So, yesterday you might have noticed that Donald Trump humbly accepted Donald Trump’s nomination for President of the United States after Donald Trump descended from Trump Tower in a Trump Elevator before hopping on a Trump Escalator for yet another descent to Fifth Avenue, with Trump's sexy supermodel wife — Melania Knauss-Trump — hanging on Trump's arm.
The whole spectacle was massively over-exaggerated, egomaniacal, utterly fantastic and pure Donald. The blonde combover-sporting real estate magnate unashamedly greeted the press with all the brazen pomp and circumstance of an emperor addressing a multitude of peasants and serfs. Unlike many of his spineless, soft-spoken Republican presidential rivals, The Donald has no reservations about flaunting his wealth. In fact, he was happy to broadcast the details of his financial statement, which clocks in at $8.7 billion.
“I’m not doing that to brag...I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice…I’m really rich.”
This is one of the things that, for all his faults, actually makes Donald Trump kind of awesome. He’s arguably the only guy in this race who isn’t ashamed of being rich. Whether you like Trump as a candidate or not, it’s actually quite refreshing to hear from someone who is not only proud of his wealth, but talks about it in a positive and inspirational way, without shaming other wealthy people for being wealthy. (*cough* Obama *cough*) For The Donald, the accumulation of wealth and prosperity is what makes America the greatest nation on the face of the planet. He sees wealth as something to strive for, not something to shame or discourage. Of course, this flies in the face of the progressive Left’s nanny-state narrative — billions of dollars spent on food stamps and decades of unrestricted and unmonitored welfare assistance. In this way, Trump’s very existence is the antithesis of the Left's Government-As-Savior philosophy. He’s the sort of guy the Left loves to demonize.
Anyway, the real question is whether or not anyone is going to take Trump seriously as a politician. His critics certainly aren’t.
“Donald Trump, the Biggest Clown of All.”
“The biggest flaming ass that you could possibly imagine.”
“Is Trump’s candidacy just a PR stunt?”
The list goes on and on, with breathtakingly eloquent words like ‘buffoon’ ‘jerk’ and ‘asshole’ making rounds on social media and dozens of networks across the nation. Not to mention, he’s supposedly ‘the most disliked Republican candidate’ according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday and the ‘the most hated [presidential] candidate since 1980’ according to a graph posted by the FiveThirtyEight blog.
Not very flattering.
He’s sort of the Tony Stark of the so-called conservative movement. (Shameful Marvel Comics analogy, I know.) But, think about it. He’s the brash CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, has an ego that dwarfs the size of the known universe, drives million-dollar sports cars and always has a hot woman (or women) hanging on his arm everywhere he goes. All he’s missing now is the Iron Man armor and Robert Downey Jr’s magnificent goatee. He’s the brilliant guy who has great ideas and lots of money (by his own admission), but you don’t want him leading The Avengers — although Tony Stark could really give The Donald some pointers on socially-acceptable hairstyles.
It’s obvious that Trump’s financial success and business knowledge might be enough to help turn the economy around, but it takes more than that to run a country. It takes someone with morals, principles, ethics, honesty and integrity — all of which Washington seems to be lacking these days — and all of which Trump has proven, in the past, he doesn’t care about. He spent years playing both sides of the political aisle and has given thousands of dollars to Democrats and their charities, including Hillary Clinton. The only silver lining here is that, if elected, he might be better at reaching out across party lines and negotiating with Democrats on key issues — in contrast with Obama, who just issues executive orders because he’s too lazy to get off his ass or off the golf course to negotiate with Republicans.
Furthermore, The Donald has two failed marriages behind him and five children by three different women. Trump’s first marriage (to Czech socialite Ivana Trump) ended in shambles when his affair with blonde actress/TV personality Marla Maples went public. The Donald’s subsequent marriage to Marla lasted all of seven years (surprise), before yet another divorce, leading to Trump’s proposal in 2006 to Slovenia-native and supermodel Melanija Knavs (now Melania Trump.) I usually don’t harp on relational and marital drama like this because it looks like a cheap smear tactic, but it’s relevant and important to understand the content of a person’s character and morality.
I know what you’re thinking: So, I’m really supposed to care about a candidate’s morals and personal integrity?
Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
Last night, I was scrolling through a few social media feeds where people were talking about #DonaldTrump and #TrumpforPresident and #BadYearbookMessages and #IWantPizza and #ShortGirlProbs. One girl on Facebook — Angela from Washington — said this about Trump:
Trump is awesome! I’m all for him saying he doesn’t need lobbyists and funding to run for president. It means he can’t be bought or bribed into the B.S. that has become our crappy system. The country should be run like a business. I am happy to see a businessman run, versus a guy (or girl) who is all PC and sniffing up the butts of minorities to make people feel entitled and repressed.”
Sadly, I think Angela speaks for a lot people, mostly all the folks who are fed up with the stagnant job market and crumbling economy. (Can I get a show of hands?) But, the fact that she said Trump “can’t be bought” is utterly delusional, sad and hilariously ironic. Seriously, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry here. We’re talking about a guy whose sole game is business. He’s all about buying and selling things — specifically, real estate. He fires and hires people more often than you change your underwear. And you think he’s incapable of being bought or bribed? I hope the vast majority of America isn’t this naive. There’s a quote by English writer, theologian, poet and journalist G.K. Chesterton that goes like this:
You will hear everlastingly…that the rich man cannot be bribed. The fact is, of course, that the rich man is bribed; he has been bribed already. That is why he is a rich man. The whole case for Christianity is that a man who is dependent upon the luxuries of this life is a corrupt man, spiritually corrupt, politically corrupt, financially corrupt. There is one thing that Christ and all the Christian saints have said with a sort of savage monotony. They have said that simply to be rich is to be in peculiar danger of moral wreck…it is quite certainly un-Christian to trust the rich, to regard the rich as more morally safe than the poor. A Christian may consistently say, “I respect that man’s rank, although he takes bribes.” But a Christian cannot say, as all modern men are saying at lunch and breakfast, “a man of that rank would not take bribes.” For it is a part of Christian dogma that any man in any rank may take bribes.” [from Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy” - 1908]
I can’t really add much else to that. Chesterton should speak for us all. Seriously, someone start the slow clap, please.
As for this notion that the country should be run like a business, it’s embarrassing that I even have to explain why this is horribly nonsensical. The average American “business” — from retail stores and restaurants to laundry mats and the gas station at the end of your street — is usually managed by one individual or group of individuals who wield most, if not all, of the executive power and authority. These individuals are, in most cases, only interested in one thing: profit. If there’s no profit, for the company and for them, then there’s no point. In a business model, these people control the dynamics of everything and everyone else works for them. They’re called “bosses” “managers” “supervisors” “administrators” “department heads” “head chefs” and about a million other things. You probably work for one. You’ll probably be seeing him or her tomorrow morning.
To apply this sort of model to a constitutional Republic would be disastrous. In fact, it’s damn near close to socialism and it’s why we’re in the mess that we are now. Obama and his feckless cronies have racked up all the power and carved out ideological thrones for themselves. But, in a constitutional Republic, the people are supposed to be in charge, not the government.
Sorry, but America shouldn’t be run like a real estate company or a Taco Bell. It just doesn’t work that way. America should be run like the constitutional Republic that she is.
Plain and simple.
Donald Trump might have more cash, cars, planes and profanity-laced one-liners than anyone else in the race, but one thing he doesn’t have is the capacity for presidential integrity or humility. Just ask yourself, would you vote for a guy who’s been saying this sort of stuff lately while making rounds on TV and radio:
“Part of the beauty of me, is that I’m very rich.”
“What a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight.”
“If I decide to run [for president] you’ll have the great pleasure of voting for the man that will easily go down as the greatest president in the history of the United States: Me, Donald John Trump.”
“I do get sent Bibles by a lot of people…we keep them in a very nice place…I get so much mail…you can’t keep all the mail…but there’s no way I would ever do anything negative to a Bible, so what we do is keep all the Bibles. I would have a fear of doing something other than very positive [to a Bible], so actually I store them. Sometimes we give them away to other people. But I do get sent a lot of Bibles.” — Let’s just be honest here and realize that he’s actually so superstitious that he won’t get rid of a Bible, so he keeps them in special rooms, presumably in one of his many buildings or houses, but simultaneously feels the need to brag that he gets so much mail, but keeps all the Bibles.
You see, it’s this sort of arrogant, brash, in-your-face charisma that makes Donald Trump the magnetic TV personality and A-list celebrity guest that he is and has been for decades. It's what makes him fun.
But, it’s not what makes him the sort of guy who should be making policy decisions for the United States of America.
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