Random thoughts on Donald Trump by David C. Stolinsky, MD

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Much has been written and said about Donald Trump, and much more will be — probably too much. But let me add a few words that, I hope, will shed some light on the Trump phenomenon.

● On April 28, Trump spoke at a rally in Costa Mesa, a city in largely conservative Orange County, California. Large crowds of unruly demonstrators blocked streets in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Trump supporters from entering the rally. Large numbers of law-enforcement officers, some mounted on horses, were well prepared, and prevented the demonstrators from getting out of control.Injured Trump Supporter

Nevertheless, police cars were damaged, motorists were pelted with debris, and at least one Trump supporter was bloodied — and felt grateful to escape with his life. (photo, right. Courtesy NBC)

When was the last time you saw a person in a Hillary, Bernie, or Cruz T-shirt beaten bloody? You never did? What does this say about the opponents of Trump?

● On April 29, Trump was scheduled to speak at a Republican Party function at the Hyatt Hotel in Burlingame, California, a liberal suburb of liberal San Francisco. Here is a young demonstrator (photo, below), expressing his family’s sentiments on the country in which they live and presumably work.

Make America Mexico AgainWhen leftists speak of “diversity,” it is necessary to ask what they mean. Diversity of opinion? Certainly not — only leftist opinions are tolerated. Diversity of loyalty? Yes, indeed. Some are loyal to America, and some to the nations from which they or their ancestors came — often to escape abject poverty, government corruption, drug cartels, or other memories that fill them with nostalgia for “the old country.”

The Burlingame area is largely liberal. Perhaps because of this fact, the police response was largely ineffectual — despite the fact that the police had a day’s warning from what had happened in Costa Mesa. Entry to the hotel was blocked by the mob. As a result, Trump’s Secret Service convoy had to stop on the shoulder of a nearby freeway. Trump was escorted through a fence, then up an embankment, so he could enter the hotel by the back door. (photo, below)Trump escorted by Secret Service

When was the last time you saw a presidential candidate — a leading candidate, in fact —forced to stop on the shoulder of a freeway, then hike uphill to enter the back door of the building where a meeting was being held? You never saw such a disgrace before? Neither did I, and I am hardly young. Again, what does this say about Trump’s opponents, and what does it say about the police in liberal cities?

Moreover, what does it say about people who live in America and enjoy its benefits, but who think so little of their new homeland that they dare to interfere violently with its presidential election? And what does it say about the rest of us, who tolerate this intolerable intrusion with hardly a word of complaint?

● After the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor that pulled us into World War II, the admiral and the general in charge in Hawaii were fired. But for a time, the chief of naval operations in Washington was retained. He was a well-liked man who mentored junior officers.Fleet Admiral Ernest King

Still, he had not done enough to prepare for war, so he was transferred. As his replacement, we brought in an admiral who was not well liked and had an abrasive style. He was generally feared by junior officers and was not known as a mentor. His own daughter remarked that he was the most even-tempered officer in the Navy — always angry.

But he had a reputation for cutting through red tape and getting things done. He remained at the head of our Navy through the victorious conclusion of the war. On assuming office, he is said to have remarked, “When they get in trouble, they send for us sons-of-bitches.”

It would be pleasant if all effective leaders were also nice guys. Some of them are. But General George S. Patton Jr. in the Army, and Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King in the Navy, were examples of SOBs, but SOBs who got things done and thereby saved many American lives and hastened the restoration of peace in the world. 

● Perhaps you recall the old story of the yachtsman who fell overboard and was unable to climb back aboard. Another boater sailed by and yelled, “You need a hand?” The man replied, “No thanks, I’m fine. I’m praying hard, and the Lord will save me.”

Soon an old freighter came along, and a sailor shouted, “Let us throw you a line.” But the man replied, “No thanks, the Lord will save me.”

Then a Coast Guard boat pulled up, and the petty officer in charge yelled, “We’ll throw you a life ring.” But again the man replied, “No thanks, I’m praying, and the Lord will save me.

Finally the man drowned and came to stand before the Lord. The man complained, “Lord, I just don’t understand. I prayed really hard, but You didn’t save me.” And the Lord replied, “I tried three times.”

The point of the story is that the one who comes to save us may not resemble our preconception of a rescuer. He or she may be younger or older that we expected, or louder or quieter, or more polite or ruder, or more erudite or plainspoken, or better looking or homelier, or have a better hairstyle or a worse one — or whatever. But if we hope to be rescued, we should be open to the possibility that our rescuer in some ways may fall short of our expectations.Caution No Lifeguard

Is Donald Trump capable of being our rescuer? I don’t know. I have serious reservations. But I remain open to the possibility, especially in the absence of anyone else on the horizon who even has the guts to name our enemies and enumerate our problems. I have no reason to expect that another rescuer is nearby. I have no reason to think that if we have to wait another four years, rescue will even be possible.

Written by David C. Stolinsky, MD

Dr. Stolinsky is a retired medical oncologist and co-author of Firearms: A Handbook for Health Professionals, published by The Claremont Institute. For other articles written by Dr. Stolinsky, check out our search feature on this website.

Not all of the photos used to illustrate this article appeared in the original article posted on www.Stolinsky.com. Copyright ©2016 Stolinsky.com.

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Nazi storm troopers!

So Who Are the Nazis, Trump Supporters or Anti-Trump Demonstrators? March 14, 2016 By Dr. David C. Stolinsky

…Trump as Hitler? Only in the fevered imaginations of Trump haters. And what about the anti-Trump demonstrators? They claim that they are blocking activities by neo-Nazis who want to impose an authoritarian regime on America. They claim they are democrats (small d as well as large D) trying to block hate speech.

But who really want to impose an authoritarian regime? Those who assert that they have the exclusive right to define “hate speech,” and the exclusive power to shut it down – by force if necessary.

To put things into perspective, recall what real Nazis looked like, and what they did. In Germany and Austria in the 1930s, the Nazi Party was gaining strength. The universities were especially fertile hothouses for the incubation of authoritarian ideas. And why not? The universities were already authoritarian – faculties that resembled a military hierarchy, and professors who regarded themselves as qualified to pour whatever ideas they wanted into the empty heads of their students.

Here is the University of Vienna in the 1930s, already a hotbed of Nazi activism. Student demonstrations, often violent, became frequent. Eventually the library had to be closed, preventing many students from completing their studies and attaining their degrees. Here is a gang of Nazis preventing the entry of Jewish students and professors – and by the look of things, anyone else as well. Violent demonstrators rarely confine their violence to the alleged object of their anger. Anyone handy will do.

This couldn’t happen in America, you say? It already is happening. Here we have the campus library at elite Dartmouth University. Shouting demonstrators march around the library, preventing students from working and intimidating them with veiled threats. And there they are, blocking the stairway, just like their predecessors in Vienna...

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Totalitarian left intolerance!

More intolerance from the the illiberal progressives — the totalitarian left

The Left May Well Get Trump Nominated
By Dennis Prager
March 15, 2016, realclearpolitics

This past Friday, a left-wing mob shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago. Most Americans viewing what happened saw it for what it was -- another left-wing assault on the speech of those with whom they differ and on traditional American civility.

Not surprisingly, the media reporting has concentrated overwhelmingly on Trump for incendiary and inexcusable comments he has made at some of his other rallies that were disrupted by protesters. For example, he offered to pay any legal bills incurred by a man in the audience who sucker-punched a protester as he was being led out of a Trump rally.

Many have also noted the alleged assault by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was accused of trying to grab Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields' arm. (I say "alleged" because I have watched the video of the alleged incident four times but could not ascertain what actually took place.)

For the record, I have been relentless in my criticisms of Donald Trump, both in print and on my radio show, preferring any other Republican candidate...

Anti-Trump Storm Troopers turn violent!

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP; May 25, 2016) — In one of the presidential campaign year’s more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.

Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.
During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers.

The banners included the messages “Trump is Fascist” and “We’ve heard enough.”

At one point, a female protester was physically dragged from the stands by security. Other protesters scuffled with security as they resisted removal from the convention center, which was packed with thousands of loud and cheering Trump supporters.

Trump responded with his usual bluster, instructing security to remove the protesters and mocking their actions by telling them to “Go home to mommy.”

He responded to one demonstrator by asking, “How old is this kid?” Then he provided his own answer: “Still wearing diapers…”

Dr. Seuss said it best.

Well, Dr. Seuss said it best. "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."--- Dr. Seuss