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Unfairness and Donald Trump

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2023
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President Donald J. Trump at the American Commemoration Ceremony at Suresnes American Cemetery Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

Donald Trump has 63 percent of Republicans in his corner and has pulled even with Biden among registered voters, even as Trump fights five lawsuits by Democrat prosecutors. Why? 

Let’s unpack the shift toward Trump. He is a man who suffers no lack of self-confidence, a valuable attribute for a nation missing it. He is slow to throttle back, a two-edged sword. He takes things personally, slowing airspeed. But who would not resent being relentlessly targeted?

This may prove the nub of it, what 2024 comes down to – fairness. When everything is said and done, billions spent to sully, defend, crucify, humiliate, and resuscitate this former president, distinguished by an objectively solid policy record, his bumps and dents may come to nothing.

Americans despise unfairness more than anything except perhaps being told they have no sense of humor, are “too free,” “cling to their guns and bibles,” “deplorables,” “enemies of the state,” and “need to be deprogrammed,” Hillary Clinton’s latest brilliant idea for vocal conservatives.

Americans do not take well to such broadsides. Even more than insults to their way of life, intellect, heart, independence, faith, fortitude, and love of freedom, they hate unfairness.

Even with the broken state of our federal government, wild spending, cries of outrage from both sides, misuse, and abuse of legal process to settle scores, eyeball-to-eyeball teeth-gritting, nothing more riles Americans – on either side of the proverbial aisle – than to see profound unfairness.

Answer this question: Why, after each indictment of Donald Trump, each overstatement about him, each overzealous action to end his career, each kick by his political opponents, do more decide they could vote for him?

Put differently, how does one explain the chasm between Biden and Trump? As Democrats heap more on Trump, he becomes increasingly sympathetic, a victim emblematic of resisting abuse.

Americans hate to see power vested in leaders – whatever party or persuasion – misused, abused, and deployed against a political opponent. It tears deeply at something in good people.

If one thing sank Richard Nixon beyond paranoia, privilege, untouchability, and abuses by his advisers, including an attorney general who went to jail for cover-up, it was his “enemies list.”

Americans do not like that. They do not commission their leaders to “go Bolshevik,” send goon squads out, or raid political opponents. We have never consented to that sort of lawlessness, a proven tactic of autocrats, communists, and fascists – but not those who live in a republic.

The public perception grows that those in power have no respect for laws, rules, or constitutional rights as if they learned how far they could go in COVID – and now want to push more.

Average people who get it do not like it. They know individual liberties are the heart of a self-governing democracy. They know that suppression of liberties, not the reverse, kills democracy.

As time passes, more Americans resent this rise in lawlessness, at the top and bottom, but especially in politics. They resent those who abuse power and use it like a sword with arrogance.

To tell people they cannot have gas-powered trucks, cars, motorcycles, and snowplows must forfeit reliable gas stoves, water heaters, furnaces, and half of what they own, soon guns, is offensive.

When the government tries to morally shame Americans into conformity with hair-pulling hysteria about the climate, or make parents villains before their kids, train them to shame those raising them, it just becomes too much.

And now you have a former president being demonized, called every name in the book, legally humiliated, gagged, and gob-smacked, who stands his ground against these political injustices.

If you want to understand what is happening in the country, look no further than the basic instincts of a good people. Americans know their leaders are imperfect. They would like a lot less division, but they also know ideas do clash and teeth do gnash, which is part of democracy.

What they cannot tolerate, what they resist with every fiber, is being unfairly targeted by power, their own government, those supposed to work for them, who ignore the limits and dictate.

That is why, when they see someone systematically prosecuted by political actors facing the twisted application of black letter law, they are made uneasy. They do not like to see their government doing this, especially when the party is attacked for defending their rights. They cleave to him.

Watch closely. Even as the GOP produces a strong bench, ideas for restoring lost liberty and security, and brave souls like RFK Jr. speak up, 2024 may well turn on perceptions of fairness.

Bottom line: Trump’s popularity is growing because he is known, posted a sound policy record, is not Biden, and stands against abusive government, but most of all, Americans hate unfairness.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.

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PaulE
PaulE
9 months ago

RBC,

Your second paragrapth would actually describe most highly successful, self-made men and women around today. Take a look at the personality characteristics of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Ken Griffen of Citadel, Michael Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos and even to a much smaller extent Zuckerberg to name just a few. They are of course all not equal, but they are certainly all are highly focused and what most would describe as driven to succeed against any obstacle thrown in their path. Like it or not, that is what it takes to become truly successful in our modern world. Wringing of hands or hoping that “someone else” will save us from our own lack of willingness to take the necessary actions to safeguard our own rights and freedoms may make for nice navel gazing, but it seldom yields the desired results.

What you’re describing, in general, are some of the attributes that made all those men and others as successful as they have become over time. So, I wouldn’t view Trump’s personal attributes as a mixed bag, but rather the necessary characteristics of what it takes to truly succeed in any particular endeavor. I will agree that sometimes he doesn’t express certain things as nicely as we might like, but he does have a history of getting the desired results accomplished. Which is what this country badly needs in terms of leadership in the White House. Just look at the across-the-board damage the current dementia patient and his Marxist handlers in the White House have done in just 2 1/2 years. A standard issue professional politician smiling for cameras and making vague, empty promises about a better future if they are elected is simply NOT going to cut it anymore. Which is why Trump has a 63 percent approval rating at this point. Most people understand what it will take to correct all the damage intentionally inflicted on this country over the last 2 1/2 years and they have made the correct decision.

As for the unfair attacks on Trump, you’re as familiar as I am regarding how despotic regimes around the world operate. What is being referred to as “lawfare” by some of the media in this country is standard procedure in places like China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and all the socialist or outright Marxist banana republics of South America and Africa. The judicial system is weaponized to go after any real threat to the regime in power by fabricating charges and then going through the legal process to either convict and imprison the target or simply bankrupt the individual and ruin them. What is going on here in the United States against Trump is the exact same playbook being executed. So, what does that say about the Democrat Party here in the United States other than they fully embrace all the same Marxist values and methods as those used by some of the most repressive regimes around the world? All while they ludicrously claim to be trying to stop a threat to democracy.

Sorry for the long post, but I thought I could distill the issue down to its real basics. Overall, I liked what you were trying to convey.

Rik
Rik
9 months ago

This country DESPERATELY NEEDS to Reelect President Trump! He has proven great resolve in dealing with Terrorists whereas Jackass Joebama WON’T!

The atrocities committed by Muslim Terrorists against Israel citizens and the BARBARIC BEHEADING OF BABIES CANNOT BE TOLERATED! We have EVERY RIGHT to RETALIATE against these BARBARIANS! Jackass Joebama will talk tough but I DON’T TRUST HIM TO REVENGE THESE BARBARIC ATROCITIES!
HE DISGUSTS ME!

Redticket
Redticket
9 months ago

Trump 2024. If there’s anything left to save after Biden is done…..

anna hubert
anna hubert
9 months ago

Trump is what you see is what you get Seems that there are many who rather be deceived by lying and good acting Reality is unpleasant so let us be lulled and soothed by pleasant lies We live with the consequence now

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Been Unfair since swearing in date to Today

Nancy Perrine
Nancy Perrine
9 months ago

You left one thing out of the Hillary Clinton’s smears. I saw an interview when she was running for president. I don’t recall the question she was asked, but I remember her answer. She said, “They just have to get used to losing their rights.” My response was, ” Oh, no we don’t. Fine people took action, gave everything they had, and some gave their lives, so we could have those Constitutional rights. Who does she think she is to say we have to lose our rights?”

Joanne4justice
Joanne4justice
9 months ago

Dem party = dirty deeds and infinite dishonesty , and MANIPULATION!

Melinda
Melinda
9 months ago

Good analysis, I hope you’re right. As Trump’s trials unfold, we will see how people react, and whether they will consider an alternative. I’m sure there are many (stupid) people who do not care about fair, only about winning.

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
9 months ago

The left fears Trump like no other. He is not one of them and yet his administration ruled well. But as we saw during his first administration, the DEEP STATE was able to hamstring and hamper every move he made. Trump Derangement Syndrome extends far and wide and he is an amazing man to be able to stand up to them and perform pretty well considering all the obstacles thrown in his way.

Joanne4justice
Joanne4justice
8 months ago

I totally support Trump the first CEO who was wildly succesful as the FIRST NON POLITICAN POTUS AND LEADER OF USA !
he has guts and integrity!!!! Something that seems to lacking in the present political arena!!!

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

Gee forgot all about Trump since Saturday… must gall CNN to have to report on Israel 24/7 instead of Orange Man!

Rick
Rick
9 months ago

Maybe Trump can win the Republican nomination, but his chance of winning the general
election is small. With the dems in disarray why would should Republicans run a lame duck for president? and then 4 years latter have to run against a democratic party that has
reorganized itself. Republicans have the strongest group of candidates that they ever have had and the chance to elect a president who can serve two terms is what the country
really needs.

Susabella
Susabella
9 months ago

DeSantis is right about this; people did not vote for Biden, they voted AGAINST Trump and I firmly believe it will happen again if he is the candidate.

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