Making Peace With Trump
There is a lot of noise being made this election season about the candidates from which we have to choose. I know many people are frustrated, some even threatening to not vote at all rather than vote against their conscience. The purpose of this discussion is to help you see through the clutter and make a decision based on a certain logic.
First, let’s talk about why not vote for the Libertarian or Green Party Candidate. I believe the answer is pretty simple. We do not have a true multiparty system of elections. This means that when you vote for someone other than a candidate from the Democratic or Republican Party you are guaranteed not to vote for the person who will win the election. We do not have a system that forces coalitions of parties, this system is what is practiced in much of Europe. That means that the party with the most votes, almost always guaranteed not to be a clear majority, must work with parties with lessor votes to create a majority. This requires compromise and working together toward somewhat common goals.
The system requires one winner with no coalitions. Then everything shifts to the electoral college which further ensures that there is one and only one winner. Given this information, I do not have to evaluate the candidates running for the other parties, they literally have no chance of winning a national election. At best, they can turn the election away from one of the two major party candidates, like Ross Perot did when Bill Clinton won and like Ralph Nader did when George W. Bush won. As to the two main candidates, I think the logic is simple. We must forget about motivations, or even personality traits. Neither candidate is properly motivated as best I can tell. Also, neither has desirable personality traits. So, we must choose a candidate whose motivations are bad, without the personality for the position. To do that we have to look at what is important.
Let’s start with the economy. Hillary Clinton believes that government is the solution to our problems. This means that we will pay higher taxes, live under greater regulation, and have less economic freedom than even now. She has never truly worked in the private sector, certainly she has never been responsible for working in an industry that creates jobs and works through burdensome regulations in order to turn a profit.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has spent his entire adult life working in business in such a way to create jobs and opportunities in countries around the world. He understands some of the key principles to creating and growing businesses. He also knows that government is not the solution to business issues, other than getting out of the way of business.
Comparing the two leaves me with a clear understanding that if the economy is a key issue Trump is a better candidate. Even though he will do most of his work for the wrong reasons, to make himself look good, we will be the recipients of the benefits created by Trump’s need to be successful.