And I Still Won’t Vote For Trump
To be clear, I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016. I did predict that he could win the election but I was never convinced he was the right person for the job.
Most of my colleagues, many of my friends and a large number of family members did vote for him but that was mostly because he was Republican and some people never cross party lines.
I, on the other hand, have been a crossover vote ever since Nixon. His presidency was a watershed moment for me. He broke all the rules and did so while spouting religion. Fooled many people, even me but not after that. I concluded then that candidates must be judged on background criteria more than campaign soundbites. If the candidate has the qualifications and a good track record – not what they think, not what they say they will do but what they’ve actually done – he or she will get my vote regardless of party affiliation.
Does Trump have any experience? No, not even a little, other than contributing to political campaigns on the odd occasion.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was a different story. I voted for Hillary and the reason is simple. Not because she was a Democrat. Not because she wasn’t Republican. I voted for Hillary because she was highly qualified. We’ve never had a candidate with her mix of education, exposure and experience in the political process. Never!
I also didn’t buy into all the conspiracy theories about Hillary and Bill. If they were as guilty as Republicans suggest and all of our investigative agencies couldn’t find the evidence and bring them to justice, then we might as well hang it up. We’re done for.
I do admit that I didn’t agree with Hillary on every issue but that’s true for every candidate. And since candidates are usually saying what they think we want to hear anyway, the only metric to go by is their track record.
- Do they care about people?
- Do they have the ability to build consensus?
- Can they legislate effectively?
- Do they understand the legal ramifications of their official actions?
- Are they deliberate or impulsive?
- Can they build a competent team?
- Do they defuse or ignite potential flareups?
These are important questions and Trump scores on the wrong side in every case. I don’t trust him and, given his unpredictability and vindictive nature, I wouldn’t be surprised if he provoked the next world war. For me, there are no qualifications in Trump’s resume that make him a viable candidate. [Read more…] about I Still Like The NFL