Perfect? No. Flawed? Like all of us. But my vote was an investment in a better & stronger America. In short, I voted for an ideal, not a man. Donald Trump had me at the escalator ride. I loved his confidence, his dogged determination, and his willingness to leave his lofty perch of wealth and fame to become the “whipper-boy” of the American Left and the oligarchs of both political parties in D.C., because he KNEW he could do it better…AND dared to say so. I still do. No one, in my mind, was better suited to take a wrecking-ball to our corrupt government system than a man who built his wealth and found his fame tearing down rot and rebuilding glory in its place. And, let’s face it, D.C. has plenty of rot.
I’m a Reagan conservative…so my support of Trump came somewhat of a surprise to me. I didn’t really see Trump as a conservative but I liked his willingness to speak his mind, speak plainly, and call-out the career politicians who claim they have the “fix” for what ails America, when it is them who created the problem. For sure the Trump Presidency has been particularly aggravating to the national GOP party apparatchik–the Mitch McConnell’s, Paul Ryan’s, and John McCain’s–who many believe, myself included, really needed to be kicked in the seat of the pants. Rank and file GOPers had had enough of their double-speak, myself included. Time for some straight talk and action.
The Democratic Party, the American Left, the GOP establishment and their friends in the American media have met their match in Trump because he has the “cajones” to stand up to them, call them what they are, and can withstand the onslaught of negative attacks from all directions on his family, his character, his accomplishments, and his vision…with a smirk that says “Is that all you’ve got?”
Trump’s plain speak is precisely what is necessary to solve America’s problems…and exactly why his supporters are still with him. The forked-tongue of political correctness has only shielded do-nothing politicians from accountability. For years our politicians “kicked the can” down the road—making things worse–by applying themselves to “politics” instead of the people’s business, and gave a thousand bogus excuses as to why they had could not get something done.
President Trump has confronted the problems they’ve avoided with direct action, using language that is not “sensitive,” according to the social justice warriors and political snowflakes. He is not intimidated or moved by any of the criticism—as illustrated by his pressers and appearances—and I applaud it…loudly.
There are still those Trump detractors who believe President Trump is only about Trump. He doesn’t give a whit about the country, they say. America is simply his new choice of playground, they fret. They apply this to him almost daily: Trump only talks about himself, he calls people names, he just wants to be the center of attention, etc. His daily appearances on Twitter serve as reinforcement to them that Trump is some ego-maniac demagogue run amok in the Oval Office.
President Trump’s supporters know this is an unfair characterization of him. There is much more to Trump than the Left, Washington politicians, and the media understand. He has twisted them in knots and they are quite enjoying the show. They like that he is thumbing his nose at the “political establishment” that has ignored us for too long. They love that he has taken over the narrative from the national media, communicating directly with Americans, via social media. Who would’ve thought the media would go nuts over something as simple as a “tweet?”
Trump is squarely confronting issues Americans care about and take interest in with a brutal honesty many share. The media may find them trivial, but we don’t: LaVar Bell (“ungrateful”), Elizabeth Warren (“Pocahontas”), CNN (“Fake News”), Kim Jong Un (“short and fat”), Hillary Clinton (“sore loser”), Senator Flake (“Sen. Flake(y)), the NFL (“weak and out of control”) to name just a few. I like it. He gets it. It’s refreshing. My father was blunt, too. Greatest man I ever knew. Sentimentality and feelings weren’t his strong suit, either.
Trump’s supporters agree with his vision and grand plans for America. They agree with how he is going about it. They like him, they believe in him, and they are not buying that he does not care about America. They believe Trump truly does want to make America great again and they want in. If Trump is driving that bus, they are happy to ride along. They like that he is squarely confronting serious questions–political or social–with direct answers, while thumbing his nose at the politically correct oligarchy—Republican or Democrat—that has created the national situation we find ourselves in–politically and socially.
I’m happy with who I voted for. I’d vote for him again, a hundred times over. God certainly may have a lot of work to do, but my vote was a vote for ideas, expressed by a man who said he would fulfill them. Trump is just clearing the site of the old rot to make preparations to build anew. I’m patient. My vote will pay back the dividends I expect. No way I’m selling this stock, or giving up on Trump.