Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Back from the dead

On Friday October 7, I would’ve sworn that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was mortally wounded. The vulgarity of the leaked Access Hollywood tape seemed too much to overcome. The 48 hours between the release and the second presidential debate gave America a chance to let the issue marinate. All eyes were glued on Trump as he took to the debate stage to see how in the world he would overcome such an embarrassing revelation.

He got off to a rocky start. The odd way he held the microphone while one shoulder was higher than the other made him look nervous. Right out of the gate, the issue was thrown right in his face. Despite what many commentators said afterward, his response was contrite. He didn’t belabor the point but spent just the right amount of time on it. Then he moved on to what some would describe as an odd segue: ISIS. I had suggested he pivot to something more Trumpish, like building the wall or putting Americans back to work, but bringing up ISIS was fine. What he was doing was pointing out that there were far bigger problems to tackle than some ‘locker room’ chatter from 11 years ago.

I had hoped he would hold his tongue on the Bill Clinton sexual predator remarks and Hillary’s role in destroying the women who accused him, and he did. He waited until Hillary pounced on the issue to deliver a jab the Clintons have had coming for 20 years. The bewildered look on Bill Clinton’s face in the audience was priceless.

In all his years of abusing women and having Hillary clean up the mess by destroying lives, Bill has never had anyone with the guts to confront the Clintons head-on. Trump did, and to those of us who’ve waited two decades to see it, it was glorious.

Within 15 minutes of the debate, the tawdry audio tape was all but forgotten. Like Rocky Balboa, Trump took one body blow after another until Hillary had exhausted her arsenal, and then he unloaded on her. It was a thing of beauty.

CNN’s poll said Hillary won the debate but we all know the truth. Trump not only defused the audio tape issue, he destroyed her on every other issue that was brought up. He even left some things on the table for the next debate.

If he wants to win this election, he’s going to have to put a finer point on some of the issues that still are not clear to the American people. When asked by moderators who obviously are pro-actively working for Hillary what he’s going to do to make sure the rich are paying their ‘fair share’ of taxes, Trump needs to tell them and the American people the truth. According to the IRS, the top 5 percent of wage-earners pays 60 percent of the income tax. His question to Hillary should be, “How much of the tax burden do you want them to bear?”

On the issue of his own tax deductions, he needn’t point to Soros and Buffet as doing the same thing. Bill and Hillary wrote off $700,000 of capital gains losses just last year. It’s not on the same scale as Trump but the principle is the same. One doesn’t pay income tax unless one has a profit. You don’t pay taxes on money you lose. It’s something the American people will surely understand if it’s framed in those terms.

Trump’s campaign is miraculously back from the dead. Like Rocky, Trump now has to give us something to cheer for.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning, nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Show.




4 comments:

  1. Trump came out swinging and did well but because he took it toe to toe with Clinton more conservative politicians are proclaiming they will not support him. Including Gov Haslam who says he will write in his choice. Is there any wonder the republican party is failing?

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    Steve Chavez

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    Steven Chavez • a year ago



    I'm Hispanic and I was born a Democrat and they branded me on my arse with a (D) ten seconds after being born. They also had my lifelong voter registration already filled out and I've been voting since birth. Blacks too.
    Below is my list: "25 REASONS: TIME FOR A CHANGE." You don't have to agree with every one but if you agree with a majority of them. then it's "TIME FOR A CHANGE!" Reagan and I changed. Many of my friends changed. YOU CAN CHANGE TOO and if you changed long ago, but were afraid to admit it, you too can come out of the closet now.

    1. If you think your Party has been taken over by Far-Left Progressives, and beyond, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    2. If your moderate views are not being heard by those who have closed their ears, but they're still wanting you to open your wallets, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    3. If you were fooled and tricked by empty promises, fancy language, and catchy slogans repeated so many times that you actually believed them, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    4. If all the "Change" you have left in your pockets are Abe Lincolns, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    5. If your vote is taken for granted because of your race and/or gender, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    6. If you think America is being forced, slowly but surely and in the dark of night, into the proven failure of Socialism, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    7. If you're afraid of losing your 2nd Amendment right to protect your home, family, yourself, and others, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    8. If you're tired of those who normalize and moralize immorality, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    9. If you are too feminine for feminists, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    10. If you're tired of being taxed here, taxed there, taxed everywhere, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    11. If your centuries old Constitution is called "outdated," as its freedoms are now being used to overthrow it by the decades old Rules for Radicals and the Communist Manifesto, and if George and Abe are thrown under the bus to make room for Saul and Karl, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    12. If you're tired of our soldiers getting spit on, even as those very soldiers will put their lives on the line in order to protect your right to spit on them, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    13. If you're tired of going in the Red filling up your car, blackmailed by the oil dictators who hate us, and by hypocrites who fill up their gas tanks to drive, or to fly in their private jets, to a Green protest against oil and gas, and you want to "Drill Here, Drill Now" instead of imposing moratoriums and countless regulations, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!

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  3. "TIME FOR A CHANGE" PART TWO.
    13. If you're tired of going in the Red filling up your car, blackmailed by the oil dictators who hate us, and by hypocrites who fill up their gas tanks to drive, or to fly in their private jets, to a Green protest against oil and gas, and you want to "Drill Here, Drill Now" instead of imposing moratoriums and countless regulations, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    14. If you feel your race is continuously, and purposefully, kept in a perpetual cycle of poverty and government dependability, as they are addicting you to themselves therefore requiring you to vote for them in order to get your fix, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    15. If you feel jobs are being lost because of the anti-Capitalist "Workers of the World Unite," and if you are passed over for a job, raise, promotion, or unjustly fired due to your political beliefs, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    16. If your moderate and traditional moral and family values are now the extreme, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    17. If they say and think "The World First" instead of "Country First," then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    18. If you're tired of "Blame America and Apology Tours," then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    19. If you're tired of Leftist indoctrination and brainwashing in all of our schools, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    20. If you're tired of the P.C. Police handcuffing your rights, your way of life, your thoughts and words, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    21. If you're tired of being ridiculed for trying to be, or being, successful, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    22. If you're tired of them making you feel guilty for the car you drive, the toys you own, the home you live in, the food you eat, what TV shows to watch, what radio stations to listen to, and the amount of money you make, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    23. If you want secure borders and want to honor Legal Immigrants who did it the hard way, the long way, and the Honorable way, and who will vote against those who reward the illegal way, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    24. If you're tired of leaders who pick and choose which laws to follow, on top of making up their own laws, especially when they bypass Congress to do so, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    25. If you're ridiculed and made to feel guilty for your Christian beliefs, and forced to go against them, then it's TIME FOR A CHANGE!

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  4. "TIME OF A CHANGE." PA DEMOCRATS SWITCHING TO REPUBLICANS.

    THESE 25 REASONS WILL GET MORE. PASS IT ON. WRITTEN BY STEVE CHAVEZ ALBUQUERQUE SJAMESCHAVEZ@YAHOO DOT COM

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