5 Reasons Donald Trump Should Not Be President [Opinion]
Donald Trump, the notorious billionaire Republican candidate, has been in the spotlight for most of his race. Here are five reasons why Trump should not be the President.
1. Donald Trump is too belligerent to be an effective leader.
A good leader is strong and aggressive. They do not back down on important issues. However, a good leader knows when to fight and when to wait and engage. A good leader knows how to make peace and maintain diplomacy in their dealings, whether personal, national or international. Donald Trump has demonstrated many times during his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination that he is not a good leader. He insults his opponents. He insults their families. He behaves in a manner consistent with a typical school-yard bully -- just one with better hair and more money.
2. Donald Trump has a poor immigration policy.
One of this candidate's more popular stances among the far right is his ideas on immigration policy. In order to keep illegal Mexican immigrants from entering the U.S., Trump has proposed that the United States build a wall along the border. While that idea is nothing new, Trump put his own spin on on it. If elected, he intends to make Mexico pay for the wall "and they're going to be happy about it." I don't know about you, but I've never known any government anywhere to be happy about spending money for something profitable to something besides itself.
3. Donald Trump will not have a strong foreign policy.
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host, Time reports that Trump seemed to be rather confused about the various terrorist organizations plaguing the Middle East. According to that article, "The tycoon said he'd learn key facts 'when it's appropriate.'" This is specifically in regards to the various leaders and names of key terrorist groups in the Middle East. Outside of the Middle Eastern issues, it does not seem likely that this Republican candidate will be capable of handling some of the more powerful countries on an international scale. It does not seem probable that Russia's president, Putin, a former Soviet secret police member, will be easy for Trump to handle. Based on past performance both on the campaign trail and in life before that, Trump will more than likely insult a foreign leader, whether intentionally or not.
4. Donald Trump has a very risky tax plan.
Most of us don't like taxes, to put it mildly. Most of us do, however, like functioning roads, fire and police departments, and a sufficient military (however one determines that). With Trump's new plan, the income tax rate would plummet, with lowest tier incomes (under $25,000/year for singles and $50,000/year for married couples) paying absolutely no income tax and the highest income tax bracket would drop from about 40% of income to 25%. When asked how the government would make up the loss of approximately $900 billion per year, Trump indicated that the boost from the economy would make up for the loss. According to him, "anything above a 3% growth rate -- which is a very modest growth rate -- would allow us to continue to reduce the deficit." Perhaps that is the case. This assumes the economy will, as Mr. Trump put it, "be absolutely like a rocket."
5. Donald Trump does not appeal to the majority of Americans.
According to a recent poll, Trump is currently viewed unfavorably by 58% of the general electorate and only 25% of the the group view him positively. The majority of the Republican party favor other candidates who are much less bombastic, and honestly, have much more similarity in their stands on various issues compared to each other than to Trump. The same poll indicates that Trump is leading the Republican race by a mere 1%, having 21% compared to Ben Carson's 20% rating. A president of the United States is not chosen because one party is bigger than the other, but rather because a majority of Americans (usually) believe a candidate is more in line with their views than another. Trump is too far right from center to pull in support from moderate voters.