Note: written on 10/20/16
The virtues of professional politicians
Donald Trump showed once again the virtue of professional politicians. A main theme of his campaign has been:
Politicians are no good. They’re all hacks. They’re corrupt. I know more than all of them. What American needs is a professional businessman. We understand political and economic reality. Our feet are on the ground. We don’t compromise our beliefs for political gain.
Well, he could have added:
Good professional politicians don’t make the big mistakes that I do.
For instance, a good professional politician like, say, President Obama or Bill Clinton, wouldn’t have made the colossal mistake that Trump made during the debate when he said he wouldn’t necessarily support the winner of the election. After a good presentation at the 3rd debate – one that could even be seen as his winning – he undid all his preparation by making this blunder. And it was for no purpose. He wouldn’t have lost one vote if he merely said, “Of course, I’ll support the victor. And if I win – which I probably will – I expect Hillary to support me.”
This misspeak wasn’t necessarily Trump’s fault. He’s a businessman, not a politician. How was he to know that such a statement is an absolute taboo in a presidential race? In the same way that Hillary doesn’t know how to put up a building – because she hasn’t been doing that for 30 years – Trump doesn’t know how to do “politically correct” speech. And Hillary does know how to talk like a professional politician, because that is what she has been doing for 30 years.
In the same way – as Eddie has been pointing out for months – Trump needed to have a reasonable set of policies and prove to the voters that his policies were better than Hillary’s. But instead he concentrated on media fluff to get votes – which worked well in the primaries but not in the serious election.
Let’s all destroy the earth
A big theme of the debate was who was going to get the economy moving again. Trump said he would increase GDP (total amount of production of goods and services – that is, the wealth of the country) by 4% a year. Hillary argued that she would do generally the same.
Trump also said that China, India, and Mexico’s GDP were growing over 6%, and we should do the same.
Eddie has the antithesis to these policies. My perception of the international economy is that this kind of growth will destroy the earth within a few decades. We must have a different economic model, one that will sustain the earth for an indefinite future, one that will create a reasonably good quality of life for all groups of people in the long run.
Sure, Hillary has a band-aid approach, just as the whole Progressive agenda does. She wants more energy from renewable sources and less destruction of our environment. But, like our policies of recycling plastics and papers (although this helps a little), the Progressive policies are only used to make us feel less guilty about destroying the earth for our grandchildren (added onto our guilt for handing these grandchildren a $20 trillion dollar national debt).
We must have a new international economic model and we must have it soon.
See Eddie’s polices to begin this process:
It was by far the best debate. More policies are revealed and the voters got more information on who would be the better candidate.
Vote for Eddie
Eddie actually feels – in my usual humility – that I would be a better President than Trump. If elected, I would surround myself with the best experts and listen to them. I think I would also do better than Trump in avoiding a destructive and dysfunctional war.
However, I can’t say the same for Hillary. Because of her experience, the country would be in better hands with her than Eddie’s. But with Hillary, with her open borders, we would have an eventual Hispanic country, and with her economic policies, we would have eventual world destruction and increased debt (because she said she would follow Obama’s policies).
Thus, as absurd as it may sound, Eddie advocates that if you are in a swing state, vote your conscience – take responsibility – but if Hillary already has the state wrapped up, vote for a sustainable earth, an increase in quality of life, and a country with borders– write in Existential Eddie!