Pundit's Perspectives – Fri 6 May, 2016

“Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist”.

The following came from my friend, Bob Card, in Vancouver, B.C. I thought that it was more than just a little bit interesting. What do you think?

“If true, perhaps there is hope, after all, should Trump assume the presidency.  A pragmatist, of course, is one who has a reasonable and logical way of doing things or of thinking about problems that is based on dealing with specific situations instead of on ideas and theories.”

You may find this interesting.

“Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist”.

by Mychal Massie
“We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.
I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.
Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.
Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.
Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another. 
The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.
Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.
As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.
I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.
You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-a`-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.
Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return.
We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?
I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. And as I said earlier, a pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution to fix same is not about a party, but a willingness and boldness to get it done.
People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

  1. On May 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm,
    Bobby says:

    And is he a misogynist and racist?

  2. On May 6, 2016 at 3:13 pm,
    CFS says:

    He is also an immoral person without principles. A showman, a huckster, a deal maker for Donald.
    He may be worth billions, but I believe he bilked bond holders and banks out of more than his current net worth!
    I will write in “none of the above” before I vote for Hillary, Trump or B.S.

  3. On May 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm,
    CFS says:

    There is nothing wrong with an intelligent conservative pragmatist.
    There is much wrong with a repeated lying unprincipled pragmatist.

    How can anyone tell what position Trump holds on anything? He says he will build a wall, but privately tells NY Times reporters that he has no intention of building a wall.
    He has should on both sides of most issues over time, how can one tell his current position on anything will be permanent?

  4. On May 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm,
    Herbert Howells says:

    Maybe UK prime minister David Cameron could visit and tell Americans not to vote for him. Or doesn’t it work that way round.

  5. On May 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm,
    CFS says:

    Does Mr Cameron play golf.
    We know Donald plays by Donald’s rules and a kick out of rough does not count.

  6. On May 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm,
    OOTB..................... CCF says:

    Donald should just say…………Let’s forget the wall……..everyone here that is illegal, have them join the army…..serve 6 yrs……and give them citizenship.

    • On May 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm,
      OOTB..................... CCF says:

      Build a great military…..create a good citizen……..and future tax payer.

    • On May 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm,
      CFS says:

      Do you know the age and sex profiles of the illegals?!

      • On May 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm,
        OOTB..................... CCF says:

        Sex does not make any difference according to the military.
        As, for age, be logical…….18 yrs.or older.

        • On May 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm,
          CFS says:

          Sex does affect ability to carry rounds of ammo and fight, especially if you are a dimunitive female of native meso-American heritage.
          The point I was trying to make is that there are a lot of kids among the illegals, and Mexicans are not typically big enough to meet current army standards. Plus there is an eduction/language problem.

          • On May 7, 2016 at 9:25 am,
            OOTB..................... CCF says:

            Most of the marine women combat units……..are gas pumpers and fill up the machines….

          • On May 7, 2016 at 9:26 am,
            OOTB..................... CCF says:

            CFS………do not get sidetracked on the details…..the idea, was to have them EARN their way to CITIZENSHIP……….GET SOME SKIN IN THE GAME…so to speak.

          • On May 7, 2016 at 9:27 am,
            OOTB..................... CCF says:

            No FREE LUNCHES…………..so to speak…………

          • On May 7, 2016 at 9:28 am,
            OOTB..................... CCF says:

            The education and the language is not a problem……..they can be trained…

          • On May 7, 2016 at 9:31 am,
            OOTB..................... CCF says:

            BTW……not all the positions in the army…….require heavy lifting…..Were you ever in the military?