Freedom to dream makes Donald Trump, Newsmax, ION debate — and USA — possible.
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You may like Donald Trump’s dream. You may hate it. You may not even pay attention to it as you move through your own life. That’s OK. The point is that there is a country called America — the city on a shining hill — where you too can work your butt off to build your dream. Whatever that may be.
Let’s stick with Trump for a moment. Let’s go back and take a look at — picking at random — his helicopter. The helicopter is a Sikorsky S-76B, and is featured in opening shots of The Apprentice.
What is the Sikorsky S-76B?
That’s right. It is the product of a dream. And at the very beginning of the trail that leads to Donald Trump’s helicopter — a part of Donald Trump’s dream — was the dream of a young native of Kiev in the Ukraine who dreamed of making flying machines. That man was Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), and while it never gets mentioned, the quite specific reason Donald Trump gets his helicopter is that as Communism and the emerging Soviet Union began to enclose the Ukraine in its nightmare tentacles in 1919, Igor Sikorsky, already a very accomplished young man in the field of aviation, realized that if he were ever going to have a chance to live his dream he would have to be in a place where he had the freedom to make his dream come true.
Where would that be in 1919? America, of course.
So it was that in 1919, young Igor Sikorsky, already famous, found himself fleeing his homeland for America. Where he was promptly greeted by a reporter for the New York Times. In a story appearing in April of 1919 the paper noted that the young man did not leave in any voluntary sense. No, according to the delicate vocabulary of the Times Sikorsky felt “compelled” to leave his homeland. Otherwise… well, the world of Lenin and Stalin was on the rise… there was that class warfare thing going in Sikorksi’s homeland and, well…. you get the picture. Sikorsky certainly did — and he was outta there.
Thus today, the helicopter that is pictured in those opening shots of The Apprentice is a product of what began six years later in 1925 — in America — when Igor Sikorsky’s dream began to come true with the creation of the Sikorsky Manufacturing Company. Today Sikorski is a global company headquartered in Connecticut and now a subsidiary of United Technologies. Igor Sikorski’s dream provides jobs for some 18,000 people.
Among those people would be Donald Trump’s helicopter flight crew. Who have a job — presumably the job of their own dreams — flying a helicopter that in turn is the direct result of the dreams of Donald Trump and Igor Sikorski. Dreams made possible for both men because America made their respective dreams possible to achieve.
Let’s stay focused on the players in this debate.
The debate that Trump will host is sponsored by Newsmax and ION — so what’s up with them?
Once again, the ability not just to dream but the freedom to make a dream a reality is at work.
Newsmax was the dream of journalist Chris Ruddy, who smartly noticed in the wake of the Clinton impeachment drama that the future of journalism was on the Internet. Securing investors for his idea, Ruddy launched the conservative news service Newsmax, which in a matter of just over a decade has become one of the most influential — and profitable — Internet news services in the world.
One of those investors, Richard Mellon Scaife, is famously the big bad wolf of many a liberal imagination. But just as a matter of historical reference, how did Richard Mellon Scaife find the cash to invest in Chris Ruddy’s dream?
Answer: Richard Mellon Scaife’s mother was a member of the famously rich banking family, the niece of Andrew Mellon. And while Andrew Mellon is thought of today as a fabulously wealthy banker and Calvin Coolidge’s Secretary of the Treasury, in fact Andrew Mellon began life as the son of an immigrant who came to America.
That immigrant was Thomas Mellon, who arrived in America as a five year old in October of 1818 with his parents, the parents having made the considerable decision to sell their meager possessions, leave their three room Irish cottage and seek their fortune across the ocean. Why? Because the parents of Thomas Mellon, their son would later say, had a dream. A dream of a country that would let them lift themselves out of the “poverty and indigence” of Ireland and provide instead “liberty and freedom of the people from taxation and rents” and “better opportunities to rise in the world.” Son Thomas, deciding his immigrant father’s farming ambitions in America were not his, had his own dream. Mesmerized by reading Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography and Franklin’s account of steadily rising from “the poverty of obscurity… to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world,” the young Thomas Mellon determined to make his own dream come true. The dream? Becoming a banker. And with his success, passed to his son Andrew the beginning of what Andrew would make into the billions of the Mellon fortune, the latter’s banking successes funding the aluminum, oil, and other dreams of other men.
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H/T to National Review Online