Shooting the Varmints in our Garden: The most peaceful way to end a civil war

I think in the context of history March 3rd 2016 will go down in history as a great battle within the American system of government.  No lives were directly lost because of this battle, because at least in the United States elections still matter and people have them as an option.  For instance there was a debate with Fox News that was on a very large stage nationally, and at each podium was a figure representing various fractured elements of American society.  Marco Rubio represents the old guard establishment even though he came to be as a Tea Party insurgent.  Donald Trump was there as a private sector success story who is ready to run the country as a CEO—which can be good or bad depending on the CEO.  If the CEO is Jack Welch, then it probably won’t be good for everyone—likely just for the company.  If that CEO is like Steve Jobs—which is what I think will happen, then it will be wonderful for every American.  But it’s certainly not a traditional CEO position but it is a private sector presence in a high office that has not been there before.  Ted Cruz represents the type of people who attend C-PAC each year and run the various Tea Parties.  They have helped shape this whole election cycle.  Really everyone on the debate stage got there pandering to the Tea Party—even John Kasich who now represents the type of compromise candidate we’ve had in the past with Mitt Romney and John McCain.  My friend Ann Becker summed up the experience like this on Channel 12 News as she was pushing for some last-minute votes for her own run on the Ohio Central Committee which is on a scale as important as this presidential election—only in a different way.  CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR MORE.

I have personally tried to work with establishment types for decades, but my summation culminated about this time four years ago into a rather large melt-down that still resonates in my community.  Trump of course is experiencing what I’m talking about on a much larger scale, so I was curious how he’d deal with the severe abandonment of Mitt Romney the day of the Fox Debate.  It was a rather historic occasion, a former presidential candidate whom Trump had supported openly during the 2012 campaign held a press conference type of speech just hours before the debate to discredit Trump in every way he possibly could as a last-ditch effort to destroy the GOP frontrunner to preserve the last remnants of the type of Republican Party that he helped shape.  Trump had even held a very expensive fundraiser for Romney in his Manhattan apartment and had become fairly close to the man.  In 2012 Trump even pushed right to the wire a very important flight to Scotland while Romney was debating Barack Obama because he didn’t want to miss a moment—even in the car on the way to the airport.  So Donald Trump was fairly invested in Romney’s success, which of course history remembers was a failure.  As Romney announced all of Donald Trump’s failures over the years—investments that didn’t emerge victorious—although plenty did—I’m sure Trump would have included Romney on that list.

But you break bread with those people; get to know their wives and you start to like politicians because you think that they are regular people.  You think they are like you are because they sound like you, think like you, and share similar values.  Only, they aren’t like you.  Once they get into public office they turn into something else—because by the nature of a constitutional republic, success in that type of governmental position favors second-handers.  Trump had just come off a week of great successes—Super Tuesday gave him a huge lead over everyone else in the GOP presidential filed and he was showing what a Trump White House would look like as he picked up endorsements of establishment Republicans at an alarming rate-provoking the GOP bosses to attack Trump to his very core in an attempt to knock him out of the race.  That stress showed on Donald Trump at the Fox News debate.  His rivalry with Megan Kelly was in front of him, and two hostile candidates who wanted to unseat him were on each side.  Millions of people were watching to see if Trump would stumble—even world leaders watched terrified of having to deal with the unpredictable businessman from New York.  Trump was pounded and pressed from every direction.  Fox News used televisions to replay old Trump interviews in an attempt to catch him in a gotcha moment—which was hard obviously.  But through it all Trump managed to stand in front of everyone and declare that he had a large penis—literally.  It was the boldest things he could have done at that particular moment and it became the thing that everyone would remember out if this debate, and it was probably the only way out of a day where the establishment had thrown everything including the kitchen sink at Donald Trump ahead of the next round of states voting the following Saturday.

I know how that betrayal feels all too well.  I’ve felt it many times so I felt for Donald Trump being on such a large stage and feeling those emotions.  It won’t be the last time, but it does hurt each time it happens.  The best thing that can be done in those situations is to fight through the disappointment and do whatever it is that has to be done.  The stakes for so much were at full play and Trump did well to stand up there and shoulder it all—which is why I think he’ll be great as president.  The more that moderators and candidates tried to press him from the vantage point of a traditional president, the more wore out Trump looked.  Trump doesn’t plan to be a traditional president.  He intends to run the country like a CEO—as a boss.  America doesn’t elect kings and queens—and doesn’t like to be bossed around.  However, Americans have devolved over the years and presently they do need strong leadership—because they don’t manage their own lives very robustly.  At this particular moment, Trump is the only guy who can do the job.  But it won’t be anything close to traditional.  Trump will hire and delegate many of the presidential tasks because that is the strength of his skill set.  Second-hander politicians do not understand that way of thinking.  And because Trump represents an end to everything they know, they attacked him in the way that a cornered animal might fight for its very life.

 I watched my father and grandparents shoot many varmints that tried to eat food out of our garden, or in their fields.  I always felt sorry for the animals that were shot and killed.  But over time, I learned that the animals were second-handers to the efforts of the person who planted the crops in the first place.  The animals had to be destroyed to keep them from eating everything we worked so hard for.  If those animals had not been shot and killed, they would have destroyed all our efforts.  From the perspective of the animals, they just wanted to survive—and to feed their families.  But, to the vantage point of productive output, they were enemies to that effort.  So they had to be destroyed.  The same can be said about the GOP.  Donald Trump is our rifle that is picking off the varmints eating all the efforts of our careful labor.  Out of desperation, the varmints like Mitt Romney know the end is near for them.  Ann Becker can see it too as she presses on in her desire to unseat Patti Alderson—who represents those old GOP types like John Boehner, John Kasich, and Mitt Romney with financial backing and has helped shape the party into the disaster it currently is.  Ann and I might disagree on how that gun should be fired, but we agree that the crops in our garden must be protected from the second-handed efforts of politicians who just can’t stop themselves from trying to eat and destroy everything.  Donald Trump for me is the twelve gage shotgun; Ted Cruz is a .22 rifle.

If Trump was not running, there may well be an armed insurrection—the situation is that bad in America.  I’ve been covering it for years on these pages.  Trump is my hope of turning everything upside-down and re-organizing the mess into something profitable, and constructive.  It’s my last hope before something more serious happens.  It’s the last chance at an election to resolve a civil war within America—first between conservatives, then across the country in a general election where we are split 50/50 between socialists and traditionalists.  Someone has to do that hard work of converting those socialists to capitalism and laws and executive power just aren’t enough.  The varmints of Washington D.C. have to be eliminated—and Donald Trump is the weapon being presented to do the hard work, and the bloody evacuation of those Mitt Romney types which is required.   But I could see the strain on Trump.  It was hard for him-just as it is for all of us.  And out of all the days of his presidential run when he looks back on it, March 3rd will go down as the worst.  The good news is—it only gets better from here.  Once you shoot the first animal to save the precious crops in your garden, it becomes much easier.  And for Trump, he will learn to do that job very well.  That’s because he’s not a second-hander—and that’s why he needs to be president—because of the chain reaction that will follow.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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