20 July 2016

Which Trump?

It is difficult to know what to make of Trump, who a couple of years back may have been more likely considered a candidate for the Democratic Party.

He tapped into the uneasiness, indeed frustration, that many Republicans and even working class Democrats shared about the direction of our country. Jobs, trade, and immigration proved to be the driving issues of his run for office. Identifying problems

His campaign theme, "Make America Great Again," is rhetorically attractive but is as empty as President Obama's theme "Change You Can Believe In" foreshadowed in his book. In fact, Trump reissued his campaign manifesto as Great Again to replace the less moving Crippled America. Some of us more wary Republicans think that his other books, Art of the Deal or better yet Think Big better capture the spirit of his campaign.

Because I have not read his books, I cannot access their specificity or soundness. Trump's public speeches are a little short on exactly how he will make America great again. Moreover, they lack consistency.

Politicians are notorious, of course, for changing position as fast as they can keep up with public opinion. Political chameleons like President Obama and his likely successor Hillary Clinton have become notorious for "growth" and "a new maturity" in their judgments. Donald Trump, too, apparently has revised some of his opinions. No one is sure if he changed because he devoted more thought to them or because he never has thought about them at all.

And which opinions he finally comes down upon may determine who will be the next president.

For some of this revisions, see below:

Making American great again

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