If one looks at the numbers, there is no denying Donald Trump's campaign has brought together as disparate a group of the American public, as then US Senator Barack Obama's campaign did back in 2008. Then Senator Obama, may have had far greater numbers of diverse groups of people than Trump has, but there is no denying Donald Trump appeals to a broad spectrum of Americans. As I've written before, "Trump is saying things, people out of desperation, fear, anxiety, and paranoia believe they want to hear. Trump is not speaking his own mind. Trump is speaking to the thoughts people usually keep hidden, and with good cause." While this excludes Trump from meeting all of the criteria set for a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, I believe he does meet one piece of criteria: "contemporary acts of political courage." So in the spirit of fairness that The Donald demands of others, we at The Views from Aventine have set up our own award. Take that, Kennedys! In nominating 2016 GOP Presidential primary candidate, Donald John Trump, Sr., for a Profile In Courage Award; it must be noted that the man was born on Flag Day, June 14th, in 1946. Surely this must be a sign of prophesied patriotism, if not of Trump's fearlessness, and his greatness in the face of horror, and contempt coming out of establishment Republican circles. In the view of that establishment, Donald Trump's crime is that he has thrown away the dog whistle of GOP politics. In a recent Tweet, Democratic Senator Harry Reid has come out and noted "Racism has long been prevalent in Republican politics. Only difference now is that Trump is saying out loud what other Rs merely suggest." While Republicans and their allies, as well as their supporters in the media, continue to use the dog whistle of GOP politics, Donald John Trump, Sr., has bravely stepped forward and spoken out loud what others have merely suggested. For this alone, Donald Trump deserves a medal of valor. Where Trump got his new found courage is anyone's guess. Heck, even the Cowardly Lion got a medal of valor, in the Wizard of OZ book. Like the Cowardly Lion, Trump was a chicken: a Vietnam era Chickenhawk. But now that, that war is far behind us, Trump has finally answered the call of duty. One more brave thing about Trump: we know The Donald, did not drink from the cup of liquid courage as the Lion did. For Trump fears one thing more than he fears immigration along our southern border, Syrian refugees, or radical terrorists: Trump fears alcohol. Evidently if somebody were to slip Trump a bit of John Barleycorn, he would lose all control. So he has told us in interviews, where he has attempted to show a human side. He's a sober man, though I wouldn't call his style, his words, or his campaign sobering. Also, on the political stage Trump purposely alarms and frightens many people. That all takes courage. Over the last half of a century, American politics has seen insurgent campaigns -- but nothing like Trump's. Donald Trump has been a media figure, since his entry into the Manhattan real estate market of 1970's. Political campaigns usually start gaining momentum in September, after the Labor Day weekend; but not Trump's. Trump's campaign really started gaining momentum during the dull, dreary months of summer. The media went happily along with the media figure that Trump is, gaining market share and profits, all the while dismissing Trump and his campaign as one of -- a clown in a side-show, a circus act. That perception may or may not have been true during the Summer, but as Trump started using his over-sized soap box to call everyone in sight stupid or ugly, and to attack immigrants, the perception that he was a man who speaks truth to power started to solidify in the minds of a healthy minority of Republican and Republican leaning independent voters. Donald Trump's message transcends race. Trump is anger and fear on steroids. He allows Americans to throw away part of our history, and to put aside the greatness of leaders like FDR, JFK, and Reagan who I quote respectively: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." -- "The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." and "Freedom is indivisible - there is no "s" on the end of it. You can erode freedom, diminish it, but you cannot divide it and choose to keep "some freedoms, while giving up others." Trump deserves a Profile in Courage Award, and a Medal of Valor for openly calling for Americans to give in to fear; to turn our backs on freedom and give in to alarm; to turn away from what is good in us, even to shred the US Constitution. That takes political courage. Cold, hard, and sober political courage. Donald John Trump, Sr.: American Political Profile in Courage.