May I Give You a Tip?

May I Give You a Tip?

Speaking in Las Vegas, which I once heard described as “where the forces of evil are best organized,” Donald Trump promised this month to end the taxation of income from tips. His intended audience for those remarks were the many drivers, dancers, bellhops, servers, and others who work in Vegas and elsewhere. Mr. Trump naturally strives to be the hero of (and get votes from) the working man/woman, after all.

In that same spirit, I offer tax-free tips to politicians and normal human beings alike, as I try to help not only working people but all citizens of our already-great America. I am no longer looking for anyone’s vote.

You Might Want to Stop Embarrassing Yourselves

I will start with a few words of advice for our presidential candidates, as I am prone to do. First, stop writing to my mother. Although at 91 she is in your same age demographic, Mom is not interested in you in any way, and she will not be sending you a dime. In fact, your mailings only avoid the trash can because she knows her politically-interested son will want to see them when he visits. And, by the way, she thinks your dire messages about the “urgent need” for campaign contributions are a bit over the top. She actually hopes neither of you will have enough money to spend on negative TV ads this fall.

While you are at it, I will clue you in that you embarrass yourselves when you send me texts, such as after a jury convicts you of felonies, that pronounce it “THE DARKEST DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY.” I don’t want to name names in this part, but the one that said “ALL HELL JUST BROKE LOOSE! I WAS CONVICTED IN A RIGGED TRIAL!” did not impress me, either. I wasn’t there, but my understanding is that Pearl Harbor, D-Day, 9/11, and the Civil War were darker, more hellish days for those who truly care about America.

The shameless desire you both have to buy votes and raise funds is embarrassing you and your political parties.

Partisan voters, my second tip is for you: Don’t sell your soul to these people. This occurred to me again last week with the results of a Minnesota poll regarding whether one particular presidential candidate or both candidates are too old for office. In that poll, zero percent of Democrats believe that only Joe Biden at 82 will be “too old” to serve a second term as president; whereas, three percent of Democrats found only Donald Trump (who is younger) to be too old. Conversely, 56 percent of Republicans found Biden (who is less than four years older) alone to be too old, and of course none found only Trump to be too old. Clearly, our judgment regarding how old is too old depends on political alignment.

We all should start thinking with our heads, not our team colors.

Tip three is for the U.S. Supreme Court. My advice is that you gain more respect when you issue unanimous decisions on controversial topics (such as your abortion pill ruling last week) than when you accept glorious free trips from billionaires.

Meanwhile, to those citizens on the left, the high court’s decision denying the challenge to approval of the abortion drug Mifepristone should make you pause before continuing to say the justices are waging “war on women.” If they really were so partisan and antagonistic, the justices could have found a way to allow the anti-abortion legal challenge to proceed.

My fourth tip is simple: Hunter Biden’s guns and drugs should not reflect on his father in the 2024 presidential election. The September trial on tax charges related to selling the family name overseas may be a different story, but let’s all wait for the evidence before we jump to conclusions.

Top Tip No. 5

All political junkies and followers of this blog no doubt will want to pay close attention to the events of the next month. The first debate between Presidents Biden and Trump is scheduled for June 27. Soon also, the Supreme Court will issue its remaining rulings, including on whether Mr. Trump is immune from criminal prosecution for his actions while president. In any event, his sentencing in the New York criminal case is set for July 11. The Republican Convention begins July 15 in Milwaukee. And, sometime during that frenzy, Mr. Trump will announce his running mate.

There is a lot going on. Keep your wits about you; don’t watch through blue- or red-tinted glasses; and please try to take off your partisan hat as you analyze what happens.

Written by Quentin R. Wittrock, founder of Principle Based Politics. 

Look for his posts each week, as this blog will explore and promote the idea of principle in politics, both as to individual elected leaders and our federal government as an institution.

Principle Based Politics does not endorse or support any particular political candidate or party.

  • David Glesne
    Posted at 12:44h, 18 June

    These are wise and good tips, Quentin, well worth being pondered by many!

  • Trudy
    Posted at 14:31h, 18 June

    Yes! Great article Quentin.

  • Lynn Nehring
    Posted at 16:37h, 18 June

    This is very thoughtful. Many good points here to think about.

  • Jeff Newell
    Posted at 19:29h, 18 June

    Very good post Quentin.
    For me age is not as much a concern as mental acuity. Donald Trump is completely full of himself, and always has been. But he seems to be mentally sharp and “with it” most of the time. It appears to me that President Biden has dementia as he is sometimes completely lost while speaking or walking around. He also appears to be controlled via people behind a curtain (teleprompter) or aids that tell him where to go or what to do. We’ve never had a president repeatedly state, “I’d better stop talking before I get into trouble”.