My background, though I don’t really know why this is important to the question: Spent 22 years in uniform as part of the Constitutionally required demand of the United States Government to first and foremost secure our rights and freedoms.
Since medical/disability retirement due to a Line of Duty injury in Iraq, I spend my time in continuance of that same mission by trying to help my fellow voters make informed decisions at the voting booth. There is more than one way to honor the oath to preserve and defend…
My general opinion of Trump is not good. I do like some of the things he says and the fact that he does not let political correctness get in his way but that can and likely will hurt him as well, and sadly us too.
The attack on Carley Fiornia’s face is a perfect example. It does not concern me that he either likes or dislikes Fiorina or her face. However his statement is very telling. What is telling is that he is capable of making such a statement without thinking first.
To illustrate – what happens when President Trump is in Japan at a G-8 summit and he doesn’t like the suit the leader of Japan is wearing or the lame joke he tells or something just as irrelevant? What if at that point Trump blurts out a statement like the one he used in the attack on Fiorina? Fiorina handled it well but I guarantee you that the leader of Japan and all other G-8 countries will not be as “accommodating” as Fiorina was when she was attacked.
These other seven leaders will probably leave the room. Then what? We participate in the G-8 summit (and others) in order to represent the United States interests on the world stage. If the other leaders leave the room then Trump is the only one left. Did we win or did we lose? We lost because the world affairs can then be conducted without the presence of the United States at the next meeting. We not only lost but we lost big time and this could be even more damaging to the image of the United States than the damage caused by Obama.
What else, in general terms?
It has been established that Trump has bought politicians. Can Trump be bought? Yes he can. By whom? Himself, that’s who. He doesn’t need to be given money directly to be bought. Trump can be counted on to do what is in Trump’s best interest. Generally what is in Trump’s best interest will often be in the best interest of the United States (a good thing).
What happens when what is in Trump’s best interest is NOT in the best interest of the United States? What happens when the decision benefits the real estate industry (of which Trump Industries is part) but goes against the long term goals of the United States? Food for thought
One specific example: Trump was recently interview by a prominent interviewer and it went down something like this. The interviewer said “Mr. Trump I am going to ask you a very specific question and I want a very specific answer.” Anyone will understand that to mean pay very close attention to the wording of the question because the WORDING of the question is very important (this precludes and notion of a trap being set).
The scenario was presented: you have an illegal alien couple residing in Los Angles, that couple has two children who were born in the United States and as such are United States citizens. Mr. Trump, what would you do? Trump said that he would deport all of them.
Just to re-visit the fact that the question was very specific, the interviewer stated (with emphasis) no less than four times that these children were United States citizens in an effort to be VERY clear and specifically NOT set a trap. Trumps answer was to deport them all.
As indicated above I served 22 years to secure the rights of ALL Americans. Clearly the parents in this scenario are NOT Americans (U.S. citizens) but clearly the two children are U.S. citizens.
1) You cannot abduct, transfer, detain, and ultimately deport United States citizens without “due process” and he offered none of that, not even the required mention of their rights.
2) In order to deport these two children to another country (one to which they have no official ties, which precludes the notion of deportation in the first place) you MUST first revoke that U.S. citizenship. There is not a court in the land that would do that without first examining the heinous crime of which they have been convicted (due process) in a court of law. It cannot legally be done. It isn’t just that this action by Trump would violate United States code (public law) but it would violate the Constitution itself.
My opinion: sorry but I took an oath to defend the Constitution (because it guarantees our rights and freedoms) and I served officially 22+ years in uniform, and that is 22 years and one sworn oath too many to allow this to happen. I have been watching patiently for him to retract and clarify this and it has not happened.
As for the three non-politician candidates I respectfully acknowledge that Carson is probably the most intelligent person running but intelligence by itself doesn’t cut it. Carson has nearly no qualifications to be president (though I would say he is more qualified than Obama).
That leaves Trump and Fiorina. Notwithstanding the above (which is a show-stopper by itself) these two are similar yet different.
Both ran major corporations and were successful (both had failures also). So both have leadership skills and both have experience in economics and large amounts of money. One difference that needs to be taken into consideration is that when Trump made a command decision he was making that decision regarding mostly, if not all, his own money. Fiorina made essentially the same decisions but when she had to decide she made her decision not based on her own money but on the money of others (shareholders). Presidents make decisions in the best interest not of themselves but of others.
For clarity I know that HP has been a publicly traded corporation for many years but I can only imaging that even if Trump Industries or his other companies are public it is Trump who is a major (and probably majority) shareholder.
The president makes decisions, recommendations for some 300+ million Americans. Don Trump made decisions for considerably fewer and arguably very few (possible one) individuals.
Don’t get me wrong, as a one-time business owner I can say that there is not much better than (and a better exercise of your freedoms) owning your own business. We should be proud that Trump is so successful because that is a true American quality.
Some say that successful business owners are “greedy.” I strongly disagree with that but what the hell, let me jump on the bandwagon for a minute and say that they should be even more greedy (yes, I said more, noting that it is shameful that the American public doesn’t understand this). The question is do we want this quality (that of business “greed”) to find its way to the White House?
Please ask yourself if Trump, or any candidate for that matter, is capable of carrying out the promises he makes in order to get elected. Obama made a bunch of promises in order to get elected and it worked. Although most of these promises were abandoned when he was elected, it worked because the voting public were too uninformed to be able to reasonably determine if Obama could live up to those promises.
One example of that mentioned in the previous paragraph. Trump says that he will deport ALL illegals. He also said he would deport those two United States citizen children discussed above. You need to know two things in order to make an informed decision on this:
1) Can Trump deport United States citizens? Not only no, but hell no! It matters not how good this might sound to voters, it cannot happen.
2) Can Trump deport all illegal aliens from this country? Yes, legally he can do this, but can he do this as a matter of practically? Probably not, the logistics are far to complicated and costly to be supported (how many billions or even trillions are we willing to spend to get them all out, especially when he admits that he will allow the “good” ones back into this country an expeditious manner). For one thing we would probably have to hire an extra million or more cops to get this done and are you willing to see your taxes go up to expand government that much?