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Top 10 Reasons For Supporting Trump - Debunked

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 12/09/15 23:57

By Dave Mindeman

A Trump supporter put this into the comments section in an article from a local news station. Unlike a lot of Trump supporter comments...#1 - It is printable and #2- seems to have some legitimacy in its thought process. So I thought I'd examine the 10 Ten Reasons for Supporting Trump in this post.

1. Donald Trump is immune to special interest lobbying because he has accepted no donations or special interest money. No other candidate can make this claim.

This has some legitimate appeal to everyone. We are tired of candidates being owned by special interests. However, if the only way to get somebody away from being bought is to have a wealthy 1%er become the actual candidate....well, it makes for a small group of people that can run for office. And besides, Trump has participated and supported that system since its inception. His sudden denouncing of money in politics has the look of expediency rather than being a principle.

2. Donald Trump knows how to negotiate. No one builds an international business empire the size of Mr. Trump's without being able to win at the negotiating table.

The only person who thinks that business negotiation skills are relevant to a presidential candidate is Donald Trump...and of course, all of his supporters who now repeat what he says. Business negotiation and diplomatic negotiation are completely different processes. Would Trump use our nuclear arsenal as "leverage" in talking to another country? Do you really want to find out? Trump is a real estate guy. He buys and sells. Negotiating a nuclear treaty with Iran is just not the same thing. He has no clue, but since he has no political record to prove or disprove anything, he can pretty much say anything he wants.

3. Donald Trump is an executive. The President of the United States is the Chief Executive Officer of our nation. We don't need a policy expert or a legislator - we need someone who knows how to run an organization. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who has a proven record as a successful executive on a large scale.

When it comes to being an executive in government, any governor can lay better claim to that than Trump. Trump runs casinos and hotels. He buys and sells land. Other people actually run things for him. A business executive's goal is to make money - government doesn't make money. End of story.

4. Donald Trump is honest. Mr. Trump is a man who tells the truth. He may not always say it in the most polished way, but our country has had enough suave liars. It is time for some straight forward honesty.

You can put a lot of descriptive adjectives next to Trump, but clearly, honesty is not one of them. His whole existence depends on distorting the facts, manipulating data, and hiding the truth. That's the kind of business man he is. Fact checkers don't even bother deciphering Trump speeches because it is pointless. He talks in superlatives...he hears this...he saw that...he knows a guy who said. It's a joke, and nothing honest about it.

5. Donald Trump is decisive. We hear about his having business interests that filed for bankruptcy. In each case, he looked at the situation as it was, and then he cut his losses. We need someone who will look at government programs realistically and if they are failures; will end the wasteful Washington spending.

I challenge you to find any candidate who can call his bankruptcy filings a positive? He seems to have convinced this person. Cutting losses may be OK in bad policy...but cutting losses on the battlefield is just wrong. We have bankruptcy laws to help people out of trouble...but there is no way to sugarcoat the meaning - it is failure. Fortunately for Trump, our bankruptcy laws allow wealthier people to retain large amounts of assets at the expense of the creditors who trusted them....and then begin the process all over again. Trump is a master of failure.

6. Donald Trump is courageous. Mr. Trump has been viciously attacked by the Washington establishment and the media - and he has not budged one inch. In other words, he is willing to take charge and lead.

Courageous....hmmm. That's another adjective that I have a tough time placing on Trump. He is attacked "viciously" (and I would use that term loosely) by the Washington establishment because he hopes they will. He knows that it only helps him....it is part of his strategy. He hasn't budged an inch because he doesn't need to. If things would turn sour, I guarantee you he will be running for the hills. This isn't courage....it is opportunism.

7. Donald Trump listens. At Trump Presidential events, the audience gets to actually speak to him without being screened, and he responds without a teleprompter.

Marketers are good at deflecting negatives. Trump is a master at it. He always knows what his current audience wants to hear....and the questions that get asked by the fawning audience are never difficult questions. Trump always has his stock answers at the ready...and he works his answers to end up in those places when he needs to. And Trump and teleprompters would never work. All he does at his speeches is recite his poll numbers, attack the candidate du jour, and work in his dozen applause lines that he's developed over the months. If Trump were to actually get the nomination, I will be very curious to see if he can give an actual prepared speech. He has never done it so far.

8. Donald Trump understands that a nation without borders, language and laws is not a nation.

It is obvious that Trump's immigrant denigration is his bread and butter. Borders...language...laws (meaning illegals) are the language of xenophobia and that is the bulk of Trump's base appeal.

9. Donald Trump has actually read the Bill of Rights, and is willing to defend its provisions. He is not afraid to speak about Christian persecution, and protecting gun rights.

I guarantee you that Donald Trump has NOT read the Bill of Rights. He has vague knowledge of the main points, but that is not the type of reading he would do. He protects gun rights now...but he hasn't in the past. He now distorts gun rights to the point of absurdity. And he talks of Christian persecution because he knows that pleases his base. There is very little evidence that Trump actually IS a Christian. He worships at the altar of filthy lucre. It is almost offensive to see him holding a Bible. He doesn't act in a Christian way and doesn't love his neighbor. He only loves himself.

10. Donald Trump loves this country - and says so. He wants to make America great again -and he will!

Anyone can say they love this country. That means nothing. Trump owes this country a lot....he could never have amassed the kind of wealth he has without favorable tax laws (can you imagine him paying European taxes?), bankruptcy laws, legalized gambling, and eminent domain. Because of America's favorable terms for the wealthy, Trump can buy his way into anything.

And maybe, just maybe, he can buy the Presidency of the United States.
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Condoning Trump's Ideas Means ISIS Wins

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 12/08/15 11:01

by Dave Mindeman

The increasingly ugly turn of Donald Trump's rhetoric should be of concern to everyone. At least I would hope it would.

Whether it is pandering to raucous crowds or some kind of distorted idea about what security means...it's hard to decipher. But the message he is sending is going to cause more problems than he realizes.

Europeans that have joined the ISIS fight in Syria numbers somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000. While the best numbers available for US citizens joining are just above a couple of hundred.

In Europe, they have been fighting a xenophobic problem for some time and it plays a part in this "radicalization" that we keep hearing about. In the US, the thought process has been that we have such a diverse culture that the Muslim community (as well as all ethnic and religious groups) has blended in with the citizenry to a much greater extent.

However, there is a significant segment of the American population that gives in to the hate and fear...and only need some rhetorical triggers from a high profile person to make those feelings seem main stream.

Trump has taken this to a new level. He singles out ethnic groups as if every member of that group can be described in a few words - and they should be painted with the same broad brush. Mexicans, Muslims, women....they all are objects to Trump. Objects that are not to be treated as individuals, but rather as a one homogeneous group.

It is nice and simple. Muslims are the enemy. Can't be trusted. Something needs to be done. Trumps says he can fix it.

It is beyond crazy. It is dangerous and absurd.

Republican candidates, to various degrees, have called Trump out on this latest attack....but they are going to have to do more. It would seem that they are close to a dangerous line in which they could very well undermine US efforts to defeat this danger....and help to precipitate more attacks.

This rhetoric sends a negative message to Muslims....and those that feel alienated and threatened could be more vulnerable to ISIS propaganda.

This isn't about religion. This isn't about territory. This isn't about money. It is about who we are as a people. This cuts to the very fabric of our place in the human race. We are fighting an ideology that wants to divide the world along ethnic and religious lines. They see the world in that context and they are winning if we start to do the same.

Unfortunately, it is clear that Donald Trump is taking us down that road. He is doing ISIS a huge favor. He is their best recruiting tool.

We all have to reject that....and right now it is important that Republicans are the most vocal in that rejection.

We shall see.
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Make America Hate Again? Thanksgiving Reflections

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 11/26/15 13:41

by Dave Mindeman

Today is Thanksgiving. A time of reflection. Of hope. Of giving thanks.

Let me get back to you on that.

It is difficult to reflect on good things and charitable thoughts when Donald Trump is dominating the media spotlight.

When he talks about "Make America Great Again", his rhetoric brings memories of Jim Crow, black lists, internment camps, registries....

The cap needs to be changed to: "Make America Hate Again"

Can a spirit of Thanksgiving exist in this environment? Has love thy neighbor morphed into - suspect thy neighbor? Every year you hear how America is thankful for its diversity...for its melting pot of nationalities. Do we not think that way anymore? Have we changed that much?

Republicans, we need to talk. I know we have our differences, but is this really a reflection of what you want? Does Donald Trump represent your values? Seriously? I wonder what that 20 to 30% Trump support in the polls really looks like. I mean, is it all hate? Are they the white supremacists?...the survivalists?...the skinheads?....the Neo-Nazis? Do they represent the Republican Party?

I can't believe that conservative values have cratered that far to allow Trump to be the face of the movement. I'd don't mind an argument on taxes or the size of government or abortion rights or foreign policy....but really, have personal insults become the norm? Do we need to even talk about registering members of a religion? Do we want a Commander in Chief who fights terrorism by "getting a feeling"? Is "get him the hell out of here" something we have to get used to?

I know there is a lot of mistrust in the government out there. Republicans have their complaints. Democrats have their own. But America is not "this". We are not going to devolve into a sectarian country. We are not just Christians or Muslims or Buddhists. We are not just conservatives or liberals. We are not just Irish or Italian or Arab or African. We are just American...plain and simple. We share values. We share unique ideas. We are the innovators. The beacon. The example.

But we are not Trump's America. I know that for certain.

And I am thankful for that. I am thankful that we can ask the questions. That we can challenge the statements. They can't do that in Russia. They can't do that in China. We can do it. We have always done it.

And more than ever...we need to do it now.

Have a happy Thanksgiving. And today, more than ever before, lets reflect on what America is. It isn't about being "great again". We are great right now and it is time that we let the world know that.
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