Friday, August 05, 2016

Trump Would Have Been a Founding Father

Reagan was an idealistic American who embodied the spirit of the nation. He called forth the American spirit and became it. Trump is an American prototype, he could have come straight out of the Gilded Age, a Mark Twain novel or the 1770s:
"I'm going tell our King that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our people. And I don't mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better.

"If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice that America intends to withdraw from Great Britain."
John Hancock Was a Smuggler Who Kept Getting Off on Technicalities
When the British imposed the Stamp Act of 1765, Hancock helped lead the opposition in Massachusetts by urging a boycott of British-made goods. For a smuggler of tea, rum, and wine, this boycott proved highly profitable. Eventually, smuggling goods past the American Board of Customs became so widespread that any attempt at curtailing the trade by the Crown came to be seen by the American public as a tyrannical overreach—especially to those who read broadsheets that the Sons of Liberty published with Hancock’s vast fortune. Things got so bad that Hancock, then serving as an elected member of the state’s House of Representatives, refused even to attend a function where customs agents would be present.
George Washington Was Comically Dishonest
That was when trouble broke out in the form of the first truly global conflict, which in America was called the French and Indian War. Early in the fighting, Washington built Fort Necessity in a swampy lowland, lost a comically one-sided fight with the French, and surrendered almost immediately. When presented with the official surrender document, rather than admit he couldn’t read French, Washington signed on the dotted line—and unwittingly took responsibility for numerous war crimes including the murder of a French diplomat. When his error was revealed later, Washington first blamed his translator, and then the superior officer who ordered him to the area. Scattering blame works almost as well as being tight with the governor. Washington faced no serious repercussions for the disaster.
John Adams Was Basically Darth Vader
After the Congressional sweep and close presidential election of 1796, Federalist paranoia over their political rivals became the driving theme of the Adams Presidency. Adams greatly expanded the size of both the army and the navy, alarming those who saw the peacetime expansion as a prelude to tyranny from the man who coined the term “His High Mightiness.” In 1798, Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts. These were “emergency” measures that essentially made it a felony to criticize the government. Several newspaper editors, and even one member of Congress, would eventually be prosecuted under the Sedition Act. On losing the election of 1800, Adams became the first of only four living presidents to not attend the inauguration of his successor.
Trump also channels the American distaste for debt, or rather paying off debt. The bill for the French and Indian War helped spark the American Revolution, and Mr. Trump has said if anyone knows how to deal with the $20 trillion federal debt, it's him.

His opponent is Hillary Clinton, leader of the Establishment, the Cathedral, born from some of the worst traits of Americans and mixed in with foreign ideology, seeking to destroy most of what would traditionally be called American. If anyone resembles King George III and the British in their failures to keep the American colonies, it is Secretary Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton will be a cool, calm and collected failure who will steer USG straight for the iceberg, her success marked by her ability to leave office before impact. If Clinton has a spirit president, it is Woodrow Wilson.

Mr. Trump will weigh long-standing relationships much weaker than the relationship between the American colonists and their King in England (WTO, NAFTA, NATO), and if they do not serve the American interest, he will renegotiate or discard them. The fear of Trump by many in the Establishment brings to mind the Establishment fear of Teddy Roosevelt.

It is hard to say how a Trump will fare as president, but one thing is for certain: he will be an American president.

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