Today, I received an email from one of my readers who asked if I knew if Donald Trump was a conservative or what he stood for …
From my long-term observations, I believe Donald Trump to be an ego-centric billionaire bully-boy who denigrates all that insult him personally or have a different world view. You are a moron, fat, stupid, a dummy, a low-life, or some other pejorative that comes trippingly from his tongue. Everything he does is “fabulous,” “world class,” and “the best in the world.” And, where he falls short, he quickly removes his name and blames others for adverse events.
I do not know how many times Trump has claimed to be the smartest man in the room based on his MBA from Wharton or has claimed to be among the world’s best businessmen based on his real estate and other accomplishments.
We know he believes in the capitalist system as that is the source of his wealth, power, and prestige. But, Trump appears to be a crony capitalist – favoring loyal friends and those who are willing to deal.
As a New York State real estate mogul and developer, we know that he has a healthy respect for the trade unions and those with whom he can strike deals.
But Trump appears to be far from being a conservative …
There are a number of people who believe that Trump is a democrat or a liberal, given his support for the progressive socialist democrat party in New York and his support for liberal New York politicians – including Hillary Clinton. Again, this might be Trump’s pragmatic viewpoint in order to further his own business dealings with politicians, unions, bureaucrats, and others who can help him achieve his agenda.
We know his stand on immigration and trade tariffs, but few in the mainstream media will press him on the significant issues:
- What is his stand on abortion: pro-life or pro-choice?
In an interview this past week with Laura Ingraham from Fox News, Trump characterized himself as “pro-life.” In his 2000 book The America We Deserve, Trump wrote, “I support a woman’s right to choose but I am uncomfortable with the procedures.” But, in an apparent reversal, he told the audience at CPAC, “I am pro-life” and pledged to fight for the reversal of Obamacare, which contains abortion funding loopholes. <Source>
- How does he feel about nationalized healthcare and the Affordable Care Act?
I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on health. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to 42 million. Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare.
Our objective [should be] to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice. Possible? The good news is, yes. There is already a system in place-the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program-that can act as a guide for all healthcare reform. It operates through a centralized agency that offers considerable range of choice. While this is a government program, it is also very much market-based. It allows 620 private insurance companies to compete for this market. Once a year participants can choose from plans which vary in benefits and costs.
Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.206-208 & 218 , Jul 2, 2000
- What is his plan to bring business back to the United States, other than lower tax rates to encourage repatriation of funds?
- How does he plan to create jobs in the face of the increasing use of expert systems, artificial intelligence, and robotics?
- How does he plan to reform the tax code that coveys significant advantages to billionaires, real estate moguls, and those that can purchase the finest consultants; and lobby Congress for additional perks and privileges?
- How does he plan to deal with the military and increasing hostile powers in the world? Talking tough is not enough, there must be a cohesive foreign policy?
While he claims to be a master negotiator, the business of “We the People” is unlike any other conventional business. The President of the United States does not have near dictatorial powers like a CEO, nor can he simply threaten Members of Congress who have their own personal and political agendas. And, as for threatening world leaders and nuclear powers, that is quite another story.
Trump has often claimed to know the smartest people who can out-negotiate the dummies on the other side. Considering each Administration has had access to the best and brightest from Wall Street, Main Street, and Silicon Valley, why has little or nothing been accomplished before? Some of the people Trump has employed are not all that smart and possibly not all that honest. Like the head of Trump Mortgage or Trump University.
And as for claiming he is a master negotiator because he wrote Art of the Deal …
Trump: The Art of the Deal is a 1987 book by business magnate Donald Trump, that is part memoir and part a business advice book. It reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and held a position in the list for 51 weeks, during which time it sold about 1 million hardcover copies.
It was the first book by Donald Trump. Trump was persuaded to write the book (with a ghostwriter) by Conde Nast owner Si Newhouse after the May 1984 issue of the Newhouse magazine GQ sold well, in which Donald appeared on the cover in a story about "Success". The book was co-written by journalist Tony Schwartz and published on November 1, 1987 by Warner Books. <Source>
While the book was promoted by a celebrity and became a major popular success, if you really want to know about negotiations, one might read Raoul Felder’s Bare Knuckle Negotiations, or Chester Karrass’ book Effective Negotiations. Both men with proven track records of personal negotiating; not simply taking credit for successful outcomes negotiated by others.
Definitely not a Reagan conservative …
We certainly know he does not appear to be a Reagan conservative as he has already violated Reagan's 11th Commandment - never speak ill of another Republican and concentrate on the opposition. But, then again, look what his bombastic style has done – possibly secured the best position on the Fox “10” for the first debate. Another opportunity to bloviate without backup.
What do conservatives like Glenn Beck think?
Glenn Beck: Donald Trump Is ‘Progressive,’ ‘He’s Not a Conservative’
“Now, I don’t think Donald Trump is Barack Obama by any stretch of the imagination. But Donald Trump is a progressive. He’s not a conservative,” Beck added bluntly.
“A progressive believes in high tariffs. A progressives believes the government is the answer. Donald Trump has shown time and time again he believes the government is the problem, and if it is run properly, it is the answer. Well that’s what a progressive believes.” <Source>
Bottom line …
As I was searching my list of “isms:” capitalism, socialism, communism, I found an “ism” that perfectly defines Donald Trump and explains his actions. hucksterism!
And, the product Donald Trump is selling is Donald Trump; not necessarily our America or way of life, but Donald Trump’s glorious solution to the problems which ail America. Problems that can be solved by talking tough and bullying our way through the world. Problems he would fob off on others, like Barack Obama; and like Obama, be quick to throw people under the bus if the outcome fizzled.
Those who would ask me whether or not I would still vote Trump over Hillary Clinton (a corrupt, lying Marxist) or Jeb Bush (an ineffective crony capitalist), I would say that I do not deal in absurd hypotheticals where only two of the three actually has a shot at their party’s nomination.
Even worse, consider the level of incompetence and corruption within a party that would give us a choice between a Hillary Clinton and a Jeb Bush?
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius