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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Divergence

If you read this blog, you'll understand that I have considered Donald Trump the most likely to win and all in all, the best candidate in the presidential field. There are many who are put off by Trump's manner, but he wins because he is a populist, not a doctrinaire and that puts off many. He's also not a creature of the mainstream GOP and owes them nothing and that makes them fearful. His foreign policy doctrine is still forming and refining as are a number of other policies and concerns a lot of people including some of my fellow bloggers.

Most Americans have never read the Constitution. Many Americans have never left the country. Most of our number understand foreign policy vaguely, having listened to the mandarins who bet wrong on Trump and as Trump suggests - pursued the policy that cost us $4 trillion in the Middle East and a lot of blood, with nothing to show for it. 

Will Donald Trump read the Tenth Amendment and ponder its meaning. Will he shrink the federal government (outside of the military) by roughly 50%? He hasn't said. I don't know if he thought about it. Making America great again means cutting federal departments with a meat axe. Domestic issues are largely the prerogative of the states. Let them worry about most of that. Let them tax and spend as their constituents wish. If there is a dispute between the states, that is a federal government issue. I could enumerate what I would cut if I were Prez, but that's not the point. It's what does Trump have the guts to cut. Or will he be another Bush - a big government type who will swell the size of the bureaucracy?

If you listen closely to what Trump actually says, he says the right things. Muslim immigrants to the US are a potential threat and perhaps the law has to be changed to reflect that understanding. It doesn't mean that all Muslims or bad, but why allow them to immigrate here when we don't have but to look to the problems in Europe to understand that Trumps instincts are correct.

Mexico has a wall, well patrolled, along its southern border. For the past thirty years, Mexico's single biggest problem was illegal immigration from the south. Look at the illegal immigrants who swarmed into Mexico City as an example. The Trump Wall is a good idea. Controlled guest worker programs and immigration is a good idea. It's not anti-Mexican.

  • Repeal and replace ObamaCare by widening the market and instituting healthcare savings accounts.
  • Return education to the states and eliminate common core.
  • Build a strong military, second to none.
  • Build a wall on the US-Mexican border and use the $50+ billion per year trade imbalance with Mexico to pay for it.
  • Free trade only if it is fair trade.
  • Limit foreign intervention, but eliminate ISIS swiftly and violently.
  • Make America energy independent.
  • Reduce taxes including corporate tax and offer inducements to bring the $2+ trillion offshore back into the US.
Better looking first lady than Michelle Obama
The Trump doctrine is evolving and it remains to be seen how it will look when it's in place. The fearful GOP will fall in line and will come to understand that having a president who wants to make America great again can be a good thing. Having a tepid pussy like Jeb Bush would not be. 

I may diverge from Trumpian philosophy at some point, but we don't precisely know how he would apply his unique take on things to American problems. Neither did we know what Obama would do - or Bush, and Clinton evolved more than any of them. Presidents do that. 
Jeb! tweeted that he wouldn't vote for Donald Trump in November. When you consider that while Jeb! was busy running attack ads on Trump to the tune of $100 million, Trump spent under $1million on his campaign and ran no attack ads on Jeb!  Jeb Bush had his pants pulled down around his ankles again and again on national television while he continued to spend money and Trump continued to win. I don't blame Jeb! for having tough feelings toward Trump...he needs to go to the country club and drown his tears in a vodka gimlet, make it a triple. Poor little rich kid.
Marco Rubio is trying to get a vice presidential slot. So is Newt Gingrich. And so is John Kasich, but his feelings are still hurt that so few people voted for him. You may not know this but his dad was a mail man. Trump's instincts have been good so far. We shall see who he picks.


18 comments:

  1. The Donald is extremely good at staffing: picking the best management to achieve splendid results.

    He will bring this talent to the White House. Barry, on the other hand, couldn't pick up talent worth jack squat. He staffed his crew based on patronage.

    We will see how different things turn out in a Trump administration. And I hope The Donald keeps up a newly established tradition: blame the previous administration for its screw ups. People need to be reminded of why he was elected, and that will help him in the midterms.

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    1. The Obama White House was and is notorious for it's coterie of thieves, freaks and radicals. I see a very different Trump Administration and I'm looking to see that talented group of individuals work to make America great again.

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    2. "coterie of thieves, freaks and radicals."

      That was extremely generous, LL. I will assume that you kept it short, being a writer and knowing the value of brevity, and purposely left out the convicted/pardoned terrorists, suspected murderers, Chicago crime syndicate figures, reptilian shape-shifters and possible anti-Christs.

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  2. Jeb! should stop talking and concentrate on finishing the last pre-dinner cocktail at the club. And it's odd that nobody ever mentions Mexico's wall. Does that make the Mexicans racist?

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    1. The Mexican leadership is white, but since they are white people who speak Spanish, they're incapable of racism.

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  3. Best?

    OK, Trump will certainly trump Obama or Bernie, but is he really better than Cruz or Santorum?

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    1. Cruz is hated in DC. Trump is feared because he's likely to change things. Cruz wasn't even able to win his base - evangelicals. He would not have won anything nationally and "best" requires that somebody who wants to be president be somebody who can forge a coalition. I think that Trump can do that. Santorum is like Romney and Kasich. They're nice guys - Romney not quite so nice lately - who couldn't close the deal. It remains to be seen if Trump can, but Trump received more primary votes than any Republican in history. That's a positive.

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    2. OK, you mean "best under the circumstances".

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  4. If Trump is to downsize the government, I hope he starts with the 45 Czars Obie put in place to tell him what is going on in the world outside of a golf course. The fact he gave them a Russian title irked me. Then he could start with Dept of Education, another Liberal bastion of ignorance. There are too many to list here. And if he does, so much for creating jobs, he will be putting a lot of people out of work, but that, too, would be a help to the country.

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    1. Trump said that he's going to eliminate the Department of Education and turn it back over to the states. I take him at his word.

      The Czars are an Obama creation that will all be sent to the bread line - but I think that Bernie and the Wicked Witch would do the same with them. What did they do besides undermining Congressionally vetted cabinet heads?

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    2. "Trump said that he's going to eliminate the Department of Education and turn it back over to the states."

      Hope some states take it even further down!

      OK, families who do not opt for homeschooling might want someone to organise education statewise!

      Germany has a similar good rule, except it still has the 1938 infamy of Hitler and Bohrmann outlawing non-schooling and homeschooling.

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  5. John Kasich's dad was a mailman? Holy crap, who knew??

    I think Trump will do a fine job.

    I made a good decision not going to see him today. They've already said the traffic in Spokane is going to be deadly as there are so many other events going on at the same time.

    One of our local stations is live-streaming.

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    1. Yes, John Kasich's father REALLY was a mailman and John himself saved Ohio. But I don't think that he's going to the Trump rally in Spokane, reason enough for you to miss the spectacle. If you and Mr. Adrienne want to come to Southern California to attend a Trump rally, you'd see hoards waving the Mexican flag to garner sympathy for their assertion that the Western states should be part of Mexico. And naturally I'll pop for surf and turf after the event.

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  6. How about LL for Director of the CIA?

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    1. I'm better suited be Conrad Brean the role Robert DeNiro made famous in Wag the Dog. "Can't have a war without an enemy...You could have one, but it would be a very dull war..."

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    2. https://youtu.be/M-FXkj-r9Mc
      https://youtu.be/gNDmDZi05dY

      https://youtu.be/Rh-Samvut-E

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  7. I'm not finding any info about a wall on Mexico's southern border. Do you have any links you can share?

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    1. This is an article about using US Merida Initiative money to strengthen Mexico's southern border:
      http://ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/470959/U_S_May_Build_Southern_Border_.html

      Wikipedia talks about the 11 formal border crossing points and yes there is a wall. There are points where it is weaker than others but immigration is enforced.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala–Mexico_border

      Discussion of Mexican Immigration Enforcement efforts.
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3385694/Mexico-moves-lock-border-wall-government-tries-stem-flow-migrants-heading-north-tightening-porous-southern-border.html

      Article about the border fence from 2010
      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2010/09/22/a-fence-for-the-southern-border-of-mexico/

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