary and Bernie. Think about that for a moment. Mr. Trump is getting support from those who have never voted before, from Democrats, from support groups that have traditionally supported Democrats, mainstream Republicans and even immigrants.
About the only support he's not getting is MoveOn.org. But, while MoveOn creates their riots, protests and related crimes, Mr. Trump does not have to waste money on TV commercials and billboards or direct mail. Free advertising courtesy of his opponents: It's a brilliant tactic.
More than a few WAISers have attacked his "build the wall" position, never mentioning that fact that hundreds of miles of walls already exist from California to Texas and have been expanding for years under several presidents. It's not even news, this wall-building.
When he said that many of the millions of persons who snuck into the USA are rapists, murderers and other criminals, Donald Trump spoke the truth, yet he was attacked by the media and those running against him.
Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states. That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.**
One by one, his political opponents have dropped by the wayside. Yet he spoke the truth. And, by the way, in an interview in the Texas Senate 2012 debates, Senator Cruz stated (that) he wanted the entire Texas border walled off--even if it meant invoking one of Trump's favorite federal powers, eminent domain, to do it. The Department of Homeland Security estimated the cost at $7.3 billion (Dallas Morning News, WFAA (ABC Dallas, reporter Brad Watson).
Over the past couple of decades, the Republican Party (my party) has painted itself as the party for conservative change. Yet, little has gotten done. The Republican Party has enlarged its base and political position by leaps and bounds as the liberal Democratic Party has limped along, losing influence and seats in State and Federal congresses.
Never in my memory have I seen the two major political parties bond together and spent what is approaching $100 million in anti-Trump ads. Clearly, Mr. Trump has clearly set off a panic by the good old boy networks of both parties.
We are being bombarded by anti-Trump ads that paint Mr. Trump as dangerous to the USA, to various minorities and to our enemies and allies. I heard one critic attack him last night because he's been married three times. As if that matters. It didn't bother Bill Clinton's supporters that he had had sex with an intern in the Oval Office and was impeached. It does not bother Obama's supporters that the President has violated the Constitution per the many court rulings that have overturned some of his Executive Orders, or that he has ignored the felonies that his Secretary of State has committed while Hillary was in office. This from former DOJ and FBI officials and various courts. Two divorces and three marriages? Yawn. Will she be charged? Will the DOJ ignore the felony charges to come? Stay tuned.
I'll finish with the thoughts that he's saying what many, many politicians wish they could say publicly but know they'd get roasted by their opponents who are also thinking but dare not. For decades, Europeans criticized the US when we began building walls along our southern border. Now, there are walls going up along the borders of a half dozen European nations and the politicians who encourage the European open borders policy are in danger of being run out of office. Hypocrites.
** Sources: Government Accountability Office (GAO) using Department of Justice data on criminal aliens in the nation's correctional system. The numbers were the basis for a presentation at a recent New Hampshire conference sponsored by the highly respected Center for Security Policy. Also: US Census Bureau, hotair.com.
JE comments: Glad to have Randy Black back! Randy has given the closest thing to a Trump endorsement we've yet seen on the pages of WAIS. Or at least it's not a non-endorsement.
Somehow Trump has succeeded in branding himself as not a non-hypocrite. Is this primarily because he's not a politician, or because of the harshness of his discourse--the "straight talker" phenomenon?