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My Assessment on the Trump Candidacy

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

As a Conservative all my life, I have not seen the like of this election cycle of both parties. In specific, the nomination of Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee is bizarre to say the least. I will give my perception of this process and explain why I am sitting out this election cycle.

- Jul. 2016

Background

My impression of Trump goes back over 10 years long before he decided to run for the Presidency. This was over the donation of Trump State Park which is located a few miles away from my house. You can read about it here.

In full disclosure, at the start of this election cycle, I supported Dr.Ben Carson first and later after he dropped out, I became a Senator Ted Cruz supporter. He was my choice but unfortunately, he did not prevail. That is our system. In either case, I believe any of the 16 other candidates on the GOP side would have been a better choice than Hillary.

This was the year of the outsider. That was why Carson and Trump and Cruz were near the front for most of the campaign. The establishment just didn't get the anger that exists in the populace. They are fed up by Congressional leaders who seems to go along with whatever the Administration proposes especially in the budget and spending. The rise of the TEA party help put the GOP in the majority in both houses and yet they were treated badly by the leadership.

I believe they made the fatal mistake early on by not supporting a Conservative and not taking Trump seriously until it was too late. If they had supported Cruz or Carson early and asked some of the other candidates to drop out to consolidate the anti Trump vote, Trump would not have the momentum he had and won at the end with less than a majority.

Here are my Reservations against Trump

  • He is not a true Conservative
  • He is an egotist and thin skinned
  • He was the ultimate "insider outsider"
  • He is Bombastic and lack temperament
  • He is a showman of the reality TV type
  • He calls people names ...(little Marco, Lying Ted...)
  • He believes in Big Government...
  • He does not understand the Constitution
  • He is self serving
  • He supported past Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and H. Clinton.
  • He has NY "values", the one's everyone knows in middle America.
  • He helped to create the mess we have in Washington DC
  • He speaks and tweets first before thinking... Not Presidential
  • He is the "Crony Capitalist" that uses his money and influence to make more money.
  • He wrote the "Art of the Deal", but he probably will make the deal that benefits him and the American people 2nd.
  • He is "liberal" on some social policies
  • He never apologizes...(who among us has never made a mistake)

Despite all of the above, I don't believe Trump is a racist. He cannot survive Hollywood with his popular Apprentice shows if he had a racist bone in his body. Look what happened to Paula Deen.

Why Trump Will Be Bad for America

Despite some of the ideas I agree with him on such as securing the border, on balance, he will be bad for America.

  • Immigration and the wall - He will not be able to fulfill his promise. He may want to do it but Congress and even some Republicans will stop him.
  • Trade policies - His trade tariffs will not be good for our economy. A better way would be to reduce Corporate tax rates so as to even the playing field.
  • Healthcare - Unfortunately, it is too late to repeal Obamacare. It is too entrenched in our system. We are stuck with it until something better is proposed. Mr. Trump have indicated in the past that he favors a single payer system like in Canada.
  • Imminent Domain - He supports the use of imminent domain to confiscate private property for private development. That is contrary to what it is designed.
  • Spending and deficits - He will drive our deficits higher with his policies. Reducing government spending should be the first priority, by either party.

I would not be surprised if he is elected, he would rename "Air Force One" to "Trump Force One."

Summary

As I said in the introduction, for the first time in 40 years, I am sitting out a Presidential race. I may just do a write-in candidate in protest. Trump reminds me of the character in the movie "The Music Man" and Hillary reminds me of Netflix's "House of Cards" show. I believe both candidates are deeply flawed in different ways. Both will not serve the American people well. I hope I am wrong but not likely. I welcome civil debate on this issue.

Yorktown NY

© 2016 Jack Lee

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    • Readmikenow profile image

      Readmikenow 

      2 years ago

      Excellent Hub. When I saw that Trump got more primary votes than any previous Republican candidate I scratch my head. I don't get it. I've spoken to people who support Trump. They ignore anything Trump has done and don't care. What a Trump supporter I know likes about his guy is how he "pisses people off." He likes it. When Trump said that most members of the news media are corrupt, but the political reporters are extremely corrupt...I felt like cheering. After the Dallas shooting Trump made a statement about law & order...I thought that was spot on. Like a general once said, "You don't go to war with the army you want...you go to war with the army you have." Trump is what Republicans have. I would have loved to have seen Ted Cruz be the nominee. I think Cruz is a brilliant mind and the best possible candidate...but he didn't win. At this point, I don't know what I'm going to do. I still don't understand Trump's appeal. My friend said I should go to one of his campaign rallies but I've not been able to bring myself to do it. One thing I know for sure it that he's better than Hillary...which isn't saying much.

    • savvydating profile image

      Yves 

      2 years ago

      Right. I understand about the borders. That isn't my issue. What I am saying is the Trump insulted Governor Susanna Martinez, a Mexican American representative from Univision, and one other high profile Hispanic personality, I believe. This was on top of his negative generalizations about Mexicans, whom he was all too eager to higher as cheap labor for the construction of his many buildings.

      The point is that not all Hispanics are Democrats, believe it or not and there are some of us who are still waiting for a good reason to vote for Trump.

      Pardon my typos. I type very badly on my iPhone. ;)

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Yes Bro, we tend to get the government we deserve...

      Let's just hope the people wake up before it's too late.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Dont Taze Me Bro 

      2 years ago

      Well Jack stay home, it probably doesn't matter who is elected anyway. This government, congress and the court system, is so full of corrupt and immoral people and has gone so far down the wrong road with respect to everything you can imagine that any president is not likely to stop it or even change the direction we're headed in. Maybe the right guy could slow it own, we know Hillary will speed it up, but in the end this government can not be fixed as long as an ignorant electorate falls for the promises and lies of charlatan politicians and that's the long and short of it all.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Savvy, Thanks for checking in. I am doing a write-in for Cruz. I was disappointed at Carson for supporting Trump when he dropped out of the race.

      There are some Hispanics for Trump but low in number. I do agree with strong border control. Our country cannot remain strong without "language, borders and culture".

    • savvydating profile image

      Yves 

      2 years ago

      Not much debate here. Neither candidate is acceptable. As for racism, I do not believe that Donald has any issues with Blacks or Gays; however, I still wonder about his view on Hispanics. He said some rude things to a number of high profile Hispanics. He had yet to apologize (something he doesn't do, as you pointed out) or to clarify his position in any way. I find this troubling.

      Someone I know, who is Mexican American, could not bring himself to vote for Trump in the primaries---even though this person is a Die-Hard Republican. Nor did I vote for Trump. I wrote in my vote for Jeb Bush, who has no prejudice and who is immensely qualified for the job.

      Anyway, I don't know whether I can bring myself to vote for Trump in November. The only reason why I might is because I despise Hillary with all of my heart and soul. That woman has no soul, in fact.

      Interesting article!

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