El Luchador’s take on Mr. Root (Interview Finale)

I walked into a house out in Rancho Cucamonga and there stood before me Mr. Wayne Allyn Root.  The man looks like an oddsmaker more than a politician and I guess that makes sense because that is his day job after all. In the end, though, it doesn’t matter because he is seriously as legitimate as they come. His initials W.A.R. were embroidered onto his shirt pocket in gold. I didn’t ask, but it might have been real gold thread; he really is that cool.

Wasting no time, Wayne handed me two of his books, both signed, including his former bestseller “Millionaire Republican” and another offering “The King of Vegas’ Guide to Gambling.” I missed church to be there, and although I really don’t like missing church, I have to say that it was completely worth it.

Mr. Root is the epitome of a man who puts his money where his mouth is, and it has paid off handsomely. After reading his book one gets the feeling that he really is living the life of his dreams. In the first chapter of the “The King of Vegas’ Guide to Gambling” he tells us the heartbreaking story of his father toiling away in a butcher shop in a small town outside of New York for over 30 years. He makes the case that all of life is a gamble and all of our biggest decisions are ultimately calculated risks. He asks us if there really is a difference between “gambling” and “investing.” Is there? Being around Wayne is like catching a good disease. The man is contagious, overflowing with positive energy.

America not only deserves a person like this in government, she needs it; she is starving for someone with this kind of selflessness. George Washington would be disgusted to know that the city that bears his name is now little more than a row of dormitories where the tax dollars of average Americans are bought for pennies on the dollar by large corporations and while Wayne may not rant about change we can believe in, I believe that he can bring that change that we are all hoping for; he is evidence that there are still people out there who truly believe that America’s finest hour is still a goal rather than a memory.

Wayne’s list of naysayers has always been long, but for as long as it has always been it’s just gotten a lot longer. To his credit though, the line of well wishers has also gotten a lot longer and it grows by the day.

The “real” politicians should be worried. Just like UNLV took down mighty Duke University in the NCAA Basketball Tournament back in 1990 by the biggest margin in Tourney Championship History, I have a feeling another Las Vegan is about to shake the establishment to its core. The question will ultimately be: will America be paralyzed by fear or gamble/invest in our future? There is no reward without a slight bit of risk.

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