Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Trump and obama C-and-C

Just for fun, let's do a little 'compare and contrast' between Donald Trump and barack obama. The genesis for today's post came from a letter to the editor in the Sep. 5 edition of the San Antonio Express-News.
... a large portion of the populace supports candidates based on the “cult of personalities” rather than substance. In 2008, the Democrats had their “personality” in the form of Barack Obama. Today, the Republicans seem to have Donald Trump.

In his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama wrote, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” During the 2008 campaign, Obama was a living Rorschach inkblot test. Supporters saw in him what they wanted to see.

Donald Trump is today’s living Rorschach inkblot test. With little substance, Trump is pretty much repeating the line that he will bring in the best minds and the best people to solve problems, providing little detail about his ideology...

Republican supporters of Trump, who were shaking their heads in disbelief in 2008 at how far Obama could go based on nothing but rhetoric and vagueness, are now experiencing the same thing a lot of Democratic supporters of Obama experienced in 2008 — being part of a cult of personality.

Gerald R. Vimont
That's an interesting perspective. IMO Trump is saying what people want to hear. He's got the 'what' but leaves out the 'how' - just like obama did in 2008.

Here's more along those same lines.
Trump plays the part of a narcissistic blowhard, and his fans enjoy the joke. But when push comes to shove Trump is a very smart businessman who does know how to negotiate tough deals. He has faced business failure more than once, and managed to come back. Obama is a narcissist who has never experienced failure and who lives in his head; but it is failure that can turn narcissists into realists...

(Trump) has enough common sense to ask, “Why in the world are we giving hard-earned money to countries who hate America and want to hurt our citizens?” The answer is “Because the Left hates America and wants to bring us down.” Trump doesn’t have to say that. All he needs is to ask the question...

Donald Trump is tapping into a deep popular unease about the moral and intellectual sleaziness of the ruling Left. The Left has been turned the country into a daily freak show, with Obama and Hillary smashing the constitutional furniture just because they feel like it. They are a national disaster.

Worse than that, Alinskyites like Obama and Hillary are extremely dangerous, as Obama's surrender to a nuclear Iran shows. Historically American statesmen aim for stability: Obama opts for revolution -- like the "Arab Spring" that was supposed to bring the fascist Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt. Today, Obama is pulling another revolutionary move by flipping American support to the fanatical priests of Tehran. Nobody believes Obama's barefaced lies anymore, except the U.S. media and their mind-numbed voters.

In his "community agitator" fashion Obama has betrayed every U.S. ally whose defense depended on us, including the Saudis, Egypt, the Sunni Gulf states, and Israel. Libya was simply destroyed and its ruler executed... For whatever bizarre and indeed criminal reason, Obama decided to push Libya into a civil war that is still raging today. These are the actions of a revolutionary sociopath, not a normal American president.

Obama's actions go totally against American tradition. Syria, Libya, and Iraq, are still burning. Real people are dying. ISIS is rising with the aid of Obama's allies, Turkey, Qatar, and the Ikhwan. Russia is now intervening directly in the Syrian war. The examples of Obama's overreach are endless, and the next U.S. government will face a huge job to recover from the mess Obama made.

What's the answer to eight years of Obama fanaticism, both domestically and in foreign policy? It's normal American pragmatism. Almost all our presidents have been practical people who didn't follow some radical script to coerce human perfection. When you look past all the pizzazz, Trump has a long history of being practical. And unlike any Republican candidate I can remember, he is genuinely popular.
I'm still not convinced that Trump would be a good president. But I am starting to believe that he'd be one heck of a candidate.

Just like obama was...


7 comments:

Bag Blog said...

I'm not sure about Donald either. He does say things people want to hear. But that hair - who can take him seriously, if he can't see how bad his own hair is?

Randy H said...

I'm sure, I'm sure he's fooling everyone

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Makes me think of Kurt Russel's Rudy Russo character in Used Cars.

CenTexTim said...

BB - now, now... let's move past superficial appearances... :-)

Randy - no doubt his first interest is himself, but you have to admit he's tapped into a seething disgust of the establishment politicians.

WSF - yeah, but in the end Rudy was a good guy ... and a winner. Something to think about. (BTW - just saw Used Cars again the other night - one of my favorite movies!)

Old NFO said...

Withholding judgement, but you're right he IS tapping a vein of honesty that the others seem to be afraid to touch!

CenTexTim said...

That's because they're part of the problem.

Randy H said...

Yes, I agree he has tapped into the disgust. But huxters know how to do that,