Can I be honest with you about Donald Trump? Much of the media hysteria aimed at Trump is dishonest.
I don’t agree with Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico, but calling it racist is nonsense. Nations have a responsibility to define and protect their borders. Our immigration policies, even if Donald Trump’s agenda was implemented, are far more charitable and open than most other nations on earth.
The same is true for his trade policy. I disagree with it, but it’s not that different from the policies Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each promised in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Most offensively, the media support of protesters shutting down his events is the worst kind of victim-blaming imaginable, and it reeks of the fascism Trump is accused of promoting.
Getting Things Right
Trump also gets some key things right.
Our government is treated as a punching bag by many nations outside (and people inside) of it. China and Iran have each illustrated this in the last few years. Even President Obama acknowledged this recently when he pointed out that many in the old “free world” are free riders on our national defense.
The people in our politics and media are, by and large, pathetic. Their agendas are absurd, their work ethic is awful, and they have very little perspective on what it is like to run a business (or any organization for that matter) or just be a normal, non-narcissist living in America with a family.
Donald Trump isn’t the answer to these problems. Please allow me to share a few key reasons why I think you should reconsider your support for him.
Reasons Not to Vote for Trump
First, what the president says, and how he says it, matters a lot. The President regularly has to deal with international incidents that could lead to war. The ability to listen to advisors, calmly react, and handle things clearly are a critical part of the job. Failure to do so could get people killed. The idea of a fierce, strong response to everything sounds great in theory, but it would be a disaster in practice.
Hundreds of world leaders and billions of people hang on every word the president says. A misspoken word or a weak perception could start a war, or an arms race. If you don’t believe that, just ask John F. Kennedy. His missteps caused the Cuban Missile Crisis.
I don’t like that fact any more than you do, but it is absolutely true. Whatever Donald Trump’s virtues, the ability to speak clearly and avoid controversy is not among them.
Second, while Mr. Trump has surely been taken out of context and the victim of an overwrought, dishonest media, he has also said some really offensive things AND (more concerning) refused to apologize for them. This includes mocking Carly Fiorina’s appearance. There have been many others that I won’t bother to rank or list. You know the stories. Even with the later disavowal, the waffling on the KKK was particularly concerning.
Finally, and this is the most important… Donald Trump is the epitome of the establishment that has run our country into the ground. Let’s be honest, the media has given him a microphone because he is one of them. The idea of a thrice-married, serial adulterer fits their culture. They live in the same neighborhoods, attend the same parties, and live the same lifestyle. Indeed, he is friends with many of them, a fact that has been exposed numerous times. He even has a more serious problem with the truth than they do. He has dressed himself up like a hero for us, but it is all an act. He inherited his wealth and has done a poor job managing it.
Endorser Ben Carson recently said he only did so after finding out Donald “really didn’t believe those things.” Trump has changed his positions to fit a different audience in ways that baffles even seasoned politicians. When your dishonesty rankles experienced politicians, you know you’ve gone too far.
A Better Option
I understand that there is a lot to like about Donald Trump’s candidacy, but you can get it without most of the negatives Trump brings. Ted Cruz will shake things up in Washington, defend America, and fight for a conservative vision.
If you are willing to excuse some social faux pas, he is clearly a candidate who will fight against the norm in Washington and stand up to the establishment. For these reasons, I would strongly encourage you to reconsider your support for Mr. Trump.
All the best,