Since this fight’s been picked:
Donald Trump, blowhard, builder of tacky hotels, and presidential candidate, said this morning that he’d be fine with America reinstating waterboarding. That Trump is a meat-head carnival barker (the clinical term is pathological narcissist) is a tautology. But that his irresponsible rhetoric is consequentially dangerous to the world may be missed on some, and so I’ll make a note of it here, despite my better instincts not to feed this beast (and I’ll break this down to a simple list so Mr. Trump may be better able to understand):
- Terrorism is an international phenomena.
- We need our allies to cooperate with us and trust us to combat terror.
- Supporting torture undermines that trust, and is also immoral, illegal, and counterproductive.
- Therefore, we should not torture.
It is neither courageous nor hard-nosed to endorse torture. It is cowardly and weak. America needs leaders who understand these issues better than Trump.
Oh, and democracy-hacker? In the same way that the Kardashians, who share Trump’s taste for trashy, gilded decor, have made a rich kid’s sport of the fame actors and filmmakers spend their lives working to achieve, so has Donald Trump twisted the rules and made a joke of our democratic process. No candidate without his wealth, fame or influence would be permitted the armchair ideology that passes for policy positions his campaign regularly pumps out.
Trump’s business success in some ways qualifies him for the test of political leadership, but nothing else about him does. If elected, he will be a President Rob Ford, only worse, as he will have real power to do real damage to the world.
Note: This blog does not have a political agenda outside of our anti-torture, pro-human rights positions. We welcome the support of any politicians who are opposed to torture and for human rights from any party.
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