I don’t’ care that he’s bragged about kissing and groping women without their consent. Locker room talk? Maybe. I don’t care if a hundred women come forward with claims of his improprieties. Shame on him. I don’t care that he bullies and downright lies about his competition. That’s politics. I don’t care if he never releases his taxes or that he’s not paid Federal income tax for two decades. Good for him. I don’t care that he’s gone bankrupt several times and stiffed thousands of ‘little guys’ out what he owed them. That’s business. I don’t care that he whines and complains when he’s questioned, ridiculed, or challenged by his Republican counter parts and the media. He doesn’t play well with others.
What I do care about: He makes outlandish claims about what he’s going to do if he becomes President. It’s as if he doesn’t know how our government actually works, the checks and balances, or smarter still, he’s betting a majority of Americans are ignorant of the Constitution, believe his rhetoric, and elect him to be the leader of the free world.
I offer these major issues as evidence that he’s not qualified to be President.
The wall: He says he’s going to build a wall across our southern border and make Mexico pay for it. He and his supporters are ignorant to the facts. #1: It’s geologically impossible to build a wall similar to the Great Wall of China along our border with Mexico. He can’t block the northern drainage into the Rio Grande, and a lot of the topography cannot support a wall. #2: Mexico has already said they won’t pay for the wall. #3: Congress will never fund the wall. #4: If he builds a twenty-foot wall, illegal immigrants will build a twenty-one foot ladder.
Forced deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants: He and his supporters are ignorant of the facts: #1: Even illegals are entitled to due process. The government has to prove in a court of law that the immigrant is, in fact, here illegally. #2: The immigrant’s home country must agree to take the illegal back. #3: Congress will never fund a Deportation Force, besides, ripping people from their homes in the middle of the night is NOT what America is all about. #4: We already have ICE, which has already deported more undocumented immigrants during the Obama administration than under any other President. There are two types of deportations: ‘returns” and “removals.” Do the research. Trump has managed to convince his supporters that illegals are ‘pouring over our borders’ and that Obama has done nothing to stem the tide. That should get him some votes.
Banning Muslim immigration: Trump has convinced his supporters that Muslim immigration is a “Trojan Horse” that threatens our country with terror attacks from within. Again, the facts that he ignores: #1: Since 9-11, the only ‘terrorist attacks’ within our borders were carried out by American citizens, not immigrants. The only half-exception was the wife of a US citizen who’d recently emigrated from Pakistan, an US ally, who was a lawful permanent resident. #2: It’s against our Constitution to ban anyone because of their religion. Under pressure from the media and the Republican Party he was forced to change his approach and proclaim he’d use “extreme vetting” of immigrants coming in from countries with terrorist activity. #3: Immigrants are already extremely vetted, a nearly two-year process. #4: Those who do not have proper documentation from their home countries and cannot be vetted do NOT get in. #5: The facts prove that stopping Muslim immigration would NOT have prevented the ‘terrorist attacks’ we’d recently suffered. Trump claims immigrants take American jobs. #6: If there are American jobs to be taken, why haven’t unemployed Americans taken them? It’s a ridiculous assertion he’s pushed and his supporters have come to believe.
Defeat ISIS: He knows more about ISIS than the Generals: “Believe me.” #1: Of course he doesn’t know more about ISIS than the Generals. He even admits he gets his information from television shows. He’ll “bomb the shit out of them.” (carpet bomb them) – He’ll go after their families. – He’ll resort to torture. #2: All three of these things are war crimes. Oh, it makes for tough talk, but should he take it upon himself to order these atrocities be committed, fact #3: the Generals do not have to follow illegal orders. #4: our so-called depleted military has already conducted over 100,000 airstrikes against ISIS, yet Trump has convinced his followers that Obama and his stupid Generals have done nothing to fight ISIS.
He’s going to rip up the Iran Nuclear Deal: This flies in the face of all logic. More facts, (I know, those pesky facts) #1: Here’s the deal. https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/iran-deal There’s too much to type here. Read it for yourself and get the facts. #2: The United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China – plus Germany worked out this deal with Iran. How stupid would we be to back out of the deal now? #3: The sanctions against Iran hurt trade and the economies of every country, not just Iran. To reinstate the sanctions would be political international suicide. #4: We’d then stand alone against Iran. #5: They’d be pissed as well and highly motivated to resume building nuclear weapons. #6: This would again further destabilize the Middle East and put Israel in even greater danger, yet Trump has convinced his supports that ripping up the Iran Deal would be a good thing.
He’s going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something much better and cheaper: “Believe me.” Nobody will argue the fact that Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) is going off the rails, but to take health insurance away from 20 million plus people…where’s the logic in that? And what about the safeguards ACA supplies to all of us: pre-existing conditions covered, no lifetime limits, no cancelling sick people, dependents insurable until age 26, and more. It’s a fact #1: As of February, 2015, the House of Representatives has voted 56 – 67 times (depending on who you ask, Democrats or Republicans) to repeal Obamacare. It has failed every time. #2: The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Obamacare, Constitutional wise. Hey, nobody likes to be forced to buy something, especially insurance one hopes they’ll never need to use, but somebody somehow has to pay for all those medical bills the uninsured rack up every year. Still, Trump has convinced supporters that he’ll scrap the law and replace it, as if he alone has the power to do what Congress can’t even do.
He’ll rescind every one of Obama’s Executive orders: Really? Read them here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders
#1: You’ll find that most executive orders deal with the internal operations of the White House, staff, days off, etc. Others have to do with establishing committees or studies on important issues too small for Congress to deal with. He did address deportation of undocumented families whose children have grown up here, which pissed off Congress for his attempt to reform immigration without their consent. #2: Obama has NOT issued 923 executive orders that will allow him to take over the country and impose martial law. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/executiveorders.asp #3: You have to go clear back in history to Glover Cleveland’s first term to find a President who’d issued fewer executive orders per year than Obama. But Trump has his followers believing that he’ll stop Obama’s power grab, rescind his executive orders, and save our country.
He would reverse Roe V Wade and punish women who seek abortions. I hate abortion, but it’s a fact of life, has been since ancient Egypt. People have been arguing, sometimes violently, the pros and cons, but the judges who decided Roe V Wade actually did something about it. Read it here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/410/113 #1: Without this law to protect a woman’s right to professional medical care (no matter what she needs – including abortion), she’ll be forced back into the shadows, subjected to the abortion butchers of the past, or resort to the old stand-in medical treatment, a coat hanger. Yeah, let’s make America great again. Thankfully, President Donald Trump won’t be in charge of the laws in this country because he doesn’t have the power to overrule the Supreme Court, no matter what his followers believe.
He’ll drop out of NATO: It’s obsolete and the other countries aren’t paying their fair share and we are getting ‘ripped off’. #1: Out of 28 countries in NATO, only five meet their spending requirements (2% of their GDP) The US, UK, Poland, Greece, and Estonia. France and Germany are behind (1.78% and 1.19% respectively). Other countries spend less than 1%. #2: The United States has the largest military budget in the world, so naturally it spends more on NATO, more than all the other countries combined. #3: There’s strength in numbers, an attack on one is an attack against all. #4: If the US drops out, others will follow, and before long it’s every country for itself and Europe is doomed to collapse into another world war. Certainly, Trump supporters can’t want that to happen, even if NATO doesn’t seem to benefit our country. The question is, can Trump unilaterally drop out of NATO? He seems to think he can. Definitely, he has his supporters believing he can.
He’d renegotiate NAFTA or drop out of the worst trade deal ever made. (more facts folks) #1: NAFTA reduced or eliminated tariffs on goods traded between the US, Mexico, and Canada. This made US products cheaper in Mexico and Canada, and vise-versa. NAFTA increased trade between the three countries: from $337 billion before NAFTA in 1993 to $1.182 trillion after NAFTA in 2011. #3: NAFTA increased wages in all three countries: US by 0.17%, Canada by 0.96% and Mexico by 1.3%, according to a study done by three Federal Reserve economists, though they agree other factors beside NAFTA may have contributed. NAFTA supports about 5 million US jobs. Unemployment in the decade before NAFTA was 7.1% and 5.1% from 1994 to 2007 before the great recession at the end of the Bush era. On the negative side: #1: Mexican workers have benefited less than expected. US investment in Mexico has yet to increase the size of the middle class. #2 NAFTA lifted tariffs but not regulations, so there are still plenty of government-imposed restrictions to absolute free trade. #3: Nowhere could I find stats on NAFTA costing American jobs or manufacturing businesses, though this is Donald Trump’s main contention. As long as he can make people believe it’s an issue, he’ll get their vote. By the way, say goodbye to affordable fresh bananas during the winter.
He’s going to rebuild our depleted military: Hogwash. We have the greatest military in the world. We spend more on defense than any other nation. To say our military is depleted is an insult to our service men and women everywhere. Still, his supporters believe our military is a disaster.
He wants to give nuclear weapons to Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. It’s hard to believe any American would support Trump on this issue, which in itself is a reason not to support him.
If Trump becomes President, he’s going to direct the DOJ to appoint a special prosecutor and jail Hillary Clinton: #1: Granted, she’s had her problems, especially with her email server, but the FBI has already determined she broke no laws. #2: she jeopardized our national security by keeping classified materials on her server. Yes, all 9 emails out of 60,000 plus, all 9 of which were marked classified retroactively. However, there’s no proof her server was ever hacked, unlike many government systems and the DNC’s. And she has every right to delete her personal emails; they’re none of the government’s business. Should she have used a private server? No? She’s admitted her mistake and apologized. But keep in mind that public email networks like Google and AOL were not reliable back then. And she couldn’t put more than one email account on a device, so she’d have to carry two devices. Nowadays we can put dozens of email accounts on our phones. Should she go to jail for this? Trump supporters and Hillary haters say yes. “Lock her up.” Give me a break.
And his latest whopper: He’s going to impose term limits on Congress. In what world would Congress and the majority of states ever agree to amend the Constitution with a law that will shoot every one of them in the foot? Oh, Trump makes a great argument and the benefits of less corruption and more progress sound great, but none of it is steeped in reality. Nonetheless, Trump has convinced his supporters that he has the power to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
He claims our government doesn’t know what it’s doing. He says our leaders are stupid. He boasts that he alone can fix it. He’s going to make America great again, which is an insult to all of us who believe our country is the greatest nation on the planet. Do we have our problems? Of course we do. Is it Hillary Clinton’s fault? She’s been in public service for thirty years. She should have fixed it by now. Instead of pitting his policies against hers to win votes, he bullies her, “Crooked Hillary, she’s the devil, folks” threatens her, “Lock her up” demeans her, “She can’t even make it to her car” and he blames her, “She’s the founder of ISIS” even before the fact, “If Hillary is elected President, it’ll be the end of our country, folks.” And his supporters love it. I’m pretty sure that’s deplorable.
I have news for Donald Trump. Running the United States isn’t the same as running a business. In a business, the boss is a dictator. He controls the money, and he controls the people. In a democracy, the boss is the President. He doesn’t control the money. He doesn’t control the people. In truth, he works for us.
I say we tell Trump “you’re fired” and vote for Hillary Clinton.