Trump is only slightly more crazy than the others

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I confess that I never thought Donald Trump would get as far as he has.  I thought he would crash and burn, like so many of the Republican candidates in 2012.  I thought Hillary Clinton was the inevitable Democratic candidate, and that Scott Walker might take the Republican nomination away from Jeb Bush.

I did not think that somebody as sleazy as him would be taken seriously by the mass of ordinary Americans.

I kept waiting for Donald Trump to say something so outrageous and stupid that his candidacy would fail.  But here he is, stronger than ever – as Thoreau of Unqualified Offerings says, something like The Mule in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.

I still don’t think Trump will be nominated, and, if he is, I don’t think he will be elected.  I most certainly wouldn’t vote for him.

But I don’t see that he is that much crazier than the mainstream Republican candidates or Hillary Clinton.

Muslim-bashing is bad, immigrant-bashing is bad, and “roughing up” black protesters is truly vicious.  But it is just as badworse to accept perpetual war as normal, economic decline as inevitable, and financial fraud as something you can’t do anything about, which is what almost all the so-called mainstream candidates do.

LINKS

Eight Things About Donald Trump by John Scalzi on his Whatever blog.

How Republicans and Polls Enable Donald Trump by Nate Silver for FiveThirtyEight.

Six Crazy Things Trump Says That Are Spot On by Ted Rall for Japan Times.

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4 Responses to “Trump is only slightly more crazy than the others”

  1. tiffany267 Says:

    You’ve probably brought up this point before (I’ve been a terrible follower), but his stated positions on immigrants and the economy are similar to Bernie Sanders, as noted here on tumblr: http://tiffany267.tumblr.com/post/135364749266/communismkills-communismkills-this.

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  2. philebersole Says:

    Thanks, Tiffany, for that link. You provide information about Donald Trump’s past positions that is new to me.

    I’ve written a good bit about Bernie Sanders’ past positions because I think he has a coherent set of principles which he follows as consistently as any politician can.

    I haven’t done the same with Donald Trump because I don’t believe that he has any set principles to which he holds consistently. He said, or appeared to say, that American wages are too high and make the United States un-competitive in world markets. When challenged on this, he said that, no, he believes American wages are too low.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/28/donald-trump-bernie-sanders-minimum-wage

    It is true, as you point out, that Trump, like Sanders, says he wants to preserve the social safety net. I don’t think he would be so popular if he didn’t. From my perspective, that is a good thing, not a bad thing, but I don’t trust him on this.

    On immigration, Trump wants to enforce existing immigration laws and thinks it is practical to deport an estimated 11 million people. Sanders wants to enforce immigration laws while offering a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants already here. It is true that neither one favors open borders.

    Trade with China is a difficult issue because the United States is so dependent on China, both for supplies of essential manufactured products such as electronics components, and for financing of the U.S. debt. The problem is that Chinese government regards economic policy as a tool of national power, and only allows foreign companies to sell or operate in China if they contribute something to build up China. The U.S. government has no such policy concerning foreign companies selling or operating in the USA. I think this is a big reason that American manufacturing capacity is being hollowed out. I give both Sanders and Trump credit for recognizing this, but the horse has already left the barn. I don’t see how things can be turned around anytime soon.

    https://philebersole.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/why-u-s-business-kowtows-to-china/

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  3. Atticus Says:

    I think Hilary and Donald Trump are equally insane and elite. Hilary is a global elite desensitized and with no moral compass. Donald Trump is an egomaniac that would say or do anything for attention and the spotlight. Both are obsessed with power, but Hilary is much more cavalier and globally connected. Making her more dangerous in my opinion.

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  4. Holden Says:

    The sad part is, the people in the comic think they have anything to do with anything at all!

    When all is said and done, the Super Delegates decide who gets in, and their votes are bought and sold in closed door meetings. The rest is show business and pandering for money.

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