By Lynda Korfist
First of all, I must attribute my husband for turning me into a “political junkie”. He is an extremely well read history buff and has been educating me for years on the correlation between history and politics. He also has a very impressive vocabulary. The reason I bring up that point is that shortly after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President I heard a pundit on TV say that Trump was “neither a conservative nor a liberal, but indeed was a ‘pragmatist’.” I was pretty sure I knew the meaning of the word “pragmatist” having lived so many years with the master of vocabulary! Yet, just to be sure I looked the word up in our online dictionary and found this definition: “A pragmatist is someone who is pragmatic, that is to say, 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/her.” I personally found that description to fit Donald Trump and his vision for our country.
Like many other citizens/voters I have become totally disgruntled with the current ruling class making all the decisions for our country. There has never been so much unrest and the worst part is there is that NO ONE trying to stop the fall. We, the voters, have been told by the so-called Tea Party and GOP candidates on one side and the Hope and Change on the other, that if we elect them things will change in Washington. We sent them all to DC and nothing has changed and no one has tried to stop this downward spiral of a once great country.
Along comes Donald Trump, who speaks his mind and who does not care about being politically correct which, in my opinion, in one of the biggest problems in this county. Everyone is emotional and few are pragmatic. Finally, however, we have someone willing to oppose illegal immigration, close our borders, and someone who is very strong on national defense and fighting terrorism. Trump is not afraid to use the phrase “Radical Islamic Terrorism”, something Obama has never been able to say even when faced with overwhelming evidence of such terrorism. I also want someone in our corner to restore the once thriving American economy.
The DC establishment is out of touch with the people and they cannot for the life of them figure out what the big draw is to Donald Trump. We the people have lost faith in the purpose of the
Political parties and are looking to someone who can get this country working again and give us some hope for the future of our children and grandchildren.
Listening to Fox News the other morning they were interviewing Brit Hume right after the New Hampshire primary. When asked why he thinks Trump won by such an overwhelming margin he made the comment that the voters make up “a federation of the fed-up” and that those voters “may still come to their senses”. Well, well, sign me up as a member of the “federation of the fed-up”!! The press would love to pick another McCain or Romney for us – another sure loser like Jeb Bush. Make no mistake, the press and mainstream media benefit by continuing the status quo in Washington and do not want to shake things up by getting an unconventional candidate like Trump in the oval office -- one who has not been bought and paid for by the special interests.
I truly believe Donald Trump would enlist the best people in his administration. He has been very successful as an administrator in the real world and has a good reputation of being a good negotiator. I have also seen various interviews with Donald Trump’s children and they love and admire him. I heard his son, Eric, say that when growing up nothing was ever just handed to them on a silver platter, they had jobs and had to earn their own way. I greatly admire anyone who instills such values in their children. It seems values and decency are a thing of the past.
In closing, this may not seem like a big thing, but at the debate the other night before the New Hampshire primary the candidates were being introduced to come on stage for the debate. Ben Carson did not hear his name and was confused and waited in the walkway to the stage to hear his name. Donald stood there with him as the other candidates merely passed him by to get to their podiums. For all his bombastic showmanship and image problems, I truly think Trump shows compassion and a love for his fellow men and women.
Originally from Illinois, and currently resides in Florida, just north of Tampa. Married for 33 years and has 2 children, 3 step-children, 8 grandchildren and 2 granddogs. 25 years as a Paralegal before retirement.