Trump is not presidential material
I am truly sorry that I even have to write this. But the current appalling state of the Republican Party’s nominating race compels me to speak out. Recent letters to the editor have strongly urged support for Donald Trump. It is frankly beyond belief that anyone could possibly think a bombastic buffoon with no grounding in principle could possibly be presidential material.
Trump reduces women to mere objects and belittles their bodily functions. He spouts racist views of Hispanics and Muslims. He mocks and parodies the disabled. He condones and encourages violence against those who disagree with his views. He has put fear into our foreign allies that our overseas commitments will not be worth the paper they are printed on if he is elected. His tax plans miss adding up by billions of dollars. Yet apparently a substantial number of Republicans want to join him in his nasty, bigoted fantasy world.
Although P.T. Barnum did not say it, the phrase “there is a sucker born every minute” is attributed to him. This would be a more appropriate campaign slogan for Trump, since apparently many Republican voters are being seduced by his views even though his major contribution to the “common man” was to build a casino to separate them from their money.
His high school was an exclusive military academy. He protects his billions by declaring bankruptcy, which will offer protection from creditors. He started part of his business with a “teensy” $1 million loan from his father (and incidentally inherited much of his father’s real estate empire). He has a mansion estate in Florida. So much for his roots in the middle class.
James Madison said “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance.” Hopefully Madison was right and Trump’s campaign will be relegated to the dustbin of history after the upcoming election. But if people don’t come to their senses and he somehow wins the nomination and the election, this country may be on its way to becoming a sad reflection of the very worst in our society.
Lowell Martin, Chesapeake Beach