A Remarkable Man

I woke up this morning, and when after a while I’d finally remembered who I was and where I was living and which century it was, and my eyes had become accustomed to the light, I eventually got online and found a YouTube video of the third debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and flipped through it with the sound off.

I scored it as marginal win for Trump. Because Hillary stayed standing. She wasn’t wheeled off on a gurney in a state of collapse. And no flies landed on her either. And that’s pretty good going for her. That’s almost the pass mark. If she’d smiled a bit, it could have been a win.

I put Trump ahead on points in the gesture stakes. He’s got a whole range of gestures. And there was even a new jabbing aimed index finger gesture that he used repeatedly. Hillary couldn’t match his gestures, although she tried. And I think those Trump finger jabs slowly wore her down. She probably woke up with a black eye this morning.

polls1980The opinion polls may show her still holding a narrow lead over the him, but here’s why I don’t believe them:  a late October 1980 poll showing Jimmy Carter streets ahead of Ronald Reagan, just before his landslide win.

I think Trump is going to win. I’ve always thought he was going to win. He was the stand-out candidate of the entire bunch from the moment he entered the race. Why else did he attract such immediate and unrelenting hostility?

I knew who he was before he ran. I had him down as a brash, loud-mouthed New York property developer who trumpeted his name on top of every building he constructed. I can’t say I admired him much. But I wasn’t shocked or offended by the way he talked. He just seemed wonderfully politically incorrect – an ingénu who’d never learned to censor himself into silence like all the other castrati in the race, most likely because hard bargaining over property deals in NYC doesn’t include much political correctness. No wonder everybody wanted to watch him on TV: there was nobody like him. He was a savage who hadn’t learned the rules, and just said whatever he was thinking without first running it through a multiple PC filters to screen out words like “dog”,”rapist”, and “pussy”. How terrible!

Cn. Pompeius Magnus. Marble bust of Pompeius,  ca. 50 B.C.  Copenhagen.US presidents are like Roman emperors, and watching US presidential elections is like watching the spate of infighting and assassinations that preceded each new emperor, like with Claudius after Caligula. Only now the Praetorian Guard are the media and the net and the Secret Service. And Donald Trump is Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus – Pompey the Great (left). He even looks like him, right down to the improbable quiff. And Pompey was another property developer who put his own name on the buildings he erected – like the Theatre of Pompey in Rome (where Julius Caesar was assassinated).

I think Trump is going to win because he’s caught the rising global tide of reaction against big government. People are sick of it everywhere. It’s why us Brits voted to get out of the asphyxiating EU superstate, and why most of Europe are going to be following us soon. Because they’re sick of it too, and they want their countries back. They want to take control back from a global political elite that has become a deranged aristocracy who’ve lost touch with ordinary people and ordinary values and even ordinary reality.

And Hillary Clinton is a fully paid up member of that aristocracy. She regards the presidency as her entitlement after 30 years of service in the DNC (which she now owns). She’s the ultimate political insider. But nobody much likes her. She has zero charisma. Hardly anyone attends any of her speeches or rallies. Why should they when she’s got the grating voice of a Nurse Ratched? Nobody buys her books either. The Democrat grassroots voted for Crazy Bernie, but they got given Hillary Clinton instead, because she had all the superdelegates at the DNC convention. Her only real claim to fame is that she is the wife of one of the more charismatic US presidents of recent decades. But he’s now a shadow of his former self. And she is too. They’re an elderly couple who ought to have quit politics and retired to Florida five years ago.

Who’s going to vote for her? Are all those Bernie supporters really going to switch their loyalties from him to her? Are they going to vote for her with any enthusiasm? If it’s raining in Milwaukee on election day, are they going to walk ten blocks to cast a vote for somebody they don’t really want to vote for, or are they just going to stay in bed?

And what about the anti-war left? Are they really going to vote for a warmonger (Libya, Syria) like Hillary Clinton? A couple of days back, on Michael Savage, Donald Trump said he’d probably start talking to Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. No chance of that happening with a Hillary who has compared Putin to Hitler. And yet here we are, living through a crisis that’s almost as bad as the 1962 Cuba crisis, and it’s Donald Trump who’s the peace candidate.

And what about the rain of Wikileaks emails which are coming down every day on the Democrats? There’s something new every day. And it must be hurting, because otherwise John Kerry wouldn’t have twisted Ecuadorian arms to shut off Julian Assange’s internet access (as well as his telephone) in their London embassy. Not that it has done anything to stop a flow of emails that now exceeds Climategate in its scale.

And then there are the health concerns surrounding Hillary. If Donald Trump had collapsed outside a 9/11 memorial service and been lifted bodily into the back of a car, his presidential ambitions would have ended on the spot. If Hillary’s didn’t end that day, it’s because the US mainstream media swept it under the carpet.  It’s really only the life support provided by the mainstream media, and the government of Barack Obama, and her friends inside the Republican party, that is keeping her faltering campaign alive. Who’s going to want to vote for a chronic invalid with blood clots in her brain?

Hillary Clinton has all these negatives, and Trump hasn’t got any of them. The only real negative that Trump has got is that he’s not a bought-and-paid-for member of the political class, and that’s why he’s been under non-stop attack in the mainstream media from the moment he joined the race. Even Thomas Sowell was joining in:

As for the Republicans’ front-runner, what is there left to say about Donald Trump? Almost daily he demonstrates that he lacks the maturity, the depth and the character required to lead a nation facing a complex range of dangers.

But hasn’t Trump demonstrated over the past 18 months that he can stand up to incessant attacks from all quarters, and still keep soldiering onward? Doesn’t that alone demonstrate character? And depth? And maturity? Wouldn’t lesser men have cracked under that kind of pressure? Would Hillary Clinton last a single day if the mainstream media and the Obama administration stopped supporting her, stopped keeping her alive, and she had to stand up for herself on her own? Would anybody else have lasted a single day either?

Over the past 18 months Donald Trump has demonstrated to the world what a remarkable man he is. Far more remarkable than I ever imagined he was. They’ve thrown everything at him, dropped nuclear bombs on him, repeatedly declared him dead, finished, over – but he’s always come out the other side of the storm, still on his feet, still full of fight, and still the same man. And – even more remarkably – he’s done it almost all on his own, without patronage, and without a team of advisers telling him what to do and what to say and how to say it.

If he really is the empty shallow narcissist they say he is, I’d like to buy a bottle of that kind of empty shallow narcissism, and keep in my medicine chest along with the bandages and the creams and the painkillers, as insurance against the day when only empty shallow narcissism can pull me through.

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10 Responses to A Remarkable Man

  1. wobbler2012 says:

    I must admit in the early days of this whole election episode I really didn’t like Trump and thought of him as a bit of a raving lunatic but as you have rightly pointed out the man has got huge balls, the attacks are incessant yet he’s still fighting! I’m actually finding myself supporting him which is astonishing considering my previous thoughts on him.

    One thing is for sure though, this US election has people with real character (I mean Trump of course) compared to our last election with 3 robotic modern politicos boring the absolute shite out of us all. 3 indistinguishable suits.

    Really looking forward to the big night next month it could be an absolute cracker.

  2. jaxthefirst says:

    I think that the US public have reached the same kind of “crunch point” that we in the UK reached at the last General Election here. They are all so fed up with successive administrations of both varieties offering them the same-old, same-old as the last lot – more State intrusion; less efficiency; more waste; more idiotic, unworkable ideas; ludicrously off-the-mark “solutions” to complex problems; more cronyism and nepotism – that they are now so desperate for something (anything!) different, that quite frankly they’d vote for a ventriloquist’s dummy if they thought it would bring about some form of change. Trump has promised them that and, most importantly, they believe him. They’re not daft – they know that, just like countless Presidents before him, his words could all turn out to be mere hot air and come to naught, but they’ve reached the “any port in a storm” situation whereby the “Trump” port, regardless of all the bad publicity and attempts at sabotage, is still the only one on offer. Just like we did at the last election, when the only party genuinely promising to address the issue (completely ignored to all intents and purposes by the other parties) of the EU, was UKIP. It’s my belief that it was only the genuine promise of a referendum from David Cameron that prevented UKIP from winning a whole lot more seats in Parliament than they did.

    That’s why Trump has been able to take everything in his stride and just keep on moving, and it’s also why the Republicans gave him the ticket and then, despite everything, refused to pull the rug out from under him at a much earlier stage in the game. They’re not daft either. They know that in many ways Trump is a loose cannon, but they also know that that’s precisely why he’ll bring the votes home for them come Election day. He was clearly a big risk from Day One – the fact that they’ve stuck with him is a sign that they believe he’s a risk worth taking. And, with the election so close, the fact that all these stories about Trump’s past misdemeanours are breaking, with such – err – “convenient” timing indicates to me just how terrified the Democrats are, because now they’ve realised it, too.

  3. waltc says:

    Unfortunately, if only because I detest “Madame,” I fear that the (rightfully) fed-up are the minority and, with the exception of the few(and getting fewer) reliably Red states, are, like smokers,
    scattered too sparcely to affect the state by state system of the electoral college. I also need to point out what I just learned on the news: that the difference between the Carter/Reagan stats and the ones now is that the final C/R debate in which Reagan slammed it over the fence hadn’t yet taken place when that poll was taken.

    The Alfred E smith dinner is about to start on tv, in which both Trump and Madame will speak. It’s a part comedy event. Might be worth your looking into

    • Frank Davis says:

      Do these debates really matter that much? Absolutely everybody in the USA must know who Hillary Clinton is. They don’t need to see her speaking. In fact, they’re probably as sick to death of seeing and hearing her as a Brit like me is sick of seeing, for example, Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.

      The same probably isn’t true with Trump. Most people hadn’t seen or heard that much about him (unless they live in NYC, like you do). And that may be why he’s got such good box office numbers, and people want to see him on TV or in the flesh at one of his rallies. Trump has had to introduce himself to the American people in ways Hillary Clinton never needed to do.

      But he seems to have done it. Here I am, he’s said, warts and all. The choice you’ve got is between me and her. And you know exactly what you’re going to get with her. And I think most Americans have already made up their minds – just like I’d long since made up my mind when it came to the Brexit vote.

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    As a smoker it would be in my best interest to vote for Trump:

    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/clintons-long-history-of-raising-taxes-on-the-middle-class

    Clinton Voted To Raise The Tax On Americans For Cigarettes And Other Tobacco Related Products:

    Clinton Voted At Least 7 Times For An Increase In Taxes On Cigarette Packs, Among Other Tobacco Products.

    (H.R. 976, CQ Vote #353: Motion Agreed To 67-29: R 18-29; D 47-0; I 2-0, 9/27/07, Clinton Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 21, CQ Vote #105: Adopted 59-40: R 13-36; D 44-4; I 2-0, 3/23/07, Clinton Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 95, CQ Vote #46: Rejected 32-64: R 2-49; D 29-15; I 1-0, 3/11/04, Clinton Voted Yea; H.R. 976, CQ Vote #352: Motion Agreed To 69-30: R 18-30; D 49-0; I 2-0, 9/27/07, Clinton Voted Yea; H.R. 976, CQ Vote #307: Passed 68-31: R 18-31; D 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Clinton Voted Yea; H.R. 976, CQ Vote #306: Motion Agreed To 67-32: R 17-32; D 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Clinton Voted Yea; H.R. 976, CQ Vote #292: Rejected 36-60: R 1-46; D 33-14; I 2-0, 8/1/07, Clinton Voted Yea)

    The Cigarette Tax Is Considered A Regress Tax That Predominantly Impacts Lower-Income Americans. The cigarette excise tax is regarded as a regressive tax because it targets smokers, a population that has lower levels of income on average than the U.S. population at large. From CBPP: ‘29 percent of poor adults smoke, compared to 18 percent of non-poor adults’ and ‘expenditure for cigarettes account for a greater share of lower-income households’ budgets.’” (Kyle Pomerleau, “CBPP Says Regressive Cigarette Taxes Are Okay Because: The Benefit Principle,” Tax Foundation, 3/20/14)

    • Rose says:

      Straight from the perpetrator’s mouth.

      Strategic Thinking on State Tobacco Tax Increases – 2003

      “For the most part, this unprecedented success can be attributed to state fiscal crises resulting from the downturn in the national economy. State policymakers were desperate to find new revenues to plug growing deficits in state budgets.
      In many states, public health advocates were ready and able to partner with policymakers in developing tobacco tax strategies that advanced public health goals and filled budget holes.”

      “This document is designed to assist public health advocates in recognizing and weighing the strategic decisions that must be made before beginning a campaign to increase tobacco taxes at the state level.”

      “After answering the questions above and examining polling data,choose the highest increase that is politically viable”

      Thinking about the tax impact on individuals

      “A criticism of the tobacco tax that is a stumbling block for
      many tobacco control advocates is that it is a regressive tax.From a strictly economic standpoint, tobacco taxes fall under this definition because the same amount of tax is charged to all individuals regardless of income. This means the tax is a greater percentage of the income of low-income persons than those with more income.

      Critics charge that regressive taxes are easiest to raise because they place the heaviest burden on those without a political voice”
      http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/toolkits/toolkits/2003/rwjf26426

  5. ladyraj says:

    Everything that is occurring was planned by the democrats. The republicans really had no favorite the American people wanted to see as president so…about 16 individuals threw their hat in the ring. Clinton prayed Trump would win the primary and give the appearance she had a fight on her hands. She had a “trump” card to play if Trump’s numbers got too large. She also gets revenge against many people for almost impeaching her spouse for inappropriate touching. Really, does anyone believe the allegations about Trump’s octopus hands just coincidentally came out 2 months before the election?

    Unfortunately, the Grand Old Party is out of touch with the people they seek to represent…particularly women. The Democrats want to please everyone and end up pleasing no one. Promises are never kept. Thus far, third party candidates have been unsuccessful in drawing the people to their position.

    This IS hell! :-)

  6. Clicky says:

  7. James says:

    I do hope you are correct, I also agree with you about the absolute shit storm he has faced down, the man must have something about him,I mow I’d have voted for him ,I’d probably I was an American citizen.

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