The billionaire bloviating bully has apparently taken a page from his progressive socialist democrat past and used Saul Alinksky’s Rule Number Five against Florida Senator Marco Rubio …
Alinsky’s Rule #5
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.” – Saul Alinsky – Rules for Radicals
He might not be a billionaire with a history of doing deals with dodgy politicians and vendors, he might not have spent time at Wharton studying economics, but Marco Rubio deserves far more respect than he has received from Trump who has consistently tried to marginalize him.
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D. degree cum laude (1996)
- University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts degree in political science (1993)
Political Experience …
- United States Junior Senator from Florida (January 3, 2011 – Current)
- Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (November 21, 2006 – November 18, 2008)
- Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 111th district (January 25, 2000 – November 18, 2008)
Unlike Trump, ask Rubio a straight-up policy question and you will get a cogent, well-reasoned, well-explained answer. Ask Donald Trump the same question and he will decry our leadership as stupid, our adversaries as smarter and eating our lunch; and then promising to make America the greatest nation ever without really explaining anything.
If you ask Trump why he is employing these shameful tactics during a presidential campaign cycle, he will retreat to the same excuse used in the schoolyard: he started it by saying something about me. A demonstration that Trump does not have the stability and emotional maturity to actually negotiate with those who do not wish America well.
Bottom line …
Donald Trump has proven to be a self-serving weathervane, blowing with the political winds and embracing some elements of conservatism while he continues to talk like a progressive socialist democrat when it comes to healthcare (single-payer, the long-term goal of the democrats), private property (he favors Kelo and taking private property from one individual to give to a large corporation to develop), and other democrat memes.
The single thing that scares me more than Donald Trump’s crony capitalism and his willingness to claim greatness for himself while throwing others under the bus for failures on his watch, is his apparent attitude that all things can be negotiated; that you can actually make a deal with the devil. As others have said, Trump is not a self-made man like Marco Rubio (his father was a multimillionaire with an extensive property portfolio), but a self-invented man.
Given his flamboyant personality, obvious narcissism, lack of self-control when challenged, and his concentration on style over substance, I wonder if he will emulate President Obama in using the taxpayer’s money to purchase photo ops and meaningless accords when times get tough.
In the final analysis, I would much rather have a stable Marco Rubio in the Presidency than a wild card like Donald Trump.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "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 “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"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
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell