As I become more aware of Donald Trump's personality, accomplishments, work ethic and management skills, my confidence grows that he can do great things for our nation.
Admittedly, I was put off by his brash personality and narcissism in the early days of the Republican primaries, ca. summer and fall of 2015. I was not impressed by the way he sometimes speaks inelegantly -- possibly even incoherently. I wrote some critical things about him, and called him names. But my opinion of "Orange Julius," as I like to call him, has changed for the better.
Eventually it dawned on me: CONTEXT! Trump was raised in the New York City borough of Queens. He has dealt for decades with tough customers from New York and elsewhere. As a builder and real estate magnate, he has coordinated logistics, labor contracts, purchasing, real estate transactions, finances and a slew of other components that go into completing major projects in the Big Apple.
I recently heard someone describing how difficult it is to oversee a construction project in Manhattan, given the congestion, hideous traffic and narrow streets. For example, a skyscraper requires that metal I-beams and girders be transported to the job site by flatbed trucks. Cranes must remove and place the steel superstructure pieces. Other materials and services -- wallboard, tiles, woodwork, insulation, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC -- all must be coordinated.
Fresh concrete, delivered by trucks that somehow have to arrive punctually despite the traffic snags (middle of the night, anyone?) must be timed precisely, or delays and even failure could result.
So far, I have been speaking about the tangible components. There are also fiscal, economic, bureaucratic, political and environmental considerations. Donald Trump certainly cannot be the shallow, petulant, immature, bombastic train wreck his critics have alleged he is, or he would not have so successfully navigated these treacherous waters. And as many have noted, his children turned out pretty darned good, which says a lot about him.
Trump has an ambitious agenda that includes cutting corporate and personal tax rates, halting the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across our borders, appointing conservative Supreme Court justices, implementing school choice in urban areas, and repealing/replacing Obamacare.
There will be no more Harry Reid to stand in his way come 2017, but the new Senate Minority Leader, Charles (Chucky) Schumer, will do his best to throw a monkey wrench into The Donald's plans. But that's to be expected. What Trump must beware of is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan will water down his proposals and suck up to the discredited Democrats in another futile attempt to curry favor with the corrupt media and earn praise and respect from the Demagogues.
These two guys are not trustworthy. Trump and his people need to read the riot act to them from the get-go, and the administration must make hay while the sun shines. There is a window of opportunity to pass significant legislation in the first few months, before political capital wears off and the media and left-wing attack dogs sharpen their attacks. If Ryan and McConnell try to stand in the way (and Lord knows, both caved in to Obama way too often), they must be targeted for defeat ASAP.
To paraphrase the line from "The Godfather," keep your friends close, but keep McConnell & Ryan closer.