Trump for the Greater Good?

by s.pelletier on September 13, 2016 - 12:02am

The first article that I choose is called “Millions of Ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here’s why”.  As you can imagine, this article tries to show to his reader some reasons concerning the fact that Donald Trump has so many supporters. Thomas Frank makes it clear from the beginning that he is not a supporter of Donald. Hence, by listening to many Trump’s speeches, he finally understood why a lot of Americans are in favour of Trump. During his numerous speeches, Trump doesn’t talk about white supremacy, to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, or how Muslims should not be allowed in the country. The biggest part of his speeches focus on trades. Trades are definitely his biggest concern; he talks about that all the time.  Also, Trump talks about legitimate issues, even issues that could be called leftwing. He has other leftwing ideas other than trades such as drugs and how his government could «start competitive bidding in the drug industry ». According to Thomas Frank’s article, another major justification of voting for Trump given by his supporters is the way that he talks, which is based on his persuasive attitude. Finally, Americans think that he is confident and that’s good for a president.

The second article his totally against the politician Donald Trumps; the title can tell: “Donald Trumps Is a Terrible Politician”. Brian Beutler, the author, shows to his readers his arguments by pointing some examples of his incompetency. The major argument surrounding the article is Trump’s inaptitude on the political level. As a journalist named Khizr Khan argued, Beutler approached the idea that Trump doesn’t even seem to have read the constitution. As a matter of fact, Trump repeatedly said things that are totally unconstitutional. One of the most important parts of being a politician in the run for being the next president is to know your constitution; it’s the root of the United States. The worst part is that, according to Beutler’s article and arguments, Trump doesn’t even seem to care. After being asked by a Khan if he had read the constitution, Donald accused the journalist of attacking him and that it was unfair of being asked that. Trump didn’t even response to defend himself. He just let things go and don’t even care of being humiliated in front of the United States. Basically, the article tries to demonstrate how incompetent and ridiculous Mr. Trump is.  

The moral/political principle of the both article is “always act for the greater good”. In the first article, we can observe that principle in a sense that a lot of people are in favour of Donald Trump and he has some positive points on the political side. He would probably do some good political decision if he were elected. So it’s important to respect the conviction of a lot of Americans. I know this is not the perfect principle for this article but it’s kind of hard to find a good side to Donald Trumps in a moral way. The value here is conviction. Some people have the same conviction has Trump and they deserve to be respected has much has any other conviction. In the second article, we have the opposite. The author thinks that electing Donald Trumps would do the opposite of doing the greater good. He thinks that someone else would be in a better place to do the greater good for the country. The value here can be the country, if you want the best for your country and you want the safer, most equalitarian and most respected country in the world, you need to think about who you chose as your president.  In my opinion, I don’t think that Trump would do the greater good. Maybe some of his political idea would be good but he is not a politician and his ideas are way to extreme. I don’t think that he really knows what he his doing. Di you think that Donald Trump could somehow do the greater good?

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/07/donald-trump-why-americans-support

https://newrepublic.com/article/136153/donald-trump-terrible-politician

Comments

Your topic is very interesting. It takes only 15 minutes of listening to CNN or any big Canadian media to see how Trump is painted as an horrible man that should not even be considered to be Commander in Chief. To observe the situation from another angle allows to be more critical of the situation Americans have put themselves in.
Let's face it: Trump does not have the qualifications, the temper nor the resources to legitimately sit in the Oval Office. But what about Hillary Clinton? One must admit that she is an horrible choice too. Her resume is filled with bad decisions that have created dictatorships, killed millions of innocent men and women across the world, and endangered the national security of the country she oath to serve. This is why I believe that of the two, Donald Trump would do the greater good. On this very controversial statement, I would like to precise that Trump himself is not for the greater good, but that he is the tool to achieve it. A Hillary Clinton presidency would ensure the permanence of the current situation in America: an increasingly poor middle class vs a Koch Brothers' class. On the other hand, Donald Trump's economic plan, advocating for lower minimum wages and lower taxes for the billionaire class would put America in such a terrible situation that the people would be forced to react. To quote Bernard Sanders, "they have unlimited sums of money, they own much of this country, but we have something they do not have. We have a united people, and when we stand together, there is nothing we can not accomplish." For these reasons, I believe that the greater good will be accomplished under a Trump presidency. But here is my question: do Americans deserve the greater good for their country? Or should they live with the country they have created?
P.S. Trump is a sexist-xenophobic-bigoted-racist-narcissist-etc. asshole and is, as a person, one thousand times worse that his opponent (even if she was opposed to gay marriage and called black kids superpredators in her early career). I like everyone and I am glad to live in a multicultural society. I am colorblind, religion-blind and orientation-blind. Bernie is bae.