Many in today’s ‘PC’ culture will get offended by any comparison between Mohammed Ali, who we just lost, and Donald Trump.
But, in fact, Ali and Donald Trump have many things in common. Besides being highly charismatic individuals they were both considered loud and bombastic, perhaps sometimes talking before thinking some would say. Yet, Ali would win back a good share of praise while Trump has not-yet
Ali was considered a radical, of sorts, way back in the EARLY 60s before it was popular. Only years later, did Ali gain more widespread acceptance as he backed up his statements, truly becoming the greatest boxer while also showing a softer, humanitarian side. And, with his strong Islamic beliefs for which he had changed his name from Cassius Clay, Ali went out of his way to accept everyone, from someone as different as Howard Cosell, to Ronald Reagan, yes, President Reagan the Republican – who Ali actually supported for a time. Ali was anything but ‘PC.’ Remember him calling George Foreman the ‘Gorilla from Manilla“?
Trump is getting much of the same negative reaction today that Ali got in the early 60s , but it’s coming, surprisingly – or not so surprisingly- in these more modern, supposedly ‘accepting” times. While Ali is getting most positive (deserved) eulogies, Trump the candidate is the bain of the mainstream media (and much of America) despite a very similar personality and style to that of Ali. Despite a long, positive track record, some will say Trump hasn’t done enough to back up his words -yet- or perhaps our society is still too ‘PC,’ even though Ali’s remarks considered outlandish at the time have become accepted. In fact, Trump has established himself as one of the great businessmen of our time – and continued efforts by the media and political opponents to find fault have mostly gone nowhere as Trump has surprised everyone by coming from a business background to Republican frontrunner for Presiden
Don’t know if Ali and Trump were friends but they would, no doubt, have respected each other and probably could be good friends, despite background or religious differences. It seems that neither Ali or Trump’s bravado came out of dislike or hate for others but more out of self-confidence and a desire to be the best they can. Some may call it braggadocio – and Trump and Ali are not the only ones – and if people can truly back it up there should be a place for them as we seem to have granted Ali- only four years Trump’s senior. Whether Trump will ever get fair due – if and when he finally has earned it (if not already) only time will tell. We believe in giving Trump the chance we gave to Ali. Sure, it was more difficult for Ali as a black man in the era he came up and he should be given that extra due – along with the fact that Ali had to suffer with Parkinsons in later years,. but in a society, which was pretty color blind from the 1970s until perhaps the Obama administration, everyone should be given be the same fair chance. It’s been 50 years since the 1964 equality act was signed by President Johnson – and only another 20 years since anti-semitism was rampant as recently as the 1940s.
Ali Didn’t Emphasize Race, Religion in Public
Sadly, religious and race relations have taken a big hit in recent years . We no longer see the same acceptance accorded others by Ali by many of today’s politicians and religious leaders and celebrities . Ali never seemed to use his Muslim-ness in a mean-spirited way. It was merely a religion he followed, not intended to be held up against those of other faiths . In addition, as with Trump, we saw a happy humor in Mohammed – not the mean-spirited resentfullness we see today in some of our celebrities and leaders who will wear race and religion all over their sleeves.
It’s a sad irony to say it’s too bad Ali’s voice was all but silenced the past several decades -as he might have been an even ‘louder’ role model that society so sorely needs today. And LOUD can be good. For someone they called a civil rights activitst, but he did it in the most quiet of ways, which can also be good.
ALI LIKE TRUMP IN MANY WAYS, YET TREATED DIFFERENTLY
Democracy or Socialistic Society? Trump Exposes That Your Vote May Mean Nothing
Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump has brought to the fore major corruption in both political parties that has affected the political process. Only a true outsider not dependent on crony capitalism and ‘insider trading’ could do this, so give Trump credit at least for opening up a new anti-government wave against the corruption. What we just saw in ‘rigged’ voting in Colorado, Louisiana and states before has been largely overlooked or ignored in past elections-until now. Trump is that guy many people have been waiting for to finally stand up against the mainstream media and establishment ‘system’ while having some impact. Trump may not be as organized or up on the issues as others but he offers something that other candidates have not, heretofore. Trump’s campaign is in the hearts of many average American voters who haven’t been really heard until now.
No wonder we see candidates once far ahead in primary voting, such as Rick Santorum in 2012, suddenly cast aside by party elite assistance to, e.g. Mitt Romney.
Let’s face it. The insider party candidates are by and large all tied into money, dependent on lobbyists and crony capitalists in buying votes. And, other non- candidate party members are largely beholding to the party line for their jobs. Same goes for members of the media, who are nowadays tied into advertisers who favor certain candidates, usually Democrats or liberal-leaning persons. President Obama’s entire presidency has been politically-based with every decision tied to political gain. Only can someone like Trump come in and shake things up.
DOES YOUR VOTE REALLY COUNT?
Party manipulation has long been part of the voting process, with parties tweaking the electoral delegate process as the Republicans did in 2012 to help Romney gain the Republican ticket. The electoral process may make sense to give small states a fair chance against big states but when it comes to delegate count, that shouldn’t be manipulated every election, if ever. Certainly, the electorate must wonder, at times, what their vote is really worth if the party is going to make the ultimate decision who wins elections.
Voters must wake up, appreciate and ACT with Trump,Cruz and a few other outsiders like Carly Fiorina and Mike Lee who have exposed the political game – on both sides of the isle. And, it CAN bring results against political insider corruption , going against the party plan. The party Republicans have lost the last two elections with their guys, Romney and John McCain, but in the 1980s it was an outsider, like Trump, with the requisite personal money and and name recognition, one RONALD REAGAN, WHO won two terms despite the party, which did not initially support him.
Today, more than ever, the United States is approaching a ONE PARTY system, thanks to Obama, who continues to get away with murder with self-serving followers and media, who benefit directly or indirectly from Obama’s handouts, whether it be the growing number of poor thinking they’re really benefitting from all the favors or the well-heeled corporates and Hollywood wealthy raking in profits from Wall Street, propped up the past seven years by Obama’s zero interest rates ; the lower class seem to benefit in the short run (but not really in the long run) by the various increasing handouts, from food stamps to health care to welfare; meanwhile we’ve seen the middle class shrink with many ending up in that lower class. Sounds more and more like totalitarianism than capitalism with the small higher class proletariat and the large lower class bourgeoisie, with many of its victims still blind to the REAL picture that’s been happening. Meanwhile, Obama continues to bring in left-leaning refugees to help swell the Democrat voting ranks.
Whether Trump makes it all the way or not, what he has achieved already in exposing the corruption will carry forth to other outsider candidates for the future. Just look at how outsiders Trump and Cruz have skyrocketed form nowhere to the top of their party candidates. Other ‘outsider’ candidates such as Ted Cruz can thank Trump for helping to expose the faulty system, which has brought over independents and even some Democrats. To a lesser extent, Bernie Sanders has done the same thing as Trump for the Democrat party. Hopefully, we’ll see other Republicans , and perhaps Democrats learn from Trump, as long as they’re willing to forego their deep pocket alliances. After all, Sanders has done pretty well without major sponsors as has Cruz to a lesser extent.
No, Trump is far from a perfect candidate, but he should be given credit and even a chance at the Presidency. Sure, it would be a gamble with someone like him; but then, that’s what they said about Reagan, too, who had no real government experience before being elected President.
In a perfect world, outsiders like Trump and Cruz would band together to present what would appear to be an unbeatable ticket. Trump’s bombast and personal attacks might have already gone too far for Cruz to swallow and take a Vice President position on the ticket. But, if it were the only way for the Republicans to win, just maybe they would reconsideR.
Hopefully, voters can overlook the Trump bombast and see him and Cruz as the best two candidates running for President. Rather than being locked in, we should appreciate having one one but two outsiders as compared to the last two election losers. Once we all get behind one or both of these refreshing outsider candidates we can have VERY GOOD CHANCE of beating the very weak Democrat candidates Clinton and Sanders. So, if you’re against ‘government as usual’ including crony captialism, dirty tricks, executive actions, try to appreciate the sleeping giant that Trump has awoken. It has brought many new GOP voters and exposed the lies in the SYSTEM, which can only help the anti-‘government-as-is’ movement. No longer is supporting anti-establishment candidates considered so ‘kooky’ and terrible. We’re not supporting Trump – Cruz has many different qualities to offer , which is why he and Trump could make a great team, but Cruz may not have the votes or the unique media skills as Trump. Trump may be the last chance for saving this country from the one-party, socialist system it is becoming.
BOTH GOOD INDIVIDUALLY, BUT TOGETHER TRUMP and CRUZ
The three ‘fair and balanced’ Fox News moderators played a key part of the debates, not only taking up 31% of the debate time but asking penetrating questions while holding candidates’ feet to the fire. This is what true journalistic debates should be all about but rarely are these days. The sharp questioning gives more credibility to the debates and can even bring more influence and impact, either positive, if the candidates can handle the tough questioning, or ‘bad’ if they can’t. Tough questions like this are great, instead of the softball questioning we’ve mostly seen in recent years, but , hopefully, it will go both including the Democratic debates. #Fox, #GOPDebates, #Trump
LACK OF ‘DEMOCRAT’ QUESTIONS –
There was a noticable lack of questions about ISIS, the economy, Benghazi , the Clinton cash and other HIllary Clinton issues, since Clinton is the front runner on the Democratic side. There was plenty of back and forth criticizing Republican candidates but little about the Democratic side, this from a supposed right-leaning network.
We wonder if Democratic-leaning sponsor Facebook -notice the big ‘F’ on the screen throughout the program?- had anything to do with the tougher questioning. It certainly put the Republican candidates on the spot, but most seemed to handle the hardball questions with aplomb Hopefully, CNN and/or MSNBC and/or other supposed ‘independent’ networks will take a lesson from this when it comes to the Democratic debates and follow suit with tough questioning of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, et al , if and when those debates ever take place.
Whether the tough questioning helped bring about a record TV viewership for debates of 24 million people is hard to say but, with that many viewers of both parties, the debates probably will have as much of an impact as anything in peoples’ decisions for whom to vote .
Despite the poll at top of page, we tend to go along with Pamela Geller’s opinion of winners Ted Cruz, Ben Carson , followed by Marco Rubio, with Carly Fiorina winning the first debate.
TRUMP BOMBAST OR TRULY DESERVING OF #1?
Despite what some would call ‘aggressive’ or even ‘mean-spirited,’ Donald Trump appeared to be the winner of the debates with people liking his outspoken, non-politically-correct approach. Whether his style will wear thin after a while should play out. Perhaps other candidates were wise not to try to attack Trump, who is good at attacking back; one of the few who did, Rand Paul, came off , perhaps, a little weak and may have lost some ground by doing so.
And , for those who felt hat moderators Chris Wallace, Megan Kelly and Brett Baer were too hard on the candidates , especially on Donald Trump it was Trump who , according to NEW YORK TIMES and other media, was given more time than any other candidate. Not just Trump but all candidates came under tough questioning, perhaps Trump slightly more due to his more controversial nature and issues.
We will see whether Trump can maintain his lead in the polls . Most other candidates didn’t hammer hard on Trump
Perhaps best line of the debates came from Fiorina in follow-up to Trump’s mention of getting a phone call from Bill Clinton
FIRST DEBATE SHOWS CARLY FIORINA WAY AHEAD
It’s surprising to us that Carly Fiorina wasn’t higher in the polling to make the second debate of the higher pollers. Fiorina has a very smooth, honest delivery and answers questions succinctly with a bit of humor. She can jab without being mean-spirited as she was perhaps the only one to take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, helping the Republican cause as well as herself. Polls had Fiorina the only condidate from first debate with double figures with over 80% of the votes
CRUZ and CARSON ALSO POPULAR
Perhaps least ‘politically correct’ is Ted Cruz, yet, like Trump, people seem to like his refreshing outspokenness, as he came in fifth in the ratings, just behind the calming Dr. Ben Carson, a 180 degree contrast to Trump.
Mainstream media seemed to make a big issue that Trump refused to close the door on a third party run if not selected by the Republican Party. Of course, it could be a big boon to the Democrats if that happened, ala Ross Perot in 2000 as Trump would likely take away a large block of votes from the Republican candidate. However, this would be very unlikely, as Trump could not win as a third party candidate- nobody ever has – and this is more fodder for the left unless Trump truly is a loose cannon as some would like to claim.
For now, Trump has invigorated the political debates and probably added more to the conversation noted by the record viewership.
MURDOCH CAVING INTO GOVERNMENT OVER HIS INDICTMENT?
If Facebook did have some influence, maybe of even greater influence goes to the top, and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch and his legal problems with democratic-leaning government. Beware .
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