TRUMPED!

Merriam-Webster definition: to get the better of

When economist Martin Armstrong asks: “When will Donald Trump be assassinated?

When it is reported that 25% of Federal employees would consider quitting if Trump becomes president.”

When we see a fake tombstone in Central Park New York that reads: “TRUMP Donald J 1946 – Made America hate again.”  

When a Canadian town invites Americans to move to their tiny island if Donald Trump wins the U.S. election and nine celebrities say they will leave the U.S. if he is elected.

When an essay (inaccurately) attributed to conservative politician Bill Bennett that began circulating in November of 2015 has been circulating the Internet for months said: “they (the establishment) will kill him before they let him become President.” Crippled America: How ... Donald J. Trump Best Price: $1.48 Buy New $8.97 (as of 03:40 EST - Details)

When early in March it was reported that millionaires from various quarters of the country flew to Sea Island in Georgia which includes Tim Cook of APPLE, Larry Page of GOOGLE, Elon Musk from TESLA and various political leaders, for the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum that essentially morphed into a “plot to stop Trump.”

When Judge Jeannine Pirro says: “The establishment is scared of Trump.”

When Pat Buchanan says Trumps surge in political popularity “marks a ‘death rattle’ of the establishment.” 

When an article in Rolling Stone magazine describes Trump’s style at the campaign lectern as his “Mussolini routine.”

When former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney characterizes Donald Trump as “dangerous.”

When opponents resort to calling Donald Trump a racist.

When his opponents even resorted to claiming his hands are small, suggestive that his male organ being small too.

One has to think this billionaire Donald Trump is more than a blowhard (definition: a person who blusters and boasts in an unpleasant way). 

Of course, in a field of very boring candidates, the news media had no choice but to give Donald Trump all the interruption time he needed. 

Example: When candidate Jeb Bush said before a Jewish audience: “I won the lottery when I was born 63 years ago and I looked up and saw my mom… My mom is the strongest woman I know.”

Trump responded: “She should be running.”

Donald Trump appeared to rise in popularity as the news media recognized he was drawing huge audiences.  Trump drew 25 million viewers for an August 2015 debate where he clashed with moderator Megyn Kelly, which was obviously staged for that purpose by the TV network.   Trump: The Art of the ... Donald J. Trump, Tony ... Best Price: $5.63 Buy New $8.22 (as of 10:41 EST - Details)

The need for political theater and audiences to drive advertising revenues was too tempting for a controlled news media to ignore.  Especially when faced with professional bores like Jeb Bush and sincere eggheads like Ben Carson, what choices did the news media have but to feature Mr. Trump?

An article in the LA Times notes that back in 2011 conservative reporter Andrew Breitbart said: “Celebrity is everything in this country” and warned of a celebrity Presidency.

But Trump has some substance too.  He is not all style, despite that memorable hair-do.

Why are Americans so shocked at the popularity of Donald Trump and his message of “America first?”

Precisely what has his opponents so up in arms against him?  Here are some of Donald Trump’s positions (with links for fact-checking):

Build a  fence between Mexico and the U.S.

No more tolerance of North Korea; Trump wants North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to ‘disappear.’

End trade deals like NAFTA and GATT (US is reported to have lost 55,000 factories and 6 million manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2010).

Trump says he will threaten a 45% tax on imports from China.

Trump says he would not disapprove water boarding as a form of torture.

Halt currency manipulation (he used Japan as an example)

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He hates women, immigrants, etc.

Reduce funding to NATO

Ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

I don’t think Mr. Trump if elected President, would assassinate the North Korean head of state (the U.S. actually poses North Korea as a bad-boy to keep surrounding Asian countries reliant upon the U.S. for defense).  I don’t think Mr. Trump is going to promote waterboarding of potential terrorists.  I don’t think he will place an import tax on good arriving from China.  Or even get his fence erected between Mexico and the U.S.  (Republican businesses benefit from the cheap labor pool created by illegal immigrants and the U.S. gets more young workers to help pay for Social Security and Medicare for retirees.) But I do think Mr. Trump is a wise negotiator and he is already getting the other side of these arguments to take a defensive posture on these issues.  He is winning at the negotiation table before he sits down. 

While we may fear a demagogue in the making (defined as a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument), it is clear that the U.S. Congress is completely bought and paid for by special interests and America needs a bold leader at this time.

·      At a time when Americans’ incomes have stagnated

·      When there are 109.7 million non-working able-bodied American citizens

·      When 55,000 U.S. factories have closed in the last decade and 6 million jobs with them

·      When Congress is controlled by the financial elites who were handed most of the nation’s money in the rearrangement of wealth in 2008 and now 20% of the country owns 85% of the nation’s wealth

·      When a single donor, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is said to own Congress and is bidding to be the puppet master of the Presidency

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Should Americans embrace or ignore Mr. Trump at the voting booth?

Hilary Clinton already has a majority of the popular vote because the Democrats own California, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and a host of other welfare states (Hawaii, Oregon, etc.) which controls 292 electoral votes before the voting booths are even erected (270 electoral votes needed to win the Presidency).  According to ElectionProjection.com, Hillary Clinton has 55% of the popular vote and 344 electoral votes. 

We’re talking about Hillary Clinton being the leader of the western world at a critical time or financial turmoil and dissatisfaction among so many Americans.  Yes, that osteoporotic woman who blasts Wall Street but accepts their money.  Yes, that woman who somehow gets away with funneling donations from a Canada-based charity to The Clinton Foundation and not even an eye is blinked.  Even if the new FBI Chief blows the whistle on Hilary Clinton’s E-mail violations, voters don’t vote FOR any candidate, they vote AGAINST the candidate they fear most and overlook the failings of their own candidate. 

The news media’s job now is to give an impression that the election is up for grabs and that we really have a democracy here when the outcome is already known.  And the TV networks need an audience to grab advertising dollars.  So why tell Americans the election has already been decided?

Of course, Mr. Trump could gain in the polls by November.  Obviously, his opponents are worried or they wouldn’t be resorting to so many underhanded tactics. 

I’ll let Rolling Stone magazine say the rest:

 “Trump’s basic argument is the same one every successful authoritarian movement in recent Western history has made: that the regular guy has been screwed by a conspiracy of incestuous elites.”

“Absent a dramatic turn of events…. This boorish, monosyllabic TV tyrant with the attention span of an Xbox playing 11-year old really is set to lay waste to the most impenetrable oligarchy the Western world ever devised.  It turns out we let our electoral process devolve into something so fake and dysfunctional that any half-bright con man with the stones to try it could walk right through the front door and tear it to shreds on the first go.”

But while Americans may loathe what the country has become, they keep voting for the incumbents and dooming their own future.  Then there is Diamond & Silk who have something else to say about the election in their Stump For Trump video at YouTube.   Will they sway the election?  Somebody needs to.