Friday, August 05, 2016

What Donald Trump Should Be to Americans

John Paul Jones, American Naval Hero
Instead of an essay, I offer an image of John Paul Jones by N.C. Wyeth (1928). It is what Trump should be on issues on the table during this election year. He should be hammering Hillary Clinton and her statist clique without mercy, hesitation, or apology. He should never strike the American colors. He should call Obama and Clinton the destructive, power-lusting creatures they are and have proven to be for years. This image is what Americans hope he will be all the way to the White House. He should ask for no quarter, nor offer any. He should crush Clinton into the pathetic pond scum she is and always has been. Smashing Clinton without reservation or regret is what this battle calls for. Clinton and the news media should not be permitted to set the terms of the fight. Remember, Jones not only defended American shores, but took the battle to the British Isles and raided the towns there. Trump should be badgering Clinton without surcease, until she has another "concussion" and goes full wacky as she has shown the country she can be and probably has been for a long time. In the meantime, here is an image of true immigrants who really did "build that" country we call America.  Excuse my hubris, but here is a passage from the Epilogue of Hugh Kenrick, Book Two of Sparrowhawk that I think should accompany the Thompson illustration:
"The Immigrants" by Ellen B. Thompson (1899)

Hugh came back to life only when Iverson came by his berth to inform him that the mainland had been sighted. Hugh smiled for the first time in weeks. He found his long-glass and went up to the quarterdeck and, for the rest of the morning, surveyed the shores of the alien continent. Only three other merchantmen remained from the convoy. The others, including the warships and the transports, had already gone their separate ways.
                A day later, the Sparrowhawk rounded Cape May, entered Delaware Bay, and sailed placidly up its river. Hugh paced excitedly up and down the deck, unable to believe the immensity of the place, and believing it at the same time. From the deck he could see tobacco fields, and fields of corn and wheat, and great houses, and sleepy river towns, and rivers that meandered west to vanish into unending carpets of forests. A mountain range far in that direction ran from one invisible point north to another south. The earth seemed larger here. He felt equal to the challenge of all its possibilities.
                John Ramshaw watched his special passenger, and was glad.


Edward Cline said...

Nick: You will note the significance of the post’s title. This is what Trump should be. Italicize “should.” What’s the alternative to him this election? A compulsive liar, a traitor, an unindicted criminal and felon on so many issues, an adept coat-tail rider, and Obama Three? I never said or ever suggested that Trump was admirable in all ways or even smart or a straight-shooter. As others elsewhere have written, his appeal is a “sense of life” one. But he’s willing to upset the Progressive apple cart and turn its PC agenda into apple sauce. There aren’t any perfectly ideal candidates out there. Trump at least has the haters of this country running scared. Some have even intimated that he be stopped with a bullet. They hate Trump for being a larger than life Joe the Plumber.

Ilene Skeen said...

Love the post, the positive action image and the last line. I agree with your assessment and passion. Many "Objectivists" are proving themselves especially small-minded this election.

Thanks for this strongly worded breath of fresh air.

Ilene Skeen said...

Love the post, the positive action image and the last line. I agree with your assessment and passion. Many "Objectivists" are proving themselves especially small-minded this election.

Thanks for this strongly worded breath of fresh air.

Olivia Pierson said...

Great piece Ed!
These last two weeks have shown how low down and dirty - and relentless Hillary's media is going to be to Trump. He is totally up against the Washington Mafia.

Very important that she be smashed, without mercy and without hesitation. That's hard for Republicans to do, but they will never succeed in fighting a criminal the nice way. Personally, Trump's oft' derided temperament is perfect for this task - if only the gutless Republicans will give him full support to unleash. Ghastly that Manafort now has him saying Radical Islamic Terrorism, instead of his usual "Muslims, and LGBTQ bullshit, instead of just "gays." This is totally buying in to the Left's framing of the narrative and he is better when he doesn't do it, for it does not suit him. Trump must set the narrative.

madmax said...

They hate Trump for being a larger than life Joe the Plumber.

Ed, I'm glad you see this. Its something that pretty much all Objectivists don't see. That Trump is not evil. He is actually a good man who is misguided. As I've said elsewhere, Trump is such a competent and efficacious man, he thinks he can make the American welfare state work by removing waste and corruption. He can't but he is not a "fascist" or a "tyrant" or whatever stupid term Objectivists are using to describe him.

I will say that he does have a more nationalist version of America as evidenced by his views on protectionism and trade deals. I don't agree with those but even there, he is arguing for a type of American self-interest that you never get from mainstream Republicans. Even in foreign policy he occasionally asks "what's in it for us?" And he doesn't have that knee jerk reaction to see Putin and Russia as an enemy. He sees that the real enemy is the Islamic world. These are not things you ever saw with the Neo Cons or their authorized puppets.

Trump is flawed for sure but his flaws are actually improvements over mainstream Republicans. Objectivists however are completely incapable of any insightful commentary on politics. As usual they prove useless.

BruceinFalkirk said...

Here we are, the definitive guide to the socialist Donald Trump.

BruceinFalkirk said...

And the latest on the subject from the man with the most real life experience, Bosch Fawstin:


Leave it to GOP to nominate-out of all its candidates-a candidate who's long time friends with & has most in common w/the democrat nominee."

"Thanks, Donald. But I'm just worried you're making it look so obvious." -Hillary