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Is Donald Trump A Viable Presidential Candidate?

Updated on August 14, 2015
Donald Trump - Our Next President?
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Donald Trump is everywhere right now: on television in a debate; soundbites galore on various news networks; radio; appearing in person wherever he may be at that moment. He is always good for a sentence or a paragraph, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes thought provoking and oftentimes seemingly straight out of a large portion of America's own mind, questioning this or that in politics today or commenting on something that troubles us.

But how in touch is he really? We know he is a consummate showman, understanding what gets ratings, what to say to touch of an argument then walking away unscathed. After all, he's not called The Teflon Don for nothing.

What are his politics?

John Q. Public oftentimes looks at the rich and powerful as being part of the Republican Party and the Voice of the People as being part of the Democrat Party. In recent years the Tea Party has been apparently speaking on behalf of the majority of the people due to the perception that the Democrats are too far one way and Republicans too far the other way, and thus do not represent the Middle Class effectively. Trump has at various times in the past provided donations to both Republican and Democratic parties and has spoken at various Tea Party functions. So one has to wonder: what party does he line up with the most?

At present he is attempting to run on a Republican ticket although he has not ruled out running a third party or independent. While some people may have concerns over this apparent waffling, personally I do not. As a business man first and foremost I feel Trump is simply keeping his options open until he has to commit. When he reaches that point he will declare one or the other and we will move on.

He did run for President on the Reform Party ticket in 2000 and in fact won the California Primary while on that ticket. Speculation ran wild in 2011 when Trump thought about running for President and even garnered support which gave him a lead in some polls though he never had committed to running. Perhaps this is what has led to him actually running at this time.

At various times over the years he has changed his position on certain "hot topic" subjects, sometimes going 180 degrees from a former view. For example, in 1999 he was for abortion rights but respected the opposition to it. In 2011 he was pro life and now believes late abortions should be banned except in certain circumstances.

Regarding the budget he has remarked that we need to prepare for an upcoming crash (in 2000) and has several times voiced concern over the National Budget. Once remarking that we would see a major boost to the economy by the ND elimination (1999) and in 2015 saying that if the debt reaches $24 trillion we will have reached a point of no return. He did provide a possible answer to the debt in 1999 calling for a one time tax of 14.25% on wealth.

When asked about crime, he has remarked that we need a tougher stance as a country on crime, criminals and the judicial system. Judges should be held accountable to a higher degree; that criminals should not have as many rights as they appear to have; and that we need to proceed with capital punishment for those convicted of murder.

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He has been hard on illegal drug use, even removing a winner of his Miss USA contest for an overindulgence of drugs, yet he feels America should legalize certain drugs and use the tax revenue for educational purposes relating to drugs.

Trump has been outspoken in the Common Core practice which was a part of the Educational System, calling it a disaster this year. He also desires to cut the Department of Education down, having stated that at a Tea Party convention in South Carolina in January. He believes that education needs to be local, held accountable by those closest to the problems rather than by a Governmental oversight committee.

In addition he believes we need to stop the "dumbing down" of our schools as well. His concerns about not offending a child by holding them accountable for their spelling, that being hard on the student and letting them know when they have spelled something incorrectly is far better than ignoring the situation and allowing them to continue on as illiterate.

I applaud this effort for the reason I have railed against this myself for years. If the word is spelled incorrectly, whatever the subject may be count a point off! Just because the subject may be Science does not mean the student shouldn't be able to spell cell as cell, not sell!


One of the topics Trump has come under fire for recently is that of Immigration. As far back as 1999 he has held a firm stance on immigration saying that we need to limit immigration and focus more on those who live here rather than those who are here illegally. He has spoken on building a wall across the US Mexican border; that those who cross the border illegally are little more than violent criminals; and that if we give citizenship to illegal aliens we are setting our country up for a fall.

When asked about the Unemployment Rate he believes it to be closer to 20% than the advertised 5.6%. America has lost jobs overseas due to the raising of taxes on businesses and that is one of the primary reasons for our current unemployment catastrophe.

So, what are my thoughts?

So, what do I think? Well, first off he is not a politician so that's a good thing. For years I have felt that Washington is too full of those who are too full of themselves, who have no connection with the common man on the street and as such can in no way serve those people. Now, do I really believe Trump does understand the common man? Not really, but I do know that he is a business man, for all his faults. He understands how to cut deals, how to stretch his funds, how to get more that he gives away. Can any other politician say that?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Now, I will admit something to you all: who the last person I voted for President was. Ready? Don't laugh!

Ross Perot.

Yes, Ross himself. Why did I "throw" my vote away on him? Because I believed he could do something no modern President could do: balance the budget. And by balancing the budget more good things might follow. Like, say more spendable income because of fewer taxes; less dependence on foreign items; a halt to the selling off of America to China. Things like that. The movie Brewster's Millions struck a chord in me: Vote for None Of The Above. Remember that? If no one there is worth your vote vote for none of them. How I wish Americans would get off their collectives arses and do something, anything to change the direction of our nation. Why vote for A or B if neither one is who you truly want for that position? Find another answer!!! I thought Perot might have been that answer.

Is Trump the answer for today? Will Trump be able to do this? Who knows? But for sure, any other contender won't even try. Every other candidate is a lifelong politician who knows which side of his bread is buttered, and it ain't the side we can see. They all owe someone a favor or a hundred, they all will cut the throat of their own mother to get a deal done, they all believe they are doing the right thing by continuing to do the same tired old thing their predecessor did. Oh, their words will be different, promises made and then broken, and at the end we will be left with even more unemployment, more debt, more of all the things this country doesn't need and none of what it does.

I believe Trump might break the mold. Whether or not he identifies with the common man, he at least understands what this person thinks and acts in a manner that leads me to believe he might be better suited to accomplishing what no other candidate will: halting the corruption and set the feet of Lady Liberty back on the righteous path once more. He believes in America and appears to care about her well being. I can't say that about any other candidate; at least not yet.

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The one thing I am worried about is that he is going to get everyone in an uproar, then bow out. He may try to transfer his followers to another candidate and walk away if he doesn't get the Republican nomination. I hope not; I hope he stands firm in this resolve and that he truly has the best interests of our nation at heart. If he does walk away he will leave a bitter taste in a large population's mouth for he does seem to cut through the crap and attack the heart of the problem. Perhaps he doesn't always use the most P.C. terms, but it appears as though he does know what he is talking about for the most part. He is shrewd, he understands things as few politicians do and I think he just might be the best person for the job.

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So, will we have another actor President? Will we have another Apprentice-like show where we get to watch him tell one politician after another "You're Fired!"? Wouldn't that be nice? Will he be one who shoots his mouth off, says something that cause the Presidential aides to blush, or hide their mouths with hands clenching papers? Probably. But will he stand firm in the face of corruption? Will he help us take back America from the corrupt? I believe he might.

He's better than the alternative. And God knows, we've had enough of those "space fillers" for years; the time has come to put someone else in office.

Then we can always chuckle when we hear this song about his hair.

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      jaypoet 21 months ago

      yep! ... Trump is outspoken and i like people of such caliber. A big fat YES for Trump.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Mike - it looks like the way it works is the last guy to put out a smear TV ad wins the war. I am just really tired of all the millions wasted on getting a job that could never pay back what a candidate spent of his own money. Or could it?

      Come to think of it, just being exempt from insider trading laws could make them a fortune on the stock market.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well thanks opm!

      Honestly, the only good thing about prez elect season are the Saturday Night Live spoofs!

      One back in the 90s was hysterical.

      And definitely a viral campaign is the way of the future. I get these promoted tweets all the time. How Bolton got on my timeline is beyond me......"tell Obama he's bad"......sure, OK. Not

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Mike, I loved his idea too. I still think someone will eventually be elected running a completely viral campaign via Hubpages, Twitter, Youtube and other such sites. Someday!

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      lovemychris

      "Yes--and publically financed campaigns, OR full disclosure! None of this taking millions, and then not having to disclose where it came from...that's idiotic!"

      The above is from one of your earlier comments. I too believe we should publically fund the campaigns with our hard earned tax dollars, giving each candidate exactly the same amount of money. We would also make it illegal to accept outside campaign contributions, and demand an accounting on how our money was spent.

      We have reached the point where the guy with the most bucks wins almost all of the time. The billions spent on political campaigns could go for many better causes.

      I especially like the part of no TV ads, that would make a year of our lives much better.

      You are just full of great ideas, keep them coming please.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I kind o think the silent majority are those who want peace, but are afraid to be called unAmerican. And are fine with abortion, but afraid of being called baby-killer. The war mongers and anti woman people are very vocal. So much so, no one else gets to speak!imo

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Chris, he may do a lot of talking; I just hope he accomplishes a portion of what he has said. As for the silent majority, from where I sit I sure think it is more than 15%; maybe not 90% but I would guess somewhere around 40% or so, and that's enough to get him elected.

      Mary, how nice of you to pop in! If he gets in he better buckle down and do something, but whether he gets that nomination is another thing. I do think he is bullheaded enough to tell them all to stick it and if they don't play ball he will out every single one of them to We the People. Then either they play nice for the first time in a long time or they get their keesters out! Only time will tell. You have a grand day and smile every chance you get!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'm hoping after all the popularity garnering he's done, he'll get down to politics and show them all what he really can do.

      Do I think he'll win a nomation to the ticket? Unfortunately, I doubt it, but if he continues to show the nation he knows what's going on, there's always the independent ticket and the possibilty of having President Trump run our country.!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Well--just saw him speaking....

      1. All illegals would be deported

      2. No funding for Planned Parenthood if they do abortions. Would have to consider whether he would shut the gvt down over it or not.

      I would say those are 2 issues that have set him squarely into a certain segment of society and squarely out with others.....

      He calls it the silent majority....I think it's more like 15%

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yes--and publically financed campaigns, OR full disclosure! None of this taking millions, and then not having to disclose where it came from...that's idiotic!

      I/e end Citizens United.

      No television ads. Period.

      No making things personal.

      State your case: your beliefs and plans for the country.....

      All in a designated time-frame...what, 2-3 months should be enough?

      We'll take it from there.

      PIPE DREAM

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Mike I agree with you: limit them to two terms and then move along, let someone else in. I love that you and Chris are having such a spirited conversation about this. Perhaps our country will make a good choice after all this time around; if you are the examples then we know that conversation is occurring and not the blind leading the blind. Thanks, guys. And thank you too Larry for stopping by. Have a great day, all!

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Your right. His famous "Your Fired" speech would not work with congress. He would have to somehow let the public know what a lousy job the person was really doing and let the voters fire them for him.

      No, not all of them have sold out but it is becoming fairly evident that some have. They are the one's that need to be fired.

      Many disagree but I still think term limits would go far toward reducing corruption. Lobbyists would not be as anxious to invest millions in someone who could only serve two terms.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      The thing is.....he says "I'm going to do this...simple!" But: if it takes money to do it, and the House of Reps says "Oh no you're not"....what's he going to do--fund it himself?

      And truthfully......people like him, Adelson, those 80 people who have more wealth than 1/2 the world......they COULD fund it themselves!

      In fact: why bother with the middle man-gvt---they COULD technically pay for anything they wanted to happen!

      But it still has to get thru Congress. And I refuse to believe every single person in there is a rotten sell-out.

      And maybe that's why Hillary and Harkin kind of smirked when a reporter asked what they think about Trump running for prez. "Should I take this seriously?, Harkin asked.

      In fact, the fact that Harkin is stumping for Hillary is making me reconsider my opinion of her.

      Harkin is old-skool real pol....a fighter in the trenches.

      Trump has a lot to learn. Prez is not a company CEO. People working with him/her (maybe) DO NOT bow down and kiss his/her ring.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting analysis.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      It alwàys makes me wonder why anyone would spend millions of their own money to be elected into politicß. They must know they ar3 going to get it all back plus a bunch more.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Personally, I think his ego will do him in.

      He's coming off too nice for me.......like it's an act.

      Truthfully, I don't believe he gives two squirts about the Bible....he was pandering. Same w the helicopter ride for the kids......just seemed too forced.

      BUT--as you say, it's a long way to Tipperary......and the lies and demonizing have started in commercial ads, too. *turn off*--poisons the mind.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      At least he paid for his own helicopter and the fuel. We paid for everyone else that showed up.

      Like with all campaigns, we will hear lots of promises, but few of them ever come true.

      Trump will either rise all the way to the top or go down in flames as the game goes on. It will be interesting to watch what happens.

      It is still a long time until the election and we will be listening to all the lies for over a year. Isn't that something to look forward to?

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I've been watching his stump speeches. Latest one in Iowa, he flew down in a helicopter.

      Sanders said: "Oh mine is in the garage"...LOL

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      And you know all of this to be true and factual or is this just your opinion?

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      So, what's a Trump America?

      All undocumented OUT.

      Huge wall on border.

      Out with ACA.

      He's anti-abortion, so I don't know what "taking care of women" means to him.

      He said he's got great deal-makers who will get the best deals for America...for America, or his business Buds?

      And when he brings back the jobs, will it be "good jobs at good wages", or tax breaks, no unions and dirt pay?

      Lastly---he is always bragging abut his riches, but says his favorite book is the Bible....

      Welllllll.......shouldn't he be "selling all that he has to give to the poor" ? Camel/Needle....need I say more?

      *red alert, red alert"

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      Thanks.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      You make a good point.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      I'm not for Hillary either. If it came down to those two I wouldn't vote. But if Trump doesn't run I be willing to bet who he'd vote for. He's buddy buddy with the Clintons. That's probably the only reason he switched to republican, so he wouldn't interfere with her race.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      So you feel strongly that someone who is already bought and paid for is a better choice? I guess we will never agree on this issue. Good luck with Hillary.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      Why not support Peewee Herman, or Weird Al. A refreshing change from same old politics, right? You seem to think the only people who can be a politician correctly is someone who isn't a politician. No offense, but that makes no sense at all. In '68 we humped the Hump, in 2016 we need to Trump the, Trump.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      I will say again that I feel we need someone like Trump for at least one term to get things moving again. For the huge amount of money we pay our elected representatives not much really gets accomplished. They spend most of their waking hours trying to get re-elected, fighting and arguing with the other party members, and blocking bills that would be good for America.

      Could Trump or someone like him change this? I think anyone who could get them moving again would be beneficial to our country. Because of the current mess we are in it is going to take a very strong and forceful individual to get the train back on the tracks.

      If we can't stop the runaway spending and start reducing the national debt, we most likely will not see many more election cycles in this country. We could learn a few things from Greece and Puerto Rico if anyone is paying attention.

      Some bills are getting passed now that Harry Reid can no longer block everything he can. But other very necessary bills are still gathering dust wherever they store these things.

      I really do belive a strong and fair president could get this country moving again.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      Never leave home without it my friend.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Point taken, Sir. Take care now.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      No one's prefect. I never suggested that. Only that there are far better candidates than Trump. You have the right to endorse who you choose. But to ignore all the negatives about him and say he's the best choice based solely on the hope that he might be different I think would be a mistake, but that's just my thoughts. You endorse who you want and vote for who you want, but I'd by some miracle he wins, and screws up the nation, don't say i didn't warn you.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Brad, your thoughts have great merit. If these things are good for the goose, why not the gander? Those in power are no better than us yet they elevate themselves and dictate to the rest of the country as if they are superior. I for one am fed up and tired of it. Time for a change, and if that change doesn't work then on to the next. Status quo no mo'!

      Mike, you are dead on; if its been this way and it isn't working then its time for a change. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? Doing things the same way time after time and expecting a different outcome. If we continue to pander to these two parties we are begging them to abuse us.

      Luke, I understand that change is not always a good thing but neither is expecting those in power to instantly understand the way we feel. Not saying Trump does but he might, and the others flat out don't know or care. Minnesota may have tried and failed with Ventura but that one instance doesn't mean the country should be afraid of trying once more. To ignore what we have, accept it as the best we can do is no longer an option. Trump may have red flags but show me a politician who doesn't. I'll take a chance on him because to do otherwise is to stand pat and that ain't working.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      When coke changed was that a good thing? People get tired of the"same old" but that doesn't mean change is always needed, or for the best. Especially when it means the possibility of someone who proposes to bring back imperialism, and who doesn't know the first thing about running a nation. MN made the same claims about change before bringing in Ventura as our governor in '98. What a refreshing change from the "same old" that ended being. (We gladly brought back real politicians to the governor's seat after that mistake). If you're really serious about who the next republican nominee will be, and not just blowing smoke here, just think about you're reasons for endorsing a candidate before endorsing him, or her. I honestly liked Trump from the start also, but after getting to know him a little more I truly think the man is trouble. I see far too many red flags waiving in his path. Anyhow, that's the only point I wanted to make. Someone else can go ahead and "trump" me now.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Mike - Your at the same place with this as I am. Do we really need or want just more of the same? When we do that, all of the favors they owe, all the back room deals, and everything else on the negative side comes with them.

      Perhaps some fresh blood is just what we need be it Trump or someone else. Too often we hear the old statement "We've always done it this way." Maybe it is way past time to quit doing everything the way we have been because it just isn't working now.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Once again

      4 bankruptcies for Trump, is he broke, no, but take a look at our National Deficit.

      Being non loyal to a party, I think is very intelligent. Neither party has stopped us from melting down in 2008, and continuing a decline today, and most likely tomorrow.

      The rich get richer, the middle class becomes the working lower class, and the lower class becomes the permanent welfare class. Both parties have been in control congress, and the presidency over the last one hundred years, and yet look where we are today.

      Replace the Income Tax with a National Sales Tax like those found in most of the states.

      Adopt the same retirement and healthcare system enjoyed by government workers.

      If we the taxpayers can afford to give them FERS, and FEHS then why shouldn't we get it also. FERS would replace SS, and FEHS would replace Medicare, and we wouldn't need ACA.

      This can never happen because it is not to the interests of either political party. So as long as we stay the course with the tired old democrats, and republicans how will the country ever find prosperity.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      I love all the comments!! This is exactly what we need as a nation: exchanging ideas, thoughts, and getting off our collective arses to make a difference in our country. And the fact that we have people from other nations chiming in should let us know we are being watched and we better make sure we are worth the watching. 2016 is just around the corner so time to "put some meat on the bone" candidates. I do think Trump is a bit of a blowhard but that difference is what is making me pay attention to him right now. All the others are cut from the same cloth and more of the same is what we DON'T need! Thanks to all who are reading and commenting and corresponding here, I applaud you for your thoughts.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Mike. This was an interesting read. I am viewing it all as an outsider however and have no idea about most of the candidates. The only one I know muh about apart from Donald Trump is Hilary Clinton. I did hear a rumour that Al Gore may throw his hat in the ring late.

      When I first heard Trump was running for President I admit to thinking it a joke, but as you say "at least he isn't a politiian" and that has to be a plus. He does speak his mind and doesn't are about political correctness. It remains to be seen if he wins the Presidency as a Republican whether he can really make a difference or just end up towing the party line however. It was interesting to hear some of the things he stands for including literacy in schools, and I am in agreement with most. Good hub. Voted up.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Welp--I started watching his latest stump speech last night.....This business of insulting everyone else while blowing your own horn is going to get old REAL fast.....in fact, I'm sick of hearing it already.

      Time to start putting meat on that bone.

      You say we need to "take care of women", but you are against abortion.....so what does this mean?

      You say leaders don't respect us......we just signed an historic peace agreement with major signatories around the world....How does threatening and insulting work any better?

      You are "good friends" with a leader many of us consider a menace to the world.......with you as a friend, how far will you allow this maniac to go?

      When you call our president weak...you make me sick to my stomache. Because I know what strong means.....and we already have the reputation as the Great Satan.

      Might makes Right? Old, and unimaginative, and leads only to death and destruction. IMO

      I want peaceful, respectful leader.....not a typical blowhard.

      WE have forgotten what peace means.

      And ISIS is easily dealt with: Call off the CIA and Mossad!!! and sundry other neo-cons in our gvt and around the world--and their flunkys.

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      I will say this about Trump, I love the fact that he stands behind what he says and doesn't back down, lie, make excuses or try to hide behind anyone like most politicians. The problem I have is, are we going to trust this man with our country that is already in debt/economically unstable, when he himself has filed for bankruptcy on 4 separate occasions? However Im inclined to agree with Bravewarrior, it doesn't matter which party their from, they are all full of crap.

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      BODYLEVIVE 2 years ago from Alabama, USA

      A viable presidential candidate, naaaw. First of all he doesn't have the character to become president. I do not feel he can successfully do anything but who knows--money can buy just about anything. Indeed, he has a lot of homework to do.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      Gregas, I had to quickly express some disagreement with your comment I just noticed. Politicians need to be tough, but not rude. Interrupting people while talking is not something I think people learn how to do, but learn how not to do. Someone with the patience to listen to an adversary finish speaking before responding, who can still deliver a charismatic retort, makes a much bigger impression than someone who's too afraid to let an adversary finish speaking before jumping in. While there are some appropriate times for interruptions, Trump just comes across as cowardly in my opinion in the ways I've seen him cut in on questions and conversations. It's about tact and tone. He's trying to underestimate the importance of character in a politician, but that's not a trait to be underestimated. It speaks volumes about what a politician is capable of accomplishing.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "don't you wish we had a leader that would stand up to others, be a bit of a bully to other countries rather than the PC eunuchs we have had for years?"

      Absolutely!

      "Bibi-not one more dime until you stop the illegal settlements, and the brutalizing mistreatment and murder of Palestinians."

      WAY past time!

      And it's so funny.....all these Right leaning people so mad at a liberal hubber, cause he calls GOP idiots.....but love it when Trump says it about Obama.

      SMH

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      Of course a leader should stand up to others, but in a tactful way. No good leader would sit around waiting for another nation to take action. A good leader would be too busy for that. A President should stay on top of potential foreign threats without creating new enemies. As for calling someone else an idiot, it's childish, and clearly indicative of a lack of detailed knowledge regarding the true values he actually opposes. For one thing, anyone who's President, whether your agree with that person's policies or not, is most decidedly not an idiot. Politicians that have reached this position have all had top notch educations. Even if they had parents pulling the strings a bit, as some of them did, you can't get to that position by being stupid, and everyone knows this. It's adolescent, and I highly doubt many people care to hear others say it about a president, especially from a presidential candidate. If that's the only way he can attack Obama, he has a lot of homework to do.

      I also, on the other hand, can clearly see how he could be a worse President than various predecessors. Four business bankruptcies? What does that say about the potential for careless spending? I sensed a certain pride in his answer during the debates also about how he was able to exploit this nation's assistance programs to businesses. How long was he a Democrat before changing parties? No one knows. Where is his campaign funding coming from? No acknowledgement for that has been disclosed yet. There's far too many question marks, and far too little political experience that go along with his obvious ruff edges. I can name plenty of reasons why I don't think he'd make a good President. The ability to act tough on camera is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to qualifications. That's just how I view the situation with him.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Luke, I appreciate your thoughts but don't you wish we had a leader that would stand up to others, be a bit of a bully to other countries rather than the PC eunuchs we have had for years? I for one am tired of the pussyfooting around our leaders do with the rest of the world and wish we would stand up and say enough! And when someone calls another an idiot, it is somewhat refreshing to hear said in public what I am thinking at home. 'Bout time!!! Now, will he be a good President? Who knows? Will he be any worse than what we've had? Don't see how. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, though; I do appreciate it. Take care Sir.

      Greg, they only interrupt during these little "showdowns"; once the smoke clears and the real work begins every statement is thought out a hundred times over and no more stepping on toes occurs. Too bad; I kind of wish it would continue! Have a great day!

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      Greg Schweizer 2 years ago from Corona, California.

      Luke, if you won't vote for someone because they interrupt other people when they talk, then you won't be voting for anyone. They all do it. I think that's one thing you have to be able to do in order to be a politician or a political critic.

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      lukemike92 2 years ago

      I think he's too mean and unpolished to be President. And what does he mean when he say's "no time for tone?" It doesn't take time to change your tone, he just doesn't want to do it. I would never vote for someone who interrupts people like he does, and gets sarcastic when they're trying to say something reasonable. There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and he of all people needs to tone it down. Saying things like "Obama is an idiot." Yes, most Republicans don't like Obama, but at the same time no one wants to hear that our current President is an "idiot." He talks big, but so far has not backed anything he's said. "He's going to make America great again," but how? I give him credit for his guts in standing up and doing what he's doing right now, but I highly doubt he could make a good President.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      I love that each of you have taken the time to read, then think, then comment on Trump here. I would hope he can't be bought like Mike says here as surely he has sufficient funds to last his lifetime. Greg, you are dead on that he says something then stands there and defends his stance whether it is right or not. Headstrong maybe, but his backbone is there for all to see. Once aimed in the right direction he will be formidable. lovemychris I have not seen any pandering yet, but it might come. I still have hopes. Brad your thoughts are well taken, and I hope we have learned from our mistakes and do not return to that arena. And Bill, I understand completely. For years I have sat back and did nothing, then complained when my nothing did nothing and the song remained the same. I have you to thank for getting me off my keister and trying to make a difference. I may, or may not; but at least I am not doing my same old nothing! Status quo is no longer acceptable; we must make a difference. My voice may not be loud, but at least I'm talking again! Thanks, buddy; you enjoy your day. And thanks to all of you for taking the time to converse with me; I truly appreciate it. See ya, Mike.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      In the end I don't believe anything those running for office say. Things change, promises are forgotten, and We the People pay. It will be interesting to see if there really is an invisible government that rules once Nobama is out of office. I learned in high school that there are ten families that basically rule the world, regardless of who's in office. I guess we shall see. Or not.

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      Yes Dear 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Eh...he's starting to pander. Hisfavorite book? The Bible, of course. Anti abortion, militaristic, will get rid of ACA. And Iran? Need we ask?

      He's the same old same old, wrapped in a new package, is all.

      Imo

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      My favorite part about Trump is that he admittedly can't be "bought" the way he himself has "bought" other politicians. Large campaign contributions never come without strings attached. I would probably vote for him for lots of reasons. I think he could get some things accomplished that have been on the back burner for years. He also tells it like it is and the hell with being PC.

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      Greg Schweizer 2 years ago from Corona, California.

      I like Trump because he is the ONLY person I have ever seen that would say something and then stand behind what he said. He doesn't cower like most when someone threatens to not back him just because he said something they didn't agree with.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Mike

      I agree for the most part with your opinion.

      And even if he does bail, he stirred up the old recipe pot, and maybe voters might want a change from their usual pot of political gruel.

      If we don't change anything, then how is anything going to change.

      I thought the Arnold Schwarzenegger might have turned California around because he was a successful businessman but he flabbed out using Sacramento as a happy hour, and cigar smoking arena. I hope he won't be back, ha.

      He has weathered the economies, going rich to bankrupt, and back to rich. The politicians only try to add to the national debt.

      The thing that he has going for him, that most of the other candidates don't have is he is not on the government payroll. Those candidates should be doing their elected job, and not focusing on their personal careers.

      We only get two years of focus at best from incumbents, as yeas three and four are for saving their butt from going out the door. Look what happened in 2007, the third year of the four year cycle. Not only were there a slew of senators going for the presidency, the entire congress was in the reelection mode to secure their party even if they themselves were not up for reelection.

      So we are into the debates in 2008, and they are focused on the war, and other issues, but skim over the economy. Maybe they know, and hoped it wouldn't meltdown until after the election, or they were so distracted they didn't have a clue.

      It seems to me that the way they handled it with TARP indicates the latter is more true. 1.5 trillion dollars, and all we got was the Obamacare T shirt. It has been 6 years wearing that tax driven T shirt waiting for the care.

      So today, people that are retiring are the cause of why congress can't balance the budget, and why the national deficit keeps growing. 6 years after the meltdown, these politicians, and their political parties want us to be the guilty for where we are today.

      It was there job to protect the economy and the country, but they failed with capital letters. Neither party stopped the meltdown when it was manageable, and neither party handled the recovery satisfactorily. They did make sure that the financial institutions that caused the meltdown were handsomely rewarded with government funds.so they could re inflate the super giant companies that they took down to the ground. With the government money in hand and their companies float in government money, they quickly awarded themselves bonuses in the seven figures. Why, because they could and they claimed they had to do it to keep the key executives. Yes, the same ones that crashed the company.

      Meanwhile, the banks obese with government handouts refused to loan the money to help the people that lost their homes. The list goes on and on.

      Have we forgotten what they did or really didn't do for the country?

      We might as well forget 911 while we are at it. Remember, the government failed us then, not a single military aircraft engaged the enemy. Andrews Air Base couldn't even protect the Capital.

      My point is that these incumbents from both parties, didn't help the country or the people then, so why should we think they can do it now?

      The difference between a Knight that vowed to protect the country, and incumbent is one has honor, and the other one never heard of honor.

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      Greg Schweizer 2 years ago from Corona, California.

      Just as viable as any of the others.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always interesting to hear your thoughts, Mike. I rarely get into discussions about candidates and voting. Just my nature. But thank you for explaining yours.

      Have a great weekend and blessings to you and yours.