Trump’s Best Traits Can Work for You

Posted on December 19, 2015 by Robert Ringer


Though I use Donald Trump as an example, this is not meant to be a political article. Rather, it’s about two important aspects of human nature.

Many establishment Republicans dislike Trump because they believe he’s more of a liberal than a conservative. But, in truth, he’s neither. He’s really a classic example of a hard-nosed businessman who’s not hung up on politics or ideology.

Like most big-business types, he’s more than willing to humor politicians of any stripe for the sake of making a deal, because he knows the system is not only B.S., but corrupt to the core. I’ve known many wealthy businessmen who are pretty much the same as Trump in this respect. They view politics as something of a giant game, and are more than happy to use it to their benefit.

If it helps to donate to Hillary Clinton, donate to Hillary Clinton. If it helps to donate to George Bush, donate to George Bush. As Trumps says, the system is corrupt and they’re all for sale, so why not play the game and use amoral politicians to help you accomplish your ends?

That said, listening to several CNN commentators this week, I was struck by how dramatically they’ve changed their tone toward Trump. As I watched Fox-conservative-turned-CNN-liberal Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo discussing Tuesday’s GOP debate, I found it interesting that both of them talked about Trump without employing the usual snarky and dismissive remarks.

In fact, since Trump’s poll numbers rose as a result of his remarks about temporarily banning Muslims from the United States, many other hardline anti-Trump pundits have softened their rhetoric about him. Beltway insider Chris Wallace was probably the first big-name media personality to succumb to Trump’s unorthodox charm. In both of the interviews I watched him do with Trump, Wallace was clearly enamored with him and smiled or laughed out loud at almost everything he said.

So what the heck is going on here? Why are the Trump haters losing so badly?

The most important thing is that Trump has a delightful habit of saying whatever is on his mind. Many people find some of his remarks to be rude, nasty, and outrageous, but even if they would never admit it, they also sense that he’s authentic.

What does being authentic do for him? Everything! It places him in a very small minority in the fake world of politics and motivates would-be Trump haters to support him instead. Authenticity is in such short supply in politics that people — especially clueless establishment Republicans — are completely befuddled. How in the world can a guy get away with saying what he really thinks? It borders on heresy.

This is where Fox’s Mr. Bigs — O’Reilly and Krauthammer (those two brilliant fellows who just can’t seem to figure out why Obama does so many things that are harmful to America) — have it all wrong. They’re convinced that Trump methodically plots the most outrageous remarks he can think of in order to drive the rest of the GOP field nuts and get a reaction out of both them and the press.

But I have a very different take on Trump. I don’t for a second believe that he carefully plans his remarks. In fact, I think he’s often genuinely surprised when hysteria sets in after he says something that seems perfectly rational to a majority of people (e.g., his statement that we should ban all Muslims from the U.S. until the Feds can get a handle on Islamic terrorist activities). I believe he just says what he thinks, but many people assume his words are preplanned and intended to shock.

In truth, when pundits and politicians are aghast at his remarks, it illustrates just how far removed they are from the average voter’s mind-set. Thanks to cable television and the Internet, I think a majority of Republican voters have a pretty good understanding of the nation’s problems. They realize that Washington is home to the world’s most powerful crime syndicate, and, as a result, they not only desperately want a presidential candidate who’s authentic, they also recognize authenticity when they see it.

In addition to his authenticity, Trump absolutely refuses to be intimidated — not by the media, not by his opponents, and not by the rest of the “hate Trump” crowd. Sure, he himself is an intimidating person, but the more important point is that he doesn’t allow others to intimidate him.

That impresses the heck out of most folks, because everyone knows what it feels like to be intimidated, whether in their business or personal lives, and they don’t like it. (I think the sales of a book titled Winning Through Intimidation prove that.)

In these two respects — authenticity and the refusal to be intimidated — Trump bears a resemblance to Rocky Balboa, even though they inhabit two totally different worlds. Sure, he came into the Republican race obscenely rich and famous, but the conventional-wisdom crowd wrote him off as a joke.

Days turned into weeks, weeks have now turned into months, and I still hear dough-heads on TV saying that after the holidays voters will finally start getting serious and drop their fascination with Trump.

It’s possible, but I wouldn’t want to bet on it. If Trump stays true to his authenticity and refuses to be intimidated into backing down, he might just be victorious in spite of the establishment’s determination to use every dirty trick in the book to deny him the nomination.

In closing, I should add that there’s one other aspect of human nature that’s in play here: To the dismay of the proponents of egalitarianism, people love winners — especially winners who are authentic and who have repeatedly been told that what they want to accomplish can’t be done. And Trump is proving to be the poster boy for both of these traits.

So whether you love Trump or hate him, you would be wise to learn from him. It’s most decidedly in your best interest to think about two of his greatest strengths — authenticity and the refusal to be intimidated — and make a concerted effort to continually improve yourself in both of these critical areas.

Human nature being what it is, you can be certain that people will admire and respect you for doing so, and that’s a big step toward becoming a winner.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

46 responses to “Trump’s Best Traits Can Work for You”

  1. oscarwildeweenr says:

    the most "authentic" mafioso is still mafioso. see oppenheimer's/nock's explication of economic vs political means (production vs criminality). human nature? largely self-cancelling. as in 'fool me once…twice…∞….

    & "authenticity" that doesn't get it's head modified, a la dallas '63*, or it's residency moved to Sheremetyevo Airport, etc, was never authentic. no matter how methodical the method actor.

    *not that the camelotians were ever exemplars of authenticity….

  2. Ted Pawlikowski says:

    Robert. You nailed it. As a libertarian, I have some problems with many of Trump's views. However, as an American fed up with politicians of all stripes, I find Trump a very appealing alternative and I plan on voting for him.

    • Phil says:

      I am right there with you. And we are rolling the dice in any event…it's not like the other candidates, save just maybe Cruz and Paul, and perhaps Fiorina, would be any more likely than Trump to follow libertarian policies while in office.

  3. Texas Wolfie says:

    As a Ted Cruz supporter, I got to admit Mr. Trump has my ear. He is like a glass of cool water on a hot Texas summer day. Maybe we can get Ted on the vice president ticket.

  4. Jim says:

    Very good analysis, Robert, and I think you struck to the core.

    Most "analyses" of Trump's popularity settle for only scratching the surface. They conclude that Trump is popular because "he says what people are thinking". But I believe that you drill deeper with your points re authenticity and non-intimidation.

    But two questions remain:
    1. what kind of president would he make?
    2. can he beat Hillary in the general election?

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      He'd do a lot of things I probably wouldn't like, but my hope would be that he'd also do a whole lot of things that would have a major, positive impact on America.

      As to Hillary, I think Trump would have her in tears in a debate and make a fool out of her. But I still think she may be forced to drop out of the race if James Comey and his FBI team come down on her.

      • Jon says:

        "He'd do a lot of things I probably wouldn't like…"

        Isn't that a valid statement that can be applied to all other candidates of both parties as well?

        Unfortunately, the only choice remaining is the "Lesser of the Evils" – in perpetuity – because "none of the above" is not a choice.

        So what Trump really does offer is the refreshing "calls it like he sees it" regardless of what the Elites want said and done. That alone is probably a valid reason to accept Trump as the lesser of the evils; warts and all.

  5. Reality99r says:

    Refreshingly accurate words of insight and wisdom.
    Trump has turned the political and pundit community upside down because he quite simply does not fit into their mold. Mr. Ringer's analysis is right on target.

  6. Bryan says:

    Mr. Ringer- I would love to see more posts by you explaining how not to be intimated by other people.

  7. Bryan says:

    Ooops- meant to say Intimidated.

  8. Reality Seeker says:

    "Trump's best traits can work for you".

    They can indeed. But what about his worst traits? Can they work, too? — can they work for you and me and the entire country?

    Trump is a big talker. My dad, who is also from New York, calls Trump a "smoke blower". And that's just who Trump is: for example, have you noticed how Trump boldly claims he's not only going to fix SSI, but he's going to make it better than ever. Really? Think about that statement for a minute…… or two. How can you make a Ponzi scheme, like SSI, better? Both my Dad and I really believe that Trump believes in his own bullshit. And even if I actually believed that Trump could fix SSI, which I don't, I don't want SSI or any of the hundreds of other unconstitutional expenditures "fixed". Trump isn't going to actually fix anything that really needs fixing—long-term. Not really. But Trump sure talks BIG. Trump is going to fix the VA, SSI, build a great wall and have Mexico pay for it, negotiate killer trade deals for Americans, and on and on the list goes.

    The bottom line is this: Trump is peddling his own form of Communitarianism. And it won't work. "We are going to make America so great" really means Trump is going to run America like the Roman Empire was run, e.g., more bread and circus.

    Let the bread and circus roll, baby roll……… That's what Trump plans to do. That's why I say he's the best man for the job. Because America is an empire, and an empire needs a quintessential Caesar……..

    • Jim Hallett says:

      Yes, RS, you have nailed it correctly with regards to Trump. Amerikans like their "theatre" and Trump provides the most entertaining bread & circus show going, and at least he has not sold his soul to the Saudis (a la Hitlary) or anyone else. He wants to be his own man (dictator), as he is not one given to compromise – in business or elsewhere, so I would not expect it were he to make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. either.

      • Reality Seeker says:

        Bread. Circus. And let's not forget— like many do— GLORY.

        A Marcus Aurelius ( aka “the philosopher”) Trump is not, nor shall he ever be so great a caesar as any of the best, brightest and most glorious. Trump shall never be as great as Trajan— not even close. Under Trajan, Rome expanded to its maximum glory. And glory was just as important to Romans as bread and circus. American have lost their sense of glory, but Trump does seem to awaken it a wee bit. But a wee bit isn't enough.

        Bread and circus is what Trump can bring in abundance to the American Empire; but, it's the glory he can never fully deliver. Why? Many reasons. For one, the difference between an Augustus and a Trump is a Trump never gets his sword bloody because he's just a businessman. All of the really great leaders throughout history, like George Washington, were dangerous men. Read George's letters and you'll quickly realize that George wanted glory for himself and his country. George wanted his sword to drip with blood. Trump isn't like that. He's more of a businessman, not a dangerous man.

        A dangerous man, a brilliant man, a man of stunning physical ability all rolled into a complete package is the type of leader that is necessary for an empire to expand into a superpower— and remain. Glory is the missing ingredient. Glory used to be a very big deal— even with collectivists like FDR or Teddy Roosevelt. And glory was a great morale booster for the ignorant masses.

        A new age of glory for America! That's what Trump implies. Making America great is Trump's way of saying to people that he's going to make America glorious!

        Sorry, but that ain't happening with Trump. Trump tries to imply glory by exclaiming that he'll "make America so great! Again! America will be so great that you won't be able to recognize it when a Trump administration is done rebuilding it!".

        Hogwash.. …. Trump is blowing smoke up the ass.

        Bread. Circus. Glory. Trump gets Americans two out of three at best. And two out of three ain't bad……..

        It's a shame that people haven't really changed in the two thousand years since Rome was the superpower. Let's hope the next American caesar doesn't decide to deploy nuclear weapons. At this point in time, humankind's only hope is to spread out into space where, perhaps, some of them can peacefully coexist without needing a Trump or a Nero to run things.

    • Daniel says:

      With regard to "…SSI…better than ever.": Perhaps he was alluding to the Chilean pension system as a possible model for SSI. As I recall, George Bush was roundly criticized by the left/progressives/Democrats for suggesting that personal investment accounts could be added to the U.S. SSI system. Their howling could be heard all over mainstream media. The problem is that once producers discover that the money going into SSI could actually buy assets that can be owned, traded, and passed on to heirs, rather than paying benefits to non-producers, they would opt out of traditional SSI and collapse it much sooner than the current trajectory. The plantation owners can't allow that.

      • Reality Seeker says:

        "The problem is……."

        SSI is Socialist Security Insurance. And that's all it shall ever be. Just another form of collectivism. That's the "problem". There is no fix. Collectivist programs are "problems" that have only one real solution. Collapse—– and the realization by the ignorant masses that it never has worked long-term.

        Trajan knew how to set up various welfare programs better than FDR. And SSI and other modern government programs are really no different—- other than being less effective, poorly run and less enduring—– than Trajan's alimenta, donativa and congiaria. The modern versions of welfare programs are more corrupt and poorly run than they were 2000 years ago.

        In fact, the Romans understood what it took to build a superpower. And the kind of man needed to lead. For example, the renowned Fronto wrote: " I consider it good policy that the prince [Trajan] did not neglect the theatre or the circus and arena, as he well knew that there are two things which the Roman applaud especially—the distribution of grain, and games. The neglect of the important thing [grains] causes great harm, of the frivolous thing [entertainment] greater hatred—the crowd hungering more for games than for bread, because by the gift to the people [congiarium] only those who are authorized to receive the grain will be gratified, while by the games the whole population is pacified…………..neglect of serious matters can cause greater damage, but neglect of amusements greater discontent"

        "One of Trajan's notable acts during this period was the hosting of a three-month gladiatorial festival in the great Colosseum in Rome. Combining chariot racing, beast fights and close-quarters gladiatorial bloodshed, this gory spectacle reputedly left 11,000 dead ( not to mention the thousands of ferocious beasts killed alongside them) and attracted a total of five million spectators over the course of the festival. "

        Trump has got nothing on Trajan. But Trump is the best America has got, and Trump knows what the people want and what "pacifies" them. Trump shall deliver more grain, spectacle, but less of the patriotic glory that comes from winning great wars. The games won't be as bloody as Trajan's, but the bread will have a greater selection.

        Enjoy it while it lasts………

        Some thing never change.

  9. John Abbott says:

    Great post Robert-I TOTALLY agree! And Bryan-who wants to know how NOT to be intimidated, read Roberts book!
    By the way, I LOVE/HATE Trump! With Gods help, he will be a GREAT President!

  10. Iheartdagney says:

    Great article with which I only have one quibble. The republican establishment doesn't dislike Trump because they think he's more "liberal" than conservative. They agree with the "liberals" for the most part. They hate him because he intends to change the status quo. PLUS, they and their lobbyist cronies can't control him.

    I am also a Ted Cruz supporter because I know he intends to bring this country back to the Constitution as much as possible. However, if Trump is the nominee, I will whole-heartedly support him.

  11. Ric says:

    I would add one more reason for Trump's appeal… He is unapologetic. Too many politicians are too quick to the microphone for some indiscretion – real or perceived and prompted by the media – to apologize to the hypersensitive public. Trump never accommodates them. In fact, he doubles down. Compare it Martin O'Malley. He had the gall to say that all lives matter. When the Black Lives Matter crowd and the media hounded him for it, rather than stand by the reasonable statement, the typically castrated liberal dropped trou and grabbed his ankles. By now, even the media know better than to expect that of Trump. I think that garners respect.

  12. Rocketman says:

    Robert, yes I think that Trump is going to get the nomination and then go on to beat the democrat running which I do not believe will be Hilliary because she will be going to jail for her federal violations of e-mail security crimes. However, I fear two things. The first is that the Republican establishment will then do to Trump what they did to Dr. Ron Paul and rig the nomination against him and Cruz and secondly I am somewhat worried about once Trump gets into office is he going to do what he has promised concerning things like support for the second amendment. We have just gone through 7 years now of the most anti-libertarian president that this country has ever had and I wonder if Trump is the man on the white horse or if he is another charlatan who is saying what he needs to say to get elected.

  13. Scorned Rubric says:

    Trump is the real deal. He is the most refreshing and common sense man to ever run for the modern Presidency. He is the anti-Obama. Just what the country needs. I am a Cruz supporter, and the same can be said for Cruz. If I were a delegate, I would vote Cruz first, but truth be known, I would really rather see Trump President if indeed he will blow up Washington – but I fear once in, he would succumb like every other President (except Obama, he never succumbed, he never gave in, and so he wins by fundamentally transforming America into a Socialist Loser country just like he planned – what does that say about the American people?) If Trump succumbs that indeed would lead to us Tea Party supporters being let down yet again, and then knowing that it is impossible to fix America. But I believe it is worth a try to see what a non politico can do.

    When you listen to Trump and hear his bombastic remarks, most think he is nuts and it "can't be done." But with Trump, you know it can be done, because he has done it over and over again. One doesn't earn 10,000 million dollars because it "can't be done." Trump can do it, every bit of what he says if Congress gets behind him. And there is the rub.

    We have just witnessed the Republican congress fall down and give up with the new budget. I have never in my life seen so many losers in one place at the same time – but there they are. It matters not one wit if Republicans have the congress or not, they still allow Pelosi and Reid to run both houses. I think I am in some kind of bizzaro world. This has lead me to really HATE the Republicans more than the Democrats! At least with the Democrats we know they are crazy, we expect more from the Republicans. And this betrayal is the worst. Ryan should just resign now and get it over with and hand the gavel to Pelosi – you would see no difference in results – none.

    The Republican party is on its last legs, dying a slow death that is so painful to watch. But losers are losers, and loser does as loser is. We see even if they win, they lose! How dumb can you get and breathe air…They lose because they are crappy politicians, unlike the Democrats, who out maneuver the Republicans every time. The Donald is not, he is a winner and you can take that (R) behind his name and throw it away. I only hope if he wins, he starts a new party. The Republican party has loser written on its forehead, so they have to go away if America is to win again.

  14. Snubbed Rubric says:

    Robert just threw away my comments because I mentioned the name Obama!

  15. Snubbed Rubric says:

    And once comments are thrown away, they have never appeared. I said absolutely nothing in my comments to warrant trash can status, nothing. Post them please and let the people decide.

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      I have not thrown away any comments from you or anyone else commenting on this article. Try again.

      • Scorned Rubric says:

        Ok Robert, thanks. I figured out my problem. I said that Trump would "b u wash". I can see where the algorithm picked out that political phrase with all the present danger we face.

        Can you please release my comment? If you don't like that phrase, can you just take those words out please? I cannot repost because I composed it here. If you don't fine, as I am sure the world will still turn without it, lol…

  16. Stephan F says:

    I’m a bit baffled about the ongoing comments coming from the great Dr. Ron Paul about everyone’s favorite the subject of the day, the hairstyle hipster himself DJT — whose hairdo looks like it came out of a box of shredded wheat.

    It seems Dr. Paul has become singularly focused on criticizing only the Trumpster. A few comments to illustrate: “he’ll be bad for the country; he’ll decimate the Republican Party; I’m scared to death he’ll win; Trump’s iron fist won’t solve amerika’s problems; Trump is the establishment candidate.” Additionally, I hear a similar echo coming from all corners of the freedom movement (who cares what the left and the neocons have to say). And I admit, I’m in agreement with most of those comments…so what’s the problem?

    The issue of course is, what about those other candidates? Why not give them the same dose of criticism (or even more) and why are they just focusing on Trump? Wouldn’t it be fair to criticize all of them? Aren’t the others at least as bad as Trump is? I put it to you that of all the other hucksters up there, save for Rand, are all much much worse than Trump, in almost all categories.

    The chronic Trump attacks coming from his detractors strongly imply that we have a wide variety of good candidates to choose from as an alternative to Donnie boy. Again forgetting Rand for a moment, which republican would these Trump haters suggest we turn to? Hmmmmmmmmmmm? Or gee, maybe we should vote Dem? C’mon, I’m waiting. The obvious answer is there is no one better. As for Dr. Paul, we all know who he supports. But why isn’t he loudly & frequently challenging all the other bought-and-paid-for political hacks up there? Does he actually think that he can help bring down Trump with his son sliding into the top slot automatically? I’m sure that’s not the case.

    Of course Rand ranks head & shoulders above all of them, including Trump. But supporting Rand is a complete waste of time & resources because he has exactly 0% chance of winning the nomination. He began his campaign on precisely the wrong foot and never looked back. I really think he wanted so much to not repeat the lack of success of his father’s campaign that he was willing to listen to anything his idiotic advisors suggested. The result, his campaign is shot, D-O-A. I want to say half-heartedly, “nice try Rand”. But I can’t. Rand obviously picked the wrong guys to listen to. What does that say about his judgment? You decide.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      "Of course Rand ranks head & shoulders above all of them, including Trump".

      I agree. But Rand has no business in Washington other than playing an educational role. I'm glad he's running, not because I want him to win, so he can point out that Neocons— like Chris Christie—- would start WW3 by shooting down Russian bombers inside of Syria.

      It's too late to save amerika from sinking into an economic Laurentian Abyss. But it's not too late to prevent nuclear war.

      We all live in a Yellen submarine, a Yellen submarine, a Yellen submarine………. and nobody is gonna stop this bitch from going down. Nobody. And whoever is president when natural market forces finally mount enough hydraulic pressure to crush the hull of the Yellen submarine, then the shit is going to hit the face of that president……And that particular president is going to get the blame…… And I'm glad it won't be Ron Paul's son……….

  17. Snubbed Rubric says:

    Robert will you please tell us what the magic words are that so appall you? I did mention the name Obama, sorry, I know that is appalling, but really? Media all over the world use his name. Is it illegal here? What is it? I cannot figure it out, and I have a genius IQ.

  18. Scorned Rubric says:

    I just figured it out, it is ME! You hate me! If you post my comment, you can take these last ones down but please tell us what the problem is with me, or what free speech you want to silence so we can know. Thank you.

  19. Opened Eyes says:

    Yes, Trump is genuine. It is easy to see discern his exaggerations and the impossibility of achieving his promises. He does not try to hide the fact that he is a huckster with a big head. Certainly, I do not want to "learn" to apply any of those characteristics. Plus, after turning off a big chuck of Americans with his unwarranted name calling, , it will be difficult to see how he "could Make America Great Again". It takes people who like you to make a good leader and he knows it. In short, his success is based on his celebrity – not on his moral characteristics.

    On the other hand, I support him. He is a wrecking ball – destroying the socialists who have taken over the Republican Party. That factor is much more important than anything else at this time.

  20. Andrius says:

    If you do like people telling you the first thing on their mind, don’t blame me for the following: D.Trump’s style resembles that of Russia’s Zhirinovsky whom the national public also likes for his hilarious expressions. The difference between them exists only due to differences in political system and mentality between America and Russia.

  21. Robby Bonfire says:

    Is there one other politician in this country, other than Trump, who cannot be bought? (No.)

  22. anne says:

    to thy own self be true reason at present I prefer TRUMP

  23. Scott theczech says:

    First, the American people do not elect the President – see Bush v Gore, 531 U.S. 98 2000. There is no Constitutional provision for the POTUS to be elected by popular vote. That notwithstanding, it is still fun to watch the "fireworks" of national politics.

    Second, the best propaganda machine usually wins.

    About 55% of Republican voters have had it up to here with the Washington establishment including the Republican Party and the popular media machine. Current polling reflects that extreme dissatisfaction. Had Mitt Romney done what Trump is now doing, he likely would have won. This is because when RINO's like Romney emerge, just enough tune out and get back to work to allow someone like President Obama to get elected. The Electoral College finds it much easier to follow the popular vote when the people disengage. So it is Trump this time but it could have been anyone willing to speak truth to power and not flinch. I further argue that the 55% or so referenced above would swing over to favor the right Democrat were that person to emerge. The other 45% won't budge as they are died in the wool Republicans regardless of what that means. About 30% of the informed, voting public are finished with both parties unless there is repentance by the power elite – which is not likely to happen. The current schism in power politics has not been seen in this country since the 1850's.

  24. JOSEPH says:

    I absolutely love this article. It reminds me of your book Winning. Through Intimidation which I read more than 30 years ago. I'm not surprised at all that Trump is at the top of the polls. I predicted awhile ago, on here, and on your face book website that he would become President. I say it with such confidence because when I started reading Donald Trumps books (I've read many of them) the consistent thing I noticed about him was how tough he really was-VERY TOUGH. In other words he just never ever lets people intimidate him. Something I admire in a person. The other thing which I think is obvious at least to the people-forget the media on this one, they're lost-is the hatred they have for politicians today
    because they lie and keep on lying, and the people have had enough of it. And, as you've said, because of this they love Trumps authenticity. And, I agree with what you said about him making remarks or comments, I don't think he plans them. He is just a straight forward person.


    I will say it again. He will win the Presidency.

    And, one last thing. Good luck to Hillary Clinton trying to attack Trump. That is a game Trump loves. He will Crush her. The media makes me laugh on this one. They say Hillary has so much political experience against him. Well Trump has been dealing with tough business people him whole life. Hilary is no contest for a guy like Trump.

  25. demosthenes2 says:

    In THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS, Adam Smith wrote about the man who is esteemed merely for being highly visible, then esteemed for his wealth, and then esteemed even when his behavior is imprudent. Smith noted that such a man will "erect his own judgment into the supreme standard of right and wrong….{and} fancy himself the only wise and worthy man in the commonwealth." Those men, Smith wrote, like Trump and Obama, "entertain no doubt of the immense superiority of their own judgment."

  26. demosthenes2 says:

    Trump understands how to be a commodity. Like the incumbent, he: 1) believes that adolescent insults are an adaptive means of addressing inconvenient truths; 2) boasts that he doesn't "listen to anybody" on fiscal policy; 3) proposes personal fascist measures against corporations he dislikes; 4) insists that the Constitution (in Trump's case, the 14th Amendment) has to yield to his desire to inflame racist divisiveness; 5) expects Israel to submit to jihadist conquest; 6) has no clue how to deal with Russia; and 6) bellows grandiose policy notions without a clue as to cost or follow-through or consequences.

    • Scorned Rubric says:

      Your philosophical approach is interesting as opposed to JOSEPH's more pragmatic comments. I find both to hold truths that cannot be denied. Both of your comments point out the dilemma that conservatives and voters in the middle have to grapple with. They have to decide if they want to vote for a man who will make America great, or vote for his opponent because political correctness is more important than results or salvation. I think most Americans today would rather turn America over to ISIS than go against the religion of "Political Correctness". This next election will be the proof one way or the other.

      • demosthenes2 says:

        Perhaps, Scorned Rubric, you missed my 8-point comment on the similarities between Trump and Obama. either that, or you believe the current regime has been “making America great”. It's my personal take: 1) that the nation faces no task more urgent than electing a true Republican (one not named Donald, Jeb, or John) as President next year; 2) that we will fail at that task unless we focus on effectively winning the hearts and minds of the undecided; and 3) the best approach to THAT campaign is the 7point tactical plan detailed by Arthur C. Brooks in THE CONSERVATIVE HEART.  Thank you for your engagement, and have a blessed Christmas.

        • Scorned Rubric says:

          Alright, but I see no racist divisiveness in Trump, I don't know where you got that idea. Just because someone wants to uphold law does not mean he is a racist. And just because he wants to rightly ban an evil "religion" is not racist in the least, all religions have all races in them. I could become concerned with the Israel question however as I have not heard his stance on that.

          We need someone outside the party to destroy the establishment Republicans, who are the biggest problem America faces, bigger than ISIS. There is nothing worse than insiders who can't be budged because they harbor the same sentiments as the Democrats. There is absolutely no difference in the parties anymore as they both are headed in the same direction – destruction of America.

          Cruz is my actual choice, there are no other Republicans who are any different than Obama. But I like the idea of Trump just to see if he can wreck the system. But if Trump is against Israel, or doesn't understand that the two state solution is the dumbest idea to ever be propagated, than I cannot support Trump. So then it is Cruz..

          • demosthenes2 says:

            Scorned Rubric: If you believe that “establishment republicans”; are a bigger problem than the bribe-taking Alinskyite blonde, the senescent socialist senator, and jihad, you and I are in disparate worlds. I am focused on winning the hearts and minds of the undecided. Briefly, on Israel: a) Trump said Israel “must sacrifice” for peace; b) Cruz has promised, on his first day as President, to relocate the US Embassy in Israel into Jerusalem. Christmas blessings to you and yours, and thank you for your engagement, principles, and civility.

  27. Shane says:

    RJR, you mention Rocky Balboa. Did you see the movie Creed? If so, what did you think of it?

  28. oscarwildeweenr says:

    "the system" is already the null set. better yet, the null & devoid set. even better, the null & voir dired devoid set. it can't be nullified. but by opting out, the only non-agression axiom choice, you do ratify yourself. individuals are not null…which rhymes with are not dull. ☻

  29. Wayne Wasserman says:

    You really believe that "Bubba" Clinton was such a bad president? Under his administration, our economy was thriving at historic proportions. That all changed when Bush 2 took office. You can find fault with every previous, current and future president and candidates. You have to decide which candidate most closely shares the same beliefs you do, and appears to be best suited to helping our country become stronger financially, healthcare-wise, national security-wise, education-wise, and other factors that affect the masses.

  30. Daniel says:

    You might want to revisit the history of the '92-'00 legislature's initiatives that produced (during the Clinton administration, of course) the first budget surplus in recent history. Every Democrat I've encountered in the last 20 years credits Clinton, and seems utterly vacant when I mention "The Contract With America" and the rise of the internet as being important factors in both fiscal responsibility and economic vitality. There's much more to it than that, of course; but you would have a tough time supporting your tacit assertion that times were so good because of Bill Clinton, and so bad because of George Bush. The last part of your comment, though, resonates with me.