MY TWO-CENTS WORTH
By Juanita Bratcher
Believe me; I wonâ€™t lose a minute of sleep thinking about the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency of the United States of America.
Why? Because itâ€™s a moot issue, an election he has no chance of winning. It will never happen! Trump is unelectable and is nothing more than a loose cannon ready to go off at any given minute or on any given subject matter; not just the insulting remarks he made in regards to Hispanics and immigration or his constant ranting about the â€œbirtherâ€ conspiracyâ€¦President Barack Obama is not an American citizen, his disparaging remarks about fellow Republicans running for the presidency, but his overall attitude, his consistent braggadocio of me, me, me (Iâ€™m rich. I went to the best business school, about the significant amounts of money he contributed to politiciansâ€™ campaigns and his constant public hooray stance to scorn anyone that voices a disdainful opinion of him or what he says).
According to numerous polls, Trump has been and remains to be the front runner of Republican presidential contenders (so far there are 17, including Trump). These polls, I assume, will convince voters that Trump has an excellent chance of winning inasmuch as he is number one in several recent polls. It is so obvious to me that it will never happen. There will not be a Donald trump presidency. And furthermore, I have no faith in poll results.
However, I do wonder why Trump talks so much about how much money he has (placing his net worth at $10 billion plus) when there are several American businessmen that have far more money than he does and never say anything about how much money they have; you know, those in the likes of Microsoft Corp. Founder and Chairman Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and others whose net worth range anywhere from $30 billion to $79.3 billion. You never hear them bragging about their money. In a Town Hall meeting yesterday, August 19th, Trump admitted that he was a â€œbraggart.â€
In several media interviews during the 2012 election,Trump declared that President Barack Obama was not a U.S. Citizen that he was born in Kenya. He even stated that he had sent investigators to Hawaii to investigate the issue and went on to say that Obamaâ€™s grandmother even said he was born in Kenya. Trump received praise from Birthers and Right Wingers about his birther declarations, but criticism from others.
Trumpâ€™s remarks questioning Obamaâ€™s citizenship set-off an â€œoutrageâ€ from the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans.
Former Alaska Gov. and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin jumped on the bandwagon with Trump after having said in a â€œwishy washyâ€ statement a few months earlierÂ that she didnâ€™t question Obamaâ€™s citizenship.
On Obamaâ€™s projected victory in the 2012 election, Trump tweeted: “Well, back to the drawing board! We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”
Now in his presidential run for 2016, with an election slogan â€œTo Make America Great Againâ€, Trump had the nerve to say that if he is elected, he would put Palin in his cabinet or if short of that, seek her advice. What a joke!
Can you imagine this country being in the hands of Donald Trump and a side-kick Sarah Palin whom he said he would like to have in his administration? Never mind, donâ€™t even think about it! Certainly, he doesnâ€™t have the temperament to be president and interact with world leadersâ€¦he doesnâ€™t know how. How much does he really know about foreign policy and world affairs? Thatâ€™s anyoneâ€™s guess. Even one of his Republican colleagues, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told the Washington Post that Trump did not have the temperament to serve as president.
Trump may stir up some racism in his caustic remarks, and form a small following of hatred-filled others, but that wonâ€™t get him to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. And certainly not with his recent declaration that Sarah Palin will have a position in his administration. Say what?
Trump suffered a tremendous backlash early on in his campaign, which affected some of his business dealings, when he made a derogatory statement against Hispanics and immigration.
â€œWhen Mexico sends its people, theyâ€™re not sending their best. Theyâ€™re not sending you. Theyâ€™re not sending you. Theyâ€™re sending people that have lots of problems, and theyâ€™re bringing those problems with us. Theyâ€™re bringing drugs. Theyâ€™re bringing crime. Theyâ€™re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.â€
Many of his critics said his statement was a misperception.
Now Trump is saying that there should be a re-examination of granting automatic U.S. birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. Automatic birthright is a part of the 14th Amendment.
Trump got static from many Republican colleagues when he said Senator John McCain â€œwas not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who werenâ€™t captured.â€
Obviously, somewhere along the way before he reaches the Republican National Convention, primary elections or the general election, Trumpâ€™s rhetoric will fizzle out. Certainly, I donâ€™t see him winning in the general election.
By my political calculation and analysis: Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States even though conservatives have waged a less-than-honest rhetorical war against her on time spent as Secretary of State, calling for investigation after investigation. As a matter of fact, most of the Republican controlled Senate and House have had one investigation after another and have voted to repeal â€œObamacareâ€ about 54 times without success. And anyone who is aware of the political structure knows that as long as Barack Obama is president he will veto any legislation Republicans pass to repeal Obamacare, his signature legislation.
Even though I donâ€™t see a win for Donald Trump, thereâ€™s no question, he has made this election phase a very exciting adventure to follow and watch.