Sunday, July 24, 2016

The most important 100 days

Tomorrow the Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins. When it ends, we will be approaching the 100-day mark for the November election. In American politics, there has never, never been a more crucial 100 days. This is not politics as usual. We have never, at least in modern times, been faced as we are now with such a stark choice between America the beautiful and America the ugly.

Last Thursday evening we were witness to a major political party nominating a candidate who demonstrated, in his own acceptance speech, why he should not hold any elected office let alone the position of President of the United States of America.

The simple fact of it is that Donald Trump should not be president of the United States. That is not because he is too conservative, as some Democrats would have it, or because he is not conservative enough, as many Republicans would have it. It’s because the presidency is a powerful job where mistakes can kill millions, and whoever holds it needs to take that power seriously and wield it responsibly. Trump has had ample opportunity to demonstrate his sense of seriousness and responsibility. He has failed.

It is said that the benefit of America’s long presidential campaigns is they offer the candidates time to show us who they really are. Trump has shown us who he really is. He is a person who should not be president. That he is being brought this close to the presidency — that he is one major mistake by Hillary Clinton away from winning it — should scare us all. It certainly scares me.

I submit that we should all be afraid, not because Donald Trump deals in fear, but because of what, under a Trump presidency, our America will become.

The above quotes are how Ezra Klein ( ends his recounting of Trump's deeply flawed personality using dozens of Trump quotes and news reports. Any one of the reported instances should cast suspicion on Trump's suitability for high office. Together, they provide the evidence of how completely, utterly unsuited the man is for the presidency. Consider Klein's piece required reading.

And that brings us back to the DNC. One slip, one minor snafu, or Berniecrats bolting, or a swift-boating campaign, and you get Trump - no good, just bad and ugly.

Fear is indeed a motivator. Use it to shape your actions during the most important 100 days.

h/t Paul McCreary

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