We Are Expected To Do Better!

People are touting Donald Trump for President by linking to a blog written by Joseph Botts. The title of the blog entry is “Honestly, Why Would Anyone Vote For Trump”. The author lists 10 reasons why he is voting for Trump (Botts, 2016), so I thought I would take a look at those reasons to see how my own opinion measures up.

The first reason is Trump’s resume, where Botts says, “Of everyone running for president, Trump is the only one who has ever employed anyone”. Well, that is not true. Gary Johnson started a handyman business in his junior year of college and built it into a 1,000 employee construction firm (Stein, 2012). Sure, that business was not on the “scale” of Donald Trump, but Johnson never filed bankruptcy once, let alone four times like Trump (Carroll, 2015), to save his business.

The second reason listed is Donald Trump’s character. Say what? Have people forgotten the way he treated Megyn Kelly (Thompson, 2016), let alone the comments he made about nearly all of his opponents during the primary? Yeah, I will agree here, Donald Trump is definitely a character, so much so that he would have been the guy my parents told me to avoid because he would be a bad influence on my own character.

Reason #3, is his success. Honestly, I will give him this one. Donald Trump is better than President Obama and Hillary Clinton on re-writing history, just search YouTube for all of the comments he made on air during the primary, if you can still find them.

The fourth reason is that he is a great negotiator. I will give him this one too. It is no secret that Trump is great at negotiations. Four bankruptcies (Carroll, 2015) and his inane ability to convince the media to play lap dog should have you convinced of his ability to negotiate! But I digress…

Reason #5, is that Trump is a nationalist, not a globalist. The author goes on to state that Trump believes that our country comes first. Sorry, I do not care which side of the aisle you find yourself, but EVERY candidate would make this same claim. They may not approach it the same way, ie: building a wall across our entire southern border and alienating other countries while touting “nationalist” ideas. Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet, Slobodan Milosevic, Francisco Franco, Benito Mussolini, Chiang Kai-shek, and Ho Chi Minh were all nationalists too (Wikipedia, 2016), and don’t forget that famous guy from Germany during World War II who shall not be named because referencing him is just too blasé. Thank you, but no thank you, I do not think being a nationalist is a plus that should be used to garner my support for a candidate.

The sixth reason lists Trumps great insincts. The author lists his prediction of the rise of Osama bin Laden and his opposition to the war in Iraq. Oh, and he mentions that Trump “got out of the gaming industry before it crashed”. Well, that may be true but not before some trial and error since three of the four bankruptcies included The Taj Mahal Casino in 1991, Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts in 2004, and Trump Entertainment Resorts (formerly Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts) in 2009 (Carroll, 2015). Apparently Donald Trump’s instincts only kick in after he has had several warnings, and real life experiences, that provide the information he needs before those darned instincts begin to kick in.

Number seven makes me laugh. “He is a natural leader”. “He is respected internationally as well as in our nation”. “He oozes leadership”. Really? French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that Trump stokes hatred. London Mayor Boris Johnson says, “Donald Trump’s ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense”. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, said that Trump would have difficulty cultivating successful relationships with other countries because of his rhetoric. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron critized Trump for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States saying his remarks were divisive, stupid, and wrong. Even Pope Francis said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian” (Bukszpan, 2016). These comments are from some of our strongest allies, just imagine how other international leaders would show him their respect! How in the world will The Donald ooze leadership and earn respect from abroad if he is already offending our closest allies?

The eighth reason is Trump’s ability to be a persuader and a great communicator. The author states that Trump completely understands the media and “built the most successful reality show in the history of television”. Apparently the author of this blog has not heard of Survivor, The Real World, American Idol, The Bachelor, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, The Biggest Loser, Hell’s Kitchen, or Top Chef. Most “top reality show” sources list The Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, American Idol and The Amazing Race in their top spots, but ironically, The Apprentice (you know, the most successful reality show in the history of television) is 84th on IMDB’s list of the most popular reality television shows (IMDB, 2016) and 34th at Complex (Gruttadaro, Reese, Barone, Aquino, & Sheldon, 2014), The Celebrity Apprentice is ranked 96th at tv.com (TV.COM, 2016). If being #34, #84, or #96 are “successful” rankings then Donald Trump must truly be a great persuader because the author of the blog is convinced that The Apprentice was the most successful reality show ever.

The author lists his ninth reason for supporting Donald Trump as “I have studied him”. Well, so have I, but I chose not to wear the rose-colored glasses when I was looking at Trumps past, his record, his own words, and more importantly, his own actions. The author says Trump is “the real deal”. Many people thought the same thing about President Obama. Years ago I wrote extensively about Mr. Obama’s forked tongue and the words I wrote about Mr. Obama before he became President are still true today. It seems that Mr. Trump comes from the same lineage of forked-tongue human beings that honestly believe their own words no matter how many times they have contradicted themselves.

Finally, number ten. What motivates Donald Trump? His ego. I agree with the author when he states that Trump’s legacy is important to him, but I disagree with him when he says Trump is not motivated by power. Donald Trump is a megalomaniac. He is obsessed with his own power. Trump quickly dismisses anyone who disagrees with him by exerting a false sense of authority and then quickly listing reason after reason for his expertise on any given subject being discussed. Trump claims to have information, usually from unknown sources, which he then spouts as undeniable fact with absolutely no evidence (Norcross, 2016). If someone disagrees with him he insults them and uses his “instincts” to make some wild accusation while attacking their character. If you do not believe me, just look for some of those videos on YouTube where he insulted Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and many, many, more.

Donald Trump’s ego, and his own words and actions, are the top reasons why I am not voting for him. I have checked his record. I have listened to his words. I have watched his actions. Donald Trump is no more a conservative than Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, or Ted Kennedy, all of whom he has donated money. In fact, in 2007 he said, “I’m very much independent… I go for the person, not necessarily the party. I mean, I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats.” (Norcross, 2016).

For my conservative friends who claim that Donald Trump is the savior of the United States of America, I simply ask you to wake up. The choices are not necessarily (R) or (D). Principles, morals, and character should be defining factors that shape each individual, especially those running for public office. Choosing the lesser of two evils is killing our great nation.

As citizens we deserve better. As voters we are expected to do better.

References

Botts, J. (2016). Honestly, Why Would Anyone Vote For Trump? Retrieved from https://josephbotts.com/2016/05/24/honestly-why-would-anyone-vote-for-trump/

Bukszpan, D. (2016), Here’s What World Leaders Say About Donald Trump. Retrieved from http://fortune.com/2016/02/24/donald-trump-nevada-critics/

Carroll, L. (2015). Fact-checking claims about Donald Trump’s four bankruptcies. Retrieved from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/sep/21/carly-fiorina/trumps-four-bankruptcies/

Gruttadaro, A., Reese, N., Barone, M., Aquino, T., & Sheldon, R. (2014).The 50 Best Reality TV Shows of All Time. Retrieved from http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/11/best-reality-tv-shows-all-time-1/

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Norcross, J. (2016). Vile Propagandist Donald Trump Spews More Obama Conspiracy Theories. Retrieved from http://jonathonnorcross.com/post/4672753650/vile-propagandist-donald-trump-spews-more-obama

Stein, J. (2012). Who Is Gary Johnson? And Why Is the GOP So Mad at Him? Retrieved from http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/01/who-is-gary-johnson-and-why-is-the-gop-so-mad-at-him/

Thompson, K. (2016). Megyn Kelly on Donald Trump: ‘I have done my level best to not make this story about me.’ Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/megyn-kelly-preps-for-her-trump-interview-a-chance-to-go-to-a-different-place/2016/05/16/15e46206-187a-11e6-9e16-2e5a123aac62_story.html

TV.COM. (2016). Reality Shows. Retrieved from http://www.tv.com/shows/category/reality/

Wikipedia. (2016). List of figures in nationalism. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_figures_in_nationalism