Some of what I have heard from Donald Trump is viscerally pleasing. His immigration reform and border control policies are exactly what I want to hear from a candidate. Well…actually….just some of it, if I ignore the really stupid parts like making Mexico pay for the wall, and creating a minimum wage for H1B visa holders. And the pie-in-the-sky parts about improving community safety and how we deal with poor kids is just political blather.
Refugee program for American children. Increase standards for the admission of refugees and asylum-seekers to crack down on abuses. Use the monies saved on expensive refugee programs to help place American children without parents in safer homes and communities, and to improve community safety in high crime neighborhoods in the United States.
His other position papers are superb. Really good stuff. Well, at least that’s what all of his supporters tell me, because I have never read them because they do not exist. His website has a tab for “Positions,” with a grand total of one topic. And that concerns me greatly. I want a nice detailed description of what the candidates are thinking about a myriad of topics. Bluster and anecdotes and reminiscences about the supermodels he has banged are entertaining, and red meat for his supporters, but I want to know more about his political philosophy, which right now seems like a cross between
Hughie Huey Long and George Pataki.
What really concerns me is his conspicuous lack of discussion about the rule of law as it applies to the chief executive. I have seen the results of almost seven years of a president who is comfortable sidestepping, or running roughshod over, the legal and constitutional structures controlling government.
I do not want a president who is comfortable with “getting things done” at the expense of the very laws that limit those things to that which has been approved by the legislative branch. I do not want a president who acts as if he were the only arbiter of the correctness of his decisions. I do not want a president who is transparently narcissistic, who is absolutely convinced of the brilliance of his thoughts, and sees others as impediments to success.
We have one right now, and I don’t like it.
So, until Donald Trump articulates his policies about the important issues of the day, I will continue to be extremely skeptical of his candidacy. Do I like some of what he does? Oh, absolutely. The thumb-in-the-eye to the GOP is an everyday delight. His careful anti-PC tone is amusing and needed. But that’s not enough. I want to hear how he will deal with our burgeoning regulatory state, how he will repair the damage done to our relationships across the globe, how he will rein in a Justice Department that is out of control and overtly racist, who he will nominate for the Supreme Court, how he will repair our armed forces.
It’s a tough job being president, and while I relish the thought of an executive with experience outside of government, Donald Trump (unlike Fiorina, the other business(wo)man in the mix) has rarely had to answer to anyone, except the bankruptcy courts. I want to see how he deals with co-equal branches of government that might not be supportive of what he wants to do.
Will he support and defend the Constitution of The United States, or will he act as he has so often in the past, willfully and without regard for anyone or anything other than his base self-interest.