Donald Trump- A Leader for the NEXT Greatest Generation?


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Donald Trump- A Leader for the NEXT Greatest Generation?

I’d like to take a minute to impart my ignorance wisdom about the current state of affairs insofar as the American Politico landscape is shaping-up. (I sound smart already don’t I?)


As much as I revere the American Constitution during election season (Twelfth Amendment) the electing of a President seems like an exercise in citizen torture.


*heads shaking up & down*


Now that we’ve all agreed, let me suggest why this particular season is a sweet change of pace.


Let’s talk The Donald: Pros & Cons


First, the sheer entertainment factor is value added so there’s that.


Is he ‘bombastic’? (I love that word). Yes, he is.


I’m thinking that’s maybe not such of an off-tune overture in a world of monsters. The past seven years of Peace & Love don’t seem to have gained America one iota of respect. (Could that be because the world is run by people that respond to bombast?) and am I happy that that’s the case? No I am not, but until unicorns fart rainbows, we are the Top Cop and the job sucks and the pay is terrible.


Secondly (and eventually) his ‘policy’ on any given subject will be from an economic point-of-view.


Is this fool hardy? Is he a one-trick pony?


Maybe, but what’s the real face of this ‘thing’ we call Globalization? Its’ not Doctors Without Borders. It’s not the Internet. It’s not Fair Trade produce at Whole Foods. They are but the beneficiaries of Globalization.


It’s money. Period. Those that have ‘it’, those that don’t. Those that want more, and those who don’t deserve it’s benefits. Doesn’t matter- it’s the Economy baby.


And Donald knows a thing or two about Money.


Yes- he’s had to bankrupt some of his projects along the way. No, he hasn’t been infallible, BUT he has known when to fold his cards and regroup. That’s not a skill that comes naturally to most governments and it’s a skill set that Washington tends to get massively wrong. Talk about people with the opposite motivation. People hang-on there fore-v-e-rrrrrr all sheltered in their special health care policies and retirement plans and special interest group luv.


Here’s the THING about Donald- he’s honest about who he is- yes, he’s in your face, but so many people in American politics (and the World) should be looked straight in the eyes.


Problem is… we don’t want a leader that will piss everyone off and only solve problems with economic solutions and threats. We want our country to be represented by nice people. People with hair we can understand, that can go to the negotiating table with reason and a respectful attitude and somehow, through their sheer goodness, bring light to dark places.




Donald scares us: He embarrasses us. He seems to lack finesse. He’s about as subtle as a 10 ton Elephant. He’s a master of conceit. He’s too aggressive. He’s not a great orator. yadayadayada [fill-in the blank].


We fear a Donald government that will wage war on anyone that disses him (personally) because he does seem petty. He takes personal affront to just about anyone/thing that challenges him. In the first minute he’s all Master of the Universe-like and in the next, he’s whining about someone making fun of his tie choice.


So, what’s happening here? Why is he soooo up in the polls?






Could it be that no one really-truly-deep-down believes America is great anymore? (Not like your grandfather’s ‘great’- more like Great lite?) and we’re not really-truly-deep-down okay with that? That we associate greatness with power instead of benevolence? That we are the products of a memory that can no longer be a reality? That the Greatest Generation was the last greatest?


Could it be that as so many find the American Dream farther from their grasp they long for a substitute for their disappointment in the form of a grandiose leader? One who can say what they can’t? [This just popped into my head (dangerous): Has our societal push for being PC in Every. Damn. Way. actually created a void of self worth?]


Could it be that somehow, somewhere along the way we came to believe that we should apply the same rules and expectations to running a country as we do to child rearing: Make nice. Play fair. Wait your turn. Don’t be bossy. Expect a trophy for mediocre performance. Eat your peas.


I don’t have a crystal ball (just goblets), but if I did, I see a future that may not include The Donald at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but one where your grandfather’s kind of politicking is back.



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                Donald Trump- A Leader for the NEXT Greatest Generation?


  • Tammy - I think that Trump’s popularity says a LOT more about America’s disgust with our current reps. Congressmen, Senators, the peeps in the White House, are not held in trust by the American people. How can you blame them? It’s more about disliking who is there and wanting someone who is strong enough to get them out. Trump has some pretty valid ideas. But his constituents often run in the same arena as bigots. Take a look at the diversity of his supporters in his audiences. You will be hard pressed to find any. When you have one of his tried and true supporters ignorantly spouting off to an esteemed long time reporter (and citizen of the U.S.) of Univision to “get out of my country”, you have to wonder who Trump is pandering to. Yes, he is entertaining. But he is also volatile, narcissistic, ego driven and would benefit greatly from anger management. Not exactly Presidential material. Trump has built his platform bashing China, all the while building his clothing empire on the backs of Chinese child laborers. It makes one wonder about his priorities. The jury is still out, and America has not yet spoken. It will be very interesting to see what unfolds. Very interesting indeed.ReplyCancel

    • SunbonnetSmart -

      Indeed, a new poll of GOP primary voters in Nevada by One America News Network shows Trump in first place among Hispanics. He was the choice of 27.7% of respondents overall. But, among Hispanics, the figure jumped to 31.4%. That showing did not escape Trump, who mentions the poll often.

      There are at least three reasons that Trump is likely to make a decent showing with Hispanic voters:

      What’s the Republican alternative? Will Hispanics flock in droves to Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, or much of the rest of the GOP presidential field? Not likely. Only two of the other 15 “also rans” could get in Trump’s way with Hispanics in the GOP primaries: Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. And instead of speaking forthrightly about issues such as immigration, the Floridians often seem cautious and reserved in their comments as if they’re afraid of alienating white people. Here’s a warning to them, and politicians everywhere: When you flinch, Hispanics notice.

      Trump’s immigration hard line is not a deal killer with all Hispanics, many of whom want stricter border security. More than half of all Border Patrol agents — about 52% — are Hispanic. Moreover, the closer you get to the border, the more likely you are to find Hispanics who worry about the issue that Trump brought to light: the alleged criminal element coming across the border. That was true in Arizona, where a controversial immigration law requiring police to check the legal status of anyone with whom they came in contact found pockets of support among those who lived on the front lines.

      Hispanics are just like other Americans. And why not? In New Mexico and Arizona, some trace their family histories back seven or eight generations. Thus what appeals to many other people about Trump also appeals to them. Hispanics have been deceived and manipulated by both parties. And they’re hungry for a candidate who says what he thinks, doesn’t back down, hammers the news media, and doesn’t sugarcoat differences with opponents. Apart from substance, Trump will get points for his style which — during a hot summer — seems as refreshing as a cool breeze.

      Hispanics for Trump? Oh yeah. Get ready. That’s a thing.ReplyCancel

      • Cheryl - Wow. Let me read through this……… Okay. So here goes, I agree with you on EVERYTHING. I think as for Republicans and the Hispanic vote- they (the Hispanic voting block) are concerned with jobs and not immigration- at least the ones that CAN vote b/c they are citizens. They very likely are also concerned with illegal workers doing a job they’d like to be paid above the board for. Everyone has been deceived by both parties and almost everyone is fed-up. It’s an isolated individual that believes that long arrived multi-generational families, like many of Hispanic roots in our SW are NOT fed-up as well— with the immigration deluge. The Donald (and whatever chord he’s hitting) is a wake-up call for Washington. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such an awesome comment! XXOOReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - In response: 1) Yes- fed-up, 2)no trust- check, 3)4)5) When he says he loves diversity, I think he’s talking more about who he hires in the ‘field’ and I mean field- like with grass, 6) best ticket in town, 7)complex personality 8)hypocritical and YES- it’s VERY interesting!ReplyCancel

      • Cheryl - Tammy- this response was for you my Dear. DOn;t know why it didn;t take right under the stream.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Dzirne-Irlen - Cheryl, I don’t think I agree with a lot (lot lot) you say, but I enjoy reading it. Actually, sometimes I don’t know if you’re just kidding around? I do think it’s awesome that you even tackled this Donald subject. You have more b—s than me, for sure. One thing, about the U.S. being top dog. We no longer are. Especially economically, especially in terms of respect. Very many smart men and women have stated over the past 20 years or so, we are in decline, for now anyway. Maybe it’s time to stop beating our chests about it and do something! That, I think we can agree on. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I just had to write ‘something’ about this- tongue-in-cheek or foot-in-mouth, but I’m so happy you took the time to leave your thoughtful comment. Yes-I think we could agree on much. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Anyone who uses the word “Politico” is right in my book! I’m so disgusted with our political landscape (hey that was smart) that I consider it all theater. It says a lot about us that our choices are a dishonest cheat (everyone has amnesia all of a sudden about Hilary Clinton) and a PT Barnum buffoon. I might vote for whoever amuses me the most (The Donald is already winning) or, like my hubs, write myself in. I rooted for Mitt because I’d hoped for a polygamist with several first ladies. Alas, he wasn’t one. But, I agree Cheryl. Trump is doing something right whether we want to admit it or not. He is who he is with no apologies and from a human perspective people respond to it.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Talbott - Hello there, Cheryl! With fond memories of sitting next to you at BlogHer 15, I am delighted to read your post about Donald Trump and his latest venture as a Presidential Candidate. As a business woman, I have followed The Donald and his career since he first came to prominence. I read his book, “The Art of the Deal,” within weeks of its first release and remember its year-long place on the NYT Best Seller List. I have read the same book several times since then, and buy copies from eBay to give to business newbies.

    I am totally behind Mr. Trump’s run for the White House and am encouraging everyone I meet to beware of media spin on his words and wisdom. I have found, over and over, when I go to the original documents and YouTube videos, the discrepancies of what is actually said and what is reported are alarming.

    There is no finer Presidential hopeful at this time. Being from Maryland, I was behind local hero Dr. Ben Carson, until Mr. Trump entered the race. Now, I believe a Trump/Carson ticket would be a gift, and the nation will recognize it as such. Indeed, it is already happening, thank goodness.

    A man of Donald Trump’s fine character and commanding deportment are long overdue for the leading of our nation, against moneyed interests who exploit average citizens. Donald Trump is the only one who can get off the porch and run with the big dogs. Trust him. He has my vote.

    And, about his comments? It’s time to ruffle feathers of the status quo. “Gee, Donald! Is that all you got?” Bring it on. I’ll take honest language over backroom deals anyday. #TRUMP2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgainReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You raise some interesting points. Obviously, the electorate is pissed at the status quo, but I’m concerned about the risk of the Donald getting elected because people are not thinking. People respond to his celebrity and his narrow view of the world, in my opinion. He is not wise, he is not a savvy businessman (I know more about this than I can say) and he would make a terrible president. He is, however, a cautionary tale, just like the ridiculous Tea Party was. I was in Maui the past week, absent from the craziness of the real world. Now that i’m home I’m ready to go back to the islands and not think about this stuff.ReplyCancel

  • UP - This is awesome.

    • Cheryl - Aaahh shucks. Just a little diddy I pulled out of my sleeve.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I’m for The Donald and hope he makes it and fear he may not. I like that he is doing it for love of country and not to make a name for himself or to go down in history to have a good policy and get a pat on the back from the good ol boys, I say we need someone in there to lasso both side of congress and make them do the work they were elected to do instead of planning vacations and counting their stacks of money from special interest groups. And anyway, what is the difference between Donald getting mad at things said against him and nipping it in the bud and the media owned by demos not letting anything said against Obama be told in the news? Nothing! So good for the goose, good for the gander.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You perfectly express the frustration that MOST of America is feeling. I also, enjoy it when he nipps the media in their bud. HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Roz Warren - As a progressive radical feminist liberal democrat, I read this with interest. I think that Trump’s biggest selling point is that voters may not agree with him, but we believe that he’s telling us the truth. I only wish the same could be said about Hillary. (But I’m still going to vote for her,)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hillary Hillary Hillary. She’s the kind of gal that wrote in her Kindergarten dream journal her desire to be President, and yet… she has a BIG problem at this point in the game. She may not be the nominee if Biden jumps in.ReplyCancel

  • KB Cash - Your keenest point is “Has our societal push for being PC in Every. Damn. Way. actually created a void of self worth?”

    Recent studies have shown the PC approach, giving of undeserved praise, actually results in lower self esteem. It is being regarded by some as the cause of the general self-loathing of society. Sheep are fascinated by the wolf, he is danger, but he is so much like a protector from the boredom of the flock.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Let’s see if I can remember this word from the 1840’s. Bloviate, yep that is it. Donald Trump is bloviating bombast. You are right about several things. The economy is not great. Too many people are hurting and loosing their economic footing. The world thinks we are now a bunch of diplomatic wimps like people in Europe. The people have been bombarded with insults when they dare say what they think. No one really believes that they would stand up and say a person has a right to say something that they disagree with the premise or conclusion. Remember this paraphrase: I may not agree with you, but I defend to the death your right to say it. Okay I’ll quit frothing.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - Oh this is just golden. I just love how you write, Cheryl!! You crack me up, and always have such a good brilliant wit about you- that I know there are nuggets of wisdom and intellect that make me nod… and squint my eyes a bit in deep thought. It’s a mess- Trump is kind of freaking me OUT with the stats… how our country could even keep him IN the polls let alone on TOP of the polls chills me to my bones,(I shudder just considering the sick notion that a man like that could possibly be the leader of our country) and your points are definitely on target in so many ways…

    This country is so far off it’s axis, there IS no stable ground to stand on… In any political arena.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Lively discussion material, but you do not want me going into it. People are angry because they see the empty, foreclosed house next to them. Then it is put up for rent and the tennants can be slobs. Trust me on that one. They see all the empty store fronts in the small towns and they know something is wrong. The children are adults, but they are living at home because that wonderful income with a college degree isn’t there. Okay, I’ve spewed enough (it could have run on), but the truth is I do not like or trust Trump. The reasons would take up a page.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - psssstttttt. I don’t like him either.ReplyCancel

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