Friday, October 14, 2016

Justifying a Vote for Donald Trump

According to a report by NBC News, Donald Trump supports the national objectives (e.g., terminating detrimental agreements on trade) that most Americans want.

At the same time, he has serious flaws in his personality. One flaw is an utter lack of humility, which Senator Susan Collins of Maine noted in her op-ed. These flaws cause many Americans to hesitate at supporting Trump for president.

In other words, Trump has the right message but is the wrong messenger. So, how should Americans vote in November?

Hillary Clinton has character flaws that are as severe as the character flaws of Donald Trump. (Her callous indifference to "unimportant people" like Christoper Stevens, the late ambassador to Libya, resulted in his death.) So, what distinguishes the 2 presidential candidates is their national objectives for the United States of America. The American voter should choose a candidate on the basis of his national objectives.

In an op-ed, David Gelernter agrees. He wrote, "There is only one way to take part in protecting this nation from Hillary Clinton, and that is to vote for Donald Trump. [...] It’s too bad one has to vote for Mr. Trump. It will be an unhappy moment at best. Some people will feel dirty, or pained, or outright disgraced. But when all is said and done, it’s no big deal of a sacrifice for your country. I can think of bigger ones."

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