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Donald Trump, Civilian

I have watched our political class inflict much harm upon our society and, like many, have become quite cynical about the prospect of positive change.  Then, out of the blue, a surprise occurs - a gift of sorts.   That gift is the candidacy of one Donald Trump for President.  For this I believe that we all owe Mr. Trump a gigantic debt of gratitude that we can best repay by at the very least remaining open minded and encouraging others to do the same, and even better still to become a passionate supporter.

This may be difficult for many who have either fallen for the continuous stream of BS from the political class (which includes the captive media that feeds off of them) and truly believes that only those inner circle politicians are qualified to lead us, or others who just plain don't like Mr. Trump. As to the first, if you are of voting age and still believe this fantasy then I'm not sure where to even begin. Perhaps ask yourself what the lifetime preparation in politics did to serve Mrs. Clinton in her tenure as Secretary of State - a run for which she has not a single solitary achievement and much egg on her face.  Or, if you favor the other flavor of politician, what G.W. Bush's career in government did to inform him on the decision to invade Iraq?  Isn't it high time we get a complete non-politician in there?  This would be a truly historical moment for our nation - a moment of real liberation from this entrenched political class and the special interests that control them and therefore us.

Is Trump perfect?  Of course he is not.  Will he have to grow to become a great leader?  Yes he will. Can he lead our nation and say the divisive things that he recently said about Mexican illegal immigrants, when he painted the majority of them as criminals?  Surely this cannot continue, and he must not say inflammatory things like that to pander to the far right wing elements of the Republican Party.  Our border and the issue of illegal immigration is indeed a significant and complex issue, but it is never ok to vilify an entire group of people, or for a leader to use divisive rhetoric.

If you don't like Trump, get over it.  Everything in life is relative.  If you find imperfections with him and his candidacy perhaps you ought to consider those when contrasted with that of his competitors. Just like the first Obama campaign was historical, irrespective of the man’s qualifications or competence, Mr. Trump’s candidacy is as well.  Predictably, the media elite has already pounced upon Mr. Trump, smirking that he’s unqualified and a buffoon.  Too many people, including many I know and regard, have fallen for the caricaturing of the man, painting him as an incompetent buffoon. I will go on record here to say that I like Trump the man, and even more I love Trump the candidate. The man is a self-made business giant.  He’s brilliant.  He understands people, he understands communication/marketing/branding, he understands finance, he understands competition, he understands taxation, and he understands what motivates and inspires people.  He has benefited immensely from being an American and therefore has a deep appreciation for the nation and an understanding of what works.  I think he would be the finest President we’ve had since Reagan, although that is not too high a bar for him to meet.

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