populism – (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people.
For a current example, please reference “Donald J. Trump”.
The Daily Mail reports that
Step right up, children of Ottumwa, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City! No tickets needed – just put on your ‘Make America Great Again!’™ cap and make your way to the front of the line for a ride on Donald Trump’s flying fortress.
It’s the silly season in America’s midwest, and for eleven days beginning on August 13 Iowans will converge on the state fairgrounds for livestock shows, country music, fried Oreos, games, carnival rides – and pitches from presidential candidates.
This year’s main attraction, if Trump has his way, will be his $7 million Sikorsky S-76 helicopter – a one-of-a-kind campaign tool available only for children who want to see what cornfields look like from 5,000 feet above the dirt.
The billionaire told DailyMail.com on Wednesday in an exclusive interview that he’s asked the Iowa State Fair for permission to set up the thrill ride at his own risk and expense.
The lucky riders will hop aboard the same whirlybird that appeared in the openening credits of ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’
‘We’re going to fly it out to Iowa and I’m going to have it there,’ he said in his Manhattan office, initially referring to the annual event as ‘The World’s Fair.’
‘I look forward to that. I went there once years ago,’ he said. ‘It was so great. So many people.’
And so many Republican primary voters. With children.
‘I’m going to try giving kids lifts in the helicopter,’ he said near the end of a half-hour interview that ranged in topics from high finance to Hillary Clinton’s ‘low class.’
‘You know, young kids. Yeah!’ Trump said, sounding like a kid who’s just built his first pinewood derby car.
‘If I can do it – if I’m allowed to do it!’
The 52-foot executive chopper seats 12 people comfortably, including the pilot. It’s unclear whether Trump would remain on board with young Iowans or remain on the ground to hand leaflets and stickers to their parents.
But he’s making plans to be there and show off one of the helicopters in his air livery.
‘I have three helicopters,’ Trump boasted on Wednesday. ‘Did you know that?’
‘I have one at Turnberry, one at Doral, and one in New York City.’
The Turnberry chopper took him Thursday to his golf course in Scotland, which is hosting the Women’s British Open golf tourney this weekend.
It’s the New York chopper that would make the two-hop, 1,000-mile trip to Iowa. Trump would take his Boeing 757 jet and meet up with his crew in the Hawkeye State.
‘I think you have to do two stops,’ he said. ‘You know, it’s like a 10-hour flight to go out.’
Aside from the obvious media value of such a spectacle – ‘It’ll be magnificent,’ Trump mused – the unlikeliest of Republican front-runners grinned broadly when he imagined the scene near Des Moines.
‘We’re asking approval,’ he said, nearly hopping out of his chair. ‘We’re really doing it!’
‘Because I would love to take some of the young kids – you know, put 10 kids into the helicopter and let ’em go up and down.’
The chopper itself was outfitted and decorated by designer Eric Roth at a cost rumored to be $750,000 – after the purchase of the aircraft itself.
Children who manage to clamber aboard will sink into cream-colored Italian-leather seating, sip Trump-brand ice water and secure themselves with 18-karat gold plated seat belt buckles.
Roth also designed the interior of Trump’s 757, using the same materials – including what pilot John Dunkin said in May was enough gold to plate the outside of a Greyhound bus.
The Iowa State Fair’s press office did not respond to requests for comment about whether Trump will get permission to launch his short-term attraction in two weeks’ time, but he’s hopeful.
The Donald said of the whole concept: ‘It’s cool. Isn’t it cool?’
Why is Donald Trump still the frontrunner among all the Republican Presidential Candidates?
This brash, unabashedly American, business entrepreneur and quintessential showman has dominated the media for the past several years.
The popularity of his reality program on NBC and the catch phrase that came leaping out from it, “You’re fired!”, spread across America like wildfire.
Now, his Presidential Campaign is doing the same.
It is not just his flamboyance that has caught the eye of Americans.
The fact is, after almost two terms of an Administration taking the great country in the world on a scenic tour of the Highway to Hell, Donald Trump is the only Republican Candidate shouting, “Hit the brakes, you idiots!”
Trump’s straightforwardness has struck a chord in the hearts of average Americans, tired of the wussification of America, being so relentlessly pushed by both modern political parties.
This is what I don’t understand about the Republican Establishment.
They run around telling everybody how Conservative they are, when in reality, they actually hold the same beliefs as Liberal Democrats.
Ronald Reagan gave a famous stump speech about the fact that the Republican Party at one time, needed “bold colors, not pale pastels”.
From what I’m seeing out of a lot of the Republicans right now, they’re not even presenting Americans with pale pastels.
…Except for Donald Trump.
Back in the day, that political strategy propelled Ronald Reagan to the Presidency of the United States.
Through the 1970s, the United States struggled through a terrible recession and government became much more involved in Americans’ lives. Additionally, America showed significant weakness globally, as the Soviet Union flexed its muscles and smaller nations began to lose both fear and respect for the United States. It was clear the country needed a change.
Ronald Reagan was the right man for the job and was elected in a landslide. He swiftly changed the course of the nation, lowering taxes and reducing regulations to stimulate the economy and standing up for America’s principles and beliefs around the world. In addition to his changes to foreign and domestic policy, Reagan was an “American Exceptionalist”, meaning that he understood that there was something special and different about America that set it apart from all other nations. During his time in office, Reagan reduced the intrusive role of the government and helped the nation re-discover its greatness, power and economic growth.
The Political Strategy of “Bold Colors” is the reason that Trump is still leading all of the Professional Politicians, who are currently seeking the Nomination for the Republican Presidential Candidacy.
The Republican Establishment continues to show their color to be Liberal Blue, while they claim to be Conservative Red.
It is almost as if they believe that the Political Tsunami, which resulted in Republicans holding both Houses of Congress, came about because they made themselves look like Democrats.
They need to come down off of Capitol Hill every now and then.
And, visit Realityville.
Perhaps then, Trump will give them a ride on his helicopter, too.
…If they ask nicely.
Until He Comes,