Why Trump? Because he’s American

This week was the anniversary of JFK's murder. Would JFK have ignored an American's murder overseas until prodded?

Jack Engelhard,

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A glorious American Ezra Schwartz is murdered in Israel at the hands of Islamic terrorists and no word of condemnation from the White House.

Repeat – an American!

Monday Night Football, in the game between Buffalo and New England, has set aside a moment’s silence in reverence for Ezra Schwartz – thanks to the valiant owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft. But from the government, near silence.

The State Department finally came around for a few words – but reluctantly and only after days of arm-twisting and cajoling.

Who celebrates ourselves as Whitman once did? Not this White House.
“I’d bomb the hell out of them.” Trump’s response to Islamic terrorists everywhere. (Hell of a world when al-Qaeda is now “moderate Islam.”)

New sheriff coming to town. It’s High Noon… Gary Cooper taking care of business.

Love him or hate him, Trump is an American – walks, talks, thinks like an American. The brashness, the swagger, the Reagan tall-in-the saddle – Trump.

“I want to make America great again.”

Poetry. Music to the ears of millions who miss those days when it was okay to be straight-talking, right-thinking a bit cocky and altogether heroic.

People wonder why he’s become so popular (even if he is not first choice to you or me).

“I will never apologize for America.”

That’s why.

He’d never bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia. Not Trump. Too outspoken? Probably. Outrageously opinionated? Yes. But he’s no sneak.

Reuters Survey (thanks Breitbart) says a majority of Americans “feel like strangers in their own country.” No surprise.

Someone in this country makes a video somewhat uncomplimentary to their prophet and is imprisoned.

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Our leader says this. Not Trump.

Not for Trump the overthrow of Judeo/Christian principles in favor of Islamic doctrines.

Not for JFK. President John F. Kennedy was an American, like this: “It may be different elsewhere. But Democrat society, in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves the nation.”

Exactly 52 years ago on this day when I write this, Nov. 22, JFK was assassinated and nobody remembers except here. Shameless amnesia.

We have forgotten that once we were confident and proud of ourselves. We were on the side of G-d and righteousness when we sacrificed ourselves to rid the world of Nazi and Soviet tyrannies and as we buried our dead in distant lands nobody told us that we ought to be ashamed of our past. No apology tour for Trump.

He’d never bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia. Not Trump.
Months ago Islamic terrorists lost a multi-million-dollar court battle in Manhattan Federal Court brought by 11 American families citing damages for murder inflicted by the PA and the PLO. The Obama administration, arguing mercy for the terrorists, intervened to bring the cost down to a pittance. The killers got off nearly scot-free.

Shared values – with Islamic terrorists? That, as the man says, “is who we are.” But listen to an American.

JFK: “America will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Those were the days. JFK gave us a chance to dream. Took us to the moon.

Survey says a majority of Americans “don’t identify with what America has become.”

Under today’s leadership, which tastes and smells entirely too foreign, Americans feel lost, abandoned, strangers in a strange land. Jews, Christians, cops, Israel, Republicans, getting pushed around, shouted down and English fast becoming a second language.

Lopsided priorities now render foreigners first; citizens second. Who celebrates ourselves as Whitman once did?

Not this White House.

Next president, Trump or anybody else, it’s time we get it right, time we get an American. Is that asking too much?

New York-based bestselling novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international classic “Indecent Proposal” now followed by the clash of civilizations newsroom thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com