The Reluctant Case for Trump

The rise of Donald Trump as the presumptive  GOP candidate for the 2016 Presidential election has led to public denunciations by other Republicans unlike anything I’ve seen in my life.  Trump was never my candidate of choice, but just like I don’t revel in getting older I simply find the alternative even worse.  There are many reasons to prefer a Trump Presidency to a Hillary one, but I will limit this to what I see as two significant differences between the candidates, besides policy.

Hillary’s professional career has been nothing but one failure after another.  When Bill was elected Governor of Arkansas she was given the job to improve education: she failed.  When Bill was elected President she was given the job to improve healthcare: she failed to get her own party’s support for her ideas.  As Secretary of State she was pwned by Putin and not only help drive Libya into almost stateless chaos but bragged about it shortly before loosing her ambassador and three others.  Her best defense against accusations of mishandling sensitive national security information boils down to “I was just too dumb to know how important the information in the emails was.”  On the other hand, while he has had ups and downs, like any entrepreneur, Trump has successfully built things and met payroll, accomplishments I can’t off the top of my head ascribe to any recent President.  He is experienced at picking smart capable people to do a job and then, just as importantly, getting out of their way to let them do it.  Just comparing that with the current President’s attitude that “I’m the smartest man in the room and can do it better than anyone else here,” would be refreshing.

A significant reservation I have always had about Trump, and one that still pervades, is that I am not confident about his real commitment to the Constitution.  I am more inclined to believe that, like Obama, he is not beyond evoking or forgetting it at his leisure as it suits his purpose.  This, however, is little different from my opinions about Hillary’s reverence for the same document.  What distinguishes them in this regard, however, is the expected reaction to Constitutional overreach.  Just as there is no doubt in my mind that the press would be up and arms and indignant with a President Trump acting unilaterally outside of legislative boundaries I am equally confident that the exact same fast and loose playing with Constitutional authority by Hillary would be ignored, covered up, aided and abetted by the media, cheering her action as bold and decisive like they have done for Obama.  Likewise, the chance that a Congress that has been terrified of being called “racist” for the past seven years would not be just as reticent to be branded “sexist” is almost a certainty.  If we want a press and Congress that will act as a restraint on an expanding imperial Presidency then Trump is the only choice.