28 February 2016

So, I obviously don't like Trump.  Here are some reasons why.

1. First, if you get Max Lucado saying you're behaving indecently, you are.  There have been plenty of people talking about how Donald Trump is offensive, a bully, insulting, and so much more.  This is not about politics, personal beliefs, economic status, or anything else.  It's simply about the kind of person I want as the symbolic head of the country and, in particular, overseeing our foreign policy. Being willing to say whatever pops into your head isn't a presidential qualification. There is plenty of junk in politics, but Trump is on a completely different level and a serious presidential candidate should not act that way.

2. Second, he's said a lot of things that are impossible to implement whether you agree with him or not.  It might appeal to a subset of the Republican party to say that Mexico is going to pay for a wall on its northern border, but Trump by himself can't make Mexico do that.  He'd have to get Congress to enact  legislation with provisions to make Mexico pay for it and that's really not going to happen even if he had a Republican majority in Congress. Maybe he thinks the POTUS gets to make laws too? Banning Muslims from the country isn't remotely practical.  Would US citizens who are Muslims be affected by this?  Will immigration add a religious test to its forms?  If you're not religious but your father is, are you still considered to be a Muslim?  Would visa officers working in consulates and embassies all over the world have to ask each applicant to prove they are not Muslim?  How would you prove you're not Muslim?  And the weird thing he said about libel the other day?  He's unsuccessfully sued for libel in the past so he's obviously irritated by this, but it's state law that governs libel, not federal law (unless he thinks he'll get to make state law too, in addition to thinking he'll be in charge of federal law), and there is a pesky Supreme Court case from 1964 that would be hard to get around unless he also thinks he'll be the Supreme Judge of the US. If the man actually wins, I will never be so grateful for the checks and balances in the Constitution as I will be on Jan 20, 2017.

3. Finally, he's suggested concrete proposals on an astonishingly limited number of things, whether you agree with those proposals or not.  Check out the positions section of his website- he has exactly 5 items (immigration, US-China trade, VA reform, tax reform, and second amendment rights [ETA that around March 3rd or 4th he added a section about health care reform]).  That's it.  Sure, he's said all kinds of things in speeches and in the debates, but his campaign literature is where he should spell out exactly what he wants to have happen and how he'll make it happen.  Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz all have much more extensive policy proposal sections where voters can read about what the candidates actually want to do.  Serious candidates should understand the many issues facing American voters and figure out policies and proposals regarding them.  They should not just promote a couple of the candidate's personally-profiting ideas like tax reform that greatly benefits the wealthy.

1 comment:

  1. Thoughtful post. Totally agree. Thank you.