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Why Trump Makes Sense To So Many

by John on 08/04/2015

Watch The Donald interviewed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.

Trump was brilliant.

Maybe he was more effective since he was on the phone and you didn’t see his facial gesticulations and the hair. And maybe he is learning the political game and how to indulge a media interview where he is not just attacking the interviewers but he’s enjoying the sparring.

Either way, as I listened to him, I really got him. I finally “get” why he is ahead in the polls.

“People are tired of incompetent politicians,” he said.

Absolutely. And he is attacking both parties at the same time. The majority of voters are independents, after all. We’re tired of the same old speeches and sound bites that are designed to raise money from special interests. For the first time, we have a candidate in Trump who is not being bought or manipulated.

Granted, he has about 20% of GOP primary voters while competing with 17 other wannabes. But no one else has even half of his totals.

And yes he is off the cuff and crude without much decorum. But as a voter, when your job or your retirement is not what you expect it to be because of the economy, you want someone to get angry for you. Trump does.

Am I endorsing The Donald? No.

Do I think he becomes the nominee? I am not so certain now. He could be. Sure there is a long way to go. And Trump could step onto a landmine or one of his opponents will dig up some opposition research that he might not be able to defend.

But until then, Trump hits the right chord for folks on the left and the right. He talks about getting things done.

Listen to his take this morning on healthcare. It was brilliant. He said the problem with Obamacare is that it diminishes competition by allowing health insurance companies to consolidate and only compete in a few markets. Is that from a whacko? No.

We’re tired of hearing our politicians talking out of both sides of their mouths when all we want them to do is get something done so we all can work. It is really that simple.

Trump gets knocked for having few policy ideas. But with healthcare, he said he would allow insurance companies to work across state lines so people and businesses get more companies competing for their business. I haven’t heard that from any other politician. If you have, let me know.

Critics say Trump has no diplomacy skills that could be deadly or dangerous with foreign policy. Sure, but maybe Trump is right.

Read The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan. Here’s my review.

Zeihan’s theory is that the US will have some tough times ahead. But in the long run, we will survive and thrive. Here are the big reasons.

  1. Our aging population isn’t as bad as Russia’s, China’s, or Japan’s.
  2. We still have an economy that has solid foundations and will embrace or create new technologies.
  3. And lastly, we have shale oil.

And this new shale fracking technology is freeing us from the rest of the world – namely the Middle East – which has zapped way too much of our financial and human resources.

And we are all tired of it.

Zeihan sees an American future where we become more isolationist. I don’t think we can totally disengage, but I do think most of us want to avoid the foreign policy commitments we have had.

Trump gets that.

He says he will re-negotiate with Russia, China, and Japan to get better deals on trade. And as the current trade negotiations are going now, we are catering to these nations we should wipe out. And as more people see these stories about stalled trade talks, they are going to move closer to Trump’s way of thinking.

“Here’s the deal. You don’t like it? Fine. We don’t need you.”

I need you, though. Give me your take.

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