11/17/16

Note: This is the sixth in a long series of separate postings discussing many aspects of the 2016 elections.

My journey from total “never-Trump” (well before this term was coined) to a Trump supporter was long. I still maintain that, say, Marco Rubio (who I supported), would have beaten Clinton, too, and probably as convincing.

I became pro-Trump first when I was faced with the horrible choice between Clinton and Trump, which had only one outcome possible—Trump—and then when I had an epiphany regarding who he is and why he is what he is. That came pretty late, and in two stages, but I am pretty sure that I got it right:

  1. Trump suffers from a clear deficiency in language skills (see my 9/27/16 post “The First Presidential Debate”). One has to listen to him very intently and treat him like a man with a disability in order to understand the real meaning of what he has to say.
  2. I believe that, shockingly, Trump suffers from a deep inferiority complex. While absurd on its face, it does explain his thin skin and his consummate need to respond to any marginal, little personal slight thrown at him. I can see why a kid from Queens would develop this feeling looking at the big real estate developers in Manhattan and suffering from their patronizing, condescending approach to him. His ambition, ego, determination and relentless drive very well may be motivated by that complex. One would hope that, having attained the top job/position in the world, that complex may be put under control.

I was wrong many times on my predictions regarding Trump, but I believe that the above does explain his personality flaws.

Be that as it may, he won in a spectacular manner and I commented on that in the second posting in this series.

The question now is, having won the presidency, what will he do with it?

Here are few suggestions of the most urgent topics he should deal with (I have detailed suggestions on each of these issues but will leave those to another post so as not to delay finishing the election series for too long . . . and that will be a long posting):

  1. Supreme Court Appointment (Ted Cruz – PLEASE)
  2. Regulation
  3. Taxation
  4. Entitlement Reform
  5. Deficit
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Immigration
  8. Health Care
  9. Trade
  10. Education
  11. Poverty: The Single-Parent Family Epidemic
  12. Foreign Affairs
  13. Constitutional Amendment

Having itemized the above—all of which I believe the President–elect has a mandate to deal with from his voters—it is critically important to note that Obama had bigger majorities in Congress (although I contend he did NOT have the mandate from the voters to do what he tried to do) in his first two years than Trump has and, yet, he failed stunningly. Whatever Trump does, he must learn a few things from Obama’s failures or he will be doomed to repeat those.

Obama overestimated the mandate given to him by the American people, in particular, because he was not honest and open with them during the elections about his plans (the end justifies the means; no need to tell the truth). He believed that he was elected to change America in his mold. That meant going way too extreme and socialistic for America, and Obama marched into failure after failure in the ballot box and the devastation of the Democratic Party nationwide is the result. Due to his natural and overwhelming arrogance, Obama was of the view that he could run roughshod over anyone unwilling to agree with him 100%—over Republicans, in particular. The result is that he sought no compromises, conceded no points and refused to listen to Republicans. His legacy is in tatters because of that hubris.

I hope that Trump will learn from these mistakes. Whatever he does, he must compromise; he must bring Democrats along, at least some of them. He has a good position to be able to do it due to the nationwide route of Democrats and due to the fact that in the forthcoming mid-term elections (2018), 25—I repeat, TWENTY FIVE—of the 33 Senators to face re-elections are Democrats; at least 10 of which in what could be considered vulnerable seats.

The one final advice that I could give Trump is: do NOT be arrogant. You are the WINNER; show magnanimity and generosity.

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.