Freedom to dream makes Donald Trump, Newsmax, ION debate — and USA — possible.
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Today some of that success, made possible by a decision in 1818 to follow the American dream from Ireland, has now powered Chris Ruddy’s dream for Newsmax.
And ION television? What is that? ION began life with the dream of entrepreneur Lowell “Bud” Paxson when Paxson worked at a 500-watt radio station in upstate New York. Eventually Paxson owned his own radio station, and over time his dream of a media empire — which included the creation of the Home Shopping Network — expanded and created what is now ION. In fact, news accounts record that Paxson ran into difficulties in making this particular dream come true, and eventually he left what is now ION. Yet without question Paxson has made his dreams come true, and it is ION, the original dream of Bud Paxson, that has stepped forward to co-sponsor the debate with Newsmax.
And one last thing.
What is The Apprentice? It was originally not the dream of Donald Trump at all — but the dream of Mark Burnett. Burnett, the child of British factory workers, is a British army veteran who came to America and began work as, yes, a nanny. Over time Burnett’s dreams turned to creating and producing television shows, and while a Brit he made his base in America. Where he would eventually create and produce such popular shows as Survivor. Burnett says he has been criticized for being an example of “Peter Pan Syndrome” — meaning a man who has never grown up. To which the man who has created one successful TV show after another replies: “But, really, what’s so wrong with Peter Pan? Peter Pan flies. He is a metaphor for dreams and faith.”
Say again? What was that first word? It was… and you don’t have to be Mark Burnett to understand why he said it… dreams.
In other words, Mark Burnett — like Donald Trump, Igor Sikorsky, Chris Ruddy, Bud Paxson, Thomas Mellon and his Scotch Irish immigrant parents — understands exactly the power and importance of dreams. (Amazingly, candidate Jon Huntsman, not only declined to participate in what might be called the Dream Debate but caustically dismissed a debate so obviously focused on dreams as a “joke.” Wow. There’s a winning strategy in American politics.)
What is really going on with the popularity of Burnett’s television show starring Donald Trump?
Anybody who has spent two seconds watching The Apprentice knows what the show is really all about. It’s all about one word. One word only. That word? Dreams.
The dreams of the people who appear on this show? They are dying to work for Donald Trump. They are beside themselves at the thought of making their own quite individual dreams of business success come true.
All of which makes for a very, very easy reading of what seems, amazingly, to be difficult for some people to grasp. Why do millions of Americans pay attention to Donald Trump? Why do they watch his TV show and read his books? The real answer?
Because, as a dreamer himself, Donald Trump exhibits every waking moment of his now well publicized life that he understands in his bones the key to Ronald Reagan’s city on a shining hill.
That key is the ability to dream — and make dreams come true.
Everything in all of this Obama-driven economic mess has all manner of Americans — poor people, middle class people and yes rich people — good people one and all — terrified that they are in danger of losing their dream: a house, a job, an education, a business, — whatever that individual dream may be.
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