I received a viral email touting the supposed virtues of Donald Trump. I give you the email in it’s entirety, with italic commentary by me in brackets:
Peggy Noonan wrote about Trump this weekend in her Wall Street Journal Column
Trump – Things You Might Not Know About Him
[I’m a big fan of Peggy Noonan. That’s why I knew right away that this was not written by her. For one, she’s a good writer. Who ever put this load together is not. It may be that she wrote about him the weekend before this nonsense was committed to pixels, but this is not what she wrote.
Secondly, “RINOs” is a dead giveaway. Few outside of the Trumpenproletariat use the term RINOs anymore. For a while it was used by conservatives to describe more liberal members of the party, Chris Christie et al. But as Jonah Goldberg said, only 40 or so percent of Republicans describe themselves as conservative. He was kidding about it, but he rightly pointed out that it’s conservatives who are RINOs because they are in the minority.
That is until the self described anti-free trade, pro-censorship, anti-constitutionalist yahoos that like Trump because “At least he fights!” whatever that means, picked up the mantle and declared themselves “Conservative.” You can put a feather in your cap, but that doesn’t make you macaroni.
Third, Noonan’s columns are available for all to see here. Guess what’s not among them. If you want to know the true author of “Trump – Things You Might Not Know About Him” you can Google the title. Turns out the article wasn’t an article at all. It was a post on investorvillage.com (linked here) by someone known as bigjake59. I’m not certain as to whether he speaks only for himself or for the 58 previous bigjakes, but it’s not quite the endorsement that Peggy Noonan would be. Of course it’s possible that bigjake59 copied this from another non-Noonan writer, but I’m not putting in the effort to do anything but show that the WSJ this aint.
As if the WSJ, or Noonan for that matter, would use numbered paragraphs.]
Trump, hopefully, is waking some of the RINOs up. The criticisms of Trump are amazingly missing something. They are lacking in negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him. After all the employees he’s had and all the business deals he’s made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity than people may think. And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others. But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won’t.
[It turns out that a man notorious for keeping a coterie of yes-men about is praised by his long term yes-men? Shocking.
bigjake59 really let the side down on this one. If you are going to hold up an unsubstantiated tale as evidence of charity, a warm heart, and other gooey good feeling stuff, at least pick one that helps you out politically. Rather than paint Donald Trump as a stranded motorist who is incapable of changing his own tire, unable to work his cell/car phone to get another car in route, or unable to hire a limo driver that knows how to change a tire, why not have him walking through a hospital when he spots a surgeon with cramps in his hands. The Donald could volunteer to perform the needed surgery that the potassium deficient MD is incapable of doing. Before you know it, Donald has separated conjoined twins and done a really terrific job sewing them up. That story not only makes Trump look good, it cuts into Ben Carson’s popularity and maybe sways a few voters.
Instead bigjake59 chose a retelling, per snopes.com, of an 1891 Oscar Wilde short story that has variously featured Henry Ford, Mrs. Nat King Cole (because who would have believed it if it were the Mister), Perry Como, and Bill Gates. “The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won’t [sic].”]
1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.
Recently Liberated Iraqi Freedom Fighter: “Thank you so much for coming to our aid. ISIS has raped and enslaved our women, wiped out minority populations, ravaged our cultural treasures, and left our oil fields in flames, but we are now free. We will put the horrors of the past behind us and work for a better, democratic Iraq. We have nothing left, but we will rise from the ashes.”
American Commander: “Slow down there towel-head. We got a bill to settle.”
Kremlin Underling: “Mr. President, I have assembled a list of the gross domestic products of all the former Soviet satellite states, and you were correct. None of them could afford American protection in the event that we were to invade.”
Putin: “We’re back.”
Kremlin Underling: “High Five.”]
2.) Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he’d most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle. Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy, and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too
[For the record, “win at all costs” is not generally thought of as a positive.
I’m amazed that no one has thought of this. Hire more Pattons. What a revelation. And it doesn’t just apply to the military. Nebraska, USC, and Texas all have proud football traditions but for whatever reason all three have slipped into a state of mediocrity. Why they don’t just go out and hire three Nick Sabans is beyond me. That would right their collective ship.
Is it just me or does it seem odd that someone who is so caught up in how uniquely fantastic he is thinks that uniquely fantastic people just grow on trees. The business world must be a very confusing place for Trump. As he sits across from representatives from a company he is naturally dominating in negotiations he must wonder “Why didn’t they go out and hire a me?” (Chorus: “Because we don’t want to go bankrupt!”)
3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 7 core principles American interests come first. Always. No apologies. Maximum firepower and military preparedness. Only go to war to win. Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies. Keep the technological sword razor sharp. See the unseen Prepare for threats before they materialize. Respect and support our present and past warriors.
[What do you do with a friend who can’t afford to pay the military bill? Come to their aid or remain loyal in a less fiscally risky manner? I was fully prepared to make fun of “See the unseen,” until I noticed that the author didn’t end that sentence with a period. However, by capitalizing “Prepare,” the first word in the next sentence, he tricked our subconscious mind into filling in the missing period. In other words, we see the unseen. Well played bigjake59. Well played.
4.) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.
[This is where Trump really sets himself apart from the rest of the Republican field. Bold! Bold, I tell ya!]
5.) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here. Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U.S., once again creating jobs here.
[This is all based on the idea that we are manufacturing less rather than more than we have in the past. That’s not the case. It may not be immediately obvious because the flip-flops and ping-pong balls at Walmart and Target all say “Made in China.” The things we manufacture, 747s, MRI machines, and such, tend to be out of the price range of the average Chinese family who in urban areas average $2600 per year. In the rural areas it’s $1600. We have a trade gap with China because the Chinese don’t have any money to buy our stuff.
Trump’s solution to a problem that really isn’t is to tax Chinese goods at 45%. Writes National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson, “If the price of Chinese-made electronic calculators goes up 45 percent, you can bet that the price of U.S.-made or Swiss-made electronic calculators is going to go up 40 percent.”
The Chinese are apparently very good at making software for use in machines used in manufacturing so we can expect that increase in production costs to get passed on to the purchaser of… what? Everything we make here?
So, Trump’s plan is to make us pay more for anything that Americans build in competition with China. “Well.” he can rationalize. “I really screwed the American consumer, but I showed those wily Chinese.” Win at all costs.
Substitute Mexico and 35%, lather, screw consumer, rinse, repeat.]
6.) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.
[This is a yet another case of DJT siding with the Democrats. Both Hillary and Obama voted for NOPEC as senators and that makes sense. Both the President and the former Secretary of State like big governments with big government power. It must be galling not to be able to seize private property because of sovereign immunity. But that’s what NOPEC would do: allow our government to seize the property of foreign corporations. “Goodbye foreign investors. Sorry we can’t promise that our government won’t take all your capital. Please don’t threaten to do that to our investments overseas, okay? Cool. We are cool, right?”
As to unleashing our domestic energy capabilities, this is yet another bold stance shared by no other Republican candidate. Only if Trump is elected will we see this happen.]
7.) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.
[Okay. Build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. Make it as Trumpy as you want. Yuuuge gold “T”s every hundred yards? Do it. Velvet carpet on the sentry walkways? Do it. Let’s pretend that Mexico, who gets more money from remittances ($23 billion per year according to The Daily Mail) than it does in the U.S. assistance ($971 million according to Wikipedia, a source of information which I loathe) that Trump wants to leverage for the project, pays for it. Great. After that dog and pony show can we do something about illegal immigration?
The bulk of our illegal immigrants arrive by plane with shiny legal visas in hand. Then they overstay. Walls are notoriously weak as airplane deterrents. Walls have also been less than perfect as a deterrent against pedestrians since the advent of the ladder (at least 10,000 years ago per a depiction in a Mesolithic rock painting on the walls of the Spider Caves in Valencia, Spain).
I liked what he said about immigration in the first few months of his ascendancy. “Liked” in the sense that it amused me, not in the sense that I agreed. To paraphrase Trump’s early elegance, he planned on sending all the illegals home and then letting the good ones back in. This was in stark contrast, we were told, to the plan Marco Rubio and others had abandoned and moved to the right of whereby illegals would be allowed to stay unless they had a record of criminal violence. That’s a simplified version (of the Rubio et al. plan, not the early Trump one which is laid forth in all its stumbling complexity) but more or less accurate. In the end, the Rubio plan has the good immigrants staying and the bad immigrants gone. Trump has them all gone and then lets the good ones back in. Besides the transportation costs, I don’t see much of a difference when all is said and done, but Rubio is a squish on the subject and Donald is “a fighter!”
We also have Muslims to not let in. I have no troubles cutting off entrance to those who are from or have spent time in certain counties. Carter did it. W. did it. It’s a prudent thing to do in uncertain times. Let’s stop for a minute and figure out what the threat is and how to neutralize it.
I was not one of those yelling “racist” when Trump said that he wouldn’t let Muslims into the country. There is nothing intrinsic about a religion. It is not your skin color or sex or handicap. A religion is a set of ideas that you ascribe to. If you tell me you are a Satanist, I think you are a jackass. If you tell me that a raped women should be killed to protect the honor of her family, ditto. You pick the ideas. Others get to judge you. There’s nothing racist about it.
So Trump wants to keep Muslims out of the country. How? There is nothing intrinsic about being a Muslim. It’s not a skin color or sex or handicap. “Are you a Muslim?” asks the TSA Agent. A terrorist might get away with “Of course not insolent infidel pig dog! As you can obviously see I am a blasphemous Mormon returning from a mission trip to my home in the Great Satan!” but they’d probably just say “No.”
Welcome to America.]
8.) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to: Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%. From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%. From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%. $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%.
[This may shock you, but I agree with Trump on taxes. This may also shock you, but so do you. So does everyone. He’s endorsed so many plans it may be impossible that he hasn’t at one point lauded whatever percentage break down or VAT is close to your heart. In one interview (I believe it was with Hannity but I won’t swear to it) he came out in favor of a flat tax only to later expound on the need for progressive rates for people with higher incomes.]
9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.
10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.
[This could easily be read as “Donald Trump doesn’t think we should raise the national debt by more than $5 trillion dollars.”]
11.) Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy. On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.
[This is another one of those bold initiatives that is no different from the platforms put forth by the rest of the Republican field. For the record, I don’t believe Trump on it at all. Why do you need Medicare or Medicaid if you get Trump’s preferred single payer system?
I really don’t believe any of Trumps positions if I’m being honest. He’s a lifelong Democrat who has never explained what brought about his supposed Damascus moment (that’s a reference from his favorite book, the buyy-bul). Stuff comes out of his mouth. He’ll say whatever he needs to at any given moment.]
12.) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare roles and encourage people to get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.
[No way this gets by the establishment GOP. Thank goodness no other Republican is talking crazy like this.]
13.) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.
[I believe that the climate alarmists are complete frauds. There may be something to the idea that humans are causing some warming, though. A small increase in temperature may be attributed to man, but no one has been able to explain why that would be a bad rather than a good thing.
On a related note, I believe Donald Trump’s candidacy is a hoax.]
14.) Trump opposes Common Core.
[Ask him why. I’d love to see what he knows about Common Core.]
15.) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
[The pro-life stuff is new to the former Democrat. Maybe it’s new to his pro-abortion sister too. I hope so considering that he said he’d nominate her for the Supreme Court. Of course he was joking about that. He was joking about that, right?]
16.) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.
[Trump has the common presidential candidate’s problem of running for president while campaigning as if he were running for congress. A president can’t save Medicare or repeal Obamacare. A president can’t pass a balanced budget. I’m not picking on Trump for this. They all do it.
I do have Trump concerns when it comes to constitutional issues though. He doesn’t seem to care much about the first amendment or separation of powers. His supporters seem to want a counter to the imperial presidency of Obama. That’s not an unreasonable desire, no matter how destructive I think it may be. So Trump is pro second amendment, but I don’t think it’s because he believes in Lockean rights. He’s pro second amendment because his base is pro second amendment and he recognizes how important it is to them and his election hopes so he dons the mantle (see buyy-bul).]
17.) Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a state’s rights issue, not a federal issue.
[The only impact he can have on this issue is through his Supreme Court nominees, for which he jokingly offered up his sister. He was joking. He was. Joking, I mean. He was wasn’t he? Surely. ]
18.) Trump supports the death penalty. Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm… looks like he believes in horse sense!). He says it’s about seeing the unseen and that’s the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around. He tells a personal story to illustrate the point: “When I opened Trump National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it’s on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done. The problem wasn’t the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs. They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy. We didn’t need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs! So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense. On top of his saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space instead of losing that revenue during construction time.
[This paragraph is beyond disjointed (Peggy Noonan? Impossible.). As best I can tell, it says that Trump supports the death penalty for Washington politicians who don’t innovate and he’ll save money by executing them in smaller, more efficient, electric chairs. You are really losing me bigjake59, but I’m trying.]
19. Donald Trump’s entire life has been made up of success and winning. He’s been accused of bankruptcies, but that’s not true. He’s never filed personal bankruptcy. He’s bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time. But he’s never been bankrupt personally.
[It’s true that Trump has never declared personal bankruptcy. It’s also true that Trump’s casino interests have been in chapter 11 four times. Again, per Kevin D. Williamson, that’s “more times any other American business in the past 30 years.”
I don’t care about Barak Obama’s credit rating. However he kept up with his personal payments he’s made a mess out of the United States’ finances. I likewise could give two damns about Donald Trump’s bottom line. He isn’t running to balance his own checkbook. We keep hearing about how he is the uberbusinessmench. That, we are told is why we need his particular acumen. So how well has he run the finances of the organizations over which he has been given charge?
20. He’s a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation. Earlier I quoted Trump saying, “I love America. And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even.” We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans. Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them. Looking over this list of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that are long past due.
Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should seriously consider what he has to offer, as it is important to know what each of our candidates to replace a President who has ruined us globally, and who has put us on a path to disaster! This is not an appeal to vote for Trump, only to give some depth of comparison, before next week’s debate.
[In closing, the first sentence of this paragraph makes no sense. It’s followed by a lie. It’s the Trump campaign in microcosm.]