PostHeaderIcon Ringer on Trump

My old mentor, Robert Ringer, has put the finest point yet on the Trump phenomenon. Typically, for an accomplished self-help guru, he recommends that those aspiring to success in life should emulate Trump’s authenticity and utter immunity to intimidation:

Though I use Donald Trump as an example, this is not meant to be a political article. Rather, it’s about two important aspects of human nature.

Many establishment Republicans dislike Trump because they believe he’s more of a liberal than a conservative. But, in truth, he’s neither. He’s really a classic example of a hard-nosed businessman who’s not hung up on politics or ideology.

Like most big-business types, he’s more than willing to humor politicians of any stripe for the sake of making a deal, because he knows the system is not only B.S., but corrupt to the core. I’ve known many wealthy businessmen who are pretty much the same as Trump in this respect. They view politics as something of a giant game, and are more than happy to use it to their benefit.

If it helps to donate to Hillary Clinton, donate to Hillary Clinton. If it helps to donate to George Bush, donate to George Bush. As Trumps says, the system is corrupt and they’re all for sale, so why not play the game and use amoral politicians to help you accomplish your ends?

It took me many years of ideological and/or political frustration, to finally absorb the truth and utility of this rank pragmatism. One can simply ‘pay to play’ and concentrate on succeeding in life; or one can waste one’s life whining, complaining, and endlessly campaigning to try to correct a hopelessly corrupt system.

So what the heck is going on here? Why are the Trump haters losing so badly?

The most important thing is that Trump has a delightful habit of saying whatever is on his mind. Many people find some of his remarks to be rude, nasty, and outrageous, but even if they would never admit it, they also sense that he’s authentic.

What does being authentic do for him? Everything! It places him in a very small minority in the fake world of politics and motivates would-be Trump haters to support him instead. Authenticity is in such short supply in politics that people — especially clueless establishment Republicans — are completely befuddled. How in the world can a guy get away with saying what he really thinks? It borders on heresy.


But I have a very different take on Trump. I don’t for a second believe that he carefully plans his remarks. In fact, I think he’s often genuinely surprised when hysteria sets in after he says something that seems perfectly rational to a majority of people (e.g., his statement that we should ban all Muslims from the U.S. until the Feds can get a handle on Islamic terrorist activities). I believe he just says what he thinks, but many people assume his words are preplanned and intended to shock.

This is more likely than not quite true. He probably has never harbored an unspoken thought, which is even more endearing. 🙂

In addition to his authenticity, Trump absolutely refuses to be intimidated — not by the media, not by his opponents, and not by the rest of the “hate Trump” crowd. Sure, he himself is an intimidating person, but the more important point is that he doesn’t allow others to intimidate him.

That impresses the heck out of most folks, because everyone knows what it feels like to be intimidated, whether in their business or personal lives, and they don’t like it.

It certainly impresses me, especially his refusal to apologize to all the snowflakes he regularly offends with straight talk…

Days turned into weeks, weeks have now turned into months, and I still hear dough-heads on TV saying that after the holidays voters will finally start getting serious and drop their fascination with Trump.

It’s possible, but I wouldn’t want to bet on it. If Trump stays true to his authenticity and refuses to be intimidated into backing down, he might just be victorious in spite of the establishment’s determination to use every dirty trick in the book to deny him the nomination.

Potential voters apparently are starting to get serious, because his poll numbers continue to rise!

I should add that there’s one other aspect of human nature that’s in play here: To the dismay of the proponents of egalitarianism, people love winners — especially winners who are authentic and who have repeatedly been told that what they want to accomplish can’t be done. And Trump is proving to be the poster boy for both of these traits.

Agreed. Read the whole thing (there are some excellent comments there also), set aside your political prejudices, and try to get used to the idea of President Trump. We have had a lot worse.  🙂 â—„Daveâ–º

5 Responses to “Ringer on Trump”

  • Chris says:

    I have long reconciled to the idea Dave. Said it all through. He’s not my first choice but he’s a strong second. I just happen to think there’s one better. In the world of politics if your second choice comes in your doing pretty good. Unlike Romney or McCain who weren’t even on my radar screen and the results bear out what I knew.

    I don’t say this to promote my favored candidate but merely to promote discussion. The folks on this blog are more than capable of forming their own opinions with little I can do to sway it. Trump has one advantage over Cruz. That being he can say whatever he wants. Things that a sitting senator can’t. Look at the way Rubio tried to accuse Cruz of talking about classified information when he spoke of something that was actually published in the New York Times months before. Trump says a lot of stuff that many consider over the top. Those people are politicians trying to score points. How often does Cruz actually publicly disagree? Sometimes silence is the best form of complicity.

    I still think Trump got in it to mostly make noise and shake things up. My bet is he’s now saying “holly crap what have I done? I might actually win this thing.”

    • Understood, and I agree with you, Chris. I too, like Cruz a lot… as a Senator. I’d love to see him in Mitch’s office.

      Alas, he is not a NBC, so my personal integrity would never permit me to vote for him, even if the whole rest of the country is willing to overlook that pesky little detail.

      My intent here is not to promote Trump for the office, only to offer and critique interesting perspectives of others for conversation. As I have said, it is unlikely that I will even bother to go vote. 🙂 â—„Daveâ–º

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