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Why All The Hubbub?

Why all the hubbub concerning Donald Trump’s seemingly successful bid to become the Republican Party’s nominee for the next president of the United States? Let me preface the following discussion by conveying I’m neither a Republican nor a Democrat. I simply cast my ballot for whoever I think is the best person for the job. I seek out the candidates whose stances on the issues most resemble mine although I’ve yet to find anyone whose platform I have entirely agreed with (and I probably never will). I am certainly not a single issue voter because I find taking that approach to be very narrow-minded. A candidate’s race, religion, sexual preference, and even their demeanor has no bearing on whom I choose to support so long as we’re like-minded on most of the issues.

The presidential campaigns have been in full swing for several months now, but all of a sudden a Donald Trump presidency has been singled out, by the media and oddly enough by several influential Republican leaders, as being the worse thing that can happen to this country. Some argue that the Grand Old Party’s frontrunner is not “presidential” enough. I don’t even know what that means. We really don’t have to look too far back to discern the contrast of personalities amongst past presidents. Republicans currently denouncing The Donald with scare tactics and threatening to oust him at the upcoming Republican NationalĀ Convention, if indeed he still leads with the majority of earned delegates, makes no sense to me and is downright shameful. By all means, question Trump on the issues, and dislike his brash personality if so inclined, but don’t turn your backs on the millions of voters in your own party who are unimpressed with the GOP’s status quo.

I’m aware Donald Trump has been loud, arrogant, and at times downright rude during his campaign, but he’s also proven to be straightforward and unwilling to pander to special interest groups. Trump has been accused by some Republicans as being more aligned with the Democrats. As an Independent, moderate, centrist, or whatever one wishes to call me, I immediately take notice when candidates are accused, by their own political party, of not being Republican enough or not being Democrat enough. To me, this implies those being ostracized would most-likely be willing to work with their nemesis across the aisle to get things done if they were elected. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with compromising for the good of the country. Unfortunately, that concept was set aside when the Tea Party entered the political scene in 2009.

Now let’s address the elephant in the room. Donald Trump may or may not have tiny hands, and he may or may not be a racist. It’s all relative. The size of Trump’s hands is a senseless debate, and only God knows what’s truly in a man’s heart. Proposing to temporarily halt Muslims from coming to America, for security reasons, or wanting to stop the influx of illegal immigration does not make one a racial bigot. Then there’s all the hubbub over former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, endorsing (not funding) Trump’s campaign. I know if I was running for office I would not discourage anyone from casting their ballot for me. If a former Klansman wants to support me that’s fine; however, that surely doesn’t mean I agree with his views.

Labeling a person as racist has become all too prevalent in today’s society and in many cases is inaccurate. I would think if Donald Trump was really a racist, or a sexist for that matter, there’d be at least one person from his countless business dealings who would’ve come forward by now and said as much. I presume The Donald has cordially dealt with more than just White males during his extensive business career. I seriously doubt his public persona (as seen on our television screens) is even close to how he actually conducts himself during important negotiations behind closed doors. What you see is not always what you get.

Donald Trump is also being blamed for breaking up the Republican Party, but it was already significantly fractured. The GOP lost its identity – you guessed it – when the Tea Party invaded Washington. It may seem as though I’m a Trump supporter, but I’m not (not yet anyway…not until John Kasich formally bows out of the race). I’m not excited about a Trump presidency, but I’m sure it would not be as dire as some would have us believe. There are at least three other candidates currently vying for the Oval Office that I’m more leery of than The Donald. Regardless of who the next president of the United States is I know ultimately God is in control, so I’m not worried about all the hubbub concerning Donald Trump.


If I Was To Run For President

If I was to run for president it would be history in the making. I would take a completely unconventional path to the White House. First, I would compose a list of all of the inappropriate things I have ever done, throughout my entire life, and I’d present it to the media the day I entered the race. The neatly typed document would include my juvenile record although I was promised my early indiscretion would be expunged on my 18th birthday. However, in today’s world of mischievous computer hackers, and so much personal information now floating around in “the cloud” (whatever that is), I’m not so sure that promise wouldn’t be broken. Regardless, I would hope my egging transgression, committed at the age of 16, would not be a deal breaker for the American public.

Next, I would refuse to give any additional detailed information, concerning the lengthy list, or even make mention again of my prior sins for that matter. So many candidates have said they’re through discussing specific issues, from their past, but then they continue talking about them whenever hounded by the press. I absolutely would not retreat from my vow of silence in regards to my distant past. If I was to run for president I would not make any promises, but I would be totally transparent with my devised agenda. My modest qualifications, for the position of president, includes earning a high school diploma, operating a fairly successful business (for 5 years), and possessing common sense. My formal education certainly pales in comparison to practically everyone, but the latter attribute (common sense) is seemingly absent amongst the majority of those who are currently occupying the political arena.

If I was to run for president it would be as an Independent. I do not fully agree, or disagree, with either of the two major parties’ platforms. In addition, I’m adamantly opposed to partisanship; therefore, if I was elected president I’d be able to form partnerships with Democrats and Republicans alike to do what’s best for the country. However, collaborating with the Tea Party might be a different story. I blame their existence, these past several years, for the much needed compromise missing in Congress.

I’m all for fiscal responsibility but not at all costs to the American public. Those Grover Norquist pledges, signed by almost all of the Tea Party clan, are utter nonsense. I assuredly would not add to the nation’s outrageous debt, but I wouldn’t be able to balance its budget either. (Not even if I had a full 8 years and a compromising Congress.) No one could responsibly make this country solvent again, after 14 plus years of careless overspending, in that short amount of time.

If I was president I’d be fine with leaving some issues left up to the states to decide, but generally I prefer consistency throughout the land especially when it comes to public safety. I would aim to make texting while driving illegal (nationwide) with a mandatory jail sentence even for first-time offenders. I’m a proponent of having a required sentence already in place, for all life-threatening infractions, so violators will be well aware of their punishment beforehand; hence, acting as a deterrent to those contemplating breaking any laws. Potential lawbreakers may be more apt to reconsider their actions when knowing there’s an unavoidable harsh penalty awaiting them. I have no tolerance for anyone who foolishly puts another person’s life at risk.

I definitely place computer hackers into that category, near the top, of people who need to be dealt with in a severe manner. I’m not sure if those hackers, who are “genius” enough to disable a moving vehicle or redirect the flight plan of a commercial airplane, are truly trying to cause harm or if they’re wreaking havoc on innocent people simply because they can. Regardless, anybody who’s inclined to tamper with the safety of others needs to realize that would not be acceptable on my watch. I not only have contempt for hackers like “patriotic whistleblower,” Edward Snowden, but I’m not too fond of those who blatantly shine their laser pointers into the cockpits of airplanes, temporarily blinding the unsuspecting pilots, as well. Again, I’m in favor of having mandatory jail sentences for the likes of these people.

If I was elected as President of the United States I would not attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I believe our nation’s healthcare system was much worse before “Obamacare,” so I wouldn’t be willing to revert to the way that it was. However, I would listen to anyone with a legitimate suggestion for improving the ACA. I’m not too familiar with the specifics of Medicaid or Medicare, but I’ve often wondered if combining those programs with “Obamacare,” into a single entity, would be a cost saving measure somehow. I do think President Obama made a mistake, through one of his many executive orders, by quashing the government’s policy of threatening prosecution for anyone negotiating with terrorists. Now, American families can make deals, with known terrorist groups, for the release of a confined family member. This sets a horrible precedent, and only the wealthiest Americans would have a legitimate shot at paying the necessary ransom to free their loved ones. That’s not right!

I am anti-war. It’s quite sobering when pondering the accumulated costs, both financially and in American lives, due to our nation’s involvement in unjust wars over the years. I proudly hold an isolationist’s viewpoint because in general I don’t think it’s appropriate to get involved in other countries’ affairs. I also don’t believe in forcing our type of government, no matter how wonderful it may be, on any other nation. I highly doubt if we’d appreciate it if the tables were turned. I imagine the United States of America would fight tooth and nail to keep from being subjected to another country’s form of government. Remember the Revolutionary War? Obviously, I would not hesitate to declare war if we were ever attacked on our own soil.

If I was sworn into office my agenda would surely include nixing any further development of driverless cars and putting the kibosh on the use of drones in residential areas. It’s apparent, at least to me, there are numerous drawbacks with both of these technological advancements including losing some of our beloved freedoms. We should maintain the right to drive our vehicles, and expect privacy in our own backyards, but that’s not where we’re headed. As president I would also advocate for the disbandment of affirmative action, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). I desire a country where equality actually means equality.

If I was president I’d petition for all grand jury rulings, of the racially charged kind (whether real or imagined), to be read in the morning instead of in the evening as currently tends to be the case. I think this simple change would most-likely prevent the spontaneous actions of many miscreants looking for a “justifiable” reason to loot and vandalize their neighborhoods. I figure delinquents are more prone to disregard the law in the shadows of the night than during daytime hours. Announcing verdicts before lunch would allow for heated citizens to cool down, and to reconsider their contemplated endeavors, before the sun sets. If they still choose to instantly riot at least the culprits’ identities would be less difficult to capture in the light of day.

If I was to run for president I would have no chance of winning whatsoever. I would not have any special interest groups backing me; therefore, I would not have the money to launch a competitive campaign. I know I lack the education, experience, and name recognition needed to become a viable candidate for president. Oh, and did I mention the money? I am certain I’d make a better president than anyone who has already entered the race, but it’s just not possible for a transparent Independent with common sense to be victorious at this time. I guess the making of history will have to wait.