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The Magic of Donald Trump


For well over a year, I, along with the rest of the conservative base in America, have lamented the lack of decent possible Republican presidential candidates. Despite the fact that he has run the most incompetent administration in history, President Obama remains a solid bet for re-election in 2012. Obama's frontrunner status springs from two crucial facts: first, by overexposing himself in the public eye, he has made himself larger than life; second, the Republican field is pathetically weak.

Mitt Romney has about as much charm as a Ziploc bag, and his support for Romneycare in Massachusetts should immediately put him out of the running. Though brilliant, Newt Gingrich is chameleonic and impossible to peg down to principle; therefore, he's unacceptable to many primary voters. Sarah Palin is polarizing; Haley Barbour bears too strong a resemblance to Deputy Dawg; Mike Huckabee isn't interested in running, and his religious background makes him a beloved target of the secular press; Tim Pawlenty makes Ben Stein seem colorful.

The Republican field has not been this wide open since ... well, since 2008. Sadly, the intervening three years have not cleared up any questions.

If Republicans were to construct an ideal candidate, he would have to be rich beyond belief — Obama is going to raise $1 billion for his next election campaign, and no Republican candidate has the ability to come close to those numbers without deep pockets. The ideal Republican candidate would have significant name recognition with the general public — no Republican candidate has ever won the presidency without significant name recognition going into the primaries since Warren G. Harding in 1920. The ideal Republican candidate would have stage presence, an intimidation factor, and a willingness to play dirty.

In the last several weeks, that ideal Republican candidate has materialized.

His name is Donald Trump. His slogan is ready-made: "You're Fired." He does not give a damn what the media thinks of him — he steamrolled Meredith Vieira during his NBC interview with her last week. He can self-fund to the tune of $1 billion.

And what's more, he can win.

Pay no attention to the recent polls showing Obama crushing Trump by 20 points in a head-to-head matchup.

That disparity is attributable to the public perception that Trump is a loudmouth with no true interest in running. The moment he declares in earnest and gets on the campaign stump, his numbers will rise dramatically.

Trump has across-the-board appeal. His show, "The Apprentice," routinely draws nearly 9 million viewers per episode. Blue-collar workers identify with Trump's rough-and-tumble attitude. He even has union support — he's made a political mint bashing outsourcing, and he recently told Human Events that he has made "many billions of dollars working with the unions," though he does not disagree that public sector unions bilk taxpayers.

Trump's image boils down to this: he's a no-nonsense businessman who is brash enough to take on Obama directly. He's big enough to stand toe-to-toe with Obama and slug it out.

The biggest question that surrounds Trump of late is his focus on the question of Obama's birth certificate. Trump has stated routinely and openly that he wonders whether Obama was born in the United States, and he has called on Obama to release his birth certificate. This has earned him the ire and scorn of Obama's lackeys, who say he has "zero chance" of getting elected.

In reality, the birth certificate issue is specifically geared toward certain political ends for Trump. First, it is obviously calculated to attract the most anti-Obama segment of the conservative base — and it has already succeeded, if primary polling is any indicator. Second, it is designed to force Obama into defending his character — Trump has already suggested that at best, Obama refuses to come clean with the American people. Finally, it shows Obama that if Trump is nominated, the campaign will not be a McCain-style hands-off lovefest. It will be a knockdown drag-out brawl. Trump will stop emphasizing the birth certificate issue, to be sure, but not until he's milked it for all it is worth.

Is Donald Trump the best Republican candidate for president out there? It would be tough to argue otherwise. He's got all the makings of a breakout star; he's got bravado and the cash to back it up. If he really runs, he won't have any trouble finding supporters. And as he puts it, he is the Obama administration's "worst nightmare." So far, who can argue with him?

Ben Shapiro, 27, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the three-time bestselling author of "Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth," and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" on 810 AM in Orlando, FL. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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Nice that you've found a new hero, Shapiro, but let's come back to your starting premise: "... the Republican field is pathetically weak."

Think about what you just wrote. There is a reason for that. The Republican field is pathetically weak because the Republicans don't have anything constructive to offer and their base won't accept anybody who does.

There is no coherent rationale to support Republican opposition to the Democrats. Republicans are pushed around by people who do not believe evolution, global warming, or indeed that there is anything much wrong with what's going on in our environment. If someone were to propose limiting population growth to try to stop the planet from filling up like a filthy rat cage, they would scream bloody murder.

They believe in balancing the budget but they let their guy (G W Bush) get away with 8 years of loading up the credit card, not even bothering to discuss what his adventures in war were adding to the bill. They want tax cuts now to fix the economy when the very same tax cuts just plain did not work during the Bush administration.

When the Republican base starts accepting candidates who offer something resembling an intelligent, coherent approach to solving our modern problems, the Republican field will start filling up with decent candidates. Clever of Trump to play the citizenship card like he is doing, but guess what: That's not a solution either.

Run government like a business? We have heard that many times before from self-financing rich candidates who never get to first base if they even manage to get in, and they usually don't.

Government isn't a business. End of story. It's a different animal altogether. Someone who wants to run it has to understand what it actually is and work with that reality. Otherwise it's just another sales pitch in a contest of fantasies offered to voters, fantasy to be continued after the election, because selling fantasy is, after all, all the candidate really knows how to do.

Sell information and solutions, Shapiro, you can do it with that fancy Harvard degree and all. Stop peddling this opiated gargage.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Masako
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:33 PM
I agree with Masako, government is not a business and to act otherwise is silly. Shapiro say the field is weak, and it truly is. The coherent rationale for supporting republicans lies in Masako's third paragraph: "If someone were to propose limiting population growth to try to stop the planet from filling up like a filthy rat cage, they would scream bloody murder." That is some scary thinking, Dr. Mengele may have proposed the same thing. When you reach the end of liberal thought you come to an eventual dystopia where human life means nothing and freedom is curbed by government whim. Scary enough to make Trump look good.

Comment: #2
Posted by: Tom
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:01 PM
I do NOT pretend to speak for anyone other than myself. Bho has made the argument quite strong against being re-elected but the population of the US is a very fickle beast, American Idol comes to mind. While Ryan Seacrest makes 51 million USD per year, humans are being slaughtered inthe hundreds daily in many countries all over this planet. What's so for one person is obviously so what for another. Any person of color getting the nod to the WH is a joke and Bho has made that a reality but, again, the US citizenry is fickle. Gonna be an interesting ride.
Comment: #3
Posted by: bill s
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:42 AM
Re: Masako

“Government isn't a business. End of story. It's a different animal altogether. Someone who wants to run it has to understand what it actually is and work with that reality. Otherwise it's just another sales pitch in a contest of fantasies offered to voters, fantasy to be continued after the election, because selling fantasy is, after all, all the candidate really knows how to do.”

“End of story,” he says.

This absurd statement flies in the face of the reality, where lobbyists do nothing but business in the corridors of government.

All function of government is predicated on money as the central axis on which pivots all questions of a national agenda.

Government is indeed a “business” on a par with organized crime, whereby a legalized counterfeiting operation called the “Fed” functions as a central molesting bank, to pick the pockets of the unsuspecting American taxpayer, while robbing him of his life savings through rampant inflation.

Government is a shell and pea business proposition, which turns the American political process into a Roman circus, where the American taxpayer is devoured by the lions of international banking.

Men like George Soros and David Rockefeller influence events behind the scenes, to manipulate foreign policy toward endless warfare, which is good for business and serves to distract the American people from the fact that they are being swindled by one gigantic Ponzi scheme, which holds them in bondage to usury.

The process of debt slavery is euphemistically described as “raising the debt ceiling,” which has become the lid of our national coffin.

No amount of huffing and puffing will deliver more air, for a solid wall of soil waits on the other side of the casket lid.

America is being buried alive by the international bankers.

Trump has the backhoe to dig us out.

The United States of America gambled the family farm, on the belief that the American way of life could be borrowed for a season, before consigning the national soul to the tender mercies of Lucifer, in the the form of the banking swindlers, who exact usury.

This horned Pan piper must be paid and so he shall--in the same worthless scrip he offers.

The deal Hell put together, was money created out of thin air, in exchange for national slavery. It's called “credit,” Masako--as in “full faith” of a government.

This has not been good business practice, as it made provision only for a “common security perimeter” with a third world basket case to the South, by shotgun marriage with Mexico, behind closed doors.

Hell is endless “immigration” by “guest workers” who come at the behest of vested interests. The American people now find themselves homeless on the continent their fathers conquered--as Thomas Jefferson had envisioned, for their country has been turned into a United Nations zoo and tangle of squabbling nationalities, where banks and corporations have grown up around the people, to dwarf them.

America has an identity crisis. It cannot figure out whether it belongs to the Third World, or exclusively to the American people.

Such is the fate of nations, which find themselves in debt slavery. It is the postulant position which grooms a sovereign country to be fit for vassalage under one world government.

Is Masako aware that a private corporation owns the United States government? Is he/she also aware that a lot of backroom deals are made as sausage laws, among them the creation of the Federal Reserve and the proposed “North American Union?”

Let's take a look at the marketplace of government, according to the esteemed Jon Christian Ryter:

"...During those 130 years the United States prospered economically. But it also changed for the worse. New York surpassed London as the financial capital of the world and the era of the Jacobin robber barons was born. At the end of the Civil War the mass bribing of Congressmen and Senators began as the money barons began buying politicians like penny candy to get the laws they needed to protect them from prosecution as they stole America. During that period, from 1875 to 1895 the citizen politicians discovered just how profitable politics could be. Middle class shopkeepers came to Washington as freshmen Congressmen and retired 20 to 30 years later as members of the wealthy class. To legalize the graft they took from the money barons, Congress enacted laws to protect themselves from being charged with accepting bribes by classifying the bribes they took from the money barons as ‘campaign contributions.'"

As for a “sales pitch,” I think readers have been getting the same pitch from “Masako” for a long time, which is incoherent blather, at best.

What is Donald Trump's view?

“I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it's time America was run like a business.”
Donald Trump


Does Masako imagine the Red Chinese aren't prosecuting warfare against America, using the banking business and currency manipulation paradigm?

The real truth is that ALL religions and ALL governments are corporate entities, which vie for primacy on the chess board of international banking. These bankers makes the rules--NOT the people who sacrifice their lives for the nation-state concept.

Maybe Masako can elaborate on what kind of “different animal” government might be, rather than offering baseless claims, without supporting examples.

This writer sees it as George Washington saw it: “…a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

Money talks, and Masako walks, unless he can sell us his/her “fantasy,” which he/she has utterly failed to do.

Red China holds America as a vassal state through the “fuzzy math” of international banking. The red dye exploding pack of communism, has all but made our money worthless, by coloring it red, for it is
B-O-R-R-O-W-E-D. This deficit financing reality should be a red flag for any nation, which values its independence in manufacturing and energy production.

America has bought into a bill of goods, by subscribing to the “Mother May I?” rules of the United Nations.

This country traded the family cow for a handful of worthless credit beans.

The United Nations phony storefront of the international bankers, finds its cohesiveness in “Uncle Sap” and like NATO in Libya, it too will ultimately fall apart without the strong support of America.

The self-determination of a nation is never borrowed, but predicated on good, sensible business practice, which returns power of the purse to the American people. Business and trade are among the many faces of war.

Donald Trump will change that fuzzy math equation of endless borrowing, which does not compute for our national survival. Such a model is more fitting of a starving grasshopper, with hand extended to Red Chinese army ants.

“End of story” and beginning of American primacy as Supreme Shogun of the business field.

Red China will pay a tariff tax and kowtow to the great nation it sought to turn into a client state.

There will be no Red Chinese commie martial music played--on the piano-- in the White House, under a Trump presidency.

Such fare is fit to sting the big ears of Obama alone.

Donald Trump's business record is clear for the perusal of all, whereas Masako's is not.

Shut up, Masako!

Comment: #4
Posted by: Thor H. Asgardson
Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:27 PM
You wrote a great article, Mr. Shapiro. Keep up the good work!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Thor H. Asgardson
Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:40 PM
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