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Trump the Establishment: The Elitists Never Learned in 2016 Paperback – February 7, 2017
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Retired newspaperman Don Surber is a Christian who lives in Poca, West Virginia, with his wife, Lou Ann. Married for thirty-nine years, they have three adult children.
While serving in the US Army, Surber worked on the Fort Stewart Patriot and the Stars and Stripes. He worked as a proofreader for the Wall Street Journal while in college, graduating from Cleveland State University in 1981.
Surber has worked for the Parkersburg News and the Charleston Daily Mail, both in West Virginia. He is the author of Exceptional Americans, Exceptional Americans 2, and most recently Trump the Press: Don Surber’s Take on How the Pundits Blew the 2016 Republican Race.
Now sixty-three, Surber maintains a popular blog at https://donsurber.blogspot.com and plans to continue blogging until he runs out of ideas or dies—whichever comes first. He welcomes comments at DonSurber@GMail.com.
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The story is told in short punchy chapters with delightful titles: "Comfortably Smug", "Trump Will Drop Out", "Bush League" are among the delights. Over and over again the press, pundits, and establishment politicians are hoist on their own petards... in their own words. But it's not just quotes; this volume is filled with Surber's acerbic wit and succinct analysis, in paragraphs such as this:
"Cultural appropriation is the successor to multicultural diversity, which holds that newcomers bring customs that we should incorporate into our nation. Cultural appropriation admonishes us for incorporating new customs. Liberalism is not supposed to make sense."
If you're a political junkie, or are simply trying to understand how DJT arrived as President, this should be on your bookshelf.
Yet in the early 2000s, I eschewed the Demos and declared Independent. I declared Democrat in 2007 again to vote for Obama. But I declared Independent again when he let Wall Street off the hook after the 2008-2010 crash instead of bringing back Glass-Steagal. As a lawyer and former banker, I had to wonder why would anyone hire the foxes who pillaged the chicken coop to guard the chicken coop? I was in shock and rage. Voted for Bernie in the primary and then wrote him in. I couldn't stand Hillary as a lap-dog for Wall Street and a salivating attack dog for endless "humanitarian" war. But I could not vote for Trump because a part of his coalition were and are alt-right racists and his stands on environmentalism were unclear.
I decided to read this book to understand the Trump victory and the rage of those who voted him in. What I discovered is that many of his voters are disaffected Democrats like me, of the cut of cloth of New Deal democrats who believe our nation is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." I hope that Surber is correct, that underneath all the MSM attack and some questionable appointments to education environmental protection, and BLM, the Donald will not betray those that voted for him. America needs a new vision and a new direction of what it means to be an American, an ideal that we all have to give some "hypthenated-identity" for, and to treat each other equally and respectfully, per our Constitution. There are no "safe places" - there are only shouting places or discussion places. The choice is ours.
I sincerely hope that if Trump can't get us there, he can at least move us in that direction.
Surber also does a good job of showing, and convinced me, that President Trump is a fighter and a winner in business and media which skills may be more transferable than not. President Trump is someone who has spent time with trades people, service staff, as well as the rich, powerful and famous. I knew he had hired the first woman foreperson on job site in NYC of all places and that had impressed me. It is these can-do and independent qualifications that he brings to the Presidency and not the belt-way qualifications of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. I am keeping an open mind now, events will tell, and eventually history will judge.
My only peeve with Surber is that he gloats too gleefully here and there. But that's understandable and it's not overdone.