Trump’s Trump


I like that what I see is what I get with a man like Donald Trump.

Far too many and more to come are the pleas, scare tactics, veiled threats, and appeals to good nature, all ending with that benign moderator of all elections: the request for a personal contribution.   Such contributions come from myriad sources that in turn face various forms of regulation.  And both major political parties recognize a need for campaign finance reform (they do differ on what needs to change) and that financial mismanagement can paralyze a campaign (see Scott Walker).

But the money simply is and will be in politics.  As voters, or potential voters, we have become accustomed to the well-to-do candidates asking an electorate of mostly not-as-well-to-doers for personal campaign contributions in the name of peace, freedom, social justice and so on ad nauseum.  And here is where our thinking is done for us by our benevolent benefactors:

Democrats ask in the name of the environment because we love the Earth and in the name of education because we love the kids.  Republicans come to save the unborn children, as we must be their protectors, and they promise to cut taxes because, hey, it’s our money right?

The campaign letters, emailed with such personality that they no longer feel like candidates but friends (slight gag), would have me believe my worst fears should I not give all I can:

Abortion-geddon, 99.9% rates for both taxes and carbon emissions while white males are the ones running the diamond mines where minorities and children slave the day away having left the mothers, wives and mistresses barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen when they left their one room shanties at daybreak.

But then there’s Trump.

In every presidential election there’s a bunch of millionaires trying to tell us what they think we want to hear about what they think we care about.

But then there’s Trump.

The professional public servants tell us how they can fix Washington, even though most of them already work there.

But then there’s Trump.

Now, I do maintain that no Donald will be the next President of the United States, or even the Republican nominee.  But there is profound liberty in a candidate that is not a candidate by nature and seeks no funding from me (yes, donations are accepted, he’s not stupid).  One who views issues and cultural shifts without first considering a deferential stance towards the media or any particular social group.

I believe that despite his callous behavior, Donald Trump cares for this country and has an active interest and unique capability to affect its future.  He states his beliefs on relevant and not-so-relevant topics, offending some and reaching others.  Sifting through the spin can be a chore and all voters should note that media outlets are well aware of the prejudices held by the public at large against a man like Donald Trump.

He is a character, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t serious.  And perhaps that’s the most appealing trait of all.  Trump’s concern is genuine, and people begin to care about what you know when they start to see how much you care.  Regular old politicians have hidden agendas and are notorious for being, well, politicians.  It truly is a sad state of the state for the statesmen and women of our day.

But then there’s Trump.  He has his controversies and defects of character, but these must be weighed against the prospect of a President Clinton (pronounced Frau Blucher). He has the money, the time and the present support to reach millions and impact our system on a relatively substantial level.  And he has the “chutzpah” to reach for that truly-American dream thought by many but never deemed realistic:

I can be the President of the United States.

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