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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!
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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.
 
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Nominating Donald John Trump, Sr., For A Profile in Courage Award
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!
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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.


to be continued

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What fear?
Tell us who is hiding in their homes and not doing their everyday routines and going to work?

Who really shred the Constitution? President Wilson (D) and FDR (D) is who really did.
 

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Damn son.....that was one hell of an op-ed. Critical yet fair. Bravo Mem!!
 

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'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.'

All wrong.

Otherwise, a well written piece.
 

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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.


Unfortunately Trump is attracting the worst of the worst Americans, as can be seen in his rallies....not something to brag about.....IMHO. Obama didn't get the crowds by disparaging others and insulting women, Hispanics, Muslims, etc., like Trump, he actually knew what he was talking about.



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'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.'

True.

Trump's rhetoric is the essence of the politics of fear and demagoguery, consistent with most republicans.
 
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'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.'

All wrong.

Otherwise, a well written piece.
Did you watch last night's GOP primary debate?

Otherwise, thank you.

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Nominating Donald John Trump, Sr., For A Profile in Courage Award
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!
3877-1450212874-98c12e3a82874b33d714d481d43a0dc0.jpg
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.


to be continued

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WHAT FEAR?
I see no fear. Do you?
It was FDR a liberal Dem that put American Japanese in camps.
 

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'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.'

All wrong.

Otherwise, a well written piece.
Did you watch last night's GOP primary debate?

Otherwise, thank you.

Mem
I watched it all. Your spin on what Trump proposes is akin to the liberal lie that Republicans want to throw Granny off a cliff. You posted untrue, deliberately deceptive descriptions of what Trump is standing for.
  • give in to fear
Responding to a valid existential sworn threat is not giving in to fear.
  • turn our backs on freedom
Promoting the continued existence of this country is anything but a disowning of freedom. Opposing the influx of Muslim hordes with intent to live under Sharia Law instead of our Constitution is certainly no turning from freedom.
  • give in to alarm
Complacency kills. We're living under the control of a President that is complacent about our security...especially in regard to the Muslim attachment to terrorism around the world. He knows full well that a theocracy should not be confused with religion. The alarming thing here is Obama, the Muslim-loving demagogue and his placating of the theocracy that has sworn to take over the world.
  • turn away from what is good in us
The best thing in us is diversity of religion and tolerance of religions...within the limits of a peaceful society. Rather than turn from this, Trump is fighting for it. Fighting the THEOCRACY THAT IS INVADING AMERICA UNDER THE GUISE OF RELIGION.
  • shred the US Constitution
The ignoring of our Constitution and its separation of powers by Obama and his cronies, including Trump's likely opponent in 2016 has set the bar exponentially high. Shredding is rather harsh for what Trump is proposing.
 

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The first of America's Immigrants left England for FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. Our people fought and died to keep it....wrote the preservation of it into our Constitution. We should welcome today any immigrants fleeing forced religion.

The immigrants from Syria are fleeing a forced THEOCRACY that enforces laws, punishments and discrimination that conflict with our Constitution. Our laws applying to religion should NOT APPLY TO THEOCRACY.
 

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'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.'

All wrong.

Otherwise, a well written piece.
Did you watch last night's GOP primary debate?

Otherwise, thank you.

Mem
I watched it all. Your spin on what Trump proposes is akin to the liberal lie that Republicans want to throw Granny off a cliff. You posted untrue, deliberately deceptive descriptions of what Trump is standing for.
  • give in to fear
Responding to a valid existential sworn threat is not giving in to fear.
  • turn our backs on freedom
Promoting the continued existence of this country is anything but a disowning of freedom. Opposing the influx of Muslim hordes with intent to live under Sharia Law instead of our Constitution is certainly no turning from freedom.
  • give in to alarm
Complacency kills. We're living under the control of a President that is complacent about our security...especially in regard to the Muslim attachment to terrorism around the world. He knows full well that a theocracy should not be confused with religion. The alarming thing here is Obama, the Muslim-loving demagogue and his placating of the theocracy that has sworn to take over the world.
  • turn away from what is good in us
The best thing in us is diversity of religion and tolerance of religions...within the limits of a peaceful society. Rather than turn from this, Trump is fighting for it. Fighting the THEOCRACY THAT IS INVADING AMERICA UNDER THE GUISE OF RELIGION.
  • shred the US Constitution
The ignoring of our Constitution and its separation of powers by Obama and his cronies, including Trump's likely opponent in 2016 has set the bar exponentially high. Shredding is rather harsh for what Trump is proposing.


And I agree with this poster, and yes I watched the debates.

I am no Trump fan, but I notice your attempt to "suggest" what Trump will do, and say nothing about what Obama DID do to shred the constitution. Someone who fears these type of actions, would have long ago been complaining about constitutional transgressions.

I can't prove it conclusively, but I believe sir, you are a left wing phony baloney, or a right wing establishment crony (which is just as bad) trying to find a path to get Washington centric nominees for both parties in the general.
 

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The first of America's Immigrants left England for FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. Our people fought and died to keep it....wrote the preservation of it into our Constitution. We should welcome today any immigrants fleeing forced religion.

The immigrants from Syria are fleeing a forced THEOCRACY that enforces laws, punishments and discrimination that conflict with our Constitution. Our laws applying to religion should NOT APPLY TO THEOCRACY.



It's FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
 

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The first of America's Immigrants left England for FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. Our people fought and died to keep it....wrote the preservation of it into our Constitution. We should welcome today any immigrants fleeing forced religion.

The immigrants from Syria are fleeing a forced THEOCRACY that enforces laws, punishments and discrimination that conflict with our Constitution. Our laws applying to religion should NOT APPLY TO THEOCRACY.



It's FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
Not entirely. It was for freedom to practice their own religion rather than be forced to worship with the Church of England...i.e. The King's Church. Freedom from forced religion. England is not a theocracy, but does have an official church. We went them a step further and did away with the state church.
 

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"...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."​

The op-ed focused on a subject. That subject was Donald Trump. Specifically, Trump's angry message wrapped up in fear. The op-ed was posted before the debate. The debate transcript shows the anger and fear "Our country is out of control. People are pouring across the southern border. I will build a wall. It will be a great wall." - 5th Republican debate transcript, annotated: Who said what and what it meant

China built a wall. China was afraid of the outside world. In modern times, East Germany, Northern Ireland, and Israel built walls. They were built out of anger and fear.

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."
 
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"...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."​

The op-ed focused on a subject. That subject was Donald Trump. Specifically, Trump's angry message wrapped up in fear. The op-ed was posted before the debate. The debate transcript shows the anger and fear "Our country is out of control. People are pouring across the southern border. I will build a wall. It will be a great wall." - 5th Republican debate transcript, annotated: Who said what and what it meant

China built a wall. China was afraid of the outside world. In modern times, East Germany, Northern Ireland, and Israel built walls. They were built out of anger and fear.

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."
You are merely spinning the presentation from Trump in the debate to bolster your errant prediction of his performance. You characterize his truthfulness, forcefulness and bravado as fear and anger. You seem to equate construction of defensive barriers as being driven by fear rather than caution. You seem to support political correctness and open borders. In other words, you seem to support the transition of the earth into one big nation, ruled by God knows who.

Political correctness, diplomacy, negotiation and laws against the possession of weapons will individually and collectively do NOTHING to defeat ISIS. ISIS is an enemy like no other we have faced in the history of this nation. Conventional methods of battle and war will not work. Allowing illegal entry and unfettered travel within the US is akin to inviting an axe murderer to live in the bedroom next to your children.

This nation has forever been the melting pot for immigrants from all over the world. It should remain so. Freedom of (and from) religion should be maintained. It cannot remain so if Sharia Law replaces our current code. ISIS represents a theocracy bent on total control of all peoples by intimidation. Instead of passing laws to protect Muslims from criticism, we should be passing laws to prevent radical Muslims from preaching Jihad from the pulpits in this country. Then we should monitor all Mosques and deport or incarcerate Imams that continue the hatred...maybe fine them a million dollars a pop too.

I have said for years that we need to close the border first, then figure out what to do with the illegal aliens that are already here. We need the wall on the southern border to do this.

China's wall works. Israel's wall works. Each defines a border separating one country from another. Your opinion regarding their reasons for building walls is pure conjecture. For an aspiring op-ed writer, you don't read much history.

Great Wall of China - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com
 
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"You seem to support political correctness and open borders. In other words, you seem to support the transition of the earth into one big nation, ruled by God knows who...Allowing illegal entry and unfettered travel within the US..." - The mere spinning of straw man arguments with caricatures.

Thank you again for posting replies Asaratis. Maybe some day, you too will become an op-ed writer. And on that day you can wow people with your knowledge of history. I look forward to that day.

Mem
 

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