The case for Trump
Given that we now know that Trump doesn’t know what policy positions are on his own website, the question is, what does he really believe, and does that make him too scary to be president?
Well one thing that Trump believes in is holding people responsible for things they have control over. For example:
Making Mexico pay for the wall: If millions of illegal immigrants, some of them criminals, plus drugs and other contraband, are pouring across the border, surely Mexico holds some responsibility for stopping that, don’t they?
Muslims: Radical Islamic terrorism is a real problem. Who is really going to change the attitude that’s prevalent in Islam (even though a minority viewpoint) that jihad against infidels is commanded by Allah? Is it the Christians and atheists in the United States? Of course not, it has to come from the Islamic establishment who are not doing their job. Not allowing Muslims into the United States for a while sends a proper message to the Islamic establishment that they need to get their act together.
Deporting illegal aliens: They came here illegally. What did they expect would happen? Trump doesn’t care about sob stories about splitting up families and the “unfairness” of sending someone back to their home country after living here for a decade.
These are very conservative attitudes that Trump has, the very opposite of how leftists view the world. This is a really good thing.
Trump also believes in winning. It’s not just a campaign slogan. Trump views a lot of things in a zero-sum manner in which there are winners and losers, such as trade deals with China and the negotiations with Iran about their nuclear weapons. Trump, who Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert believes is a “Master Persuader,” and who literally wrote the book on making deals, is the person we should want negotiating for the United States.
Trump doesn’t believe in the global warming scam. As Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert said, “If you want to spot a hoax, you might want an expert who operates in the third dimension, where reason is an illusion and cognitive dissonance is the landscape. That person is trained to filter reason from illusion. He is also trained to know how persuasion influences large groups, such as the scientific community, and science-loving voters. That guy is Trump. And he says climate change is an illusion.”
I like a president who is that perceptive and doesn’t fall for whatever leftwing bull**** the liberal media is trying to push on us. Trump is immune to political correctness. Political correctness is a type of persuasion. As a “Master Persuader,” he is immune to persuasion himself.
Another overall benefit is that Trump doesn’t believe any of the policy stuff on his website. That’s unfortunate with respect to H-1B stuff on which Trump disappointed us at the debate. It’s clear to me that he personally has a pretty establishment viewpoint on legal immigration. But remember that every other candidate also has the same establishment viewpoint. Jeff Sessions isn’t running for President. However, the symbolism of a vote for Trump is that it will be interpreted as a vote against immigration. If you are against immigration, there is still no better choice than Trump. Not by a longshot.
The silver lining in the cloud of Trump’s ignorance is that he also doesn’t believe any of the other dumb stuff which was written by various TrueCon/libertarian policy wonks writing their fantasy policies.
Regarding Obamacare, if Trump is too lazy to even learn about his immigration plan, which was the very first plan he posted on his website and has been his signature campaign issue and isn’t even that complicated, you can be sure that Trump knows practically nothing about Obamacare which is a lot more complicated. The only thing he knows is that:
1. Republicans hate Obamacare and want it repealed.
2. Justice Roberts voted in favor of it and TrueCons hate him because of that.
But when Trump says what he actually thinks about healthcare, it’s obviously not in sync with conservative orthodoxy. We need to wait to see what Trump says about healthcare after he wins the Republican nomination and no longer needs to suck up to conservatives. There’s a good chance that the message will change. Also, once he becomes president, dealing with complicated issues like healthcare will be delegated to experts. But we don’t know what experts Trump will delegate too. I hope that Trump will delegate to businessmen type of people and not to conservative ideologues.
I wish that Trump could act more presidential. I would say that he’s either unable to, or not willing to put in the effort to change his style. I think that’s not likely to change. However, the benefit of Trump’s demeanor is that it really sticks it to the mainstream media and their political correctness. The country will survive it. We survived other uncouth presidents like Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson. Trump’s low-class style doesn’t mean he’s more likely to start a war than Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump is the only Republican still running who demonstrates a moderate manner when he talks about Putin. I trust him a lot more not to get into a nuclear war with Russia than Rubio who said he would shoot down Russian planes in Syria if he were president. Rubio is the scary guy, not Trump.
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Trump University is seedy, but Hillary is far more seedy than Trump. There are few honest politicians. Ron Paul was honest, but too nutty to be president. Bernie is honest, but he’s not going to be nominated, and there’s also the problem that he honestly believes a lot of the left-wing Koolaid that is ruining our society. Trump is the only person to vote for.