Special to the Las Vegas Tribune
Donald Trump rocked Las Vegas on Saturday at Freedomfest, a libertarian-oriented event. Make America Great Again is his campaign slogan. He explained why his catchphrase is going to energize the American people in the 2016 election. His hour-long speech before a crowd of about 2,000 was presented without notes, and he took questions before he jetted off to Phoenix. That event had to be moved from a hotel ballroom to the Phoenix Convention Center because the planned 1,000 attendees ballooned to about 5,000. He gave essentially the exact same speech in Phoenix that he gave at Freedomfest.
Being an outsider to the Washington, DC political scene is a virtue to American voters who desperately want change. The political establishment has no clue how to respond to Donald Trump’s straight talk about issues which most Americans care about. Recent polls document that voters are concerned about the economy and immigration.
And they are tired of the same recycled responses from the politicians in Washington. It’s obvious that if the current elected representative had a solution, it would have been enacted. A new approach is needed.
Ronald Reagan faced the same challenge in 1980. He was a Washington outsider who had big dreams and straight talk. During his one term, President Jimmy Carter had successfully promoted his liberal, Democratic, big government agenda. In 1980, America was plagued by high inflation and unemployment, gasoline shortages, and a hostage
crisis in Iran with 50 Americans held hostage. Carter had given away the Panama Canal. The country was drifting backward, rather than moving forward.
Reagan was portrayed by Washington insiders as a dangerous cowboy who was best known for acting in a series of B-movies. They tried to insult him by branding him an intellectual lightweight and a heartless right-winger. He never seemed to mind. Instead of getting bitter or frustrated, he pursued the presidency with a special brand of good
cheer and optimism that impressed the American people. Like Trump, Reagan was a wealthy man but one who retained and understood basic American values. Reagan had the ability to speak directly to the heart of the American people about important issues, using language they understood.
Reagan spoke of American exceptionalism and our ability to achieve great things. Americans just needed to believe in themselves again.
Their future was bright. Like Trump, he was attacked by the establishment as being extreme and simplistic. People were so fed up with the state of the country that Reagan went on to defeat Carter in a landslide, winning 489 electoral votes to Carter’s 44. In 1984 his reelection carried every state except Minnesota.
I reviewed some of Reagan’s speeches before writing this article. Often called The Great Communicator, Reagan talked to the people from the heart, using words they understood. He didn’t lie to the voters.
He didn’t promise something he didn’t think he could deliver. He identified problems, and talked about the pros and cons of how to solve them. He used simple statements to tell people honestly what he wanted to do. “We’re going to put an end to the notion that the American people exist to serve the federal government. The federal
government exists to serve the American people.” And “There are simple answers, but there are no easy answers.” Or, when asked, how he explained his approach to the Cold War: “We win, they lose.” Going to the Berlin Wall, standing there, and summing up our position by saying on international television, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Trump is our Reagan. The country has managed to get itself into a huge, tangled mess. Again. Under yet another liberal, Democratic, big government agenda. Carter’s reign only lasted four years, so the country has been able to be twice as twisted by Obama’s liberal agenda for eight years. The southern border is wide open. Unemployment — real
unemployment, not the manipulated number reported by the federal government which does not include 92,000,000 Americans who have stopped looking for work — is at historic highs. Manufacturing is declining. Trump pointed out that Gross Domestic Product actually declined in the first quarter, 2015. Government regulations are
increasing over energy, water, guns — you name it. Everyone is required to have health insurance, but at a tremendous cost. Obama is the most decisive president, ever.
Donald Trump outlined his priorities if elected. Secure the border. The establishment has attacked him since his announcement speech on June 16 where he said that Mexico is sending the dregs of its country to the United States. This stirred up an amazing amount of controversy and backlash by both private companies and the media. New York City’s Mayor de Blasio said he was “reviewing” their contracts with Trump’s companies. Newsflash to Mayor de Blasio: in this country, government contracts cannot be awarded based on politics. The contractor can have
any political opinions he/she wants. As long as the criterion for the contracts are met, the government has to award the contract to the lowest bidder who meets the criteria to bid and perform. Trump claimed on Saturday that Univision was pressured by the Mexican government to cancel its coverage of the Ms. Universe Pageant. The Mexican government can run its country any way its citizens choose, but America is not Mexico. And Americans do not want to become Mexico.
The establishment candidates appear to really have stepped into it by attacking Trump on the immigration issue. On July 1, Kathryn Steinle was killed in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. Notice how the current administration is completely silent about this atrocity. Trump brought Jamiel Shaw, Sr. on stage.
About three years ago, Mr. Shaw’s teenage son was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times. Nothing could be more moving than a father talking about how his son was murdered.
Then, when the fact that the murderer was an illegal immigrant was discovered, Mr. Shaw told how the prosecutor essentially stopped communicating about the case.
Trump makes the establishment so confused they don’t know where to start. He’s created mass hysteria. CNN said his name 239 times in 24 hours from July 8 to July 9. CNN’s own political commentator, Paul Begala, actually said they were having a “Trumpgasm.” During the same time period, “ISIS” was mentioned 61 times, Iran 35 times, “John Kerry” 18 times, and “nuclear deal” six times. For the record, CNN’s liberal, left leanings are well documented so they hate Donald Trump.
Mr. Begala was an adviser to President Bill Clinton. But they’re so fixated on Donald Trump, they are helping him by continually talkingabout him.
Trump supports a strong military and taking care of the existing veterans. He was literally laughing at the VA for spending $1.4 billion to build a hospital, when he said he could build seven, maybe ten hospitals for that amount. And treating veterans like they are third-class citizens is unacceptable.
He called Hillary Clinton the worst secretary of state in American history. Just as Carter gave away the Panama Canal, she and the Obama administration gave away Iraq. Trump called her a criminal for deleting emails and disposing of her computer server after she received a subpoena from Congress. Trump used the Bowe Bergdahl
exchange as another example of incompetence in the current administration. “We get a deserter who in the old days would have been executed, and they get five killers who right now are back on the battlefield.”
Trump made some solid points about America’s negotiating record. He touted his book, “The Art of the Deal,” and mentioned that Obama obviously hasn’t read it. Trump vowed to hire the best negotiators and use them when dealing with foreign governments. When a Russian woman asked about how he would deal with Russia, he said he would welcome negotiating with Putin directly and he said he thought he “would get along very, very well with Putin,” as long as America negotiated from a position of strength.
The zinger is when Donald Trump simply states, and restates, that he encourages legal immigration. How can any other candidate respond to that? He just wants to stop illegal immigration, and address the people who are already here illegally. Any candidate arguing against that loses total credibility. The same promise of “comprehensive
immigration reform” was already old in the last election cycle.
Americans want an answer, by someone who has proven he or she can accomplish a goal.
Make America Great Again.