Donald Trump’s unofficial campaign for President has gone to warp speed. He is now the top candidate in many of the polls. In the blink of an eye, he has passed Romney, Gingrich, Bachmann and even Palin.
The eyes of the country and the media are upon the Donald. He is certainly saying a lot of things people want to hear. He has been absolutely relentless on the birth certificate issue. He has said political correctness is killing the country. He has not been shy about going after Muslims or the Chinese. He wants to repeal Obama care, does not approve of gay marriage and is pro-life. He says he is blunt and he is right about that. He is blunt. But is he right?
Donald Trump is an American icon, bigger than life. Trump can sell ice to Eskimos. The question a lot of us need to start asking is, what is he selling America?
If Donald Trump really believes what he is saying and would really govern that way, he could go down as a great President. But there are some disturbing questions about Trump.
Trump’s right hand man and political director is a guy named Michael Cohen. Cohen is a former trial lawyer who has an impressive political background. An impressive political background in Democratic politics.
Cohen has been involved in a number of political campaigns and worked for some other politicians. All liberal Democrats. Cohen voted for Obama in 2008 and enthusiastically supported him in the first few months of his administration. Those were the same few months that the Tea Party sprang to life.
Cohen and Trump have a mutual passion. Making money. This is something they have both talked about and Cohen has invested in a number of Trump projects. There is nothing wrong with making money; in fact, making money from the free market is one of the greatest things about America.
Cohen once worked for Joe Moakley, a liberal Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts. He also volunteered for the campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988.
Cohen in interviews acknowledges his past support of Obama but now says his big concerns are the unsustainable debt, the economic down turn that has cost jobs and America not being respected in the world.
Those all sound like Tea Party positions.
Twelve years ago, Donald Trump, as we pointed out in an earlier blog, was almost 180 degrees opposite of where he sits today. In 1999, while thinking about running for the Reform Party nomination, he said he was pro-abortion and favored a single payer health system. He used the words, “I am very liberal” when talking about health care.
Do people change their beliefs over time? Sure they do.
Do people who want to be elected to high office tell us what they think we want to hear? Absolutely.
What about Donald Trump? In 2007, when congratulating Nancy Pelosi on her election to the Speaker’s chair penned, “you’re the best.” Trump contributed $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for Mayor.
Given Trump’s previous liberal beliefs and given that one of his top operatives helping him has a history of supporting nothing but liberals and absent a “Damascus Road conversion,” we have to wonder if Trump is only telling us what we want to hear.
The 2012 election for president is too important for us to take a chance on just what we want to hear.
Yes, Trump is a very savy businessman. He has a huge property in Chicago, perhaps more properties than we know. It is not unusual to donate to the campaign of the person you believe will win anyway. As a developer, it does not hurt to have friends in high places. I'm not saying that his contribution to Rahm was justified. I think that he needs to explain it in a manner that we can understand. Yes, he does have some explaining to do on some other issues. I for one used to be Pro Choice, I have changed my opinions. Mr. Trump, says he is Pro Life but he has not said that he would advocate a reversal of Roe vs Wade.
My concern is that although he is amking a big issue of the birth certificate now, if he gets the support that he is looking for, he may drop the issue. Still he is the only one who has had the guts to persue it.
I too agree.
Trump is a guy who would run in the primaries as our friend, run in the general election as a RINO, and then govern like a Blue Dog.
No way he gets my vote on primary day.
"The Don" (sounds quite mafioso) has always had the upper hand on The Apprentica and in business dealings. Wonder how he's stand up if put through the rigorous beatings that Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have endured! Oh, yeah, he's a man and men can punch you out if you get too insulting and be a hero for it! Women do not have that advantage, so they have become the common sense that used to be the job of the responsible male figure in past generations. Too many young men are clueless in being responsible, and have forgotten that a woman is there to help, not to be both the provider and the playmate to eternally pubescent male egos.
Conservative men, on the whole are more responsible, but one look at our leaders tells the whole world what an embarrassingly low level many of our men have sunken to. And they DARE to mock the tough-as-nails, yet principled, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann!
What a sorry joke!
Boy do I agree with that!! It is time that we had a good solid conservative
woman in the White House that does not play politics like the men do. Women
give birth to the children and seem to have more of a responsibility and burden
that men do for the welfare and future of our children and grandchildren. --We
have seen so many conservative men cave under the influence of politics as
usual in D.C.----Maybe there are those socialist liberals hold a gun to their heads and they are forced to give up their convictions and values. We just
don't know do we? All I know is we have to quit playing games and get behind
one strong conservative candidate in unity, or we don't stand a chance to defeat
Obama. However more than that if we are not dedicated to fervent prayer on our
knees we are going down the tubes!!!!!
Donald Trump has not always had the upper hand in his businesses, but he has had the experience of re-tooling when the economy went south. I would agree that he had some help, but to grow and sustain his businesses to survive -that belongs to Donald Trump and attributable skills.
I would agree that the left has been ruthless in their pursuit of Palin and Bachmann, but it has worked to the advantage of both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman. The public now understands that these intelligent women are competent legislators and managers who remain unafraid and strident in their pursuit of a strong and free America. Both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are raising the glass ceiling and are models for serious women in America.
trump is the first candidate i have seen that really is on fire this is a man that isnt going to be pushed around.
i believe he has the most economical experience of any candidate his success proves it
i believe trump will take charge and make things happen but time will tell if his interest well keep the
I agree 100%
Watch his Vegas tirade? Now there's a real conservative idol! Get a clue, America!
Do you really want to seat him in the WH so he can drop the "F-bomb" three X's in one sentence, and turn America into an even bigger world-wide joke?