The Pink Flamingo suspects that, if Donald Trump decides to run for POTUS, and is serious about it, he may have a chance. Dennis Miller, on O’Reilly on Wednesday, started me thinking. I was listening to the interview, and realized this man has a chance.
Then Miller brought up exactly what I was thinking.
The American people have a tendency to like excitement, something new, and something positive when electing a president. (How else do you explain Barack Obama). During the Depression, when the nation was at its lowest, Herbert Hoover was defeated by positive optomism.
In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s campaign song was Happy Days Are Here Again. He ran against high deficits, cutting spending, and optomism.
“...Roosevelt denounced Hoover’s failures to restore prosperity or even halt the downward slide, and he ridiculed Hoover’s huge deficits. Roosevelt campaigned on the Democratic platform advocating “immediate and drastic reductions of all public expenditures,” “abolishing useless commissions and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus, and eliminating extravagances” and for a “sound currency to be maintained at all hazards.” On September 23, Roosevelt made the gloomy evaluation that, “Our industrial plant is built; the problem just now is whether under existing conditions it is not overbuilt. Our last frontier has long since been reached.” Hoover damned that pessimism as a denial of “the promise of American life … the counsel of despair.” The prohibition issue solidified the wet vote for Roosevelt, who noted that repeal would bring in new tax revenues…”
In 1980, when the country was dealing with the mess Jimmy Carter had made, Ronald Reagan blew him out of the water with positive optimism for his country. There is something of a very strange irony here between Reagan and FDR:
“…Through the 1970s, the United States underwent a wrenching period of low economic growth, high inflation and interest rates and intermittent energy crises.Reagan was an adherent of supply-side economics, which argues that economic growth can be most effectively created using incentives for people to produce (supply) goods and services, such as adjusting income tax and capital gains tax rates. Accordingly, Reagan promised an economic revival that would affect all sectors of the population. Reagan theorized that cutting tax rates would actually increase tax revenues because the lower rates would cause people to work harder as they would be able to keep more of their money.
Reagan called for a drastic cut in “big government” programs, and pledged to deliver a balanced budget for the first time since 1969. In the primaries, Bush famously called Reagan’s economic policy “voodoo economics” because it promised to lower taxes and increase revenues at the same time….”
When times are bad, people want a Three Ring Circus. They want positive. They want excitement. They want Happy Days Are Here Again!
Until Wednesday night when hearing Donald Trump on O’Reilly, The Pink Flamingo was like any number of Republicans – he’s a joke. Then I listened to him. Aside from the Birther dribble, which wasn’t all that bad, there was nothing Trump said that I did not disagree with.
From The Daily Beast:
“…O’Reilly asked Trump whether there is a Muslim problem in the world.
“Absolutely, absolutely — I don’t notice Swedish people knocking down the World Trade Center,” Trump said. “I came out very strongly against the mosque being built virtually across the street.
“The fact is, it was so insensitive when they announced the mosque in that location,” he said. “Don’t forget, that’s my territory — Manhattan. When they announced the mosque in that location, I couldn’t believe it.”
Trump said although there is a world Muslim problem, it does not reflect on all Muslims.
“And that’s the sad part about life, because you have fabulous Muslims — I know many Muslims, and they are fabulous people, they’re smart, they’re industrious,” he said. “Unfortunately, at this moment in time, there is a Muslim problem in the world.”
Turning to the issue of Obama’s birth, Trump said at first he hadn’t contested the president was born in Hawaii, but circumstances made him think twice. He also said it is wrong to demonize people who question the need for Obama to produce proof.
“People have birth certificates . . . now, he may have one, but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he’s a Muslim — or he may not have one,” Trump said. “But I will tell you this: If he wasn’t born in this country, it’s one of the great scams of all time.”
On the issue of health insurance, when asked whether he thought people who can’t afford healthcare should have access to it, Trump said there is “a moral obligation to help people,” but he believes people who can pay should be able to go out and price healthcare privately.
“When I buy health insurance, I can’t go across state lines to buy it,” Trump said. “And I can make a better deal in New Jersey than I can in New York. We should be able to go out and price it privately. I don’t want to be stuck with one or two companies in New York. If I want to buy healthcare for my people, I should be able to bid it out.”
Turning to the economy, O’Reilly noted that part of the reason America has just gone through a recession is because of Wall Street actions, and he asked Trump whether he would crack down on brokers.
“I would not do that — you’re making it so tough for our companies, our ‘Wall Street people,’ to compete with the rest of the world,” Trump said. “Because you have guys in London, guys in Switzerland, guys in Hong Kong, that are giving very, very good deals — and they don’t have the kind of regulation we have here. I’m not a big regulation person.”…”
The GOP is currently dealing with what one Pink Flamingo reader described as ‘Three Stooges’ candidates – Rand, Ron, Michele (Larry, Moe, Curly) ,etc. No one inspires a sense of adventure or excitement. In 2008 one of the reasons John McCain was so totally defeated was the excitement of the Barack Obama side show.
It is entirely possible that the only way the Barack Obama Side Show with a sucker born every minute, will be via a Donald Trump three ring greatest show on Earth. People in this country are tired. They’re down in the dumps. They’re scared. Maybe it is about time they will ‘come and see the elephant’!
(During the mid-1800s the term ‘going to see (or come and see) the elephant, was about exploring and seeing something different. It was about casting aside the ordinary and mundane and exploring something just a little exciting. It was about a big adventure).