Granted, Donald Trump has his flaws. He's certainly not my choice. At this point, a rehashing of Trump's strengths and weaknesses is useless. It is becoming increasingly clear that he can win the GOP nomination. So, it's time to put Donald Trump in perspective.
By that I mean, who will he likely be up against? It looks like Hillary Clinton will not be indicted by Barack Obama's DOJ (big surprise!), and will likely be the Democrat nominee. So how does Trump stack up?
- Been an accessory to rape
- Smeared women abused by his spouse
- Jailed a filmmaker to cover-up his own incompetence
- Attacked a country for no good reason and caused chaos on two continents
- Made billions selling U.S. Govt. favors
- Lied under oath
- Violated several U.S. laws regarding classified information
- Jeopardized U.S. national security by using an unsecured email server
- Stonewalled Freedom of Information requests
- Lied to the American people about official U.S. business
- Turned the IRS into a "gestapo"
- Looted the White House
- Sold secrets to the Chinese
- Lied about fake sniper fire in Bosnia
- Been pals with Saul Alinsky, Sidney Blumenthal, and Karl Marx (OK, I made the last one up...sort of.)
- Been fired for lying on a Watergate committee
The thing about our government that is truly sad in 2016 is that we have abandoned the founders design. The thing that made us exceptional among nations, the thing we call "American Exceptionalism" was the founders design of a strictly limited government designed to do a few basic things and then focus on securing the natural individual rights of the people. We long ago abandoned that model. Like it or not we have a totalitarian democracy at this point. Combine a totalitarian government with a jackass charismatic leader, like Barack Obama or Donald Trump, who you don't like, and it's a recipe for large scale discontent. Presidents were never supposed to be this important or this powerful in the U.S.