By Victor Thorn —
Since announcing his presidential candidacy on June 16, billionaire real estate mogul Donald John Trump has sparked a nationwide debate on illegal immigration, dismissed Senator John Sidney McCain III’s status as a “war hero,” lambasted a number of mainstream media newscasters, jabbed at fellow Republican contenders and emerged as the GOP’s undeniable frontrunner.
If given an opportunity to sit down with Trump, this writer would ask him the following 15 questions.
1. In the past, the Republican Party has set up candidates as steam valves for the purpose of venting party members’ anger. Then, halfway through the primary season, party elites have worked together to tear these candidates down. Do you believe you are being set up right now to help corral and control grassroots Republicans,who are fed up with Washington and the party’s leadership?
2. President Barack Hussein Obama has been described as weak and feckless and someone who despises America’s culture, traditions, history and people. You stated on June 16, “Our country needs a truly great leader . . . we need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again.” Has Obama caused the pendulum to swing so far in the other direction that people in this country are ready for a leader that will celebrate and embrace our nation instead of constantly denigrating it?
3. You were the first big-name personality to question President Obama’s birth certificate. Later, Sheriff Joseph M. “Joe” Arpaio and investigator Mike Zullo offered proof that, in 2011, the Obama White House produced a forged birth certificate. In your book, Time to Get Tough, you said, “It was incredible to see how overprotective reporters got toward Obama when I simply said what everyone in America was thinking: ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ ” On July 9, you returned to this subject during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, saying, “[Obama] came up with this thing [forged document] all of a sudden, miraculously.” At some point, will you lay on the table all that you know about Obama’s checkered past, including your research on Obama’s purported birth certificate?
4. President Obama and his inner circle have worked to erode America’s Second Amendment. With regard to gun ownership, you’ve said that we must retain this right “in its strongest form.” Is it time that we have someone in our nation’s capital that can provide a vocal contrast to zealot gungrabbers like Representative Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Harry Mason Reid (D-Nev.)?
5. The Obama administration has encouraged illegal immigration on every front. Please provide more details on the following statement that you gave on June 1: “I would build a wall that people would not penetrate, and I would supplement that wall with military. No illegals would come into this country. None. Zero. Mexico would pay for that wall because Mexico is doing a number on us unlike anyone other than China.”
6. In regard to China, you’ve been critical of past U.S. leaders who allowed millions of manufacturing jobs to be outsourced to foreign countries. Globalist politicians, especially within the Republican Party, have labeled you a “protectionist” for threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico and China if they don’t engage in fair trade with the U.S. As a fierce negotiator, tell us how you’d differ from someone like Obama who strolled into the Oval Office with no business experience.
7. During your announcement speech, you said: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” Later, you added: “When was the last time anybody saw us beating China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time.” Why does Washington’s political establishment insist on being out-negotiated by China and other third-world nations?
8. Those most immediately impacted by decades of declining wages and a stagnant economy have been white, middle-class, blue-collar workers, many of whom have been supporting Democrats. How do you plan on recapturing these so-called “Reagan Democrats,” who have become disgruntled with President Obama’s focus on minority advancement over that of whites?
9. In 2008, President Obama promised to unite the races. But as nearly all Americans agree, constant race-baiting by Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton, Jr., Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. and Obama has created a powder keg between blacks and whites. On April 27, you remarked: “Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.” Since Obama has emboldened black anarchy and rage, how would you quell this fiery situation?
10. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton and John Ellis “Jeb” Bush have raised millions of dollars for their campaigns, making them pawns to special interest groups, banks and big business. Being independently wealthy, are you different from them, especially within the context of your June 16 remark: “I don’t need anybody’s money. . . . I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors.”
11. New revelations have come out about William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton’s never-ending adultery and the possibility of another “bimbo eruption.” Tell us what you meant when you once posted to the Internet about round two of the Clinton’s three-ring circus inside the White House, “If Hillary can’t satisfy her husband, what makes you think she can satisfy America?”
12. On the domestic front, President Obama and his Justice Department have shielded Internal Revenue Service officials, especially Lois Gail Lerner, from prosecution following their intentional and unlawful targeting of tea party groups prior to the 2012 election. You seem to understand why so many Americans despise this heavy-handed agency. Please clarify what you said on August 2: “I fight like hell to pay as little [taxes] as possible for two reasons. Number one, I’m a businessman, and that’s the way you’re supposed to do it. The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money: trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse.”
13. On foreign affairs, over the past several years President Obama’s cronies have been poking a stick at Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and inciting tension between our two nations. On July 30, you told CBS News, “I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin.” Tell us how you’d mend fences with Russia as opposed to pushing us closer to military engagement.
14. Some critics consider you a neoconservative interventionist. Compare yourself to President Obama who admits that he has “ordered military action in seven countries.” Do you consider Obama’s hawkish foreign policy effective? Would you conduct it differently?
15. In a speech on August 5, President Obama boasted: “I’ve done more than any other president to strengthen Israel’s security.” In a June 2 article by The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer, former advisor David Axelrod revealed that Obama told him on several occasions, “I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in the Oval Office.” Although you’ve similarly declared yourself a staunch ally of Israel, is there any situation where you would reconsider such absolute support for the state of Israel?
Donald Trump’s Political Theater
By Victor Thorn
In politics, accidents rarely occur. If something happens, somebody somewhere planned it that way. The Donald Trump phenomenon is no exception. Indeed, what we’re seeing with Trump extends well past political theater into the realm of a vast psychological operation that wields more tentacles than an octopus. This same type of prepackaged media hype transpired in 2008 with the creation of Barack Hussein Obama as a “messianic savior” touting “hope and change.”
The reason this political theater keeps getting ratcheted up is because the public has lost so much confidence in a system that’s inherently rigged that they’ve all but checked out. As such, many AMERICAN FREE PRESS readers, including this writer, don’t like the Republican Party, nor do they feel any affinity toward the Democratic Party. We utterly mistrust politicians. They’re the problem, not the solution, and that’s why we’re inundated with so much cancerous corruption in Washington, D.C.
It couldn’t be clearer that this country needs a dramatic change, and I’m not talking about another gimmicky marketing slogan. There’s a combustible anger in America that’s being fueled by poseur RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) that lack any type of backbone, and disgust with Obama’s outright hatred of its traditional white citizenry. Worse, the notion of another Bush or Clinton in the White House would, quite literally, unleash full-throated furor in the heartland.
At the August 6 Republican debates in Cleveland, Ohio, candidates and moderators repeatedly referred to the United States as a nation in decline. This crippled superpower, now reduced to a stagnating dependency culture, has lost its can-do spirit under Obama’s socialist nightmare. Seven years ago we were promised a bright future. What we see today is more business-as-usual criminality from a political class that refuses to serve its electorate.
It is for this reason that voters are fervently seeking a leader that speaks to them beyond canned talking points that are fed to them through a teleprompter. Hard-working taxpayers, sick and tired of deceptive rhetoric from empty-suited politicians, are hungry for someone that radiates accomplishment and success. The notion of a third Barack Obama term under Hillary Clinton, or any other Democratic contender for that matter, terrifies them. As they see it, tactics like those used by the Internal Revenue Service were deliberately implemented to sabotage their very futures.
The Beltway elite have failed us, and this simple fact explains Donald Trump’s emergence as a political phenomenon. Rather than a hand-out economy promoted by Obama, Trump has tapped into America’s discontent by alluding to a future where every person’s potential can be realized. Plus, Trump’s skills as a highly successful businessman and negotiator stand in stark contrast to the Oval Office community organizer who epitomizes fey, weak detachment. Whereas Trump stands as a go-getter, Obama relies on a passive-aggressive modus operandi.
America has endured a seven-year experiment in Obama-style Cultural Marxism, and quite literally, the vast majority is fed up. Conversely, Trump refuses to walk on eggshells and thumbs his nose at political correctness. He ruffles feathers, rubs against the grain, and doesn’t rely on namby-pamby focus groups or pollsters to craft his message. Every time he takes a shot at his fellow Republicans, commentators on Fox News, or left-leaning talking heads, his base cheers him on.
Still, is it necessarily Donald Trump that so many conservative Americans clamor for? The answer is no. The GOP remains fractured, with neocons gravitating toward warmongers like Lindsey Olin Graham. Progressives throw their support to John Ellis “Jeb” Bush. Tea partiers adore Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, Libertarians flock to Dr. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul and the religious right adores Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee, whereas moderates are giving a nod to Scott Kevin Walker or Marco Antonio Rubio. Most certainly, not everyone views him as the solution, far from it. But he does embody an intangible that few in the public arena have ever been able to capture.
Confucius once stated, “Signs and symbols rule the world, not rules and law.” In this context, Trump serves as a symbol for those who are actually yearning for cultural icons such as John Wayne, George “Blood & Guts” Patton, the Marlboro Man, Evel Knievel, Archie Bunker, and Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry.” Trump exudes archetypal strength and rugged individualism by combining Billy Sunday’s bombastic style, bravado ripped straight from the pages of a Marvel comic book, along with a healthy dose of P.T. Barnum charlatanism. At its most basic, red-meat nationalists see in Trump a straight-shooter who shares their love of America rather than Obama and Hillary’s preference for New World Order multiculturalism.
Donald Trump has many faults, yet he’s capitalized on the zeitgeist of our times, especially among those who can’t stomach four more years of big government socialism by a political establishment that keeps greedily feeding at the trough in Washington, D.C. If all the world’s a stage, the biggest question right now is: who are the hidden puppet-masters writing Donald Trump’s script, and what is their larger agenda that we see unfolding before us?
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.