We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Heard somewhere today, paraphrased: "Since all of the geniuses in Washington for the past 7 years screwed up almost everything they touched, maybe it makes sense to elect a semi-bozo with common sense like Trump."
Two things: Trump would have been awake and active on the night benghazi occurred; and he would not have cared about the libyan sovereignty in getting to our/his people.
I'm still voting for Cruz, however.
"Getting stuff done" is not the solution, it's the problem. There's a saying in football that when you pass the ball three things can happen and two of them are bad. Having someone in the White House who will "get stuff done" presents the same problem - there are far more options that will be bad for the US than there are options that will be good for the US.
What matters is the details. On what principles does the POTUS operate? What is his plan? How will he accomplish this?
Trump's plan is to make "great deals" and have "terrific" results, but, other than having Mexico build a wall, he's never given any details about his principles or plans and he's never explained how he will get Mexico to build the wall. All he does is call his opponents "losers." That's his immediate reaction to anyone running against him. When Ben Carson announced his candidacy, Trump called him a "so-so" doctor. First, how does his medical skill have anything to do with his political philosophy or ability to lead? Second, Carson is arguably the finest pediatric neurosurgeon in the world. But that's what Trump does - lob unsupported ad hominem attacks at opponents rather than addressing issues. Perhaps it's because he wants people to look at something other than his support or opposition to the real issues over his lifetime.
Indeed, if we look at the principles he's lived by, it's obvious that Trump: supports liberal democrats (including the Clintons), supports liberals in general (he was a registered Democrat for decades), supports Planned Parenthood and abortion (he's funded it and is on record as supporting abortion), supports government single payer health care (that's his plan to "replace" ObamaCare), opposes free trade, opposes fighting Islamic jihadists, thinks US POWs are losers, etc. He's a leftist con man!
He did talk about details, but those who don't like Trump don't want to hear them. He talked about how much it would cost: between $15 and $20B I believe was the figure he used. He has given several different ways we can 'make Mexico pay for the wall':
1) Fix the trade deficit with Mexico. He gave a figure...something like $55 B.
2) Add a tax onto all of the remittances that go through Western Union from illegals in the U.S. to their families back home. Trump also mentioned a figure that was how much money leaves the U.S. and goes straight to Mexico.
3) When American businesses ship jobs over to Mexico, charge a fee to bring their goods back into the U.S.
4) Stop paying Mexico any aid that we currently give them.
These are all ideas Trump has put out there. I think any or all of them will work. He has built many many things. If he knows one area of this task, it is construction. We already have some of the border with walls, but they are pathetic ones. We can easily build better walls to replace those crummy ones.
In a generally anti-Trump column, Angelo Codevilla says this about the ruling class:
America is now ruled by a uniformly educated class of persons that occupies the commanding heights of bureaucracy, of the judiciary, education, the media, and of large corporations, and that wields political power through the Democratic Party. Its control of access to prestige, power, privilege, and wealth exerts a gravitational pull that has made the Republican Party’s elites into its satellites.
This class's fatal feature is its belief that ordinary Americans are a lesser intellectual and social breed. Its increasing self-absorption, its growing contempt for whoever won’t bow to it, its dependence for votes on sectors of society whose grievances it stokes, have led it to break the most basic rule of republican life: deeming its opposition illegitimate.
There is more to his column concerning the demise of the GOP and he argues Cruz may be the only candidate that can save the party.