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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 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: “The Song Remains the Same”
I never thought W. was Hitler. No, i never liked him, never though he should have been president, disagreed with almost all of his policies, and thought that he was deceitful on many levels. But i did not think that he was a hitler (or even a john foster dulles.)
Trump, i'm not sure about.
How does he propose going about repairing "Broken America?"
I'm not sure that most of the people who voted for Hitler in 1933 knew what they were getting themselves into.
Feb. 5th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: “The Song Remains the Same”

You think more than did the people who chanted “Bush is Hitler,” to whom the chanting of approved slogans is a safe alternative to dangerous independent thought.

Other versions of Trump's basic platform have been floated before - you may remember Newt Gingrich's “Contract with America.”  They're all based on the same basic premise; as P J O'Rourke put it, “The real question is not how Washington works, but how to make it stop.”

        This concise and eloquent manifesto shows how the excess of government
        regulations does not protect Americans but instead acts as legal quicksand,
        stifling growth and creating paralyzing overbureaucratization.  Using
        blood-boiling examples of government regulations run amok, Howard reveals a
        society in which rules have replaced thinking - allowing law to infiltrate
        the nooks and crannies of everyday life…

        The Death of Common Sense:  How Law is Suffocating America, by P K Howard

[As he says, for example, no one wants to eliminate environmental protection - but the trillions of dollars worth of regulation cooked up by bureaucrats in windowless offices in Washington bear almost no relation to the actual problems, and blind adherence to them often makes the situation worse! ]

R Reagan said, “We are a nation with a government, not the other way around,” and whether its the relatively benevolent Bernie Sanders or Comrade Hillary, “the American Evita,” the Democratic contenders seem convinced that it IS “the other way around.”  Only those who ride on their coattails seem to agree, but they're an influential bunch in their own right.

Feb. 5th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: “The Song Remains the Same”
Thinking, but completrely unpersuaded.



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