I came across this opinion piece originally written in January of 2019, and it was updated in August of that year. It was written by Mychal Massie, nationally recognized Christian/political opinion writer.
I post it here because Mr. Massie seems to postulate that President Trump is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, neither a conservative nor a progressive. Mr. Massie purports President Trump to be a “Pragmatist”. What do YOU think of his opinion piece below? Is Massie correct?
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research.
“I said that I neither view nor do I believe Donald Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. 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. But I get ahead of myself.
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 class in all economic strata.
Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.
Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.
The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.
Donald 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 and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Mr. 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 hoping that at some point it will.
As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.
I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.
Now, let’s fast forward to 2019. Is there any one who can truthfully and honestly say that what President Trump has mostly singlehandedly accomplished in two and one-half years would have been accomplished by any of those he crushed in the primaries? Can anyone truthfully and honestly say they believe Hillary would have accomplished what President Trump has?
Notice, I said: “truthfully and honestly.” Anyone can lie and claim that Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, etc. would have done better; but my question is based upon what track record the would use to argue same?
I believe liberals, and Socialist-Democrats specifically, are incapable of telling the truth. Heck, even a Republican tells the truth every once in a great while.
Which one of the candidates President Trump defeated on both sides of the aisle would have handled North Korea as skillfully as President Trump has? And for those who decry his handling of North Korea – what can you possibly believe any one of the other candidates could have done to earn Kim Jong-un’s respect as President Trump has without using billions of dollars to attempt to do it?
Hillary would have made a mess of things economically, internationally, socially, militarily and that is just for starts. Sanders would have done all of the same plus raised taxes as high as he could have gotten away with. Jeb Bush would have cut taxes, but – just cutting taxes as Jeb Bush had promised would not have secured the record growth in the stock markets nor returned manufacturing jobs to America. Even though Bush would have banged the drum claiming success for minuscule anemic growth.
I could go on and on but there is no need to. The fact that so many Americans are getting paychecks today is a testimony to the leadership of President Trump.
The general election for 2020 is just around the corner and people must decide if you want more growth, more money in your 401K’s, lower interest rates, and not just the availability of jobs, but the choice of jobs to pursue.
As I said two and one-half yeas ago: “You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-a`-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.”
But you had better do a very honest and truthful examination of the reality of the benefits we are enjoying now specifically because of President Trump’s leadership. Because, I guarantee America will rue the day if we allow Obama-redux or never-Trump malevolents and neo-Leninists to prevent him from being re-elected.”
Excellent and ‘spot on’ article. Thank you Captain Mac for sharing. I would add President Trump is a ‘realist, too..
Indeed he is! I believe him to be both a realist AND a pragmatist. He sees a problem and he attacks it without thought of political party or affiliation. He just knows there’s a problem and so…he fixes it. End of story.
Amazing and spot on! One thing that was drilled into me in the Air Force was to be solution-oriented. Anyone can point to the problems. It takes a pragmatist to work on and implement the solution. It is such a shame that President Trump has to do things nearly on his own these days. Ever since we lost the House everything big is stalled. They just cannot let him continue to make America greater!