Against the background of cockeyed values from our political establishment, I will weigh in with my own personal appreciation of Donald Trump and his character.
Donald, A Character Reference
by Gilbert Doctorow, Ph.D.
There are many folks, including the editorial boards of several of our newspapers of record, who insistently tell us that the ongoing American presidential election is one of the most vile in the country’s history considering the venomous attacks candidates have made on one another’s personal qualifications, morals, family members and from time to time even on specific political stands.
How this race really compares to elections past is hard to say. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on the military valor and awards of candidate John Kerry in 2004 were a pretty good marker in the ‘how low can they go’ category of trashing one’s opponents. And given that Kerry cracked, showing his psychological weakness as a mature politician, whereas he may well have had nerves of steel as a youth, this type of cynical and unsubstantiated personal attack proved its merits in a live campaign.
During the primaries this year, all the mainstream media have been busy doing black PR on Donald Trump. With a view to his statements on Mexican migrants in the US, legal as well as illegal, to his remarks on closing our borders to Muslims, it has been easy to paint him as a bigot.
Meanwhile, the big thinkers in the Neoconservative and Liberal Interventionist camps, rightly fearful that they will be driven from their cozy nest of power after a twenty-year run at destroying U.S. foreign policy, have made Trump the target of their own voodoo rituals. We hear about Trump, the authoritarian, who likes Vladimir Putin because they have shared concepts of governance.
From Robert Kagan, foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential bid and the husband of Victoria Nuland, our Deputy Secretary of State for coup d’états and regime change, we hear about Trump, the fascist. Now those are really fighting words and they are all ad hominem, avoiding getting into a debate on substance, where these Trump-haters might just possibly lose.
It is a sign of the dissolution of American morality, that the old character tests of marital fidelity, religious piety and the like are mostly avoided in the current smear campaigns. This comes despite all the fine words about defending “our values” used to justify America’s kicking ass in selected points of the globe which change from week to week.
The fact that Donald has been in and out of matrimony repeatedly, that he has made a good portion of his fortune from sin, as the owner and promoter of casinos, with their traditional ties to mafia organizations (real or imagined), demerits that in the Age of Camelot would have automatically disqualified him from high not to mention the highest office in the land, none of this counts today. Today, to quote Cole Porter, anything goes.
Indeed, the arbiters of American political taste now will gladly support candidates who have personally been responsible for policies that led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, like Hilary Clinton and her regime change in Libya, while they hold their nose when speaking of Donald and how it would be shocking that someone like him might become our Commander in Chief. Hands dripping in blood are fine, but violation of political correctness with respect to ethnic or racial minorities is a red line that the establishment will defend to the last.
Against this background of cockeyed values from the establishment, I will weigh in with my own personal appreciation of Donald Trump and his character.
I have never met the man, but over the years, going back to about 1985, I heard a great deal about him, off the record, from someone who worked not only for him but with him as spokeswoman in the Trump Organization over the course of more than twenty years, my very good friend Norma Foerderer.
Norma was a loyal keeper of the Trump secrets and they remained safe with her. But she did share her impressions of the man’s qualities and of his political convictions. Norma was a dyed in the wool Reagan Republican and a pious, church attending Catholic. On both counts, she was very comfortable with Donald, while admiring his strength and decisiveness. As for minorities, Norma was close witness to and at times implementer of Donald’s various charitable activities which were always color blind and big-spirited.
Norma was part of Donald’s lean and mean management team at the Trump Organization. He selected his team members well, stayed with them and gave them the freedom to fill all available space and grow their talents over time. This type of management style is typical of family businesses. It is what brings Trump much closer to Main Street than to Wall Street. And it is precisely this un-bureaucratic approach that our weak-kneed organization men in Washington fear it like vampires before the sign of the cross.
For those who expect Trump's new foreign policy of accommodation with Russia and China to be held up by the nomination and Senate confirmation process of his new appointments to State and Defense, be aware that this no-nonsense executive will be psychologically prepared to reverse our present confrontational course from his first day in office using presidential directives and without the cover of expert group reports.
I have no doubt that if Norma were alive today she would vote for Donald ‘early and often’ in November.
© Gilbert Doctorow, 2016
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G, Doctorow is the European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd. His most recent book, Does Russia Have a Future? was published in August 2015.