OK, his hair looks fake, and he is at times arrogant and obnoxious, and this birther nonsense made his Presidential run in 2012 appear as another ego stunt, but after listening to his interview by Kelly Evans of the Wall Street Journal on April 11, 2011, I must admit I liked much of what I heard. Now don’t shoot me.
First of all, what I found extremely refreshing was his candor. He just came right out and said what he would do, without the typical political dodging. Saying forthright what you would do…isn’t that leadership? I respected that boldness. A leader needs to be bold, unlike the postures of Clinton and Obama, who appear to take a poll before announcing their clear positions, if ever they did. Isn’t a President supposed to be a leader? Do not the millions of American people need a voice, a leader, to shape up all of the self-interested congresspeople, influenced (if not run) by the coffers of the lobbyists and political donors?
Secondly, I like his 25% tariff on China’s imports. We all know it’s not fair trade when our competitors pay their employees slave wages of $.25/hour, with no overtime and benefits. There were no nebulous statements of making the trade with China fair, but rather a specific course of action: a 25% tariff on China’s goods. Great!
Thirdly, he was very clear about the accomplishment of the mission in Iraq: the obtainment of its oil. Remember when Bush said that Iraq’s oil would pay the trillion dollars of its cost? Who got stuck with the tab? Not the rich or its profiteers (i.e., Halliburton et al), but the middle class of America. However, if Donald were President, he would seize those oil fields. Frankly, why not? Shouldn’t the people of Iraq pay for the cost of their liberation from a tyrant like Saddam Hussein? Should Iran get its oil after we leave?
Yes, I must admit, Donald, in spite of his fake hair, self-confidence approaching arrogance and conceit, impressed me in this interview, even though Kelly Evans appeared more like a job applicant on Donald’s TV show, the Apprentice, than an columnist of the Wall Street Journal. Yes, he conveyed the decisiveness of a leader, someone capable of making decisions, instead of merely mumbling grandiose, generalized rhetoric, sounding profound but signifying same old, same old, reminding one of that E. E. Cummings untitled poem, which follows:
“next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims’ and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn’s early my
country ’tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?”
He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water
Yes, how refreshing.