Did he just say what I thought I heard? That depends on whether you actually heard what he said or are relying on the media to interpret it for you. And make no mistake, the media does not objectively give you the news. Our Liberal friends will agree with that statement as it pertains to Fox News and our Conservative friends have the same opinion of CNN. For once, the two groups have something right.
Who is he? Oh yeah, that would be Donald Trump. He points out the truth about the Mexican government and the media spins it like he’s anti-immigration. If you listen to what he actually said you would know he is against illegal immigration in general and the Mexican government in particular for encouraging its non-desirable citizens to go to America. The ultimate not-in-my-backyard approach.
I was trying not to write about Trump because I do not believe he will be in the race for the long haul. He’s too smart for that and, as a businessman, he’ll do a cost-benefit analysis and realize it’s better to let the ruling class masquerading as politicians kill each other rather than him.
It will be a shame when he leaves the race. I am not one of his big fans but he is growing on me and I think he is good for the dialog. He says things the way real people say things and not shrouded in the political correctness speak that infects our ruling class. Ask Jeb Bush a question and once the deer-in-the-headlight look escapes his face, he checks his notes, removes Karl Rove’s hand from his butt and responds in the most arcane way. I like some of the candidates but most do not answer the question. They simply look to hit their talking points and move on to the next victim.
Trump answers the question. You may not like his answer or the way he says it, but he answers the question. The Halo Effect dictates that he can also “get-the-job-done” but that may or may not be accurate. As the boss of a business, Trump has the, well, trump card. He can hire and fire and people have to do what he says or they find themselves elsewhere.
Politics doesn’t work that way. It takes finesse. It takes using a sphere of influence to get what you want but not always everything you want. That is the nature of the beast. Once you gain momentum and results you can begin to push for only your way. It takes time – and high poll numbers. A man with the successful track record that Trump boasts is what we need to get this country back on track.
People like that are notoriously impatient with slow progress and, at one point, they say “screw this” and move on to other areas that give them their results fix. I’m not a fan but he’s growing on me because he can get things done and that is something different for Washington, DC. The country needs something different in Washington DC. It’s too early to say whether he’s the difference we need but we need something different. Can he be any worse than the mess we now have?