Saturday, June 06, 2015

Will Donald Trump be the Next President? (Part 1)

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However it ends, Trump’s surge is historic
Message, wealth, celebrity combine to produce rare political whirlwind
By James Pindell Globe Staff 
August 21, 2015
Derry, N.H. — What was once flippantly deemed the Summer of Trump has evolved into something much bigger: a singular moment in American political and cultural history.
That New York businessman Donald Trump would even run for president — much less attract double the support of his nearest GOP rival, former Florida governor Jeb Bush — has struck many Republicans as surreal and likely short-lived. But after seven weeks as the Republican front-runner, historians say, Trump has earned a place in the annals of American politics.
More than 30,000 people have signed up to see Trump at his “pep rally” in Alabama on Friday evening, marking the largest crowd yet for a presidential primary campaign this year. It remains unclear whether Trump will remain the GOP front-runner for president or become this cycle’s version of third-party presidential gadfly.
Either way, Trump’s candidacy will be a moment that today’s voters will have to explain to their grandchildren.
“What is happening with Trump is not a fluke,” said Harvard government and sociology professor Theda Skocpol, author of “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.” “Yes, he is a great entertainer, but he is able to take advantage of a number of dynamics in American politics as they exist right now. This is an important moment.”
Trump is the personification of a 21st-century America fascinated by the super rich and obsessed with celebrity, political historians said in interviews. In politics, his assets provide massive available financing in a national race where money plays an unprecedented role. A hyper-fast media environment means Trump’s candid comments and jaw-dropping insults, such as his jab at US Senator John McCain’s respected military service, permeate Facebook feeds, quickly making him the most-discussed candidate in the field, according to social media analytics.
In addition to demographic changes such as Latino population growth, polling shows an underlying anxiety from a shrinking middle class over pocket-book issues. To gauge the reach of Trump’s words, look no further than Dorchester, where police said two brothers from South Boston attacked a 58-year-old homeless man Wednesday because he was Hispanic. One of the men said he was inspired by Trump, allegedly telling police, “Donald Trump was right, all of these illegals need to be deported.”
Trump’s comments, like calling some illegal immigrants rapists and murderers, offend many. But his message — a promise to “Make America Great Again!” — is resonating, judging by his position in the polls and the throngs of people who come to see him. When he talks about building a secure fence along the Mexican border — an edifice he hopes they will someday call “The Trump Wall” — the crowds cheer him.
When he took to the stage Wednesday night in New Hampshire in front of a raucous audience of nearly 1,000 people, Trump declared that “the silent majority is back,” borrowing a line from Richard Nixon’s winning 1968 presidential campaign. Nixon used that term to describe the majority of Americans who do not publicly express their political opinions.
Earlier, when asked by reporters about the state of the Republican presidential race, he said his Republican rivals in polls are “going up and down like yo-yos. But I’ve been up there for a long time, and I hope I’m going to be up there for a long time.”
Supporters of Donald Trump clamored to take photos of him as he left a town hall meeting in Derry, N.H., on Wednesday.
“The only thing constant is Trump,” he told the press.
Polls show Trump leading the Republican field nationally as well as in the early presidential nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. A CNN/ORC poll released last week showed Trump with an 11-percentage-point lead over former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who many Republicans considered to be the front-runner earlier this year. In New Hampshire, a recent survey showed Trump leading Bush by 5 percentage points.
Also in the CNN poll, Trump trails the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton, by 6 points among registered voters in a hypothetical national matchup. (Other recent polling shows Clinton with double-digit leads over Trump in the swing states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania.)
More problematic for Trump: 59 percent of respondents in the CNN poll said they have an unfavorable view of him. That might be a problem for him if he is the nominee — or even if he isn’t. Trump has suggested that he could run as a third-party candidate if he does not win the GOP nomination.
Daniel T. Rodgers, a historian at Princeton University, said future historians will probably view Trump as one in a long line of third-party candidates. But, he added, Trump is different from past third-party candidates like socialist Eugene V. Debs in 1912, segregationist George Wallace in 1968, deficit-fighter Ross Perot in 1992, or consumer advocate Ralph Nader in 2000.
Trump can dig deep into his own wealth to fund his campaign, and his candidacy does not revolve around a single issue, Rodgers said.
“We will know if he succeeds as a cultural phenomenon if we see some sort of immigration act pass with his type of vision,” said Rodgers. “But he is clearly less committed to issues than other third-party type candidates have been to theirs.”
Others see Trump among many populist politicians who use showmanship to appeal to middle America’s anxiety, much like former Louisiana governor Huey Long, who tapped into that unease during the Great Depression. Long was assassinated in 1935, a month after launching his presidential bid.
Richard D. White, who wrote “Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long,” says he sees several similarities between Long and Trump.
“[Long] spoke so directly to the people, and that is Donald Trump’s appeal. It is a purely personal relationship with his listeners. It is not based on factual issues,” said White, who also noted similarities in how both candidates dress in flamboyant suits and use fiery rhetoric toward minorities. “The oversimplification of issues is very dangerous and when you combine that with negativity and fear, the combination is classic populism.”
Who knows how long Trump will continue to dominate polls and headlines, but this moment is important, according to Jill Lepore, an American history professor at Harvard University.
“If Trump dropped out of the race tomorrow, his run — his intense appeal, even if it turns out to have been brief — would still be worth reckoning with, as a matter of history,” said Lepore.
James Pindell can be reached at james.pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell, or subscribe to his daily e-mail update on the 2016 campaign at bostonglobe.com/groundgame.

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Donald Trump is Right About John McCain
By Chuck Baldwin
July 23, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
Maverick Republican, Donald Trump, has been under intense pressure from the GOP establishment for his off-the-cuff remark about Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). In a televised interview, Trump said, “[John McCain] is a hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Predictably, establishment Republicans immediately called Trump just about every dirty name in the book. Lindsey Graham called him a “jackass.” Rick Perry said the comment made him “unfit” to be President. Mitt Romney said Trump “shot himself down.” (Not hardly! Trump is the clear front runner of all the GOP presidential candidates in most polls.) But, clearly, the Republican establishment is frustrated with Trump’s popularity--and for good reason.
Donald Trump is scorching the GOP for its support of illegal immigration, and he is scorching it for its support of incessant foreign wars. Trump said, "We spent $2 trillion in Iraq, $2 trillion. We lost thousands of lives, thousands in Iraq. We have wounded soldiers all over the place, thousands and thousands of wounded soldiers. And we have nothing. We can't even go there. We have nothing. And every time we give Iraq equipment, the first time a bullet goes off in the air, they leave it." Amen!
And he is scorching them BIG TIME by calling into question the GOP’s 2008 standard bearer. Specifically, he has dared to tell the truth about the miserable record of John McCain’s treatment of America’s veterans.
In refusing to apologize for his remarks about Senator McCain, Trump righty said, “The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s.”
While most everyone has criticized the second part of Trump’s statement (“I like people who weren’t captured”), hardly anyone has dared to broach the first part of the statement: “[John McCain] is a hero because he was captured.” That statement is an absolute fact.
John McCain rose to become one of America’s most powerful senators and became the Republican Party’s nominee for President in 2008 mostly on his Prisoner of War (POW) status. Absent his POW history, McCain would no doubt have lived his entire life in relative obscurity. It usually takes more than simply being a veteran or being the son of a Navy admiral or even being a POW to make one obtain famous hero status. How many other POWs do you know that have achieved McCain’s political power and influence?
Alabama’s Jeremiah Denton was a POW who truly endured intense torture at the hands of the enemy and who became one of our finest U.S. senators. And there was never the first hint of dishonorable conduct or scandal or accusations that Denton used his war record for personal profit. I had the privilege of meeting Senator Denton a couple of times, and the thing that struck me most about the man was his deep and genuine humility. The same cannot be said of John McCain.
John McCain’s POW record has been shrouded in controversy from the very beginning. Many independent journalists and military veterans have accused McCain of being America’s version of “Tokyo Rose.” They offer convincing evidence (or at least credible postulations) that McCain was NEVER tortured, that he received special treatment by his captors, and that he actually willingly participated in anti-America propaganda, in much the same way that Tokyo Rose did in the Pacific during World War II.
One Vietnam veteran who was publicly critical of John McCain was my friend Jack McLamb. McLamb served nine years in secret operations in Cambodia and other nations before going on to become one of the most highly decorated police officers in Phoenix, Arizona history, winning Police Officer of the Year twice before taking a role as a hostage negotiator for the FBI.
McLamb said of McCain, "I know a lot of Vietnam veterans and a few POW's and all the POW's that I've talked to over the years say that John McCain is a lying skunk.
"He never was tortured--they were there in the camp with him and then when he came in....he immediately started spilling his guts about everything because he didn't want to get tortured," said McLamb, contradicting the official story that McCain only offered his name, rank, serial number, and date of birth.
"The Vietnamese Communists called him the Songbird, that's his code name, Songbird McCain, because he just came into the camp singing and telling them everything they wanted to know.”
McLamb also said, “The POW's said that McCain made 32 propaganda videos for the communist North Vietnamese in which he denounced America for what they were doing in Vietnam.
"They have these sealed now, our government has these sealed, we can't get to it, they have it classified. In truth the POW's hate John McCain."
There are many similar reports about John McCain. I suspect that Donald Trump is familiar with these reports. Here are a few of them:
Reports note that former American POWs such as Col. Ted Guy and Gordon “Swede” Larson, who were held in the same communist prison as McCain, have gone on record saying that they are very skeptical about McCain’s claims of torture.
Another former POW, Philip Butler, a man who was also imprisoned with McCain, is more sympathetic to the man, saying that he had probably been tortured early on in his captivity and made no reference to McCain’s alleged anti-America propaganda charges--but was emphatic that McCain was unqualified to be President. Butler firmly said that he would NOT vote for McCain because McCain was a hot-tempered man who had become a Bush-like warmonger and who had used his POW status for personal and political gain. Remember, this is from a fellow POW who actually likes McCain.
Regardless of McCain’s real war record (the U.S. government has sealed the record, so we will likely never know the truth about the matter), it is a fact that, as one of the most powerful senators in Washington, D.C., John McCain has done little to assist America’s veterans. In fact, McCain is commonly regarded as being one of the strongest opponents to the investigation and rescue of POWs left behind in Indochina following the Vietnam War.
While a member of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (1991-1993), McCain referred to POW/MIA family members and activists as “whiners,” “vultures,” and “the lunatic fringe.” Although the committee concluded that there were indeed American POWs left behind in Indochina, McCain voted to normalize relations with Vietnam without any accountability for America’s missing servicemen. In so doing, McCain ignored a letter written by fellow POW Captain Eugene “Red” McDaniel and co-signed by 50 former POWs which asked him to not support normalized relations with Vietnam until the POW issue had been resolved.
In 1996, McCain opposed the Missing Service Personnel Act (MSPA) as being “unnecessary” and “burdensome.” He also helped to amend the MSPA to remove criminal liability, which POW/MIA families knew was a serious blow to obtaining meaningful accountability on behalf their loved ones still languishing in Southeast Asia.
John McCain has spent most of his senatorial career promoting an open border with Mexico, a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, and incessant foreign wars; facilitating the miserable performance of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA); and covering up evidence of Americans left behind in Indochina. No wonder so many people have referred to McCain as “The Manchurian Candidate.”
By telling the truth about John McCain, Donald Trump has hit the rawest of nerves within the Washington establishment (and New World Order globalist elite). Without a doubt, John McCain is one of the globalist elite’s political darlings. A favored son of globalist puppet-masters such as Henry Kissinger, John McCain has been a water boy for the New World Order from the time he entered politics. Guilty of corruption as one of the infamous “Keating Five,” John McCain was given a mere “slap-on-the-wrist” and allowed to continue his pernicious ways.
And McCain’s “war hero” status has made him virtually untouchable--until now.
My mind is far from made up in regards to supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. But, so far, Donald Trump has been willing to courageously confront the Washington establishment in an in-your-face, no-holds-barred manner that we have not seen in a long, long time. And if Trump accomplishes nothing else in his presidential bid except exposing establishment sycophants like John McCain, I, for one, am excited that he has entered the race.
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Chuck Baldwin is a syndicated columnist, radio broadcaster, author, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. He was the 2008 Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. He and his wife, Connie, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Chuck and his family reside in the Flathead Valley of Montana. See Chuck's complete bio here.
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