Trump Through The Eyes Of A Supporter: Things You Need To Know

It’s time to Break It Down!

Happy Vernal Equinox! Last week the ACC Tournament was in full swing. This week, the NCAA Tourney commences. Another week, another Tournament; this one lasts the better part of three weeks. GO HEELS! OK, OK, the NIT also kicks off this week.

Now that I got that out of the way, permit me to introduce you to a story I’ve been trying to tell for more than two years, but today, I do so from the perspective of a true believer, instead of my cynical self. In short, I have been arguing since 45’s election that his supporters are there for the long haul, and the factors that allowed him to succeed in 2016, can, and may, for all practical purposes, replicate themselves in 2020. Oh yeah, and rest assured, he’ll be in play in 2020. No investigative report is going to prevent that.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote an opinion piece that was published yesterday on cnn.com. Hanson is a Stanford Ph. D., professor emeritus of Classics at California State University, Fresno, and currently a Senior Fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University‘s Hoover Institution. His other pursuits include farmer and columnist. It is, of course, in this latter capacity in which Dr. Hanson was operating when he penned the subject column that appeared under the heading, “What progressives should know about Trump voters.”

Hanson is a conservative and a Trump booster who has also written a pro-Trump tome, published this year, entitled, “A Case for Trump. ”Predictably, Mr. Trump praised the book. In his book, Dr. Hanson defends Trump’s insults and vile language as “uncouth authenticity”, and praises Trump for “an uncanny ability to troll and create hysteria among his media and political critics.

One unimpressed detractor, Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada, noted the book “focuses less on the case for Trump than on the case against everyone else,” in particular attacking Hillary Clinton. As a Trump supporter, it comes as no surprise that Hanson was an Obama critic. But I digress.

In yesterday’s opinion, Hanson enumerated 10 points adopted by consensus and uniformly endorsed by all who view the world according to Donald Trump. The complete commentary can be viewed by clicking the first link below. Here are the 10 points in summary form:

  1. Voters appreciate the strong economy.
  2. Many Trump supporters, who dislike his antics, hate Democrats even more.
  3. Despite his being crass and uncouth, he has expressed concerns that resonate with that part of the country often referred to as flyover states
  4. While some view him as callous, his supporters see him as authentic
  5. Even when he stumbles, Trump’s supporters have established they will, in most instances, continue to stick with him.
  6. His supporters view the plethora of negative news stories about Trump as part of a sustained effort to remove or delegitimize him.
  7. What-abouitism. TrumpWorld notes that, ”while in office,” trump has not had the kind of peccadilloes that marked Kennedy’s, or Clinton’s tenure. They observe further, that while his language is blunt, so was that of Truman and LBJ.
  8. Much like #3 above, his supporters believe elites, the deep state, or the universal “they” are at once condemnatory, yet ignorant of the plight of those who reside in flyover country.
  9. All things considered, his supporters view the Trump family circle as tight and strong.
  10. To Trump supporters, his rants and rambling are as engaging as JFK, (Bill) Clinton, or Obama; definitely not flat, like Bob Dole, Mitt Romney…or (Hillary) Clinton.

To be sure, the items above are the thoughts of one individual. Yet, they reflect the Borg-like mindset of TrumpWorld. Is it possible that, even if true, there will not be enough synergy to re-create a lightening strike in the exact same spot? Do you really want to just whistle in the dark and take that chance? If you don’t have any friends, family members, or acquaintances that are Trump supporters (that you know…because I guarantee you, you have some), you should add some, or at least one, to your circle. Stay grounded my friends.

Enjoy opening week of the NCAA’s. However, in your more sober moments, think about Trump Through the Eyes of a Supporter: Things You Need to Know!”

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Consult the links below for more detailed information on a variety of aspects relating to this post:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/19/opinions/what-progressives-should-know-about-trump-voters-hanson/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Davis_Hanson

https://thesphinxofcharlotte.com/2019/03/20/trump-through-the-eyes-of-a-supporter-things-you-need-to-know/

 

The Price Is Right: Mother of All College Admissions Schemes

It’s time to Break It Down!

It’s NCAA Post-Season Tournament time. That means the ACC and a host of other tournaments have or are kicking off this week. In other words, it’s virtually a holiday, at least for college basketball fans. To that end, I’m going to treat this week’s post similar to the way I do most holiday posts. Similar, but not quite the same as I usually do during holidays. In those instances, I usually re-share a previous post. Today’s post is actually breaking news, but I won’t provide much additional commentary. The story stands on its own merit (or in this case, actually, demerit).

According to CNN reporting, yesterday, federal prosecutors announced that dozens of parents, including famous actresses, college coaches and a winemaker were charged in an alleged conspiracy to get students into top colleges. Fifty people were included in the federal criminal complaint.

William “Rick” Singer, based upon details released by the feds, is alleged to have conspired with a host of others to facilitate the fraudulent acceptance of students using bogus test scores, in some cases, purporting to be sports recruits. As I read about and listened to a variety of folks discussing this scheme yesterday, I saw it compared to affirmative action and legacy admissions, both of which are legal remedies to validly identified obstacles to college admission. This…is nothing like that. Full stop!

Mr. Singer, 58 years old, is from Newport Beach, California and is the owner/operator of Edge College & Career Network, LLC, a for-profit college counseling, and preparation business. Singer also served as CEO of Key Worldwide Foundation, a nonprofit, posing as a charity. He is the mastermind behind the scam to ensure that wealthy parents living a, by any means necessary, dream could grease the skids to ensure acceptance and admission of their kids to the best, most prestigious, hardest to gain entry to colleges and universities in America.

In Singer’s own words, “I created a side door that would guarantee families would get in. I was bribing coaches for a spot. And that occurred very frequently.” The overarching scheme was multi-varied, and often effective. At its core it was basic, but brazen. The three principal facets were:

Cheat on standardized tests

Bribe decision-makers

Pretend the money was for charity

Of the 50 people charged, many were not just wealthy, but individuals of fame, prominence, and notoriety.

Actresses:

  • Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and her spouse made an alleged $15,000 charitable contribution to Key Worldwide Foundation to participate in the college entrance exam-cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter. She later made arrangements to do so on behalf of her younger daughter, before changing her mind and deciding not to do so. She has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She was arrested at her home.
  • Lori Loughlin (“Full House” and “Fuller House”) and her husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Giannulli allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000” in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact they did not participate in crew – thereby facilitating their admission to USC.

A Winemaker

  • Agustin Huneeus, Jr., who owns vineyards in Napa, California, and elsewhere, conspired to “bribe [senior athletic director Donna] Heinel and Jovan Vavic, the USC water polo coach, to facilitate his daughter’s admission to USC as a purported water polo recruit. He was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Heinel and Vavic are accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

CEO of a boutique-marketing firm

  • Agreed to make a purported contribution of $50,000 to Key Worldwide in exchange for having a cooperating witness take the ACT on behalf of her son at a Houston test center.

New York International Law Firm Attorney

  • This parent paid a purported $75,000 to Key Worldwide. A cooperating witness arranged for the director of college entrance exam preparation at a private school in Bradenton, Florida to pretend to proctor the attorney’s daughter’s ACT exam and “correct the answers after she completed it.”

College coaches and administrators (CNN has reached out to all four schools listed below)

  • Yale University – Former Head Coach Women’s Soccer
  • Stanford University
  • University of Southern California – Senior Associate Athletic Director, former Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach
  • Wake Forest University

This is truly only a CliffNotes kind of summary of this outrageous scandal. To find more details about this scam, check in with your favorite media outlet. It’s bound to be a part of the news cycle for at least the next few days. The involvement of Hollywood celebrities alone will ensure TV coverage, and print and electronic media are almost certain to go along for the ride. So, check it out. The Price Is Right: Mother of All College Admissions Schemes!”

P.S. By all means, consider that while this repugnant and scandalous scheme was foiled, it is likely it represents just the tip of the iceberg, and many more scams of its ilk remain active, but unseen.

Now, that we got that out of the way, let’s get back to basketball. GO HEELS!

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Majority of Americans Think Trump has Committed Crimes: It Gets Worse

It’s time to Break It Down!

There is an old and familiar saying; “Truth is stranger than fiction.” In contemporary America, this has never been truer. In fact, at the highest levels of our national government, there is a prima facie case to be made that this golden platitude is the current day rule rather than the exception.

As I’ve noted previously, there are times when the gist of a story has already been presented, and just doesn’t need re-visioning or embellishing. This particular news item is about as straight forward as it gets. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents think Trump has committed crimes…before taking office. Let that sink in. And let’s be clear. That is not 64% of Democrats, or of independents, but 64% of “all” respondents.

There’s more (the “it gets worse” part). The poll found that 65% of all respondents believe Trump is not honest. Moreover, it’s worth keeping in mind that since the end of 2017, the low end of the spectrum of Americans who feel that way was 57%. In other words, a majority of Americans have believed this about Trump, for more than a year, and the number has grown.

It’s fair to say, most people think politicians are dishonest. In this light, when compared to his counterparts, he fares slightly better, but, even at that, half of respondents say he’s less honest than past presidents. Expand that picture and you’ll find only 20% of respondents – and less than half of Republicans, say he’s more honest than past presidents.

And…

  • Over 70% of Americans, including more than 1/3 of Republicans, say Trump is not a good role model for children
  • Half of respondents said they were more likely to believe Michael Cohen, versus 35% who said they believe Donald Trump, while a plurality of Americans think Cohen told the truth in his testimony. Yes, the same Michael Cohen who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, last year, was deemed more believable than Donald Trump.
  • A slightly larger number of respondents, 45%, think Trump has committed crimes while in office, versus 43% who believe he has not.
  • Most Americans, including a quarter of Republicans think Congress should investigate Cohen’s claims.
  • Overall, Trump’s approval rating was 38%, while 55% disapproved.

From a pro-Trump perspective, despite the mind-numbing parade of negativity represented by the preceding array of data, there was good news. The poll showed that 49% of respondents approved of Trump’s handling of the economy, and more important, I presume, 35% of respondents were in favor of initiating impeachment proceedings, while 59% oppose.

As a pragmatist, I must admit that I have a working theory about that last statistic. First and foremost, zero Republicans want Trump impeached. Obviously, that does not a majority make. However, Democrats and independents have acquired an appreciation for strategic design. They understand all too well that, were the House to indict Trump on impeachment charges, the Senate, as was the case with Bill Clinton, is all but certain to rebuff them, and opt not to convict him of any charges. This, while ostensibly a monumental waste of time, would quite possibly give an individual who was elected the first time without a majority of the popular vote, just enough wind beneath his wings to create a second lightning strike. In other words, they don’t want to chance it.

I have maintained for the entire Trump tenure that the best and foremost chance to rid the upper echelon of America’s government of its current scourge is to vote the rascals out. With that in mind, do not, I repeat, do not read the bulleted items and conclude that the work has been put in, and it’s a done deal. Trump had an unbelievable amount of baggage in 2016; today he is President. A different 2020 outcome is not a given. Do, however, remember, a “Majority of Americans Think Trump has Committed Crimes: It Gets Worse!”

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http://www.fortune.com/2019/03/05/quinnipiac-university-survey-poll-trump-approval-michael-cohen/

https://thesphinxofcharlotte.com/2019/03/06/majority-of-americans-think-trump-has-committed-crimes-it-gets-worse/