What do I like about Donald Trump?
He reminds me of another leader who I worked for in the Metro-Dade Police Department. His name was Charlie Black.
Black could be crude sometimes. He was often politically incorrect. Whatever came out his mouth was pure Charlie, he didn’t mince words. He was afraid of nobody. And, he was honest…to a fault.
The most impressive aspect about Charlie Black was his ability to cut thought the bureaucratic morass and get a job done. Big or small, there was nothing that would stand in his way. He knew best how to get from A to Z without detours, without BS, without bowing to politics or giving a damn about media. He was not always pretty, but he was effective.
As a robust Chief of Detectives, starting at age 32, he garnered enormous respect and admiration from the two hundred detectives that worked under him. Some feared him. He was tough to keep up with because his mind was always five steps ahead. The wheels forever turned. He knew how to assess talent, loyalty and intellect within his ranks, and get the best from them. And as a result, cases were solved, the county leaders were happy, cops felt emboldened and appreciated and bad guys went to prison.
“Frank, I need this document signed by the Sheriff of Monroe County, as soon as possible,” he once barked.
“Yes, Sir. It’s take me at least three hours to drive to Key West.”
“Not good enough,” he countered. Black picked up the phone. From my chair I heard him bark, “Get the STOL aircraft gassed up now, Jim. Marshall Frank will be up there in 20 minutes. He’s going to Key West, asap.”
Charlie looked at me with a sly grin. “Get going, Frank.”
Not a big deal maybe. But the incident was typical of a natural leader who used his brains to circumvent a standard procedure and get it done better and faster. Me? I enjoyed the ride over the Everglades where the pilot flew at 500 feet to circle a nudist colony. The Monroe County Sheriff? I caught him at home, wearing shorts and a tee-shirt and his face lathered with shaving cream.
That kind of thought process was applied to everything he did, whether planning for street riots, major events, criminal investigations or dealing with wayward police officers. He wasn’t admired because of one issue or another, he was admired because the important jobs got done.
People can rip apart Donald Trump from here to eternity. The truth is, some are already predisposed to hate him and others are already predisposed to love him. People see what they want to see. Some folks have their pet peeves and judge Trump by his stances on veteran support, the environment, or gays, women inequality, blacks, white, purples, guns-no guns, Muslims, Mexicans. Russia, China and hateful news reporters. He’s not going to satisfy on all fronts, not even to his staunch supporters. But what he will do is be as Charlie Black would be: himself. Like him or not. He will set priorities, he will use the best of people, and he will accomplish missions…all in the best interest of the people.
And, he cannot be bought.
May I repeat: He cannot be bought!
Trump is unique because he refuses to conform to the political mold. He’ll anger Republicans as fast as he’ll anger Democrats.
Politicians, both parties, don’t like the idea that he will push for term limits in order to rid Washington of career politicians.
They don’t like that he will work toward enacting laws that prohibit senators and congressmen from being elected officials one day and becoming lobbyists the next day.
Many politicians, particularly in the Democrat circles, are afraid that he will enforce laws and arrange systems that will give more jobs to Americans and less jobs, at lower pay, to illegal immigrants.
Some political circles are worried that pay-offs under the radar from corporations will come to an end, thereby returning jobs and production to the United States.
Some news circles are infuriated that Trump will not kiss butts just to gain favorable imagery.
What they really don’t like is that he will say and do what is in his heart, and – as mentioned in his inaugural address – what is best for America, because in our government, America must come first.
I didn’t like some things about Charlie Black. But I trusted him. I admired him. And I knew how really smart he was and that his primary mission was to get the job done, and to get it done right. That’s also true of Donald Trump.
Charlie passed away in his sleep in the summer of 2015, at age 79.
I wrote a tribute. Here it is:
Hello Donald. Good luck. I know you will do a great job for Americans.