If You Really Love America, Back The Pragmatist, Donald Trump, for President…

— This article by Jerry Cates, was published on 8 May 2016, and last revised on 15 May 2016. © Govinthenews Vol. 7:3(1).

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Donald Trump is now the Republican Party’s presumptive candidate for president of the United States of America.

Got that?

I mean, do you really, really get that?

The Democrats get it. What do you think of that? But it’s true. I think they support Trump because he resonates with America’s soul, in ways nobody since our nation’s founding has done. If I am right about this, Trump will go down as one of America’s most valuable, most worthwhile, most uniting and most relevant U.S. President in history. I’ll have more to say about that later…

Yet many of our Republican officials seem not to comprehend the Truly Good Man that Trump represents. For example, you, Senator Lindsay Graham, why don’t you get it?

And you, Jeb Bush, yes, you — of the Bush Dynasty, the Bushes who were individually and as a group more concerned with feathering their family nests than serving their country. More focused on themselves that on saying and doing the right thing for America — why don’t you get it? What about you, Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Ted Cruz — our esteemed Senator from Texas who recently stepped down from his bid for president, but who shortly thereafter stated he might re-enter the race, especially if he won the Nebraska GOP primary (he didn’t; Trump won with a landslide 61.4% of the vote), and who now seems determined to drum up support for a third party; WHY DON’T YOU GET IT?

I am ashamed of all of you. ALL OF YOU.

And now I ask this question: Are you all crazy? Have you lost your ever-loving minds? Not one of you has come out in support of Donald Trump, your Party’s presumptive nominee. Why?

Why?

Please explain why you won’t support this man.

Well, don’t bother. We know why, or at least I do, and I’m not reluctant to explain it in black in white, for all to read. You are all selfish bores, endowed with such enormous egoes that you cannot see your duty even though it is right in front of you, staring you straight in the face.

If anything makes it clear why none of you should be elected to the office of President of the United States, this is it. Not only are none of you worthy of being president, you ought to be run out of office on a rail, never again allowed to run for any elected post. You might do well in appointed positions, where you will be watched like a hawk, but you should never be allowed to run for elected office. Never. Not ever.

Months ago I asked where the Real George Washington was. I can tell you who He Isn’t: You. That’s who.

What about Donald Trump? Could he be the Real George Washington of 2016? Well, I’ve been re-reading two of Trump’s books, “The Art of the Deal,” and “Think Big,” and they tell me there is no reason to believe he isn’t. I’m reading both of those books, all the way through, very carefully. They describe Trump’s throught processes. They explain how and why he goes about his business affairs and interacts with people. They provide an intimate, up-close picture of this man. The picture they paint is uncanny. It is exactly the picture we see watching Trump on the campaign trail. That is who he is. I used to worry that what we were seeing on the campaign trail was a mirage, not the true Donald Trump, all an act. Isn’t an act. This is who Donald Trump really is, it is the persona he exudes every day, in his real life, as he goes about his business of making a fortune and turning junk into gold (exactly what America needs today). And from that picture I have to conclude that he’s as close to the Real George Washington as anybody we’ve had running for President in my lifetime.

Hey, I’m 74. I’m not a kid any more and I’m definitely not easy to impress.

Yeah… 74 years old… which means I’ve been around for 30.83% — close to one-third (do the math: 2016-1776 =240 years, and 74/240 = 0.3083) — of this nation’s history. And I am very impressed with Donald Trump. Why? The man is as honest as the day is long. Romney calls him a fake, but a fake he’s not. Romney is the fake. Don’t pay any attention to anything he says, because when Romney opens his mouth he’s lying, you can take it to the bank.

Not Trump.

He tells it like it is, and he doesn’t mince words. Do you know what that means? It means he doesn’t soften his rhetoric to make his meaning less harsh. He speaks the truth when the truth needs to be spoken. He’s unafraid of the results of speaking candidly and clearly. When was the last time we had a politician who did that? Nobody, but nobody speaks the truth without mincing his words these days.

Nobody, that is, but Donald Trump. Maybe we’ve never, ever, had a politician who did that before.

It might actually be, in fact, that Donald Trump is a step above George Washington in that regard, because George Washington himself was never quite that candid. In George Washington’s writings we find him often mincing words when describing the apparently reprehensible conduct of several of his generals during the war for Independence. Perhaps in that day and time the candor displayed today by Donald Trump would have been out of place or extremely unwise (I don’t buy it, but I’ll say it). Today, however, the American people need a leader who tells the unvarnished truth. We need a leader who is not afraid to shout that truth from the rooftops. And Donald Trump will do that when nobody, I mean absolutely nobody else will.

Why does he tell the truth when every one of our politicians won’t? Because Trump is not worrying about feathering his nest. He’s not afraid he will hurt the feelings of somebody whose favor he might want to curry as a means of enriching himself somewhere down the road. Trump has made his fortune. He doesn’t need any more. He has enough to keep himself and his family happy the rest of his days. He can afford to tell the truth and not worry about the consequences.

But he’s even more than that. He’s a pragmatist who will get the job done. Mychal Massie,  an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry and today serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015 to advocate for a colorblind society, recently wrote an article published on the blog Intellectual Froglegs that — to me — captures the genuine essence of who Donald Trump is. Below is a summary of the points in Massie’s article:

  1. Donald Trump does not view himself as a conservative. Instead, he is a pragmatist who sees a problem, understands it must be fixed, then sets about fixing it. He doesn’t view problems as liberal or conservative; he sees them only as problem in need of a fix. That’s important because…
    • When problems are viewed from a liberal perspective, more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata get created as a result, and…
    • When problems are viewed according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective, continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well-being, denial of what the real problems are and weak, ineffective, milquetoast leadership results.
  2. Immigration isn’t a Republican problem or a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach, not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.
  3. The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem; it is an American problem and must be viewed as one that demands a common-sense approach to resolution. A successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work.
  4. As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cellphone in every pocket, free college tuition and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. What he has promised is real, genuine solutions to real, genuine problems. That’s what pragmatists do. They see problems and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.
  5. The reason people do not like Trump is because:
    • He is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians;
    • They are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own him vis-a-vis donations;
    • He is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and
    • He is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.
  6. People are quick to confuse and despise Trump’s confidence as arrogance, but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

Trump. the pragmatist. My kind of guy. Should be your kind of guy, too…

So, take my advice, Graham, Bush, Ryan, Cruz, and all the other jerks — yes, jerk is the right word for each of you, who individually and as a group is working so hard to try to stop Trump, but who failed miserably to stop Obama — who refuse to back the Trump. My advice is for you to wake up and do the right thing. He needs your support. He deserves your support. He earned your support. And if you stupidly, ignorantly, pig-headedly continue to refuse to give your support you will hurt much more than just your own legacy.

Wake Up and do the Right Thing. Time is of the essence.

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