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Trump Is Not Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist

We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.

I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.

Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.

Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.


Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.

Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.

I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-a`-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return.

We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worst off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. And as I said earlier, a pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution to fix same is not about a party, but a willingness and boldness to get it done.

People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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49 Responses to Trump Is Not Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist

  1. Josh Higgins March 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    A family member pointed me toward this article. I read it, and I’m curious: How do you reconcile years of documented lying, ranging from Obama not being a citizen, to crime increasing, to his inaugural crowd and number of electoral votes with someone being a “pragmatist?” The list goes on and on and on. A pragmatist understands gray areas, and does not turn the world black and white where Trump hasn’t admitted being wrong once in over a year and a half and everyone else and their ideas are “terrible” or “worst ever.” Personally, I believe that to be a pragmatist, you must have your ideas rooted in a foundation or fact, science, and research. Otherwise, you’re just a misguided idealist.

  2. BDP January 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    Well said Mr Massie, I genuinely agree. Certainly there is NO politician which truly satisfies. There’s a much bigger issue at work here.

    I’ve been telling many of my friends and family, that the average voter needs to “Stop voting for a saviour!” Both sides! I know I’ve certainly been guilty of it in the past. The facial responses I get when saying that, are priceless. I find the conservatives realize their guilt, and the liberals struggle to grasp the concept.

    While I’m confident that the last 8 years have been far more synonymous with what the leader of hell looks like, I’ve no doubt that Trump isn’t a deity by any stretch of the imagination. They are however both tools being used by God to serve His purpose. Weather they know/believe it or not.

    I’m just trying to keep up with what God is telling us when putting any of these “leaders” in such high position. (Which I believe the bible tells us He does.) Obviously His will is higher than ours and we often fail at recognizing his wishes. His chosen people would be the prime example, but we’re all in that same boat I’d say.

    Trump may very well be what God has in store for the world, time will tell!

    • James Harrison January 23, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

      Oh contrar brother Mychal and at what price pragmatism? We tell our children not to drink, smoke, cuss, etc. So here’s a future dinner conversation with a young impressionable lad of 9 who has just asked his father what the hell he was talking about and that he was going to kick a neighborhood kid’s ass. When his father stood up and questioned the lad, the lad simply looked with surprise at his father and said, well. .. if it’s good enough for the President it should be good enough for everyone else. .. . right?

  3. Jim January 22, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    I fully support Trump but was struggling to define exactly why other than I like his attitude.

    Your article helped me put it in perspective.

    Thank you!

  4. Yvonne Blair January 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    Loved reading your article. I think you are 100% correct. America needs a pragmatist. I believe Donald Trump is that. I fear what will happen to America if the right person does not win this election. I hope that your article goes viral as we need to help people see the truth. You are right…the Media distorts the truth and unless one investigates they stay oblivious to the truth and buy into what the media is spinning.
    Thank you for sharing your views…I find them refreshing and right on.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 21, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      yvonne blair: you are encouraged to help it go viral by sharing it unedited with full attribution back to me and TDR (The Daily Rant)…thanks much…

  5. Rev. Curtis May January 20, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Mychal, I enjoy your wisdom and your views. I agree we need to pray that God turns America back to God, and pray that we listen to God. If we would use the history of the Old Testament as a learning tool we might find an example of our selves in those of the original Israelite who turned away from God and allowed others to come in and take away all God had given them. I think we need to get our churches to show the gospel side of God in that instead of pointing a finger we point everyone to God’s love for those who turn to God, repent, and are given the gifts God wants to give all whom He continues to bring to faith. We also need to take the bull (problems) by the horn, stop be political, and get someone in that will be pragmatic in get the work done that is needed. Trump and Cruz just might be what we need. God bless you Mychal and all who read you.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

      rev. curtis may: we are on the same page…

  6. doug January 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    Killary vs.Trump, Trump vs. killary ?????

    That is the real question, I see “black vs. white”, “ying vs. yang”, “up vs. down”, “communist vs. American”
    “satan vs. god fearing Americans, now what was the question ???
    nitpicking not needed !!

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

      doug: what makes people think hillary is going to be around by convention time…

    • Sharon Ostwinch January 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      I find it stunning that I can not post this on facebook.. You know you have arrived when that happens. I guess that would be a kudo for you Mr. Massie. Read all your articles and enjoy every one.

      • Mychal Massie
        Mychal Massie January 20, 2016 at 8:52 am #

        sharon ostwinch: you can copy and paste the link on your facebook page…then share it with your facebook friends…

  7. Patsy O'Shields January 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

    Great wring and continues to make a lot of sense. Again I try to post on facebook and it says that it is unavailable or that I am not allowed to view. Very frustrating because I think everyone needs to hear what you have to say.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      patsy o’shields: set your settings…if that doesn’t do it just copy and paste the link on your page then share it…

  8. Ted January 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    Just read “Crippled America – How to make America Great Again” – by Donald Trump and while agree he is a pragmatist; with the exception of Ted Cruz he is more ‘conservative’ than the rest of those running.

    PS: the book was an easy read and demonstrates that the Donald has his act together i.e., he has solid thoughts on many of the issues facing or Nation.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      ted: my saying he was not a conservative was a complement to him…it distinguishes him from the others except for Ted Cruz…

  9. Renee January 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Labels mean nothing today. Just take a look at how Obama was able to push through his disastrous Obamacare so swiftly.. Not with the help of moderate Justice Kennedy but by the assistance of the so called, “Conservative, Justice John Roberts! Mitt Romney demolished Obama during the first debates but then had an embarrassing meltdown during the second debates. Thanks in part to Obama sycophant, Candi Crowley. From there, it was just downhill for “Mittens” Romney. As he would eventually witness his entire presidential aspirations literally go down the drain, due in part to yet another so-called “Conservative” RINO named Chris Christie! Rainbow flags are adorned on a succession of public buildings throughout the United States, Offending the sensitivities of millions of Christians. Yet, after a white assailant who had adorned a confederate flag in his possession decided to enter a predominantly black church in South Carolina and massacre a number of parishioners, RINETTE, Nikki Haley, decided to join her fellow liberal Democrat constituents in banning the Confederate Flag from public view!

    So it goes as follows. The word conservative bears no real significance. Actions do! And we have for the first time in the history of our presidential electoral process witness a candidate, Donald Trump despised by the RINO establishment for ducking their bad advice in “playing it safe” against yet another, unqualified, Affirmative Action oriented, Democrat, presidential candidate. Donald Trump has forever transformed the presidential election in ways in which we conservatives could only have imagined. He has lambasted Obama publicly and swapped Hillary with her politically-incorrect “sexist card”. The man is a formidable, wrecking crew who took the initiative to say the kinds of things publicly against the corruption of liberal Democrats in which conservatives retain upon ourselves privately. None of the RINO candidates would have found the opportunity to take on Hillary or Obama so boldly in the manner in which Trump has, And as confident as Ted Cruz is in challenging the RINO establishment, not even he would have received the kind of attention in which he is gaining through Trump’s aggressive initiative. He would have been tossed off of the presidential campaign with the rest of those ineffective RINO’s while the establishment and FOX News, loaned their undivided support in offering Jeb Bush the platform to once again, fall flat on his face in yet another lackluster, Republican presidential campaign!

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      renee: you nailed it perfectly…low information voters who milk at the breast of foxnews think a person has to have the establishment blessing to be worthy and then there is the damnable heresy that speaking unvarnished truth is in someway a negative…Trump is no different than am I when I call out duplicitous louts who are morally opprobrious and ambsace…

      • Renee January 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

        Mychal, your extensive vocabulary is priceless!

        • Mychal Massie
          Mychal Massie January 20, 2016 at 8:53 am #

          reneeL lol…thanks much…

  10. Sharon January 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    We agree with you, Mycal! Thank you for your wise words as always. Appreciate all that you do.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      sharon: you are most welcome…but the real effort lies with you the people who will do the right thing even though they may be frightened of the outcome…doing the right thing doesn’t mean that at times we aren’t concerned even though we know it is right…

  11. pblee January 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    A pragmatic approach to our national emergency would be a relief. Donald hasn’t gotten and stayed where he is by being a blind ideologue.

    Seeing the problem, pointing it out, and fixing it takes intelligence and courage. Trump has both. He also has the good sense to seek out and surround himself with the best qualified people who are up for the task. If that rubs the public the wrong way, too bad.

    His kids are intelligent, reasonable, and successful. They have been raised well. No trophies for just showing up.

    True, the guy has few issues and a big mouth. I can deal with that. Just stop the flow of human scum and the terror they intend to inflict. We do not much time left before we are overrun just as Western Europe has been. We are exceptional in the truest sense. Donald gets it.

    God Bless America.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      pblee: well said…how have you been…haven’t heard from you in some time…

  12. JoAnn Dolberg January 19, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    I am all in for Donald Trump. He IS a pragmatist….BEST description of him that I have heard, and a very successful one at that! I do hope that Americans will awaken enough to realize though, that no one man will solve our problems, because they are first and foremost, individual and spiritual in nature. We have a lot of work to do, and hopefully this nation will become cohesive in its effort to work together in all areas, spiritual, social, political and economic. Really good article here, Mychal!

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      joann dolberg: thank you much…what many people are missing is that I have repeatedly stated I was not a Trump supporter as such…however I can provide many reasons why he is exactly who and what we need today Jesus Christ notwithstanding…

      • JoAnn Dolberg January 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

        I have not missed that point, and I do appreciate your stance on this subject. I think that no matter which candidate wins the nomination, we are going to have a real uphill battle to fight as there are “fires” that need to be put out on every single front I can think of…..what a mess we are in right now! Didn’t ever dream that one relatively small illegal group of creatures could usurp such power and authority over this nation in my time, as have the Alinsky disciples and their like-minded minions!

        • Mychal Massie
          Mychal Massie January 21, 2016 at 8:40 am #

          joann dolberg: you are spot on that point…

  13. Tracie January 19, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    I would love it if Trump and Cruz work together and save America. My prayers everyday are God please save America !!

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      tracie: forget God save America…we should be saying America turn to God…America is following in the footsteps of Nineveh and Soddom…Americans need to repent and turn to Christ for salvation and righteous/Godly lifestyles…then asking God to intervene would have merit…

      • JoAnn Dolberg January 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

        Amen and amen!!!

  14. J Evans January 19, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    The crazy pie in the sky things Sanders is proposing are absolutely insane. He cannot introduce ANY of them without congress–who will laughingly say “NO.” Hillary is being investigated by the FBI, and let’s not forget her outright lies and deceit on Benghazi!

    On the conservative side, Trump is mopping the floor with the rest of them, and rightfully so. We need a problem solving warrior who can’t be bought. Regardless of whether the GOP wants to or not, if he gets the votes in the primaries–they HAVE to give it to him.

    Cruz may get Iowa because of the heavily Christian stance there (not much else going on there, no offense,) but it’s just the first state. And again–that’s a “maybe.”

    Otherwise, the last time we had a president with this much personal chutzpah was Teddy. Personally, I believe Trump is the only one who has what it takes to turn this country around and give us another chance.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      j evans: hillary should be in jail and sanders should be in disney world or on fantasy island…

  15. L. White January 19, 2016 at 11:04 am #


    believe that your description of Trump as a Pragmatist is true. Part of what he says resonates with me and I do not know if he can make a dent or survive with the politics in Washington.

    My background is corporate management and many times I saw things done because it had to be done for a Corporate purpose or for Cost. Not always the best things for the labor force or ethical.

    We need change in the political system away from Career politicians who are bought. Many are addicted to the power and authority that a position has. I saw many VP’s or Senior VP’s addicted to the consummate power in a system.

    You would not have a Hillary Clinton or a Bernie Sanders battling as top candidates except for having “I know What is best for the people”. Same for the other side.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 11:42 am #

      l. white: your point is well taken…that said if Trump prevails he doesn’t have to accomplish all…his achievement will have been changing the dynamic as it now exists…that which is of critical importance is to ensure this dynamic survives future election cycles…

  16. doublesmithntx January 19, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    First, Woody, Hillary is American-born. Would that be considered a plus? Ted Cruz is an American citizen. Mr. Trump wants you to think otherwise because Cruz threatens him. How Clintonesque. Cruz is also pragmatic and a true conservative. Where are the cheers for him? Trump sells Trump and he is, in my opinion, just another narcissistic politician interested mainly in himself. Americans will be sorry if he wins the presidency. Sorry, Mychal, I disagree with you on this point.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      doublesmithntx: good to hear from you…it has been a long time…

  17. Rolf January 19, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    I agree Trump is saying many things that need to be said, and it’s refreshing. However, I have serious doubts about his integrity and willingness to honor his word.

    Case in Point: Trump is an unrepentant adulterer; anyone who can’t honor his most vow in life won’t think anything of betraying a “little” oath to support and defend the constitution!

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      rolf: I do not condone adultery…but apparently his former wife nor his children harbor ill will against him…and with that said you and I do not know that he is “an unrepentant adulterer”…to which I add which is worst in the eyes of God…a liar and deceiver like bush, kasich, christie, and rubio…a person like carson who doesn’t believe Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection was for forgiveness of sin and salvation…my point is God is no respecter of persons and we might want to be careful in deciding what we want to label as the greater of sins…

  18. Sunny Vee January 19, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    Mychal, you have very astutely pointed out what we have put up with far too long: “puppets” who run our country at the pulling of the strings by their ‘masters’, be they corporate cronies, lobbyists, the Chamber of Commerce, or leftist billionaires named George Soros. It is clear that the party name does not mean a whit as we watch these puppets say the right thing and then do the will of their masters once they are in office. And continuing to do the same thing year after year hoping it will change has just led to our overall demise.

    Your points about Trump are very well taken. I want to like him, and maybe I will eventually. He is not my first choice mainly because I am concerned that if he were elected he might flip back to his earlier stands and policies. He has done so much to shake up our political system and to energize people, and for that I am very grateful to him.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      sunny vee: I don’t think he would do that…it’s also important to note that making decisions for the good of your business and then acknowledging that the way you viewed things in the past had changed in the present is the sign of introspection…

  19. Owen Kinnan January 19, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    I still do not believe that Trump will be the nominee. He isn’t focusing on the issues. Rather he continues to attack whenever he can. His biggest problem is that he cannot seem to answer the simple quesiton: What do you propose to do if elected? His rhetoric is not focused. He seems to be thin skinned to any criticism. He has, however, played well to many to feel anger and frustration toward establishment Washington and those who continue to preach PC on the left. Many people feel that they are being ignored by Washington and the very people they send to represent them. Trump plays into this well. But that alone cannot win the nomination or the election. I stopped watching any GOP debates as the media seems more intent to highlight personal attacks rather than to focus on issues. To be honest, I am discouraged with the entire process. However, I am a conservative and as I voter, I will continue to stay informed throughout this frustrating process and support whomever I feel is the best candidate. Right now, that is not Mr. Trump.

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      owne kinnan: I am inclined to disagree…if a pitcher is throwing a perfect game using slow curves and balls in the dirt why should he turn to his fastball even though he throws it 105 mph and can pinpoint it most times…

  20. simmjz January 19, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    on a personal note ,i have been telling people what to do to fix their problems(contractor retired) not like the more important candidates. people have refuted all my ideas and do exactly what i recommended by another contractor. We can fix anything but stupid. i hope people see what the problem is and fix it! On the mark again Mychall

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 9:20 am #

      simmjz: the problem is the people who allow themselves to be deceived by Erebusic and feckless politicians like jeb bush and rubio…

  21. Woody Marvel January 19, 2016 at 6:23 am #

    Plaudits again Mr. Massie, call it like it is! Trump is a pragmatist that knows how to quickly run to the gap where there is opportunity! And he is American Born, a plus now-a-days!

    • Mychal Massie
      Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 9:22 am #

      woody marvel: I’m not sure what you mean by “that knows how to quickly run ti the gap where there is opportunity”…can you be more specific…

      • William Marvel January 19, 2016 at 11:42 am #

        Trump sees the extreme divisions in our nation and sees the opportunity, like any clear minded rational person running to fix a problem. Pragmatism, in IMO, using common sense based on the our American Rule of law, to put Govt. right in helping to heal the nation. I cannot speak to his motive but on the surface he wants to help fix a broken nation.

        To whom it may concern:
        Reference my statement “American born”: example – illegal alien imposter POTUS aka:husseinobama, we need not another, this includes many and Mrs. Clinton is not American born, she needs to be born-again in Christ. She is/was raised/trained as a Communist, not an American living by the USA Constitution and American ROL.

        • Mychal Massie
          Mychal Massie January 19, 2016 at 11:45 am #

          william marvel: I undersand your point and do not disagree…

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