Posts Tagged ‘2016 Presidential Election’
Every anti-Trump rant I’ve heard or read coming from Democrats of late has been filled with assumptive statements so lacking in evidence they do little more than identify them as someone who doesn’t deal well with disappointment and must therefore find a boogie man to blame. They will inevitably lump half of the U.S. population into a small and narrow-minded cube of extremism and hate simply because that half doesn’t see the world through their political lens.
That said, four years from now they may end up looking like prophetic soothsayers or just pathetic partisans doing the Chicken Little routine.
Truth is, we don’t know.
I didn’t vote for Donald J. Trump. I officially left the GOP in 1998 and live at the political crossroads of classical liberalism and classical republicanism. Above all I consider myself a constitutionalist and during the 2016 election cycle neither candidate was showing any indication they planned to govern by that document.
Hillary flaunts the law, Donald uses it as a billy club.
The two major parties couldn’t have chosen worse candidates had they just set up a huge wall of random photos and thrown two darts. In fact it’s quite possible they would have chosen excellent candidates using that methodology, excluding the photos of anyone currently working in DC or the Federal Government of course.
Democrats, you lost because your candidate was only slightly more dishonest, slimy, and unlikable than “The Donald” and you had no message for the nearly 100 million people no longer actively seeking employment (yes, that’s the number of unemployed people in the U.S. not even counted in our official unemployment rate) or those folks living in “fly over country.” You know, those people you look down on and crack jokes about while speaking with a hick accent?
The people you should be protesting, boycotting, or throwing Molotov Cocktails at are your own party leadership for believing dynasties are more attractive to the American voter than true public servants. Does anyone still know what the definition of a public servant is?
The Republicans, on the other hand, have been envying Democrat dominance for 70 years, and trying to become more like them for so long they forgot this nation is populated by people who are politically, fiscally, and socially conservative, but still believe in helping their fellow Americans who are down on their luck, still believe we must be good stewards of this place we call earth, and still love liberty and an uncompromised free market (classical liberals).
If nothing else this election should be a reminder of that relevant fact and rather than throw yourself on the ground kicking and screaming you won’t be a part of it, try stepping outside your political bubble and getting to know those people you’ve labeled so ignorantly and vindictively.
And to those of you on the Political Right standing with smug vindication on your pedestal of payback, how about coming down for a minute to listen, because the Democrats are feeling what you felt over the last 8 years. You can relate. So try a little more relating and less dissociating.
It won’t be easy, but it will be enlightening, enriching, and healing.
It might even lead to a more “united” states again…
Years ago, when the internet was beginning to blossom for businesses around the world, I traveled the world teaching people how to take their businesses to the web.
One of my colleagues had a poem he liked to quote at the end of his presentation and it has stuck with me since.
It’s words are cause for self-examination. A personal inventory of our character to help determine the kind of people we really are.
As I watch the candidates, their campaigns, their staff, and zealous followers in this presidential race of 2016, the words to this poem become even more compelling and acute.
With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.
I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
As the men you’d hire if you had to build?”
He gave me a laugh and said, “No indeed!
Just common labor is all I need.
I can easily wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.”
And I tho’t to myself as I went my way,
Which of these two roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,
Content with the labor of tearing down?
~ Charles Benvegar
What are you? What is your preferred candidate?
Which category do your words, actions, and interactions on social media or in person place you in?
I know I have some work to do.
Donald Trump tells us if he’s elected president, he would “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
His go-to reason to substantiate this declaration is that he’s a great businessman. He has already created tons of jobs, he argues, and he can do it on an even bigger scale as president.
So just how great a businessman is Donald J. Trump?
For decades he has largely maintained a golden boy image though he did go through some very rough times in the late 80’s and 90’s garnering some not so loving press clippings, but nothing has exposed Donald Trump and his businessman legacy like this 25 year-old documentary that never saw the airwaves.
The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991. It was called Trump: What’s the Deal? Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed.
Trump threatened to sue Leonard Stern and his associates when he first learned of the film’s existence, and the ensuing ordeal garnered a great deal of media coverage. Even New York Magazine covered the battle in Edwin Diamond’s article, “Trump vs. Stern: The Unmaking of a Documentary.” Since then, there hasn’t been even the slightest hint of a whisper about the film.
Now that the mogul is hoping to attain the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and, eventually, the White House, the filmmakers felt it necessary to release Donald Trump: What’s the Deal? for free on the Internet. So they did. In fact, you can watch the entire thing right here, free of charge.
I especially want to invite people who are supporters of Donald Trump due to his brash, no-holds-barred way of speaking to the issues Americans are most concerned about. The economy, immigration, health care, and the USA’s place on the world stage. It is important that you know who a leader is and what a leader does when that leader doesn’t think you’re watching or listening. This film gives you that view and tells you what you need to know to make an informed character-based decision about the man who could become the most powerful man in the world.
I originally posted a link to the full documentary on YouTube, but that and all other links have since been pulled from YouTube. I found a news blog Who.What.Why. where you can see the full documentary in 12 parts. Go HERE to see the full documentary.