My Take on Trump


Last month I watched the Republican National Convention, and I have to say, I was very encouraged by not only the speakers, who were outstanding, but also the direction in which the Republican party is moving, as well as the ideas that Trump put forth in his acceptance speech. I was also amazed at what a terrible job the Media did in covering the event. The fact that they obsessed for two days over Melania Trump’s faux pas of copying some of Michelle Obama’s previous speech is absurd. But the Media are looking for things they can pick at, not for things that are right. No wonder the American people are so ignorant of the basic facts of what is good about America.

My take on Donald Trump is this:  his running mate, Mike Pence, is a very good man. And Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, is a very, very good man. As second and third in command, that is two good men that can step in if anything happens to Trump. It is also two good men that can help keep Trump honest, and will. But Trump is also surrounding himself with some very smart people, like Dr. Ben Carson and Newt Gingrich, plus a host of good women and his own children, who are leaders in their own right. I also like the fact that he is surrounding himself with men and women of every ethnicity and race, of every religion and lifestyle, but men and women who are more interested in honesty and truth than being politically correct. What they all say about Trump is that he listens and that is one of the things that makes him a great leader. Also, that he is kind and compassionate. Of course, Ted Cruz wouldn’t agree with that, but I think he is in the minority.

I liked the themes of the different nights: “Make America Safe Again,” “Make America Work Again,” “Make America First Again,” “Make America One Again,” and of course the theme for the whole convention, “Make America Great Again.” After listening to Trump’s acceptance speech, I really believe he can do it. He strikes me as being at a place not dissimilar to Franklin Roosevelt’s when he took office back in the 1930s, when he faced the problems of the Great Depression and the threat of Nazi Germany. I think our problems today, both at home and abroad, are similar to the ones back then, and I think that Trump is enough of a larger-than-life, nuts-and-bolts leader like Roosevelt that he will tackle them effectively. But, at the same time, he is a constitutionalist, like Reagan, who believes that people can solve their own problems far better than government. It’s a nice balance.

And, yes, he is flamboyant. But we asked for someone outside the system, someone that wasn’t part of the status quo. Did we really think he would sound and act like every other politician? Thank God that he doesn’t. If you want that, Hillary and the Democrats will give you that in spades.

Waitsel Smith



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  • Anonymous August 23, 2016, 11:42 AM

    Enjoyed your thought about Trump. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dave Kelley August 23, 2016, 11:56 AM

    Hey Waitsel,

    Always enjoy hearing from you. Hope all is well. Agree with you 100%.

    Best wishes,
    Dave Kelley

  • Jane Reed August 23, 2016, 1:45 PM

    Hi, Waitsel,
    Well said – I couldn’t agree more! Let’s just hope that more agree with us than those who are so uninformed and vote for Hillary just because she’s the first woman candidate for President…
    Jane Reed

  • Phyllis Sather August 23, 2016, 3:02 PM

    Enjoyed hearing your views on this. Thanks for sharing.

  • norm grey August 23, 2016, 6:33 PM

    I agree. My worst fear is the media, our education system, from K thru 12 and even grad school are all too dumb to realize the consequences if H.C. wins. Our media and our president (small pee on purpose) are saving her tons of money with FREE Ads and Travel for her….on Air Force One. I pray that God is willing to intervene to save The US…and the world!

  • Jeff Geyer August 23, 2016, 7:11 PM

    While, I don’t always agree with how he says things, I do believe that he can make a significant improvement as president. In my gut, I think that Donald Trump will win, and win big in the election.

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