When I'm in a joking mood, I sometimes refer to the Midas Touch as a part of second child syndrome. Do I have any serious research information to support my observation? Of course not. It just seems that in my sheltered little world, the people with the proverbial Midas Touch are second children. And even there they are rare. I wonder, does the need to compete for attention with a first-born child create the necessary competitiveness for winning at piling up dollars? Or are the first-born children so busy with their caretaking and assistant parent roles that they learn to serve -- not to win?
So why is this an article in "Trickle Down Politics"? I'll tell you why. Because we need to understand that an ability to earn money is just that. It does not make one a gifted orator . . . a keen political mind . . . a leader of others . . . a tactful negotiator . . . a people person (though many Midas people have excellent skills at interacting with people) . . . a person knowledgeable about the Constitution or history . . . or someone who has any basic skills for being President of the United States.
Donald Trump, with his gruff and explosive speech patterns, his impulsivity, his women's issues (which he has displayed for decades by running pageants that focus on superficial beauty) and his obvious biases against much of America, knows how to do one thing extremely well. He knows how to earn stacks and stacks of dollars. He knows how to lose them extremely well, also, but that's a story for another day. He might use those skills to help the country file for Chapter whatever it would be.
What all his foot in mouth disease is accomplishing is hogging the spotlight and taking away sound bites from better qualified, if less colorful, candidates for the Republican nomination for President. And he says if his party won't nominate him, he'll run for another party. The Democratic Party can only hope and pray that he does get the nomination, or even better, runs as an Independent and splits the party vote.
I'd like to side with the pundits who keep saying that in the end the American people will do the right thing and elect a qualified President. Yet, We The People, have let us down a number of times in recent years.
What Trump's current popularity shows would be areas that possible candidates from all parties need to address and tell us what they would propose and support if elected. How would you slow immigration, as well as overcrowding, especially the influx of illegals to our country? Plan it and tell it. It is a topic close to the hearts of many Americans. Some Republicans have good ideas and are already stating them. And, no it's not all right to say, "let's help them come for a better life". We will all lose the better life if saner heads do not prevail. Some of us already have lost the good life over such poor political decisions.
The Russian immigrants have blessed us with the Russian Mafia -- which is affecting New Yorkers more than the heartland. The Mexican influx has brought the cartel and ever more drugs. The Guatemalans I've met have coughs reminiscent of days of tuberculosis. And who was there to test them when they came sneaking across illegally? Canadians have, for decades, entered legally (or illegally) and usurped the most plum of our media jobs. So have the Brits. Now, folks that is a threat to all of you up there, not to the little people whose roofing and foundation repair jobs that Hispanic "companies" are taking here. Most of my people wouldn't consider leaving the heartland to take your jobs. People from other countries think nothing of doing it.
The Women's Issues never end. We think we have everything fixed but paychecks and glass ceilings and then the Republican Conservative front keeps attacking the conservative Supreme Court for "writing legislation" instead of interpreting the Constitutionality of our laws. Well, it surely gets the unthinking masses stirred up. These are the same people who are all too willing to believe Super Pac lies about our candidates. Republicans count on our supposed ignorance. Let's show them we are smarter than they think. And let's hear rational thinking from our candidates.
We need to readdress the issues pertaining to federal, state and personal rights. The Republican party, the very party that says they are against big and federal government interfering into state's rights, are the exact same party that thinks it is okay to make our personal choices for us. It is not okay to tell us what size light bulb we can use, when a person with cataracts needs as much light as possible to see. It is not all right to decide what birth control methods we should use or not use at all. It is not okay to control our choices for marriage. That is simply an overreach of control freaks.
And where do the candidates stand on the Right to Vote Act at it's fiftieth anniversary? I think we have had recent evidence that Republicans even want to overturn or control that. I stood in line behind a young, black male, obviously born in our country, who was being harassed about presenting a birth certificate. No question he was legal. He was just black and poor. Probably he was too poor to afford the expense and trouble of getting said birth certificate. And the same man that figured in this voting fraud debacle in my state farmed his unethical, sorry self out to other states, as well. Tell us exactly where you stand on Voting Rights. We need to know this when we cast our votes. Remind all voters that the "no fraud voting fraud" excuse is a way to fix the vote more toward Republicans. Democrats certainly aren't going to make it harder for blacks and Latinos to vote for them.
We need to know where you stand on the separation of church and state in this country. We have an overwhelming number of Catholics and even Baptists who serve in Congress at both the Federal and State levels. Both of these huge groups have the ulterior motive of forcing Christian beliefs down the throats of everyone but Jews. Oh, they love and protect the Jews. They would ignore the separations of the Constitution and force everyone to post the Ten Commandments at every building . . . to fly the Christian flag at every function . . . to have Christian prayer in every school, but not allow Buddhist or Muslim prayer. So, are we a Christian nation, or a country that welcomes all the troubled masses from every race and creed? If we are Christian to exclusion of other religions, we need to close our borders completely to those of other religions. Why would we welcome others with political asylum if we don't plan to permit them to pray to the God's they bring with them? And who are these people of other religions to bitch and gripe all the time because we, originally a Christian nation, openly practice our beliefs? Are we encouraging others to commit terrorist attacks here where we have embraced them, simply because we let them in here?
We need our political leaders to use the brains God gave them to clarify their own minds, to get their brains and hearts in harmony, and to be honest with us about where they stand. We should have a right to cast our votes based on truth and honesty, which seems ever illusive in our political world.
America needs candidates who say this is who I am. This is what I stand for on the knowledge I have at this time. They should say they plan to protect our rights as a citizen to make our own decisions. Or they should say they consider themselves, their religion, their party infinitely superior to us and ours, and that they plan to pass or veto legislation based on their beliefs, not ours. And, they should say here are my honest, truthful beliefs as I perceive them today. Canned sound bites and platitudes may get you elected, but ultimately they may cost you your souls. And while you are laughing your asses off at my remarks, remember that you are the ones who say you have the moral high ground and imply that the rest of us are on the yellow brick road to hell.
We have to have your well thought out plans, policies, beliefs, and positions up front, so we can vote our own consciences and so we can determine majority preference based on truth, not political lies.
Having a Midas Touch is definitely an admiral trait. The majority of Americans could prosper better if more people had it. It just isn't enough on it's own to bring success to the presidency. Neither is shouting about the expense and discomfort caused by illegal immigration, abhorrent as that may be.
We need educated, articulate, leaders for the Presidential election, not rabble rousers or hind sight complainers. Some of you running out there have the right qualifications. State your resume, your beliefs, your plans and leave the lies and platitudes at home. And quit the attacks on other individuals. If you are really qualified to do the job, your resume and presentation should do the trick.
And you media experts, I know some of you are trying to give equal time to all. I know it's hard to succeed, with the showman stealing all the scenes. But, keep trying until you make it. The showman speaks a lot of truth, it's just not all the truth we need. Let the candidates tell us who they are by speaking their most well-rounded thoughts. Second child syndrome will not be enough in the end. Neither will bragging to us that you have brass ones like the men.
And, Mr. Trump, if you believe you are as well qualified in foreign policy, supervising the military, changing your disrespectful treatment of women, interacting with the head honchos of other countries, friend or foe, as you are at making money and whooping up the malcontents, bring it on as soon as possible. Lay out your plans like I'm asking of everyone else. I love to be pleasantly surprised.