NR attacks Trump, continued.
by Right Wing Fighter
Brent Bozell 3rd has a short post up in which he attacks Trump for not being Ronald Reagan, just like everyone else has done for the past six months. An excerpt:
Ronald Reagan read National Review and Human Events for intellectual sustenance; spoke annually to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Young Americans for Freedom, and other organizations to rally the troops; supported Barry Goldwater when the GOP mainstream turned its back on him; raised money for countless conservative groups; wrote hundreds of op-eds; and delivered even more speeches, everywhere championing our cause.
Much of what Reagan did was calculated to build support for a presidential run. For instance, his famous radio commentaries that he began when he left the California governorship in 1975 were done to keep him in the public eye and to spread his thinking. Reagan did not have establishment support, so he had to build grassroots support for his campaign. He loved the grassroots, the common man, the day-laborer, and he loved speaking to him; but much of his activity was meant to build support for a presidential run. Now, Trump is worth about ten billion dollars: he doesn’t need establishment support and he also doesn’t need to go the slow road to build grassroots support either. Because of his money and his star power he can get his thoughts and goals in front of the American people in just a matter of months. For this reason, he hasn’t needed to build a grassroots army over time: he can build it, politically speaking, over night. This is one reason why he hasn’t done all the above cited by Bozell.
Another reason is that he clearly didn’t have his mind made up to run for president. Reagan wanted the presidency since the 1960s, but Trump hadn’t given it a great deal of thought until the past year or two. Reagan was a man with politics in his thinking ever since he worked for FDR’s campaign in the ’40s. But Trump has regarded politics less as a profession and more as a playground where half-baked people with more ambition than capacity try to scrape out some fame. In this judgement he is of course correct: you can see it in debates, where he is the only one talking about America’s problems and how to solve them, whilst the other candidates are trying to look good by calling Putin a thug (Fiorina), attacking Obama when he has only one year left in office (Christie and Rubio and Bush), or by repeating ad nauseum his father’s story of fleeing Cuba (Cruz), all of which does absolutely nothing for the American people.
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