Freedom to dream makes Donald Trump, Newsmax, ION debate — and USA — possible.
I have a dream.
The words are most often associated with Martin Luther King’s famous 1963 speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Overlooked is why it was so natural for King to express himself in such a fashion. He didn’t say he demanded. He didn’t say he insisted or pleaded, and he certainly wasn’t whining. What Martin Luther King expressed that day was in fact one of the most cherished and celebrated beliefs that was — and is — fundamental to generations of Americans.
The God-given right not just to dream, but to have the freedom to make one’s dreams come true, is at the very heart of the success of America itself.
In all the silliness surrounding the idea that … gasp!… Donald Trump is moderating a presidential debate, something is being lost — a big something. And as it happens, it is the very same something that is at the center of the 2012 election.
To wit: will America continue to be the kind of country that has made it a beacon of hope, the Reagan “shining city on a hill”? The country where millions have flocked from every corner of the planet over centuries in the belief that once here they can make their dreams come true?
Or will we instead make of this country a bleak outpost of class warfare, a nation of greedy takers with everybody frantically trying to climb in the proverbial wagon for a free ride? A wagon “paid” for with a Chinese credit card and headed to a dream-killing dead end of poverty-for-all “equality” presented as the politics of the “fair share”?
Let’s, as they say, “unpack” a few things here and understand what we are really seeing — and not seeing. Yes, Donald Trump has a new book out, Time to Get Tough: Making America # 1 Again. But there’s infinitely more to Trump than this book… a very important something more.
On the surface, this tempest over Donald Trump is presented in huffy, laughably elitist “who is he to be running a presidential debate” terms. As if… what?… Anderson Cooper or Scott Pelley or George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer were given a Commission from God to do the job?
But who is Donald Trump, really? What is Newsmax? What is ION television?
Let’s start with Mr. Trump.
What is it you see when you look at, say, the Trump Tower in New York? Or maybe his Trump International Hotel and Tower? How about Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach? What about his private luxury jet? Or his helicopter?
If all you are seeing here are buildings and flying machines and the flashing images from the opening to a popular television show, you are making a mistake.
What you are really seeing in all of these things is the manifestation of one man’s dreams. Actually, more than one man’s dreams.
Donald Trump did not accumulate all of this at birth. Yes, his father was a success in real estate. But Trump took that success of his father — his father’s dream — and used it to make his own dreams come true, famously turning a Queens, New York developer’s small business into the famous billion dollar Trump organization of today. What you are seeing when you look at all these various parts of what might be called the Trump empire — the glistening towers, the luxury clubs, the gleaming jet and helicopter, the Apprentice’s umpteenth successful season — are infinitely more than just steel, glass, concrete and show business. What you are seeing is a dream. Donald Trump’s dream. A dream that he has worked his butt off to achieve — making mistakes and having some failures along the way — but endlessly persisting, working, achieving.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online