Is Trump at all a Good Man? Is He at all a Steady Hand? Do His Accomplishments Thunder Louder than His Words? February 16, 2016 Vol. IX, No. 3 4:13 pm In Memoriam: Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016; first Italian American Supreme Court Justice. Georgetown, Valedictorian; Harvard Law, Magna Cum Laude. Family. Faith. Champion of
Is Trump at all a Good Man? Is He at all a Steady Hand? Do His Accomplishments Thunder Louder than His Words?
February 16, 2016 Vol. IX, No. 3 4:13 pm
In Memoriam: Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016; first Italian American Supreme Court Justice. Georgetown, Valedictorian; Harvard Law, Magna Cum Laude. Family. Faith. Champion of conservative jurisprudence.
Is Trump a good man? A steady hand?
On Friday, February 12, 2016, The Wall Street Journal Columnist Peggy Noonan wrote an opinion piece titled, Trump, Sanders and the American Rebellion, in which she raised two compelling questions about the suitability of Donald Trump for the Oval Office.
First, after suggesting that Trump’s political future will be determined by the answers to her questions, Noonan asks, “Is he at all a good man? Underneath the foul mouthed flamboyance is he in it for America?” Then, Noonan asks, “Is he fully stable? He acts like a nut, calling people bimbos, flying off the handle with grievances. Is he mature, reliable? Is he at all a steady hand?”
Before I answer those questions, I want to remind you that I have not been kind to Trump.
Last August 12, 2015, in a report titled, Trump the Naked Streaker at the Pregame Show, I wrote that Trump was merely the “pre-game entertainment,” and that he was only in the race to promote his business interests.
Again, on August 19, 2015, I reminded readers in a report titled, Trumped-up Political Credibility, that Donald Trump told Fortune magazine in an article published April 3, 2000, “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”
However, since last August, I have grown to appreciate why American voters have given up on the Bush/Obama era of Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington. I understand why so many working class Americans have embraced a braggadocios foul-mouthed outsider like Trump.
Voters see clearly now that the federal government is rigged by both parties for the benefit of their most loyal political constituencies along with those who fund their campaigns.
Voters now know that congressional groups who wave the righteous banners of “rights,” “values,” and “principles” like the Democratic Congressional Black Caucus and the Republican Freedom Caucus are nothing more than partisan extremists who would sell the country down the river before they would buy each other a cup of coffee and work together to find compromise solutions to the nation’s problems.
For ten years, “principled” congressional leaders in both parties have had the authority to solve the problems of the day and they have not done it. War, terrorism, jobs, the economy, immigration, poverty, social security, healthcare, deficit spending, the national debt and the culture of corruption are all still on the most important problems list and getting worse.
That’s why voters have concluded in 2016 that the last thing America needs is more “principled” leadership in Washington. We already have 535 “principled” members of Congress along with a principled president. Principled leaders are responsible for the institutionalized ineptitude that characterizes the United States federal government.
Is Trump at all a good man? Is he at all a steady hand? Do his accomplishments thunder louder than his words?
Do Trump’s accomplishments thunder louder than his words?
There are four reasons so many working class Americans have embraced a braggadocios foul-mouthed outsider like Donald Trump.
1) Authenticity/Honesty (not like our “principled,” politically/ideologically correct leaders);
2) Not for Sale/Self-funded (not like our “principled” leaders who sell access and influence);
3) Hopeful/Positive Message “Make America Great Again” (not like our “principled” Congress who put political and ideological bickering ahead of collaborative problem-solving)
4) Extraordinarily Successful in creating wealth and job opportunities worldwide during a time when working class Americans and the U.S. government need new wealth/income/revenue.
Is Trump at all a good man? Is he at all a steady hand?
I would like to answer those two questions in the context of an adage attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, paraphrasing, what we do thunders louder than what we say.
- Do Trump’s business accomplishments here in the U.S. and around the world thunder so loudly that they drown out the foolishness we hear him say on the stump?
- Are character strengths that enable the building of a global business empire useful to political consensus building and problem solving in the Oval Office?
Think about those questions while you look at the following list of accomplishments:
Trump Tower, New York City
Trump World Tower, New York City
Trump Parc, New York City
Trump Parc East, New York City
Trump Park Avenue, New York City
Trump Palace, New York City
Trump Place, New York City
610 Park Avenue, New York City
Trump Plaza, New York City
Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York City
Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
Trump International Hotel, Las Vegas
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg, Ireland
Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland
Trump International Hotel, Washington DC
Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida
Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, Florida
Trump National Golf Club, Washington DC
Trump National Doral, Miami
Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck, NJ
Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, NY
Trump National Golf Club, Hudson Valley, NY
Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, NJ
Trump National Golf Club, Philadelphia
Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles
Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte
Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx, NY
The Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery, Charlottesville
Trump Vineyard Estates, Charlottesville
The Mar-A-Lago Club, Palm Beach, Florida
The Estates at Trump National, Los Angeles
Le Château des Palmiers, St. Martin
Trump Seven Springs, Bedford, NY
Townhouses adjacent to Trump Plaza, New York City
Two Private Homes in Palm Beach, Florida
Private Home in Beverly Hills, CA
40 Wall Street, New York City
NikeTown, New York City
1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York City
555 California St., San Francisco, CA
Two Shopping Centers in New York City
Trump Tower Mumbai, India
Trump Towers Pune, India
Trump Towers Istanbul, Turkey
Trump Tower Punta del Este, Uruguay
Trump Tower at Century City, Philippines
Trump Hollywood, CA
Trump International Beach Resort, Miami
Trump Towers Sunny Isles, Miami
The Estates at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, UAE
Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Waikiki, Hawaii
Trump Ocean Club, Panama City, Panama
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Vancouver, Canada
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto, Canada
Trump Soho, New York City
Trump Tower at City Center, White Plains, NY
Trump Plaza New Rochelle, NY
Trump Parc Stamford, Connecticut
Trump Park Residences Yorktown, NY
Trump Plaza Residences, Jersey City, NJ
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Lido, West Java, Indonesia
Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, UAE
Donald Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance. He has written more than 15 books, including, The Art of the Deal, one of the most successful business books of all time.
But, are the character strengths that enabled Trump to build a global business empire useful to political consensus building and problem solving in our nation’s capital?
Think about what our 535 “principled” members of Congress and our “principled” President have accomplished with our national problems like war, terrorism, jobs, the economy, immigration, poverty, social security, healthcare, deficit spending, the national debt and the culture of corruption.
Trump voters have concluded that you simply cannot accomplish what their candidate has accomplished without having extraordinary leadership qualities, the kind that lend themselves to the skill set needed in the Oval Office today; foremost among them, the skill to create wealth and job opportunities in America by negotiating successful deals with egotistical adversaries in Washington and in capitals around the world.
Is Trump at all a good man? Is he at all a steady hand?
Do his accomplishments thunder louder than his words?
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