Politically Incorrect Amateur Politicians….Really?
On June 16th Donald Trump ended weeks of speculation and formally announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States in the style that is unique to Mr Trump and has become his trademark. To say that the speech was full of hyperbole would be an understatement and as expected, the reaction was swift and from the establishment side of both parties, negative. The speech was labeled as a politically incorrect diatribe coming from somebody who wants to dabble in the realm of politics, a realm best left to the professional politicians and Political Science graduates from Ivy League institutions; in other words, “amateurs not wanted or encouraged” Nevertheless, it would be a huge mistake for the establishment to ignore Mr Trump’s candidacy because in that speech, he touched and expanded on subjects and themes that, like the proverbial elephant in the room, everyone is aware of but refuse to acknowledge and, if the latest polls are correct, his message is resonating among GOP primary voters.
It is an established notion that “professionals” always do a better job than “amateurs” and in the light of this it would be worthwhile to compare Mr Trump’s “amateur” record with the record compiled by the “professionals” Donald Trump has established a name that today is a synonym of success in the cutthroat world of real estate and in the process has amassed a fortune estimated at some nine billion dollars and is well-known as a ruthless negotiator.
What have the “professionals” accomplished? How about getting us involved in a series of wars, from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan? How much American blood has been shed? How many wounded and mutilated? And what do we have to show for it?
How about all those fast track presidential authorizations to negotiate trade agreements, from NAFTA (remember that one?) to GATT? They were sold as economic stimulus and job creators and that they did -in Mexico. The end result was at first a trickle that turned into a gush of American companies moving to Mexico leaving a wide swath of empty factories all along the rust belt. We were told that we were transitioning from a manufacturing economy to a service economy and we are; the only catch is that “service jobs” do not pay nearly as well as the lost manufacturing jobs.
China is booming because we have moved our manufacturing there in quest of cheap labor and because we have “free trade” they can build there and sell here and they manipulate their currency to their advantage and our detriment and we allow it, all in the name of “free trade” The best economic news we have is that our GDP has been revised upwards and instead of contracting -0.7% it only contracted -0.2%. It is like being told that instead of having just two months to live, you now have four. Today, the Senate approved the latest bill that will give President Obama fast track authorization to approve trade deals. Did anyone notice that among its contents is a provision for funds to “retrain” those American workers whose jobs would be “affected” (read lost) by the agreements? Will either McDonald’s or Wendy’s be able to absorb them? It seems that lately our greatest export is jobs.
How about border enforcement? The “professionals” have turned the border into a sieve. Remember the thousands and thousands of unescorted “children” from Central America that came crashing through our borders last year? Well, they are threatening to do it again and we still have no plan to cope with the problem except to keep underlining the “racist” and “xenophobic” nature of those who object to the uncontrolled influx of people we know nothing about; additionally not all who sneak through our border are people just looking for a better life but also include shady characters ranging all the way from drug smugglers to terrorists intent on blowing us up.
The term “Immigration Reform” has been thrown about more times than a puck in a hockey game and still the problem persists. In 1986, the Simpson Mazzoli Act was enacted to fix the problem, but since no border enforcement was included, the problem continued until it has become the Godzilla-sized monster it is. Bear in mind though, that no single party is responsible for this mess; the blame lies squarely on both sides of the aisle. One side wants cheap labor the other cheap votes and in the meantime, it is John Q Taxpayer who has to pay for the schooling, medical expenses, housing and additional police required to deal with the inevitable rise in crime that accompanies unsupervised mass immigration. Yet, the “professionals” keep reminding us that we should be “more inclusive” and that objections to illegal immigration are tantamount to racism, while the Mexican authorities, from the president on down, lecture the US on the way we handle their citizens, the same ones they have failed and actively encourage to go “north” to become our problem because we treat them a sight better than their own government does.
Whether Mr Trump wins the Republican nomination or not or even is the best candidate remains to be seen; the point that should not be lost on the rest of the field is that the speech touched on subjects that no one mentioned out loud before. We lost some 58,000 Americans in Viet Nam and for what? To pull out when we signed the Paris Peace Accord guaranteeing the existence of South Vietnam and then turned our backs and even refused material help when North Vietnam violated that agreement. We spent thousands of lives in Iraq, trained and armed their army only to see it turn tail and run. We have lost the confidence of our allies and the fear of our enemies, we have built the Chinese economy, at our expense, only to have them treat us like chumps, we are practically supporting the Mexican economy, our manufacturing is no more, Wall Street has been turned into a casino, the median household income has contracted, our national debt is fast approaching our GDP, we have more people than ever on food stamps and government handouts and when that number equals the number of people working, that will be the end of the country. All these are the accomplishments of our “professional political elites” and those “Political Science Phds” from prestigious Ivy League universities.
It behooves the presidential candidates to heed the response to Mr Trump’s speech and if they really listened, it was a resounding “YEAH!!” nationwide.