Is Trump a viable presidential candidate?
If he is, what does that say about our political process? If he's not, how do you explain the polls?
I think many people are fed up with government's ineptitude and want something totally different. They are familiar with Trump from his reality show and like the idea that he's a billionaire.
Sadly, he would be a disaster as president. The Republican party is trying to redirect voters to their other candidates as they fear Trump would lose against the solid candidate from the Democrats. In the meantime, they do their best to smear Hillary
and to divert voters with Planned Parenthood and Christian persecution.
I could not agree with you more than I already do.
Excellent points. The RNC will do everything in their power to prevent Trump from winning their party's nomination. They're going to try and take it out of the Republican voter's hands because they fear Hillary will destroy him in the general.
I don't understand why the knee jerk reaction of people is to say that Trump as president would be a disaster?
We have had the most experienced politicians as president in the last one hundred years, and yet they were in the executive office when we had real disasters.
The Congress is continually in gridlock, and it is filled with long time incumbents.
The message that the people should read is that the current political system of electing people into office is the root cause of the decline of the US.
If we continue the traditional method of electing politicians, then we shouldn't expect any better results in 2016.
The history of the US will verify that the politicians didn't really help the country, and they and the loyal party voters may be the root cause.
How can anyone really believe that we are on the road to recovery, and another old school old time politicians will find that road?
I am not saying that Trump would be a good president, but I am saying that the politicians have set the bar so low, that we would hardly notice, if he was president.
Obama is a perfect example, he was a politician but he really lacked experience, as most of his work was done at the state level, and he spent the last two years as US Senator campaigning for the presidency.
He did excel at campaigning, and fund raising, but those skills only get you into office. Once in office, he still relied on his campaigning and fund raising skills, and not on being president.
The previous presidents also had their quirks while in office, and my opinion is based on the failure of a system that prides itself on professional politicians, and many of them were lawyers. Both of these attributes have not been useful for moving the country forward.
The two political party system is also at fault, as both parties are diametrically opposed in the goals for the country. They spend most of their time fighting like siblings over their parents will.
Failures are how we learn, and the tradition system of the last one hundred years has failed, and to avoid continued failures, we need to change the system, and that includes how and who we elect to office. This is especially true when the office is that of the US president.
Many people assume that Trump's business success will translate into government success. While Trump has success in the business world he also has multiple business bankruptcies which many people don't know or choose to deny or ignore. Also, success in the business world does not translate to success in government. In addition, his demeanor is often immature and insulting which cannot help our country in tense situations or diplomatic matters. Will he create tensions with his insults and immature behavior if he gets in office?
I do not find much solace in Ben Carson either because he is not able to answer even the most basic questions about how government is run and has voiced very offensive opinions and analogies regarding a variety of topics. And while Ben Carson is a very smart person who may work well with others, how will his neurosurgeon experience translate to being president? It likely will not in most situations. Also, will he create tensions with his illogical analogies and opinions while he is in office?
Regarding Trump's popularity, I understand and know that a lot of Americans simply want someone different...ANYTHING different. But, it is each voter's responsibility carefully inform themselves of the issues important to them then match their needs and goals for themselves AND our country to the candidate they vote for, no matter if the candidate they support are affiliated with a particular party or not.
Americans need to vote on the issues and not for a party or because someone is independent. Also, people need to recognize this is not a popularity contest and that they need to use careful consideration each time they vote. Many are voted into office or get nominations simply because they & their supporters spent the most dollars and used media and other means as much as possible. Just because this occurs does not necessarily mean they are the best candidate for you to vote for.
When Americans vote on the issues and nothing else, that is when we will see more positive changes for America.
I guess it depends on how one defines "viable".
All one has to do is win their party's nomination and most people will vote for their party's nominee over the opposition party's nominee!
Trump leads many of the polls and that makes him viable for now.
In many ways the primaries are more important in determining who is viable. Winning the party's nomination makes one viable.
Once you get to the general election it becomes about who can get their people to turn out. Democrats and Republicans rarely vote for the other party unless there is an economic recession.
It's up to the "swing states" & "Independents" to choose a winner.
However this is not just about Trump. If you add his poll numbers with Carson, and Carly Fiorina you'll see that Republican voters are almost at 60% in favor of having a "non-politician" become president!
This indicates people are frustrated with establishment candidates!
No. Not even remotely. In fact, the Republican party has yet to introduce a candidate that would be viable, and that's because they keep looking for morons and nutcases to appeal to people who believe in Stone Age fairy tales and deny hard scientific truths.
It used to be that Democrats were the party you want when the economy's good and you need a lot of social projects going, and Republicans were the party you want when the economy's bad and you need a smaller government budget. Nowadays, the Democrats are the party you want, period, because they've got the only sane people running, while the Republicans are a wretched hive of scum and villainy. And lunacy.
The last hope the Republican party ever had was John Huntsman, but he got pushed to the curb by his own party so fast that the impact created a shockwave.
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