Trump’s values are showing


From: Bruce Montplaisir

During the primary season a friend asked if I had the “burn” as in “Bernie Sanders for president.” I said, “Yep, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump; somebody that will disrupt the status quo.”

As it turns out, Bernie Sanders never made it through the primaries and Donald Trump became the Republican nominee. Then things took a real nose dive. The fact checkers were able to show that the Republican nominee made statements inconsistent with the facts 35 to 40 times for every 45 minutes he spoke during three debates, we saw videos of him telling people how he treats women, or at least how he wishes he could assuming that was just another alternate fact.

People who did business with him found that he would not pay them for work done or would pay only a fraction of what the contract called for. The fact checkers also found that Trump’s opponent made statements inconsistent with the facts five or six times during every 45 minutes she spoke during the three debates.

The values Mr. Trump displayed by saying things that simply were not true whenever it suited his purpose — and in many cases served no purpose at all, as well as his behavior toward others, seem to be consistent with the values of the people who voted for him, but those are not my values, and I could not bring myself to vote for him even though I enjoy seeing him articulate his party’s values.

The Trump presidency has been entertaining. Time after time he has demonstrated that he knows a lot, and then he demonstrates, as that old cowboy Will Rogers once said, “It’s not that he doesn’t know enough; he knows plenty. The problem is that so much of what he knows is just plain wrong.”

We have enjoyed Trump articulating his party’s beliefs and policies so clearly without a filter. Of course he gets help from his House and Senate colleagues. Like many in his party, Trump believes our nation’s resources should be used to enrich the few at the expense of the many. I’ve gone through the negotiations process enough times to know that when you give a negotiating group everything they asked for the next time around they ask for more.

The health care situation is a great example of Trump’s party values. The party that calls itself pro-life because it opposes abortion (which I also oppose, by the way) could not see a problem when the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Census Bureau showed that about 45,000 Americans died each year from lack of health care. The Trump party is really pro-birth, and right now that party is planning to cancel health care for more than 20 million Americans because they believe those resources should go to the people with the most because they should have more. Some Trump party members don’t like the proposal because it takes health care from some of their constituents; others don’t like it because they don’t think it takes health care away from enough people.

What’s wrong with a health plan where if you get sick or injured your medical needs get addressed, without you having to guess which illness or which injury you have so as to get a policy that will cover your unknown future needs? Does that sound like a single-payer system? The people Congress consulted with on health care are insurance companies who are in business to make money, not provide health care.

To those people who think Trump should be impeached, I say forget it. When would we ever get another chance to see the heart, soul and values of his party articulated so clearly?


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