“The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.” ~ Konrad Adenauer, First Chancellor of West Germany 1949 to 1963
Back in October of 2012 we wrote an article describing our “Little Black Box” theory. We wrote: “This theory applies across the board to almost everything we believe in and everything we do in our lives. It is inescapable and what is in the “Little Black Box” determines, to a large margin, how our lives will turn out. It determines our thoughts, religious beliefs, sexual proclivities, our fears, our strengths, our weaknesses, our successes or failures and even our political persuasions.”
“The content of the “Little Black Box” and thus a person’s point of reference, begins to fill up at a very early age and is set in stone by age 20. The person is not aware, nor do they have any control over what goes into it. All of us are totally innocent victims of what goes into our “Little Black Boxes.”
The theory applies to Donald Trump as well. So what has filled up Donald Trump’s “Little Black Box” that makes him who he is?
Trump, born in June of 1946, was the silver spoon son of Frederick C. and Mary Macleod Trump and was the 4th of five children born to the family. Fred Trump Jr. was a successful builder and developer who specialized in middle-income apartments in an around New York City.
The parents sent young Donald age 13, to the New York Military Academy. He did well at the Academy both socially and academically, rising to be a star athlete and student leader by the time of his graduation in 1964. Young Trump would later attend and graduate from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 with a degree in economics.
But a window into each person’s life, is the life of the child’s parents, a life and environment that starts filling up the “Little Black Box” of every person, literally from the day of birth. That early life is a complex mixture of genetics, home life, financial status, life-altering events, neighborhoods and relationships with parents, siblings, school kids and teachers. With boys, usually the influence of a father and even a grandfather can have the most impact on the direction and path of a boy child and it was no different with young Donald.
Fred Trump, Donald’s father, was the son of German immigrants, Frederick and Elizabeth Drumpf. When Donald’s grandfather, Frederick Drumpf, became an American citizen in 1892, he changed his last name to Trump. Changing their names was not an uncommon practice with European immigrants to America.
Frederick Drumpf, now Trump, as a single man, moved to Seattle in 1891 to run a couple of restaurants in the Red Light District. The restaurants catered to mostly Alaska gold seekers that were flooding into Seattle and were not places for respectable women. After the Klondike gold rush wound down in about 1901, Frederick headed back to Germany where he married Elizabeth. The German government promptly expelled Frederick and his now pregnant wife, back to America because Germany felt that Frederick was trying to avoid his American taxes and army obligations.
Fred Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump’s grandfather, went into the real estate business at the tender age of 22 with his mother, Elizabeth. He lost his father when he was 13. Fred Jr. built single-family homes and pioneered the concept of supermarkets. During World War II, Fred’s company built barracks and garden apartments for U. S. Navy personnel. Fred and his mother became quite successful.
Donald Trump joined the company in 1968 (Donald was just 22 at the time) and in 1971 was given control of the company, whereupon he changed the name of the Company to the Trump Organization. It was previously called the “Elizabeth Trump & Son Company.” True to his growing ego, Donald wanted to put his own brand on the company and drop the brand of his father and grandmother.
The truth is, Donald Trump has lived a highly privileged, upper crust life, all of his life. Like most silver spoons, he is used to getting his way. His second wife, Marla Maples, said Trump thinks of himself as a King. Yes, he’s been married three times but being a successful silver spoon-business tycoon and a ladies man shouldn’t, in itself, disqualify him from becoming president. Many wealthy people have become president, FDR being one of them. Bill Clinton was the consummate ladies man.
But not all was peaches and cream for the Donald. In 1973 the U. S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division filed a civil suit against the Trump Organization, now under the Donald’s control, charging that the company refused to rent to Blacks. In any event, a settlement was reached between the Trump Organization and the Justice Department that required Trump to list all vacancies with the Urban League and advertise them in minority papers. (Trump is quite used to lawsuits as the records show he has been involved in over 3,500 of them in the last three decades.)
In spite of being targeted by the Justice Department, the Trump Organization has become a worldwide, multi-billion dollar company under Donald Trump’s direction and has made Donald, now 70, a multi-billionaire in his own right. The Trump Organization has provided jobs and incomes for thousands of people of all ages, races and gender. He must be doing something right. Yes, some of his Atlantic City ventures went bust, but the real estate business always has been and always will be highly risky and prone to down turns and business reversals from market disruptions, competition, rising interest rates and unsustainable debt.
Nevertheless, no matter how powerful Donald Trump thinks he is, he is up against something even more powerful than himself. Trump is up against what most conservatives are up against, “The System”. We describe “The System” in an article entitled, “The System – Impenetrable, Inflexible and Un-Yielding” as follows:
“The ‘System’ is an intertwined entanglement of interlocking national and international interests of commerce, finance and trade, accompanied by government enablers of the ‘System’ in the executive, judicial and legislative branches ….. and bureaucrats. The tentacles of one interest are inextricably interwoven into the tentacles of all the other interests. Finding out what drives one, leads to a complex maze of closed doors, backrooms, deep subterranean caverns and secret meetings. All the sources are purposely hidden and camouflaged. Traces to find the truth go down dead end paths, or are blocked by impenetrable obstacles. Sources of the ‘System’s’ power are elusive and they are anything but constitutional.”
“Examples of the ‘System’ include unions, socialists, environmentalists, central bankers and the broad category of government, at every level. They drive America’s institutions and public education (or should we say indoctrination) ‘Systems.’ Attorneys, judges, court clerks, the ABA and tens of thousands of local, state and federal rules, drive the judicial ‘System’, such that if true justice ever finds a court, it will have become a worldwide miracle.”
Ninety percent of “The System’s” core contains the elements of global socialism, communism and Progressivism, driven by the financial motives and greed of the global elite. In America, the largest element in “The System” is Progressivism, which is just a different name for socialism and communism.
Astoundingly, after losing the election to Trump, the Progressives are moving even further left, with the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and two other far-left lunatics who are vying to become the head of the Democrat National Committee (DNC). (Perez won) The 2016 election was a repudiation of Progressive policies and yet the Democrat’s answer is to move farther left. The word insanity comes to mind.
Unfortunately, until the arrival of Reagan and now Donald Trump, Republicans and conservatives have been giving in to Progressives for so many years Progressives believe in their heart of hearts that they own America. Their weapon of choice is irrational compassion and they beat conservatives over the head with it. That is why there has been and will continue to be, massive push back against the Trump agenda, for as long as he is in office. Progressives and the media will do everything in their power to undo Trump with their shadow government. It will be amazing if he finishes out even one term before they render him impotent at the 2018 mid-term, impeach him ….. or he is killed.
But conservatives get what they deserve because they have been giving into Progressives for over 100 years. If you never draw a line in the sand, the line keeps moving into your defenses until you have no ground left to defend. Conservatives hold the losing hand because we have always given into the pressure of the false ideology called Progressivism. Progressivism always plays well to the uninformed masses and Progressives in the government exploit that ignorance for their own gain and maintaining perpetual power. Conservatives will never have the winning hand unless they stand their ground. Because eventually, the only hand Conservatives will have left, if they don’t stand their ground, is violence and that is very seldom a winning hand, especially if the other side holds all the power ….. and controls the heavy artillery.
Some have said conservatives should just capitulate entirely to Progressives and let the chips fall where they may, hoping that the uninformed masses will finally see the light on who really is responsible for the damage being done to America. Others have said conservatives should “give in” just a little bit to Progressivism in the hopes of getting a better “deal”, but that is what conservatives have been doing for far too long. Short of violence, total capitulation may be the last peaceful hand conservatives have left to play.
Because we keep “giving in” we have thrown ourselves into the tiger’s mouth and we are about to be devoured, if we haven’t been devoured already. Because freedom doesn’t sell well to the morally weak and the bought-off masses, which are in the majority, we have lost our peaceful negotiating power to defend it. Conservatives have believed the other side when they say that they agree in principle to what conservatives are saying, without acknowledging the fact that Progressives haven’t the slightest intention of ever putting those principles into practice. In effect, they lie and conservatives fall for it every time. Those, for whom the lies serve, will never vote against the liars and in most cases they are too uninformed to recognize the lies in the first place.
The only logical conclusion we can come to, is Progressives are intentionally trying to destroy a free America for perpetual control. (See our new video entitled: “Progressivism, An Existential Threat to Freedom.”) That makes the Progressives enemies of America and enemies of the people. But over half the American people just don’t know it, or refuse to acknowledge it. They do so because they are blinded by the intense light of all of the “free” stuff they get from government.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is what Trump and the 63,000,000 Americans that voted for him, are up against. It remains to be seen whether the personal power in Trump’s “Little Black Box” and those 63,000,000 Americans are more powerful than America’s Progressive “System.” If Trump doesn’t break “The System” in his first term, it may never be broken.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“, is the President of the The National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
Mr. Ewart has been a continuing contributor to the Federal Observer since May of 2007.