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Wealth, Sex and Politics

March 3, 2021

On two occasions, once in 1964 and the other in 1968, I realized that politics is not only about important issues, its about money and sex.

I was active in U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater’s campaign for President and gave a presentation representing the Senator at West Virginia University in Morgantown. On the program representing Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York and leader of the Liberal wing of the GOP, was his nephew, Larry Rockefeller, two years younger than I.

I had prepared a speech brimming with ideas about limited government and some philosophic ideas I can no longer remember and my presentation bombed. The audience of West Virginia university students loved the fourth generation scion of the founder of Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller.

That’s when I realized that great wealth is important.

I learned that sex appeal was important when Bobby Kennedy came to Notre Dame to give a speech in Notre Dame’s “Fieldhouse.” I didn’t attend on principle, but I noticed that attractive women were sitting on the hoods of cars that lined the route that Bobby Kennedy’s caravan would take.

I mention that because Salon reported on November 11, 2020 that “More than half of white women voted for Trump, according to exit poll data.”

Trump is overweight, and balding and yet he attracts female voters? He is also married to a gorgeous woman from Eastern Europe, a place where tens of thousands of overweight, balding and wealthy men searched for wives after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Trump did it twice, once in 1977 when he married a Czech, Ivana Marie Zelnícková  and in 1998 when he began a relationship with 28-year-old Slovenian model Melania Knauss.

At age 31 in 1977, Donald Trump was not the fat, balding man he was at age 52 in 1998, but he had the wealth that beautiful women growing up deprived in Soviet dominated nations found attractive.

Apparently his wealth continues to attract the opposite gender, or am I missing something?

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