I watched most of it on the 14th, and the rest of it (recorded) last night, and the main thing I got out of it was pretty simple. Everyone, everyone, has adopted the policy ideas and overall message of Trump’s campaign. How much they water it down or change the wording varies from one candidate to the next, but they’re all parroting the positions he took before any of them knew it was politically “safe” to do so. And they’re trying to pass these ideas off as their own.
A case of follow the leader if I ever saw one, except that none of them want to admit Trump was the first one to say we need to secure our border. Now even Jeb Bush, the man who said illegal immigrants come over here as “an act of love”, says he need to secure our southern border.
Trump was the first one to raise the vast array of crimes that are known to have been committed by illegal immigrants, and to say they need to be deported. Now, virtually every candidate is claiming they’ve felt the same way all along. Rubio doesn’t (he still wants to grant amnesty, as far as I know, and so does Bush), but he never responds to that criticism because he doesn’t want to talk about it. He knows that’s not what people want, and he’s trying to avoid the subject.
Donald Trump was the first one to truly challenge the idea of allowing “anchor babies” as a pathway to citizenship, and now all of them are saying they agree, that they’ve always agreed. That’s a lie. He was the first to say we ought to be taking oil from the people we’re fighting against in the middle east, the first to say we should have demanded the release of Iran’s American prisoners as part of our nuclear deal with them, the first to say he would actually do something about the massive deficits in trade deals with China, Mexico, and various other countries.
In virtually every single key issue, he was the one that took the political risk of making his position known, without knowing if people would agree with him, without asking pollster advisers if it was safe. They’ve let him take all the risk in putting his positions out there for the American people to judge, and now they want to take the credit for his message and his ideas as if they were their own. I didn’t like most of their policy ideas when they said they disagreed with him either, but…
At least they were being slightly honest before. Calculated, politically correct, careful not to offend people, but a little more honest all the same. Now, they’re essentially trying to run each of their campaigns on his message and his promises, very little of their own ideas are featured or presented to people, and they’re trying to do it without his real world track record of making good on his word. He has Wollman Rink under his belt, he has Trump Tower, he has golf courses and buildings all over the world and a brand beyond reproach based on all of those ventures.
He has so much credibility in his business, and such an efficient, profitable, and quality company, that he can sell he use of his name to other builders and companies – assuming they’re up to snuff, qualified to be using it without tarnishing his brand. That’s how much credibility he has.
And you’ve got these other assholes saying they’re going to heal American and revive the American dream (Carson), make america strong again (Cruz), make America respected again. They’re going to rebuild our military, our infrastructure, and our economy. Ha. Any of that sound familiar? There’s more, but I can’t remember the other variations off the top of my head.
The fact of the matter is, Donald Trump said all of that first too, and their themes (just like most of their policy ideas across the board) are just watered down, more politically palatable versions of his: Make America Great Again. As with everything, his came first, his is simpler in essence, more direct, aimed directly at the roots of the issues he has address, and will be more effective if implimented . He put his cards on the table first, took all of the risk, and so far has reaped all of the rewards. Now that they’ve seen the upside, they’re copying him.
In my opinion, every single one of them is trying to get to the white house on his coat tail, and they don’t deserve the credit they’re trying to claim. The idea of creating safe zones in or near Syria as an alternative to taking in poorly screened refugees was first put forward by Donald Trump. Carson was the first to pretend like he came up with it, not long after, and now Cruz (and others) are singing the same tune. Everybody is trying to pass his ideas off as their own.
To me, that makes them followers, and more than having policy ideas and positions I didn’t agree with (back when they were still peddling some of their own ideas), that goes to show they’re not fit for the office they’re seeking. He’s leading them, their message, their professed ideology, and even the mannerisms of their public speaking and debate performances, leading them by the nose.