Donald Trump is contemplating a run for President….no big news here. This isn’t the first time he’s considered running for office. He talked about it in 1988, 2000 and 2008, and even formed an exploratory committee in 2000. However, Trump claims that this is the first time he’s seriously considered running, and maybe this is the first time he’s been considered a (somewhat) serious candidate by the American people.
We hear a lot of talk about potential candidates, such as Newt Gingrich, who have too much personal baggage to run for President, and we all know Trump has more baggage than a Boeing 747. In an ordinary election, this might be a problem. However, 2012 is a completely different ball game. This time, it’s all about defeating Obama.
While I’m looking for a true conservative, and Trump certainly isn’t even in the ballpark, I must admit that I find a certain appeal in the idea of President Trump. In a society so obsessed with political correctness, I find Trump’s blunt, take-it-or-leave-it approach quite refreshing.
I watched Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Donald, and I heard little on which I disagree, although some of his solutions are based more in fantasy than reality. There’s no question that we could desperately use someone with Trump’s business acumen in the White House right now, and he clearly sees the threat that countries such as China, Iran and North Korea pose to the U.S. He, like many other Americans, is sick and tired of Obama’s “apology tour” and his negative attitude towards our great country, our capitalistic system, and our troops.
Some of the highlights of the interview:
- Jobs are going to China because China is manipulating its currency. Trump proposes a 25% tariff on Chinese imports, until they decide to “play fair”.
- OPEC is “decimating” the U.S. and we need to DEMAND that they lower oil prices, not ASK them.
- Obamacare is causing healthcare costs to go up, running companies out of business, and needs to be repealed. Insurance should be available across state lines, which would create competition and lower rates.
- The U.S. needs to militarize the Mexican border. On the subject of existing illegals in the U.S., Trump proposes only allowing “productive” persons to remain in the country.
- The Arab League should be funding our military action in Libya. The Arab League, made up of the richest countries in the world, wants the U.S. to get rid of Qaddafi, but they aren’t contributing a dime towards this effort.
- Trump is pro-life, and against gay marriage.
- We have a Muslim problem, and politicians are too worried about political correctness to call proper attention to the issue.
- U.S. military should get out of Afghanistan and focus on Pakistan, cutting off billions in U.S. aid until they produce Osama Bin Laden. Works for me….
Trump repeatedly makes the point that America and its leadership are no longer respected throughout the world, and that needs to change. He notes that we are helping to rebuild China, instead of rebuilding our own country with new bridges, airports, schools, etc. Why aren’t our politicians talking about this?
I do have many doubts about Trump. He has given sizable campaign contributions to several liberal Democrats, such as Rahm Emanuel, Chuck Schumer, Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton. Although these are more for business reasons than political ones, it still raises questions of where his loyalties lie. He also was pro-choice at one time, and has now become pro-life. Is this political or a truly a change of heart?
Is Trump a serious contender? Maybe…maybe not. How seriously can you take a presidential candidate who’s been the honoree of a Comedy Central Roast? If nothing else, the presidential debates would make for some great reality TV, and maybe that’s all Trump is looking for. I know I’ll be watching.