Is Donald Trump a Good Presidential Candidate?

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. John Adams 

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.John Adams 

A government of laws, and not of men. John Adams 

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

We are never defeated unless we give up on God. Ronald Reagan

 

Is Donald Trump a Good Presidential Candidate?

Donald Trump is a presidential candidate but is he a “good choice” in that can he do the job if he wins the election and further does he have a good chance to win the nomination.  Let us examine what it should take to do the job of president. We will also investigate whether he can be nominated and win.  I quoted above from three great presidents. They all had the character traits that make a strong president.  What are they?

  • Eligibility
  • Possess a Vision for America
  • Possess a Moral Compass
  • Have the ability to Communicate their Vision
  • Be free from obligations to make good value judgments for America not special interests

Strong Presidential Traits

I submit that all presidents should have certain common traits to become a strong and good president.  Before we get into the personality traits, let me clarify that there is a major constitutional requirement for running.  Is he a “natural born” citizen?

QUALIFICATION TO RUN:  DOES HE MEET THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

To not having the minimal requirements to run and to either lie or ignore these facts – highlights the character trait of lying.  My research shows:

  • Obama does not pass this test. I believe he is a liar and is probably not a U.S. citizen.  The Democratic Party promoted him and the Republican Party ignored the lying affront signifying that they both could be controlled by the same source – most likely the Council of Foreign Relations and its transnational backers.  .
  • Senator Ted Cruz dos not pass this test. His father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth. His father did not become a naturalized citizen until 2005 – just 11 years ago.   This disqualifies him because he is not a “natural born” citizen.  Yet the lies that he promulgates allow him to run in spite of violating the Constitution.  This fact alone makes one consider that the US is in fact a corporation and not a constitutional government [1]
  • Senator Marco Rubio does not pass this test. He was born in 1971 to Cuban parents who were residents in this country.  They were not US citizens. They did not become naturalized citizens until 1975.[2]

Thus, two of the candidates in the race for President are not qualified to be there.  Both are of Cuban heritage and both are outstanding men.  The fact is that the constitution requires that the candidates be a “natural born” citizen which means that they are born in America and born of parents that were both native born citizens.    Neither of these men have parents that were native born Americans.

  • Donald Trump passes the test for Natural Born since both parents were born in this country.

The Difference between a U.S. Citizen and a Natural Born Citizen

Lawrence Sellin, in a recent article, explains clearly the differences and provides Supreme Court rulings that back him up.[3] He feels that the political-media either is deliberately misrepresenting facts for political reasons or are simply ignorant of those facts.

There are major differences between how one becomes a citizen that is in sharp contrast to the concept of natural born citizenship.

 

Let us look at Donald Trump’s background. 

Wikipedia says that Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) of native born Americans, Fred Trump and Elizabeth Trump.  His accomplishments are long and significant

WHAT SHOULD TRUMP DO TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?_

  • Self-made billionaire businessman
  • Politician
  • Television personality – The Apprentice
  • Chairman and President of the Trump Organization and founder of the Trump Entertainment Resorts
  • June 2015 – announced candidacy for President
  • He has 3 marriages exploited in the tabloids

He is a native of New York City, spent two years at Fordham, and switched to Wharton undergraduate while working at his father’s real estate firm, “Elizabeth Trump and Son”.  In 1971, he was given control of the company and renamed it, “The Trump Organization”.  Since then he has built an empire that bears his name –

  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Gulf courses

He ran for President in 2000, conducted an exploratory campaign, and won two reform party primaries.  His controversial statements have made him a front-runner in the polls. He tends to be truthful, politically incorrect and thus controversial.  His statements on

  • Immigration – Build a wall and send 11 million illegals back. In the debates, he mentioned General Eisenhower who did that in “Operation Wetback” where he physically deported 1 million and 3 million went back by themselves.
  • Muslims – Stop all immigration of Muslims until we can figure out who is not ISIS. This is how the terrorists will infiltrate us. They will use a Trojan Horse.
  • China – Today the balance of payments show $500 billion per year going to China. This represents jobs going overseas. The way to stop this is with a forcing function on FOREX currencies that does not allow the Chinese to devalue their currency.  This effectively would enforce a 45% tariff.
  • The Pope – The Pope challenged him that it was non-Christian to send the Latinos back.  His rebuttal was that the Pope should not challenge his religious beliefs.  A better reply would have been, “Render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar’s and unto God those things that are God’s”

Those who equate “citizen” with “natural born citizen” misinterpret Constitutional law and statute law.   Statute law is that law that Congress may pass. These laws define the manner in which one becomes either a citizen – citizen by birth or a naturalized citizen. This is not the Constitutional concept of “natural born” citizenship.

Some people mistakenly cite English Common Law as the origin of the natural born citizen concept, which, the Founders rejected.   The source of “natural born” is from the codification of natural law described by Emerich de Vattel in his 1758 book The Law of Nations.

Constitution

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 states:

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

George Washington, who feared that British citizens would become a president and would undermine the nation because of his unstated but real allegiance to Great Britain, put this phrase into the Constitution. He also did not want a British leaning person commanding the military of the US.

This is a real Constitutional Constraint to the politicians. As a result, there have been many attempts, both Democrat and Republican to Amend the Constitution – recognizing the Constitutional nature of the “natural born” citizen concept.  There have been numerous attempts, in recent years, both by Democrats and Republicans, to amend the Article II , Section 1, “natural born citizen” clause, including:

  • January 14, 1975 – Democrat House Rep. Jonathon B. Bingham, [NY-22] introduced a constitutional amendment under H.J.R. 33: which called for the outright removal of the natural-born requirement for president found in Article II of the U.S. Constitution – “Provides that a citizen of the United States otherwise eligible to hold the Office of President shall not be ineligible because such citizen is not a natural born citizen.”
  • June 11, 2003 – Democrat House member Vic Snyder [AR-2] introduced H.J.R 59: in the 108th Congress – Constitutional Amendment – Makes a person who has been a citizen of the United States for at least 35 years and who has been a resident within the United States for at least 14 years eligible to hold the office of President or Vice President.”
  • September 3, 2003 – Democrat Rep. John Conyers [MI] introduced H.J.R. 67: – Constitutional Amendment – Makes a person who has been a citizen of the United States for at least 20 years eligible to hold the office of President.”
  • September 15, 2004 – Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [CA-46] introduced H.J.R. 104: – Constitutional Amendment – “Makes eligible for the Office of the President non-native born persons who have held U.S. citizenship for at least 20 years and who are otherwise eligible to hold such Office.”

According to Article II, Section I, Clause 5 of the U. S. Constitution, a candidate for the Presidency must be a

“Natural born citizen,” that is, a second generation American, a U.S. citizen, whose parents were also native-born U.S. citizens at the time of the candidate’s birth.

There is a difference between “citizen” and “natural born citizen” and it has been clear from the original constitution written on September 17, 1787 and its ratification on June 21, 1788.  It started with John Jay, a future Supreme Court Justice who on July 25, 1787, asked the presiding convention presiding officer, George Washington, to strengthen the requirements for the Presidency.

“Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”

As understood by the Founders and as applied to the U.S. Constitution, the term “natural born citizen” derived its meaning less from English Common Law, than from Vattel’s The Law of Nations.  They knew from reading Vattel that a “natural born citizen” had a different standard from just “citizen” for he was a child born in the country to two citizen parents. (Vattel, Section 212 , in original French and English translation).

This definition of “natural born citizen” has been tested in Supreme Court decisions and lower court decisions ever since the Constitution was written.

  • The Venus, 12U.S. 253(1814),
  • Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 242 (1830),
  • Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856),
  • Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875),
  • Ex parte Reynolds, 20 F. Cas. 582 (C.C.W.D. Ark 1879),
  • United States v. Ward, 42 F. 320 (1890);
  • Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898),
  • Ludlam, Excutrix, & c., v. Ludlam, 26 N.Y. 356 (1863)
  • Civil Rights Act of 1866,
  • 14th Amendment, the Naturalization Act of 1795, 1798, 1802, 1885, and
  • Modern 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1401.

In conclusion, legal precedent and interpretation leave no doubt regarding the meaning of “natural born citizen”.  For instance, let us look at some of the rulings themselves.

The Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814)

“The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives or indigenes are those born in the country of parents who are citizens.”

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857)

“The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

John Bingham, father of the 14th Amendment, which gave citizenship to American slaves after the Civil War, stated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1862:

“All from other lands, who by the terms of [congressional] laws and a compliance with their provisions become naturalized, are adopted citizens of the United States; all other persons born within the Republic, of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty, are natural born citizens.”

United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898)

“At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children, born in a country of parents who were its citizens, became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.”

As recently as September 2008, in a Michigan Law Review article entitled “Originalism and the Natural Born Citizen Clause,” Lawrence B. Solum, then John E. Cribbet Professor of Law at the University Of Illinois College Of Law, wrote:

“What was the original public meaning of the phrase that establishes the eligibility for the office of President of the United States? There is general agreement on the core of its meaning. Anyone born on American soil whose parents are citizens of the United States is a natural born citizen.”

The presidential oath of offices requires that the presidential nominee swear to “. . . preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” the eligibility requirements for President are unique, to ensure allegiance and prevent foreign influence at the highest levels of government.

In conclusion, it is clear that

  • Donald Trump does meet the Constitutional requirement for eligibility to run for president.  His father and mother were both born in this country and they were both American citizens.

 

Character Traits

Now let us again review the character traits that make a good president and evaluate whether Ted Cruz measures high in those traits.

Trait 1 – Does The Candidate Have A Vision For This Nation?

Trait 2 – Does The Candidate Have A Moral Compass that Can Guide Him Throughout The 4 Years Of The Presidency?

Trait 3 – Does The Candidate Have The Ability To Communicate His Vision And Moral Compass?

Trait 4 – Is The Candidate Free From Obligations To Others?

Let us examine Ted Cruz in the light of these four requirements.

TRAIT 1 – DOES THE CANDIDATE HAVE A VISION FOR THIS NATION?

Donald Trump has a clear vision for this nation.  He crystalizes it and motivates people with it

“Make America Great Again”

He launches from this refrain to say that

  • US no longer wins at anything
  • US is not respected by other nations
  • US economy is in shambles
  • Politicians have gotten us there and now they, who created the problem, want to do more to get us out of the problem
  • Our military is decimated to 1939 levels
  • We are a nation without any borders and no nation exists without borders.
  • Our Geopolitical policies in the Mid-East cost us $4 trillion and we got nothing
    • We did not retain the captured oil
    • We have not contained ISIS
    • Both Secretary Clinton and Kerry are incompetent
  • Our people are out of work and the government does nothing to get them back to work

In my mind, he is correct on all of the above; I believe the American public who are honest with themselves also agree.

From his website, I find his stated positions that collectively paint a picture of his vision for this nation. It is disturbing that I find tactics rather than strategies.  His site is very similar to Sen. Rubio’s in that regard.

  1. ABORTION
  • Defund Planned Parenthood. (Oct 2015)
  • Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest or health. (Jun 2015)
  • I am now pro-life after years of being pro-choice. (Apr 2011)
  • Pro-choice, but ban partial birth abortion. (Jul 2000)
  1. BUDGET AND THE ECOMY
  • Keep mortgage interest deduction; knock out carried interest. (Nov 2015)
  • Make economy dynamic; bring back jobs from China & Mexico. (Oct 2015)
  • Strong on debt limit
  • Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions. (Oct 2015)
  • Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education. (Oct 2015)
  • We owe $19T and we need a businessman to bring us back. (Sep 2015)
  • Prepare for upcoming crash, bigger than 1929. (Jul 2000)
  1. CIVIL RIGHTS
  • I am “fine” with affirmative action, for now. (Oct 2015)
  • After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality. (Aug 2015)
  • Political correctness is country’s problem, not my problem. (Aug 2015)
  • Obama’s presidency has done nothing for African Americans. (Aug 2015)
  • Same-sex marriage is a state issue. (Jun 2015)
  1. CORPORATIONS
  • Get U.S. money back into U.S.: address corporate inversion. $4 Trillion held overseas by corporations.(Nov 2015)
  • I have used bankruptcy laws to do a great job for my companies. (Aug 2015)
  • 2002: Participated in development boom of Jersey City. (Apr 2012)
  • 0% corporate tax would create millions of jobs. (Dec 2011)
  • Wealthy move assets around globally based on tax incentives. (Apr 2011)
  • Business is an acquired skill based on discipline & focus. (Apr 2010)
  • Pragmatic positive: be positive, but be realistic. (Apr 2010)
  1. CRIME
  • The police are the most mistreated people in America. (Jan 2016)
  • Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence. (Aug 2015)
  • Capital punishment isn’t uncivilized; murderers living are. (Jul 2000)
  • Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray. (Jul 2000)
  • Hold judges accountable; don’t reduce sentences. (Jul 2000)
  1. DRUGS
  • Brother died of alcoholism – so Donald never touched alcohol. (Jan 2016)
  • Study legalization, but do not legalize now. (Nov 2015)
  • Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state. (Oct 2015)
  • 1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot. (Oct 2015)
  • Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education. (Apr 2011)
  • Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs. (Feb 2011)

 

  1. Education

 

  • Cut Department of Education and Common Core. (Oct 2015)
  • We spend more per student than any other nation. (Jun 2015)
  • Common Core is a disaster. (Jun 2015)
  • Cut the Department of Education way, way down. (Jun 2015)
  • Founded Trump University to teach the art of deal making. (Jun 2015)
  • Americans don’t know their roots: study your ancestry. (Apr 2010)
  • Teach citizenship – stop “dumbing down”. (Jul 2000)
  • End “creative spelling,” “estimating,” & “empowerment”. (Jul 2000)
  • Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls. (Jul 2000)

 

  1. ENERGY AND OIL
  • Climate change is a hoax. (Jun 2015)
  • No Cap-and-Trade Tax: oil is this country’s lifeblood. (Dec 2011)
  • Jobs will slump until our lifeblood–oil–is cheap again. (Dec 2011)
  • Enough natural gas in Marcellus Shale for 110-year supply. (Dec 2011)
  • Libya: No oil, no support; no exceptions. (Dec 2011)
  • It’s incredible how slowly we’re drilling for oil. (Mar 2011)
  • Oil is the lifeblood of all economies. (Apr 2010)
  1.  ENVIRONMENT
  • Cut the EPA; what they do is a disgrace. (Oct 2015)
  • Partner with environmentalists when undertaking projects. (Apr 2010)
  • Good development enhances the environment. (Jan 200
  1.  FOREIGN POLICY
  • Diplomacy & respect crucial to our relationship with Russia. (Sep 2015)
  • Putin has no respect for America; I will get along with him. (Sep 2015)
  • We must deal with the maniac with nukes in North Korea (Sep 2015)
  • China is our enemy; they’re bilking us for billions. (Dec 2011)
  • When you love America, you protect it with no apologies. (Dec 2011)
  • By 2027, tsunami as China overtakes US as largest economy. (Dec 2011)
  • Post-Cold War: switch from chess player to dealmaker. (Jul 2000)
  • Support Russia, but with strings attached. (Jul 2000)
  • China: lack of human rights prevents consumer development. (Jul 2000)
  • Be tougher on China-we’re too eager to please. (Jul 2000)

Mideast

  • Too risky to take in Syrian refugees. (Nov 2015)
  • Let Russia bash ISIS; let Germany defend Ukraine. (Nov 2015)
  • Provide economic assistance to create a safe zone in Syria. (Oct 2015)
  • US should not train rebels it does not know or control. (Oct 2015)
  • Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos. (Oct 2015)
  • Good that Russia is involved in Syria. (Oct 2015)
  • More sanctions on Iran; more support of Israel. (Jun 2015)
  1.  FREE TRADE
  • TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages. (Nov 2015)
  • Restrict free trade to keep jobs in US. (Oct 2015)
  • We don’t beat China or Japan or Mexico in trade. (Aug 2015)
  • Disastrous deals because we don’t have smart negotiators. (Jun 2015)
  • 35% import tax on Mexican border. (Jun 2015)
  • Stupid people negotiate our trade bills, & trade won’t work. (Jun 2015)
  • 20% tax on all imported goods. (Dec 2011)
  • Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing. (Dec 2011)
  • Embrace globalization and international markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Renegotiate tougher & fairer trade agreements. (Jul 2000)
  • President should be nation’s trade representative. (Dec 1999)
  • World views US trade officials as ‘saps’. (Dec 1999)
  1.   GOVERNMENT REFORM
  • Super Pacs are a disaster and cause dishonesty. (Oct 2015)
  • Candidates should disavow PACs. (Oct 2015)
  • I’m not accepting any money from anybody. (Sep 2015)
  • Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us. (Sep 2015)
  • Government scrutiny is greatest threat to American Dream. (Jul 2000)
  • Ban soft money; but allow unlimited personal contributions. (Jul 2000)
  • Government should do public works & safety & little else. (Jul 2000)
  1.  GUN CONTROL
  • Mass shootings are due to a huge mental health problem. (Jan 2016)
  • No limits on guns; they save lives. (Jan 2016)
  • Keep enemies of the state away from guns. (Nov 2015)
  • Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos. (Oct 2015)
  • Gun ownership makes US safer, not more dangerous. (Oct 2015)
  • Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence. (Oct 2015)
  • Protect the Second Amendment, but address mental health. (Sep 2015)
  • Take guns from good people & bad people have target practice. (Jul 2015)
  • A very strong person on the Second Amendment. (Jun 2015)
  • I am against gun control. (Feb 2011)
  • Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns. (Jul 2000)
  1. HEALTH CARE
  • Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts. (Oct 2015)
  • The insurance companies have total control over politicians. (Aug 2015)
  • We didn’t have a free market before ObamaCare. (Jun 2015)
  • ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced. (Jun 2015)
  1. HOMELAND SECURITY
·         Benghazi was a disaster; Gadhafi couldn’t have been worse. (Dec 2015)

·         New Jersey Muslims celebrated after 9/11. (Nov 2015)

·         Bring back waterboarding and other interrogation methods. (Nov 2015)

·         Monitor mosques but don’t close mosques. (Nov 2015)

·         We have a problem with radical Muslims. (Sep 2015)

·         Fix veteran’s hospitals, and pay private doctors for them. (Sep 2015)

·         Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists. (Jan 2015)

·         American interests come first; no apologies. (Dec 2011)

·         All freedoms flow from national security. (Dec 2011)

·         3% of GNP for military is too low. (Jul 2000)

  1.  Immigration

·         No apology for banning Muslims from entering America. (Jan 2016)

·         We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically. (Nov 2015)

·         I don’t care how they come in, if they come in legally. (Oct 2015)

·         Syrian refugees are a Trojan Horse. (Oct 2015)

·         Syrian refugee crisis partly our fault; but don’t take any. (Oct 2015)

·         We’re only country dumb enough for birthright citizenship. (Sep 2015)

·         Illegal immigrants populate many criminal gangs. (Sep 2015)

·         This is a country where we speak English – not Spanish. (Sep 2015)

·         Half of the undocumented residents in America are criminals. (Jun 2015)

·         We need strong borders; we need a wall. (Feb 2015)

·         Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission. (Mar 2013)

·         351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing $1.1B. (Dec 2011)

·         Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment. (Dec 2011)

·         Invite foreigners graduating from college to stay in US. (Dec 2011)

·         Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult. (Jul 2000)

·         Limit new immigration; focus on people already here. (Dec 1999)

Mexico

·         Ship millions back to Mexico, like Dwight Eisenhower did. (Nov 2015)

·         Walls on borders work; just ask Israel. (Nov 2015)

·         Mexico will pay for wall, but not through tariffs. (Nov 2015)

·         I can get Mexico to pay for border wall – politicians can’t. (Oct 2015)

·         The border wall will be well managed and built correctly. (Aug 2015)

·         We need wall on Mexican border, but ok to have a door in it. (Aug 2015)

·         Mexican government is sending criminals across the border. (Aug 2015)

·         Building a wall will save money because it stops bad dudes. (Jul 2015)

·         Make Mexico pay for wall with severe economics. (Jun 2015)

·         Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists. (Jun 2015)

 17.  JOBS

  • Don’t raise minimum wage; it makes us non-competitive. (Nov 2015)
  • I have relevant experience by creating jobs and assets. (Nov 2015)
  • Don’t raise minimum wage, but create more opportunities. (Aug 2015)
  • Take jobs back from foreign countries to lower unemployment. (Aug 2015)
  • Real unemployment rate is 20%; don’t believe 5.6%. (Jun 2015) Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas. (Dec 2011)
  • Unions fight for pay; manager’s fight for less; consumers win. (Jul 2000)
  • Foreign companies are taking jobs from US. (Dec 1999)

18. PRINCIPLES AND VALUES

  • I will negotiate until American is great again. (Oct 2015)
  • My old liberal political views evolved like Reagan’s did. (Aug 2015)
  • I want to win as a Republican, but might run as Independent. (Aug 2015)
  • In NYC, almost everyone is Democrat, but I’m Republican. (Aug 2015)
  • Stoked Tea Party suspicions about Obama’s legitimacy. (Jan 2012)
  • 5-point plan to return America to her former greatness. (Dec 2011)
  • USA is the greatest force for freedom world has ever known. (Dec 2011)
  • Bad students (like Obama) shouldn’t go to Harvard. (Apr 2011)
  • If I run & win, our country will be great again. (Feb 2011)
  • Greatest fear? I don’t have any; I only have “concerns”. (Apr 2010)
  • I’m more humble than people might think. (Apr 2010)
  • 3 principles: One term, two-fisted policies, zero excuses. (Jul 2000)
  • Non-politicians are the wave of the future. (Jul 2000)
  • Burned by press too often to be available any more. (Jul 1990)
  • Toughness is equally strength, intelligence, & self-respect. (Jul 1990)

Business Principles

  • I never forgive people who deceive me. (Oct 2015)
  • I believe in the toot-your-own-horn theory. (Apr 2010)
  • Build your reputation as “responsible, professional & loyal”. (Apr 2010)
  • Never give up; look at the solution, not the problem. (Jan 2008)
  • To negotiate well, prepare and know as much as possible. (Jan 2008)
  • In the best negotiations, everyone wins. (Jan 2008)
  • Failure is not permanent. (Jan 2008)
  • Tell people you’re successful or they won’t know it. (Mar 2004)
  • Good management requires hiring good people. (Mar 2004)
  • Lessons: stay focused on big picture. (Mar 2004)
  • Surround yourself with people you can trust. (Mar 2004)
  • In business & politics, stands for getting things done. (Jul 2000)
  • Appealing to Middle Americans leery of political elite. (Nov 1999)

19. SOCIAL SECURITY

  • Cannot change Medicare or Social Security and still win elections. (Mar 2013)
  • Social Security isn’t an “entitlement“; it’s honoring a deal”. (Dec 2011)
  • Disability Racket: $25B in fraudulent disability filings. (Dec 2011)
  • Pay off debt; put $3T interest savings into Trust Fund. (Jul 2000)
  • Let people invest their own retirement funds. (Jul 2000)

20. TAX REFORM

  • Cut taxes by $10T but don’t increase deficit. (Oct 2015)
  • Repeal estate tax; it’s double taxation. (Oct 2015)
  • No net increase in taxes, but increases on wealthy. (Sep 2015)
  • Raise graduated taxes on hedge fund managers. (Sep 2015)
  • One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt. (Jun 2015)
  • 4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax. (Dec 2011)
  • Cutting tax rates incentivizes a strong national work ethic. (Dec 2011)
  • Repeal the inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax. (Jul 2000)
  • Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes. (Jul 2000)

TRAIT 2 – DOES THE CANDIDATE HAVE A STRONG MORAL COMPASS?

Trump is Christian and practices as a Presbyterian. In an April 2011 interview on the 700 Club, he commented: “I’m a Protestant.  I’m a Presbyterian. And you know I’ve had a good relationship with the church over the years. I think religion is a wonderful thing. I think my religion is a wonderful religion.”

In 1983, the Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, described in a New York Times profile as Trump’s “pastor” and “family minister”, said that Trump was “kindly and courteous in certain business negotiations and has a profound streak of honest humility.”  Trump calls his own book The Art of the Deal (1987) “my second favorite book of all time”, and has told campaign audiences: “Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible.

Trump has said that, while he participates in Holy Communion which would make him a practicing Christian. I would say that he is a practicing Christian and asserts that he reads the Bible.  However, with him you do not really know.  He has a reputation of honesty and his public proclamations seem to say what he is thinking.  That character trait is what is winning him support among the voters.

On the other hand, politicians who want power but who do not have a compass will do anything, say anything to convince others that they will meet their voter criterion.  Trump is not your typical politician.  Let us look at one recent event.

Ben Carson and Iowa Caucuses

·     Ben Carson and the Iowa Caucuses – [4] Ted Cruz had his staff called voters before the caucuses and tell them that Ben Carson is dropping the campaign – –

      • Users of Ted Cruz app were told – “CNN is reporting that Ben Carson will stop campaigning after Iowa.  Make sure to tell all of your peers at the caucus supporting Carson that they should coalesce around the true conservative who will be in the race for the long haul, TED CRUZ
      • Rep Steve King of Iowa, a co-chairman of the Cruz campaign tweeted, “Carson looks like he is out.  Iowans need to know before they vote.”

·     Ben Carson said – “He thought that the misinformation had hurt his showing in the Iowa caucuses.”

·     Donald Trump

 “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified… Ted Cruz did not win Iowa, he stole it…”  Here Donald Trump shows a distinct character trait of honesty and fair play.  It does discredit on Ted Cruz.  Subsequently, it was reported that Ted Cruz “fired the staffer” who did this but it took many weeks.

In conclusion, it appears as if Donald Trump does have a moral compass that would guide him in his daily activities while in office. He passes.

TRAIT 3 – DOES THE CANDIDATE HAVE THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE HIS VISION AND MORAL COMPASS.

Communications requires both written, speaking and video capabilities.  He possesses all that plus he has good timing and uses it.  On stage, he stands out because he has worked for years to create and aura of an achiever not a talker.  He clearly passes this trait.

TRAIT 4 – IS THE CANDIDATE FREE FROM OBLIGATIONS TO OTHERS? 

This one is clearly – He passes.  It makes no difference how much money his father left him, he grew it into a great fortune.  He is funding himself and it does it judiciously.  Ted Bush spent $30 million in the Massachusetts primary and came in very low. Trump spent very little and finished first.

. CONCLUSIONS

It is clear that Donald Trump passes all the tests.

·         Eligibility per the constitutionHe is eligible under the constitution.

·         Trait 1 – Vision for this nation.  His vision is that he “Wants to make America Great Again.”   He says that they are losing on everything and he wants to fix that. He says that our politicians are bad dealmakers.  He wants to make America great again across all dimensions.  As a result, the trait is a pass.

·         Trait 2- Strong moral compass –.  He passes here.

·         Trait 3 – Ability to communicatesHe passes.

·         Trait 4- Free from obligations to othersHe passes.

Even though he distinctly passes on being eligible, the establishment dislikes him.  Specifically, the banks, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties dislike and fear him.  Thus, even though he passes this test, the elite will do everything that they can to keep him from being nominated.  Specifically, they have now switched their financial support from Jeb Bush to Rubio who now, after the Massachusetts primary, has $28 million in his campaign fund. This is from Republican superpacs and New York International banks.

I believe that he would work better deals for the US. Specifically, his strong position is that the Iran Nuclear deal is horrible and that the TPP deal is horrible.  Further, he believes that Obamacare is horrible and needs to be repealed.  All three positions show what he believes.  However, it bothers me that he does not have clear positions and policy statements in all the critical areas – defense, education, health etc.  This leaves it up to his discretion as to what he would accomplish.

THE DONALD TRUMP PHENOMENA

This now leaves a strange new category.  Why is he winning when the Republican Party elites are trying to defeat him, when the news media ostracizes him and continuously try to paint him in a bad light.  Peggy Noonan in an Opinion Page piece in the Wall Street Journal provides some deep insight into the political phenomena of Donald Trump. [5]  I thought that her theory has substance so I will briefly cover it here.

Five Stages of Trump

This is based on the Kubler-Ross stages of

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

We have all seen it in the “talking heads” on TV news commentary.  She believes that most liberal professionals are now in the last two stages.

Idea of Protection

In practice, there are two classes in the dynamic of the West.  The protected and the unprotected.

  • The Protected – Make public Policy but who are protected from the world they created

o   Accomplished

o   Secure

o   Successful

o   Figures in government, politics and media

o   Live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones, kids go to private schools, they have some money

o   Some have their own security details

o   Because they are protected, they feel that they

§  Do anything

§  Impose any reality

§  Are insulated from the effects of their own decisions

  • The Unprotected – Live with the public policy and are pushing back

o   Limited resources

o   Negligible access to power

o   Have absorbed lessons of 20 years on illegitimate immigration

§  Democrats will not protect you

v  Want to keep issue alive to use as wedge against Republicans so that they can own the Hispanic vote

§  Republicans are afraid of being called racist and illiberal so they will do nothing.

Now let us take just one area where the unprotected are pushing back – illegal immigration.  Most Americans have suffered from Illegal immigration directly or indirectly through increased taxes for education, police, heath care or prisons.  The Protected Americans did fine. They got cheaper labor, no losses of jobs and no direct effect of immigration will be felt.

The Problem

The Protected were fine, safe and not affected. The Unprotected watched and that the protected were not looking out for them.  They felt that the elite/protected/government did nothing for them so they owed the protected nothing. This is true for the EU as well as the US.  In Europe, the unprotected viewed the EU as a racket for the protected.

In Europe, the immigration problem came to a head against Angela Merkel on New Year’s Eve in public square of Cologne, Germany. Packs of immigrants surrounded and molested groups of females – it was called a clash of cultures. However, only the unprotected were the victims.  The protected were not in the square.  The message was clear – the unprotected were nobodies.

The Rise of the Unprotected

Both in Europe and the US, the unprotected have now said “enough of this”. In the US, they are flocking to Donald Trump who is attacking he protected as incompetent, not looking out for America and not looking out for their unprotected fellow Americans.  The top half protected are displaying he attitude – “You are on your own, get with the program little racist.”  This means that Trump will win and that the protected will start shattering as governmental change comes.

An ancient proverb fits this situation.  The proverb suggests that two opposing parties can or should work together against a common enemy. The earliest known expression of this concept is found in a Sanskrit treatise on statecraft dating around the 4th century BC, while the first recorded use of the current English version came in 1884.  This is the reason that millions in the US are now running to Trump.  They come from all parties – Republican, Democrat and Independent. They come from society’s sector that is the unprotected. It goes

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”

The protected elite establishment cannot stand Donald Trump because he is a major threat to their status quo where they stay in political power and legislate their wishes on the unprotected.   The unprotected recognize that Donald Trump provides hope to the unprotected that he will disembowel the protected monster that large government, politically correct politicians and a controlled press have become to them – the enemy.

Finally, Donald Trump just released this short 3-minute video on the Immigration problem.  It has gone viral in Europe.  It is short but upon viewing, you will soon see why it has already gone viral in Europe. It is a fable called the SNAKE.   http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=41232. 

In the US, Obama has a protected SNAKE in a cage and it is about to be released upon America. America will subsidize 200,000 “Mideast refugees from Syria”. They have already been funded in the recently passed Paul Ryan Omnibus bill. They are being released into small town America not large cities.  It is a seed intended to destroy our culture.  They are processing the people now.  However, the FBI has said that there is NO way to process people from governments that keep no records.  These Syrian Arabs have no desire to be assimilated into America. No Arab nation has accepted these refugees.  Many ISIS will be among their midst. This action by Obama is a true TROJAN horse.

The European unprotected knows or sense that if they do not destroy this protected snake that it will destroy their several thousand-year culture.  Only in France has the equivalent of Donald Trump arisen – Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen – known as Marine Le Pen.  The rest of the EU unprotected recognize in Donald Trump what is needed but do not have a political leader that has risen to the occasion.  I believe that this SNAKE can destroy the EU while the Protected elite remain in their walled citadels.

[1] Hawranek, Joseph, “Is Ted Cruz a Good Presidential Candidate?”, www.ravenreport.us, Week 9, March 4, 2016

[2] Hawranek, Joseph, “Is Marco Rubio a Good Presidential Candidate?”, www.ravenreport.us, Week 10, March 11, 2016

[3] Sellin, Lawrence, “The Difference Between a U.S. Citizen and a Natural Born Citizen”, Home : Publications, January 7, 2016.  Note: Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “.

[4] Hook, Janet and Andrews, Natalie, “Cruz Camp Gets Flak for Carson Message”. Wall Street Journal, p.A4.

[5] Noonan, Peggy, “Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected”, Wall Street Journal, p A11, 27 February, 2016

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