Donald Trump is just about the last person I want as a leader and I have zero confidence that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will reign in his excesses. Nevertheless, I hope I’m wrong. I hope President Trump proves more pragmatic than he sounds. I hope being wealthy enables him to act for the benefit of the American people instead of political donors. I hope being an outsider he can spot bullshit and use the bully pulpit to say so. I hope that in four years I can admit that I was wrong and praise him for what a great president he turned out to be.
Ah, the hummingbird
had no role in Benghazi.
Leaves don’t boast of rape.
This Election Has Offended Me
because many politicians violate the norms of democracy, something I had thought all Americans believed it. In an effort to say not just what I’m against but what I’m for, I’ve come up with a nonpartisan list of what these norms are. It may not be complete but is a good summary.
- Based on objective facts
- Arrived at by valid arguments
- The goal is fairness and to do the best for everyone.
Norms of Democracy
- Freedom of speech, religion, and assembly
- Free press
- Right to a fair trial
- Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment
- Government by the will of the people
- Equal opportunity for all (but not necessarily equal outcome)
Isn’t this how we’re supposed to do things in America? This stuff shouldn’t be controversial yet I hear many people advocating positions that fly in the face of these basic values. It is deeply disturbing. If we lose this we’re lost.
This will come as little surprise to those who know me. Although she made blunders, she is orders of magnitude better than the alternative.
Quite simply, Trump would be a dictator. He encouraged supporters to beat up protesters, threatened to sue the New York Times, wants to make it easier to sue all reporters he doesn’t like, and threatened his political opponent with jail. This is not how we govern in a free country.
Trump gives no specifics about his policies except to say he’ll do a better job than his opponents. His facts are wrong. America is not experiencing a massive crime wave and Russia is not a new nuclear power. Trump is a serial liar. I’ve watched video after video of Trump and Pence saying Donald never said something followed by the evidence that he did in fact say it.
I believe Trump is a bigot. He spent years publicizing the rumor that our first black president isn’t a real American. When confronted he eventually gave the dog-ate-my-homework excuse of “Hillary started it.” When asked how to heal race relations, he insisted on more police harassment of black people. His statements about Mexicans and Muslims are just as deplorable.
This brings me to his bragging about groping women. Locker room talk often includes crude discussions of women’s bodies but none of the men I’ve known has boasted about coercion like Trump has. Also Trump isn’t somebody cowed by peer pressure to play along with the discussion on that bus video. He is the man steering the conversation. When real women reported instances of Trump groping them, Trump’s surrogates had the gall to accuse the media of bias for covering that story instead of Monica Lewinsky.
I think I understand Trump’s supporters. America’s business and political leaders have turned their backs on many working Americans, including me. For all his flaws Trump was perceptive to point this out. Because he’s rich, many hoped he would not be in debt to campaign contributors. It’s a good message but given Trump’s totalitarian tendencies, lying, sexism, and bigotry, he would be a disaster as president.