I love politics. Even as a child I was interested in the men and women who led our country. One of my earliest memories is our family watching the Republican National Convention in which Gerald Ford was nominated. Being the political junkie that I am, I have watched most of the recent Republican debates with great interest. Out of all the many “one liners” to come from these “political fisticuffs” there was one very revealing comment on the part of Donald Trump that has been seemingly overlooked by most and I thought I would make it the subject of a blog post. Does Donald Trump have the integrity to lead the United States?
During the questioning of the first debate on Fox News, Mr Trump indicated he had used the bankruptcy laws of the United States to his “business advantage” on four occasions. His direct quote was, ““Out of hundreds of deals that I’ve done, hundreds, on four occasions I’ve taken advantage of the laws of this country, like other people. I’m not going to name their names because I’m not going to embarrass, but virtually every person that you read about on the front page of the business sections, they’ve used the law.” So, “like so many others before him,” he used the law to his advantage. But what does this really mean???
I am not a Trump basher. I don’t hate the man and truly wish I could sit down with him for 20 minutes to share a cup of coffee and life perspectives. However, in light of his current standing in the polls, I am very concerned he lacks the personal integrity to be president of the United States.
What Trump really meant is that he has four times filed for bankruptcy and stiffed his creditors of millions of dollars. He left business owners, real people with families, holding the bag for his poor business decisions. I readily admit this is a natural part of business in a capitalistic system. After all, there is always risk involved with doing business. However, Mr Trump showed absolutely no remorse as he spoke of his past business failures. Yes, many business people find it necessary to file bankruptcy but not all of them do so absent of sorrow and remorse for having done so. In this short and callous quote Mr Trump may have opened a revealing window into his soul. If Donald Trump truly lacks remorse and sympathy for those who suffered loss due to his business failures then he lacks the character necessary to be president. Such character exhibits a lack of empathy for his fellow citizens and inability to champion the well-being of those he would be elected to serve.
While Mr Trump may have only filed for bankruptcy protection four times in his business career, those four instances affected THOUSANDS of individual people and their families. Thousands you ask??? Yes thousands. Losses of such proportions inevitably trickle down to the employees of companies who suffer lost jobs, lower wages and curtailed benefits.
Who is the best man or woman to be the next president of the United State? Honestly, I’m not sure the answer. However, one thing I do know with absolute certainty is that such a person must be a person of compassion, tact and integrity. As of yet, I haven’t seen anything to make me believe Donald Trump has any of the three.
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