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In your most honest moments of glass-house solitude, ask yourself why you hate him.
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Donald John Trump, Sr., born June 14, 1946, is an American business magnate, investor, television personality, author, and 2016 US Presidential candidate.
Lie enough in the media and it becomes truth: Wrong.
Open any current event media source. Odd's are you'll see a thinly veiled slam against Donald Trump. Sometimes the slam is not so thinly veiled, yet as predictable as a well-oiled timepiece, it's there. Equally predictable are the sophomoric slams against Trump's hair, his promotional history, his loudmouth demeanor, and his arrogance. It's all relatively accurate. His hair can be absurd. He is loud. He is sensational. He had a reality television show. He's a billionaire real estate developer.
In your most honest moments of glass-house solitude, ask yourself why you hate him. Is it because he has bad hair? He's loud? He's rich? Have you checked your hair or your bank account? Be honest with yourself. If you're a liberal, where is the tolerance and open-mindedness your party was built on? Remember, in it's formation and origins, Liberalism rejected the prevailing social and political norms of hereditary privilege, state religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings.
I love a good debate and appreciate intelligent, compendious humor. I particularly prefer humor to ease tension and promote communication amidst verbal conflict. But with Trump opponents in the media, the schoolyard insults began as the center of the anti-Trump effort, utterly ignoring any substantive platform by the candidate's campaign. Next, the occasional politically incorrect statement on terrorism became the only contention point from the media-led opposition. Now it's the protester violence in Chicago, the city where one in 32 people are victims of violent crime.
According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing "over 25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad" and 51% of those polled, "agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah." Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won't convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
These items are the cornerstone of the opposition's campaign to defeat all things Trump. What a joke. As a non-partisan American, I am ashamed of what the liberal opposition to Trump seems to represent. But does this represent the majority of liberals, or any majority for that matter?
Over 25% of Muslims polled in America believe that violence against those that insult the prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an, or Islamic faith is sometimes acceptable. -- Center for Security Policy
With regard to the "occasional politically incorrect statement on terrorism," we are much better off clearly defining a problem, so we can address it appropriately. The issue of fighting terrorism should not begin with an ISIS-member's right to freedom of religion. The philosophical and logical premise that "100% of ISIS terrorists are Muslim, so heightened scrutiny of Muslim immigrants is warranted" is sound. The method of deploying such scrutiny, without negatively affecting Muslims who are not ISIS members, is however, incredibly delicate and complicated. Furthermore, no innocent person should be discriminated against, ever. But this is not discrimination and any person in a law-abiding society should comply with the sometimes inconvenient process of law. If a bank robber fled a crime scene in a red car, other individuals driving red cars should comply with the additional (albeit momentary) scrutiny of their red car. Not checking red cars for fear of 'setting an anti-red car precedent' is nothing short of foolish and certainly not what people like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., or even Madam C.J. Walker had in mind when architecting civil rights.
Say something untrue long enough, it becomes truth
This is no longer true, particularly in conventional media. Comically, much of the media still believes their opinion is the defining factor. Like the 2008 "it will never happen" mortgage collapse, the Donald Trump condition, is real. It is happening. Masses are flocking to support Trump, some for reasons Trump intended, and some because they've been unintentionally guided by Trump's opponents. The sobering reminder; As big and influential the media is, it's still a minority when weighed against voters. Furthermore, despite the pontifications of pundits, celebrities, and non-westerners, most westerners are quite intelligent and they are supporting Trump because they choose to.
Liberal-controlled media: Still a minority
Despite their best effort, the mass media fails in their depiction of Donald Trump, and he continues to gain support. Why? It's no secret the majority of free-world media is controlled by liberals. It's been this way for so long, most immediately discount conventional media's relevance or accuracy from the get-go. Furthermore, it's no secret the Internet has provided a completely new informational conundrum that both clouds the informational waters, and dilutes mainstream media's impact on popular thought. Despite all these socio-environmental changes, the 2016 presidential saga of Donald Trump has driven the mainstream media to such a repugnant low, that voters previously on-the-fence are now inclined to support Trump, simply to oppose the spoon-feeding media.
CNN, for example, religiously depicts Donald Trump as a buffoon with their subtle imagery and headline coincidences. Another evidentiary demonstration of how out-of-touch mainstream media is with the masses intelligence. Do they really believe no one sees this? MSNBC is even worse by seemingly manipulating search results for skew perception. Try a search and see for yourself.
Let's heal and protect
Donald Trump is not perfect. Donald Trump is not "politically correct" as defined by the media. The reality is, government should represent the people it governs, and the majority of good people want serious change. Not campaign-slogan, House of Cards style reform, but real change. Specifically, a change in how the free way of life is being defined, protected, and maintained. Nothing is bigger thank safety in the minds of most. The unpleasant but true reality of our current global security condition needs to be publicly stated by leadership. These words should not be crafted by eloquent speech-writers, but instead, direct and honest truth. Next, this truth needs to be acted upon with vigor and without concern for 'balance of diplomacy' between any congressional interests. These actions need to be demonstrated as promised repeatedly by Trump's predecessors, but so rarely executed in recent years.
Painted into a corner
Looking back at a unprecedented, eight-year effort, it's crystal clear Washington has painted itself into a corner. Budget, healthcare, education, and other key issues are still a primary concern and many hard working representatives continue their efforts toward progress. This will not change. What's different now is the systematic deterioration of leadership, courage, and strength. This erosion is unrelated to the great men and women of our armed services and intelligence agencies. It is a direct result of the continued refueling of a mangled sense of diplomacy, more accurately described as 'political status-quo.' Like it or not, this has eroded America's ability to defend itself, and much of the free world suffers the same cancer in leadership.
As Publisher of AND, I am acutely aware that our publications responsibly print many points of view, including those that don't always coincide with mine. [Examples: "He's not anti-establishment, he's just the other side of the establishment." by Robert Cleveland, and "It's depressing to see him [Trump] flying so high." by Frasier Sherman] It doesn't change the fact today's typical liberal barely resembles the definition of liberalism. Instead today's liberal seems to feel all are equal, but liberals should be more equal. If Orwell's Animal Farm "Squealer" knew he was defining the liberal party seventy years later, the allegorical and dystopian novella character would likely volunteer for the slaughterhouse himself.
The overlooked Vetting process
The media-following sheep should take solace in the often overlooked vetting process a presidential candidate endures. It's arguably the most rigorous vetting any human undergoes. If Trump truly had horns and cloven feet, they'd be exposed by now. Resorting to up-doo cracks, impulsive tweets, and pandering to the legal immigrant family America was built on, is demonstrative of the baseless fears being desperately fed to consumers of mass media. The thing is, it's no longer working. Voters are ingesting more sources of information, resulting in more informed choices. From the flyover state average Joe, to the Political Science professor, voters are increasingly concerned and skeptical of the status quo, more than any other time in western history.
It's looking up, but I'm not sold on Trump, yet
Like many, I have not chosen a candidate to support and ultimately, I may not support Donald Trump. But I may. Either way, my decision will be unrelated to his hair or quantity of billions. It's simple. I love my way of life and like many, I see it slipping away. If my options are to put up with ludicrous hair, a loud mouth, and a billionaire to insure a better life and safer world, versus a watered-down margarine of leadership... I'll choose Donald Trump every day of the week.
Aaron Stipkovich, Publisher: With an education in information, technology, business and related disciplines, Aaron entered business on radio. Beginning as a disc jockey in Southern California, a nationally syndicated talk show host position soon followed. During the transition from regional to national, he launched a national print magazine in several countries, and was distributed by Time Inc. Having a handful of humble business media entities, a decade or so later he has divested himself from most of his companies... (more...)