Thanks, Donald – For The Gift That Keeps On Giving…

A prologue to this story:

A note of thanks to Donald for the gift that keeps on giving…

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Dear Donald,

I just wanted to drop you this brief note to thank you… Really!

For months now, your magical ideas have ignited our airwaves. And, for whatever reason, this reminded me of one of the most inspirational and iconic leaders ever to have graced our world. Whether or not you intended to remind me of him, it doesn’t really matter. Thanks anyway…  🙂

I do want you to know that I’m neither a liberal apparatchik nor a part of the lame-stream media. For example, I’m convinced you are neither Hitler nor Mussolini—nor are you a racist. There, I’ve said it. I hope you’ll now take my calls…

And when you tell us that you’ve made a ton of money, I believe you. And when you tell us that, because you are rich, you are thereby also a winner and a really good guy, I believe you too. And when you tell us that you’ve created so many jobs for minorities and women, of course I believe you.

And because you said so, I now understand how a really rich guy can be neither a racist nor a women-hater—particularly if you create jobs for minorities and women. No, no way… I now understand!

I now also believe that you’ve NEVER had any intention of implementing any of your crazier ideas. Again, no way… But this isn’t a problem for me!

I now understand that your ideas are simply part of a brilliant marketing scheme to get you elected. While others might neither appreciate nor understand this, I really do. Like you, I’m smarter than almost anyone—except you, of course…

So, while some of your ideas do seem quite crazy, I admit that, occasionally, we’ve all had crazy ideas. We all know, for example, that some of our craziest ideas might have emanated either from the darkest recesses of our rectums—or from brain cramps. And, because your very charm is that you’re one of us, I can now see how your more colorful ideas might have come from the same parts of your own body. But I don’t care—I love all your ideas, crazy or not

Finally, Donald, thanks again, buddy, for reminding us of our icon—and PLEASE don’t stop what you’re doing! 

Michael

Donald Trump: The sweetheart
Donald Trump: The sweetness…

Let’s get going…

So, gentle readers, before I get going here, a quick disclaimer: As you read this, you should know that I haven’t been smoking anything—and, no, I’m not recovering from a drinking binge… That said, I gotta admit that Donald has certainly tempted me to go there…

Before I lay out my icon’s extraordinary gifts, just stay with me for a few moments more. Allow me to flush out some of my more sacrilegious thoughts about Donald. Try this for size—

  • What if Donald’s latest idea de jour is simply an ingenious plot intended to inspire our better angels to reveal themselves to us?
  • What if he’s just inviting us to take a closer look at the gifts of a real-life inspirational iconic leader and how he approached much the same problem as Donald is now addressing?
  • And what if Donald’s only motive here is to offer us a gift—some clues to help us bring our ideas to life by helping us to become more inspirational leaders?

Indeed, what if…?

Donald Trump
Donald Trump – “Don’t judge me by what I sometimes look like. I’m REALLY a good guy – really!!”

Perhaps I should begin by using Donald’s latest idea de jour as a frame of reference for my icon’s gifts…

The gift that keeps on giving…

Donald’s latest idea is about how we might protect ourselves from ISIS. He suggests we should ban all Muslims from entering our country—at least until our government can “know what’s going on here.

His idea rests on a totally reasonable fear and anxiety about ISIS…

ISIS has made no secret of the fact that they want to replace our 21st Century civilization with another civilization—perhaps something much closer to their 7th Century experience.

ISIS and the 7th century
ISIS can really do this…

While reasonable folks can argue which civilization they should embrace, for me, I’m quite happy to leave this totally to them—subject only to a few quite reasonable conditions.

Before I get to those conditions, you should know that, if they agree to my conditions, I’m quite happy to help them to create their alternate civilization. For example, I’m quite prepared to offer them the services of my friend, Steve Burrows CBE, a world-renowned and award-winning civil and structural engineer. I’m happy to speak to Steve and I’m quite sure that, if I do, I can persuade him to travel to Syria with his family to get this project going ASAP. As you’ll notice from his bio, Steve is remarkably well-suited to help ISIS create their “new” civilization.

In summary, I see the ISIS vision of a “new” 7th Century civilization as offering us a rare opportunity that we simply shouldn’t ignore. So, if you don’t mind, I’m now going to interrupt my thoughts about Donald’s ideas for just a moment to shine some light on this rare opportunity…

And trust and believe me when I say this: This is HUGE…

The opportunity—and my solution to the ISIS issue…

After I’ve shared with you my solution to the ISIS crisis, I hope you’ll agree that I’m a quite generous and forgiving soul—and perhaps someone worthy and deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.

I’m even quite willing to donate my Nobel Prize money to a fund I intend to establish to buy myself something very expensive. I’ll also invite all of my under-privileged LinkedIn, Facebook and other friends to visit me when I have bought whatever I decide to buy.

So, here’s my solution:

I think ISIS should be given a fair and reasonable chance to create the new civilization they seek so badly. And I think it is only right that we should actively and even aggressively help them…

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ISIS: Starting afresh…

I would start by allowing them to develop and polish their ideas about their new civilization in their own tiny part of the world that they and their followers alone would inhabit.

And to offer them the security they will want and need to complete their ambitious project, I would retain Donald to build a wall around their private enclave. Of course, ISIS would pay for the wall with their past oil revenues and with the Saudi contributions that they’re now already receiving. I anticipate that my friend, Steve Burrows CBE, would be happy (and even delighted) to oversee the design and construction of the wall at no charge whatever to ISIS.

I would also be quite magnanimous by giving ISIS at least 100 years to complete their task. And if they need more time, I’ll give it to ’em…

I think 100 years is a reasonable time for them to eliminate and replace everything they hate about our civilization. For example, this would give them the time they need to eliminate electricity, running water, air-conditioning and heating, modern medicine, art, pollution, and the Internet. It could also give them the time they need to eliminate pornography, television, radio, college education, tall buildings, short buildings, multi-use business and residential projects, concrete and other modern building materials. And if they needed help to eliminate heavy metal and hip-hop music, opera, Broadway musicals and all the other cancers that our decadent modern society has spend centuries refining and perfecting, we could help them here too.

During this 100-year period, and in return for my magnanimity, my sole request and condition would be for them to leave us (and our civilization) quite alone. Indeed, I’d like them to confine themselves solely to their private enclave, which, of course, they should not leave without my express written consent. Obviously, I would be entitled to withhold my consent in my sole, unreasonable and unfettered discretion.

Again, being the charitable person I am, I’d be prepared to allow ISIS some attractive incentives to agree to my proposal. For example—

2018_Commonwealth_GamesI’d allow them to leave their enclave for no longer than a week every four years to participate in the Commonwealth Games. Between the Games, I’d also allow them to inter-marry with their closest family members—be they of the opposite or same sex.

I would even offer to look away if they chose to be intimate with their favorite farm animals and other household pets.

Womens World CupI’d also allow their women to leave their enclave briefly to participate in the Women’s World Cup (soccer), provided only that, in the interests of modesty, their players could wear only their traditional burkas with no flesh exposed other than their eyes. The only problem here for FIFA would be to check that those wearing the burkas were indeed women, but I’m sure they could figure out a solution to this.

2018_FIFA_WCAs for their men’s soccer team, I’d offer them two of our civilization’s most respected and sometimes-successful soccer managers, Louis van Gaal (manager of Manchester United) and Jose Mourinho (manager of Chelsea). I’d even encourage these two to move into the ISIS private enclave with immediate effect—preferably tomorrow. In the case of men’s soccer, I wouldn’t permit them (or their new managers) to leave the ISIS enclave under any circumstances…

I see all of this as a quite fair, reasonable and generous compromise on our part and a positive solution to a very real problem both ISIS and we want to solve…

So this, gentle readers, is the opportunity to which I have referred—an opportunity I think we should seize it without delay…

(Sorry for the interruption!)

Back to Donald…

With his latest goal of destroying ISIS, Donald recognizes the difficulty of identifying those Muslims who embrace the ISIS idea and those who do not.

He understands that ISIS is a relatively small group within a larger mass of 1.5 billion people who all share the common religion of Islam. He accepts that not all Muslims are ISIS sympathizers, but he accepts too that this only highlights the difficulties associated with identifying the sympathizers.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump battling with the f*****g difficulty…

The identification problem…

With respect to this identification problem, all we (and Donald) really know about the typical ISIS member is this:

Most of the ISIS men have splendid black beards and wear black masks and uniforms—and waive scary black ISIS flags. Many have elegant sharp swords. And, for all we know, hidden under their uniforms, they may even have lethal slingshots and sharp pebbles similar to those used by David in his successful battle with Goliath. Oh, there is one other identifying characteristic: They all seem to drive white Toyota pick-up trucks. They’ve obviously received a fleet discount from Toyota.

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As for the ISIS women, because they cover themselves quite extensively, all we can really see of them are their eyes. They are thereby almost invisible. They wear black too. As for facial hair, we have no way of knowing if they have any—or if they hide slingshots and pebbles under their burkas. There is just no way to know…

Obviously, a problem arises when the ISIS men shave their beards and exchange their black masks, uniforms and flags for t-shirts, blue denim jeans and New York Yankee caps—and when they change cars. And when they replace their swords and slingshots with semi-automatic weapons and modern knives, they tend to look like any gang member sauntering around any of our urban centers. Identifying these ISIS dudes can now therefore become an even greater problem…

Trump: This isn't easy!
Donald Trump: This really ain’t easy!

Incidentally, how’s this for another thought?

If we wipe out all suspected ISIS members who look like gang members, we might actually solve both our ISIS and gang problem at the very same time. I wonder if Donald has thought of this?

So, in eliminating ISIS, here are the broad problems we face:

  • How do we kill an IDEA? Obviously, killing many who hold the ISIS idea won’t necessarily kill the IDEA itself…
  • How do we kill someone we can’t identify? And should it concern us that we might kill people who don’t belong to ISIS? 
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Donald Trump: “Here’s what we GONNA do!”

As we now all know, Donald and his group’s simple and elegant solution to the problem is to cast a wide net: They will target ALL 1.5 billion followers of Islam who might want to travel to the US in the hope that,  by targeting the entire religion, he’ll catch the ISIS group in the net. Another problem are those ISIS followers who are already here. Maybe I’ll deal with this problem in another lifetime—or maybe I won’t…

Despite any of this, I don’t believe Donald’s true intention is actually to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. No, instead I think his real intention is far more noble. It is to expose us to our better angels by directing our attention to a real-life icon…

Our icon…

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

It is interesting to note that Nelson Mandela too was faced with a life-and-death threat—one that was not that dissimilar from the one posed by ISIS…

In apartheid South Africa, he faced a group of white people who made no attempt to hide their desire to subjugate those of color and effectively make them their slaves and second-class citizens with no meaningful rights. And this evil white group possessed all the instruments of modern political and military power. Indeed, they used this power brutally to impose their will on anyone and everyone who opposed them. In doing so, and with enthusiastic abandon, they killed, tortured, maimed and oppressed anyone who resisted.

And unlike ISIS, who has no major world power supporting its goals, this evil white group in South Africa had the enthusiastic backing and support of both the Reagan and Thatcher administrations in the United States and the United Kingdom. These administrations thought this evil white group was anti-communist and, because each administration supported any group that was anti-communist, they supported this evil white group. This made our icon’s task all the more daunting and seemingly impossible…

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Despite all of these apparently insurmountable difficulties, Nelson Mandela prevailed against the evil white group. He did so by demonstrating the power of moral authority and a particular approach to leadership and dealing with adversaries.

I thought I’d now offer you some of his insights in the form of gifts that will help us better appreciate the way forward in approaching both our Donald and ISIS problems.

Before I do so, though, I thought I’d offer you the end of Nelson Mandela’s story:

Through his moral authority, he won freedom and political rights for all people of color in South Africa and remarkably managed to win the support of a majority of whites—even some of those who were determined to subjugate his people. He did so by displaying a remarkable moral authority and by winning the respect of all with whom he dealt. And, in doing so, he appealed to our better angels, all of whom responded splendidly.

Nelson Mandela
The iconic Nelson Mandela – a quite remarkable man…

Some of his thoughts and gifts…

In offering you some of Nelson Mandela’s gifts, I’d invite you to compare his approach with our experience of Donald and with some of our other political characters…

For me, this is a roadmap that could not only make Donald a better person and more effective leader, it can make us all better and more inspirational leaders, thereby helping us bring our ideas to life—

1.  On humiliating opponents or enemies…

humiliate

Donald clearly doesn’t agree with this—which might explain why he’ll never be an iconic and inspirational leader… That said, this is a profound lesson for us all… People have long memories and they will remember if you have ever humiliated them… And, folks, you can take that to the bank…

2.  On appealing to fear…

choices

Again, while Donald clearly wouldn’t agree with this approach, we should…

3.  Overcoming fear…

Courage

4.  The qualities on which we should build our lives…

humility

Here, Nelson Mandela lists every quality we should have to bring our ideas to life—and that, sadly, Donald doesn’t yet have…

5.  To make peace with our enemies…

if you want peace

Nelson Mandela successfully practiced what he preached—and we should follow this example.

6.  About man’s goodness…

Man's goodness

This should offer us all hope…

7.  About hating…

Noone is born hating

This sets up the importance that Nelson Mandela always placed on education and particularly educating one’s enemies…

8.  About education…
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He managed to educate the group that sought to oppress people of color that their greatest fears were unfounded. Why wouldn’t we try the same with Muslims around the world?

9.  About being resentful…

resentment is...

10.  What counts in life…

Mandela What counts

And isn’t this the most profound thought of all?

11.  The meaning of freedom…

to be free

Ahh, isn’t this what our civilization is all about—respecting and enhancing the freedom of others?

Finally…

How is it possible to live through Donald’s ideas and approach to the world and to life WITHOUT being reminded of the remarkable Nelson Mandela???

9 thoughts on “Thanks, Donald – For The Gift That Keeps On Giving…”

  1. Howdy!

    I enjoyed the light-hearted way that you opened up your blog post. Well done. 🙂

    That said, I have to take exception to your claim that Donald Trump “NEVER” intended to implement these policies that he has stated. That cannot be true, frankly. And what’s my evidence? Simple: In the following video from over 25 years ago, Donald Trump explained MANY of these very same policies to the interviewer WITH the caveat that he had NO intention (at that time) to EVER run for president. This is not the only video of this type either, for he said the same thing to Oprah Winfrey only a couple of years before. Stated another way: Donald Trump’s ability to articulate what NEEDS to be done is identical today with what it was many years ago, and the policies are the same. The ONLY thing that has changed is his WILLINGNESS to lay aside what he loves to do so much in order to put his country FIRST out of sheer patriotism.

    Another point should be made about this change of heart too: Donald really COULDN’T have set aside his businesses to run for president before because nobody would have been able to run them like he does…until now. His now-adult children have been steadily taking over the reigns of his companies, and they are doing a marvelous job in running them too. So for the first time, he can now trust that his businesses are in good hands while he turns his attention — and talents! — toward fixing the country.

    So here is the link to the video that proves these points:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbzTyhIv2B8&feature=youtu.be

    I hope that you will take the time to not only study the 13-minute video above, but also to do some additional research about the man. When he first announced his campaign, I frankly thought it was a big publicity stunt — just as you indicated that you still do. However, after he was attacked so viciously with misrepresentations of his statements about illegal aliens, he did NOT back down but instead DOUBLED-DOWN and fought the onslaught — AND WON! That caught my attention, for most politicians are too busy apologizing or backpedaling whenever they are attacked for their statements. So I began extensive online research of the man, read his book, “The Art of the Deal,” listened to his campaign speeches, read his policy papers, etc. I finally came to realize that he really DOES mean what he says, and given the fact that he’s been saying many of these same things for decades, it is very disingenuous to accuse him of being a liar (which is the logical implication of your statements about him). Hence, my wife and I wrote an article listing some of the many reasons why Christians SHOULD be looking closely at this man as potentially their choice for President of the United States:

    http://richvermillion.com/2015/08/11/why-i-as-a-christian-woman-support-donald-trump-by-donna-vermillion/

    So please take the time to learn more about the man that you are criticizing. Do your homework. Of course, the Bible exhorts us to do as much…

    ** Proverbs 18:13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

    ** Proverbs 26:16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

    ** Acts 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

    ** Exodus 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

    & etc.

    … and it is certainly far more beneficial to the public discourse than spreading false accusations. The latter do nothing to promote honest dialog or debate, but instead muddy the waters and hinder the same. I am confident from your jovial disposition that you would NOT want to be found giving false witness against your neighbor, and have good motives in mind for discussing these issues. Now, add some due diligence to your good intentions (1 Corinthians 11:31-32) and the benefit of your writing on this subject will be far greater. 🙂

    Thank you for taking the time to read my post here. I thank you in advance for also allowing it out of the moderation queue, to which I expect it to fall since I added two links.

    Always in Jesus,

    – Rich Vermillion

  2. It’s not often that the comments in reply make me laugh more than the original article but Mr Vermillion did that ( I believe he shares the name with a character from Captain Scarlet…see attached link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bV8YbLvGrb0 ).

    Obviously the piety of Mr Trump, who goes to church when he can, is not in doubt (http://www.religionnews.com/2015/06/16/5-faith-facts-donald-trump-presbyterian-collects-bibles/).

    As we are all equal in the eyes of God then I’m sure Colonel Green will read the Koran and advise us of phrases that apply to Mr Trump.

    Now I’m really excited about that.

    Keep up the comedy.

    Donald

  3. Dear Donalds (are you related),

    Rich Vermillion is a very red pig-ment or color. Almost puce, which is the French word for flea.

    This is important to know because a red flea would effectively be an embrarrased irritation.

    Now God created all creatures but quite why she invented flies and fleas is beyond me, perhaps it was for the sole purpose of irritating Donald Trump, will we ever know.

    Now Matthew 7.6 said “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. ” ….dogs have fleas !

    also Rich you are there too …………”Who says, ‘I will build myself a wide house with spacious chambers, And cut out windows for it, Panelling it with cedar And painting it with vermilion.” Jeremiah 22:14

    Corinthians 15.52 mentions Donald as well …..In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    Which brings me to the ONLY sane conclusion which is that you can make quotes from the Bible mean anything but try and find Donald Trump in the Koran and you will be found wanting. This cannot be a coincidence…what say you Rich man ?

    Beep beep

  4. comparing ISIS and South Africa civil rights struggle just shows your ignorance.
    And the long piece about Trump lacks originality and any attempts to understand this man.
    gene

    1. Hi Gene,

      Thanks for your comments…

      I just wanted to respond to your comment about my ignorance. You wrote that comparing ISIS and the “South Africa civil rights struggle just shows your ignorance”… I look forward to being enlightened by you on this point…

      The root of my ignorance probably lies in the fact that I lived in South Africa through the horrors of apartheid. I wonder if you did…

      If you did, you are no doubt aware that the anti-apartheid movement wasn’t a “civil rights struggle” as the American experience was. Indeed, it was quite different. While Americans had constitutional civil rights to enforce, South Africans of color had no similar civil rights to enforce. Instead, South Africans of color were faced with a situation akin to that faced by non-muslims in the ISIS state. No meaningful rights whatever (of any kind) and the prospect of imprisonment, torture or worse, and the splitting up of families, for anyone who opposed the regime.

      While beheadings were rare in apartheid South Africa, you might want to read the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Report for the excruciating details of the absolute horrors perpetrated by government security forces on people of color. This included, for example, sending acid-soaked children’s clothing wrapped as gifts to children of anti-apartheid leaders in the hope that the children would be burned by the acid when they wore the new clothes. So, Gene, in many respects, the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement indeed faced a similar incredibly cruel enemy to that faced by muslims and non-muslims in the ISIS state.

      Then your point about my “long piece about Trump”: I would note that (a) it wasn’t long; and (b) nothing was said about him other than in connection with the real problem we all face in dealing with ISIS. Certainly, nothing critical about him in that context… Did you actually read the blog???

      Finally, I suspect the real reason for your irrational outrage at what I wrote was when I compared the style and approach of Nelson Mandela to that of Donald Trump, I offer this:

      Could the two be any more different?

      While Nelson Mandela turned his back on humiliating his opponents, Donald Trump clearly embraces humiliating his opponents. Even he would admit this… And while Mandela attempted to focus on our hopes and not our fears, Donald Trump clearly preys on our fears. And while Mandela extols the values of “honesty, sincerity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity and readiness to serve others,” Donald trump shows few (if any) of these qualities. And, finally, while Mandela exhorts us to live in a way that “respects and enhances the freedom of others,” can the same be said for Donald Trump?

      All this said, Gene, thanks anyway for your comment… It fits in perfectly with my next blog… Stay tuned…

      Michael

  5. Dear protagonists,

    It has become clear to me that Donald Trump is seeking to be elected by appealing to the voters, that in itself is no crime. This is a man who will do anything to win, we will not know what he stands for until such time as he does win, and fortunately the US has a system of checks and balances which will prevent him carrying out the things he said he would do to appeal to the voters.

    I believe this is called a total waste of time and money, but as its a capitalist country and its not my time or my money then frankly i do not care about Donald or the alternative in this 2 party great democracy that claims to be the policeman of the world.

    What i do care about is that someone as great as Nelson Mandela, who indeed proved that collaboration is more powerful than conflict, who got things done through reconciliation, should be in any way compared to Trump. They are polar opposites as Mr Friedlander states so eloquently.

    The issues in the US are that there are large swathes of uneducated people who have little to no global context in which to place factual information. in fact even when they seek facts they are faced with a media baised in one direction or the other and as there is little history to fall back on in this nation, they simply find their own uninformed opinions to be their source of truth. Yes i mean you Gene.

    Luckily, Michael has decribed Native American reservations for you in his piece about building walls around ISIS, and of course everyone knows how a highly armed democracy destroyed a people who had knives and machetes and then forced them to live apart from their invaders.

    Today we could carpet bomb them, and perhaps send drones to kill their Chiefs, but we still wouldnt eradicate them. However at least it gives you context and General Custer is probably a much closer reference point to Donald Trump than Nelson Mandela will ever be.

    Hey Gene i am so sorry you didnt have the patience to read this far but i suppose thats the risk one takes when writing such a long piece as this or even publishing a book with no pictures and more than 4 pages.

    Happy New Year

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