Matt Lauer moderated the town hall event held in New Hampshire, loaded with his liberal angles on all issues. It wasn’t long before Lauer pulled a Candy Crowley, if you will, and chided Mr. Trump for not answering a question from the audience about the specifics of his illegal immigration plan. When Mr. Trump pointed out that he was the only Republican candidate with a plan and mentioned building a wall and passing that cost on to Mexico, Lauer jumped into the middle of things and began to rant about how Trump’s response was vague and did little to answer the question. At that point, had I been Trump, I would have called to one of my assistants and said, “Please get the projector and box of handouts, we are about to present my plan for immigration.” Obviously, Lauer knew that the format and time constraints would not allow Trump to present his plan in any specificity, but he wanted to make Trump look foolish.
This is typical of the way the majority of conservative candidates can expect to be handled by the liberal media. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton claims to have a plan for almost everything that ails us, and yet I do not recall anyone in the media attempting to take her to the mat to get to the specifics. Instead, she is tossed softball after softball to make her look savvy and competent. Based on her inability to adequately answer questions on the tragedy at Benghazi—asking instead, What difference at this point does it make?—I would have to conclude that she is neither capable of developing a strategic plan nor expounding on its virtues. Even if she could, how would we know it was not all a lie?
Reflecting on the town hall questioning of Trump, one can quickly see that the only acceptable answer would have been for him to say that he would pursue immigration reform. Of course, the vaunted immigration “reform” is essentially a plan to set free the millions of illegals hiding in the shadows of our country and then hand them citizenship. For Trump to step forward and state that he plans to round up all the illegals and send them out of the country enrages the liberal media and liberals in general. Their excuses for doing nothing are the same we've heard ad nauseum over the years: It’s impossible; it can’t be done; it’s too expensive and so on. Basically, the media wants you to believe—courtesy of every candidate—that the problem is insurmountable and we should give up trying to do anything but reform our attitude about it.
Trump pointed out that allowing the illegal immigration problem to fester is costing U.S. taxpayers $250 billion a year. Others are predicting this amount will quickly balloon to the level of the Defense budget—$600 billion a year —if nothing is done. But here is the trouble with immigration “reform”: it does nothing to eliminate this financial burden; it simply removes the stigma of being considered an “illegal.” Trump logically makes the point that this money can be spent effectively to make our borders more secure and stem the illegal flow. Today we have a massive Border Patrol organization—and other agencies such as ICE—whose employees are on the taxpayer payroll. These organizations are staffed by good, capable Americans who are willing to go the extra mile to protect our borders but their hands are tied—and tied tightly—by an Administration that has decided it is going to do little or nothing about the illegal immigrants who are breaching our borders or already here. In effect, these employees are getting a paycheck to do a job that they are restricted from doing by a President who is using illegal immigration as a political tool to broaden the liberal voter base. Consequently, we are paying people to watch the welfare state grow.
The popularity of Donald Trump with a significant portion of the American public comes down to a very simple observation: Trump is delivering a message that is long overdue. Americans want their borders secured and illegals treated within the confines of laws already on the books. They want fiscal responsibility and accountability, especially after a president whose bumbling ineptitude has doubled the national debt over his two terms in office. They want the size of government put in check and they want the balance of powers restored. They want the Rule of Law in the forefront of our society, our rights as citizens protected, and the Constitution preserved as the framework of our land. These are all the principles they subscribe to, believe in, and will vote for.
Socialism and/or Progressivism have taken a mighty toll on the USA, especially in the last decade. Today our younger generation is rallying around a socialist candidate who promises a fictitious Utopia. They embrace a society based on what Ayn Rand called “institutionalized altruism,” and naively believe that salving the social conscience is free—no one has to pay for it. That attitude is beginning to permeate our society, and a large sector of our population has concluded that living off the effort of others (e.g., welfare) is far more attractive than being a productive member of society.
We are rapidly becoming a society immersed in idealism, political correctness, and symbolic compassion, a society that believes that the government should take the fruits of productive members and redistribute them to all in the name of fairness and equality, a society in which the government is the Great Oz presiding over all. It is the Socialistic Model for America, and those who defy it like Donald Trump are destined to be in the crosshairs of a liberal media determined to undermine them at every opportunity—even if they have to invent that opportunity.
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