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Is Donald Trump Samson Or Delilah?

One of the primary reasons – if not THE primary reason – Donald Trump has attracted so much support from grassroots populist conservatives is his implied promise to tear down the Washington political establishment. 

Never mind that for decades Trump has been part of that establishment and has used its tools – cronyism and big money pay-to-play political influence peddling – to advance his company’s interests. The very idea of a billionaire who “can’t be bought” or even influenced by those tools cleansing the Temple is too attractive to be Samson and Delilahgiven any serious scrutiny. 

And the idea of pulling-down the entire edifice of establishment Washington in the kind of bloodless revolution Trump implies he will conduct is cathartic. 

So there’s a certain understandable schadenfreude in populist rejection of the claims of conservative intellectuals that Trump isn’t a conservative at all, but a sort of big business nationalist who sounds vaguely conservative, but who could only accomplish his sketchy policy proposals through distinctly anti-conservative means. 

And, truth be told, the fellows at National ReviewThe Weekly StandardFox and other outlets that have been banging away at Trump’s lack of conservative intellectual bona fides haven’t borne the impact of Washington’s complete rejection of limited government constitutional conservatism. 

None of them have been put out of work by an illegal alien. 

None of them have had to train their H1-B foreign guest worker replacements. 

Few have their children in public school rooms swamped with non-English speakers. 

And few are subjected to the daily humiliations at the hands of politically correct bureaucrats, school administrators, and corporate managers that make them feel like strangers in their own country. 

So little wonder that Trump’s message that he is going tear down the Washington establishment and the idea of an outsider candidate who is going to make America great again and is beholden to no one is a powerful attractant to the forgotten men and women of America’s country class. 

The notion of pulling the enemy’s temple down upon their heads is a seductive idea deeply embedded in our culture through the Biblical story of Samson, told in the Book of Judges. 

From his youth Samson is marked by God as a protector of the people of Israel during a time of conflict with the Philistines. Samson is given superhuman strength to fulfil this commission, but only so long as Samson abides by the principles God set forth. 

Samson makes a deal with Delilah, deviates from God’s principles, loses his superhuman strength and is captured and blinded by the Philistines. Ultimately, Samson regains God’s favor and in a final act of superhuman strength pulls the Philistines’ temple down upon their heads killing them, and himself, in the process. 

The issue we have with Donald Trump is not so much the message (although its lack of detail is of concern) our issue is with the lack of principles and uncertainty of the messenger. 

For every position Donald Trump has now one could look back a decade, a year, or a few months and find a contradictory or hedging statement on that topic. 

For every certainty Trump states that is not anchored in an underlying constitutional principle one can find a following statement talking about making a deal and extolling the virtues of getting things done – exactly the same kind talk about “governing” that one might hear from John Boehner, Mitch McConnell or any other establishment Republican leader. 

As the first votes in the 2016 Republican presidential primary cycle approach populist conservatives who are thinking about voting for Donald Trump ought to ponder the story of Samson and decide where in the story Trump fits, and where they fit. 

Is Donald Trump Samson – the strong, but flawed leader who redeems himself and America by pulling the edifice of the Washington Cartel down upon his head?  

I don’t think so, to me Trump is actually Delilah, and it is we grassroots conservatives that are Samson, and by abandoning conservative principles for his vague and seductive message of big business economic nationalism we are surrendering the strength that won us victories in 2010 and 2014 and will leave us dead in the rubble after the 2016 presidential election.

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A well reasoned argument. But not applicable at this moment in time. America is at or beyond the tipping point. Cruz is an admirable man and a solid Conservative to be sure. But this is not his year. He will be a terrific AG in a Trump administration and young enough to be a future president. Trump, with all his rough edges and questionable past positions, is the right man at the right time. He will bring down the rotten DC edifice of privilege, power and perks precisely because he knows just how rotten it is. The duty of Conservatives now is to join his campaign and engage in the debate so that he hears Conservative values, absorbs them and governs by them. He will secure the border. He will suspend Muslim immigration. He will end crony trade deals. He will end utopian wars of regime change and nation building. Trump may be America's last chance.

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I do not trust Trump's motives for running for President. I am concerned he and Soros are up to no good for America

Commen on Soros

I would not compare George Soros (not his real last name) to Donald Trump. Soros is a complete and total slime merchant and funds many liberal as well as traitorous causes. Open society and Tides foundation comes to mind, and there are many more.

Trump may have his warts, but he is nothing like Soros. Do some research on the latter person. Not a force for good!

Sixty-nine and Nowhere Else To Go But Up

Inasmuch as I was already an adult when the Donald was born, I probably have a different way of measuring his worthiness as America’s next president.

Rather than dissecting his perceived inarticulate, un-Lincoln-like outbursts, I prefer looking at Trump-the-man.

He has reached the pinnacle of success in business and at 69 he no longer wants or needs to excel to greater heights in the business world.

He correctly sees the 2016 election as critical in preserving or losing the war against Progressivism... and it being a last and even greater opportunity to win again by using the only thing he knows – business.

Trump leads by identifying big problems that need to be fixed. He then finds the right man to do the fixing while he watches. If they do not do well he replaces them with someone else who can do the job. Is this not the essence of real leadership, capitalism, and conservatism?

I further see Trump as a good and honorable man. He may not have learned much about the academics of the conservative movement, but he sure has the Lincoln-like fight in him.

John Wagner
Ann Arbor

Trump - the real deal?

Sorry, I beg to differ on Trump. He has not shown us anything that he is the real deal! His words lacking any indication that he ever believed them previously ring quite hollow. There is a saying that you judge someone by their deeds (not making billions or going bankrupt several times) and not their words.

Mr. Trump has a long way to go before I will take him seriously! With that being said however, I do fully appreciate his framing the message capturing the anger and angst of 65% of Americans who feel the way his populist rhetoric describes. His one remaining task is to convince those of us who will no longer vote for soundbites but rather in a reasoned and reasonable manner. Show by word and deed that you mean what you say.

Ted Cruz has already done that by being attacked by the Establishment elite and for Trump to make an equivalent statement, perhaps he must write a Contract with America and show that he intends to hold himself to it. Once he forms such a promise in writing, then if he ever wants to be believed again, he will live up to it completely!

This approach worked when the Republican leadership made such a contract prior to wresting control of the House and Senate from the Democrats during the Clinton candidacy! That is my challenge!!!

You might be marginalizing yourself Richard

This column, day after day, has been trying to marginalize or even trivialize Trump. Forgeddaboutit. Trump is not going away. Considering who is in power, the president and all his acolytes, water carriers and strap- hangers, all who seem over the top anti-American at every critical decision point, whether it is a domestic or international matter. Against all this seditious posturing, Trump has ENORMOUS appeal. If Cruz would step up his already good rhetoric maybe he would sway some heads? Maybe. But since no other GOP candidate is making much of a splash I would say the establishment GOP (which is way far left of where JFK was, when both parties were patriotic) will have to adjust to Trump and not the other way round. You also touch on his morality. For God's sake man, look at the morality of the loser in the Oval Office. It is non-existent. Trump's gyrations and pecadillos in his business career just don't matter much. You had best get used to it. You might want to start supporting him rather than running him down. Trump is now a formidable force with which to reckon. That's just the way it is. In the face of Trump, even the lying divisive sway of the left wing is starting to lose its power even for some hardcore lefties.

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A well reasoned argument. But not applicable at this moment in time. America is at or beyond the tipping point. Cruz is an admirable man and a solid Conservative to be sure. But this is not his year. He will be a terrific AG in a Trump administration and young enough to be a future president. Trump, with all his rough edges and questionable past positions, is the right man at the right time. He will bring down the rotten DC edifice of privilege, power and perks precisely because he knows just how rotten it is. The duty of Conservatives now is to join his campaign and engage in the debate so that he hears Conservative values, absorbs them and governs by them. He will secure the border. He will suspend Muslim immigration. He will end crony trade deals. He will end utopian wars of regime change and nation building. Trump may be America's last chance.