Then I suppose he is just contrary for the sake of being of contrary because Trump and Sanders have opposite view points.
Trump as a, uh, ummm, well whatever he is
Yeah... this election has a lot of interesting wrinkles; most of which just make for more spirited debate. Some things though - the ascendancy of dangerous know - nothings like Trump and Carson, the willingness of someone like Hawkeye to support both Trump and Bernie (polar opposites)
- the ascendancy of dangerous know - nothings like Trump and Carson,
THE VOTERS WHO put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.
But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America’s nuclear weapons.
Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn’t have changed policies much even if he tried.
Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.
Glennon cites the example of Obama and his team being shocked and angry to discover upon taking office that the military gave them only two options for the war in Afghanistan: The United States could add more troops, or the United States could add a lot more troops. Hemmed in, Obama added 30,000 more troops.
How do some people see Trump as a legitimate candidate to actually run our country? Trump’s immigration plan is ridiculous and would hurt immigration all over the world. His plan includes the his idea of making Mexico pay for building our border, deporting all 11 million or so illegal aliens on the spot, and freezing up legal immigration methods, like green cards or refugee immigration. Although Trump does have some respectable economic ideas, including taxing companies who park their profits overseas. But his irrational plan of cutting income tax from 39.6 to 25 percent is just not going to happen, where else is the money going to come from? During 60 minutes, Trump talks about getting rid of Obamacare while also wanting to institute universal health care! With all of Trumps biased statements outside of politics, unrealistic political ideas, and poor character, I don’t think Trump should be running our country. The only reason I think he is a legitimate candidate is because of his
extremely massive media attention, and all the money that he has. I believe that the only people that could vote for Trump in their right minds are people who are biased against immigration, those with extreme republican beliefs. I don’t think people are fully educated on exactly what Donald Trump would do if he was our leader. I think many people are voting for him because of his campaign, “Making America Great Again”. People see a white, big name, wealthy, and extremely popular businessman, and say “why not?” But in reality, I don’t think Trump is the right selection to be the leader for our country.
as thin-skinned and petty as he constantly demonstrates himself to be
Just when society thought it couldn’t sink any further
Well over half of the claims Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is making on the campaign trail are mostly false, false or “pants on fire” whoppers, according to the nonpartisan watchdog group factcheck.org.
Still, Trump is right about one thing, at least: As he told the Saturday Night Live audience back in 2004 when he first served as guest host, “I’m a ratings machine.”
That’s the likely reason NBC has invited Trump to return as guest host on SNL Nov. 7, despite cutting ties with him in June. After the real estate mogul announced his candidacy in a speech branding Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists, the network decried his “derogatory” remarks, fired him from The Celebrity Apprentice, and canceled broadcasts of his Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Less than four months later, the “respect and dignity for all people” that NBCUniversal sanctimoniously asserted at the time as “cornerstones of our values” seem to have been trumped by the candidate’s brazen braggadocio, which has proven to draw eyeballs to TV screens like flies to fresh manure. After all, Trump’s recent appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert gave both programs a ratings jolt.
NBC shows no signs of backing down, despite protests from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the California Latino Legislative Caucus, Brave New Films, and an online dump-Trump petition, that, at press time, has garnered more than 362,000 signatures. One way or another, all of them make what should be the indisputable point — as a trending Twitter hashtag puts it — that #RacismIsntFunny. Trump supporters quickly flooded the hashtag with disgusting racist jokes.
In its more than four decades on the air (with only two Latino and zero Latina cast members over those years), SNL has established itself as a campaign stop as important as the Iowa caucuses. Candidates visit the show — as Hillary Clinton did recently — to reach swaths of the public who seldom, if ever, tune into CSPAN, and to present themselves as easy-going, regular folks, able to poke a little fun at themselves. Hosting the program, though, gives a guest a bigger platform, and the show’s implicit imprimatur.
By every criteria in the algorithm, Trump is speaking at the lowest level. He used fewer characters per word in his announcement speech, fewer syllables per word, and his sentences were shorter than all other candidates.
His vocabulary is filled with words like “huge,” “terrible,” “beautiful.” He speaks in punchy bursts that lack nuance. It’s all easily grasped, whether it’s his campaign theme (“Make America Great Again”), words about his wealth (“I’m really rich”), or his disparagement of the Washington culture (“Politicians are all talk, no action”).
He dismisses his opponents with snippy sound bites that, if polls are to be believed, have been devastatingly effective — such as when he labeled Jeb Bush “low-energy.”
“Trump is talking about things that are emotional, simple, and angry,” said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based Republican consultant. “He’s not talking about the complexity of international affairs. It’s, ‘Let’s take their oil!’ It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out exegesis of American foreign policy. It’s Trump. It’s simple.”
The utterances of today’s candidates reflect a continued decline in the complexity of political speech. President George Washington’s “Farewell Address” in 1796 was written at graduate-degree levels: Grade 17.9 , while President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” in 1863 was at an 11th-grade level.
A 2012 review by the Sunlight Foundation of nearly every statement on the House and Senate floors found that the grade level of speeches from members of Congress had declined, from 11.3 in 1996 to 10.6 in 2012. That review used the same algorithm.
Smart Politics, a nonpartisan site sponsored by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, examined presidential State of the Union addresses and found that scores had steadily declined. John F. Kennedy’s speech in 1961 was at a Grade 13.9 level, while President Obama’s have been aimed at an eighth-grade audience.
And for the record, the article you are reading now was written at a Grade 8.6 level.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re speaking to a Harvard intellectual or a Midwestern farmer or a motorcycle gang member,” said Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor, which analyzes trends and language. “Good communication is good communication. . . . ‘I’ve got a Dream,’ all those great speeches are nice, and direct. They use words people understand. They give a big message, but they’re not grandiose.”
Is Trump really a serious candidate in this election? Seems to be, he says that he is serious and I dont see any obvious reasons to doubt him, Winning a a pretty good indicator of seriousness wouldn't you say? Many question rather if Trump is who we need to get us out of current state as a country. Only four weeks after Trump started his presidential campaign, he was dropped by many big corporations such as NBC, Macy’s, and NASCAR. If these big companies do not want to be represented by Trump, then why should America trust him to represent them. Because corporations want no part of controversy and they only look out for themselves. They are not the people to look for the decide the value of anything. In fact when it comes to Washington we would probably be better off doing the exact opposite of what the corporate class and corporations want Trump was dropped from these companies in response to his statement, ‘When Mexico sends its people they aren't sending their best,’. After this statement, Trump went on about how Mexico only has criminals such as rapists and drug dealers crossing the border. At this point the companies, that Trump was a part of, decided to drop him, should the American people do the same? Asked and answered
Trump is getting popular due to the people of the United States looking at him as entertainment. I suggest you have not talked with enough Trump supporters. I for one support him because I want to blow up Washington and get the elite back to work for America, and I think that Sending Trump would move that ball forwards When someone like Trump is in the media as often as he is people start believing what he has to say just like people have to a tendency to believe other things in the media. This makes it easier for the democratic party to win by deterring attention from actual candidates in the republican party and also gives off a misleading interpretation of the republican party. Trump causes America to look like more of a joke to other countries through his plans of action. We are already worse than a joke, we have mucked up the Mid East, we dont take care of business at home (look at all of the broken systems and decayed enfrastructure just for starters), we are proven "do as we say not as we do" people, we almost through gross irresponsibility cause a global depression and very well may still. Our supreme court has become a political institution, Washington no longer works on hardly any level...Need I go on? You are either lying or not paying attention.
Trump's plans for the future of this country are not realistic. Maybe we will settle for something less. After Trump gets in the chair we can talk about it. Trump would like to ship the 11 million illegal immigrants out of the country to their home countries, Great idea and then he also wants to build a wall on the mexico border as an attempt to prevent illegal immigrants. Great idea This wall Trump wants to build, Trump expects this wall to be funded by the Mexican government. We would have to shred NAFTA to do it but maybe we should Trump has no sort of plan on how to deal with the economy after the illegal immigrants leave. Sure he does, he said invite the ones we want back. Or invite better to come. Our immigration system plus the illegals has coming into our country largely people who dont have much to offer. There are tons of people who have a lot more skills who would like to come, and under Trumps system we would get better new citizens Illegal immigrants take a lot of jobs from the American people. and drive down the wage scales Although the jobs the immigrants do have are illegal for them to have, there will be a huge hole in our work force without them. Nope Thus causing the people’s government to go deeper into debt than it currently is. Nope, better skill sets should drive a better economy and thus a better ability to raise taxes
Trump thinks that the current birthright citizenship is absurd. Trump is wanting to get rid of this to help prevent illegal immigrants from coming to the United States of America to give birth to their children. This right was made in the 14th amendment. Debatable...lets have SCOTUS look at it Trump is wanting to take rights away from the American people Where? How?. This would be only the start of the process of the removal of our rights. No man alone should have this kind of power.I have not seen any statements from him that talks about increasing presidential power. You do know right that Obama has over and over again attempted to increase both Presidential power and the power of the government over the citizens? Right? With the establishment already ******* us over I dont see why I should fear an amatuer doing it.
Trump would also like a lower restrictions and background checks for guns, saying that it should be valid in all 50 states, just like a driver's license. Gun restrictions should stay in the current condition they are or in a similar way. If Trump ideals for gun restrictions were to become to reality it would make it easier for anybody to obtain guns. In this case, this would mean more armed criminals on the streets, which I think nobody would want. Until the American people decide what if anything we want to do about guns Washington should do nothing about guns. Hopefully SCOTUS beats down some of Obama's efforts to play king, and assuming that they do I dont think we need to fear Trump playing that Gambit.