While Obama and Hillary were off at separate events enjoying life as the world burns—much do to their own mismanagement—the contrast between them and Trump couldn’t be more obvious. Even for me, a person who has been with Trump since the beginning, the contrast was quite dramatic. There are still 80 days until the election and it was clear who wanted the Oval Office more. Hillary and Obama are part of an entitled class who thought that it was appropriate to take the weekend off. In response to Trump’s visit to Louisiana Clinton declared that she made a few calls to the governor of that state out of concern—but the effort would have taken 10 to 15 minutes maximum and Obama stated that he’d clear his schedule for the following Tuesday to visit the flood zone—nearly a week after the tragedy occurred. It’s not like Louisiana is on the other side of the world from Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a short flight that could have been conducted in a morning. Obama could have done like Trump, fly down, tour the zone, talk to the people and be back north before noon and still had the entire day to conduct whatever business needed to be carried out. Yet all the established politicians got caught napping and Trump outworked everyone and didn’t even break a sweat.
I had a moment of clarity while at Top Golf in West Chester, Ohio which is a brilliant sporting complex that was a lot nicer than I thought it would be. As I was there for lunch I was listening to Mark Belling cover for Rush Limbaugh. Belling was a never Trumper during the primary campaign but he has since come around to appreciate Trump and it was interesting to hear him speak about his transition optimistically. As I looked around the Top Golf facility with Mark’s words in my ears I had one of those flashes of American potential that was extremely refreshing. It was a nice day. From my vantage point capitalism was on full display. NFL preseason games were on the television monitors everywhere, the place was packed and there was a lot of eating going on. Across the Top Golf greens was the new Main Event complex where bowling, climbing and many other activities were now available next to my favorite regional book store, the Barnes and Nobel of West Chester. Next to that was a Mitchells where I have been to many business lunches and dinners. Soon right next to Top Golf will be a Bass Pro Shop. The entire complex felt fresh and energetic like what you’d expect to experience at Disney World. It was all top notch vacation destination type stuff and was the result of many great minds thinking creatively as individual contributions to expanding the market economy of West Chester. And behind the scenes where government belongs, I knew a lot of what I was looking at was the result of two trustees, Mark Welch and George Lang who are pro capitalist entrepreneurs themselves who manage West Chester in much the way that Donald Trump is proposing to run America as a nation. Once word got out around the United States that West Chester was a hands off—high per capita location, wonderful entertainment companies like Main Event and Top Golf made investments and the result is simply spectacular.
Like all productive people though, Top Golf was only part of my day—a small part at that. Within an hour or so I was back to my obligations for the day working hard. A few hours later I did meet my wife at Ikea which was just across the highway from Top Golf to look through some new bedroom options for our guest rooms. We had dinner there and again I enjoyed the view of West Chester’s new bustling panorama. Since it was Friday a lot of people were coming in from out of town just to visit Ikea which has become a destination shopping event for many. New hotels had sprang up to accommodate the demand and it was just another example how capitalism improves the lives of people so dramatically. Everything I could see was the result of “making money.” Not redistributing the money that has been made like Clinton and Obama believe in their static hearts to be the root of all government activity—but the Trumpian capitalism of job creation and therefore wealth building. When you lay the foundation for investment and creativity, good things happen and West Chester, Ohio is a prime example of it. When Trump says he can bring back jobs and bring back optimism and energy to the country, this is the kind of thing he’s pitching.
Trump is not talking about being a typical president. Like most successful people, he does many things in a day and lives every day to the fullest. If he finds he needs to apply more effort, he does and he obtains the desired results through sheer tenacity. Playing golf in Martha’s Vineyard is just one thing he might do in a day so that’s the reason it is so despicable that Obama wouldn’t take the time to fly to Louisiana to visit the flood victims. As a president with a private airplane, such a journey is nothing—but it means so much to so many people. And after nearly eight years in office, Obama still doesn’t get it—that’s because he has never been independently successful—he has only witnessed success as a second-hander. Hillary is in a lot of ways even worse. She benefits from knowing a lot of powerful people as the wife of a former president and she actually thinks she’s entitled to the presidency and could take the weekend off.
Trump is independently wealthy—has his own luxury airplane so flying all over the country is like sitting in his private office. It’s not hard—and that opportunity is something he built for himself through a lot of hard work. So when he needs it, Trump can apply his hard work to maximum benefit and be all over the country and still have dinner with his family on Sunday while running for presidential office. And when he really needs to lock down an issue, he can have the kind of week that he just had, because as a private sector guy, he is familiar with hard work and he simply outworked the Hillary Clinton machine which is filled with second-handers and have no idea how to match the effort. But what Trump is fighting for is not to be a dictator like Glenn Beck fears or any of the other pro Hillary supporters. Trump is talking about a completely different kind of government—one where those who run it take a back seat to optimism and empower those best positioned to do the right things to unleash the power of capitalism—which is really what Hillary and Obama fear most. Because once people get a taste of that—really for the first time in America—they’ll never go back to how things have been. And that is something to really get excited about.
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