In the Crosshairs: Generals and Politicians

A famous U.S. general once said, “America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.” But something has changed in America. Why is it that America really hasn’t won a war since World War II? I think General Patton believed what he said was true—but that was another time. A lot has changed since then; so much so that Patton wouldn’t recognize this country today.

I would argue that General Patton along with General MacArthur were two of the greatest military leaders in modern times. I don’t think that many would agree that Patton, or MacArthur for that matter, were politicians. Yet, still, maybe Patton was the forerunner of a new breed of politician.

Patton said that “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.” Bureaucrats shouldn’t be running a war and they shouldn’t be running a country either.

President Obama recently held a news conference where he tried to convince us, the American people, that he has a strategy for dealing with radical Islamic terrorists. And not only that he has a strategy but that his strategy is working, albeit, not as fast as he would like. “Degrade and contain” may be a useful strategy for treating cancer but in war “there is no substitute for victory.”

Of course, in order to win a war you first have to recognize that you are in a war.

There are some politicians that don’t want to use the word war and don’t want to call the enemy who they really are so that we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s amazing how far political correctness has come.

Political correctness has completely infiltrated the culture in America. Doesn’t anyone find it a little coincidental that political correctness took hold in America during the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was president? Reagan was a conservative so the Left had to do damage control to minimize their losses and the way they did it was by imposing political correctness on society as a whole. The scourge of political correctness seemed to come out of nowhere but it spread like a virus throughout the country. The first to become infected were the Hollywood elites then eventually it spread to academia and beyond and has now become a worldwide pandemic.

In the 1980s, political correctness was pretty much just an annoyance but the true believers who promoted it then and those who promote in now still take it very seriously. However, today we are seeing the fruits of their labors: tolerance and political correctness are getting people killed. Witness the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino; and the lunacy that is taking place on our college campuses, even in Ivy League universities. On campuses throughout the country, forums for the open discussion of ideas have been replaced by so called “safe zones.” Dissenting (i.e., conservative) opinions are suppressed and called hate speech. So, yes Toto, “we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

As the wise leader Patton has said, “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

Political correctness is the tool being used by the Left in America to bring into “alignment” all aspects of society with their radical, progressive ideology. Culture, the economy, education, laws, and the media have all been “coordinated” along left-wing values and ideals. Political correctness is not a new concept; it was used successfully by the National Socialists in Germany in the 1930s and it’s being used successfully today in the United States. As I said in a previous post, “it’s yesterday once more.”

Not only has the United States succumbed to this vile plague of political correctness, but all other countries in the world as well—in varying degrees.

It’s now 2015 and time for a real change in America. It’s time for a leader not just another politician. Back in 1992, we hoped it would be Perot. Then later in 2012 it looked like it could be Herman Cain but instead we got another four years of Obama. Cain’s run for president was derailed when he was accused of the serious crime of “being Black and Republican.”

Why successful business leaders are considered so unqualified to be president I don’t know. Do business leaders and politicians need to know how to communicate? I would say “yes.” Do business leaders and politicians need to know about financial budgets? I would say “yes.” Do business leaders and politicians need to know how to put together a winning team? I would emphatically say “yes” again. And finally, do business leaders and politicians need to know how to rally people behind their stated goals and objectives? I most emphatically say “yes!” If all these things are true, then why is Donald Trump not being taken as a serious candidate?

I believe Mr. Trump is very serious when he says he wants to “Make America Great Again!”

To say that Donald Trump is not a serious candidate is probably one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Everything about Mr. Trump says serious. When Mr. Trump held a rally recently at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the backdrop for his speaker’s podium was his sleek black Boeing 757 emblazoned with his name and “T” logo on the tail. To me that says power, prestige, and success. Compare that to Hillary Clinton’s Scooby Doo van. Better yet, how about the opening credits to Celebrity Apprentice where Mr. Trump is shown strutting from his black corporate helicopter in a dark suit and overcoat—very commanding. Compare that to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits. The media eats it up and calls Hillary’s pantsuit wardrobe “serious power dressing.” Whatever!

I’m really getting tired of hearing all the pundits, even on Fox News, say that Trump is an entertainer and not a serious candidate. Really? Does Mr. Trump need any more name recognition? Is the Trump Organization in trouble? Lord knows he doesn’t need the money; besides being a successful businessman he is also an author and was the host of his own very successful reality TV show franchise.

Mr. Trump doesn’t use notes or a teleprompter when he makes speeches. Inevitably, he’ll say things that all the other run-of-the-mill candidates would want to say but are afraid to say. Mr. Trump’s recent exaggerated comment about Hillary’s bathroom break during the Democratic primary debate has caused such an uproar that the socialist candidate from Vermont had to step in to defend her. If Hillary can’t even take a little jab from Donald Trump, how is she going to handle ISIS, Assad, Putin, and China?

It’s not only what Donald Trump says that causes an uproar but also his body language and frequent use of gestures when making a point. No one is ever going to accuse Mr. Trump of being animatronic. General Patton said that “The leader must be an actor.” Yes, I believe they all wish they could be Donald Trump, but they can’t. He’s turned politics upside down and inside out and it’s about time.

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Never retreat. Never retract. Never apologize.

There has been discussion about whether or not Mr. Trump can capture the evangelical voting bloc. No matter where Mr. Trump stands on issues of faith there will always be points of doctrine and practice on which some denominations or groups will disagree. Donald Trump is a Presbyterian so at least he identifies with the Christian faith.

Mr. Trump has said “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” and for now, that’s good enough for me.


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“General Douglas MacArthur’s Farewell Speech,” May 12, 1962, http://www.nationalcenter.org/MacArthurFarewell.html.

The Wizard of Oz (1939 film), https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_%281939_film%29.

“Third Reich: An Overview,” Holocaust Encyclopedia, http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005141.

“Make America Great Again!” Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., https://www.donaldjtrump.com/.

“35 Times Hillary Clinton Proved Pantsuits Rule,” Pret-a-Reporter, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/hillary-clintons-best-pantsuits-798173/1-2015.

“The Celebrity Apprentice 5 – Opening Credits (Intro in High Quality),” You Tube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crpIuhB2x2s.

“Trump: ‘If I become president, we’re all going to be saying “Merry Christmas” again,’” Fox News Politics, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/10/trump-if-become-president-were-all-going-to-be-saying-merry-christmas-again.html.

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