Why Was Trump A Surprise?

Ok, this is a short one. There really is not much to this. So many people blame pollsters for telling us Donald Trump will not win that they call his win the biggest surprise of the decade. Do NOT blame the pollsters.

Blame the news media. A very clear line in the sand was drawn this election cycle. There are journalists. Then there are those that provide commentary.

I remember working in journalism. One of the espoused no-nos of the business was taking a side…ESPECIALLY in politics. You report. The viewers decide what to think for themselves.

A lot of outfits abandoned that principle this year. The one that was most widely talked about was Huffington Post. They openly declared that Trump’s campaign belonged in the entertainment section.

They (the media) made it seem like Clinton was the only valid choice in the race. They were successful in getting many Republicans who voted for Trump to think that as well.

I will say this right now… No matter what you are involved in, ANYTHING is a possibility until something happens.

I’m Not A Betting Man…

I’m not a betting man, but I’d be willing to put down money that Donald Trump will exit office either in 2021 or 2025. How do I know that? Every president in the history of this country has done the equivalent of that, save FDR, but he wasn’t legally bound. Everyone seems to think he is setting himself up as a king, a despot, or a fascist dictator.

First of all, the people that are claiming parallels to the rise of Hitler are reaching. I personally believe those reaches are irresponsible. Hitler joined the government, worked his way up, and was eventually named chancellor before he took over Germany. He did this with the backing of his very own political party who had their very own secret police. They spread their propaganda and terrorized the country.

Trump, on the other hand, is a carnival barker. He is a promoter. He will say whatever he needs to say to keep himself in the limelight. If the Republicans had been able to put forward someone else that rivaled the same message that Trump had, then Trump would have had competition during the primary season. Instead, the Republican Party was so busy trying to distance themselves from this loudmouth…until the convention and Trump won the nomination.

The people that back Trump backed him because of his message. While I did not anticipate his message being so inflammatory, the core of what he was saying was something I predicted four years ago. There is archive footage at Fox10 in Phoenix to prove I predicted it. I said he would look at the country from a business standpoint. He’d want to get the business of being the USA back in line. Despite how much of a loudmouth he has been, he’s already been trying to get those new priorities pressed to everyone. In fact, I don’t recall a president-elect doing this much before taking office. Is he doing other questionable things? Yes. But he has not wavered from who he is.

Some are citing that he’s already going back on campaign promises. Guys, he’s a politician. Remember “No New Taxes”? The country voted out Bush 41 because that promise was broken.

If you go back and read about every man that was responsible for running this country at any point during its history, you will find that none of them were perfect. None of them were even close to perfect. The only difference then to now? Instant information. But our country has not collapsed with these very human guys at the helm. That is because the balance of power built in to our government at its inception continues to keep those in power honest when it matters most.

Did I vote for Trump? No.

But the hallmark of this country is we go about our business after the fight is done. So let’s get back to the business of being the USA.

J-Mac: 40 Months

So J-Mac, I am borrowing this concept from a friend of a friend’s blog. But I think this would be a good way to look back on life when you can start reading.

We’ve been in Lubbock for a month and a half. You’re a very flexible guy, unless you have had too much. I’ve been very thankful you listen and follow what I ask (within a range of the fact you are three years old and don’t want to listen). But you do like when you’re able to be around your mama. We both look forward to the end of the school year already when she doesn’t have to be in Kansas during the week.

You’re in two different pre-school programs. Around the apartment, we know them as “morning school” and “lion room”. The ball pit and tunnel in the motor room at “morning school” are always your favorites to talk about. But you are making a lot of progress with things at both schools. It is wonderful to hear you talking and see your personality blossom more and more every day.

Every time you want to go home, you want to go see the “killy cats”. But you are happy to see cousins, Grammy & Dangran, as well as Pappy. I know you seemed to like school and life in Kansas, but you appear to be latching on to life in Lubbock even more!