Trump’s campaign has morphed into an “us versus them” situation. The Donald’s bubble finally burst recently with massive rallies denouncing his bullish behavior and total lack of ability to hold the office of US presidency. World leaders except for Russian bad boy Putin consider him a colossal joke but Trump isn’t a joke. He’s a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president. How on Earth did this happen? Surely the Republicans could and should do better with a man or woman with taste, dignity, substance and style as well as intelligence, tact and experience. I believe they can as they have in the past. Why not now? Americans from all over are disgusted by the fissures in our government. There is little or no bi-partisanship. Immigration begs for reform. The last time that happened was under Ronald Reagan in 1986. Every time there is a proposal, and there have been several worthwhile bi-partisan ideas over the years, the extreme right wing Tea party throws tantrums. They absolutely refuse to budge. Shame on you for not compromising. Compromise is what politics is all about.
Trump represents everything that’s wrong with American society starting with a deeply fissured government that can’t seem to agree on anything but their perks and salary increases. They always reward themselves handsomely while neglecting the American people. When was the last time the federal minimum wage was raised? I can’t remember either.
War, of course, always unites our government. They rub their hands together thinking about who to invade next. We have to keep those pesky defense lobbyists happy, don’t we? For every one member of Congress there are two defense lobbyists knocking on their doors with promises of campaign donations to grease the war machines. You guessed right that peace takes a back seat to continued death, destruction and mayhem in other countries. Peace isn’t profitable but it sure is priceless. By the way, Americans are sick to death of war. That’s one of the main reasons the president didn’t take more decisive action with Syria. We didn’t want to get involved, even though we are deeply concerned for the Syrian people. As it stands, Americans realized that the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions were a costly folly both in terms of loss of life (theirs and ours) and dollars. Who wants to risk it yet again?
Instead of demonstrating leadership, which we all sorely need, Congress acts like school children with hissy fits and completely shut down government when they cannot agree. That’s happened before and who’s to say it won’t happen again. Shame on them for such childish behavior. GOP candidate Rafael Cruz is known for shutting down government despite the harm it does to the nation. Rafael has to stand by his principles, of course.
Then there’s the loss of decent paying jobs. It’s those darn unions. Blame them for demanding decent wages, paid vacation, and safe working conditions. Imagine that. The GOP despises unions and at every given chance passes anti-union legislation by calling it right to work. It’s more like the right to be fired. So jobs flow overseas because employers like cheap labor. They the lack of environmental laws too. So does Donald Trump. His signature clothing line is made in Mexico. As long as Americans want maternity leave, health care, and paid vacation expect the job hemorrhage to continue. Trump cannot stop the jobs bleeding despite his dithering and bellowing. You’re a mighty moron is you believe him.
Donald Trump cannot fix America. He’s part of what’s wrong with America. He’s brought out the worst in people, such as ignorance, hatred, despair, violence, and intolerance. Only we as people can fix ourselves. Donald Trump is a symbol of widespread weakness, not a sign of hope. We should unite around our country and not be divided because of him. We are all Americans regardless of our race, religion, creed, sexuality, or whatever. If you love this country and there are many people who do, it’s time to end the hatred. End the despair. A Democratic president won’t be the panacea we need either but Clinton or Sanders is a far more palatable choice than Trump or Cruz both of whom have demonstrated poor qualities to become president and leader of the free world. Take an interest in your neighbor, your community, and your government. During the 2014, only 35% of all registered voters cast a ballot. There are thousands of people who aren’t even registered to vote. That’s a disgrace really. It’s our country, our world, and be part of the healing, not the hating. Please do not vote for Trump or Cruz. With the Democratic candidates there’s some shred of hope.