Jim Clark: Donald Trump has proven he can get things done (opinion)
I did not vote for Donald Trump at the GOP Caucus last winter. I was put off by his arrogance and overbroad criticism of Mexican immigrants as “rapists and drug dealers.”
However a majority of Republican voters in Nevada and other states found him to be the best among an impressive assortment of GOP national leaders, so he won the party’s presidential nomination.
There followed innumerable cringe-worthy Trumpisms, including the bashing of a Muslim Gold Star family, the surfacing of a tape of him vulgarly objectifying women, and nonstop appearances of females alleging that he engaged in various sexual improprieties over the years.
Yet, polls show that Trump’s campaign remains competitive. Why? His competition, Hillary Clinton.
If Trump is the most inexperienced candidate to run for our highest office, Hillary is the most flawed. I won’t waste ink to reprise her whole tawdry history of corruption and poor judgment, but a few matters stand out: 1.) engorging her personal financial coffers by criminal misuse of the Clinton Global Initiative; 2.) feloniously exposing the US classified matter to foreign interests by use of unsecure electronic communications devices; and 3.) obstruction of justice by “wiping” 30,000+ emails which were under subpoena from her server.
And that’s just what we know about. A Hillary Clinton presidency would conger up reminiscences of Henry VIII.
Assuming, for the sake of analysis, that every allegation against Trump is true, what’s the worst that could happen if he is elected?
History suggests some answers. With regard to Trump’s alleged womanizing, Franklin D. Roosevelt died in the arms of his mistress while wife Eleanor was back in Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy’s philandering was well-known and even had a local angle involving sultry movie star Marilyn Monroe at the Cal Neva. Bill Clinton’s weakness for the opposite sex is well documented. He was the only president in history to be impeached for lying under oath, denying engaging in sex in the oval office.
Presidential use of “salty” language is not unheard of. Harry S. Truman was a master of the art. Lyndon Johnson was no slacker when it came to expressing himself in his native Texan. Later, the Watergate tapes revealed that Quaker Richard Nixon also knew how to call a spade a spade. More recently, “tell all” books by retired secret service agents describe Hillary Clinton’s obscenity laced invective when angered.
The administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43 and Barack Obama have been comparatively free of sex scandals and use of inappropriate language. These contrasts underscore the point that the miscues Trump stands accused of have historically had little to do with chief executives’ policies or whether they are considered to have been effective or weak leaders.
Hillary Clinton’s policies include raising corporate taxes as well as high bracket personal tax rates. She espouses Bernie Sanders-style freebies such as tuition-free college and increased subsidies for low to middle income Obamacare insureds. She has signaled that anti-business maven, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would have a responsible position in a Hillary administration (although it’s hard to reconcile that with her private concessions to banks and Wall Street brokerages).
Trump has promised individual and corporate tax cuts to create jobs. He advocates building up the military and increasing services to veterans. He emphatically insists that he will repatriate US commercial and industrial enterprises which have relocated outside our borders in order to bring American jobs home again. Irrespective of Trump’s admitted personality failings, he is a guy who has proved he can get things done and these are policies most Republicans can support.
I admit his campaign slogan “make America great again” may be too bombastic. I recommend something more modest such as: “at least he hasn’t killed anybody.”
Jim Clark is president of Republican Advocates. He has served on the Washoe County and Nevada GOP Central Committees. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.