Against Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Presidency has been truly amazing thus far. He is the first candidate in recent memory to come from outside the political establishment. Reagan was sort of outside the establishment, considering he began as an actor, but he became a career politician in his post-acting life. Trump has zero political experience. He has never been elected to political office.

I’ll make it brief: I would never vote for Trump, for a few different reasons. First of all, I think he’s morally bankrupt. I’m not pretending to be some kind of moral paragon myself. All I’m saying is that Trump strikes me as a man dominated by his lusts: a lust for money, lust for women, and now the lust for power. I will place special emphasis on his personal relationships with women. You can tell a lot about a man by the way he interacts with the women in his life, and I think Trump’s multiple affairs and divorces are indicative of deep character flaws.

Unfortunately, there no longer is anything resembling a “moral majority” in America. If there were, then morally-minded protesting voters would’ve thrown Bill Clinton out after the Lewinsky scandal. They didn’t, and Billy Boy basically got off scot-free. So I do not expect mainstream voters to care much about Trump’s moral decisions.

Secondly, I think Trump has a lot of bad ideas; for instance, his proposition to thoroughly uncover and deport millions of illegal immigrants. This is a pipe dream, which I have discussed before. There ain’t no way the government is ever going to be able to do this. Imagine how unbelievably expensive this would be. Tracking down illegal immigrants already living in the shadows will require tens of thousands of immigration officers and investigators being paid upper-middle class salaries around the clock. We’re talking about an initiative running into the hundreds of billions of dollars in cost. America is bankrupt enough as it is. Furthermore, this would overwhelm the legal system. Thousands upon thousands of court cases would be necessary to resolve various legal disputes involving immigrants on the way out. This would clog the courts for years.

In addition, I think his economics are bad. I know this sounds rich coming from me, a modest simpleton, to say about a self-made billionaire like Trump. He clearly knows how to make money. But I think he has some of his principles screwed up. He is a protectionist, for one thing. He once said that outsourcing call centers from the USA to India is stupid because “how can it be cheaper to call someone overseas than on the same continent”? (I cannot find an article quoting this, but I know I read it somewhere.) Clearly, this is someone who does not understand the Digital Age, in which anything that can be done digitally can be done anywhere in the world with an internet connection. It is cheaper to open a call center in India because Indians will work more cheaply. The cost of the information and data is practically free; the long distance is inconsequential.

I suppose that about covers it. No long-winded diatribe or grand indictment necessary. I think he has serious character issues, and I think many of his ideas are poor. There’s not much more I need to say about it.

In spite of all this, there are actually a few things I will admit that I admire about Trump’s campaign, which are also the major reasons why I think he is meeting with such popularity.

First, I admire his chutzpah. He refuses to apologize for anything. In a world where politicians, celebrities, and other public figures tuck tail and whimper apologies whenever accused of saying something offensive, Trump’s refusal to be dominated this way is refreshing. He stands by his statements, for better or for worse. This has driven the left-wing media insane. They are used to getting instant results when leveling accusations of racism / sexism / homophobia / xenophobia. “I’m not racist! (or sexist! Or whatever!) I swear! I apologize for my offensive comments.” Trump doesn’t play this game. What else can they do? Accuse him of more xenophobia? Or homophobia? Or whatever-obia? I doubt it will do much good.

Which leads into the second admirable trait of his campaign: he punches back, and twice as hard. Not only does he refuse to apologize for anything, but he strikes back at his opponents immediately and on-the-fly. He doesn’t have spokespeople do his talking for him, and he doesn’t issue carefully-worded milquetoast PR statements. When Trump is confronted and accosted by opponents, his response is typically something like “No, you’re wrong. Also, you’re an idiot.”  It is refreshing to see someone with backbone. Unfortunately, he may have backbone for the wrong reasons. But I can admire backbone for its own sake, at least.

Douglas Wilson put it well: “People are sick unto death of politicians who are as dull as dishwater, who are relentlessly supine, and who allow themselves to be steered by the apology police. That combo is standard operating procedure for our rulers, our celebrities, our athletes, or anybody else who shows up on television — and it is all just simply mega-bleh.

Trump has been the opposite of bleh.

Do I like him? No. But I think most other politicians could learn a thing or two from his campaign.

OUTSIDERS

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are political outsiders. I would never vote for either of them; but I appreciate their outsider status. They are both contending for the Presidency from outside the Democratic and GOP political establishments, and it is driving the Establishment nuts.

Furthermore, consider two other popular GOP candidates: Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Currently, Carson is polling neck-and-neck with Trump, and Fiorina is not far behind. Neither of them are Establishment figures; none have ever been members of the political class. Carson is a surgeon, and Fiorina is a businesswoman. The top 3 polling candidates are coming from outside the Establishment. This is absolutely unprecedented in American history.

In addition, Bernie Sanders is raising some serious havoc in the Democrat camp. He is from outside the Democrat Establishment. I think he shot a major hole in his campaign when he submitted to Hillary during the televised debate, but he is still raising a little hell. I’m sure more than a few Hillary advisers get headaches when they hear his name.

Conclusion: Voters are becoming sick of the Establishment. They are beginning to realize that we are dominated politically by a small clique of elites who are connected though Ivy-League schools, the entrenched multinational banks, and organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission. This is a positive development. Let us hope it escalates.

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