I am not fighting for The Cause with Trump. I want him to have power. Raw naked political power, the kind where he gets to determine if the government kills people or lets them live, if the government confiscates their stuff or lets them keep it, if the government wrecks people's lives or not, if the government takes from some people, keeps most of the plunder and gives the rest to others.
See? No illusions.
Nobody ever says that, but that is the game everybody plays. That is what all candidates are after.
All of them.
There's an aspect of this I want to clarify.
I never support a person who seeks this kind of power as a primary reason to live inside his or her soul.
What I'm saying is that the office of the presidency is innately as I described above and all the candidates know it.
So let me rephrase the opening paragraph in this quote and maybe that will make it clearer.The presidency is ultimately not about The Cause. The presidency is about power. Raw naked political power, the kind where the president gets to determine if the government kills people or lets them live, if the government confiscates their stuff or lets them keep it, if the government wrecks people's lives or not, if the government takes from some people, keeps most of the plunder and gives the rest to others.
That's how I see the presidency and that's what I consider when I evaluate a person to take that job.
When I look at the past of current candidates, I either see confused signals when they have wielded power, or simple lack of experience with it on a level meaningful to the reality of the office they seek.
Apropos, that was one of Obama's main problems. In his ascension, he wielded power through getting close to people and getting their endorsements, then betraying them. He also did a lot of covert manipulation and backroom dealing. A lot of deception. And he did not have much experience in any meaningful way. Now look at how he has run his presidency. That's almost an official playbook. Look at how he has managed to get laws passed. Look at his foreign policies. And watch as the next president takes apart all his policies easily. Why? Because he built them on manipulation and deception, not deal-making for real.
Could one of the Republican candidates rise with grace under stress in the job and wield presidential power with greatness? (By greatness, I mean in a manner that makes the world more productive and wealthy and less violent.) I think it's likely in a few cases. Could one of them abuse the power inherent in the office and do crappy things? Probably all of them to some degree or another (including Trump). But which one has lots of experience with power?
As I mentioned with Trump, he has had power most of his life. He chose the good path and built stuff with it, magnificent stuff, not the evil path to rule people for the sake of ruling them and to destroy people who become inconvenient. Nor has he been inept and watched things go down the tubes as massive amounts of people get destroyed (except in the Atlanta casino market, where they went down the tubes for everybody. At least Trump got out early and intact.)
I think what people have done over their lives with power is one of the best indicators of what they will do if they get the kind of power available to a president. So Trump's my man.
That probably makes more sense than the leg and head metaphor I used.
Source: Donald Trump