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by Harold Byler

Donald Trump is not a conservative. He is a pragmatist, i.e. someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal with a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach. When he sees a problem and understands it must be fixed, he doesn't see the problem as liberal or conservative; he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. He does not consider party alliance to be more important than our nation.

Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working people at all economic levels.

Viewing problems from the Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and denial of what the real problems are, caused by weak, ineffective leadership.
Immigration isn't a conservative problem and it isn't a liberal problem. It’s a problem that threatens the structure of our country. It demands a pragmatic approach, not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

The collapse of the economy isn't a liberal or conservative problem, it is an American problem. It will not be fixed until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach. The Democrat and Republican politicians’ way of fixing things has had no lasting effect.

 Imagine a family with an income of $21,700 who spent $38,200, adding $16,500 of new debt to their credit card, which raised their existing credit card debt to $192,720 but then only cut their budget $385. I believe you would say that family was totally irresponsible!

But if you add eight zeros to all of those numbers, that is exactly where our nation’s finances are right now, and I believe you can say that our congress is totally irresponsible!
We need to hire a financial consultant to control our finances. I believe Donald Trump has demonstrated much better qualifications for that job than Hillary Clinton, who proposes to continue Obama’s reckless spending.

Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work. Trump didn’t create billion-dollar businesses by gathering cronies or “yes” men around him. He gathered sharp minds and knowledgeable advisors, without regard for their religion, gender, or race, to help guide his successful ventures in many different countries all over the world.
Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability. Successful businessmen like Trump, who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality, understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn't work, you don't continue trying to make it work while hoping that at some point it will work.

As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn't made wild, irresponsible promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15/ hour minimum wage for every entry-level teenage worker. Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two revolutionists trying to sell communism.

The reasons people like Trump are:

  • He is opposed to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians.
  • He is free of political ideology.
  • He understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.
  • He is not controlled by big campaign donors.

Professional politicians in both parties are owned by the bankers, corporations, and big-dollar donors who fund their campaigns. Both major political parties are owned by big donors. Common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don't give millions of dollars without expecting something in return. Trump doesn’t need money. He already has all he will ever need, but only as long as America is secure, which is his motivation.

A pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution is not about a party, but about a willingness and boldness to get it done without worrying about political correctness. A pragmatist is what America needs right now. Some people, who have never accomplished anything, are quick to confuse and despise his self-confidence as arrogance.
Trump is an accomplished problem solver not beholden to anyone except our country, which is exactly what we need for a President.

Editor's Note - This article was published at Sense & Nonsense with explicit consent from Harold Byler, the author.


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