Stop me if you have heard this before, a funny thing happened this week on talk radio.
As you may know, I am the special guest on the Ward Scott Files on 980AM each Tuesday from 8a-9a in the segment we call “Political Nerd Tuesday”. I enjoy being on the show providing analysis and discussing political strategy and polling.
During this Tuesday’s show, I provided my astute analysis that Donald Trump is a bozo and a buffoon. Donald Trump will not be the nominee and will implode in due time. Yes, Trump is only mirroring back the anger some voters feel. These angry voters will tell a pollster they support him, but few ever will actually pull a ballot lever for him. I stand by that analysis.
Two ways this Donald “Mania” ends up – neither good for the GOP:
- His continued offensive antics taint the entire pool of candidates while sucking oxygen away from the eventual nominee’s message, or
- His ego leads him into a 3rd party run
Both of those outcomes irreparably reduce the already narrow path to 270 and victory for the GOP in 2016. We win by growing the party, not insulting and offending.
A caller rang the show, and I will paraphrase, “I would like to know if Alex is a millionaire or a billionaire?”
I answered, “I’m neither, I am a penny-naire, if anything.”
caller: “Then you are unqualified to call the Donald, the billionaire, stupid.”
Unknowingly, this caller stepped on a nerve of mine. I made an awkward statement about “Donald inheriting his daddy’s money” of which has now been labeled by some as me touting liberal talking points. Frankly, I had become upset and did a poor job at explaining myself.
Please allow me to clarify my thoughts.
The Worth of an Opinion
I think it is insane to correlate the value of one’s opinion to a person’s net worth. I took the caller’s assertion that my or anyone’s opinion is only as valuable as their net worth as a personal insult.
If the correlation were true, we would value anything said by George Soros, Kim Kardashian, or Paris Hilton while rejecting opinions of teachers, soldiers, some pastors, and nurses.
The awkward statement about “inheriting his daddy’s money” was an attempt to draw a attention to the fallacy in the caller’s logic the Donald suddenly became a more worthwhile human being on the day his inheritance made him a millionaire.
I know plenty of scoundrels with incredibly high net worths, but I wouldn’t trust them to watch my kids or invest one of my valuable pennies with them.
As far as my opinion’s worth, I put in an incredible amount of work to have an opinion. If fact, I have been studying and a practitioner of politics at a high level for most of my adult life. I make a considerable effort to read from multiple sources attempting to minimize biases so that I can offer an informed, honest opinion.
If you believe a person’s opinion is only as valuable as their net worth, then that’s just sad.
Liberal Talking Points
If you think, I am just reeling off liberal talking points, then you’re also wrong.
Rather, here are some talking points:
- Being an conservative means that you believe in opportunity and that you believe in people resiliency, even the little guy. You believe that no matter one’s starting point or net worth, if one works hard, follows the rules, takes calculated risks, there is an opportunity. There are no guarantees, but opportunities.
- Being a conservative means we reject the class system engrained in England or said a different way – winning the sperm lottery doesn’t make one better. We kinda revolted against it, remember?
- Being a Christian means rejecting the pursuit of riches when it becomes before all other pursuits. We all need a reminder of that sometimes, don’t we?
The Donald is, in fact, a bozo and a buffoon. The Donald’s antics are bad for the GOP. The Donald will not be the GOP’s nominee, and anyone who supports him will regret the day they did. (Yes, I realize the irony in those statements and the earlier statement that you “win by growing a party, not insulting and offending.”)
If you believe a person’s opinion is only as valuable as their net worth, then we can’t be friends.
But if we continue with the Donald logic, you should respect me for telling you like it is, no-holds barred.
Plus, it’s just my two cents – in further irony even further reducing my net worth.