Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

No More Gracious Losers, Please!

September 17, 2019

People who honestly think they are conservatives, but find Trump icky (“#NeverTrumpers”), tell us they prefer their political leaders to be gracious, genteel LOSERS and not blunt, stubborn, sweaty, serious, self-confident WINNERS.

Gracious losers don’t have to explain to voters why they have forsaken their commitment to fight for the middle class, because, well — they lose — and they can graciously retreat to their think tanks, lobbying firms, failing magazines, or comfortable retirements.

Gracious losers don’t have to apologize to skilled laborers and assembly line workers because they folded against open-borders, cheap-labor advocates and anti-business environmentalists.They don’t have to cave to those interests because they lose. But graciously.

Middle-class people lose their jobs and homes, but gracious losers still have multiple homes, cushy jobs, trust funds for the kids, and very nice cars, so they’re good.

Stubborn winners know they will have to account for their failures, and that the explanation better be reasonable and verifiable, and it better include strong indications that other means of reaching the stated goal are being tested for deployment. Winning, of course, is always preferable, because it doesn’t have to be explained. Just celebrated.

Gracious losers lose graciously. It’s the one thing they do well.

Winners WIN, and an ugly win is still a win — especially if winning makes life better for the people who work for a living.

Gracious losers go on a cruise, go back to their magazines, think tanks and lobbying outfits, or go hang out at their seasonally-appropriate vacation homes. Graciously, of course.

Winners move on to the next fight.

We prefer winners. We prefer Donald Trump.

HE’S A LOBBYIST

March 23, 2016

HE’S A LOBBYIST.

Who doesn’t hate K Street lobbyists? If you’ve read EXTORTION, How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets; by Peter Schweitzer, you know how toxic and corrupting the flow of money and the counter-flow of influence are to the process of governing at every level, from county to federal, and at every step between.

You know that between bribes and blackmail, there is no more than a handful of people in political leadership positions in Washington or in any other body of American government who are not owned or rented by somebody, and/or currently for rent.

What is the one, most damning, yet eminently provable charge a person could lodge against Donald Trump? What does he not only admit, but brag about?

HE IS A LOBBYIST.

His successes in business are at least to a great degree, attributable to his exercise of influence (read: MONEY) on politicians and regulators, and their willingness to do his will. He has admitted to that — and even bragged about it — on uncounted occasions.

HE IS A LOBBYIST not for some third party — a company, a union, an industry association, or for a foreign government, or a massive bank — but FOR HIMSELF. He is a lobbyist for Donald Trump, Inc. He buys, or rents, influence and favors, from people who are willing to do that business with him.

Giving a lobbyist the big chair in the Oval Office, letting him occupy the position any lobbyist would sell his soul to influence, just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Trump is not Satan, and he’s not Hitler or Stalin, or Mussolini. He’s a lobbyist, and I just don’t relish the thought of a lobbyist as president.