Tag Archive | "Donald Trump"

The Great Debater

Tags: , , ,


Trump Makes a Point

 

If you have been following the Republican debates and primary election process from the beginning, you can’t help but notice that Donald Trump has been leading virtually every poll and resonating with the American people. He has revolutionized the political process with his home style of rhetoric and unorthodox approach to political discourse. He says what he means and means what he says. His opponents and the Republican political establishment chastise him as unfit to be President of the United States. They say he lacks political know-how and Presidential stature.

 

To many Americans across the political spectrum, he is a breath of fresh air compared to the political geniuses that have brought our country to the brink of disaster. The two-party system has failed their obligation to the country.

 

America needs a strong President to restore our nation’s sovereignty and our standing in the world. It is time for a change; time for a leader with the private sector experience and track record of success to govern it like a business. Only one candidate has demonstrated these qualities. I sincerely believe that person is Donald Trump.

 

He has demonstrated to the Republican establishment his ability to get the job done, yet he is not winning favor with them. Their anointed one, Jeb Bush, has finally suspended his moribund campaign narrowing the race to five possible candidates – Trump and the also-rans.

 

Yet, the establishment and leadership within the Republican Party cannot accept the will of the people. The attacks against Donald Trump are becoming more strident and in greater rapidity. And, I and many others are becoming upset with the current attacks against Mr. Trump that are bringing political discourse in this country to the level of a cafeteria food fight.

 

 

 

Recently, Mitt Romney cast aspersions on the Donald suggesting that his tax returns could be a potential problem and that he needs to release them in their entirety immediately (this from a former Presidential candidate who fought feverishly against the idea of releasing his own returns four years ago and released them only after he had secured the Republican nomination). Sensing blood in the water and in desperate attempt to resuscitate their flagging campaigns, Senators Cruz and Rubio have seized upon this theme and now make the release of Trump’s returns part of their own campaign mantras. In the case of Senator Cruz, he goes one step further by equating an IRS audit with a “fraud” investigation.

 

These and other histrionics on the part of members of the Republican establishment and their co-conspirators in the liberal media should be a red flag to the American voters.  When all the alleged experts are against one person, he must be a significant threat to them. Donald Trump represents a new Republican Party, one more in tune with a changing and diverse electorate. And, regardless of what you hear from the broadcast media and polling that is influenced by the way questions are asked, Donald Trump is likely the strongest candidate against Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat and a nightmare to Bill and Hillary Clinton personally.

 

As you can see I am a “trumpeter” and firmly believe the Donald is America’s last hope. If you believe as I do, forward the link to this message to family, friends, and neighbors and join the Trump movement.

 

Can You Trump This?

Tags: , , ,


George Patton-Donald Trump

 

To set the record straight before I give my commentary, I am a “Trumpeter,” not of the musical instrument but of the candidate for President of the United States of America. And so, I am certain that there will be those who disagree with my thoughts. If you do, you are welcome to leave a comment at the end of this article.

 

The history of our country goes back to the Colonial period when a small group of English colonists decided to risk everything to overthrow British rule. On July 4, 1776, a new nation was born as representatives of the 13 colonies in the Continental Congress declared our independence. Shortly thereafter, Articles of Confederation among the original colonies were drafted and ultimately replaced by the Constitution of the United States of America that established the governmental, legislative, and judicial framework enabling the fledgling American republic to make good on the promises enumerated in its initial Declaration – namely, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

That was 239 years ago during a period of uncertainty as our forefathers fought against steep odds to build a new nation. Even after our nation was established, our second Vice President and third President Thomas Jefferson warned that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Sadly, we have all too often forgotten this admonition.

 

In the beginning of the 19th century, America opened its doors to immigrants from Western Europe and Asia to build the infrastructure and railroads of our country. Leaving their homelands, these immigrants brought their culture and religion to America. Many stood shoulder to shoulder with U.S. Doughboys in World War I and assimilated into the country. As citizens they struggled through the Great Depression, and their children fought and won World War II. Tom Brokaw a news anchor has labeled them, “the greatest generation.” All gave some, and some gave all.

 

Today, America is at a crisis. The enemies of our country are at work. They have brought down the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, attacked Fort Hood, detonated a bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and murdered 14 Americans in San Bernardino – in each case, causing collateral damage and death.

 

The present Administration has dropped the ball on preserving “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for the American people. More Americans than ever are seeking weapons to defend themselves and their families from this terror. Our only hope lies in changing the leader of our country.

 

14 Republican candidates stepped forward to accept the challenge. Right now, Donald Trump is leading the pack, followed by Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christi, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. Of all the candidates, Donald Trump has appealed to more citizens by a large margin in the polls. His demeanor is egotistical, flamboyant, and hard-nosed. His approach has changed the political scene. He says what he means and means what he says. Many pundits who previously considered him a sideshow and passing fancy now reluctantly confess him as a serious candidate.

 

During World War II, General George Patton was a man of characteristics similar to those of Donald Trump. Strong-willed, egotistical, and quirky, he believed in reincarnation and that he was destined to play a pivotal role in the defeat of the Axis powers. He defeated Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in North Africa and the Italian campaign before being relieved of his command. He later spearheaded the breakout at Saint-Lô in Normandy that led to VE day ending the war in Europe.

 

Like General Patton, Donald Trump is fearless in addressing those who silence other candidates through allegations of political incorrectness. He has initiated discussions on immigration, border security, and terrorism in stark, frank language that has distinguished himself from his callow opponents and emboldened others in the public eye to broach these issues in an honest, common-sensical way. He has proposed building a substantial wall on our southern border and rebuilding our military infrastructure. In addition, he is the only candidate with the guts to stake out a position for which he must have known he would be branded a “racist” – halting the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the United States until such time as effective procedures could be established to identify and bar those who might pose a threat of terrorism to our populace. Otherwise, some refugees may represent a “Trojan Horse” subsequently bringing terror to American soil.

 

I think that many of the ideas enumerated above are resonating with the American people as have the words of American patriots throughout history – words such as “eternal vigilance” and “united we stand, divided we fall.” And, maybe Donald Trump is the right man at the right time to help “make America great again.” Or, perhaps General Patton was right about reincarnation, and he has returned when his country needs him again.

Celebrity Apprentice: A Win-Win Situation

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


I cry at commercials.  Not all commercials, only those that are shot in and include familiar touchstones of my beloved New York City.  Thus, did this geek whose TV viewing once relegated primarily to documentaries and concerts get suckered into watching The Apprentice.  Understand that for most of my life, midtown Manhattan was my old stomping ground, career-wise, while the rest of the city was my playground.  The closest that I ever got to The Donald was to ride his escalators in the Trump Tower like a human yoyo, just to see how often I could get away it with it.  I suffer from altophobia, you see, and the side panels on those escalators are clear.  The higher I climbed and the more I gazed downward, the longer the drop to those gorgeous, sun-splashed peach tiles (splat!).  A stone’s throw from the Trump Tower sprawls the emerald jewel of Manhattan — Central Park — where I’d romped often as a kid, a teen, and an adult who’s refused to grow up.  You get the gist.  I began to watch The Apprentice for those quick, bittersweet scenes of my beloved city spliced into each week’s competition.


However, the show quickly became a guilty pleasure, a modern-day Coliseum set in boardrooms and other corporate venues in and around the city of my birth.  Having not watched the show religiously for every single season, I nearly bailed when The Donald instituted celebrity contestants instead of the normal cutthroat crew of gladiators, such as Omarosa, the “love to hate her” 14-karat you-know-what.  This season, however, I’m more or less glued to my set because this final round of celebs includes three rockers, and I do love my rock n’ roll.


Frankly, I’d wanted to see Bret Michaels, Poison’s glam-rock front man, Sharon Osbourne, music producer and Mrs. to Ozzy, and most of all, Cyndi Lauper, iconoclastic punk rock goddess, kick the other contestants’ butts.  The battles unfold in the Big Bad Apple, so I reasoned that it was time to pull off the gloves via the rockers.


I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting much of Bret, as glam-rock ceased being my bag the minute that The Man Who Fell to Earth (Bowie) actually came down to Earth to show the world his musical chops.  But Bret quickly grew on me.  He seemed a pretty logical guy and a very loving father yearning to contribute his knowledge, skills, and creativity to his team’s efforts.  Having eschewed other flashy rocker-icons as well as so-called reality shows, including the one that stuck its cameras under the Osbournes’ noses, I didn’t know much about Sharon.   But she had an edge to her that, despite her proper British upbringing, I appreciated.


As a fellow New Yorker, Cyndi Lauper was another story.  In fact, she is a beautiful success story highlighting how it was once possible for an artist who did not march to anyone else’s drummer to get airplay on commercial radio and carve a career in music.  Born in Queens, Cyndi struggled early on in her career, wondering if she’d actually be able to sell a record.  Captain Lou Albano of the WWF, and Cyndi’s then-father figure, advised the girl who just wanted to have fun that maybe people didn’t want to hear the same type of voice on the radio over and over, and since she was unique, she should go for it.  She did, and the rest is history.  While Cyndi’s accent and seemingly scatterbrained perspective has put a few noses out of joint on this season’s Celebrity Apprentice, I find her a breath of fresh air.  She could have sold her soul to the devil, as so many radio-friendly voices have done.  But she remained true to her craft, speaking her mind at every turn and promoting other artists along the way.


This past week, The Donald mixed up the remaining members of Tenacity (the women’s team) and Rock Solid (the men’s team) so that Bret and Sharon were partnered with Maria Kanellis, a young, very pretty WWF diva and model.  She’s also a hard body (they don’t get much harder than hers).  Blend these ingredients into the natural fire in her belly, and Maria made a great addition to the rock contingent, particularly for this week’s dual-focus task.


The teams were directed to create as well as deliver an exercise routine for a New York fitness club, and to garner donations for each project manager’s charity of choice.  The monkey wrench was that for each donation, there had to be a live human being participating in the workout.   Although Sharon took the helm on this project, Bret pulled out all the stops, trading on his bad-boy rocker persona to brainstorm and design “backstage passes” for the workout participants, a hot-cool promo piece that contained a few typos no one cared about, and the foundation of a hilarious and effective regimen that included such moves as the “tour bus trust,” “air guitar,” and “praying to the porcelain god.”  Sharon assumed the job of hitting up business associates for donations.  Maria took the routine and ran ably with it, to the point where the execs at 24-Hour Fitness, the task’s sponsors, are seriously considering implementing it into their own program.


By contrast, project manager Holly Robinson-Peete led a team sorely lacking in creativity, both in the conception of its proper but blasé workout routine and its promotion.  Tenacity also suffered from the absence of Cyndi, who’d had a prior commitment to Lady Gaga (from whom Cyndi extracted a donation of $25K and thus contributed greatly to this task; so much for her scatterbrain, huh?).  From Day One, Holly has been nasty and insensitive to Cyndi, so I’ve decided I don’t like her one whit and will pop a champagne cork when the actress-Autism crusader is sent packing.  I also didn’t enjoy watching Holly wheedle money out of her contacts for her charity while her two team members, trendy Australian chef Curtis Stone and 1992 U.S. Gold Medal Olympian Summer Sanders, ran their rumps off across town doing everything else.  I really didn’t get it when Holly — who has been so critical of many other contestants, and who claims to have quite of bit experience fundraising — appeared to be making a botch job of what is known in the philanthropic world as “the ask.”


I warmed up slightly to Holly as, once in the boardroom, she tearfully and genuinely praised every one of her team members, including Cyndi.  But I still wanted to see her eat crow and jump into that big yellow taxi heading toward where she’d be leavin’ on a big ol’ jet airliner.  Much to my amazement as well as Holly’s, her crew won the task by reaping nearly $80K more in donations than Sharon’s team (24-Hour Fitness gave each team $24K for their charity, which figured into the final coffers).  No one saw this upset coming!


Set upon by Trump and his progeny like the velociraptors of Jurassic Park, it looked as if someone’s head on the rocker’s team would wind up on the chopping block.  Sharon, who had been ill previously and who had taken on the role of project manager for the first time, was loath to let Bret or Maria go.   As Sharon very decently and righteously offered herself as the sacrificial lamb, The Donald went gunning for Maria.  Just when I sure he was going to fire Maria’s oh-so-toned butt, New York’s richest man announced that, since everyone on both teams had done such a fine job, he wasn’t canning anyone that night!  All parties survived to duke it out for another round, next week.


So, Celebrity Apprentice is a guilty pleasure.  The show exists to make money for its network and advertisers, probably gives The Donald a good chuckle, and stimulates awareness of various worthy charities as well as much-needed donations to those organizations.   Rarely has this reality show focused so much, as it did this past week, on that latter goal.  For one bright, shining moment, all the gladiators threw down their swords and bonded over their success in pumping funds into their charities.  Although Sharon Osbourne’s team was only supposed to walk away with the sponsor’s $24K, Holly Robinson-Peete graciously promised Mrs. Ozzy another donation, apparently from the pile her own team had raised.  These charities are the HollyRod Foundation for autistic children and their families, whose website is http://www.hollyrod.org/ and Sharon’s foundation of choice for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer, which can be accessed via http://www.cedars-sinai.com/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Colon-Cancer-Program/.

 

As that rarified, warm and fuzzy moment is over, lovers of blood sport and lovers of the Big Apple need not fear.  We can all tune in to the next installment to see who goes for whose throat in the race to win Celebrity Apprentice.  Before you tune in, say a prayer please, for Bret Michaels.  Although the competition is taped, we are down one kick-ass rocker.  As of this writing, the intrepid Bret Michaels remains on the critical list of an unnamed hospital, attempting a valiant recovery from a brain hemorrhage. 

Site Sponsors

Site Sponsors

Site Sponsors