In the interests of full disclosure, I’m telling you readers that I can’t stand Donald Trump . . . regardless of which party he’s representing. I can’t stand the sound of his voice. I can’t stand his ridiculous looking hairdo; or listening to his incessant megalomaniacal pronouncements.
When it comes to his politics, social positions, and net worth, the man is—purely and simply—about 98% wind and water. He’s long on generalities and mighty short on specifics.
The ONLY person who believes that Donald Trump’s net worth is $10-billion is Donald Trump, himself. Every legitimate Wall Street analyst with whom I’ve spoken places his net worth around $3-billion at an absolute maximum, but more likely much closer to $2-billion.
His obsession with immigration, repealing the 14th Amendment, and building a 2-thousand mile “impenetrable” 25-foot high wall along Mexico’s border—and making Mexico pay for it—is beyond comical.
While there is nothing “politically correct” about Donald Trump, he carries it to the point of social crudeness by failing to understand that people who disagree with him are not stupid for doing so.
But still, he hates people who have the audacity to publicly call him on his often demonstrable bullsh*t. His favorite descriptive adjective for such folks is “stupid;” unless the person is a female, in which case he’ll add a couple of extra descriptives, like “pig,” “slut,” or accuse her of menstruating.
He’s a candidate who has no clue that he can’t run the federal government like a business because it’s not a business; it has absolute obligations that private businesses do not have.
The feds have to provide for the national defense; they cannot intentionally let people starve to death; they have to provide some degree of safety net for people unemployed due to market downturns. The list of differences goes on and on, but you get the point.
So, while each of the sovereign states can pass constitutional amendments requiring balanced state budgets, it’s a virtual impossibility for the federal government to do so on an absolute basis.
The GOP is now obsessed with how to deal with Donald Trump. He’s a ratings bonanza for the electronic media; so they’re going to perpetuate his presence for as long as they’re able to do so.
He’s a hit with the GOP old folks faithful because many of them are sick to death of hearing the same old politically correct stands and lies that have been perpetuated for decades.
Generalities work quite well with this crowd, and they never want to be confused with FACTS.
But the fact is that, sooner or later, people are going to begin putting two and two together, and the hissing sound caused by the wind escaping from Trump’s hot air balloon will become deafening.
I am not anti-GOP; some of this country’s best presidents have been Republicans. But each of them had a common thread stringing its way through their candidacies and their eventual presidential terms.
Not one of them ever hinted at being omniscient, let alone having actually claimed it. Not one of them ever declared themselves to be the “greatest” at anything.
While it was true that they possessed the requisite egos to run for the office, those egos were lacquered with several coats of humility and affability that produced a pleasant veneer.
But unfortunately, it’s quite obvious that the paint store was closed the day Donald Trump showed up.
And finally, while I have never discussed my personal political choices in the weekly blog, I’m going to modify that stance slightly this week.
First, I have always wobbled about the political center by voting for either party depending on how I saw political reality. People who vote absolutely RIGHT or LEFT for the sake of it, are, in my opinion, ideological MORONS.
I voted for Barack Obama TWICE. And given what he inherited from his predecessor, including the saddest state of the economy of my lifetime, he’s done a hell of a job once you look at where the economy is TODAY.
But I’d not vote for him today, even if he could run for a third term. Nor am I impressed anywhere near enough with Bernie Sanders to vote for him. And I’ve just about run out of all my confidence in Hillary Clinton to exercise sound, common sense judgment to run the Executive Branch effectively.
On the other hand, the only currently running GOP candidate I find interesting is John Kasich of Ohio. He holds solid Conservative credentials; he knows how to reach workable political compromise, and he’s well versed in communicating his positions in solid shirtsleeve American English.
If Hillary is the best the Democrats can run, then Kasich—at least at this point—gets my vote, and the only thing—again, at this point—that could change this is if Joe Biden enters the race for the Democrats.
I’ve known him for 57-years, going all the way back to attending the same grammar school. He’s a solid, well admired on both sides of the political aisle, politician who is well versed in the art of effective political compromise.
In my mind, he’s the Liberal equivalent of a Conservative John Kasich, and while I’d be comfortable with either of them in the White House, my personal and political loyalties would remain with Joe Biden.
Otherwise, if the status quo fails to change over the next 14-months, it will be John Kasich for me.