TRUMP: not a liberal or a conservative, but a pragmatist

29736CA700000578-3123501-image-a-5_1434288219218by Mychal Massie, 

Why American cannot abide another ideologue as president

We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner at the home of 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 neither does Trump view 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 then sets about fixing it. 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 and 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.

SOLUTIONThe 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 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 Democratic 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 cellphone in every pocket, free college tuition and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Jr.

I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see problems 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. 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 him 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 worst 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 amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

The author
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About the Author

Joe Dan Gorman
Joe Dan Gorman is the creator, host & producer of Intellectual Froglegs. Unapologetic Christian. Nominated for VIDEO BLOGGER OF THE YEAR at CPAC 2013. Former Real Estate Investment Broker until real estate collapse in 2007. Began new career in 2011 - Intellectual Froglegs is like a one-man band... and Joe Dan is that one man. Put God first and everything else will fall into place.
  • bruce lorraine

    Joe Dan, another winner, keep it up. Cheers my friend.

  • AbigailAdams

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    From all the Americans out here who don’t buy their clothing for the free advertising sewn onto the garment, who don’t care if Trump has an R or a D after his name, for all who just want the problems fixed! Thank You!

    • JediJones

      Liberals and conservatives don’t even agree on what the problems are let alone how to fix them. You have to know what your candidate believes to know what they will do.

  • Eddie Peuker

    If this article does anything, it illuminates for me just how little consideration trump’ets have likely given to other canidates. Canidate T has appealed to a rage within his supporters. I feel that rage however, my rage does not blind me. I support the better man…

    • Louis Tabor

      Your comment reflects what a lot of Cruz supporters say, “if you are for Trump, you are not involved in the process and probably not very smart.” That arrogance will be Cru7z’s demise, as he is not electable to the masses.

      • JediJones

        Cruz outpolls Trump against Hillary in every single poll. Trump is unelectable. He’s got so much baggage he couldn’t fit it on his private jet.

  • Optimizer

    It’s funny, because I was commenting elsewhere, and claimed that Trump is neither a conservative nor a liberal, but a “nationalist and a pragmatist”, and sometime later somebody came up with a link to this article.

    Cruz? He sure seems like a “true conservative”, but he has no experience ever running much of anything, he does NOT have a long track record to look at, and he would not have the clout to get things done even if he were elected. He might make a great VP or SCOTUS justice though.

    • JediJones

      Any President has “clout.” It is the most powerful office in the land. The next Republican president will have enormous power because he’ll have Congress on his side. And you better believe Congress will fall in line behind whoever wins the presidency. They know they answer to the voters and Cruz would wield his power to get them booted out in their primary if they don’t fall in line. Cruz has just as long as track record as many office-holders like Rubio and has shown he will stick to his campaign promises.

  • Don

    Great article! It’s my opinion that Trump is a force of nature in the following sense. When the scales tip too far to one side or the other, the good Lord always rights the scales to restore balance. The scales have tipped too far to the left here in the USA. It is destroying not just middle class, but the rich, like Trump, whose fortunes depend on this actual country. Therefore it is in his best interests, as well as ours, to right the scales back towards the middle. In this sense, Trump IS the will of God in action. Just my opinion. Thanks.

  • This writer, Massie, clearly sees through the fog that is Washington,DC. Wonderful article with which I wholeheartly agree.

  • JediJones

    There is no such thing as not having an ideology. You have to make a choice on every single issue. Pro-life or pro-choice? Low tax or high tax? Women and gays in the military or not? Expand NSA surveillance or limit it? Go to war with a country or don’t? Close government agencies or leave them open? Open relations with Cuba or don’t? Subsidize ethanol or don’t? Have the government pay for universal health care or don’t?

    There is no such thing as a “pragmatic” approach. Pragmatism can only be used as an excuse to not take responsibility for what your beliefs and ideology are. We have to analyze what the candidate believes on every issue to decide if they will make the right decisions in office.

    • Surfin’ JP

      Exactly true. One man’s pragmatism is another man’s ideology.

      The author wants pragmatism. Trump sucking up to the ethanol lobby is pragmatic, for sure. So being for Trump means you’re FOR sucking up to the lobbying industry. OK. That’s certainly pragmatic.

      It’s also the total antithesis of what Constitutional Conservatives (a pragmatic ideology if there ever was one) believe.

      At least they used to believe. Not sure anymore.

      Sad thing is, I believe a lot of Trump folks would not even show up to vote if Trump is not the nominee.

  • Lyle

    Could not agree with this author more. 🙂

  • Surfin’ JP

    My essay on Trump would be titled:

    “Why America cannot abide another narcissist as President”

    He reeks of it, just as Obama did. For those of us who saw it early on, Obama is not a surprise at all. Lying to get legislation passed, lying about the Iran deal, about Stimulus, using executive orders when Congress wouldn’t cooperate.

    Really think Trump wouldn’t go around Congress to “get things done”? To “make deals” with Democrats.

    This is a total straw man piece. Like Obama always does, it posits 2 options as if those are our only 2 and Trump is the only alternative. It’s either liberal Democrats or GOPe Republicans. There are other options. Cruz, for example, is hated HATED by the GOPe. Why is he also hated by Trumpsters?

    Because he’s a threat to Trump, so Trump goes personal (as narcissists do, and as their sycophants applaud) calling him “nasty”. Really? The most high-profile D.C. politician who has fought the fight he was elected to fight?

    We elect him, tell him to go fight, he does, then we abandon him for the bright shiny object that is Trump? Wow… the Tea Party patriots have lost their way.

    “Make America Great Again” means whatever you want it to mean. Classic case of projection.

    It’s the 2016 version of “Hope and Change”.

  • Surfin’ JP

    In supporting Trump, many reveal that what they seek is not a President but a King. Understandable, in a way. We’ve been on the receiving end of Kingship the past 7 years; now we can be on the end that dishes out.

    A king dictates. Uses executive orders. pays no attention to economics. His word is law…law is no longer a limit on him, but on others. Sounds good…if YOUR guy is king.

    King’s are very pragmatic. Whatever “works” is good. And “whatever works” is defined by how it affects the King and his legacy. For example…

    Trump said this about businesses that move offshore:

    “We’re gonna have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire, that are now in Mexico,” he told a crowd, “come back to New Hampshire, and you can tell them to go FUCK themselves!”

    A king disregards the logical actions of his subjects. Businesses move offshore because the tax code rewards them for doing so. In other words, they are not EVIL and worthy of being demonized. They are rational, and looking out for their shareholders’ interests AS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. A King doesn’t care about that.

    All a King cares about is the emotional pleasure of telling his fellow Americans (now his subjects) to go FUCK themselves, and the roar of applause he gets from the adoring crowd.

    THAT is his version of pragmatism. It serves him. It works in glorifying him, and so is “pragmatic”. The King gets to define “pragmatic”.

  • Surfin’ JP

    Fawning over a Reality TV star. Can hardly believe what I’m seeing.

    Kardashianism is stronger than I would have ever thought.

  • I guess you need to change the name of your website to a Pragmatists guide to the Galaxy since conservatism is now a dirty word. Since when have we let the liberals of the media define who is truly a conservative? That’s where RINO came from. Trump has no ideology? Isn’t that the same as no principles? The ends justify the means no matter what? We have to pass the bill in order to see what’s in it. Saturday at the debate Trump spouted the same talking points that Hillary would use!!!!! How in the hell can you defend that? Trumps going to get things done – your all gambling with our country that what he says now is what he will actually do and not what he said even 2 years ago that was totally different. That’s a huge gamble!! Eventually it may whittle down to Trump and Cruz then if Trump gets mad at some perceived slight and decides to go third party – game over! We lose our country forever! Think about that people. We could lose it all.

  • Kevin is absolutely right. Somehow I feel the conservatives don’t have a chance, because Trump, who is an egotistical, narcissist, bloviating candidate, will come in a perform like a liberal. He already said he believe in a “One Payer” Health Care”. They always say, everyone should have healthcare. Well guess what, everyone does have healthcare. Medicaid is for the poor and sick, who can’t afford insurance. My son had to go to Obama care due to the job dropping the medical. He was charged $1600.00 a month, with a $12,000.00 deductible. He couldn’t even afford his rent, so he is now without insurance…..paying a penalty, because of the mandate that says you have to have insurance. No one can afford the Obama Care, and my son makes to much money for Medicaid and not enough for Obama care. What a screwed up mess, and the country is heading that way now.

  • Nikki

    How interesting this is to read now that Donald Trump has bankrupted his campaign and is owned by his donors and the banks. How interesting that he has come out as pro-choice and pro-universal health care. He is being sued for fraud, and he has just made 2 huge racist statements in less than a week. My African American? Wonderful and pragmatic. NOT. He has also accused an American born judge of being biased because “I am building a wall”. The American born judge is Hispanic. Trump is a lunatic. He is in the early stages of dementia. Study some videos from just 2 years ago compared to now. He can’t form a sentence with more than 3 words, he can’t answer a question, and he can’t focus. These are all signs of dementia. Pragmatic is the last word anyone would use now to describe the adulterer, coward, lying Trump.

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