Lefsetz: Trump

donald-trump-grow-upThe more the intelligentsia tells me Donald Trump is unelectable, the more I want to vote for him…

Nobody knows anything. Especially the smart and educated. We continually laud the graduates of Ivy League institutions, those with money and fame can do no wrong. But then they do.

Like Nate Silver.

Nate got it half right. Trump does have sky high unfavorables. But those became secondary to an electorate pissed that the Republican majordomos had paid lip service to them for decades, but ignored them on the street. And no one likes to be ignored, no one likes to be manipulated, Revenge permeates all income brackets and social strata.

So how did this happen?

Trump started early. The New York Times said that was Bernie Sanders’ flaw – his late start, as if he never believed he could really win. We’ll never know if he could have, but we have learned that some rules are immutable. You have to be in it to win it; you have to lay the groundwork.

And Trump said the unsayable. The right wing may act prim and proper but it’s the left wing that has taken political correctness too far. Sure, racism should not be tolerated, but truth knows no bounds, it resonates with all. And if you’re so busy being hurt by literature that you need trigger warnings, good luck in business.

Which is where Trump triumphed.

Hey, maybe he didn’t. Maybe he was born on third base. Maybe he’s just a mediocre licensor. Still it’s hard for the media to get traction with that story after building him up decade after decade, hyping his books and his TV show. It’s the media who sold us on Trump’s bona fides and now the media wants to say otherwise. That in an era where the media establishment is pooh-poohed and seen as untrustworthy.

Which brings us to Fox News.

We’re supposed to have sympathy for Megyn Kelly, a beautiful anchor who’s on TV. Roger Ailes plays hardball and then wants those on the other side to pitch softballs? Give Trump credit, he doesn’t take that from anybody. He’s willing to call b.s. And like a country song before Nashville morphed into 1970s rock, we’re all looking to tell our boss to take this job and shove it.

megyn-kelly-01-2016_4348r-approvedWe live in an attention economy. Where it’s about being recognized and known as opposed to veracity. Too many eggheads are sitting at home talking to the TV not realizing nobody’s listening. They’re afraid to jump into the fire, endure the maelstrom, take the heat. Have you been on the internet? The Trump blowback is experienced by anybody with an opinion online. He took the jabs and carried on.

The Donald nailed Jeb Bush”s personality instantly.

Bush was boring, sans charisma. Used to be artists triumphed by speaking the truth – in this case it was a politician.

As for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, the former didn’t realize that followers were everything, that a megaphone is meaningless unless you have acolytes. And the latter is that doofus in high school who refuses to see the writing on the wall.

And Karl Rove is the principal who loses control of the high school.

And Peggy Noonan is that aunt always saying, “I told you so.” (Who you’re sick of listening to, the one who lives in an alternative universe where all her opinions are right, even though it does not resemble the real world.

And Bernie’s fans are pissed off too.

But Bernie faced a viable candidate.

Hillary has experience, athough even the most dyed-in-the-wool Democrat would refuse to fall asleep around her.

You see, Hillary does what’s expedient. She tells you what you want to hear as opposed to what’s true, and that’s so last century. Today light shines everywhere, and those who refuse to acknowledge what is seen have a hard time garnering belief.

So now Trump runs to the center, makes light of his wacky positions just like he just patted his enemy Cruz on the back Tuesday night. And when he attacks Hillary…

She’s vulnerable.

But the news media says he can’t win. That women and Latinos want nothing to do with him. The same media that said he had no chance. The same media controlled by the holier-than-thou who believe we should fall in line.

It’s every man for himself in America today.

It’s a coarse country where you work ’round the clock for meager rewards. Sure, there’s a carrot out in front, but it can only be bitten by the same people who tell us to get in line, the one-percenters who control corporations and education and are keeping us down. And it’s not only Republicans, but Democrats too.

So Bernie Sanders is done. The alternative is gone. Who are you gonna vote for if you’re mad as hell?

Certainly not Hillary.

She’s the kind who will invite you to a party and leave you stranded when she gets a better invitation.

So everybody saying Trump can’t win…

He’s not as dumb as he looks. And he performed jujitsu; he knows half of what he says is b.s., but he’s the one in the driver’s seat. He’s the one with the nomination, and the people put him there bcause they’re sick and tired of being lied to, manipulated by those with money. And Trump may be rich, but he acted like a rich person as opposed to adopting the humble shtick most politicians shroud themselves in. Rich people feel entitled, to be heard, to get more. They have contempt for the little guy. They believe what they say is the law.

Who doesn’t want someone who’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing to do their dirty work?

The rank and file did not screw up this great country of ours. No, the Larry Summers and the Timothy Geithners and the George Bushes and Dick Cheneys did. Those who knew better than us, who saw the country as their plaything. Do you really think people are eager to place their faith in another one of a long line of these people?

Maybe.

Actor-pictures-arnold-schwarzenegger-wallpapers-hd-arnold-schwarzenegger-wallpaper-13P.S. No, I’m not gonna vote for Donald Trump. I’m far to the left of Hillary. But I love seeing the establishment shaken up. I’m sick of hearing that these people know more than me, as they pull shenanigans behind closed doors that screw me.

P.P.S. People want jobs. Manufacturing ain’t never coming back to the U.S., that’s a left wing canard. So what is Hillary gonna do to help us? Sure, the Donald may have insane ideas about reducing taxes on the rich to drive up the economy, but he’s got more new ideas than Hillary and he’s more believable.

P.P.P.S. If this weren’t a popularity contest Arnold Schwarzenegger wouldn’t have defeated Gray Davis. And Arnold didn’t do much in office, and I don’t think the Donald would do much either. But he might appoint a right wing Supreme Court justice and that would be tragic. But he also might not play nice with the nitwit right wingers, the Tea Partiers and the establishment who have held this country hostage.

P.P.P.P.S. The Presidential campaign is more intriguing, more honest than any art this year. It’s out-Kanye’d Kanye. It shows the fallacy in “Batman v. Superman.” It truly is a jungle out there, and if you want to know what’s going on you watch politics, not some lame Disney production which puts money first and truth nowhere.

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18 Responses to Lefsetz: Trump

  1. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Agree with 90% of this. I’m a centrist at heart.

    • Jim a.k.a. BWH says:

      As the cast majority of Americans are, Guy. Politicians seem to be oblivious of this fact. Working folks have to make compromises every single day of their life. I want to drive a Ferrari. I settle for a Dodge. Pols on both sides of the aisle think compromise is a dirty word.

      Give me a candidate that doesn’t give a damn about which bathroom you use, who you want to marry or what “god” you want to worship and combine that with someone that understands you can’t spend more money than you make. That’s how you govern from the middle. Or as I like to call it: Life

    • admin says:

      It’s hard not to disagree when he puts it like this, Guy

    • Harley the Great says:

      TRUMP DID NOT WIN THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION.
      HE WAS ABLE TO MANEUVER HIMSELF BETWEEN 16 OF THE
      DUMBEST MF’S IN THAT PARTY.
      I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THOSE WHO PICK MR TRUMP TO
      WIN THE ELECTION GO VISIT THE BIBLE OF THE REPUBLICAN
      PARTY AND IT’S HEART….REDSTATE.COM TO SEE FOR YOURSELF
      THE HATRED AND ANGER THAT 60% OF THE REPUBLICANS
      FEEL TOWARD MR. TRUMP AND WHY HE IS GOING TO GET HIS
      HEAD BASHED IN IN NOVEMBER.
      BESIDES NOT BEING ABLE TO MATCH A 1.7BILION DOLLAR
      CAMPAIGN TO BE WAGED AGAINST HIM….HE HAS SOME SERIOUS
      SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT FEW PEOPLE EXCEPT INSIDERS KNOW
      THAT ARE ABOUT TO BE EXPOSED.
      ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….AND HILLARY LEADS
      HIM BY 14 POINTS NATIONALLY. THAT CONNOTATES TO HILLARY
      WINNING OVER 30 STATES IN A LANDSLIDE.
      GOOD LUCK ALLYOU GUBBERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST LIKE HEARNE…
      YOU’RE ON THAT WRONG SIDE OF THE WALL.
      BUT AT LEAST YOU’RE NOT SELLING USED CARS!

      • CFPCowboy says:

        It is said that when the Revolutionary War started a mere 30% supported War with England, but by the time that battles in North Carolina had moved back to Virginia, the numbers had grown to some 60%. Here is what I know. I know the last vestige of peaceful revolution is the courts and justice, I know that when justice fails, anarchy, revolution, and civil war follow. I know that liberal thought has destroyed Ferguson, Missouri and is on its way to destroying the University of Missouri at Columbia, with four dorms closed and alumni giving off 72%. When you enforce some laws and not others, you invite anarchy, and it is not a pretty sight. I know that short of Justice, people seek justice, possibly leaving out minor things like courts and the rights of the accused. My vote is still a secret. You know who I won’t vote for, but not who I will vote for, and if you cannot name all of the Presidential Candidate on the ballot in November when you vote, you will be an uninformed voter. From my past, we’ll give you a good swing.
        3-7-77

        • Harley the Great says:

          DUDE…..YOU BETTER GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
          ON MU…..
          YOU’RE MAKING GLAZE LOOK SMART!

  2. Kerouac says:

    “The more the intelligentsia tells me Donald Trump is unelectable, the more I want to vote for him”

    – you are not alone. The media has thrown lies, bias, innuendo – everything but the kitchen sink at Trump; the egg their collective faces primary aft primary, priceless.

    That they’ve no shame is a given: they tried to dismiss Trump and decide this election for voters instead of presenting (nod Joe Friday) ‘just the facts’. The liberal lot of them has not disappointed, per the usual, alas, even the purported bastion of truth FOX TV succumbed, their “we report, you decide” pledge now undeniably found bogus.

    “Nobody knows anything.”

    – at least you didn’t refer to ‘nobody’ (aka ‘no nothing’) by ‘H’is given name…

    Making America Great Again one state primary at a time: PRESIDENT TRUMP 2016

    🙂

  3. astronauts can't eat cheeseburgers says:

    Arnold didn’t defeat Gray Davis. He had already been recalled by the people of California. He beat Cruz Bustamante.

  4. chuck says:

    “We live in an attention economy. Where it’s about being recognized and known as opposed to veracity.”

    Appearance is more important than substance and in fact, is the fulfillment of aspiration. Fame and name recognition are of paramount importance with an electorate in an America where colleges hand out degrees to mentally challenged, misanthropic, psychopaths like Harley if they can cut a check, or acquire admittance by way of a quota. There are just as many “Harleys” on the Right as there are on the Left. Wet by every rain, blown by every wind, with the possibility of nuance and Socratic reasoning an impossibility by way of genes and lack of industry and indolence. Trump is the new normal. He is, the “Cat’s Paw” for the implacable, visceral hatred of media and political elites.

    Those same pundits and politicians, who incite violence in defense of the Politically Correct Party Line are Grist for Trump’s Mill. More violence at rallies and speeches will translate into more support from heretofore undecided voters who see the violent suppression of Free Speech and the Right To Assembly by Progressives for what it is, a Fascist suppression of Free Speech and the Right To Assembly.

    The “Wolf in Wolf’s clothing” is not Trump, it is the Obama-Alinsky-Ayers-Brown-Shirt-Thugs, intimidating, assaulting and soon, murdering Americans for speaking their minds.

    Bring it on mutherfu*ers.

    • Harley the Great says:

      OBVIOUSLY DIGGING DITCHES IS NOT WORKING OUT WELL
      FOR YOU.
      Maybe try working for Deffenbaugh. they need drivers.

  5. Kerouac says:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ruptures-in-gop-are-on-view-with-trump-ascendency/ar-BBsEAh9?li=BBnb7Kz

    The above quotes by Republicans who will either a) not vote for Trump, their party’s (spelled the voters/’we the people’ s) choice, b) ‘will’ vote for hildabeast or c) will not vote at all, a sad commentary… if their individual right.

    What of responsibility theirs to the party? As citizens every one them, their individual preference and choice is sacrosanct… their part & parcel hypocrisy requesting Trump’s support of a candidate they believed would be anyone not named him, par the political course. Come re-election time theirs, when they unabashedly plead their constituents votes, do not forget their doublespeak, a no vote or a vote otherwise the only recourse certain to remind them who gave them their too cushy seat.

    James Otis phrase ‘taxation without representation is tyranny’ with an twist – ‘election’ without representation be tyranny, too; the hacks can’t have it both ways. Democrats are no better of course, in fact far worse their own way, sayeth the subjective Kerouac. Obstructionism, whether R or D end the name, realm Presidential election or Supreme Court nominee, highlights the odoriferous nature and seeming conundrum politics, and why so many people have so little respect for or confidence in their elected officials and by extension, the system. If it’s always darkest before the dawn, pray for the dawn of a new day/way in the US of A; the old one hasn’t worked for a long, Long, LONG time.

    Making America Great Again one state primary at a time: PRESIDENT TRUMP 2016

    🙂

    • CFPCowboy says:

      I will vote for the candidate I feel is best, whether or not it is or isn’t Trump, and there is no shame in that. I watched Republicans trash a primary winner just because she was not the Party’s choice, and I have watched the Democrat Party force one of their own to propose an unconstitutional law, that the House Member knew was unconstitutional. As a lobbyist, I have supported what my employer wanted, even though it may not have been best for the people, and I have fought just a little harder for my employer’s desires when they were aligned with mine. I have been a Republican candidate and I have been a Pachyderm Club President. I am a moderate, at times a militant moderate. I disdain hypocrisy, so you have no worry that I would vote for Clinton. In my mind, she and Obama should be parachuted out over Libya to clean it up and bring the other killers (not just the one they have in custody) to justice, and since they didn’t get Senate approval, I see no reason that they should have support from the US military in their Libyan quest. I am no establishment politician. I am a Constitutionalist who feels that based on Article Five of the Constitution, if the Constitution wasn’t changed, it means what it says. You vote your conscience, no matter who it is and we will agree it is your right. I have not left the Party, but the Party has left me.

      • Kerouac says:

        “You vote your conscience, no matter who it is”

        – what of those who have no conscience (and don’t know it) in lieu those who do? By definition, be “an inner feeling or voice acting as a guide the rightness (or) wrongness one’s behavior.”

        On the other, B. R. Ambedkar states “in Hinduism, conscience, reason & independent thinking have no scope for development”, nod the ‘anyone but Trump’ folk, my opine.

        Translation: once an R or a D, always an R or a D.

        Conclusion: be far more Hindu’s US than believed.

        “I have not left the Party, but the Party has left me.”

        – as proprietary Lesley Gore: “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to cry if I want to cry if I want to”, a certifiable Capt. Yossarian (‘help the bombardier!’ “I’m the bombardier I’m all right.” ‘Then help HIM, help HIM!’) his (as our) own ‘Catch 22.

        A most fitting (to be tied) ‘un’-Presidential candidate field 2016; was this a film & were it still 1970: ‘Suppose They Gave A War (Had an Election) and Nobody Came (Voted?)

        🙂

    • Harley the Great says:

      hey old man/glaza/leftnone/chuckles the sad ditch digger…..here’s something interesting you should read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

      Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is concerned that having Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee may hurt his re-election chances.

      “If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, [there’s] no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” McCain said at a fundraiser last month, according to audio obtained by Politico. “If you listen or watch Hispanic media in the state and in the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump. The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I’ve never seen in 30 years.”

      Those remarks are at odds with what the senator has said publicly — that this election is not that different from past ones, and he will be able to withstand the Trump Effect.

      When Trump launched his campaign last year, he called Mexican immigrants “criminals, drug dealers [and] rapists.” He’s promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

      Already, there’s been a backlash: Many immigrants are now trying to become U.S. citizens so they can vote against Trump.

      Democrats have attempted to take advantage of the divisive business mogul’s nomination to hurt GOP candidates in down-ballot races. They’ve been tying his controversial, incendiary comments about women and communities of color to fellow Republicans, who must then decide whether to disavow their party’s nominee.

      Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently said he had no doubt the GOP could retain control of the House after 2016 — until he saw how effective Democratic ads using Trump’s words against Republican candidates could be.

      “This is a dangerous time,” he told Fox Business News.

      ANYONE CARE TO DENY THAT HARLEY IS KING AGAIN AND AGAIN!
      Hit me with your best shot….GO READ REDSTATE.COM!
      Even ryan won’t endorse TRUMPSTER THE DUMPSTER…
      and 12 states just turned democrat!
      BIRNG IT ON LITTLE BOYS….THE KING IS WAITING!!!!!!!!!!

  6. CFPCowboy says:

    I do not pretend to know the future. I do not trust polls, other than a poor snapshot of what is happening now, plus or minus 27.4%, based on 70.2 respondents, and I do not predict the weather for next week, let alone in the next ten years (Sorry Al Gore but I think it turned out to be an Inconvenient Lie.). I am cursed. I remember things, and I look at things with an analytical eye. What I can tell you is the simple fact that, for the first time in history, we are looking at a three dimensional campaign, where neither the Democrat nor the Republican will have won the majority vote of his or her party. Further, the simple fact of their ages means that between Republican and Democrat, we may be looking at a four year Presidency, as the existing candidates, including Bernie, represent the oldest harvest of potential charges.
    For the last year, the media has covered Republican and Democrat alike, as if the world started and ended with them. It doesn’t. When you get your ballot in November, there will likely be between five and seven choices for President, not just the two they have covered, and if you cannot name the other choices, at that point, you will not be able to say, in truth, that you voted for the best candidate. You will have become the uninformed voter you thought you would never be.
    It is a three dimensional race because one candidate still may not make it to the final , with an FBI investigation and criminal prosecution still pending. The other candidate has pissed off most of the majority of voters in his Party who voted for other people. He does not have a majority of Republicans. He has a plurality.
    There are those who will vote for Clinton or Trump, no matter what, indictment or not, wild accusations or not, and both sides scare me. There are those that would vote for a yellow dog, to coin a phrase, if that dog carried the D behind its name (I said “its” name to be politically correct, indicating a successful neutering). On the other side, the Trump supporter in Indiana who could only utter the words, “Lying Ted” scares me equally. When it has to get dumbed down that far, I end up not having very much respect for the voters, and that is a belief I have had for a long time, which has only been reinforced over the years. If you cast an uninformed vote, you will be stupid, but average.
    What we have witnessed, but failed to acknowledge is the simple fact that the fringes, both right and left seem to be growing. That’s why Trump and Bernie had the votes. Both are protest candidates, and Bernie, outside of the super delegates, may actually get more votes than Hillary, all of which makes it appear to be a bad experiment in what we call political science.
    Lefsetz is right, however, when he says manufacturing is not coming back. Employers cannot pay the taxes, social security, retirement, healthcare, electricity, regulations, and union dues, all of which are unproductive wages. It’s like having to hire 20 people when you only need 10, and our government has no concept when our corporations, which own the technology that gives American workers efficiency, sends that technology overseas via the internet giving workers in Konga Konga, or anywhere else the same benefits that American workers shared.
    The question that really needs an answer is how much more will the right take? The Tea Party, that same organization that liberals branded racist, actually cleaned up and policed the Mall in DC after their rally, picking up the trash. Conservative are actually following court procedures on immigration, IRS, the Affordable Care Act, and a Convention of States, while Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter use violence and intimidation. Perhaps we need to think long and hard.
    I am not a Trump supporter, and I will not vote for Hillary. I remember how she trashed Paula Jones and others, so it is ludicrous to say she supports women. She almost singlehandedly destroyed NOW, the National Organization for Women when, in an effort to support her, they tacitly approved Bill Clinton’s sexual aggressions, and even a potential rape of Juanita Broderick. It tends to destroy one’s credibility in a hurry. I won’t vote for her, based on what she told the families of the men lost in Benghazi. I won’t vote for her because of Libya. Bush accepted responsibility for Iraq, made worse by Clinton ad Obama, but there is Libya and no Senate finding, making it hers, and hers alone.
    I do not think I will vote for Trump either. The news media had you believing there were only Republicans and Democrats. maybe that’s how political parties are really born.

    • Harley the Great says:

      COWBOY….OLD MEN LIKE YOU WILL NEVER SEE A REPUBLICAN
      IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN.
      YOUR SUPPOSED ANALYSIS OF SITUATIONS IS HORSESH*T LIKE THE
      STUFF YOU WALK IN EVERY DAY.
      You harp on the 4 men in Benghazi…but where
      s your analytical prowess about the 5000 kids killed in Iraq/Afghanistan
      or the 250,000 injured when bush/chene/rice and powell lied along with
      the cia and nsa to innocently take the lives of not only americans but the
      innocent kids and women by the millions killed in that never ending war.
      Where is it cowboy.
      You now join glaza/hearne as nother bullsh*t artist.
      Go back to your pachyderm b,s, you old coot!
      No facts/no stats/nothing.
      Hillary wins in landslide….probably 23-30 states…so get used
      to madam president.

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