The way Donald Trump “jumped up and bit” the gathered media contingent in their collective fannies at his Tuesday press conference was enough to make me want to hug the man around the neck.
Conservative politicians have been targeted and maligned by left-wing media types as far back as I can remember and none of them, and I mean none of them, ever stood up on their hind legs and fought back the way Trump did this week.
It made me want to grab a beer bottle, bust it at the neck and charge screaming, Sharpie in hand, into the gathered fourth-estate regulars.
You know, the ones who want to discuss and dissect Trump’s “misogyny” but have no questions for the likely Democratic nominee who empowered and excused more skirt chasing and sexual harassment than any woman in the history of Washington, D.C., whose last name wasn’t Kennedy.
Trump is tired of the one-sided coverage and he let them know it. With both barrels.
That kind of fight and spirit goes a long way in winning over doubters when it comes to Trump’s chances of beating the Democratic nominee in November, but he needs more tangible ammunition in the battle if he hopes to prevail.
As unconventional as Trump has been up to this point, it seems unconscionable that he would decide to take a sedate and mundane route to the GOP confab this summer. If he wants to give rank and file conservatives a reason to get behind him and join the populist wave of newcomers that has elevated him as the party’s nominee, I have some suggestions the man should take to heart.
So far Trump has been hesitant to name a possible vice presidential nominee, but it seems the only reason he cites for the decision is “conventional wisdom.” C’mon Donald, don’t go traditional on us now!
Not only should The Donald name his VP, he should go ahead and detail his wish list for every cabinet and staff position, just like he did with his list of prospective federal judicial nominees.
After he does that, he could really set the world on fire with a co-authored list of measures that GOP congressional members are ready to submit for his signature and approval as federal law, in the first 60 days of his presidency.
Since we will have an election that will serve as the mandate for these specific laws to be enacted, the Republican congressional leadership should commit to suspending the usual committee hearings and filibuster tactics on those items only, so that a simple majority approval in both chambers will immediately move the specific bills on for presidential approval. We can even call it “The Trump Mandate.”
You want to settle this transgender bathroom thing once and for all, show the American people what the GOP intends to do about the issue and tie it to Trump.
Enforcing existing U.S. border laws would be a tremendous rallying point, and eliminating “sanctuary” cities would also be positive step to reassure lifelong conservatives that Trump is a man they can work with. Set it in stone, and let the debates begin now.
You want Obamacare reform? Specifically target trouble spots with particular remedies and lay them out for the American people to see. Every conservative this side of the Canadian border has been clamoring for major tax reform as long as I have been alive, and yet no one has come close to delivering it. Write a plan out, and submit it with the Trump Mandate.
For the Second Amendment supporters out there, a federal concealed carry permit, good in all 50 states, that for a fee (because it would be expensive) allows citizens to circumvent restrictive state and local anti-gun legislation if they so desire. Set the bar high (training, testing and automatic eligibility reviews), and if individuals object to it, allow them to use the systems already in place for them at their respective state levels.
For those concerned about integrity in voting, government financial transactions, weapons purchases, health insurance and medical care, and other official business, develop and implement Real ID technology for all American citizens. Many of us are already involved in using some form of that, whether it is a chip embedded credit card or a smart phone based biometric ID. The only folks who seem to be steering completely clear of the technology are criminals, tax cheats and illegal aliens. We can fix that, quickly, if we make it part of the Trump Mandate. Such a move would permanently end suspicions that Democrat inspired voter fraud is going on and that Republicans are attempting to suppress voter participation by requiring ID. It would be the law that every American man, woman and child have such an ID.
Take as much of the mystery out of what a Trump presidency would look like, while at the same time shoring up congressional and senate races around the country. There are all kinds of things we could make part of The Mandate, and we will have the voting majority of the American people backing it up with such a win.
Controversial and unconventional, perhaps, but what has milquetoast convention given us in the last few years?