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Donald Trump op-ed in the WSJ

I’m sure it was ghostwritten, but it’s still a pretty damn good op-ed.

Responsible leaders should be shocked by the idea that party officials can simply cancel elections in America if they don’t like what the voters may decide.

The only antidote to decades of ruinous rule by a small handful of elites is a bold infusion of popular will. On every major issue affecting this country, the people are right and the governing elite are wrong. The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.

Why should we trust the people who have made every wrong decision to substitute their will for America’s will in this presidential election?

The great irony of this campaign is that the “Washington cartel” that Mr. Cruz rails against is the very group he is relying upon in his voter-nullification scheme.

My campaign strategy is to win with the voters. Ted Cruz’s campaign strategy is to win despite them.

How have we gotten to the point where politicians defend a rigged delegate-selection process with more passion than they have ever defended America’s borders?

Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. It’s pretty laughable to imagine some of those sentences coming out of Trump’s mouth.

    “The elites are wrong on taxes, on the size of government, on trade, on immigration, on foreign policy.”

    The irony is that on “size of government” the elites are probably more conservative than the masses.


    April 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    • Yeah, lines like that give away that a lot of stuff like this (and his policy write-ups on his campaign website) are ghost written. Trump never goes with “small government” rhetoric but when he has a more orthodox Republican flunky write up something like this they just can’t help themselves.


      April 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    • I’ve ‘government’ is properly understood as a govt./corporate syndicate, then Trump’s point stands.

      Andrew E.

      April 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      • That is…”If ‘government’ is …..”

        Andrew E.

        April 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    • I (all most) wouldn’t mind paying so much in taxes if I felt that money was put to good use to promote affordable family formation in a decent society or going to services that were for ME.

      But we all know who sucking up all that money and services.


      April 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

  2. It’s starting to ‘feel’ like the wind has fallen out of the anti Trump effort’s sails. Maybe this is just my mistaken perception, but I think they’ve fired all their rhetorical bullets, and now Trump can benefit from the social proof you spoke of earlier in the year. He’s set to absolutely dominate the Northeast, maybe this pushes up his polls up and gets him into the high 1,100s after California. I think the betting markets are seriously underestimating his probability of winning the nomination (63% on hypermind and 57% on predictit).


    April 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    • “Maybe this is just my mistaken perception, ”

      No, I agree. Colorado was a major blooper. I thought Trump had blown it with the Heidi Cruz mess, but then Colorado happened. A real blunder.


      April 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    • 63 and 57? There’s an arbitrage opportunity.


      April 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      • It might be an arbitrage opportunity if PredictIt didn’t take a 10% vig.

        Dave Pinsen

        April 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  3. I’m sure it was ghostwritten, but so what? All politician OP-Eds are ghost written. It still gets his message across. Great idea to run it in the Wall Street Journal too. That’s behind enemy lines for Trump.

    Mike Street Station

    April 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    • Because Trump doesn’t read the stuff that people ghost write for him and ends up contradicting it.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      April 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

  4. Interesting that he let the ghostwriter list taxes first. That makes me wonder whether he’d really be tough on immigration.


    April 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    • At this point it seems likely that if Trump won the Presidency and got to do what he wanted he would build the wall and deny a lot of asylum requests from the middle east but do essentially nothing to change the number of guest workers and H1-B viasas coming in — probably the decrease of illegal immigrants would almost entirely be made up with more guest workers once business interests get in his ear. The effect of immigration on American wages would remain totally unchanged.

      It’s hard to imagine the demographic trend reversing much either. No way will Trump get the approval to deport people born in American from illegal immigrant parents.


      April 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  5. It’s as ghost-written as all political ads are. You don’t imagine a candidate actually directing their ads, right? This was not entirely ghost written: he just probably worked with a writer on staff to better encapsulate the message and keep it on point, just as you would entrust the producer with the ad to get it right. Also, we have no proof of Trump’s writing abilities. Some people don’t write like they speak, but yeah, it’s pretty obvious he wisely left most of it to a professional.

    E. Green

    April 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  6. NY Post endorsed Trump today, even though it’s an ostensibly conservative paper full of columnists who despise the man. I guess the “New York” angle overrode everything.


    April 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    • Wow, way to go Rupert.


      April 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

  7. I agree that #NeverTrump has peaked, but they may have already done enough damage to deny him the nom. Again, the problem is the TruCons, not the GOPe. The GOPe is ready to surrender to Trump, the TruCons, however, will fight to the end.

    Trump needs to kill it in the Northeast, win IN and CA, and get his national numbers into the high 40s before the convention. If he goes into the convention with that kind of momentum, he’ll get enough support from unbound delegates to put him over the top on the first ballot. If it goes to a second ballot, Cruz is the guy.

    Win or lose, Conservatism has been destroyed forever. That is the most important thing that Trump has done.

    Otis the Sweaty

    April 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    • GOPe is using TruCons as foils. GOPe hates both Trump and Cruz supporters and is happy to see them fight. If Cruz stops Trump GOPe will easily destroy or control Cruz.


      April 15, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • Otis, I don’t know how old you are or how long you’ve been following politics, but I can tell you this. I’ve been around long enough to know that voters have short memories, political coalitions are not usually destroyed by the results of a single election, and that almost nothing in politics is “forever.” Trump is not as powerful as you imagine. My guess is that he will get the nomination, lose by a landslide in November, and that most of his voters will be so humiliated by the loss that they’ll regret ever having heard his name.


      April 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      • I would agree that voters have short memories in general, but I’m old enough to remember conservatives fleeing the Republican Party in 92 for Perot because of deficits and tax increases, resulting in Perot getting 18% in an independent run. It cost the Republicans that election but it didn’t do permanent harm to the Party because the Republicans got the message and ran on no new taxes and reduce-spending for the next decade. This feels different. The we’re in an era now where the results of our trade policies are pretty obvious and those who still want to continue down that path versus those who feel they’ve been punished enough isn’t really reconcilable.

        Mike Street Station

        April 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      • Conservatism is no more. Cruz is the strongest TruCon candidate possible as he gets not just the TruCon, but the Stupid Christians. There has never been a candidate like that before and never will be again. Despite all this, and despite the fact that he is running against two guys who are detested by large swaths of the party, he still can’t get above 35% nationally.

        The political strength of the TruCons came from their alliance with the populists. Trump has destroyed this alliance, and it will never be remade. From here on out, TruCons will have the same irrelevance nationally that the Stupid Christians do. Guys like Huckabee and Santorum can’t get the Republican nom, but they can be effective vanity candidates do to their appeal to the Stupid Christians who think they are voting for a Pastor in Chief. In the future we might see TruCon vanity candidates, but that will be the extent of TruCon national political impact.

        What is most likely is that post Trump the GOP starts nominating candidates who are acceptable to the TruCons, the GOPe and the populists. Guys like Greg Abbott or even Dave Brat. But TruCons like Cruz, Walker and Rubio? Fuggetaboutit.

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 15, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      • Otis, you don’t know the first thing about the Christian Right or evangelical Christians in America. Truthfully, you’re coming across as someone who just wants a group of people to hate and your anti-Christian obsession looks a lot like schoolyard bullying to me.. And no one is trying to elect a pastor-in-chief. Secular Americans, and this includes people like you and Lion, need to accept the fact that social conservatism isn’t going to wither away just because you find it annoying. Nor can American continue to ignore socon arguments by pretending that they constitute religion, when they represent a cultural view point and only incidentally coincide with a religious viewpoint. Individual freedoms can’t expand indefinitely without damaging the fabric of society. Americans will have to face this sooner or later no matter who forces them to face it. The Christian Right is not going to vanish. Christians in America have a future. It’s your precious Donald Trump who has no future in politics.. The man is 70 years old and is headed for a massive loss in November. There is no “Trump wing” of the Republican party. And Donald doesn’t have the time or the discipline to create a party or movement to continue his ideas. He’s all about himself. If the Republican party continues to nominate clowns and liberal farceurs like Trump I’ll vote for the Democrats out of protest. Contrary to what many think (I know that Lion is always saying this) social conservatives don’t hate Hillary more than they love their principles. No one is “stuck” having to support Rockefeller Republicans masquerading as nationalists or populists. You and Lion both seem to have us confused with slaves on a plantation.


        April 16, 2016 at 12:07 am

      • For the last time I am not anti Christian and I don’t appreciate being called as much. I would admit it if I was. I am anti Stupid Christians who think they are voting for a pastor in chief. The type of people who vote for Huckabee or Santorum. There is no other word for these people besides “stupid”. What would you call them?

        On the other hand I am anti TruCon and admit that proudly. I think that TruCons are the greatest enemy of white America, worse than the GOPe, liberals, blacks or immigrants.

        TruCons power came from their alliance with the populists. People who hate immigrants. But there has been a divorce, thanks to Trump. Without the populists, TruCons are electorally irrelevant just like the Christian right always was.

        Otis the Sweaty

        April 16, 2016 at 10:15 am

    • “Win or lose, Conservatism has been destroyed forever. That is the most important thing that Trump has done.”

      Nope. If he wins, and I stress if, Trump will have created (or presided over, which is the same thing in politics) a major realignment in US politics. He will have destroyed the Democrats too.


      April 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    • Maryk,

      If Donald Trump follows through with his promise to Falwell, Jr. to eliminate the speech targeting regulations of churches at the IRS (which he can go with the stroke if a pen), then the true cons may yet enter a golden age of national influence.

      Right now the churches are silenced by threats from the government to revoke tax exempt status and fixing this could allow churches to organize into a political force that they haven’t been for decades. (Because of unequal policing and liberal bias, these regulations only affect white Christian churches and not black churches, mosques, or Jewish Temples {that famously use the two high holy days before the election to talk politics}).

      This is an idea that Ted Cruz ought to have stolen from Trump.


      April 16, 2016 at 1:17 am

      • None of the Jewish temples I have been to for High Holidays services talked politics. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some liberal Reform congregations in the New York Area where the liberal Rabbis do take advantage of that. I never attended Reform services in NY because my parents were too cheap to pay for more expensive Reform synagogue fees, and I now have absolutely no interest in ever entering a synagogue unless I have to because someone is being married or bar mitzvahed.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 16, 2016 at 9:33 am

      • Rotten, can’t you see by now that I don’t trust Donald Trump? Whatever promises he made to Falwell, Jr. are meaningless to me. There isn’t the slightest reason to think Trump views Falwell as anything other than a useful idiot. Christians who are interested in political issues already have the option of being involved in the process – they don’t need to do it through their churches. The problems that Christians have in America aren’t caused by government regulations but by their own failure to admit the sorry state of American culture and hold the American people themselves accountable. Until the conservative movement and the Christian Right develop a spine, and a willingness to rethink the silly “silent majority” theory (developed when Bobby Sherman albums were playing on turntables) nothing any politician promises them will matter.


        April 16, 2016 at 9:40 am

      • What if they did get rid of the tax exemption for churches? Only the rich churches would survive. That might be a good thing.

        So, that will never happen, as long as a core Democratic constituency, blacks, has churches as their power base.


        April 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      • MaryK,

        Forget about Trump and politics for a moment, I think you’re making very good points here. By this line of reasoning what does it matter who is President, if Christians are divorcing and getting abortions? What do you think that the churches should do about this? Again, forget about politics & focus on practical solutions. I am not being facetious, I am not baiting you, I just want to hear specifics.

        Rod Dreher keeps talking about the Benedict Option, but he has given no specifics.


        April 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      • @maryk I really like what you say about the Christian right. They never hold the people, collectively or individually, for their part of cultural decay. Look at abortion. I only recently became aware it is taboo for them to be critical of women who get abortions. I am pro abortion, but if I was anti it would only make sense to blame the women who do this act considered the worst thing in the world.

        Speaking of abortion. A criticism I have of the Christian right is they have become obsessed with two issues, abortion and gay marriage. They no longer say anything about any other culture topics. Notably, they are now silent about the decline of the traditional family, how out of wedlock births have become the majority etc. They also no longer have animosity towards criminals and drug addicts, if anything they now see them as victims…not too different from the liberal view.

        Jay Fink

        April 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

  8. Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.

    Not just the politicians. The whole “white guy” Republican identified nerd club house is the problem..

    The radio guys, the consultants, the TruCons, the libertarian dorks, all the GOPe hacks that are not only being paid buts it’s also their “identity”.

    They are political nerds and they are outraged that Trump and his army have invaded THEIR territory.


    April 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • We must destroy them. All of them.

      Otis the Sweaty

      April 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  9. “I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people. Members of the club—the consultants, the pollsters, the politicians, the pundits and the special interests—grow rich and powerful while the American people grow poorer and more isolated.”

    Well said, and also, a very resonant message.


    April 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

  10. Check out these pro-Trump reddit nerds. They’re pretty funny.

    The view from Mexico. LOL.

    I like the wall. Check out the little rat from Canada on the end!


    April 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    • Only Canada’s dregs are eager to cross south of the border, and the rat depiction is correct.

      America receives Canada’s imbeciles, and the Great White North receives our best and the brightest.


      April 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      • “Only Canada’s dregs are eager to cross south of the border, and the rat depiction is correct.”

        Huh? Damn near all their top actors, athletes, comedians and musicians move to the US.

        You are right about one guy though – the Canadians gave us Ted Cruz. I wouldn’t say he’s an imbecile, just a charlatan. But, if Canada will take him back I’d be obliged.


        April 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      • …and the rat depiction is correct.

        The rat is supposed to be Ted Cruz.

        The US gets a lot of comedic talent from Canada.

        I’m sure lots of Canadian scientific/technical talent will migrate to the US considering the US is the world center for a lot of research/education and jobs in aviation/aerospace/pharmaceuticals/medicine/computers etc.etc.


        April 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      • If you think Shatner, Bieber, Carrey, Alan Thicke etc…are great guys for our trashy Hollywood, then yes!


        April 17, 2016 at 1:42 am

      • America is a such a sh*tshow going full prole, that any world class scientific research becomes muted in a sea of nonsense and degeneracy.

        Canada has better everything overall, with the exception of the cold clime.


        April 17, 2016 at 1:45 am

      • Winnipeg, the working class prairie city in Canada (Midwestern in American terms), is a crappy town by their standards, but more cosmopolitan than Northeast Boston, if you will. That says a lot!


        April 17, 2016 at 1:51 am

  11. ‘Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.’

    Um. Ghostwritten-Trump know what Trump owns.


    April 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  12. I think Trump is finished. Most women who could or would vote Republican, will never vote for him. The Megyn Kelly thing, the Michelle Fields fake thing, the Heidi Cruz thing, all turned women who are already hostile to Trump off him. White working and middle class women won’t vote Hillary! necessarily, but they won’t be voting Trump. Who very obviously won’t be the nominee, it will be either !Jeb! or Marco Rubio or Kasich, after Trump fails to get the required number of delegates and some fairly obvious thumb on the scales by the GOPe.

    Trump Bros on Campus may love the guy, because he assails anti-White Male political correctness, but women love love love PC. PC gives power to women, even White women, to go witchfind heretics against the PC religion and women love nothing more than enforcing social orthodoxy even if it is actively harmful to them. Moreover White women love hanging handicaps on most White men and then picking only those so lucky and advantaged they come out ahead. White women love that like Disney fantasy princesses and stories about Vampire royalty and popstars.

    Trump is very strong among White men, but very weak among White women, and that is not really the fault of Trump who had to thread the needle but the structural difference — contra Steve Sailer the war between the sexes is active and most women fraternize at best with 10% of the enemy, and want the rest consigned to oblivion when it comes down to it.

    I can see Trump and possibly Bernie Sanders running as independents against Hillary! and say, !Jeb! Bush. That would be interesting. Trump **might** win in that scenario.

    But what Trump has done is removed White Men from the Donor-Class GOP, White men won’t go along to get along regardless of the Libertardian Nerds in the War Against White Men anymore, no matter how many tax breaks the Koch Brothers get. Or how many cheap laborers Sheldon Adelson gets for his casinos. White women for now remain firmly in the Dem camp or friendly to it — being junior members of the anti-White male coalition they find it better to serve in heaven than rule in hell. Women being women, they would rather be ruled by someone, anyone, than rule themselves.


    April 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm

  13. Methinks this ghost writer reads a lot like Pat Buchanan


    April 16, 2016 at 3:41 am

  14. I run everything through a populist filter, and the phrase “are wrong on the size of government” doesn’t resonate at all. In fact, the populace has never met a government program for the working-class and middle-class that it didn’t like and want more of.


    April 16, 2016 at 4:45 am

    • Everyone hates taxes. But few understand that most of what they consider to be unaffordable, like housing, would not get any more affordable with lower taxes, because everyone else would also have more money and bid up the prices of that housing.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

      • Half of today’s sky-high housing prices is the willingness and ability to take on mortgage debt in order to escape from “diversity”. The other half is the desire to live with your social peers, or slightly better.

        Neither are a problem if mortgages either a) don’t exist, or b) everyone agrees not to defect. Otherwise everybody everywhere begins taking on more and more debt just to tread water at their social level.

        So really the only reason housing prices have exploded over the past half-century is because since 1964 price is the only mechanism people have to choose their neighbors.

        Purple Furple

        April 16, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      • Expensive housing in liberal centers keep NAMs at bay.

        My continuous and previous rant about NYC’s public housing (especially in Manhattan), becoming predominantly Hispanic, and decreasingly black, is to keep the lesser of 2 evils, in order to fulfill a diversity mantra.


        April 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

  15. are housing prices really that high in the u.s? looking at the price to income multiples, outside of a few large cities such as san francisco and new york they seem pretty reasonable. even a shack in the outback can cost on an income – price basis more than a decent house in a decent neighbourhood in a city like atlanta, which is larger than sydney and melbourne.

    james n.s.w

    April 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    • No, it depends on the area. Look on Zillow. Obviously, “hot” areas will cost you, but there are many places that are quite nice where you can get a decent home for $300K.


      April 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm

  16. Perhaps it is because politicians care more about securing their private club than about securing their country.

    Yes, this picture is us vs them:


    April 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

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