It’s funny how you remember strange things from your childhood. I have clear memories of McDonald’s TV commercials (we only got three channels), watching the Hamburglar get arrested, etc. In fact I can still recite the jingle “Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame bun”.
Then there was Burger King. I remember being offended by them telling me I shouldn’t like McDonald’s. That because they were flame broiled, they were the true and best burgers. Oh from time to time we did eat there, simply as a matter of convenience, but given the choice I always picked McDonald’s. I didn’t like the fact that they told me I was wrong for liking McDonald’s. It bothered me that every one of their commercials was a comparison to their competition, while denigrating them even though McDonald’s was more successful.
To my mind Burger King made McDonald’s the underdog, the persecuted one.
Americans love to root for the underdog!
As I sit and watch this presidential race, the pundits, the political class, and a myriad of others telling me not to vote for Trump for all the wrong reasons, at an emotional level it makes me want to see him win.
I was not a Trump supporter, but I know what it takes to lead. Being charismatic isn’t enough, having people follow you is essential, but you have to take them somewhere. You have to accomplish something to be a great leader.
Ideology aside, in the past 8 years as a nation we have floundered. Our economy is in a state of malaise. Our standing in the world is dismal. The world is more dangerous than ever with so much instability it has become a powder keg.
America needs to be strong for our nation and for the world. Democrats point to the Clinton years as a model of success – we were strong in those years. Republicans point to the Reagan and Bush years – we were strong in those years too. America is a stabilizing force in the world when we are successful.
Back to Trump.
The never trump crowd says;
He’s not conservative enough – he is conservative where it matters for the strength of our nation and moderate where it matters to bring Democrats to the table.
He is offensive – yes some of his rhetoric is harsh and most of it is politically incorrect, but we can’t let the tail wag the dog. We need straight talk and blunt discussions without dancing around issues if we are going to solve problems. Being too politically correct obfuscates the issues.
He lacks political experience – we need change! We don’t need more of the same. We have created a political class in this country that is so far above the majority of the population that they have lost touch with reality. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a different outcome.
Can Trump be a great President? I have no idea. Will he bring more of the same thing we have had for the past 8 years? No he won’t.
Trump likes to win and he seems to realize that as President, winning means making America strong. Apart from any of the other candidates he does know what it takes to succeed in the real world. His wealth, success, is not the result of making speeches, but from accomplishing, building things, starting with a bare piece of dirt and creating something magnificent.
So if you really don’t want me to vote for Trump, then you need to offer a positive alternative that is NOT more of the same.