Trump is not the Savior

This morning as I was reading the Word, I thought about the comments on my Facebook page as a result of my last article, Political Chat: The Aftermath. I thought about all of my friends who are Donald Trump supporters and choose to vote for Trump, okay. I am fine with that…your vote, your choice! But if you believe Trump will save America, you are sorely mistaken or deceived. Trump is not the Savior! donald-trump

The mess we are in will not be solved by one man – certainly not this man! Albert Einstein says, “the significant problems we face, can’t be solved at the same level we were at when we created them.” As different as Trump may be from the establishment in Washington D.C. he is still part of the problem. Just listen to the mess that comes out of his mouth. The Bible says, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” You may enjoy his brash, self-centered style and personality. His temperament may not move you away from him, but the things that come out of his mouth are important. He doesn’t endear women or minorities with his one-liners and comments. He has no edit button. That is unfortunate. And that should at least cause each of us to pause when making our selection in the voting booth in November.

As the days move toward election day, I see myself and you as the hiring manager for the next Commander in Chief of this great nation. We better be wise in our choice. There are significant core competencies that we should consider when making a hiring decision. Professionalism is one of them. Looking presidential may be the more appropriate term in this case. However my term, professionalism works. My definition of professionalism speaks to how an individual will represent us both in this nation and abroad. His representation of us as a nation matters.  That is not Trump’s strength. I don’t want to wake up every morning and hear on the news that our President has embarrassed himself and us in the process because he has no couth. Because he has no edit button. Because he doesn’t care what people think of him.

Character matters when it comes to leadership. The definition of character: “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Every day when Trump opens his mouth, we see and hear the distinctive moral qualities he embodies. He makes it difficult for the hiring managers of this nation, the voters, to say yes to him. If Trump were interviewing for a CEO position we would have crossed him off the list long ago. The fact that we consider him a viable candidate to run this nation amazes me. Is he better than Clinton, absolutely, but definitely by a nose. My prediction for this election, it will be a photo finish. Neither of them may get enough electoral votes to be the definitive winner…then what?

 

Political Chat: The Aftermath

The debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was over about 30 to 40 minutes in.trump__clinton Clearly Donald Trump was unprepared. As a leader, that is unacceptable. Period. He had no business showing up on the national stage for all the world to see, with no plan. Donald had zero response for obvious issues Hillary would use as ammunition to support her bid for the Presidency, i.e. the temperament rant.

Donald Trump, “doing Donald” doesn’t work if he wants to be President of this great nation. At least not for this voter.

In the Aftermath of this debate, I am disappointed. Hillary Clinton is a “no” vote for me. I will save that for another day. When the options are selecting the lesser of two evils, both candidates better come out swinging for the fence. Having a tantrum and whining about how your being mistreated won’t garner votes.

I take my privilege to vote very seriously. I will vote in November. The problem is neither of these presidential candidates has earned the privilege to represent me in Washington D.C. for the next 4 years. What’s a voter to do?

Political Chat: Lesser of Two Evils?

lesser-of-two-evilsAs I settle in tonight to watch the upcoming Presidential debate between Donald Trump
and Hillary Clinton I thought I would take a moment and share my thoughts prior to this “epic” debate.  I have been watching the shenanigans for a while.

Here are some of my thoughts:

  1. Leaders should not be determined on a scale defined as the “lesser of two evils”. We own this foolishness as a nation. It is our responsibility as voters to set the standard of leadership in this country. Not the politicians or the wanna be politicians. Surely we have better options in this great country – the United States of America.
  2. Leaders in every sphere of our country should represent the people they are leading. Neither of these two people represent me the way I would like to be represented. How about you?
  3. Leaders should have clearly defined values. When determining who should lead me (or you)…those values should be in alignment with my values (and yours).
  4. Leaders should have integrity. There should be no question about that…
  5. Leaders should work well under pressure. Decisions should not be based on a “knee jerk” reaction.
  6. The leader of this nation should uphold the constitution! This nation was founded on very strong principles and values. Those principles and values allow these two candidates to run for office. Neither of them have my permission to rewrite the script for this nation.

I don’t want to make my decision for this election based on the “lesser of two evils.” And yet here we are. I want to support the candidate I vote for. But I am not convinced by either of these two candidates. It is a sad commentary on us as a nation that these two people represent our best option to be the leader of the greatest nation in the world. It saddens my heart…  I don’t trust Hillary Clinton. I don’t believe Hillary is honest. The truth still matters. Being trustworthy matters. Convince me Hillary that my perception of you is wrong…

I don’t particularly like Donald Trump. He is brash, and rude. I believe he can lead this country but I don’t think he “plays nice in the sandbox.” I want to like my President. I am not looking for a syrupy sweet President but I believe my leader should be likable. “People do business with people they like.” At the same time, I want to know my leader will make the tough decisions as it pertains to keeping this nation safe. Neither of these two candidates have convinced me yet that they are the one.

I am looking forward to watching the debate. My hope is that we move away from the “lesser of two evils” to a clear candidate that will represent this nation well for every citizen in the land!