Last night, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump accepted the nomination of his party with a 76-minute stem-winder of a speech, which left no doubt that he is ready to take it to the Democrat Party and their representative, the soon-to-be nominated “Queen of Mean”, Hillary Clinton.
Politico.com reports that
Exactly 350 days after Donald Trump stood in Quicken Loans Arena at the first presidential debate and refused to endorse the eventual Republican nominee if it wasn’t him, he accepted that same Republican Party’s nomination — and vowed to keep winning all the way to the White House. In the biggest address of his unlikely, divisive and meteoric political career, Trump on Thursday night sought to bring together a party that he helped fracture in an ugly primary that left divisions that were apparent all the way through a tumultuous four days in Cleveland.
The Manhattan mogul sold himself as the champion of a downtrodden working class — “America’s blue-collar billionaire” as one speaker called him earlier in the evening — promising to restore “law and order” and casting himself as a change agent against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“I am your voice,” he boomed, pointing straight toward the television audience.
“Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. Never ever,” Trump said. “My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now.”
Trump delivered a deeply negative speech that described a darkening America. He spoke of spiking crime, “third-world” airports, growing trade deficits, “chaos in our communities,” and terrorism on the home front. Abroad, he said, the situation was “worse than it has ever been before.”
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” he said.
“Lock her up!” the crowd burst out repeatedly during Trump’s speech and throughout the week. Hatred of Clinton has proved among Trump’s most potent weapons as he has pursued elusive party unity.
But the energy in the arena faded as Trump’s speech stretched past the one-hour mark and as Trump’s deliberative style while reading a teleprompter slowed his cadence to a crawl. C-SPAN reported it was the longest acceptance speech since at least 1972.
While Trump used heated rhetoric to rip into Clinton, he adopted far more progressive and conciliatory language in what amounted to the kick-off speech of his general election campaign. He spoke about inner cities suffering under Democrats, African-Americans living in poverty, and the vision of “a country of generosity and warmth.”
Citing the recent attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Trump said he would do “everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens.” When the crowd applauded the line, Trump ad-libbed, “As a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said.” Facebook reported it was the most talked-about moment of the speech on its network.
Earlier, Trump had granted a speaking slot to Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who declared to cheers, “I’m proud to be gay. I’m proud to be a Republican. But most of all I’m proud to be an American.”
All of Trump’s children jumped to their feet and clapped in unison. It was a remarkable display for a party that had stripped all gay-rights mentions from its platform the week before.
In Ivanka Trump’s speech introducing her father, she adopted rhetoric far more typical of Democrats, promising that Trump, as president, would pursue affordable child care and equal pay laws for women. And after months of criticism of Trump for racist and xenophobic rhetoric, she said her father was “color blind and gender neutral.”
Trump also modulated one of his signature policies — “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the country rolled out last December — casting his immigration blockade in terms of terrorist-compromised countries, rather than an entire religion.
“He drew the line with Hillary very clearly,” former Speaker Newt Gingrich said afterward. “Eighty percent of Americans will find something to like in there.”
What a contrast to what we heard from the present occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
No racially-divisive rhetoric, no allusions to the Marxism Axioms revolving around Class Warfare, no self-deification, such as
This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.
By the way, how’s that “Hope and Change” workin’ out for ya?
But, I digress…
Instead, we heard from a man who genuinely LOVES America and her people, instead of viewing us all as racist, misogynist, xenophobes.
And, therein lies the secret of Donald J. Trump’s successful campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination.
What Trump did, with his refusal earlier in the campaign to “act more presidential”, was to implement a strategy.
Trump has always been a “people person”.
That is the reason that, when he was still a contributor to Fox News, he would speak to everyone in the building, from the maintenance crew, on up the ladder.
As Sam Walton, the Founder of Walmart, knew, you don’t inspire people by acting imperious and above it all.
“Mr. Sam”, until his health would no longer allow him to do so, would travel to Walmart Stores in his old pickup truck, with a tie and a baseball cap on, visiting the employees, in order to find out how his stores were doing.
He knew that the only was to be successful and to stay in touch with the public, was to be out among them, and speak to them honestly and directly, as one would speak to a friend.
The Political Establishment, of both parties, lost that concept, a long time ago.
Bypassing the borders to communication, historically determined by both political parties and the Main Stream Media, is a concept which I first witnessed being employed by a Presidential Candidate in the 1980 Presidential Election, named Ronald Wilson Reagan.
While I am not comparing the two, I am noting that this strategy has proved and is proving effective, in the case of both Presidential Candidates.
As the polls show, and will continue to show, Trump has struck a resonant chord in the hearts of Average Americans, living here in the part of America, which the snobbish Political Elites refer to as “Flyover Country”, but which we refer to as “America’s Heartland”, or, quite simply, “HOME”.
Why is Donald J. Trump so popular with average Americans?
The reason is very simple: WE’RE ANGRY.
Our palpable anger is one which has been building since January of 2009, when a Lightweight, who has as much in common with average Americans as a Martian would, was inaugurated as President of the United States of America.
That anger, a result of his anti-American actions and resulting policies, which have affected Americans’ daily lives, has been exacerbated by the Republican Elite, who, in their desire to “reach across the aisle” and “go along to get along”, have distanced themselves from those who elected them to Congress in the first place.
Meanwhile, average Americans, like you and me, remain mired up to our necks in an abysmal swamp of bills and taxes, living paycheck-to-paycheck, afraid to make a move, for fearing of drowning in an ocean of debt.
Seemingly forgotten, in all of the forgotten promises, made by Barack Hussein Obama, are the over-94 million Americans, who are no longer, largely through no fault of their own, participating in our Workforce.
You want to talk about anger and frustration?
Try looking for work, when you are over 55 years of age.
Anger has played an important part in the forging of this great country, which will be lucky to survive Obama’s final year in office.
It was anger that formed our country….an anger over being held captive to “Taxation Without Representation”…an anger which, as a prime example of history repeating itself, Americans are experiencing, even as I type this blog.
It is this anger, which has propelled Donald J. Trump to his victory in the Republican Primary Race…and those who prefer the Washingtonian Status Quo know it.
That is why the Republican Establishment, at least some of them, have hitched a ride on “The Trump Train”.
I they had not accepted the reality of his Primary Victory, and the fact that Americans are angry, they would have gone down to defeat again in 2016.
They would have never achieved victory by once again trying to push the Jello of “Liberal Moderation” up a hill.
Hence, the failed campaign of Jeb! Bush.
In summation, the American people are tired of Political Correctness and anti-American political expediencies being forced down our throats by both political parties and trumpeted by their lackeys in the Main Stream Media.
Donald Trump, for all of his brashness and braggadocio, is a breath of free air and, quite frankly an anomaly. He’s not a professional politician. He is a businessman who wants to become a public servant.
Does Donald J. Trump need to “tone it down”, in terms of speaking “truth to power”?
Judging from the success of his Acceptance Speech last night, NO.
Only if he wants to sound like a Professional Politician.
Judging from the reality of Donald J. Trump’s growing popularity with the American Public, Americans have had our fill of them.
Until He Comes,