Daily Gratitude: Common Sense (Trump for President)

I am no political expert, nor am I even sure which candidate I am going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election. I do, however, know which person I will NOT be voting for: Donald Trump.

Why? I have common sense (thank goodness).

I’m not going to share a list of offensive things Trump has said because it has already been done numerous times. You do not need me to tell you he has made countless racist andsexist statements that have lost him business deals with major companies such as Univision and NBC.

Now, I must admit there is one positive quality Trump possesses I feel is worth addressing:honesty.

Actually, I take that back.

“I DEALT WITH GADDAFI. I RENTED HIM A PIECE OF LAND. HE PAID ME MORE FOR ONE NIGHT THAN THE LAND WAS WORTH FOR TWO YEARS, AND THEN I DIDN’T LET HIM USE THE LAND. THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. I DON’T WANT TO USE THE WORD ‘SCREWED,’ BUT I SCREWED HIM. THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING.” — Donald Trump on foreign policy

That statement is definitely not one you’d hear from the mouth of an honest man.

No, it isn’t his honesty I respect — it’s that he is not delivering the standard cookie-cutter act presidential candidates typically present us with. It is crucial to understand there is a difference between honesty andpresentation.

I think many Americans find Trump’s loud and often inappropriate approach refreshing. After all, our country did make famous the show Jersey Shore.

Craving authenticity and transparency, we often admire people who let their freak flags fly because so many of us are too nervous to publicly voice our opinions. Knowing we hide ourselves behind closed doors, we wonder what dirty secrets and conflicting opinions are hidden beneath the clean-cut acts of politicians. With Trump, we know what we are getting (or at least we think we do).

A perfect example is when a young girl rejects the nice guy and goes for a jerk. Instead of letting her guard down with someone who seems genuine, she goes for the jerk because it is less of a risk; she can’t be let down because she has not set high expectations. But eventually, she grows up and realizes maybe the nice guys are actually nice and the jerks are a waste of time. (Trump is the jerk if you didn’t catch that.)

Trump is bold, fresh and raw. But that doesn’t mean you should give him your vote.

I see only one specific group of people who might have a logical reason voting for Trump: rich white men.

“He is self-funded so he won’t be pressured by backers to do what they want.”

You’re right. Trump is what we like to call a “one percenter.” He can afford to pay for his own campaign. So what makes you think he will use his money and presidential power to help the middle and lower classes? These classes are full of two oppressed groups of people Trump clearly does not respect: women and minorities.

I hate the negative effects lobbying has on our political system as much as any other person, but handing over the power to someone who doesn’t even need support from lobbyists is not going to improve our current reality. Instead of our backers holding the power, it will be the rich white guy who disrespects underrepresented groups of people.

“He’s a good businessmen. America needs someone who is going to run America like a business.”

Please tell me you are joking.

Trump was forced to file bankruptcy four times. While these might have been smart, strategic business decisions that benefited him, they required him to give up company shares and control. Personally, I don’t want to hand any more power over to foreign countries. I also don’t want his whole screw-people-over mentality to make other countries dislike us any more than they already might.

If the U.S. was a company run by Trump, it would be one of those shitty corporations where rich white males make millions of dollars, women employees are sexually harassed, and minorities are denied jobs.

Unless you’re in that first group, I don’t know why you’d like the sound of that scenario.

Look, I get it. Our largest export is entertainment and Trump is definitely entertaining to laugh at. But do we want an egotistic, racist and sexist one-percenter bully having all the money and power he could dream of?

Common sense is telling me it wouldn’t be good for the majority of Americans.