Saturday Selects #18: Donald Trump

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write the first Saturday of each month to discuss a topic or current event outside the general bookish theme of the blog. You can view some previous topics here.

Today I want to talk about Donald Trump. I know not all of you are in America, but I’m thinking the run up to the US presidential election every four years is covered by media all over the world. Which means you probably know that Donald Trump has been grabbing headlines for weeks now. He’s made comments about immigration, US Senator John McCain, and spoken about what he’ll be like once he’s in the White House.

I sincerely hope that we never have to see this man taking the oath of office. It doesn’t matter to me that he’s rich. It doesn’t matter to me that he’s got bad hair. Hehe. And it really doesn’t matter to me what he thinks about the Texas-Mexican border or immigration. If you can sit there and listen to what he’s had to say about Mexicans and tell me that he’s not racist, then you may need to look yourself in the mirror.

And people want to say it’s not about race, right? But it is. Come down to Texas and show me all the rapists and murderers we have coming in from Mexico. Oh wait, immigrants are actually less likely than native-born Americans to commit crime. But you wouldn’t realize that if you’re sitting there getting fired up by comments from a man in the spotlight.

Donald Trump is ultra rich and feels like that gives him the right to say and do whatever he wants to, and sure he can. But that doesn’t mean we should listen. And it surely doesn’t mean he should be our president.


On this day in 2014 I published July: A Month to Forget.

 

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33 thoughts on “Saturday Selects #18: Donald Trump

  1. Oh My God so true i even saw that though the judicial system absorbs much of the Latin Americans in the States most aren’t held for violent crime as Trump tends to imply in fact more are held for immigration violations which is very benign with comparison to violent crimes such as murder and rape. I always ascribe the great success of America to the stew of cultural diversity in its peoples i too would hate America to lose that particular quality about it even though i myself am not an american. If Trump goes on to rise to presidency might as well revive the communist manifestos, Hitler and all other forms of buried intolerance while you’re at it. He is a perfect example of the worst kind of leader anywhere in the world.

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  2. Hear, hear! I agree with this 100%. It would be an embarrassment to our country if this man took office.

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  3. There are not enough words to adequately describe the depths of this mans idiocy.

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    • And what does it say about the people tweeting things like #TrumpforPresident? Or those actually buying into his bullshit slogan “Trump for a Better America”? Like, what?

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      • One thing I’ve always found so scary and at the same time interesting about politics in America are the extremes. It is amazing to me that anyone could listen to even a little of what Trump says and does and think his ideas are good.

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      • You are exactly right. I’ve read that politics in other developed countries is nothing like it is here. Which is just not good. I’m not saying everyone move to the middle of the political spectrum and agree on everything, but eventually there’s got to be some sense involved in politics and policy making that just isn’t there all the time in a country that yes is mostly governed by rich, white guys, but they are also highly intelligent. But voters put them in office.

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      • It seems that the extreme ideas that get the most attention involve hate. We have some people like that in Canada of course but they are given very little attention and have little traction.

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      • Isn’t it a similar political system there? An upper and lower house. But a Prime Minister instead of a President. I think?

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      • Not really. We just have the house of Parliament and is largely based on the British system. Our political parties, the three main ones anyway, are ideologically fairly interchangeable. So it is fairly mundane but also really stable and steady. Our federal elections only last a few weeks. I think you Americans provide all the drama and excitement we can handle.

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      • Oh. Maybe it’s the British who I’m thinking of? I’m thinking the House of Commons and the House of…Lords? Not sure what they’re called. I just figured that it’d be the same in Canada based on the relationship between the two. But I did know about the parties. I think American elections provide drama for much of the world.

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      • You are correct in that we have the House of Commons (colour me impressed). But we don’t have a House of Lords because we don’t have an aristocricy in Canada. But we do have the Governor General who is the Queens represntative in Canada. This is largely a ceremonial postion and is often given to a Canadian who has made a significant contribution to the country.

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      • Oh. Okay. I always thought the upper house in the UK was like our Senate. Now I know otherwise. Got it.

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      • Oh it is sort of but we don’t have hereditary positions, and they are mostly an expensive ceremony and really don’t do anything of any practical use. Your grasp of British and Canadian political system is really impressive.

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      • Hmm. Those are really the only political systems I’m familiar with. Mostly because they’re somewhat similar to ours minus the royal family stuff.

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      • We do have a Senate but they are appointed and mostly a massive, useless, expensive and moderately corrupt bunch that the country is trying to get rid of.

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      • Ha! I officially don’t understand anything that goes on up there.

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      • Trust me. What you got going on down there is a million times more fun than anything we got going on up here. I love your election cycle.

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      • I believe it. But it wouldn’t be the worst thing ever to have a shortened campaign cycle. And less money involved.

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    • But then again, we have people in Oklahoma greeting the presidential escort with Confederate flags. So nothing should surprise me.

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      • Wow. How lovely for the president.

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      • I can tell you with 100% certainty that no other president in history would ever have had something like that happen to him. I can’t think of anything more disrespectful. I’m only old enough to have an opinion of George W. Bush and Obama. I can tell you that I didn’t agree with most of what Bush did in office, but I’d NEVER do something so outwardly disrespectful. He was the president of ALL of the United States, and has done more than enough to earn my respect. Even if we disagree on many things.

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      • I agree with this idea completely. He is the president and whether or not you agree with him you show respect to that office.

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      • Yes. Exactly. I think this mindset is lacking in America. And it’s both frustrating and disappointing.

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      • But at the same time your country is so amazing. In many ways it truly is democratic and, for the most part, everyone gets a say. Even the crazy haters. And I do love your election process. Just love it.

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      • You’re right. And you already know how prideful I am to be an American.

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  4. Well said John. I understand people’s disgust with Washington politicians, but for them to listen to this megalomaniac isn’t helping. Actually, when I think of all our friends from other countries following this I cringe in embarrassment!

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