Is There a Case for Trump?

• Neil Barro says he’s what Jews need.

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By all ac­counts, I should be a Demo­crat. And un­til a few months ago I was. But I heard the trum­pet call of change, and I de­cided to change, too.

Let me be clear: I am to the left of Pres­i­dent Obama on health care. I be­lieve Bernie San­ders rep­re­sents the best in­stincts of pub­lic ser­vice, even though some of his views (and cer­tainly some of his sup­port­ers) are anath­ema to me. I have spent most of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer in not-for-profit work around the coun­try.

I am Jewish, and this elec­tion will be no dif­fer­ent from past elec­tions. A very high per­cent­age of my fel­low Jews — with

whom I have iden­ti­fied, lived and worked my en­tire life — will be sup­port­ing the Demo­cratic can­di­date, Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Yet, I will con­tinue what has be­come a 21st-cen­tury elec­toral ac­tiv­ity for me: proudly vot­ing for the Repub­li­can at the top of the ticket dur­ing pres­i­den­tial years. At the same time, you should know, I con­tinue my equally stub­born sense of in­de­pen­dence down-bal­lot, and I have voted for at least one lo­cal Green Party can­di­date for Congress, though again I found some of his views ut­terly dis­taste­ful. A per­son’s ethics mat­ter to me, es­pe­cially when that per­son has a very long track record.

Don­ald Trump is a wild man and a pop­ulist. I be­lieve both qual­i­ties are ex­actly what Amer­ica needs. If any­thing, I hope he can fob off the cor­po­rate Repub­li­cans more wor­ried about plan­ning their taxes. I think he can; I know Clin­ton can’t shake off the yoke of Wall Street.

Trump has an insight not usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with Repub­li­can­ism. His mes­sage is one of car­ing and con­cern for very av­er­age, or­di­nary peo­ple whose re­al­ity is so much less cer­tain than his own com­forts are.

He will suc­ceed be­cause that wild side of his ego will drive him to pro­duce in order to achieve the ac­claim he wants. Clin­ton is just too busy lin­ing up the next coun­try will­ing to do­nate to her fa­vorite cause, which just hap­pens to be her and her hus­band’s own foun­da­tion. Hav­ing spent many a year sizing up the big chair in the Oval Of­fice, Clin­ton seems to me not to know what to do af­ter she spins around in it a few times.

Trump wants to wheel and deal for Amer­ica, and he has al­ready stated clearly enough that win­ning is the goal. I be­lieve that Trump will not for­get that prom­ise as his un­mis­tak­able face looks in the mir­ror. What he sees there says, “Don­ald, have you won for Amer­ica to­day?”

What does Clin­ton’s mir­ror re­flect? “Which group do I pit against each other to­day? How can I repli­cate Obama’s for­eign pol­icy, which man­aged to si­mul­ta­ne­ously anger friends and ap­pease en­e­mies? How many peo­ple lack­ing law­ful sta­tus in Amer­ica can I crowd into op­por­tu­ni­ties for jobs, health care and vot­ing rights, among other im­pact ar­eas? And can Bill re­place me in re­ceiv­ing those $225,000 per hour speeches to peo­ple who can well af­ford to pay, ex­cept when it comes to the dam­age they did to the mid­dle and work­ing class?”

I have fol­lowed Amer­i­can pol­i­tics vir­tu­ally my whole life and con­tinue to love it. I love Amer­i­can democ­racy. And no, I do not ex­pect it or its prac­ti­tion­ers to be per­fect. But some­times a can­di­date comes along and says, “You do re­al­ize the em­peror is wear­ing no clothes, right?”

Both San­ders and Trump have had the temer­ity to speak truth to power. Be­cause I be­lieve the coun­try in all its as­pects is more im­por­tant than any sin­gle is­sue or cause, I will vote for the can­di­date who comes clos­est to re­flect­ing the great di­ver­sity of val­ues and tra­di­tions in our na­tion.

I will vote, proudly, for Don­ald J. Trump, a man with a mis­sion look­ing for peo­ple to trust him. I will give him my trust. Clin­ton has been cash­ing the check of trust — and ev­ery other kind of check — for way too long.

Neil Berro worked in Jewish com­mu­nal ser­vice through­out the coun­try for many years. He cur­rently works mainly with en­ti­ties that pro­mote ed­u­ca­tional en­rich­ment.

Some­times a can­di­date comes along and says, ‘You do re­al­ize the em­peror is wear­ing no clothes, right?’

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