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Answer for question 4608.

Donald Trump as presidential candidate -- what's your opinion? Among your circles of friends and family, is your opinion the norm or does your opinion of him differ from those around you?
Well, the Donald, so far as i know never spent time in jail for a barroom fight, and his book, i am told since i have not read it, does not have too much resemblance to Mein Kampf. Still i would not trust him one tenth as far as i could throw him, and my physical abilities are very limit. But i would not vote for any of the other Republican frontrunners either. In fact, in my mind the word "republican" has become so tinged with right wing protestant evangelicalism and pandering to the wealthy they no longer should be able to claim to represent the majority of Americans. Even sadder they will betray the religious right - who are a large segment of the population, but they will not betray the wealthy -- the one percent.

I want my candidate to be electable and competent; but neither of these things are my central concern.
I want a candidate who stands for what i stand for and who will not betray the poor of the U.S. or the world.


Does my opinion differ from those around me? I live in Idaho.


Feb. 5th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Not from Idaho, but answering anyway! I see huge problems with all Republicans--even if Trump dropped out tomorrow, Cruz and Rubio are right there with their own intolerance and basic shilling for corporations and the rich.

I hear what you're saying about wanting a candidate who really stands for the right things, but I want something more. I really like Bernie's Ideas, and understand his appeal. I think it's possible he could get elected, but I have two real problems with him. One, most important, is that I don't see how he could possibly put his ideas in place, given that we will have a Republican house, no matter what, thanks to redistricting, and even if he brings in a lot of new voters, the Senate will still be a question--is he going to bring in enough new Senate seats to provide a 60 vote majority? I'd be more of a supporter if he explained how he plans to work through that obstacle. I'm also concerned that we just don't know if he really has a firm grasp of all the foreign-policy issues. Last night, his focus on North Korea as the biggest world problem really concerned me--NK is bad, true, but Hillary's explanation of the Russian pressure on Europe showed much more understanding of what's going on in the world, to me.

Now Hillary is not a great savior, either. I agree that she has too many ties to big money, and often has waited until a position became popular before supporting it--Iraq, gay rights, etc. I don't think her lack of personal charm is helping her or will help in the general.

So I don't see anybody out there to really love. I'll wait until one of the Democrats wins and support that person fully against the Republicans. None of these candidates is really what I want, which I guess is a reincarnation of FDR.
Feb. 5th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
If Hillary is nominated, i will vote for her, not that it will have any effect, the last Democrat that won in Idaho was FDR and i am not sure he did. I will vote for Hillary but tell my wife that it was a secret ballot or that i did not cast a vote for President.
Feb. 5th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
I understand that there are problems with Hillary, but they're nothing like the problems with the currently available Republicans! Good for you.



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