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Subject: Fwd: "Understanding Trump - A good read!"

"Understanding Trump!  Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and
was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.  He ran on the Democratic ticket
as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican.  He is
as conservative as they come and I am happy to call him a friend.  He
wrote the following and it is an excellent read: 

On Trump's Lack of Decorum, Dignity, and Statesmanship. My Leftist
friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if
I'm not bothered by Donald Trump's lack of decorum. They ask if I
don't think his tweets are "beneath the dignity of the office."
Here's my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.  There could not have
been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered
the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined
his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human
being on this earth who so desperately prized "collegiality" as John
McCain?  We tried propriety - has there been a nicer human being ever
than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same. This is
because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality
and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a
knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the
Chicago mob.  

I don't find anything "dignified," "collegial" or "proper" about
Barack Obama's lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson
in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the
Democratic Party. I don't see anything "dignified" in lying about the
deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent
filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don't see anything "statesman-like"
in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents
and any dissent. Yes, Obama was "articulate" and "polished", but in no
way was he in the least bit "dignified," "collegial" or "proper."

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of
the Children of the '60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where
nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has
been a war they've fought with violence, the threat of violence,
demagoguery and lies from day one - the violent take-over of the
universities - until today. The problem is that, through these years,
the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has
been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has
continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety. With Donald
Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America 's first
wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like "dignity" and "collegiality" simply aren't
the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses
Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him
drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln
applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the
Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln
rightly recognized that, "I cannot spare this man. He fights."

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In
peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had
Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler
and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their
thousand-year Reich. Trump is fighting. And what's particularly
delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his
tanks obliterated Rommel's, he's shouting, "You magnificent bastards,
I read your book!" That is just the icing on the cake, but it's
wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he's defeating the
Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky's Rules for
Radicals - a book so essential to the Liberals' war against America
that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration
and the subject of Hillary Clinton's senior thesis. It is a book of
such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book
to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky
dedicated his book to Lucifer.  

Trump's tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is
doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead
of going after "the fake media" - and they are so fake that they have
literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years
not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet
Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of
Ferguson, Missouri - Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.  Then,
just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described
as "the most powerful weapon of all." .. Most importantly, Trump's
tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. .. They
need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices. They can
either "go high" (as Michelle would would say and Hillary
disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would
disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and
accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual
tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and
demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if
they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end
of the Democratic Party they serve.  It is nothing but the incessant
use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported
then-candidate Barack Obama's close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid
Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko)
or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright's church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the
Obama administration's weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their
political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or
the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the
Obama administration's cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left - and the #NeverTrumpers as well - do I
wish we lived in a time when our president could be "collegial" and
"dignified" and "proper"? Of course I do. These aren't those times.
This is war. And it's a war that the Left has been fighting without
opposition for the past 50 years. So, say anything you want about this
president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be
undignified at times. I don't care. I can't spare this man. He fights 
for America! 

Posted by Hugh

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