Nathan Sass

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Understanding Trump

In 2016 Elections, Politics on August 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

After a VERY long hiatus, I’m back at the keyboard.  (My family is probably glad to hear it, since they will not have to put up with my venting to them.)

It seems the “intelligentsia” cannot grasp the phenomenon that is Donald Trump.  He seems to be able to defy every single “rule” of politics.  He seems to be immune from the consequences of “mistakes” that every other politician works so hard to avoid making.

Why can Trump spout off and not be destroyed?  Well, I believe that the answer to that question is both simple and complex.

The simple is plainly obvious: he just does not care what the punditry thinks.  He calls them losers, and mocks their criticism.  In so doing, he blunts it with those voter who have been drawn to him.  Sure, such statements also alienate people who have not jumped on the Trump bandwagon yet, but that isn’t the point.  He survives his “mistakes” and presses on.

He is helped a lot by the fact that he needs no donor money, he does not need backing from “mega donor” networks, and he cares nothing for the opinion of the party establishment.  It is really easy to be Trump when there is no financial impact to your campaign for being Trump.  Most other candidates cannot be so indifferent to the donor class.

But the complex part lies beneath the surface, and it is far more important for candidates to understand if they want to learn from Trump.  They can (and should) duplicate his formula, and it does not require you to be a brash jerk all the time, either.

Trump has realized that the American people, including non-political types, are flat out frustrated and angry.  Not at “the direction of the country” or “congress” or “the president” as most polls would tell the advisor class, who in turn tells their candidates.


They are pissed at the very political “formula” the advisor class keeps peddling.  That formula looks like this:

Say nothing controversial + do nothing controversial + pander to donors + offer non-specific specifics + use “tested” talking points + never seem upset + let surrogates run nasty half true adds = victory.

We simply HATE this formula, but up until Trump, they ALL used it so we just put up with it.  Sure, some politicians dropped one or two of these things and still won, and many of us were overly excited to see them deviate from the “formula”, but it was usually a short lived reprieve.

Walker, for example, dropped “do nothing controversial” and voters in WI rewarded him for it.  Sadly, he seems to have been “fixed” of this deviation by the advisor class, who pushed him right back into their box for his POTUS run.  Now he is just one more in a long line of mealy-mouthed, scared, timid, and formulaic candidates.

Watching the Fox debate was a clear demonstration of this formula juxtaposed to Trump.  It was literally 9 clones of one politician vs. Trump.  Was there a spits worth of difference between any of the other 9?  With perhaps the exception of the Christie vs. Paul dust up, it was all the same “blah blah blah” we in Realville are sick to death of.

The entire “debate” was just more of the typical “Used Car Salesman” smiles, practiced talking point rote responses, phony emotionalism, and pandering to this donor group or that.

Except Trump.  Every word out of his over-sized mouth was the exact opposite of any of that.  Scowls.  Indignation at the questions and the questioners, blunt answers that were not “pre-tested” with polling groups.  It was just…..Trump.  For better or worse, we knew what he really thought.

And a lot of people seem to gravitate to this, even if he is a phony conservative, Clinton loving, abortion supporting, single payer advocating, narcissistic blowhard with a horrible hair piece.

There are a lot of people willing to put up with all of that just to try to kill the beast that is the advisor class and their cloned, robotic, passionless, fake and dull candidates who will never REALLY do ANYTHING but will talk about doing something for literally hours on end.

So if the rest of the GOP field wants to close the gap with Trump, you better take note.  There is something you can do right away to capture and use his magic.

Fire your advisors.  Be yourself.  Tell us how you really feel.  Show passion and speak your mind.  Get angry when you ARE angry.  You can be non-formulaic like Trump without being a complete jackass and jerk, like Trump.

Of course your advisors will never show you this simple analysis.

And even you manage to see this on your own, you would have to run it by your advisors before you did anything.

And maybe poll test it to see if it might be OK.

And call some of your major donors to make sure you don’t lose their money if you do it.

And then only fire one of them so you can be specifically non-specific about the whole thing.

Oh, and don’t forget to smile for the camera.


Sacrificing Kids on the Altar of Politics

In Politics, School Choice, Scott Walker on June 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

(Note: the names in the following have been changed to protect the innocent.)

“Jimmy” is 7 years old.  He is an intelligent and vibrant young man, who also happens to suffer from a Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and an Anxiety Disorder.  In fact, the therapists and specialists are in the process of evaluating Jimmy for Asperger Disorder.  That hasn’t stopped Jimmy from showing his tremendous intellect.  He loves science, and probably knows more about the planets at age 7 than most adults ever will.

What has gotten in Jimmy’s way the most has not been his diagnoses, but the utter incompetence of the public school system, the greed of the teachers’ unions, self-serving politicians, and the (likely unconstitutional) discrimination by the State of Wisconsin because of about 100 yards of open field behind his home.

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Waukesha North Students Standing with Walker/Kleefisch

In 2012 Elections, Politics, Scott Walker, Tea Party, WI Budget Battle on June 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

This is an update to the story posted here this morning entitled Waukesha Students Stand With Walker

I have received some pictures of the students at Waukesha North to share.

No reports of any response or reaction from the administration or faculty – to their great credit.

Click to see the photos!

Waukesha Students Stand With Walker

In 2012 Elections, Politics, Scott Walker, Tea Party, WI Budget Battle on June 4, 2012 at 7:56 AM

There is a tendency for most adults to believe that all teenagers are uniformly sympathetic with the left and Occupy Wall Street.

Students at Waukesha North High School and Waukesha West High School are shattering that myth and taking very public stance in support of conservative policies and more specifically Governor Scott Walker.

A few students at both high schools took the initiative to request I Stand With Scott Walker t-shirts from the Waukesha County GOP and pass them out, free of charge, to any of their fellow students who wanted them.  (UPDATE:   Pics of some students can be found here.)

Their efforts did not stop there, though.  Today, on the last day of regular classes at both schools and the day before the recall election between Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett, all the students who received a I Stand With Scott Walker shirt have agreed to wear them to school to show support for their governor.

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Scott Walker is (Still) Winning in Madison

In 2012 Elections, Politics, Scott Walker, WI Budget Battle on April 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM

With apologies to William Shakespeare, allow me summarize the recall effort in Wisconsin:

The Recall’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Polls are coming out from even Democrat sources indicating that Scott Walker has at least a 5 point lead on the best possible Democrat challenger, Tom Barrett.

This, after 14 months of non-stop rallies, protests, boycotts, accusations, allegations, lies, threats and intimidation and millions and millions of dollars.

As the kids today say:  EPIC.  FAIL.

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Dem’s Suit on Fake Candidates Shows Electoral Weakness

In 2012 Elections, Politics, Scott Walker, WI Budget Battle on April 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM

The Democrat Party of Wisconsin has had a surrogate file a complaint with the GAB seeking to have candidates removed from the Democrat primary ballots for the state senate recall elections.  Given the radical nature of the GAB, they might get the ruling they want, but it is unlikely.

I think the bigger picture is being overlooked by some conservatives.  Conservatives have rightly concluded that this is an effort by Democrats to move the state senate general recall elections forward to the same date as the governor recall primary.  In plain english, they want to have the senate recalls to happen when Democrat voter turnout will be highest due to the Falk/Barret race.

Certainly this is a transparent effort to make a win in a senate recall more possible, but it also betrays a deeper truth.  Democrats may just have concluded that they are going to lose all 4 senate recall races under normal election circumstances.

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Wisconsin – Always on The Cutting Edge of Politics

In 2012 Elections, Paul Ryan, Politics, Ron Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Scott Walker, WI Budget Battle on April 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Most people in the US probably couldn’t tell you where Wisconsin is.  All they may know is that is someplace north of Chicago and that it has a few cities with major league sports teams.  Wisconsin is the definition of “fly over country”, and most people here like it that way.

Wisconsin’s anonymity however does not extend to the world of politics, and it has been this way for a long, long time.  It seems that Wisconsin is the place that movements that eventually sweep the nation are born.  Wisconsin is the “leading indicator” of the political world.

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Open Letter to Iron Workers Local 8

In 2012 Elections, Barack Obama, Economics, Politics, Scott Walker, WI Budget Battle on March 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM

I see that you have changed your marquee sign along I-94 just over the Milwaukee County border.  It used to say “1 million Wisconsinites can’t be wrong

Now it says “I thought democracy was for the people, not the corporations or the parties“.

I assume that this message is referring to the recent Democrat-led defeat of the mining legislation in the Wisconsin Senate that would have resulted in new union jobs in Milwaukee and other parts of Wisconsin.

I have a suggestion for another marquee message that might be more appropriate, especially in the minds of your members.

I thought unions were for the members, not the leaders or the parties“.

I appreciate that recent events have caused you to question some things, but I think you, the members, should be asking some very hard questions of your leadership right now.  Specifically, I think you should be very concerned that your union leaders are far more interested in state politics than your interests.

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The Church Of State

In 2012 Elections, Barack Obama, Crazy Liberals, Politics, Ronald Reagan, Theology on February 22, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Much has been made of the religious convictions of the current field of Presidential contenders.  Questions about about Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith along with Rick Santorum and Barack Obama’s Christian faith.

Whether or not Obama is a confessing Christian is not really a question anyone can answer.  Christians are warned “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matt 7:1 NIV).  Only God knows the condition of faith in his, or anyone’s, heart.

But the scriptures very quickly also remind us that we have a way to determine the sincerity of a professed faith.  “By their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matt 7:16 NIV).  We are reminded by Christ to examine actions, not words.  Words, especially in matters of faith, are easy and empty things.

So what do the actions of Obama and the left in general show us about their faith?

I believe their actions betray a very, VERY, deeply held religious conviction, however it is not a religion in the conventional sense.

The left worships government as it’s god.

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Does the WI State Senate Mining Bill Contain Poison Pills?

In Politics, Scott Walker, Tax Policy, Vicki McKenna, WI DNR on February 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

The buzz today in Wisconsin among the conservative media relates to the Senate version of proposed legislation related to mining regulation in Wisconsin.

WISN (AM 1130) hosts Mr. Mark Belling and Ms. Vicki McKenna, both of whom I have tremendous respect for, have pointed out 3 troubling provisions in the Senate version that differ from the already passed Assembly version.

They are 1) Unlimited 30 day extensions to the proposed 360 time limit to grant or deny a permit; 2) the inclusion of a new additional tax on ferrous mining based on the gross tonnage recovered from the mine; and 3) the continued ability for any person or group to bring “contested case” proceedings against mining companies.

With all due respect to Ms. McKenna and Mr. Belling, I only see 1 actual poison pill in the Senate version.

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