Everything I ever wanted to say about Donald Trump, GOP nominee

Thoughts on Trump ePaper

With a little help from an Atlanta journalism legend:

Grizzard Journal Dec 1984

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bu22
bu22

Lindsay Graham and Jeb! said it.  They will not vote for Trump or Clinton.

lvg
lvg

Kyle had about as much favorable commentary on Trump as did Paul Ryan

Nick DeAngelo
Nick DeAngelo

I think that's his best column yet - well thought out - don't change anything going forward.

kenmurdock
kenmurdock

Winfield needs to learn how to communicate.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@kenmurdock

If you're going to criticize someone's ability to communicate, you might want to pay a bit more attention to basic stuff, like the correct spelling of words and names.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

I like thinking out of the box.  Great job.

perkaren
perkaren

Tough luck being an republican.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@perkaren

It ain't easy.  And when you grow up you'll learn that, most of the time, things that are really worthwhile aren't achieved by following the mindless path of least resistance.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Well they are both liars, but aren't all politicians.  The overwhelming deciding factor for me is that Hillary has promised to be a third term of Obama's failing policies. His legacy is going to be safe with her, she says.  His legacy or policies have contributed to the longest economic "recovery" ever, a stagnant economy, record number of American's not working,a decimated military, massive numbers of illegal immigrants, and loss of respect and influence around the world.  So she is promising more of the same, which is intolerable for me and should be for any patriotic American.   I don't think she is a sound choice.


In America's two party system, unfortunately, there are only two choices, the above or someone else.  I will always choose the unknown over a bad known. 


If Trump only keeps one promise of his, he will be better than her, if he strengthens the military, takes care of the vets, closes the border, brings back one job, improves the economy, makes government more efficient and less costly, makes progress on eliminating the debt, he will vastly outpace what we can expect from status quo Hillary.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister Hillary has promised to continue Obama's successful policies, which is the deciding factor for me.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @MarkVV Healthcare for more Americans with safety against loss of insurance, economic recovery from the worst recession since WWII, record 64 months of job growth, unemployment below 5%, better economic performance than most industrial countries, reduction in federal budget deficit by two thirds, protection of gay rights, protection of women rights, killing of Bin Laden, assistance in the fight against ISIS resulting in a significant deduction of their area and financial sources, new START treaty, new SALT treaty, ….

Actually, the list is so long it would be almost impossible to write it down here.  Just to mention one more – winning reelection by a wide margin.  You can put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

As long as you define Obamacare "working" as "the handouts are still flowing", then yeah, it is.

But by any other measure it's a huge, expensive failure, and un-American to boot.

Starik
Starik

@Nick_Danger @RafeHollister @DaltonbywayofBickley We have had a professional, all-volunteer Army since the draft ended. Draftees provided manpower with a salary under $100 a month to start.  The Vietnam war was fought mostly by PFCs making a base salary of $155. Volunteers are expensive. 


Check the cost of today's ships and planes against what they cost back then Check the cost of tanks and jeeps against $100,000 jeeps, and the cost of adding armor to them to sustain IED explosions, and the cost of replacing all this equipment after Saddam's former soldiers blow it to bits. 


Priced the 2017 aircraft carriers recently? Sticker shock.

Starik
Starik

@Lil_Barry_Bailout What was un-American in the past isn't un-American any more. Surprise!


Just sit back and watch it happen, or your blood pressure will get you eventually.

Lisa Patton
Lisa Patton

The other choice is Killery! WAKE UP

Les Bouska
Les Bouska

Did you mean Hillary? She's going to be President.

The-Palms
The-Palms

I loved the column. There has been so much said about Donald but in my real life I have never met someone who supports him. Most of my friends are just embarrassed.Maybe he won't be as bad as I think, but when I try to visualize Trump on a world stage such as the G8 summit or giving the state of the union address I cringe.

Starik
Starik

@The-Palms I just don't know.  It's quite a while to November, the Vice Presidential candidates have yet to be selected.  Maybe, just maybe Trump will hire advisors and cabinet members who know something, and maybe Trump will listen.  We know all about Hillary, and what we know isn't pretty.

bu22
bu22

@The-Palms I know only one person in real life who supports him.

BPeabody
BPeabody

@Starik @The-Palms  Trump has been more than willing to criticize any and every body associated with public service, yet surrounds himself with sycophants and yes-men who've performed sub-par in his businesses, forgotten simple stuff like keeping his plane registration current or registering to vote.  Frankly, I think Trump is intimidated by competence and his seeking or accepting wise counsel is beyond his ability.


Cobbian
Cobbian

Clever.  But Trump is not going away.  At least in the short term.  He may even be around for 8 1/2 more years, redefining what it means to be a Republican.  


I have badly wanted that redefinition since the mid 1990's - well sooner, but it got rather urgent with Gingrich.  It has only gotten worse since then.  Even though I tended to be more Dem than Pub in the past, I would like for their to be a middle ground that lies between both liberal and conservative - neither does well if given all the power.  But, I can't abide what the T-Pubs are doing on women's issues and social issues.  And, they have done nothing but created a world of wealth concentration, lost good jobs to overseas and replaced them with low paying jobs.  Cut taxes for the wealthy and all it did was make the wealthy wealthier.  Oh, and gave lead contaminated water to the people of Flint.  That is Republicanism at work.


It is going to happen now, that redefinition of what a Republican is.  But - WOW! - it will be nothing like anyone ever guessed.  Think the new party name will be The Trumplican Party, abbreviated as "The T-Rumps?"


Not that the Dems don't have some rethinking to do, too.  But, the fact that someone else's house needs cleaning doesn't do much to clean your own house.  

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Cobbian I quit reading at Republicans gave contaminated water to the people of Flint.

The idea that anyone of any party would knowingly give contaminated water to citizens as a connection to politics is ridiculous and casts doubts on the rest of your post.

bu22
bu22

@JohnnyReb @Cobbian And it was Obama's EPA that wrote the e-mail that they didn't want to stick their neck out for those sort of people.  The Environmental Protection Agency refused to do its job when it knew there was an issue.

Starik
Starik

@Cobbian The right wing comments by Reb and XXwhatever are probably right about Flint, but you nailed it on everything else. I hate ideological purity too, and will take positions on the left or right when they make sense, even the far left and far right.

Dona Elaine Hubbs
Dona Elaine Hubbs

It's not like anyone ever reads his articles anyway. Obviously nobody was very interested in his opinion.

Mailey McLaughlin
Mailey McLaughlin

I find Kyle's writing to be pretty good on the spectrum of conservative writing. But then, I enjoy remembering "conservatism" from the old days, when it was about individual liberty, rising above petty politics, and not saturated with shrill evangelicals who married their faith to it. Kyle is thoughtful and steps away from toeing the party line. It's refreshing.

Starik
Starik

@Bruno2 @GaLatino Yes, good luck to you and the rest of our Latino citizens, citizens to be and those without papers.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@GaLatino 

Donald Trump greeted his enthusiastic Hispanic supporters in their own language yesterday, with the traditional greeting,  "¡Yo Quiero Taco Bell!"

Bruno2
Bruno2

Pretty funny reading criticism regarding Trump coming from Hillary supporters.  If you guys don't hold your noses when you vote for her, you may need to have your sense of smell checked.  Also, maybe someone can inform Eye Wonder that Trump is to the center of mainstream Republicans on most issues.

As I keep saying, I don't expect everyone to fall in love with Donald Trump, but that doesnt give people license to be unfair in their assessments.