Thoughts on Trump’s “Leadership”

I don’t want a leader who is a racist/bigot at a time when our country is rapidly diversifying.

I don’t want a leader who seeks to deport 11 million immigrants at a time when smart immigration will be key to dealing with our aging population.

I don’t want a leader who proudly plans to inflame tensions with Mexico when they are one of our most important global relationships.

I don’t want a leader who intends to indiscriminately close off America to entire groups of people when we are supposed to represent tolerance and opportunity.

I don’t want a leader who says he will order the military to violate US & international law (including intentionally killing innocents) at a time when we are in a battle of principles & values with radicals across the globe.

I don’t want a leader who treats nuclear proliferation so carelessly when nuclear weapons remain one of the few existential threats in the world.

I don’t want a leader who says he may not honor our NATO treaty obligations when Putin’s Russia has shown increasing aggressiveness, threatening to destabilize one of the greatest political achievements of the Post-WW2 era.

I don’t want a leader who wants a trade war with China when China will be the biggest potential threat in the future, requiring great finesse and diplomatic skill to avoid a future conflict.

I don’t want a leader who dismisses climate change with conspiracy theories when it may be one of the big drivers of instability and conflict in the world over the next few decades.

I don’t want a leader whose plans for the national debt would threaten the stability of the entire financial system and America’s role as the lynchpin of the world economic system.

I don’t want a leader who callously calls for the death of five young men in a newspaper ad, then shows no remorse, no empathy and offers no apology when they turn out to be innocent.

I don’t want a leader whose vision of leadership means embracing the dictators and autocrats of the world, rather than the democratic principles found (imperfectly) in our country’s history and the heroic figures who have strived to uphold those ideals.

More to come….