Some folks are still mystified that Donald Trump became president. Millions think Hillary was a lock. What made the difference?

     Sure, Hillary won the overall popular vote, but only because far left liberal Californians voted lock-step for Hillary, giving her 3 million more votes than Trump in that state. Outside of California, Trump won the popular vote by a million. He also won 60 percent of the states, 30 to 20. He also won many of the Midwest industrial states that normally vote Democratic. And he won the electoral college vote handily. Trump clearly out-campaigned his opponent.

     But why?  Trump had no political experience. He was brash and blunt, even to the point of insulting to his republican counterparts. Many of his comments, though taken out of context were deemed racist, though they were actually not. The music and movie industry made asses of themselves insulting and threatening Trump. Certain left-wing Democrats began a vitriolic hate campaign against Trump, often with false accusations, that continue to this day.

     Why did he win?

     In a nutshell, he wasn’t for sale.

     Most politicians, including Hillary and no doubt many Republicans, work within a no-choice system where – to be honest – they are bought and paid for. That’s what campaigning, lobbying and fund raising is all about, accepting millions from private and/or corporate donors to gain support…and power. It’s corruption, by necessity. Call it legal bribery. Whether it’s the pharmaceutical industry, gun lobbyists, manufacturing companies, unions, and so on, we’re talking about advanced support for future favors. 

     Most politicians must pander for support from constituencies and provide quid pro quo to keep the money rolling in, integrity be damned. The syndrome is notorious in both major political parties, which is why many folks have splintered into Independent or Libertarian modes. These people may be registered republican and/or democrat, but in truth, they are making up the new silent majority.

     According to The Center for Responsive Politics, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tops the long list of big contributors. Mega-millions of donation dollars have come from utility companies, insurance companies, AT&T, Boeing, realtors, Comcast, Amazon, hospitals, the American Medical Association, and et al. Even more frightening are politicians who deal with foreign government representatives thereby leaving themselves vulnerable for pay-back expectations.

     Then there’s Hillary. Quoting from an article in the N.Y. Times, (8/20/16); The Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that the State Department — before, during and after Mrs. Clinton’s time as secretary — criticized for their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues. The countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Brunei and Algeria. 

     As of December 31, 2016, according to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton raised twice as much as Trump in her campaign. ABC News reported on the statistics for each campaign with interesting results. Clinton: Total fund raisers – over 350, Trump — just over 50; Cost of TV Ads: Clinton $253 million, Trump $93 million.

     Donald Trump is an extreme exception from the political norm. Already a mega-billionaire, he made it clear that he used much of his personal fortune to run his campaign, although contributions still came in. While he enjoys support from people, his fans appreciate the idea that he is not a bought and paid for politician. He owes no one. How rare is that?

     Trump is not molded from the same block of clay as we generally see in political office. Yes, he stumbles over his words sometimes and tweets comments that some find offensive, but the bottom line is that he has the best interests of the nation in his heart, not the best interests of donors.

     Trump is certainly an egomaniac, but so what? Anyone who is hell bent on being a president, must be an egomaniac. If his bold policies and leadership on the domestic and international stages can further the economy, improve opportunities for Americans and rebuild our status in the international arena by establishing peace through strength, I’ll take him in a heartbeat over any other politicians whose integrity may be for sale.

     I like the idea that he challenges the United Nations. I like his unwavering support of Israel who still manages to survive being surrounded by Jew haters. I like that he is ready to pull out of treaties that are not in the best interest of America. It is wonderful that ISIS has been devastated in one year, sending a clear message to other potential enemies. I like knowing when he draws a red line, it will have meaning. I like his approach toward rebuilding businesses in the homeland, benefitting Americans. I like seeing all the economic indicators flourishing. And, I like his sense of patriotism.

     Since the morning after the election, until this day, he has faced unfathomable battering by opposing politicians and media. The headwinds of political hatred, have presented enormous obstacles to doing his job. But he keeps on trudging. And, as we have recently learned, some of that hatred stems from the FBI hierarchy and holdovers from the Obama team.

     I don’t like everything he says. Whatever is in his brain comes out his mouth. That may be worrisome, but it’s also refreshing. I question some of his policies. He is certainly imperfect. He may be bold and brash, but we never have to wonder what he’s thinking. Most impressive, he’s not for sale.

     That’s an anomaly.

14 Responses to WHY TRUMP? WHY NOT?

  1. David Lee Valdina February 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    I have been a Trump supporter from the start. Continue to be.

  2. Jean Seely February 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    I feel exactly the same way. What you see is what you get. I hope he runs for – and wins – a second term.

  3. Frank Mussoline February 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

    I sometimes cringe at what he tweets, but then I realize that he is merely stating how he honestly feels I like his patriotism and his love of country and how he holds us first above all of the globalists who want to destroy us. We are different from the elitists in Europe and they despise us for it.

    Stay the course president Trump, we support you. After Obama’s eight years of trying to destroy this country it is a refreshing change. I pray that he will succeed in making America great again. We need not apologize to anyone for our greatness.

  4. Donald February 10, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    I only wish he would keep his mouth shut, curtail his egotism, and quit tweeting. Even so, I think he will be re-elected because his programs are in fact “Making America Great Again!” And when the American voters contrast what the news media says about him with the obvious upturn in our economy, the economy will win!

  5. Jack Milavic February 10, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    Even considering all his faults he is by far the best choice.

  6. Thomas Ault February 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    Having never been perfect myself, I can’t help but feel I understand his rhetoric can be misleading. I make mistakes continuously, sometimes embarrassingly, but when you are in that kind of pressure cooker, day in and day out,things happen.

    Having a press against you, a multitude of haters that have not tried to understand what their own problems are, has to be a bad hair day. (excuse the pun)

  7. Ron Fischer February 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    I have nothing to add and I agree with your comments Marshall.

  8. Helen Frigo February 11, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    It really doesn’t matter what any of us think. He is the president. Now shine your light on the Pentagon, which could not even defend itself on 9/11/2001, even with almost an hour’s notice. Google: Donald Rumsfeld on 9/10/2001, announcing that Trillions of $$ cannot be accounted for. Maybe wonder why it was that dept. that was hit hardest by what looks like a missile the next day. The Constitution calls for regular audits of every department. Remember when “the mayor of the Pentagon” was hired by Digital Domain? Just how many employees are there? The Pentagon gets 80% of the “Intelligence” budget money. So why did they have no clue 9/11 was going to happen? “Triple Cross” by Peter Lance

  9. Louise Fischer February 11, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    I have always wished he could be less obnoxious in almost everything he says. But I have always liked what he says and I know he can’t be controlled by “good manners”. He is the only president in a while who states “I love America” and “God Bless America”. Most Americans can relate to this

  10. Adamsalan February 12, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    I’ve had questions about some of his statement/tweets but when I sit back, research the subject and think deeply about his comments…I find them to be true.
    Example: “shithole” countries. Those countries he mentioned are shithole countries. The people may be basically good but the countries are not. Why are there so many people trying to leave those shithole countries and trying to come to America?

  11. freewoman February 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    many folks have splintered into Independent or Libertarian modes. These people may be registered republican and/or democrat, but in truth, they are making up the new silent majority.

    No response from the sient majority.

  12. Helen Frigo February 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    That’s an incredible statement, Louise Fischer: “He (president Trump) is the only president in a while who states “I love America” and “God Bless America”. President Obama always ended his speeches with “God Bless America”. He often expressed his love for America. All of us lucky enough to be born here, are just that, lucky. What did President Trump do, or any of us, for that matter, to determine the place of our birth? And please look up what we did to so many countries, and the Brits, the French, the Belgians, the Italians, the Dutch, the Portugese, and even the Vikings, before us. Those countries he insults, created wealth for so many Europeans, and now us. Look up what we did to Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, Chile on Tues, Sept. 11, 1973, etc., etc. Slaves created wealth for so many Americans. Our new big govt. removed “Indians” from their lands-more wealth created for white people. And yet you feel no gratitude to the Creator for our incredible luck to be born white in America?

  13. Helen Frigo February 13, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    to Adamsalan: Trump said recently: “No regime has oppressed its own citizens more brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea. The Nazi regime of Germany is estimated to have killed 6 million Jews. Weren’t they citizens, taxpayers, business people, military vets, etc.? Trump’s grandfather came from Germany, after they had started up WWI, I think, where how many Americans died? What do you call a country like that, who started up 2 wars which killed so many Americans? Germany’s forgiven, Japan’s forgiven,but poor ex-colonies who were exploited are now Trump’s scapegoats?

  14. Charlie March 5, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    Nail on the head again Marshall.
    Trump is doing what he promised to do in his campaign. A few things he’s done have been negated by federal judges no doubt appointed in the disastrous Obama administration. But Illegal aliens are being rounded up and sent back to the “shit hole” countries came from.