Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump: How We Got Here, Where We Are Going

At this writing, the Trump Presidency is well into its first 100 days and is in full swing of knocking down things that are on his agenda. It is at this time that it makes sense to take a look at two new books, one that focuses on how we got here and one that offers us insight into where we are headed.

The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated A Revolution – Roger Stone (Skyhorse Publishing)

Journalist and historian Theodore White made his mark when he penned the classic look at John F Kennedy’s historic, successful White House run in 1960 with his book, The Making of the President 1960. White would later continue that tradition, penning tomes examining the Presidential runs in 1964 and 1968. Each of these books looked not only at the Presidential campaigns, but also marked the historic nature of the times.

While certainly not falling into the more scholarly vein of White’s works, longtime political strategist and campaign consultant Roger Stone takes a whack at writing about the Presidential campaign and an equally historic nature of the election in The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated A Revolution.

Ever the iconoclast, Stone made for the perfect choice to lead business mogul Donald Trump’s nascent Presidential campaign in its earliest days. Stone cut his political teeth during the election of Richard Nixon, played key roles in the elections of Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush; as well has parachuting into Florida to lead the recount the elected George W Bush in 2000.

Stones relationship with Trump dates back to the businessman’s first flirtation with Presidential politics under the banner of the Reform Party in 2000. That toe in the water effort, set much of the foundation of what would become Trump’s 2016 run; the ultimate outsider, running for an insider’s nomination. Stone offers interesting insider knowledge on the struggle that the Republican establishment had with the Trump candidacy and the fact that veteran 

Republicans truly underestimated strength of his campaign.
Stone lifts the tent flap and offers a glance inside many of the storylines that became part and parcel of the 2016 campaign. Stone offers up his thoughts on Wikileaks and Julian Assange, any connection between the leaked emails and the Russians, insiders knowledge of the Clinton cabal including characters, crackpots and criminals like Huma Abedin, Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner, Jeffrey Epstein and the heads of the criminal enterprise, Bill Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

Big Agenda – President Trump’s Plan to Save America – David Horowitz (Humanix Books)

Okay, so we won the battle (Republican primary) and then the War (general election) and to the victor go the spoils. Now what? That is the simple, direct question that conservative commentator and bestselling author David Horowitz attempts to tackle in his new book Big Agenda – President Trump’s Plan to Save America.

Anyone familiar with Horowitz’s background and story, moving from the far left, coming to the realization that liberalism is a lie and his transition to becoming a conservative icon; it is that back story that gives him the credibility and insight into what is at stake and what needs to be corrected. Horowitz rightly predicts that Trump will have to start out, focused on repairing the damage done to the country over the course of the past eight misguided years of Obama.

Horowitz not only outlines some of the issues Trump will have to address to right the ship of government he also delivers some common sense approaches to not only take the additional steps to move the country forward, but also to drive the proverbial wooden stake into the democrat vampires.

Based on the first moments of the Trump Presidency, it is obvious the Democrats game plan is to disparage Trump, question Trumps integrity, raise silly questions about things like Russians and taxes; you know the stupid things that their less then best and brightest followers will gravitate toward. Horowitz posits that Trump needs to club these clowns like the frothing, rabid dogs they are. And based on what we’ve seen up to this point they are rocked back on their heels, trying to figure out what’s next.

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