Amazingly, Donald Trump’s recent position of monitoring and restricting the movement of Muslim’s in and out of American borders is creating quite a stir—politically. While most in the Beltway believe Trump is a madman, I would say that Trump is behaving like the brilliant tactician that he is. No wonder the United States is losing around the world, because the people in mainstream politics are clueless about negotiation and strategy. Trump’s comments are brilliant for several reasons. First he’s playing the typical high low game needed in any negotiation. He knows by taking an extreme position, he’ll force elected officials to at least consider some measures of security in relation to the Muslim religion. The terrorist element is obviously hiding within that religion behind peaceful people, but there is no way to root the bad guys out if you don’t force the Islamic community to separate themselves from the radicals. In the short run, radicals are forced into hiding until things calm down which obviously makes the world safer through the Christmas Holiday. Additionally, all the idiots who are coming out against Trump, which is everyone pretty much in the Beltway—are demonstrating why they are unqualified to be president as Americans want somebody to make decisive decisions even if they are standing alone. To understand the extent of the issue, watch this ABC Report on Trump with clips from a recent Barbra Walters interview.
Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. Six months from now he’ll be able to say that he was the first Republican to identify the problem, which will prove to be quite extensive in its sleeper cell network, and he will show Republican delegates that he is willing to do anything and everything to beat Hillary Clinton ahead of the convention. That is after all what they all share in common as a concern, beating Hillary Clinton in a head to head election. No other Republican candidate has a chance because it will take extreme positions to outscore her in a media field that is clearly in her corner. You can’t play nice with her and win. You have to hit her lower than she is willing to go, which is lower than most anybody can fathom.
Trump has many business interests around the world, particularly in the UAE, so he’s showing Republican voters that he is willing to go against his own interests to do what he thinks is right—which dispels one of the concerns Republicans have with Trump. The New York billionaire has had a friendly relationship with the Clintons in the past, so Trump has to prove that he will hit Hillary hard and not go soft as a candidate. So this Muslim debate does several things that are needed for Trump and the nation and he has orchestrated it all very brilliantly. It puts the issues of Muslim terrorist cells hiding behind the religion on the front burner for discussion which is needed. Complacency will only lead to many more domestic attacks—particularly through the Christmas Season. Trump has also thrown cold water on the millions of dollars of attack ads that Jeb Bush and John Kasich have taken out against him ahead of the primaries. The money of those other Republican presidential candidates and their donors has been completely wasted, so of course they are mad at Trump. Then of course there is the Obama administration that is quietly terrified of a Trump nominee, as there will be unfettered criticism and bombastic dissemination of Obama and his former employee Hillary Clinton in his last year as president, establishing his legacy forever as a complete failure. Of course they think Trump is unqualified to be president, because they have set the bar so low that Trump would be unable to live under that bar. Trump is promising to make fools of all of them and that’s the real fear of the comments about Muslims. They don’t care about those people of religion; they care about being exposed as political losers.
The way that ABC presented that report was interesting, it was essentially no different from school kids debating who the best band is, or what is fashionable or not fashionable. If a kid in school distinguishes themselves as a stand-out from the crowd, they get picked on endlessly until they comply with the recommendations of mass association. Peer pressure is what public schools are all about—fitting into a crowd and merging with the collective opinion on a matter. But real leaders are those who stand against the tide, who are the first to see a problem and offer a solution—even if nobody else understands it. I was always one of those kids; I never fit neatly into place and constantly pushed back against the masses. I never did what was expected of me, and now many years later, I have been proven correct time and time again. Eventually people in the masses follow a good leader—they do come around to the correct way of thinking by necessity of their own survival.
Trump more than anything has shown himself to be a leader. As the world turns against him he has managed to put himself on the front page of every newspaper in the world with hundreds of millions of dollars of free advertising showing himself to be willing to be a decisive leader—which is the most sought after trait that voters are looking for in the 2016 election. There is no issue more important than that one to normal people outside of the Beltway. The Trump comments were controversial, but there is no downside. What he has done is made an investment that will pay off greatly by the time summer comes around in the northern hemisphere, and there will be no stopping him.
To prove themselves competent, authorities will have to bust terrorist cells during the Holiday season to prove they are doing their jobs—and they’ll do it to prove to Trump that all Muslims are not terrorists. Because of their anger at Trump they will be forced to actually do their jobs for a change—something they wouldn’t have been motivated to do before Trump’s comments. Likely we will all be a lot safer for the short run as Muslims themselves seek to push their radicals out of the darkness into the light of day to avoid association which will only help our Homeland Security investigations. And the Obama administration for helping these terrorists gain strength will be forced to pick sides—which they obviously don’t want to do.
All this will play in favor of Trump going into the fall of 2016 where he’ll be poised to take credit for it all—because it was his actions that provoked all the behavior change which left unchecked would have led to many more San Bernardino shootings. Of course the political establishment doesn’t understand all these techniques of strategy, which is why they are the ones not qualified to be president. All this that Trump is doing is outlined in his very good book on business, The Art of the Deal. There is no secret—he spells it out for all to see. Anybody with half a brain would know what he’s doing—and fortunately, many Americans do have a brain when they are given the right things to think about.
This is the only way to break loose the issues that are destroying our nation—the bad guys have to be rooted out and exposed in this fashion. I know a thing or two about these strategies and have used them myself many times. They work in both small and large situations. But in Trump’s case, they will strike fear into his enemies when he takes the desk of the Oval Office. He will be in a wonderful negotiation position by then, because it does pay to be a little wild. Often it pays very well. But to sell that wildness you have to be willing to carry out an act when called upon. And if you have to pick something to display it, you do it with the most strategic subject possible so that if you do have to pull the trigger you accomplish another objective with the wildness. That’s why Trump is the best. And that’s why he SHOULD certainly be president. You don’t win by playing patty cake. You win with being a little crazy when it counts most. Christmas of 2015 after a terrorist attack that the current president is avoiding to name is a good place to start. New York will be safer because of Trump’s wildness, and so will everyone else.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman