Trump’s Amer­ica: A Shin­ing Out­house on a Hill

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - OPINION - Don­ald Kaul

When Don­ald Trump an­nounced he was run­ning for pres­i­dent, I mocked him. “Of the United States?” I asked. (I got a C- in Mock­ery when I was in col­lege, un­for­tu­nately.)

When he jumped into the lead al­most im­me­di­ately, I laughed. “The higher the climb, the harder the fall,” I said. (I did bet­ter in Pithy Quo­ta­tions.)

When the early cam­paign­ing found him do­ing well in such dis­parate states as Ne­vada, New Hamp­shire, and South Carolina, I fell into de­nial. “He’ll never, ever be the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee,” I said. “Repub­li­cans are too sen­si­ble.”

Then Su­per Tues­day hap­pened and Trump ba­si­cally wiped the floor with his op­po­nents, who fi­nally paused their fights with each

other to join in a pa­thetic mass spit­ball at­tack on Trump. They were joined by the ghostly reap­pear­ance of Mitt Rom­ney, who as usual was a day late and a dol­lar short.

So I give up. I’m now con­vinced that Don­ald Trump is go­ing to be the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for the pres­i­dency. Yes, of the United States.

He criss­crossed the coun­try and stitched to­gether a di­verse group of peo­ple — young and old, con­ser­va­tive and mod­er­ate, well- ed­u­cated and “poorly ed­u­cated,”

South­ern and North­ern.

They’re united by a sin­gle char­ac­ter­is­tic: They’re no smarter than a box of rocks.

That, it turned out, was enough. I don’t know whether it will be enough to beat Hil­lary Clin­ton or Bernie San­ders ( if the Ver­mont sen­a­tor’s un­ex­pected Michi­gan win por­tends a real turn­around), but to tell you the truth I wouldn’t be sur­prised. Shocked, yes. Sur­prised, no.

Well, you know what they say: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. In that spirit I would like to put forth the rea­sons that I, from now on, sup­port Don­ald Trump.

He’s in­ex­pe­ri­enced — and good for him, I say. The two most ex­pe­ri­enced pres­i­dents we’ve elected in re­cent times were Lyn­don B. John­son and Richard Nixon, and what did

it get us? The war in Viet­nam and Water­gate. The next two most ex­pe­ri­enced were Ger­ald Ford and Ge­orge H. W. Bush, both duds.

And, don’t for­get, Ge­orge W. Bush came into of­fice sur­rounded by what was de­scribed as a “dream team” of for­eign pol­icy ad­vis­ers — Dick Cheney, Don­ald Rums­feld, and Paul Wol­fowitz. Hello Iraq in­va­sion and end­less war in the Middle East. Ex­pe­ri­ence is vastly over­rated.

Trump tells it like it isn’t. And he lies, but that’s good too. Why should we be the only coun­try that tells the truth? Does China? North Korea? Iran? Rus­sia? Don’t be silly.

We need a leader who will match our en­e­mies lie for lie, and Trump has shown a real ge­nius for that. He can tell a

lie and make it sound like an un­pleas­ant truth.

He has no re­spect for any­one — nor should he. The kind of peo­ple he hangs around with don’t de­serve re­spect. A per­fect ex­am­ple of that is Chris Christie, the gov­er­nor of New Jersey who en­dorsed Trump af­ter end­ing his own bid.

Christie im­me­di­ately made him­self use­ful by whack­ing Marco Ru­bio in a drive-by, but did that make Trump grate­ful?

No, he’s too big for grat­i­tude. He treated Christie like the lackey he’d be­come. For me one of the great im­ages of the cam­paign was Christie stand­ing be­hind Trump dur­ing a rally, wear­ing that 1,000-yard stare one as­so­ciates with a sol­dier who’s sur­vived a bomb­ing.

Any­one who can re­duce

a bully like Christie to a hand- lick­ing toady with such ef­fort­less ease can’t be all bad.

Fi­nally, Trump flip-flops on is­sues — an­other strong point. We live in volatile times that de­mand con­stant re­assess­ment of one’s po­si­tions on is­sues. The king and queen of this tech­nique are none other than Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton, who are able not only to change po­si­tions on a dime but to oc­cupy both sides of an is­sue si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Trump isn’t quite their equal yet, but he’s close.

Now you see why I’m for The Don­ald. He’ll make Amer­ica great again. It will be a shin­ing out­house on a hill. OTH­ER­WORDS COLUM­NIST DON­ALD KAUL LIVES IN ANN AR­BOR, MICHI­GAN.

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