By The Prophet of Life
As everyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the past several weeks knows, Real Estate Tycoon and Reality TV Star Donald Trump is running for Republican Party nomination as President United States of America. When one goes to his official website one gets a good idea of what his campaign is all about. It says: “Trump for President” followed by his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”. There is one button that says Join Us and another that says Donate. There is a banner that says In The News which has headlines about the Trump campaign’s accomplishments.
There is nothing about Trump’s position on the main issues. There is no campaign platform. There is no vision for America. There is just the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and nothing about how Trump is going to make that happen. The website is just a glimpse into the problem with Donald Trump.
Trumps announcement that he is running for President was filled with what Trump is famous for, self-aggrandizement it seemed more like a commercial for how great Donald Trump is than the announcement of a candidate for the Republican Party’s selected Candidate for President. Perhaps he assumes he already has the nomination but the summer 2016 is a long way away and November 2016 is even longer.
His announcement also came with controversy as he made a statement that inferred that the majority of Mexicans are criminals and rapists. The statement stirred controversy among Latinos and Democrats and even drew the ire of members of the Republican Party who will totally lose the Hispanic vote in 2016 and perhaps beyond if they follow Trump’s lead. Rank and file Republicans are trying to defend Trumps statement saying things ranging from: “He’s right”, to “He’s just saying what everyone else is thinking, the difference is HE has the guts to say it”.
Trump did try to clarify the things he said by citing case of a deported Mexican crossed back onto American soil and continued criminal activity but that was more damage control than an apology. He doesn’t seem to realize the pain and anger his statements have inflicted upon Mexican immigrants who have worked hard at jobs that pay crap just for a chance to live a better life. Mr. Trump himself is a first generation on his mother’s side and a second generation immigrant on his father’s side. Both his mother and grandfather came here from another country. If he had thought about how he would feel if someone accused his grandfather of being a rapist, he would likely feel some of the anger and pain the people he slighted do, that’s if he would have thought about it before he said it which it appears, he never does.
Since his website doesn’t tell where he stands on the important issues of the day, the voting public can only go by comments he had made on these issues in the past and soundbites he makes on the campaign trail. Here is a rundown of where he stands by those standards.
Balance the budget by cutting government programs, and cutting corporate taxes so more jobs can be created. Trump claims to be the jobs creation candidate. He won’t cut social security he will bolster it by bringing in more money. Most of his predecessors have bolstered social security by giving amnesty to large groups of illegal aliens many of whom are young, who are already here and will pay into social security for another 40 years, which balances out the number of seniors drawing money from it. Perhaps Trump will do it with all of the new jobs he is going to create by giving corporations, not voters, tax breaks.
Trump will make the border tougher to cross and will be stronger on deportation than other Presidents have been. He gives no specifics on how he is going to do this.
The Drug Epidemic:
Trump will legalize drugs and create revenue from taxing it. The Government has already done that with alcohol and it has taken us almost 100 years to get the resulting deaths and destruction from addictions to that somewhat under control.
Trump wants to rebuild America’s roads and bridges. He says his construction background has giving him the insight to build them for 1/3 of the cost everyone else is rebuilding them for. Will the work be done by Trump Construction? Last time I checked that would be a conflict of interest.
Supporting our Veterans:
Trump says no one will be as good to America’s veterans as he will. He has never said how he will do this. Trump never served in the military. He never fought in any wars unless you count real estate wars. It is possible that someone who has never served in the military could have the compassion to improve the treatment of veterans, and Trump has given millions to charity, a fact which he touts all the time. Giving money to charity doesn’t make you a compassionate person especially when you can write the money off on your taxes and especially when you constantly point out that you give millions to charity.
America’s Nuclear Stockpile:
Trump wants to update America’s nuclear stockpile. He says other nations (like Iran?) are updating theirs and we need to catch up. This could just be another ploy to help create jobs and bring more money to America which is, after all, the world’s top exporter of weapons.
Trump says that no one will be tougher on ISIS than he will. He says he will find a general with the intelligence and ingenuity of Patton and have him fix the military and set that guy loose on ISIS. Sound like a declaration of war and the commitment of American troops. This time, however, American troops will not be going into battle with ill equipped, ill trained fighters with crappy leadership but fighters who may be better equipped than they are.
Trump has said that nations like China and Mexico are stealing our jobs. He has also said that America is treated poorly in trade deals. He says Japanese car companies are sending millions of cars here but no one in Japan drives a Chevrolet. He says he is going to make American number one again. He doesn’t say how. The Japanese car companies are selling millions of cars here because Americans think they are built better than American made cars. If he wants to get the Japanese to buy more American cars perhaps he should first try and get more Americans to buy American cars.
Perhaps Trump doesn’t understand that the global economy is just that, a global economy. Sure, his company competes in markets other than America but approaching the global economy from the reference point of America is the greatest nation on earth and America always wins and everyone else loses doesn’t work. In the global economy, nations do well by out-thinking and out competing everyone else. Gone are the days when one nation dictates terms and the rest follow in lock step. Trade deals are struck to benefit all of the nations involved and all of the nations involved have a say in how they are worded. The United States is a major player but not THE major player.
China is doing well globally, not because they have more consumers than anyone else but because they are the global leaders in the manufacture green technology, they are buying up natural resources across the globe and they are investing in developing economies. There are the type of things America used to do. China is doing well because they plan their economy with an eye towards what the world will be like in 100 years. America can’t even get a corporation to plan beyond a single quarter, or a national leadership that plans beyond four years into the future. If Mr. Trump wants to make America great, get America to do those things.
I am sure that Donald Trump is a brilliant man, there’s no way someone can become a billionaire by being stupid. I am sure he has a great business sense but in his world, he tells the people he works with what to do and they follow. The American Government doesn’t run like that. Donald Trump has no experience in governance of any Congressional District, State or nationally. This, by many will be seen as a flaw.
Donald Trump may be a brilliant man and may have some good ideas but his campaign hasn’t shown that Donald Trump. It has only shown us the Donald Trump of sound bites and inflammatory statements. It has shown us the Donald Trump long on self-aggrandizement and short on substance. The problem with Donald Trump is he hasn’t shown us anything that looks remotely presidential. Perhaps “All Fanfare and No Substance” would be a more fitting slogan for the Donald Trump for President Campaign we have seen so far.
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