Grandpa Knowles called it “horse sense”. If anyone knew horses, he did. He spent a portion of his young adulthood catching and breaking wild horses, and then donating them to the Rough Riders. (His mom forbad him to go off with Teddy to fight in the Spanish American War, so this was his service to his country.) To do that, you come to know what horse sense means.
Grandpa Knowles as I Remember Him
I spent my first 10 years close to my grandfather’s side. We’d go on walks together. He’d tell me stories and sing me songs while bouncing me on his knee. And, when I would do something unwise he’d say, “Brent, use your horse sense.” Over time I came to know that expression as another way to follow your conscience and listen to those warning voices.
He was a wise man, and not someone to be trifled with. He was well versed in politics (a stanch Republican), the scriptures (many of which were memorized), gardening and butchering (not to forget his career with the railroad too.)
Skipping Ahead 50 Years
If Grandpa were alive today he’d be disgusted with politics in general. Uncategorically, I think I am safe to say, he’d be disgusted with the politics of every president since Ike (with the exception of Reagan, perhaps)… until now. The same can be said about many of the presidential candidates over the past 50 years. Grandpa, undoubtedly, would not support them.
I wasn’t for Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for him, and in fact, tried to persuade friends to vote for someone else. While I am impressed with Trump’s business prowess, too many people I trusted and believed led me down a path where I began to distrust Donald Trump.
I accept the election results. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I am glad we didn’t end up with Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, John Kasich, or heaven forbid, Hillary Clinton. Like with Barack Obama, I said, ‘Let’s see what he does.’
Tweets vs Speeches
Donald Trump’s Tweets have brought much controversy. I told my dad it is as though President Trump has a mild case of Turrett’s Syndrom when it comes to his Tweets. It is also difficult to tell the tone of a Tweet. Face to face, one can read someone’s expressions. You cannot do that with a Tweet. For that reason, I take Tweets with a large grain of salt.
Making it a habit to listen to presidential speeches, I see the Donald Trump I studied years ago. The man is brilliant. Anyone who says he isn’t, is either being ignorant or malicious. His speeches I’ve listened to have proven his brilliance, as well as his courage.
Example of Courage and Brilliance
Today our president is in Utah. He gave a speech announcing the return of Federal land to the State of Utah. His justification – Federal Overreach. Horse sense. Absolute horse sense.
He then has the courage to declare that we will recognize Jerusalem the capital of Jerusalem. “This is nothing less than a recognition of reality,” he said. Horse sense. Absolute horse sense.
I don’t recall hearing any of his presidential speeches where he hasn’t been talking horse sense.
Bring out the trolls. I’m watching the Internet as he’s giving his speech. Inflammatory remarks like, “Thanks for starting World War III,” were being posted. But, the one I got the biggest chuckle out of was, “What gives him the right to move Israel’s capital?”
If he said the sky was blue, there would be trolls to counteract his statement.
For myself, Trump has impressed me every step of his presidency. Putting aside the subjectiveness of the Tweets, he obviously loves God, our country and family.
Because my wife is having surgery on my birthday, we celebrated today by going to Longhorn. Our favorite waitress was there. As she saw us she said, “HI! I was just thinking the other day it is about time I see you.”
That made us feel very welcomed. She treated us very well and it was a wonderful birthday dinner.