Bush, Clinton and why Americans vote for Trump

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A conservative writer named Alex CAntellanos explained the appeal of Donald Trump.

We have the largest government we’ve ever had, and yet it governs nearly nothing.  Not our economy, which is stagnant.  Not our place in the world, where we have lost respect.  Not our fiscal affairs, where we have been rendered destitute.  Not our borders, made of smoke.  Not our health care, rendered increasingly unaffordable by a cynically named “Affordable Care Act.”

The list of big, old, factory-like government’s broken promises is unending.  Everything Washington’s elite said they would deliver, from better race relations and peace in our inner cities, to stability abroad, ends up both a larger challenge and more expensive.

We have been scammed — and we know it.

Our ruling class cannot see that their forest of quixotic promises has been stripped bare, but the American people can see nothing else.  These woods are leafless now, barren of accomplishment.

Source: CNN.com.

Given a forced choice, I would pick either Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.  He advocates policies that only a military dictator could implement.

But it is precisely the failed policies that Bush and Clinton represent, and would continue, that cause people to turn to Donald Trump.

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Trump is the strongman we don’t need by Alex Castellanos for CNN.   I don’t think any actual socialist considers what we have in the USA today as “socialism”.  I’d call it “corporatism.”  Otherwise I pretty much agree with this article.

How Close Was Donald Trump to the Mob? by David Marcus for The Federalist.

Donald Trump says he’s “the most militaristic person there is,” proves it by demanding “we bomb the hell out of” Iraq, Iran and ISIS by Scott Eric Kaufman for Salon.

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2 Responses to “Bush, Clinton and why Americans vote for Trump”

  1. whungerford Says:

    I disagree with Alex Cantellanos. People wouldn’t fear big government if they weren’t bombarded with anti-government propaganda. Trump does bank on fear, but it is fear of minorities, immigrants, and change rather than big government.

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  2. philebersole Says:

    Thanks for once again showing me the need to explain and elaborate on my post.

    I think that Americans are discontented not because government is big as because government does not serve them well.

    As an example, Hurricane Katrina’s effect on New Orleans was worse than it had to be because the Corp of Engineers was not budgeted sufficient money to shore up the levees, and the federal government’s response was inadequate because President Bush installed incompetent administrations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Similarly, the BP oil spill in the Gulf was due to inadequate supervision by the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the regulatory agency.

    I have not read anything to indicate that FEMA or the MMS have been reformed. I do know that BP is back in the Gulf, operating in the same way that it did before.

    I think Bill Clinton and Al Gore deserve credit for their work in making the federal government work more efficiently. This was mostly wrecked by George W. Bush, and I don’t see any evidence that it has been fixed by Barack Obama.

    I don’t know whether this is because President Obama can’t fix it, isn’t interested in fixing it or has more things to deal with than he is able to get to. Certainly it is easier to wreck things than to fix things.

    The larger issue is whether the government serves the public or special interests. The Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations all served the interests of Wall Street and the military-industrial complex better than they served the interests of the public.

    This results in a widespread, unfocused discontent, which somebody such as Donald Trump is able to tap into.

    As you rightly say, Trump is not opposed to “big government” as such. He knows nothing of governmental administration. If you take his statements seriously, he would make the government bigger and less accountable than it already is.

    As you also rightly say, Trump’s appeal is to native-born white citizens who feel threatened by immigrants and minorities.

    I do not condone this, but I think it is understandable. When I was a newspaper reporter, I would not have wanted to compete for a job against, say, an immigrant from India who was willing to work for a quarter of my wages. Nativism and racial prejudice always grow worse in hard times.

    As for change, it can be for the better or for the worse. I fear the USA is changing for the worse.

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