Ruling the void

The author of the post below lays some serious truth on us:

parties have become glorified spin doctors for state power as their leaders are more interested in their role as part of the government than in representing their voters.

What good is political science if it flubs the biggest development in American politics in generations? Using this question, some commentators are turning “political science didn’t pred…

Source: Ruling the void

A Conversation with Two Trump Supporters

Just today, I had a conversation with two actual Trump supporters in person in my office. This post is a real account and is not an attempt to be funny in any way (okay, so I do attempt to be funny because that’s just what I do, but I’m not fabricating the event in an attempt to be funny). This actually happened.

Supporter 1 is a white legal immigrant from south Africa. Truthfully, I don’t know if he’s from the country of South Africa or simply one of the countries in the southern part of the continent (I’m an American; you’re lucky that I can even find Africa on a map and know that a country called South Africa exists). He likes Trump because Trump has actually accomplished something with his life as opposed to Senators Cruz and Rubio who have been “public servants” all their lives. He equates being a politician to pretty much living off the government dole.

Supporter 2 is also a legal immigrant. He’s a darker-skinned Muslim from some middle eastern country (again, I play the American card here regarding not knowing his exact origins). He likes Trump because Trump isn’t afraid to give voice to problems. “How are you ever going to solve anything if you’re too afraid to even talk about it?”

I don’t think that you can draw overarching conclusions about anything based on such a tiny sample size, but maybe you can start to say, “Trump supports are more diverse than we thought.”

 

Rubio: “Everything is going exactly according to plan”

I never get tired of these posts:

MIAMI–Marco Rubio, fresh off two last-place finishes and two third-place finishes in Tuesday’s voting, announced to an excited crowd here today that “Everything is going exactly a…

Source: Rubio: “Everything is going exactly according to plan”

Maybe I’m not Crazy

For a while now, I’ve seen the Trump phenomena as being primarily about economics. Building a wall, insults, all that other crap … who cares? As a middle class American, I want to know what candidates are going to do about my economic future.

Trump seems to be the only one talking about trade and economics.

But no one else even noticed. Racism! Stupidity! He’s a phony and a fraud!

I was beginning to think I was seeing something that wasn’t there. Now, the Guardian is backing me up (Thanks, Guardian!).

Okay, the reasonable part of this post is over. I’m putting on my tinfoil hat – I can’t help but ask, “Why is the Republican establishment so vehemently anti-Trump?”

Seriously, they’d rather Ted Cruz over the guy. Rationally, you have to see Trump as a deal maker. Why not simply have a sit down with him and try to have him tamp down on the crazy?

But if the establishment is as completely in the pocket of big business as I think they are, they’re stance makes a lot more sense. Reasonable opinion or not, I’m just sayin’ …

Weekend: Trump style

This post is some funny stuff – a blogger answering questions in the style of The Donald:

A friend shared this on FB.  Given my love of Battlestar Galactica, this was particularly awesome… —————- I’ve decided to start answering all questions in …

Source: Weekend: Trump style

Burn Bernie?

If there’s one thing a reasonable person should hate, it’s the gaffe pounce.

You take a presidential candidate who is running from sun up to sun down and constantly talking that entire time. As he’s talking, he’s trying to bend any question he’s asked to appeal to the constituencies he needs to win. You sit on the sidelines. Waiting. Watching.

Then, it happens. The gaffe. That one sentence or two that could be twisted to mean something completely different than the candidate intended.

Gotcha.

No offense, but it’s not a good look for the person pointing the finger. I don’t care if you’re on the right or on the left, it’s unreasonable.

Today’s victim is no other than Bernie Sanders. He thinks that no white person can be poor! The outrage. The indignity! My father grew up so poor that … (unfortunately, I’ve never been good at coming up with those kinds of jokes. Help me out in the comments section.)

No, Bernie Sanders, as a … liberal? progressive? socialist? who knows the correct terminology any more. … believes that black people are more impacted by poverty than poor people on a percentage basis. He also really needs more black voters.

Get over it already.

Marcobot?

I’ve been doing a lot of Trump posts lately. Too many. I hope my vast horde of readers (listens … crickets respond) aren’t beginning to think that the purpose of this blog is to stump for Trump.

Here at One Reasonable Person, we (okay, I, as there’s not exactly a team working around the clock or anything) simply want everyone to take a step back and ask, “Is that position reasonable?”

It just so happens that the Donald is the target of so, so many ridiculously unreasonable posts!

But here’s a great example of an unreasonable Marco post: (I’ll wait why you read it.)

Okay, I have to admit that Christie’s takedown of Rubio on the debate stage was pretty darn impressive, but, to quote Queen Elsa, let it go.  Every politician strives to stay on point. Find me a politician who hasn’t repeated himself.

Sorry, dear blogger, I find your allegation to be … unreasonable.

 

Trump is the new Hitler……really?

Heil Trump?

I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve encountered where people compare Trump to Hitler. I engaged with one lady, and she ended up agreeing with me that maybe it was a little too over the top for what she was trying to say. Another engagement, however, revealed that a different blogger truly was scared that Trump would be like Hitler.

Here’s a good refutation of that position (and note that the author is not a Trump supporter):
 
It was almost inevitable that as Donald Trump inches towards the Republican presidential nomination, voices would be raised comparing him with Adolf Hitler. Much as I would be happy to see T…

Source: Trump is the new Hitler……really?

Interesting Article Defending Trump’s Identity as a Conservative

I’m not much one for labels in that I believe that either a person makes sense or they don’t. It seems to me, however, that a lot of criticism leveled at the Donald is that he’s not a “True Conservative.”

What is a “True Conservative?”

A guy states his understanding here. I’m not sure I buy the whole argument, but it’s reasonable and well worth a read.

What Flip-Flop?

Quartz runs this article explaining a Trump flip-flop on H1-B visas. Here’s the gist of the matter:

First, Trump criticizes tripling H-1Bs, which are used to by companies to bring in immigrants with a needed skill set.

Trump’s website attacks his rivals’ support for the visas, noting that Marco Rubio, “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator,” has “a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.”

Then Trump is in favor of keeping immigrants in the US when the finish school.

“I am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley,”

And again.

“We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we can’t do it, we’ll get them in. But, and we do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have.”

But today, Trump is going to end the H-1B program.

“I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program.”

According to the article, Trump is all over the place. He likes the visa program. He’s going to end the visa program. Make up your freaking mind!

I’m not going to say that Trump never flip-flops as that would be a ludicrous statement, but the author of this article needs to find a better example. I do find Trump guilty – of doling out his policy in Twitter-sized chunks.

His statements, taken together, paint a picture so clear that even a writer at Quartz should be able to understand. Trump wants to keep talented people in this country only in situations where those people are actually needed. If an American can be found to fill a job, the job should go to an American. If not, we need to have use of the visas to fill the position. The visa program should not be used simply to provide cheap labor for Facebook.

That position sounds reasonable to me.