Talking Trump, Living On The South Side, Coming Home

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.


This past week a client ask my opinion of Donald Trump. After some thought I concluded that the main characteristic that I do admire most about Trump is  he knows what he does not know and hires what he needs to remedy that. It takes great strength to admit to oneself that you need help from others more knowledgeable about a topic and then go get it – getting the best rather than an old crony or making a quid-pro-quo appointment as a thank you (payoff?) for a financial donation. Someone great once said words to the effect of “sometimes the real strength of as man is in his knowing his own weakness and, rather than hiding it, takes action to strengthen it.”


Let’s be clear: I do not believe Donald Trump is a Liberal or Conservative, He’s a  Pragmatist  and perhaps at this time in the nation’s history Pragmatist is what is needed.

I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That’s a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned.

Viewing  problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and
more attacks on the working class in all economic  strata.

Viewing  things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well-being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot  juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric  and infrastructure of America . It demands a pragmatic  approach not an approach that’s intended to appease one  group or another.

An impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said,  until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen  like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not  promise to accommodate.

Trump uniquely understands that China ’s manipulation of currency  is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a    problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the  changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t  work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky  promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.

America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see  a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to  the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals  that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are  unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-à-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who  understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

listening  to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing  America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Marco Rubio is owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding his campaigns. Rubio can deny it but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting  something in return.

We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

A pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. And as I said earlier, a pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution to fix same is not  about a party, but a willingness and boldness to get it done.

People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that’s common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who’ve always played it safe  by not willing to risk failure. Such people are all too many in the little city. Those who complain the most about everything and anything that has to do with life in North Judson are those  who have never lived anywhere else in their life.


Live six months on the south side of Chicago, and if you survive, you’ll be willing to kiss the ground when you come back home. Just saying.


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