Roy Exum: Hail To The Pragmatist

Friday, December 22, 2017 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

The United States just passed some new tax laws and I don’t know whether they are good or not. I have seen articles that say they are good and I have seen other opinions that they are bad. Obviously no one really knows until we actually see how they work.

But let me tell you what doesn’t work. There wasn’t one Democrat that voted for them. Our nation, already horribly divided by liberals vs. conservatives, Republicans vs. Democrats, and varying degrees of “political correctness,” cannot continue to work with these idiotic invisible fences that determine what a man or a woman should thinketh in their heart.

You cannot convince me that every Democrat was opposed to at least trying to fix what is broken. Likewise, every Republican can’t all believe the same way. This country is begging for somebody – anybody – to try to do what is best. We have many politicians who enjoy the Washington grid-lock, who relish in it, and the reason is so simple they should be called into account. They don’t have to do anything hiding behind a party banner. They don’t have to stand for anything but party loyalty and that ain’t right.

Now I want you to humor me a minute. Forget that you like or dislike Donald Trump. Forget that he very foolishly sends out Tweets about anything stupid. Instead I want to share an article I came across in my Morning Readings written by a real smart guy named Mychal S. Massie. Today he is the founder and chairman of the Racial Policy Center in D.C.

He was a Christian pastor for 15 years before that and, as though it makes any difference, Massie is black. Not long ago he wrote a very wise article on what it means to be a "Pragmatist." (Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn't let emotion distract him or her. Liberals and Conservatives are driven by emotion – a pragmatist is not.)

Here’s how Mychal Massie explains Donald Trump and the undeniable fact he is getting things like a tax bill and the removal of ISIS in --- what? – just the last seven days:

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"We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation varied from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point, reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative, to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.

I said that I neither view nor do I believe 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 and globalism to the detriment of American interests and wellbeing, 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.

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 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 at 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.

You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him is because:

* -- He is antithetical to the "good old boy" method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians;

* -- (We) are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who owe them vis-a-vis donations;

* -- He is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and

* -- He is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to "out crazy" one another. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it, but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts is that people don't give tens of millions without expecting something in return.

We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives (or politicians who never really solved a problem, because it's better to still have an "issue(s) to be solved," so re-elect me to solve it, (which never happens) and those who have always played it safe (again, all politicians) not willing to risk failure, to try and achieve success).

Donald Trump had his total financial empire at risk in running for president; that says it all. Success for the U.S.!

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Say what you will but, my friend, I find Mychal Massie’s view valid.

royexum@aol.com


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