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You Can Do It, We Can Help

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Mychal Massie is Chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. In December, 2011, he was recognized as one of the 20 most influential black Republicans. Mychal is a prolific blogger, a nationally recognized political activist, pundit, and columnist. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, and talk-radio programming worldwide. A former self-employed business owner of more than 30 years, Mychal’s complete Bio is We have seen the emergence of the Trump Doctrine.

The fabulous tagline of a great American company, Home Depot, won me over years ago both as customer and philosopher.

This phrase deposits confidence upon the citizen, even if he or she apparently lack the necessary skillset or experience. It is an upbeat message of, “Yes, you can,” and opens a world of possibilities limited only by creative vision. No one is going to do it for you, Home Depot tells us, but our inventory, expertise and guidance is going to make whatever you dream a reality. It’s only a matter of your time and your effort.

Truth is, no seven words better express optimism and solidarity, and that is what Americans, earlier this week, watched in the message their president delivered in Saudi Arabia to the heads of 50 majority-Muslim nations. I believe we saw the emergence of the Trump Doctrine.

Up until that speech, Americans were asking, “What will be Trump´s foreign policy doctrine?” We have it, folks, and it is Home Depot’s: “You can do it, we can help.” The only difference? We are talking about a nation, not a new deck.

If the President remains consistent globally, it will serve well both him and the United States.

True friends lead by example and offer to support –not do the heavy-lifting– of others. That was the take-away.

Trump declared, “Muslim-majority countries must take the lead in combating radicalization,” and said the Saudis needed to step up to their responsibilities to provide security. “We will be sure to help our Saudi friends to get a good deal from our great American defense companies,” he said. “This agreement will help the Saudi military to take a greater role in security operations.”

He emphasized that it was up to the Saudis to lead the way in rejecting radical ideology by insisting that these nations, “drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this earth,” he said.

There were other passages that buttressed this doctrine. The U.S. has a vested interested in seeing Saudi Arabia and its brother nations succeed, and America would be there to help. “We are not here to lecture. We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” he said, before extolling the beauty of the land, richness of the culture and ingenuity of the nation. People should be wanting to come into the region, not flee it, he said, but ultimately that decision will be theirs, he emphasized.

Trump painted a bright future of what could be in the region and how these nations would prosper with the right vision and policy they chose. Only now, after several tries, am I able to replace “Trump foreign policy” for “Home Depot foreign policy.”

Critics may complain the speech didn’t contain enough condemnation of civil rights violations by the attending nations. True, perhaps, but any new relationship starts with common ground and interests. Establish a vision and build relationships of trust first. Friends will critique friends, later.

The two countries share interest of, first, purging the world of terrorists and, second, helping allies reach their economic potential. That was the message conveyed. If these nations can help accomplish the former, the latter will shortly follow — business opportunities and growth prosperity for any country that wills it.

Many may not like the bearer of the message. They yearn to find fault with anything the President says or does. Yet, if this speech had been delivered by just about any leader in the free world, it would be hailed as a strategic breakthrough, a trailblazing concept on creating a win-win foreign policy for 21st Century America. We are finally focusing on teaching others to fish, not ourselves providing them a harvest from the sea.

Domestically, Trump has a similar message to all Americans. “You can do it, we can help” is a dual front theme at home and abroad.

It is certainly a breath of fresh air in contrast to our last administration, whose domestic mantra was, “Only Government can do it (or did it), you cannot (or did not).” Just remember President Obama’s, “You didn’t build that,” rejoinder. That comment was oh-so-similar to King George III´s message to colonists just before the shooting started. Oh, that we had more historian journalists looking into this stuff. You can’t make it up!

What a relief to be able to vanquish our past-President’s, “You didn’t do it, it was the West’s fault (and sorry about that)” doctrine, a dogma that did absolutely nothing good except provide solace to our enemies and a President’s misguided conscience.

How splendid it is to have a concise, unequivocal message that recognizes the day´s realities and creates a plan to improve upon them.

Sometimes, great minds in marketing and great minds in government think alike.

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