10 Things To Consider About Trump Before You Vote
A “bully” is defined as a “blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.” Does a particular presidential candidate come to mind? [Insert sigh . . . ]
I have a love/hate relationship with this political season. Election years are so exciting – just seeing our democratic process in action makes me happy. It’s a reminder of how great our country is and how fortunate we are to live here. On the other hand, the direction this primary has taken is so disheartening. Trump’s frontrunner status is astonishing. His bullying words and tactics wouldn’t be tolerated on the playground yet are overlooked in the attempt to be President of the United States. His conduct demonstrates his level of respect for the office, and it apparently isn’t very high. Of course, the media loves it, and the centerpiece of the election has shifted sadly to its entertainment value.
This primary season is like a bad reality TV experiment gone awry. The Real Housewives shows seem full of decorum compared to the name-calling and personal attacks portrayed on the debate stages and on social media. And now we’re at the point where “ratings” really matter.
Before you vote, press pause, and please consider the following:
- Leader of the Free World. We have the privilege and responsibility of electing the leader of the free world. That is no small task and should not be taken lightly. How do you think the rest of the world will receive Trump’s temperament? I don’t think we should govern our nation based on others’ opinions. However, we must elect a president worthy of the world’s respect in order to be taken seriously and to be effective.
- National Security. Our national security is gravely at risk. I don’t know if it’s possible to overstate that. If Trump is afraid to be interviewed by Megyn Kelly, it does not give me much confidence about his ability to defeat ISIS.
- Supreme Court. The next president will likely appoint at least one Supreme Court justice. Some of our most fundamental liberties hang in the balance. His ambiguous statements do not assure me that his appointee(s) would truly uphold the Constitution. And the effect of the next judicial appointment(s) will last for decades.
- Conviction. Trump has funded liberal politicians repeatedly over the years. Getting along with people who have different viewpoints is admirable, but actively supporting their positions is another matter. He explains that, as a businessman, he needed to appease everyone. That’s strategic but not principled. For being the anti-establishment candidate, he has a pretty strong history of playing politics.
- Ego. If someone tells you incessantly just how great he is, he usually isn’t.
- Unity. As our country becomes more and more polarized, the more we need a commander-in-chief who will (at least attempt) to bridge the divide. Trump’s approach of insulting anyone who disagrees with him will only solidify it.
- Executive Overreach. Many of us have been quite concerned about President Obama’s usurpation of authority and have questioned the constitutionality of his executive orders. If we truly adhere to conservative principles on this, do we really want a Republican president who would potentially do the same thing?
- Life. Trump was pro-choice for years before becoming pro-life. I do believe that people can change and – if genuine – I applaud his decision. His unabashed, continued support of Planned Parenthood, however, causes me to question whether he really changed his mind about the issue or whether it was a well-timed decision in preparation for a presidential run.
- Actual Plans. Trump dodges substantive questions with personal attacks. Or, he will simply say “believe me” with no explanation. He’s banking on riding the anger wave into the White House, but then what? He does not explain how he will accomplish anything. This is not a time just to hope for the best.
- Treatment of Women. As described in a previous post, Trump’s disparaging comments about women reveal a lot about him. Attacking women’s looks on a regular basis (e.g., Carly Fiorina) or insinuating that an accomplished journalist is a “bimbo,” because she asked him tough questions does not a real man make.
In order to prevent Trump from winning, it’s time Republicans rally around one candidate. My vote is going to Marco Rubio.
We are all frustrated with the status quo, but we must choose wisely. Once we cast our votes, there’s no rewinding. If Trump is the nominee and ultimately elected, our nation will be stuck on the wrong channel for years to come.
Question: Would you vote for Trump? Why or why not?