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.
I think the Likeability Factor is overrated in American national politics. It matters more in more local politics where dedicated schmoozers are the usual fare. However, I would rather have a beer with Donald than with Hillary.
Part of it is that I think Donald is educable (and has a long way to go), but she is not. She is a snotty know-it-all, and mostly wrong.
Also, he strikes me as being warm and interested in people, while I imagine Hillary would have half of her attention on the door to see if anybody more important than my deplorable self might come in. Somebody with more money or with higher social status. I think she is that sort of deplorable person.
Agreed. Hillary's election will mean the end of the Republic. Her Court will validate the emerging Administrative State. Bureaucrats will rule while Congress becomes a kind of House of Lords. Pray for Trump's victory.
I'm just tired of being bossed around by the same gang of public employees who all know each other, went to the same schools, and think they know best and that I'm too stupid to be left to my own devices.
Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic. In fact, the 2016 election is sealing the United States’s transition from that republic to some kind of empire.
Electing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump cannot change that trajectory.
I hate the 'have a beer with' meme. I think what people are responding to is much closer to your comments about Trump - that he, W, and even Obama (when contrasted with McCain and Mitt) would listen to and attempt to understand an issue communicated by an ordinary citizen.
She's an ideologue and a lawyer for all the bad memes about lawyers/politicians. Whatever it takes to get what you want. All the while, enriching herself and her family and those that encircle her. She is a grifter... who believes in nothing higher than herself and her desire to get even. She married a grifter who is an opportunist. ... surrounded by toadies and surrogates... and a delighted media covering up.
RobM: She's an ideologue and a lawyer for all the bad memes about lawyers/politicians. Whatever it takes to get what you want. All the while, enriching herself and her family and those that encircle her. She is a grifter.