The Trump Campaign for the White House: When Losing Means Winning

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I don’t know what to think about Donald Trump… I was a big fan last year when he stormed the race with his vow to build a wall. I wasn’t a Trump supporter but I was very thankful that he put the issue of illegal immigration front and center of the race, exactly where it needed to be.

As the campaign wore on and contenders started dropping out I began to get a little worried but I was confident that Ted Cruz, the only real conservative in the race, would prevail. Little did I know that the dunces running the GOP would allow Democrats to pick their nominee. But alas, that’s exactly what happened and today we have a Democrat as the GOP nominee. And before someone mentions that Ronald Reagan was a Democrat for decades, yes, it’s true, but he not only became a Republican, but he became an actual conservative, which is the polar opposite of Donald Trump. Can you imagine Donald Trump coming up with this: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? Not likely. The truth is, with Trump we simply don’t know what’s behind the eyebrows…

On the one hand we know that Donald Trump has probably the biggest ego on the planet. Although born with a giant platinum spoon in his mouth, he has indeed taken that spoon and turned it into a full dining set. You may not like how he did it, but he did actually do it, all the while spending thirty years telling America he’s the greatest businessman on the planet. That’s hyperbole of course, but whatever the actual size of his bank account he’s done spectacularly well. But the question is, does this guy with the giant sized ego really want to be president?

On the one hand, it appears to be yes. He’s declared he’s running and he’s actually won the GOP nomination. The presidency is easily the most powerful job in the world, and if someone wanted to write a legacy worthy of the history books it’s a lot easier to do from the White House than it is from some random shiny tower on 5th Avenue.

But of course, with the potential to join the pantheon of names like Lincoln, FDR and Reagan comes the potential for abject failure too… think Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. While history has lionized the former, the latter have and will become poster children for failure or worse. And the problem for Donald Trump is that bankruptcy laws won’t allow him to simply wash his hands of such failures. He won’t be able to simply rename failure as success and ride off into the sunset to the praises of the chattering classes… he’s not, after all, Barack Obama.

But becoming a great president requires more than inspiring a cult following among a small segment of nominally Republican voters. It requires the successful running of the largest organization in the United States and managing the largest budget on the planet… all while keeping the economy from falling off a cliff and ideally keeping the country safe and ideally out of a war or wars. The government of the United States is far more complex than building a few buildings, signing a licensing agreement or convincing some gullible would be entrepreneurs into taking your real estate courses. And under the glare and scrutiny of a press salivating at the idea of chronicling the mistakes of any “GOP” politician, a bankruptcy filing or tax abatement won’t be able to hide Trump’s failures. Which may be why he reportedly offered to let John Kasich run domestic policy if he took the VP job. Is Trump scared he won’t be able to actually succeed? Trump may love to talk about – rather than actually disclose – his net worth, but he knows that his path to riches was a narrow one with lots of help and an ability to intimidate opponents into quiet submission. He also knows he will have no such luxury in the White House. There he will actually have to succeed rather than just talk about it… again, he’s no Barack Obama. Trying to engineer success on that scale might simply be too intimidating to really want the job.

Which might be why some suggest he’s not really in it to win it. To wit, rather than attacking his opponent Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has spent the lion’s share of the post convention period attacking and alienating the very people he needs on his side in order to win like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan. In addition, he has suffered self inflicted wounds such as occurred when he engaged in a war of words with a Gold Star family. Khan may have been wrong, but the optics of a man who got five deferments during Vietnam fighting with a family who sacrificed their son on the battlefield are lost on Trump. Is it possible that Trump got into the race on a lark and stayed in simply so he could prove that he could win? Now that he’s on the big stage and has to contemplate what it means to actually govern rather than just talk about it, would he rather spend the next three months doing the Donald Trump show rather than running a disciplined campaign because he knows he can chalk up his defeat to a rigged election?

Finally there are the allegations from Trump that the vote is going to be rigged against him. Is he setting himself up to lose, purposefully? Some believe that Trump is simply a Clinton plant. That is, frankly, easy to believe. Given the chameleon like fluidity with which he transformed from embracing a Clinton embracing Democrat to an ostensibly Clinton opposing Republican, it would be nothing to publically announce a mea culpa after her inauguration and go back to being a friend of Clinton and reap the windfall that comes with helping put her in the White House. He will have in one stroke eviscerated the GOP and put a longtime friend in the White House. From the perspective of a man who has made billions from crony capitalism, this is getting the keys to the kingdom.

Whether driven by a lack of desire or in coordination with the Democrat party, losing the presidential race offers Donald Trump the potential to put a stamp on history’s accounting of him. In addition to being the greatest businessman in history, he can become the aggrieved hero who wanted to save America but who was undermined by the entrenched political establishment. For a man who more than anything loves to tell tales about his exploits and to whom hyperbole is second nature, the allure of “What if” or “I would have” is that there is no limit to how great his accomplishments would have been if he’d only been given a fair chance… And the bonus is… he doesn’t actually have to accomplish anything and no one can ever prove him wrong. I’m not sure the prospect of actually taking the job, with the ancillary risks of failure and requirements for actual results can hold a candle to that…

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

21 Responses to “The Trump Campaign for the White House: When Losing Means Winning”

  1. 1

    Nanny G

    You consider someone (Trump) here on the political grid to be ”a democrat”????
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Donald_Trump.htm
    But Ronald Reagan was here on that same grid when using the same criteria. (And this grid was from the very END of Ronald Reagan’s political career, not it’s start!)
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Ronald_Reagan.htm

    Let’s compare those two political brothers with today’s Democrats, Hillary and Bernie.
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Hillary_Clinton.htm
    http://www.ontheissues.org/Bernie_Sanders.htm

    Look at the issues.
    Hillary wants to shut down most energy production in the US.
    Donald Trump is for that entreprenurial spirit that encourages ALL forms of energy production.
    Hillary wants Common Core and socialized child rearing by propagandists for as many years as possible.
    Donald Trump is for dumping Common Core and allowing all education to be controlled at the state and local levels.
    You can’t deny the difference between having Open Borders VS Building a Wall while allowing legal immigration.
    You can’t deny the difference between a world after Hillary’s SCOTUS picks VS Trump’s picks.
    Trump has named 11 picks he will choose from…..

    Steven Colloton: An Iowa judge appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003. He previously worked as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and was a clerk for former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
    Allison Eid: A Colorado Supreme Court justice since 2006 and former solicitor general for the state of Colorado who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.
    Raymond Gruender: Appointed in 2004 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in Missouri by President George W. Bush. A former federal prosecutor in Missouri.
    Thomas Hardiman: A federal judge on the 3rd Circuit of Pennsylvania who was appointed by Bush in 2003. Hardiman, the first in his family to attend college, graduated from Notre Dame University.
    Raymond Kethledge: A Michigan federal appellate judge for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Appointed by Bush before his departure from office in 2008. Kethledge was previously in private practice and worked as a corporate attorney.
    Joan Larsen: Sits on the Michigan Supreme Court and was a professor at the University of Michigan School of Law. She clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death has left a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
    Thomas Lee: A justice on the Utah Supreme Court since 2010 and a former faculty member at Brigham Young University Law School. Son of former Reagan-era Solicitor Gen. Rex Lee and brother of Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
    William Pryor: A Bush appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Alabama. Took Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ place as state attorney general when he entered the Senate.
    David Stras: A justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2010. Previously worked as a legal scholar at the University of Minnesota Law School and clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.
    Diane Sykes: A federal appellate judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th District, appointed by George W. Bush in 2004. A former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.
    Don Willett: A justice on the Texas Supreme Court since 2005 who was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry.

    Who has Hillary offered to pick?
    Merrick Garland (Obama’s pick)
    Paul Watford (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)
    Jacqueline Nguyen (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals)
    Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court)
    Mariano Florentino Cuéllar (California Supreme Court)
    Lucy Koh (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California)
    Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
    (Oh, and she’s thinking about picking Obama, himself!)

  2. 2

    Bookdoc

    If this author thinks Nixon was a failure because the dim’s railroaded him over things that are nothing compared to the criminality of clinton, carter, and obozo, and calling fdr a success after any good economist will tell you that he not only created the great depression but kept it going-read “New Deal or Raw Deal” to get the truth the modern historians won’t give you.
    Once again, the lsm has the right dancing to their tune-thanks guys!

  3. 5

    MOS #8541

    vince, you are a demorat and a long time slut hilary support. your works reeks with hypocrisy, and following your reviews over the last year-you were never a Trump supporter

  4. 6

    Bill

    I got news for you; while Trump’s ego is “yuuuuge”, it is nothing compared to Obama’s. Imagine a freshman Senator (who didn’t even complete a term before campaigning for the next step up the ladder) telling a room of career legislators that he won, they lost, shut up and take orders. Or telling military experts that HE knows best about how to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama was apparently convinced his charisma was going to woo leaders all around the world… because his ego told him so.

    Ego ain’t the problem; real-world experience, leadership and correctly identifying the root cause of problems is. Obama lacked this and Hillary obviously does as well. Trump has those assets in spades; it is merely a question of how he employs them.

  5. 7

    Artfldgr

    Can you imagine Donald Trump coming up with this: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? Not likely. The truth is, with Trump we simply don’t know what’s behind the eyebrows…

    Your conflating.

    The skill to speak like lincoln, reagan, or churchill is wholly different and not related to political party or ideology.

    otherwise, romney, cruz, mccain, et al. are also not true conservatives as we cant imagine them saying anything clever or similar

    Then there is the fact that both reagan and Trump share the same degree… Reagan degree in economics is from Eureka College, Trumps degree in economics from Wharton – and he is the ONLY candidate this election season who had such a degree, the others degrees are in political science, and Cruz is in Public policy

    Both Reagan and he were television stars before running for office, though Reagan co-starred with a chimpanzee named Bonzo….

    On the one hand we know that Donald Trump has probably the biggest ego on the planet.

    maybe, but his kids said very nice things about him, when the children of teddy roosvelt said he wanted to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral, so we haev had worse in the presidency… and i would say the people who think they can remodel society, like obama fundementally wanting to change the USA, and the leftists wanting to change marraige, and sexual orientations, and all that have bigger egos that think that they not only are right, but that they have a right to play with others lives, posterity, constitutiun and more, and should not even be questioned for it!!

    Although born with a giant platinum spoon in his mouth, he has indeed taken that spoon and turned it into a full dining set

    sorry, you have this one wrong, it wasnt platinum, it was gold.. he is not the child of a billionaire, but a child of a self made millionaire that started with his fathers money (30,000) after he died of the flu… that was made into a larger amount through real estate, then it was given to trump, who then upped it to 560 subsidiaries and over 30,000 employees world wide – who are all payed by capitalist means not state money not bailouts…

    But the question is, does this guy with the giant sized ego really want to be president?

    No, that’s made up bs and projection!! you have no evidence or points otherwise, not even obtuse ones that you can twist. all you have is the poor people thining that if they had lots of money they would not work at all… but the wealthy with a lot of money continue to work a lot… so the question is, why do you think this at all? because you have an issue with people who have earned lots of money and feel it means something negative about them?

    But of course, with the potential to join the pantheon of names like Lincoln, FDR and Reagan comes the potential for abject failure too… think Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

    thats a meaningless paragraph.

    the problem for Donald Trump is that bankruptcy laws won’t allow him to simply wash his hands of such failures

    he did NOT claim chapter 13 bankruptcy, 4 companies of his claimed chapter 11 restructuring and NONE of the reasons were because he was incompetent… he also sold off personal assets to pay for it, and was voted by the shareholders to continue running the properties… the other things were not his, but other people who licensed his name and he wasnt running the business (like the one in puerto rico). and bankruptcy restructuring does not let you wipe out anything… everyone gets paid, and he got no bail outs…

    But becoming a great president requires more than inspiring a cult following among a small segment of nominally Republican voters. It requires the successful running of the largest organization in the United States and managing the largest budget on the planet… all while keeping the economy from falling off a cliff and ideally keeping the country safe and ideally out of a war or wars.

    your points are personal and arbitrary and do not fit with the history of the officev… first of all, the president does not control the economy… he doesnt even control the finances of the federal agencies, thats the house… he doesnt make laws, thats the senate… he doesnt even decide things about laws and their fitness, thats the supreme court… all he can do is say stuff, and either sign or not sign, but even that can be overidden…

    and no one “keeps the country safe and out of war or wars”
    that, like leftist dolts that ignores the other side… did wilson keep us out of WWI like he promised? how about FDR? how about when the chinese commnunists got permission from stalin and came over the korean borders? vietnam after the french?

    your point is idiocy… and it also ignores that the president has no powers to make war (techically) and that he needs congress to vote on it, like all the others did (Except obama)

    The government of the United States is far more complex than building a few buildings, signing a licensing agreement or convincing some gullible would be entrepreneurs into taking your real estate courses.

    this shows your ignorance of trump enterprises.. you think that building a building in manhatten is easy? your nuts. licenseing is easy, but not building a brand where someone will pay you 100 million to use your name. and guess what? the real estate courses were by two other men who licensed trumps name.

    but your leaving out over 500 subsidiaries, in dozens of countries, including negotiating with the saudies for building there, and the chinese communists, and others.

    Of the 515 listed in the disclosure, 268 of them—52%—contain his last name and don’t clearly reference someone else, like his father Fred Trump. (Many others contain variations on Donald Trump’s initials, but we didn’t count those

    in your snarky point you left out:
    Here they all are:

    Sentient Jets LLC (Now/Known/As Trump Jets LLC)
    T International Realty LLC (dba Trump International Realty)
    The Donald J. Trump Foundation, Inc.
    The Trump Corporation
    The Trump Follies Member Inc.
    The Trump Equitable Fifth Avenue Company
    Trump 106 CPS LLC
    Trump 55 Wall Corp
    Trump 767 Management LLC
    Trump 845 LP LLC
    Trump 845 UN GP LLC
    Trump 846 UN MGR Corp
    Trump 846 UN MGR LLC fka 845 UN LLC
    Trump AC Casino Marks LLC
    Trump AC Casino Marks Member Corp
    Trump Acquisition Corp.
    Trump Acquisition, LLC
    Trump Books LLC
    Trump Books Manager Corp
    Trump Brazil LLC
    Trump Briarcliff Manor Development LLC formerly Briar Hall Development LLC
    Trump Canadian Services Inc
    Trump Canouan Estate LLC
    Trump Canouan Estate Member Corp
    Trump Caribbean LLC
    Trump Carousel LLC
    Trump Carousel Member Corp
    Trump Central Park West Corp
    Trump Chicago Commercial Member Corp
    Trump Chicago Commercial Manager LLC
    Trump Chicago Development LLC
    Trump Chicago Hotel Member Corp
    Trump Chicago Hotel Manager LLC
    Trump Chicago Managing Member LLC
    Trump Chicago Member LLC
    Trump Chicago Residential Member Corp
    Trump Chicago Residential Manager LLC
    Trump Chicago Retail LLC
    Trump Chicago Retail Manager LLC
    Trump Chicago Retail Member Corp
    Trump Classic Cars LLC
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    Trump Commercial Chicago LLC
    Trump Cozumel Corp
    Trump Cozumel LLC
    Trump CPS Corp
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    Trump Delmonico LLC
    Trump Development Services LLC
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    Trump Drinks Israel Holdings LLC
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    Trump Education ULC
    Trump Empire State, Inc.
    Trump Endeavor 12 LLC
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    Trump EU Marks Member LLC
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    The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC (fka Trump University CA LLC)
    Trump Ferry Point LLC
    Trump Ferry Point Member Corp
    Trump Florida Management LLC
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    The Trump Follies LLC
    Trump Fort Lee LLC
    Trump Fort Lee Member Corp
    Trump Golf Acquisition LLC
    Trump Golf Coco Beach LLC
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    Trump Golf Management LLC
    Trump Home Marks
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    Trump Ice LLC
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    Trump Identity LLC
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    Trump International Development LLC
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    Trump International Golf Club LC
    Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited
    Trump International Golf Club Inc.
    Trump International Hotel and Tower Condominium
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    Trump Kelowna LLC
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    Trump Korean Projects LLC
    Trump Las Olas LLC
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    Trump Las Vegas Corp.
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    Trump Las Vegas Marketing and Sales LLC
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    Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Unit Owners Association
    Trump Lauderdale Development 2 LLC
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    Trump Marks Puerto Rico I LLC
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    Trump Marks Punta del Este LLC
    Trump Marks Punta del Este Manager Corp
    The Donald J. Trump Company LLC
    The Trump Marks Real Estate Corp
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    Trump Marks SOHO License Corp
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    Trump Production Managing Member Inc
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    Trump Realty Services, LLC (fka Trump Mortgage Services LLC (03) & Tower Mortgage Services LLC)
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    the rest of the article shows your ignorance… like saing the bankruptcy of four companies out of over 500, is bad, and that you mistake chapter 11 for 13…

    Chapter 11 is the chapter used by large businesses to reorganize their debts and continue operating. Corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies cannot use chapter 13 to reorganize and must cease business operations if a chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed. Chapter 11 cases are by far the most complicated of bankruptcy cases, and as a result, there are very few law firms that handle chapter 11 cases

    your commenting from ignorance…
    four chapter 11 bankruptcies out of 560 companies?
    you realize that the failure rate of companies would mean he could have 100 failures and still be way way ahead of the average? and completel failures, not a restructuring in which the businesses kept going… the investors got paid… and the state didnt bail him out…

  6. 9

    James Raider

    Perhaps we can invite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as temporary President for the next 3 months, . . .

    “I’ll really have you killed… My order is shoot to kill you. I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me.”

    He was responding to a drug dealer’s killing of a policeman.

  7. 10

    Al P

    I think you are overthinking it. And frankly, not effectively. Trump will either be elected or not. It’s just a binary outcome. HRC entered this race with probably an 85% chance of being elected. Trump has significantly worn that down. You think Jeb would have done such a thing? Jeb had the personality, appeal, and intelligence of a scoop of mashed potatos. (no “e”)

    The nation is in the grip of a cadre of powerful individuals who, for whatever reasons, believe that the best way for them to enrich themselves is to be short, to use a stock market analogy. There is nothing they will not sell, provided their participation in government allows them to get access to it.

    Now that you are spun into a blithering whatever-you’re-claiming-to-be by what is unquestionably the greatest gaslight operation in US history, you’re wailing because you anticipate Trump will be letting you down. Why? You had something to lose, other than your country? That was lost with HRC starting at 85% odds of success.

    At present, even low info voters are seeing this gaslight operation for what it is and the choice of HRC is becoming obviously a giant step towards tyranny and goofball socialism. It may go that way. Neither you nor I will be any better off for the gnashing of teeth and the invention of specious theory. If this is what the country wants, it goes that way and that’s that. Pray that it doesn’t.

  8. 11

    George Wells

    @Al P:

    Yep, America will get what it deserves.
    The voters who elect President Hillary Clinton will believe THROUGHOUT her presidency that they DID indeed win, because no matter how awful her performance, her constituency will remain convinced that Trump’s performance would have been even worse. And the voters who NOMINATED Trump BELIEVING that he had a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning – or that he WANTED to win – will get what THEY deserve too – another Democratic administration – because they failed their due-diligence responsibilities when they vetted their nominee.
    We reap what we sow.

    Thus is revealed the astonishing, gaping flaw in what is arguably the best form of governance yet invented by man: The fact that in order for self-governance to work, it must actually involve the PEOPLE. Collectively, the people are no better than a flock of greedy crows, with half of them wanting to steal everything they want from OTHER crows, and the other half dazzled dumb by shiny objects, funny hair and a potty-mouth. Our election process has been reduced to a reality television-style entertainment extravaganza, with breathless partisan surrogates every night gasping and choking out the news as if the election were being held tomorrow. Appreciating the media’s need for 30-second sound bytes, Trump dutifully supplies a steady stream of outrageous tweets, making it clear that EITHER he really DOESN’T want the job of president, or that he’s so happy to generate free publicity that he’ll take gladly the worst of it before paying a dime for anything better.
    We reap what we sow.

  9. 13

    Artfldgr

    @George Wells: Thus is revealed the astonishing, gaping flaw in what is arguably the best form of governance yet invented by man: The fact that in order for self-governance to work, it must actually involve the PEOPLE. Collectively, the people are no better than a flock of greedy crows, with half of them wanting to steal everything they want from OTHER crows, and the other half dazzled dumb by shiny objects

    and you prefer the other way, where the not greedy politician wants to control it all, own it all through control, and will even regulate whether you stand up to pee, who can go into toilets, what kids learn, whome you marry and if you marry and on and on and on..

    your nutters… because you leave out the other choice and say nothing of it…. the battle you point out above is what leads to stasis and the state out of our hair as they neutralize each other. the social democrats (menshivicks) were and are just as nasty as their bolshivik cousins, its just that they are sneaky while the cousins are violently overt…

    but they seek to own the planet collectively, and by extension, the people on it that are not part of their group…

    so who is greedy?

  10. 14

    George Wells

    @Bill #12:

    Do YOU STILL beat your wife?

    When you’re finished telling me 50 logical flaws imbedded in THAT question, go ahead and place YOUR answer where you wanted me to write mine, and save me the trouble.

    Sure Hillary is a lousy candidate, imperfect to a fault. But…
    You think Trump ISN’T flawed?

    I’ll take Hillary over Trump any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

    A majority of Americans will agree with me in November, rejecting a candidate because NOBODY can even remotely imagine how or what he would actually DO once in office. Trump’s a pig-in-a-poke at the vary best, and probably much worse.

    People who vote for Trump are saying: “I don’t want the prize I have in my hand because I can SEE that it isn’t the “GRAND PRIZE,” so I’ll trade it in for whatever’s behind door #3, and that’s my final answer!” One TV game show after another teaches us how greed leads to ruin, but we never learn. “NO DEAL!”

    And I REALLY don’t give a damn who attends political rallies.

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    George Wells

    @Artfldgr #13:

    ” (Clinton, or Democrats?)…will even regulate whether you stand up to pee, who can go into toilets, what kids learn, whome you marry and if you marry…”

    You seem to be either extremely confused or intentionally wrong.
    If you think that either case is worthy of comment, you are mistaken.

  12. 16

    Bill

    @George Wells: You’re a one-issue voter. It’s all you care about. So, here you go… Hillary giving, not just a homophobe, but a violence-against-gays-that-all-deserve-to-die homophobe a highly sought placement at her rally (she disavows it, now that it has blown up in her lying face, of course). So, what are you willing to do to keep that piece of shit out of the White House? Complain about Trump?

    You better be thinking about it because, as with most liberals, Hillary is going to go whichever way the wind is blowing the money. You COULD be left high and dry.

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    George Wells

    @Bill #16:
    The “violence-against-gays-that-all-deserve-to-die homophobe” is dead. The cops exploded him. His FATHER disavowed his motives, WHATEVER they really were. I get that you’d prefer to kill not only the perpetrator of the PULSE massacre (because he’s a Muslim), but also all of his immediate family AND THEIR families, but unlike you, I can tell the difference. So can Hillary. So can the American electorate. If you are feeling uncomfortable, it’s because you’re blowing smoke up your own @ss.

    You are correct that I prioritize issues when deciding who to vote for, and as a gay person, my top priority is self-preservation. I have experienced first-hand the tyranny of the majority. Having never been a member of a persecuted minority, I wouldn’t expect you to understand what this is like, and being an angry old bigot, I wouldn’t expect you to learn anything from me, either. So, NO, I’m not going to do a blessed thing to keep Hillary out of the White House. You and the rest of the GOP leadership have chosen to double down on your war against gays, and that settled the matter for me. It isn’t like you made the choice difficult, you know…

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    Bill

    @George Wells: Here’s what we know now….

    No, you are in no way, form or fashion anything akin to a conservative. Your excuse why you voted for the failure socialist Obama is now exposed as a sham; you will willingly support a lying, corrupt incompetent failure, even if she honors a homophobic terrorist instigator, the father of the murderer of 49 gays they both, and most Muslims, feel deserve to die anyway.

    Hell, I care more about gay rights and security than you do… all you care about is what YOU get. If YOU get something from supporting a candidate that will look the other way from supporters of gay persecution and murder, you go for it.

    You criticized Trump as homophobic because he did not support gay “marriage”…. the exact same position Hillary had not too very long ago. However, Trump CONDEMNS Islamic terrorists that have taken to targeting gays even in the United States… Hillary panders to them. Just like she panders to gays… until there are more votes and money to get by abandoning them than there is for supporting them.

    Enjoy being the fool, George.

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    Nathan Blue

    @George Wells:

    A majority of Americans will agree with me in November, rejecting a candidate because NOBODY can even remotely imagine how or what he would actually DO once in office.

    With respect, George, that’s conjecture. I support Trump, and I have an idea of what he’d do in office.

    Hillary? Not so much.

    And what of Obama for the believers in 2008? Did they necessarily know “what” he was going to do? He found a bunch of unqualified “Czars” and that didn’t pan out well.

    Trump has already said he’d find the best people, perhaps analogous to the above. So, Obama: no experience in leadership, investing, or building up things and people. Trump: Billions of experience doing this, with tens of thousands of jobs created.

    But let’s make this about Hillary: a career politician with a scandal-ridden record of executive experience. Trump: a good record of executive experiences, whose successes far outweigh the cherry-picked upsets like Trump U (a venture to educate…something Dems claim to hold dearer than Reps…so how dare a non-lib try something other than more taxes and curriculum changes…).

    When it comes to making decisions, which is what the President does, Trump is by far the better choice, in my opinion. Hes not there to go on Jimmy Fallon and golf, he’s there to work. But I project…

    Trump supporters are a bit smarter than the libs claim, and I invite you to at least be non-bigotted in your critique. Favor Hils over Don all you want…please do. But don’t think those of us who think differently are necessarily not considering what he’ll “do”…The media made it unsafe for candidates to speak to that decades ago, and Trump already admitted what he’d do: Manage.

    That’s what I want in a President: a Manager, not a Demagogue like Obama, someone to exploit the poor for power.
    NO one is speaking about Trump like this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

    Otherwise, George, it’s good to hear from you. Hope life is going well!

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    George Wells

    @Nathan Blue:

    Good to hear from you, too.

    At this point, as far as I’m concerned, it’s over.
    Trump has lost.
    He did it to himself.
    Maybe he WOULD manage the country well, but he’ll never get the chance.
    So what, precisely, does it matter that Hillary’s a royal mess.
    Trump is a BIGGER mess, and he drives home that point every day.
    WHY?
    Because he WANTS to?
    Who knows…
    But never mind why, because it’s already over.
    Trump’s dug himself into a bottomless pit from which there is no escape.
    It no longer matters whether or not Hillary lies, or whether there are homophobes in Hillary’s audiences. She will be our next president.

    Bill is vomiting as much bile as he can in Hillary’s direction, but it doesn’t matter, because Trump has sunk his own ship. Over and over again.
    Make pretend otherwise, if it suits you.
    But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
    And Bill,
    If you think my prediction of the November election results are wrong, say so.
    Or shut up.

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