The Case for Trump

"Here a Trump, there a Trump, everywhere a Trump Trump."

I feel like singing that "Old MacDonald" tune. Donald Trump is everywhere these days. He is even back on Doonesbury.

Sunday, I was sitting in an airport waiting for my flight with the ubiquitous CNN on all the screens and Candy Crowley was interviewing "The Donald" for the umpteenth time. Fortunately, he was not being drawn into the birther discussion. Rather, he was talking about Aretha Franklin's favorite subject: R.E.S.P.E.C.T., and how the US gets none.

This morning I was thinking about Trump and why he is picking up so much interest. His detractors say that he is just upping his brand and promoting his TV show. This weak argument is like saying that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt do their thing to up their brand so that people will watch their movies. Nah. Don't think so. Then it hit me, like a two ton heavy thing: It's just business.

Mr. Trump claims that he could negotiate with the Chinese or the Arab League and that Obama has no one on his team that even thinks in those terms. He said that we are into the Libya thing for $1.5 Billion so far and he suggested that the Arab League could have written us a $5 Billion check in a matter of seconds so that we would fight their war for them.

He's probably right.

Here is the business angle: Most of these 'problem' countries are governed by a thugocracy and they run their countries like a business. Sure, their business would be a sole proprietorship, but it would definitely be a "for profit" business. "Profit" for themselves, that is.

The countries that we get along with, like Canada, Australia, EU, Japan all run their countries like a government, not a business. You really cannot negotiate with a government without dancing that patronizing Kabuki dance called diplomacy. All 'civilized' countries speak that language.

Contrast that with attempting to negotiate with the likes of Kim Jong Il, Hugo Chavez, Hu Jintao or the Castro brothers. These guys play hardball and we show up with badminton racquets. That is why the US gets its clock cleaned by these guys everytime we sit down at the negotiating table. Their negotiating table is a playing field.

Trump says that he knows how to negotiate and I believe he does. He also pretty much says what he thinks and people like that. (We all know that once anyone becomes president, he will have that Oh, $#%& moment when he gets his first real briefing and realizes that everything he said about the current President was a bunch of crap. And you gotta know that Obama was completely clueless when he walked into 1600 on Day One.)

Bottom line, it is a breath of fresh air to have someone that is willing stand up for this country and not be lashed down like Gulliver with protocol when it comes to dealing with our enemies and our 'friends'.

Plus, if you want to compare pre-election, real-world experience I don't see how Barack Obama could ever trump the Donald.


The Asterisk said…
Would I vote for Trump? Unknown. Just wanted to point out what I think is going on.
Anonymous said…
If you want to talk about "thugocracy" govts, you have to include the US. And the US govt is strictly a "for profit" business - and currently running at a $14trillion loss BTW.
Wars, trade agreements, treaties etc are only ever entered into by the US if there's a buck in it for them. Challenge you to find an exception in the last 1/4 century.
Finally, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is hard earned, not given, and the US gets as much as it deserves.

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