Does Trump's Temperament Make Him Unfit?

Posted by $ Snezzy 4 years, 7 months ago to Politics
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My dear wife seems to have discovered what it means when pundits suggest that Donald Trump may be unfit because he "does not have the temperament to be President."

She says that it's a political code phrase that means he cannot be bought.

DJT just might be better than we have thought.


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  • Posted by ErikAZ 4 years, 7 months ago
    I don't care for either of them personally. I don't trust Clinton at all but she is qualified experience wise. Trump flip flops so often and has absolutely no experience so I kind of view him like a Howard Stern type shock jock who says whatever he thinks of with no filter.

    Unfortunately at this level of politics we aren't so much required to like the candidate. I'm more concerned with the experience issue so my personal belief is in the end Clinton will be elected by majority vote. I'm focusing my efforts and dollars on keeping the Senate red which could be a challenge. In the end Congress is where the real power is and having a Dem President with a Dem congress would worsen an already oppressive taxation system in my opinion.
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    • Posted by $ 4 years, 7 months ago
      "... keeping the Senate red ..."

      It's amusing and maddening that the Republicans got stuck with the Communist red color. I wonder who made that red-blue allocation? It's so backwards. Gotta be deliberate.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 4 years, 7 months ago
    The political class pride themselves on their ability to lie convincingly, obfuscate and confuse their listeners, and avoid telling people what they really think. Anyone who speaks plainly jars their sensibilities. Reagan grated on the political nerves, but he was also a gifted speaker. Trump is as blunt and unsophisticated a speaker as one of the old guys at the local bar, which makes his pronouncements all the more unsettling to established politicians.

    What you won't hear from Trump is how rosy the economy is if the numbers don't back him up (unlike the present occupant of the White House). It would be nice to hear the truth from our chief executive, even if the news isn't that great.

    How his blunt-spoken style will work internationally is another thing that worries politicians, but maybe there are others that would like to trust what an American leader says, even if it isn't what they necessarily want to hear. Hopefully we'll all get to observe that situation.
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    • Posted by term2 4 years, 7 months ago
      I say foreign leaders arent stupid. They realize the stakes, and would rather know where our leaders are by what they say. Both Russia and China have indicated they respect Trump. That says a lot as they will be our biggest foreign policy challenges in years to come.

      I have confidence that if we accidentally shot down a russian plane that Trump would pick up the phone, Putin would answer it, and Trump would acknowledge what happened and settle it.

      Hillary would deny, deny, deny, and Putin would never believe her- making for some interesting and tense negotiations.
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      • Posted by DrZarkov99 4 years, 7 months ago
        Putin has expressed some discomfort with a Hillary presidency, given her history as somewhat of a war hawk. He points to her decision to interfere in the Libyan civil war, convincing Obama that he didn't need congressional approval as a sign that she would be more likely than Trump to blunder into disastrous military conflict.
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        • Posted by term2 4 years, 7 months ago
          Plus she was instrumental in trying to keep him from being re-elected a few years ago. Not to mention that she is a bit dishonest and cant even be trusted by Americans, let alone other countries.

          She would be scary in that its easy for misunderstandings to blow up into military conflicts if the other leaders dont trust you.
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  • Posted by TomSwift 4 years, 7 months ago
    The way Americans attempt to justify this lunatic is hilarious to us stinking foreigners. Clinton is a piece of work but for anyone to honestly contemplate Trump as anything more than a middling businessman with a possible mental illness is seriously delusional and in denial. His own party thinks he is a madman. Suck it up, realize you're not going to have a Republican president and work to build the Republican Party into something much less odious than it currently is.

    Seriously, is this the best America can do?
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  • Posted by Herb7734 4 years, 7 months ago
    Never looked at it that way. It must scare the crap out of all those politicians who go to Washington virtual paupers and somehow, on a politician's salary become millionaires. He can't be controlled because he doesn't owe his credibility or anything else to the king-makers.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 4 years, 7 months ago
    I don't think this is an issue at all. Trump will not act like he speaks. However, a real problem is that he does not think before he speaks and is leaving a four-lane highway of items for the media and Hillary to turn on him. If he does not stop and get a real coach, he is going to lose epicly.
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    • Posted by ChestyPuller 4 years, 7 months ago
      The fact is Trump is well-versed in the art of communication; He makes deals worth Billions of Dollars..the real issue is that people think the media and those afraid of him are telling you what he says.

      He said Captain Khan was a hero; did you hear that?

      He said stop taking in muslims until they can be properly vetted; did you hear that?

      He said 'illegals' will be deported not all mexican's; did you hear that?

      You see, the real issue is you believe in the media as being moral; that's a problem
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      • Posted by $ Thoritsu 4 years, 7 months ago
        I am not the voting public. Do you hear that?

        Well-versed in the art of communication? You will need to defend that statement with some facts and logical connections. His about as well versed in comms as Andrew Dice Clay, who, by the way ( did you hear that?) actually made all his money without $100M from daddy or imminent domain.
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        • Posted by ChestyPuller 4 years, 6 months ago
          Correct you are not the voting public..But, trying to use negatives to sway the voting public seems a goal for you, correct?

          As to being well versed in Communication; he works, and has worked, deal's that the left wing news decries were very good for him. He is a Billionaire [THAT'S WITH A "B"], unlike your Andrew Dice Clay; Ya Hear!

          Why do haters always point to the money his father gave him, your daddy to mean to ever lend or give you
          money? Hillary Clinton STOLE her money off the safety of the American people, Bernie Sanders stole his money directly from his supporters as did others.

          Maybe you should come clean about what your agenda here is; mine is saving the republic from Globalists. Globalists which by the way is why Galt's Gulch, in Atlas Shrugged, was created; each according to his own needs by his own hands.

          Smile, life is good when you work for yourself!
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          • Posted by $ Thoritsu 4 years, 6 months ago
            You continue to confuse my comments about Trump assume kind of an endorsement of Hillary or socialism or something.
            I support Gary Johnson first and Trump second. I would vote Green Party before Hillary. I will vote for Gary Johnson, because 1) he is better than Trump, and 2) my vote doesn't count in MA, except to support the third party which needs supporting.

            It is cute to slip in the word "haters" as if it applies to me, but you can not make that stick. Trump is very simply giving the election to Hillary with his unnecessary volatile comments, and not taking her to task. He could easily have swept up the disenfranchised Berine people, and perhaps taught them something along the way, but nope.
            Regarding his inheritance, if Trump had simply invested in an S&P fund, he would have much more money that he does now. Period. What does that mean? It means, on average, Trump's investments were much poorer than the average in the market. Simple fact. The only interesting part of this history is that he was so bad, he lost almost everything, and then he earned what he has now from almost nothing. That supports his acumen somewhat...and "no" my "daddy" (another cute jibe, attempting to apply immaturity to me) did not give or lend me any money, closing a loan or other. I worked my way through college in three years on a summer internship I won as the #1 STEM student at my HS, and most of the rest was other academic scholarships, and I made more money my first year working as an engineer than my "daddy" did his last year as a physics teacher. What my "daddy" did give me was an awesome upbringing oriented in honesty, scholastics and hard work, far more valuable than money on average.

            Let me help you again. I suggested you needed to support Trump's communication skills. Being a billionaire, even one spelled with a "B", is not even remotely an argument for his communication skills. What you essentially are saying is that because Trump has more money than Andrew Dice Clay, he is a better communicator.

            Maybe you stop drawing conclusions before reading what I write, and actually respond with a logical argument instead of veiled adolescent insults and unsupported assertions about my positions.

            I hope we don't have to wait yet another week to see the next installment of this dogma.
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  • Posted by wiggys 4 years, 7 months ago
    who is fit to be president?
    the point is we and I speak for the total population whether they agree with me or not that anyone would be better than Hillary to have as president. so regardless of trump's temperament he is all we have going for us.
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  • Posted by gpecaut 4 years, 7 months ago
    I do know this. If Hillary is elected and a Democrat majority in both houses, I am going Galt. I will not support tyranny with my tax dollars.
    I would hope many other Objectivists would do the same.
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  • Posted by MinorLiberator 4 years, 7 months ago
    It's abrasive, aggressive, sometimes beyond the pale, and exactly the way Americans used to be able to talk to each other before the PC police showed up.

    Maybe I've just come to the "acceptance" stage that he's the candidate, but in retrospect while I consider Cruz perhaps more qualified and knowledgeable on issues, I now consider that Trump's temperament may be exactly what we need right now to really shake up a totally dysfunctional Federal government. I think Cruz or Rubio or some the other good ones would have stuck to the "gradual, piecemeal" approach to fixing things. Which never works.

    I don't expect miracles from Trump, if elected, just a better start and more done than any of the others could do.
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  • Posted by johnpe1 4 years, 7 months ago
    I have a good friend who "thinks outside of the box"
    largely because he doesn't see the box. . DJT is a
    person who disregards the box because it has only
    hindered him in the past. . this includes "political
    correctness," the battle cry of progressives who want
    to enslave us to their agendas. . we might say that
    DJT can neither be bought nor intimidated. . now,
    that is a new combination. -- j
    .
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  • Posted by lrshultis 4 years, 7 months ago
    Trump has a businessman's temperament. His main problems is for falling for little traps that make him look a bit undesirable for being a president.
    The latest trap is the my-sacrifice-is-at-least-as-great-as-yours-was. If as Rand indicates, sacrifice is the giving up of a greater value for a lesser value, then the comparing of sacrifices is a fool's game. I doubt that the heroic act of the dead solder was such a sacrifice. He considered the USA as a value of great importance which giving his life to protect if necessary was a choice worth making. Trump got sucked into believing that the choices he had made as a businessman were somehow to obtain values of lesser value than he already had. He was a fool to play that disgusting political game.
    In chess those sacrifices of giving up a greater value for lesser value are called sham sacrifices which the opponent does not foresee as a eventual loss of material or even the game.
    The sacrifice game gives the instigator the pleasure of a malicious joy of making his opponent look like a unfeeling cad.
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  • Posted by term2 4 years, 7 months ago
    Politics today is a mess to say the least. Media pounds you if you arent in their establishment for anything and everything on a constant basis. Its disgusting.

    The idea of looking for the best candidate to do the job has been lost.

    I think you wife got it right. Politically correct means going along with the crony establishment.

    Trump cant be bought, and they hate him for that and want him GONE.

    Hillary buys favors for herself and her power all over the place in exchange for government favors that WE have to pay for.

    I would rather someone who just says it like he sees it, regardless of political correctness. At least we get all sides and we can make up our own minds.

    The establishment just want to countrol our minds so they get what THEY want. ENOUGH, I SAY !!
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  • Posted by edweaver 4 years, 7 months ago
    Temperament doesn't matter. The right results do. Time will tell if he can produce the right results.
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    • Posted by term2 4 years, 7 months ago
      as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I would rather have someone who spoke his mind than someone who hides what they think and even what they do to enhance (her) career.
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      • Posted by freedomforall 4 years, 7 months ago
        Congratulations! You have finally decided not to vote for Trump on that basis.
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        • Posted by term2 4 years, 7 months ago
          On the contrary, I just cant stand the idea of living here with Hillary supposedly representing me and running my life. Given that its Trump or Hillary this time around, I will definitely vote for Trump. Trump doesnt need to do this, and cant be bought. He speaks his mind and doesnt hide behind personal servers. Hillary couldnt protect a few consulate people in benghazi- how would she protect the entire USA?

          The last thing Trump does is hides what he thinks. Look at the outright fear of and hatred for him from the crony establishment.
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          • Posted by jdg 4 years, 7 months ago
            Trump is the crony establishment. Arguably the biggest player in it.
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            • Posted by term2 4 years, 7 months ago
              Hillary is by far. She has over 300 million in gifts from the crony establishment wanting governmental favors.

              Trump, if anything, is one who pays off the politicians to get them off his back. He doesnt GET gifts. In fact the crony establishment HATES HIM TO THE CORE.
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  • Posted by Hot_Black_Desiato 4 years, 7 months ago
    Trump, in my opinion, demonstrated the most useful trait as a President.

    Unpredictable. Why do we want anyone as president you can completely predict what they will do, short of KNOWING if you hit me I will hit you 100 times harder.

    Not know how you will be hit or when makes the likelihood of testing him minimal especially since I have a feeling Trump would do the same thing Regan did to Khadafi when he claimed responsibility for the bombing.

    After Regan responded in VERY SHORT ODER and with complete decisiveness it was 30 years before that weasel popped his head out of the sand.

    Almost immediately when that weak-kneed blabbermouth Obama was elected everyone know how weak he was. Everyone in this world has been pushing and testing us since.
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