Donald Trump isn’t the very model of a modern PC gentleman. Nonetheless, I am inclined to believe that beneath his unrefined exterior he is fundamentally decent. I struggle to see how you can raise such accomplished and loving children if you are an outright jerk. On the other hand, I find Hillary Clinton thoroughly disagreeable. I believe that her actions rank with those of infamous liars, shysters and carpetbaggers of yesteryear.
Do you see what I mean? I am hopelessly compromised. And so are those in the other camp. When it comes to Clinton and Trump the gap between opposing views, as the Donald might say, is huge. I regularly correspond on politics with an American lady I met on a trip to Israel. This is what she wrote in the course of a recent exchange.
I’m simply flummoxed that someone as [over-kind compliment deleted out of modesty] as you would find a bloated, thoughtless, mendacious, self-aggrandizing playground bully “the only candidate for the times… the best candidate by far, not the least worst.”
Here is Jody commenting on QOL on a recent piece of mine:
Trump is a dangerous narcissist of the type the Phillipines people are dealing with right now; he’s every bit as vulgar, offensive and unstable as Duterte.
There will no meeting of minds on the character of the two candidates. There seldom is when it comes to presidential politics, but this time the order of disagreement is on a different scale. Trump is uniquely polarizing. For the sake of the argument let us say that he has some worrisome personality traits. The question is whether his foibles are fatal to being a good president.
I don’t know for sure. No-one knows exactly how a potential leader will perform until they assume leadership. Bill Clinton, for example, had a foible or two and seemed to do OK, particularly after his ‘pivot’ towards the conservative side. What is clear to those paying attention is that the times are crying out for ‘a disrupter’ not someone who offers more of the same.
Dwelling on personality must be put in context of the perilous situation facing America and, by extension, Western civilization. American voters face two starkly different futures. Here is just a taste.
Islam inside and out has to be confronted. Trump will do that. Clinton won’t. Allowing in job lots of tens of thousands of Muslim refugees is a never-ending recipe for bringing the European problem to America. Once done it can’t be undone. It will metastasize and bring misery. No matter what how peaceful you know your Muslim neighbour or workmate to be, the goal of their creed is to take over. If you don’t get that, you don’t get anything — and your granddaughters will get what they don’t deserve.
The Third World’s population is rising rapidly as the West’s is static or declining. Strong and secure borders are required to keep out hordes of political and economic refugees. Trump will build strong borders. Clinton won’t. Don’t get that? Then face being inundated by welfare recipients and seeing neighborhoods change in ways that you won’t like. Keep your daughters indoors after that.
The US economy is in a mess, as are most Western economies. Even without a moment’s study of economics, or even with the dubious benefit of a course of study delivered by some left-wing economics hack, do you really believe that raising taxes and doubling down on environmental regulations will rescue the economy? Lowering business taxes and reducing regulatory obstacles, including on fossil fuel development, are the only effective tools left in the locker. Trump will use them. Clinton can’t. Don’t get that? Then you will see more industrial wastelands, more unemployment, more inner-city disenchantment and violence.
America’s military is depleted and depleting. Trump will build it up again. Clinton can’t and won’t. Think Russia and Eastern Europe, China and the South China Sea, Iran and nuclear weapons, North Korea and nuclear weapons, North Africa and Islamic terrorism, Afghanistan and Islamic terrorism, the Middle East and Islamic terrorism. Without a strong America mayhem awaits. Make the wrong choice and it might be advisable to build a well-stocked bunker.
Think the social fabric that made America great is unraveling? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait a year or two after Clinton has refashioned the Supreme Court.
Periodically, history throws up unforgiving times. The year 1940 was an unforgiving time. Lord Halifax might have made a good British PM in 1940 if not for Hitler. As it happened, a man of singular talent, though not to everyone’s taste, was required. We live again in unforgiving times.
Some people say we can’t take a chance on Trump. I say we can’t take a chance on dumping Trump. Trump is no Churchill, but he is made for these times. No one else I can think of would be out there unashamedly, and rightly, prosecuting the case for coal, oil and gas, for building a wall, and for stopping Muslim immigration.
A final thought, apropos many white tertiary-educated women and others, including precious conservatives, whose sensibilities that ‘awful ruffian’ so upsets. Wake up in the morning with Clinton in the White House. Feel somewhat flat and resigned to Washington politics as usual? Well, if it happens, you helped make it so. Enjoy!