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The Way They Were Trained

Proverbs 22:6New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Obama and Trump share a few similarities.

Both have undeniable egos.

Both attended college.

Neither were prolific in their publication in college.

In one of Obama’s papers, he actually praises Trump (1, 2, 3).

Trump, on the other hand, did not put near as much stock in his education at Wharton as he did in his perseverance in the market place.  He was driven.

Obama, alternatively, seems to rail against the system and the injustice he perceives in it.

What does it matter now?

The one, born of a silver spoon, puts less stock in government-funded education, and more in the work ethic that leads to success.

The other, born of relative obscurity and much lower economic conditions seeks success by tearing down the institution that produce a man like Donald Trump.

Obama has a deluded concept of success.  For him, it is something that is conferred, rather than earned; indoctrinated, rather than conceived; a hand-out entitlement, rather than a hard-earned success.

One need look no further than his accomplishments as the editor of the Harvard Law Review to see a record that supports a sort of lackadaisical method to his path for success.

Other than one letter, there simply are no records of his publishing anything.

As chief editor, this is most peculiar.

Trump, while also not prolific in his writings, did demonstrate effective paths to success from the time he was young.  He started his first business at age 12.

So while sketchy in their respective college careers, one can look at the genesis they both went through to see the contrasts.

Obama became a community organizer in the mold of Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis – both of whom advocated tearing down the system.

From Saul Alinsky:

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.

All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new.

The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a ‘dangerous enemy.’

And from Frank Marshall Davis:

And from the foreign press: The Telegraph: Davis an influence on Obama

Alternately, Donald Trump has done nothing but contribute to our system.

He has helped build this nation, rather than tear it down.

While he does not taut his own public education, he does demonstrate that it was through his dedication to sound economic principles that led to his success.

As he writes in later years:

“One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life’s losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.”
Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Art of the Deal

“MY STYLE of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I’m after.”
Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Art of the Deal

“because much more often than you’d think, sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure.”
Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Art of the Deal

On competing: “I’m the first to admit that I am very competitive and that I’ll do nearly anything within legal bounds to win. Sometimes, part of making a deal is denigrating your competition.”

-Donald Trump

So really, the contrasts between the two are quite stark.

The one believes in beating the system down and re-building it in a collectivist construct, the other operates within the system, pushing it to its limits to achieve success.

The system, our system, is designed to promote success for all people.

Anyone who stays after it will eventually succeed.

Both of these Presidents are examples.  The success, measured differently.

Donald Trump. A President Who Makes a Difference.

But Donald Trump exemplifies one who believes in this country.  Who made his fortune based on its principles.

Alternately, Obama looks to a place like Russia and F.M. Davis for his compass.

Yes, the contrasts are stark.

I know with which my heart is simpatico.

God Bless Donald Trump, and God Bless America!

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