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Sunday, August 16, 2015


As we watch the main stream media follow Donald Trump's every gesture and word and his poll numbers continue to rise, it's important to remember that Donald Trump is ... well ... Donald Trump. Boastful, rude, egotistical ... and empty. Sure, he expresses a few worthwhile themes (e.g., gross government incompetence) that are both true and worth mentioning). But themes alone are not enough for effective leadership. Don't believe me? Look at the failed presidency of Barack Obama and just how magnificently hope and change (very broad themes, both) crashed and burned.

Like yours truly, Rich Lowry is no fan of Donald Trump. He nails it when he writes:
The loudmouth mogul [Trump] may be very good at saying words, but coherence and consistency sometimes elude him. Especially when he gets beyond his comfort zone of extolling his own phenomenal awesomeness and calling America’s leaders stupid and the leaders of China and Mexico — the new axis of evil — smart and cunning.

After that, it gets foggy.

Consider his signature issue of immigration, where the incendiary words and stalwart tone evidently are a smoke screen for a poorly conceived amnesty scheme.

In a CNN interview, Trump outlined an amnesty via temporary deportation: “I would get people out, and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal.” How would the federal government, which can’t run the immigration system we already have, manage mass relocations of millions of people presumably to their countries of origin, only to be vetted and returned to the United States forthwith? “It’s feasible if you know how to manage. Politicians don’t know how to manage.” Oh.
"... get people out"—How, exactly? "I would have an expedited way ..." Specifically, how would that be accomplished? “It’s feasible if you know how to manage ..." This statement from a "manager" who presided over the bankruptcies of four businesses he created. "Politicians don’t know how to manage." There it is, a theme that almost everyone would agree with.

Like I said, Trump is good at themes, but actual, workable policy and plans that recognize the realities of bipartisan politics—empty.