1. Known as a cosmopolitan egalitarian New Yorker all his life
2. Supports thoughtful choice
3. None had a bad word to say about him before he entered the election
4. Wants them to follow the law and not endanger citizens
5. Wants them to make progress and has compassion for plight
6. True Independent, actually the most liberal of GOP rivals
7. Negotiation tactic
8. Separating wheat from chaff, Honesty leads to Unity
9. He could be among the very best of Presidents
So, after doing as much research as I can handle, I believe Trump is catching hell because he is on to something and those people know it and realize he can change things. Traditional power brokers don’t like him; pompous politicians don’t like him; doctrinaire liberals don’t like him; illegal aliens don’t like him; he’s threatened to take down hedge funds and crooked banking; he wants to neutralize our enemies and restore prosperity, law and order. Again, why should I not elect him?
I changed my voter registration from independent just to vote for him in the primary, and believe we should give this guy a chance to use his knowledge and persona for our behalf. We should give ourselves this chance. This Independent is trying Trump.
TALES, PROPOGANDA & MYTHS
1. Racist Bigot
2. Hates women and abortion
3. Hates Blacks, especially dark ones like me, unlike pandering Clintons
4. Hates Immigrants
5. Hates poor people
6. Republican right-wing extremist
7. Loose cannon, erratic, extreme
8. He's divisive -- more so than Obama
9. He'd be the worst President
TRYING TRUMP – AN INDEPENDENT VOTES
I. Americans Want a Perfect Candidate
Americans want a lot out of a Presidential Candidate. We want a person accepted by the commoners and aristocrats and factionalists; someone who is incorruptible, smart, believable and confident; trustworthy, thoughtful and of good moral character, with good ideas that will solve problems and make the voter/citizens’ life better; a leader who will help save what is in danger of being lost or help us deal with a new reality; someone who could lead us through crises and make crucial decisions that benefit individuals and the country; a person whom, if we were in a fight, we’d want fighting on our side. Someone who will take care of business. And they must fit our American way of life; they need not indulge in our vices and frivolous pursuits, but may object only in tolerance. There are many Americans – most of whom live in obscurity – who could fill that bill, but electing such a person to office is a whole different story.
Electing the perfect candidate is nearly impossible because of the corrupting influence surrounding the money and promises it takes to actually rise from obscurity to public office. The money is needed for schmoozing with influential potential backers, advertising, office staff, and an elections industry of lawyers, hucksters, canvassers, technical and hospitality services. And if they had an honest job before, they’ll need to quit it so to be immediately available to citizens and the media.
Most people cannot afford to quit their job, or suffer any loss of income, or take the risk of impoverishing their family merely for the chance they someday will be elected. Ironically, the same heightened sense of social responsibility that urges a person to help lead their sisters and brothers, when juxtaposed with the economic responsibilities to one’s family, requires the would-be-candidate to yield to the very conditions railed against.
The official cost to run an election is paid for by contributors to the campaign. If the contributions are insufficient to fund the expensive operations, the perfect candidate is unlikely to win.
The promises made to gain political favor are also expensive: big contributors may get their way to the detriment of the general citizenry; a wrong course with long-term bad consequences may be taken just to appease a particular constituent; there is an uncertain cost for selling ones’ own soul.
A candidate’s need for money and favors increases the likelihood they will be inextricably beholden to the special interests supplying the money and favor. With raising money, making promises, and using political influence to enhance the well-being of friends and family being so inherent to the political process, an inherent distrust should accompany the rise or sustenance of political stars. The more that a politician needs money, the more they are susceptible to corruption.
II. To Lead in Troubled Times
American Presidential elections have been affected by devious machinations, insidious propaganda, and fear mongering, right alongside the patriotism and altruistic efforts we’d rather have seen lead the process. Elections have occurred during times of war and rumors of war, and when civil insurrection, economic depression, racial conflict and political corruption threatened our country. Along with some really terrific leaders, and others who fortunately managed to not worsen the situation, scoundrels and ineffectual leaders have also held the office. In spite of all we’ve gone through, because of our Constitution and our citizens, the United States stands.
The Pyramids stand. Rome stood for a long time. The British Empire was tremendously powerful – for a while. And now, with recession, warfare, industrial espionage and underemployment hanging over our heads, hungry hoards and terrorists at our borders and angry disillusioned within, Americans face aggregated challenges that might crumble any nation.
Fear, tribalism, and hopelessness threaten to overtake Martin Luther King’s Dream at a time when understanding and caring for our fellow Americans should be promoted as the national policy. This, at a time when real enemies have subverted our national defense.
The Information age – once the harbinger of an era of supreme knowledge and effectiveness – notably has wrought profligate misinformation, decision by slogan, and the disfavor of critical analysis. Repetition has been substituted for the requirement of truth; nowadays, if a snippet of information or purported fact is repeated or popularized enough times it becomes as valid as if a true fact, regardless of the contextual appropriateness of the information or how true or false or complete the purported fact actually is.
III. Imperfect Will Do
Enter The Donald. A candidate who can’t be corrupted by money because he has all the money he and his family needs forever. A grownup real-life Richie Rich for the 21st century. Even The Blacks love him.
At least, everybody seemed to love the guy before he came within striking distance of changing the way things operate. Then he became a bad man. During the past year I’ve read and heard awful things attributed to Donald Trump: “He’s a rude ruthless bullying billionaire anti-Semitic sexist bigot with mob connections who will keep Muslims out of the country and deport all the illegals and make Mexico pay for an endless wall and make other nations get nukes or hire us.” One friend says he “will move to Canada if Trump wins, but he won’t win because he’s un-American and Americans aren’t that stupid.” My dad said Trump is dangerous.
My dad’s just old enough to remember the World War II dictators and, considering what a fantastically popular personality Donald Trump is, I think Il Duce is the dangerous he’s thinking of. Benito Mussolini. What a charmer that guy was. A beloved, feared and conniving dictator who “had the trains running on time” with an army of uniformed and civilian loyalists ready to jump at his smallest gesture. Eventually some of the citizens hung him upside down. Thanks to the Founders, Americans have constitutional safeguards against dictators; we don’t have to worry about Trump getting too big for his britches.
It’s indisputable that Donald Trump has at times been rude and insulting. He beat up on my favorite candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, but still got Ted Cruz blamed for pulling a dirty trick on Carson in prematurely announcing Carson was withdrawing from the race. Yet it was Trump who first hurt Carson’s candidacy by criticizing Carson’s stories of his youthful violence.
Then he insulted another candidate I liked, Carly Fiorina, and followed that up by the flattest back-handed complement I’ve ever heard. That was bad.
Trump wasn’t kind to the Pope either. All Donald had to do was say the Pope had not been told all he should know about him and in the future he would attempt to communicate directly so that filtering by underlings wouldn’t cause delays in the people of the world seeing that these two leaders appreciate each other’s mission; say that he indeed does talk of building bridges, that the Wall is part of that economic and cultural bridge as are other structural rules and borders. But instead he used this opportunity (while in the non-Catholic Carolinas) to show his independence of the Pope and that he will fight anybody. Trump got the predominately Protestant vote, while the whole world got the message that Trump will fight anybody.
That’s why I’m not holding that behavior against him. You see, he’s Donald Trump, not the League of Women Voters. In his eyes, Trump was facing competitors and deal breakers, not candidates or moral authorities. The other candidates were forewarned but challenged him without making a deal first. Spectators on the sidelines entered the field of play without donning a helmet.
Trump is known for being very cold-blooded competitive – he had a TV show where his big thing was telling people they were fired – so if you threaten his interests or go up against him you should expect to get kicked in the knees. The message is: “Don’t tread on me; be afraid of fighting, making a deal my way would be better”. Our country can benefit from such a leader.
The deterrent effect of being dangerous to our enemies is tremendously valuable and has helped keep our nation secure. Much like the ancient Romans, we used to have a reputation for causing infinite regret in any foe foolish enough to raise a hand against us. Waterboarding is nothing compared to a crucifixion.
I want a President with a reputation, who is dangerous to our enemies, and will take any necessary measure against our enemies, leaving our enemies the option of peacefully leaving the USA alone – or suffering to extinction.
IV. Beyond the Propaganda
A lot of people have objected to the Trump candidacy. Sometimes the objections are reasonable because of the way Trump has been reported, sometimes it’s because Trump is a salesman at heart prone to speak extemporaneously, use puffery and stake out extreme positions. When statements are taken out of context it hurts him but is an insult to voters; editing and biased reporting can make a very common sentiment seem bizarre. Cautiously view the news.
I’ve nurtured an ability to see through the fog, to cut thru the b.s. Reading between the lines and critical analysis are routine with me, as is my habit of being a voracious consumer of news from many sources. And I’ve got a good memory. I intend that sharing the fruits of my gathering of intelligence will help the decision making of others who have even less time or patience to sort things out.