9 Aug


Doug Smith is an author, historian and regular contributor to Free State Patriot.


I think you may judge of a man’s character by the persons whose affection he seeks. If you find a man seeking only the affection of those who are great, depend upon it he is ambitious and self-seeking; but when you observe that a man seeks the affection of those who can do nothing for him, but for whom he must do everything, you know that he is not seeking himself, but that pure benevolence sways his heart.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


It’s true, too. We are a flawed people, led by flawed people, subject to all the foibles and weaknesses of flesh. Yet, a flawed man whose conscience nags him may still do the right thing, despite his faults. Or, he may say the right thing.

Which brings me to Donald Trump. I don’t like the guy. I find him unnecessarily rude, crude, and offensive. It think it is very likely that if he worked for anybody but himself, he would hear the phrase “You’re fired” often.


He is, in short, an ass.

Yet he says some things that really resonate. The flood of illegal, uneducated foreigners coming to the US while maintaining the peasant culture, language, or mores from which they sought to escape is a huge problem. We need the courage to say so, and to act accordingly. Trump spits that truth out, crudely, but accurately.

We are in the 7th year of a failed Presidency, both in terms of economics, and foreign policy. We are suffering greatly from the policies and arrogance of Barack Obama. It is not racism to say so, though the President and his supporters hide behind that shield. But not from Trump. He calls it accurately, and in so doing hits a chord with millions who are out of work in the Obama economy, and do not feel they are suddenly racist for saying “Where is my job, Mr. President?” Trump doesn’t care what Obama or anyone else thinks about him. And that is admirable.

Yet, it is not so much the point that a billionaire, who will still be a billionaire if his mouth causes the whole world to stop doing business with him, can say what he will and not fear the backlash. It is not the number of politicians to whom he can purchase access.

It is rather how he acts on the other end of the spectrum.

And in this, Donald Trump seems to lack a basic morality. If he wants to call the President of the United States a blithering idiot; that is moral courage. When he calls to task an employee, or a reporter, or a waiter and talks to them like a common street bully that is not courage.

A mark of greatness in a President is not his deference to Queen Elizabeth, but his kindness to the cooks and maids and travel agents in the White House. In this respect, the Coolidge’s and the Reagans showed that common touch, while the Clintons did not.

Now Trump brings a bit of spine to the arena that has been missing. He has framed the questions that many have been afraid to even speak and put them on the national stage. For those things he is to be commended. But I’m not sure we want the maids to discover that they are a “bunch of bimbos.”

Other candidates can take a page from Trump and learn that the American public is sick of politics as usual, pick up the message there and say, Yes, Donald is right about that. And here is what I’ll do about it. Trump brings up some great points, and has some sound ideas.

Being a bully is not being brave. We know how Trump acts to the powerful.

Other Republicans should, and can, learn from his success in this coming year. I’m not sure Trump can stop being an ass in a year.


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