Ada Fisher: Donald has heard America singing

Published 11:12 pm Saturday, May 7, 2016

Beware of pundits, media analysts, some within both political parties and others who have proven tone deaf in covering the Republican field of play as well as that for the Democrats.

Quickly, candidates have fallen from 17 to one on the Republican side, with a Trump campaign not so dissimilar to that of Goldwater in terms of sentiment in the Republican Party.

Unlike Goldwater, Donald John Trump truly has heard “America Singing” (refer to Walt Whitman’s poem by that name). Unlike his detractors, the crowds seem oblivious to what Trump says, whom he insults and how he may come across as politically incorrect. They are voting for Trump anyway, crossing party lines and aisles to get out the vote.

Trump seems connected to that inner man, frustrated and fed up with things as usual. He gets in your face. He calls it as he sees it without caring what the powers-that-be may think. He reminds me of boxer Muhammed Ali, who took a stand against the war in Vietnam, paid the price and came out on top beloved by many as the greatest of all time.

Trump will beat Hilary Clinton in a presidential race.Bernie Sanders has helped Trump’s cause by pointing out Clinton’s flaws politically and personally.

Trump will likely try to keep his promises on immigration, aborting, the Affordable Care Act, penalizing manufacturers who take jobs out of this country and other issues which seem controversial. Trump understands that the art of the deal is about negotiating to get what you want. With a background in economics and business, he has the skills to take the nation to a new level.

The nation’s internal struggles may prove most difficult for any incoming administration. The pervasiveness of drugs is ripping the nation apart and destroying our human capital. Having watched a sibling struggle with addiction — his brother Fred, and alcoholic, died at 42 —  Trump does not smoke or drink, and that seems to be reflected in his children, who are poised for success.

Three wives may strike some as odd, but none are publicly complaining. All are beautiful ,which shows at some level his taste in women is good (though women are more than their looks), and his oldest daughter Ivanka is his closest advisor.

With a nation suffering job droughts on so many fronts and with a workforce not ready for the high-tech world, this Trump challenge will need more than words.

Foreign policy must have input from the military but Trump must beware, as Eisenhower warned, of going warp speed back into the Military Industrial Complex.

Republicans who would chose Clinton over Trump have lost it. They don’t perceive the very real rebellion on both sides of the aisle aimed not so much at the establishment as at the status quo. No matter who is in office, it’s been the same old stuff with warmed-over appeasement policies to keep things as they are — not to help us soar.

With a Donald John Trump as president, I guarantee that few things will remain the same. That may be a good thing.

Dr. Ada M. Fisher of Salisbury, the N.C. Republican National Committeewoman for many years, is an author and public speaker. Contact her at P.O. Box 777, Salisbury, NC 28145 or Her book, “Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions,” is available through Amazon.