Why I support Donald Trump for president

I’m coming around to agree with my wife about her support for Donald Trump for president of these formerly united, now deeply divided, States of America.

Senator Ted Cruz was my favorite candidate. I believe he is a true conservation. More important, he is well educated, experienced and articulate. He believes in America and is a Christian who understands the threats we face from Marxists now in control of our central government.

I’ve always admired Barbara’s instinctive, uncompromising understanding of right and wrong, supported by her respect for traditional American culture and her Christian faith.

Her Spanish grandparents took refuge in Louisiana (1915) when Mexican revolutionaries confiscated their business and the family was forced to flee the State of Tabasco. Her mother and several sisters were taught English in New Orleans. In 1918 the family relocated to New Rochelle, New York. Barb was born and raised in Queens, New York.

Together, we’ve watched all the presidential debates, press-promoted controversies and political punditry raging daily in “News Alerts” these past months.

In addition I’ve been reading more scholarly and thorough journalistic articles about the candidates. A recent one appears in the April 2016 issue of Whistleblower. This “credible, independent, fearless” magazine is published monthly by WND.com.

David Kupelian—one of only a few journalists I respect—wrote a long, thoughtful piece titled, Understanding the Trump Phenomenon: How voter rebellion against the ‘ruling class’ is dominating Election 2016.

Kupelian is also the author of two incredibly powerful and perceptive books in my library: “The Marketing of Evil” (2005) and “The Snapping of the American Mind” (2015) that I have written about in previous blogs:


In his article Kupelian starts with background information explaining “voter revolt against the ruling class.” He cites Boston University Professor Angelo M. Codevilla’s book: “The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.”

Prof. Codevilla identifies two opposing factions involved in the conflict: the “ruling class” and the “country class.” He explains why we country class people are so outraged.

Nothing has set the country class apart, defined it, made it conscious of itself, given it whatever coherence it has, so much as the ruling class’s insistence that people other than themselves are intellectually and hence otherwise humanly inferior. Persons who were brought up to believe themselves as worthy as anyone, who manage their own lives to their own satisfaction, naturally resent politicians of both parties who say that the issues of modern life are too complex for any but themselves. Most are insulted by the ruling class’s dismissal of opposition as mere “anger and frustration”—an imputation of stupidity….

This ultimate arrogance by the ruling class has been on display in the “agonizing eight-year orgy of Obama madness,” as Kupelian describes.

He discusses the complicity of the “disgusting” (Trump’s adjective) media that has, in my opinion, further infuriated the country class. Kupelian has disdain for their “gross journalistic malpractice” because had they done their proper job “Americans couldn’t possibly have twice elected such a catastrophically bad president as Barack Obama.” I agree with that.

The media have a vile and devious agenda of “making evil appear good and good appear evil,” according to Kupelian.  And, in my opinion, they operate primarily as outlets for liberal propaganda and the Democrat Party—essentially a government-run press.

Trump, writes Kupelian, has not only “neutered” the news media, but also the “monster called ‘political correctness’” that guards “the inner sanctum of elite power.”  As he describes it this “Marxist totalitarian tool” is a “prohibition on speaking the truth.” Country class Americans cheer Trump’s tell-it-like-it-is language and love it because it “drives the establishment stark raving mad.”

Kupelian is aware of Trump’s flaws. But he recognizes his “remarkable talents and abilities that many miss, or misinterpret.” He writes, “Underlying Trump’s spontaneous and unscripted manner and his refreshing candor on the campaign trail, as well as the tremendous personal strength, confidence, fearlessness, energy and stamina he demonstrates daily, are a unique mixture of experience” as a “doer of big things.”

Several prominent, respected political people agree. Newt Gingrich “one of today’s most experienced and perceptive political analysts” admits he doesn’t understand Trump’s political success (few people do); “he does it out of a pure intuition.”

Many people have misjudged Mr. Trump, and others have admitted they were wrong about him. Regardless, he is formidable and can make any opponent tremble in his presence—including the dragon lady.

Kupelian believes that despite defects, Trump has a “powerful leader-fighter personality” and a good heart—a “bold outsider” and fearless knight who “slays the dragon.”


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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