by Dr. Ed Berry
Love him or hate him, we can all agree Donald Trump is unique. After he announced his candidacy on June 16th, Trump’s poll numbers rocketed past Jeb Bush, the default establishment candidate.
Trump combines a degree from the Wharton School of Finance, international business experience, political insight, speaking ability, guts, and about $9 billion in assets. He is the first real threat to the Washington political establishment.
Nevin Gussack wrote the book, Sowing the Seeds of Our Destruction: Useful Idiots on the ‘Right.’ He contends the trade policies under Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama served the interests of hostile countries like China to the detriment of America.
Gussack writes about Trump,
“Trump’s economics and aspects of his national security strategy challenge the Washington Consensus of globalism, free trade, and other internationalist policies.”
Cliff Kincaid believes trade agreements and policies may be the sleeper issue of the 2016 presidential campaign.
If nothing else, Trump has caused other Republicans to reveal themselves as never before.
Glenn Beck claims Trump is “not a conservative” because Trump supports protective tariffs and opposes NAFTA, GATT, WTO, and PNTR.
Rick Perry said Trump’s remarks were “offensive,” as “Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to Afghanistan, have been extraordinary … citizens of our country.”
Jeb Bush said Trump “doesn’t represent the Republican Party or its values.”
Marco Rubio said Trump’s comments “were not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive.” Trump replied, “Rubio is weak on immigration.”
Regarding his comments on illegal immigrants, Trump said, “I can’t apologize for the truth.”
To Trump’s advantage …
Ted Cruz on NBC’s “Meet the Press” took a different stance:
“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration.”
“The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that. The Washington cartel doesn’t believe we need to secure the border. The Washington cartel supports amnesty, and I think amnesty’s wrong.”
Ted Cruz said,
“I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific, I think he’s brash, I think he speaks the truth and I think NBC is engaging in political correctness that is silly and that is wrong.”
Cruz doesn’t believe Trump should apologize for his remarks.
“He has a way of speaking that gets attention and I credit him for focusing on an issue that needs to be focused on.”
Both Cruz and Trump propose to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Bill O’Reilly said Donald Trump’s immigration analysis is correct.
Ann Coulter said Donald Trump speaks “for working class Americans, for African-Americans.”
Trump told Greta Van Susteren,
“We have incompetent leadership, we have leaders that don’t know anything about negotiating, we’re getting killed by China, we’re getting killed by Mexico, we’re getting killed by Japan.”
“I want to make America great again, that’s more important to me than my company. We will never be great if we keep going like this, we will never be great again as a country.”
Joe Scarborough said, “People who think he’s a joke and a fool need to be careful because by the end of the campaign, the joke may be on them.”
Why voters like Donald Trump.
Trump showed he understands what appeals to Republican conservatives in his response to NBC:
If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract-violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner wrote in his “The elites’ problem with Donald Trump: He’s not for sale,”
The media establishment is having a cardiac arrest.
The reason? Donald Trump has thrown his hat into the Republican presidential race.
The billionaire businessman is a straight shooter, known for his bluntness and tough talk. Unlike most politicians, he speaks plainly and directly. He doesn’t mince words or engage in the kind of double talk that pervades Washington. In short, he does not defer to the media elites, who cherish their role as the gatekeepers of our political class.
Like any governing elite, the goal is to maximize their power and wealth over the citizens they seek to control. Any individual who threatens the ruling class’ dominance must — and will be — destroyed.
On Iraq, he was right: Americans did the fighting (and the dying) while Iran and ISIS — our mortal enemies — now control that fractured country’s vast oil supplies.
For stating the truth — that many illegal immigrants pouring in from Mexico are violent criminals, murderers, sex offenders, drug dealers and gang bangers — Trump is now being crucified. Univision has canceled the Miss America and Miss Universe pageants; NBC has severed all ties with him; and Macy’s has just announced it will no longer carry Trump brand merchandise — shirts, neckties and cologne. The reason: The billionaire’s comments were allegedly “racist” and “offensive.”
In other words, our elites are effectively embracing treason. They are siding with law-breaking foreigners and the government of Mexico over Americans.
The government-media-industrial complex has shown—beyond a shadow of a doubt—they no longer hold any allegiance to America or its citizens. Transnational progressives are determined to destroy our sovereignty, borders and culture.
Trump frightens them because he poses a direct threat to their power and influence. He is a Teddy Roosevelt-style nationalist, who seeks to break the stranglehold of Big Business, Big Media and Big Government. Moreover, his vast wealth means that he cannot be bought and paid for.
Unlike Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, Trump is not in the pocket of special interests and foreign governments. He is genuinely independent. Ironically, the more he is vilified, the more his popularity surges. Middle America is with him. He is the anti-politician in an age when politicians are rightly despised.
What does Donald Trump stand for?
Donald Trump supports the economic nationalism of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams. Trump wants to build up America. This is the most fundamental principle that defines Republicans and separates Republicans from Democrats. Yet, too many Republicans don’t understand this.
Donald Trump represents conservative politics and Republican principles. Trump’s motto is “Make America great again!”
Dinesh D’Souza explains the “build up” principle very well in his book “America: Imagine the World without Her” and in the movie with the same name produced by Jerald R. Molen. The defining fundamental difference between parties is Democrats want to tear down America and Republicans want to build up America.
As a physicist, I explain this difference a little differently without changing its meaning. To “build up” means to reduce entropy and to better organize. To “tear down” is to increase entropy and disorganize. This definition corresponds to morality. Create a work of art or build a structure reduces entropy and is good. Destroy a work of art or blow up a structure increases entropy and is bad.
Entropy is a very powerful concept that applies to everything in life. If you understand it, you can understand things others cannot. If you want to learn more about entropy, choose a book from my “physics – entropy” selection on Bookfall.
From the viewpoint of D’Souza’s America, Donald Trump is America’s dream candidate.
Trump is an anti-globalist conservative, a nationalist who seeks to put America first. This is why our media elites despise him. He does not care for the New World Order based on free trade, open borders and globalization. Instead, he champions patriotism and populism — the very things our transnational ruling class fears.
Moreover, he promises to unleash our shackled private sector and restore the American Dream. He vows to slash taxes, excessive government regulations and our crippling budget deficits. He is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and anti-global warming. In short, he is a Reaganite Republican.
In his candidacy announcement, Trump said he will:
- Build a ‘great wall’ to stop Illegal immigration.
- Renegotiate all trade deals to make them advantageous to America.
- Re-energize America’s military and appoint real generals to lead them.
- Terminate Obama’s executive orders.
- Defend the 2nd Amendment.
- Return control of education to local governments.
- Bring jobs back to America.
- Lower taxes.
Donald Trump is the only overtly pro-USA candidate running. No other candidate will make these promises.
Michael Hurd doesn’t like Trump.
Columnist Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist. He wrote in his “The Trump Presidential Fantasy,”
“Republicans have no discernible ideas, and no visible ideological orientation”
and he implies neither does Trump.
Hurd has not read Dinesh D’Souza’a America. Hurd does not understand the basic principles that form the Republican Party. Hurd does not understand the concept of build up or tear down. Hurd’s critique of Trump consists of unsupported straw men that do not represent Donald Trump. Therefore, Hurd’s case against Trump fails.
Hurd criticizes Trump for respecting Putin. Hurd misses the point. Trump respects Putin’s ability but not his actions. We must always respect our opponent’s ability to effectively oppose him. In competitive sports, all winners respect their opponents. If they don’t, they will be losers.
Hurd writes, “deal making is a tactic and a skill; it’s not a principle of leadership.” Fine. But if you can’t play tennis, all the principles in the world will not help you win your match. Trump supports the key principle which is to rebuild America. Trump has clear goals and he knows how to accomplish them.
Trump will open the doors to a better economy and more jobs. We need a good economy and defense in order to have freedom.
Contrary to Hurd’s unfounded implications, Trump will help get “government out of our lives.”
Pat Buchanan likes Trump.
Patrick J. Buchanan wrote,
Trump’s success comes from the issues he has seized upon — illegal immigration and trade deals that deindustrialized America — and brazen defiance of Republican elites and a media establishment.
Trump intends to exploit the illegal immigration issue, and the trade issue, where majorities of middle-class Americans oppose the elites. And he is going to ride them as far as he can in the Republican primaries.
Americans are fed up with words; they want action. Trump is moving in the polls because, whatever else he may be, he is a man of action.
China problems haunt some candidates.
As noted by Cliff Kincaid, Gussack has reviewed how Rick Perry, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush have promoted the economic and political interests of China, a communist enemy of America.
Tom Deweese documented in his “Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?” how America has exposed itself to serious danger in its many agreements with China. Deweese wrote:
And exactly what American jobs will be created (as required) in a planned city where no Americans can live? Will the Chinese government send its own workers to do the construction of the city? And what security process will be used to assure such workers are not involved in espionage?
This is a legitimate concern when dealing with the Communist Chinese government. While brilliant in its strategy, it is single minded in its goal – supremacy. The United States has always stood in its way to achieve that supremacy. But the waning American economy and a US government that no longer sees communism as a threat, makes us vulnerable to a power that knows exactly what it seeks.
As a new assault by hordes of Chinese “immigrants” legally invade our nation, filling housing developments and building their own cities, our culture will be affected. Even our system of government could change in areas where Chinese populations begin to grow and perhaps even outnumber Americans. All from an enemy we let through the front door in a government program, based more on greed than American interests.
Like the invasion of the body snatchers, it appears the Chinese, aided by a compliant American government, have a well-devised strategic plan to literally colonize the once great United States of America – without ever firing a shot.
Trump has challenged pandering to Beijing and other foreign interests. If national security becomes a significant issue in the Republican campaign, it will be to the advantage of Donald Trump.
A Tea Party perspective
Jim Sumpter gives a positive report of Trump to tea party voters. Sumpter notes Obama has run America for both his terms with no budget, and the staggering challenge to balance the American budget, or what’s left of it when Obama moves out. Sumpter argues,
In January of 2017, someone is going to walk into the Oval Office. That person … will be compromised to such a degree that he will not be in a position to change anything – unless that man comes from outside the political-establishment sphere of influence and control.
And the only candidate who fits that description is Mr. Donald Trump.
There is only one person who has the courage, spirit and most importantly, the skill, team and honed instincts to employ the only approach that will save our republic – zero-based budgeting.
Only Trump has spoken of the country in a way that makes it obvious to anyone listening that increased national income doesn’t mean increased taxes on its citizens, but rather a return to what our Founders were inspired to plan from the beginning – that the United States would be funded not by income taxes levied on the citizens but rather by trade – that not only keeps our international trade position strong but supports and encourages American entrepreneurs and corporations.
A Trump presidency would mean the greatest opportunity for fiscal responsibility our country has ever had – the end of tax-borrow-and-spend cronyism and the introduction of ‘zero-based’ budgeting – with every department in the government justifying every dime in its budget.
What’s the bottom line on Trump?
We know its way too early to confidently predict the Republican nomination. However, let’s glean as much as we can from today’s poll data. Clearly, we have three groups of candidates: Establishment, tea party, and Trump. The dynamics between them will determine who wins the nomination.
- The total for Trump, Cruz, and Florina is 20.9 percent. I assume supporters of Cruz and Florina will follow Trump after Cruz and Florina fall behind.
- The total for the Evangelical Tea Party candidates – Carson, Paul, Walker, and Huckabee – is 34.2 percent.
- The total for Bush, Rubio, and everyone else is 33.1 percent.
- Undecided voters comprise 11.8 percent in these poll numbers.
After the New Hampshire and Iowa primaries, and after the August 8th debate, some candidates in each group will rise to the top and others will fall behind.
Bush and Rubio have the most appeal to mainstream Republican voters. But the low 33.1 percent for the Bush-Rubio candidates suggests Trump and the tea party candidates are stealing their votes. Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter help move votes from Bush to Trump.
The Republican campaign for president will be fought between Bush, Rubio, and Trump. Huckabee may hang in the race but he can’t win because he has identified himself with the Evangelicals on the gay marriage issue.
The key question is: After Carson, Paul, Walker, and Huckabee fall behind, where will their supporters go?
On the positive side for Trump, if more tea party voters migrate to Trump than to Bush or Rubio, then Trump can beat Bush or Rubio. If Bush and Rubio fight it out to the end, they may split the establishment vote and help Trump win.
On the negative side, if Huckabee hangs in to the end like he did in 2008, then he will stop Evangelical tea party voters from migrating to Trump and thereby help Bush or Rubio to win.
In 2008, Hucklabee showed he is not a team player. Had he dropped out before the Florida primary, his Evangelical supporters would have backed Romney and Romney would have beaten McCain. Huckabee is a loose cannon who can’t win. Will Huckabee now help Bush or Rubio beat Trump? Or will he understand the importance of being a team player and drop out at the right time and support Trump?
Why tea party and third-party voters will vote for Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz’s support of Trump is revealing and powerful.
Some tea party leaders and influencers are already setting the stage to rally the tea party behind Trump. There is no better way to close than to quote again from Jim Sumpter’s message to the tea party:
Donald Trump … presents a once-in-the-lifetime-of-our-country opportunity to have a hyper-successful business player in the Oval Office at a time when every other offering is nothing more than a simple-minded, compromised and corrupted politician.
The only hope is a man who truly ‘gets’ it – that for the world economy to be stable, the USA economy must skyrocket.
Trump’s experience with the world at large from the business vantage would make him unique among world leaders. The team he already has in place would assist him in returning the United States to the pre-eminent position in the world and would be without peer.
Mr. Trump is already unequaled in dealing with Communist countries and because of that experience knows that China’s ‘potential’ mass market is a farce.
Donald John Trump, Sr. is … the only true patriot we’ve got.