Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Donald Trump By the Book

You can learn a lot about a man from the books he writes.

The America We Deserve, was published in 2000, and was released in conjunction with Trump’s run for president. It spelled out his political agenda.

Even before 9/11, and the rise of Al Qaeda and ISIS, Trump predicted a growing terrorist threat. He saw it as a natural outgrowth of America’s increasing involvement in regional politics. His solution was totally unique. Trump advocated expanding the intelligence community so they could sniff out dangers before they occurred. The twist was, he wanted to create a national lottery where the proceeds would be used to pay for his spy network.

Similar to today, he was tough on immigration and wanted to control who entered this country. He said we needed to stop helping every Tom, Dick, and Harry nation out there. And, when we did help, we shouldn’t be so generous. We should send those countries a bill for our services.

Then, as now, Trump considered China the biggest threat to American security—both militarily, and economically. He advocated “a surgical strike” against [North Korea] because we need to stop “these outlaws before they pose a real threat.” That action would send a message to the rest of the bully nations out there—learn to play well with the world community, or face the consequences.

Trump took a tough stance on crime. He predicted a spike in the crime rate as the teenage male population increased. His solution was simple. We need to put criminals where they belong—in jail. And, we need to make it easier for them to get in. He favored capital punishment for violent offenders. He felt convicted murders should be put down like the sick puppies they are. Take a life, forfeit your life.

Trump suggested today’s schools are out of touch. Educators are trying too hard not to damage a child’s self-esteem when what they really need to do is prepare kids for life’s challenges According to Trump, we can’t take pity on kids who can’t spell, we need to call them what they are—“illiterate.” Instead of “no child left behind,” the Donald’s approach would be more Darwinian. He favors survival of the fittest.

Trump says, “the rich people hate me.”[1] So do the majority of his fellow Republicans. Trump proposed the best way to build a stronger America was to transfer wealth from the really rich to the middle class. He supported a one-time 14.25% tax on every individual and trust worth over ten million dollars. He planned to use the money to shore up the Social Security Trust Fund, and to pay off the national debt. Once the national debt was paid off the windfall would be used to fuel economic growth.

Trump’s latest political manifesto, Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again was published in 2015. For all of Trump’s critics who complain he hasn’t made his political agenda known, they need to read the book.

In it, Trump reexamines his stance on illegal Mexican immigrants. He admits they’re not all thieves and rapists. The “vast majority” of them are good people. They came here to share in the American Dream. He understands this. But, those biting, almost racist, comments launched his campaign. They pushed the immigration issue to the forefront of public discussion. Trump laughed off the reaction his comments received in the media and from fellow candidates. Everyone acted “horrified” by what he said. But, the people listened. They we’re excited because the problem was finally being discussed. Other candidates were quick to jump on the bandwagon and continue the conversation.

To appease conservatives, he says he “didn’t decide to become a Republican.” He’s always been one.

Despite ample proof to the contrary, Trump insists he was against the Iraq War and came out against it before it even started.

He says he will put an immediate end to our current weakness in negotiating with foreign powers. Right now, we negotiate from weakness. If we don’t get our way, we threaten to walk away, but we don’t. We keep making concessions because we’re weak—and everybody knows it! Trump says, “If I ran my business that way, I’d fire myself.”

And, if you have any concerns about Obamacare—don’t. It’s going to go away as soon as he’s elected. Trump plans to repeal Obamacare, and create a competitive private insurance sector totally separate from the current system where healthcare insurance is closely tied to your workplace. Trump says, his system will give people better coverage, more choices, and save the government oodles of money.

He talks about his hair and the negative reactions people have to it. That’s what hurts him the most. It’s his real hair.

Why all the fuss about it?

Finally, Trump admits he plays the media to his advantage. Prior experience has taught him, the more outrageous and outspoken he is the more media attention he gets. Every outrageous comment brings more attention to the Trump brand. It focuses more attention on Donald Trump, the candidate.

Why should he pony up $100,000 for a full page ad in The New York Times when a single well-placed, although somewhat outrageous comment, will land him on the front page of every newspaper in the country? It’s not his fault the media hangs on his every word.

Trumps say he learned early on how to grab media attention. All it takes is a few well-placed, outrageous comments, and you can be front page news—everywhere!

The way Trump puts it, “…if you’re a little different, or if you do things that are bolder or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”[2] That’s something every aspiring sixth-grade class clown already knows. If you say or do some stupid shit, some people are bound to laugh, some are bound to be outraged—no matter what else happens, they’re all going to remember you. And, talk about you.

Duh! Any twelve years old could explain the attraction we have to Donald Trump.

Excerpted from my book: 
Decision 2016: Donald Trump, Election 2016

[1] McKay, Tom. Ten Quotes That Prove Donald Trump Will Be The Greatest American President.” Policy.Mic. July 24, 2015.
[2] Kruse, Michael. “The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said.” Politico Magazine. August 14, 2015.

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1 comment:

  1. This was one of your better blogs, Nick Vulich. I particularly enjoy your 'just the facts ma'am' approach. I don't know where you found the quote “…if you’re a little different, or if you do things that are bolder or controversial, the press is going to write about you.” I like that quote. It explains a lot.