Friday, August 26, 2016

Trump Stumps: Tough Talk, Few Tactics

I try to avoid news programs (on practically all the  major news outlets) that feature coverage of Donald Trump. Now I get that he is the GOP contender for the presidential prize and cannot be ignored.

Still, when I hear him address adoring crowds, I scratch my head. How is it possible that a clearly politically clueless candidate has managed to leap-frog over more viable Republican candidates to compete against Hillary Clinton?

Donald Trump has not offered the American people any substantive policies or platforms to support his claim that he will "make America great again."

His public performances--and that they are--seem more like stand-up comedy routines that pump up his image of himself as a no-nonsense, tough-talking leader who will show the rest of the world, including our allies, who's Boss. Really.

Politics is complicated. The Constitution calls for the separation of powers and checks and balances, which assures that neither the President nor Congress operates free of constitutional constraints.

So those jobs Trump promises, the defeat of  ISIS, the repeal of "Obamacare," and the restoration of military cuts will require more than his say-so.

Just ask President Obama.

I believe, in fact, that Trump represents the deepest yearnings of a segment of our population that views our nation as a global behemoth envied by of the rest of the world and big enough to take on all enemies.

Even if you believe this, the battlefield has changed. The threats to our nation occur on many fronts--from cyber attacks to domestic terrorism by lone wolves. Big talk accomplishes nothing.

Complex world and national issues require cooperation across party lines and national borders as well as a commitment to fairness and justice for all.

We cannot solve global problems with nationalistic rhetoric.

Be wary of a candidate who has simplistic answers to modern-day problems, namely, Donald Trump