There is little doubt that Donald Trump is a high-risk choice for president, but there is equally little doubt that the American enterprise is at a very dangerous crossroads. He’s not the obvious choice that Romney was in 2012, although to hear the story told today you would think Romney was about on par with Obama in his negatives. So let us do a bit of weighing up the two sides of the question.
- His central slogan is “Make America Great Again”, the very antithesis of the Obama creed.
- He wants to protect the integrity of America’s borders.
- He wants to strengthen America’s national defence.
- He understands that not all potential migrants are equal.
- He understands the importance of balancing the books and is more likely than any other candidate to bring fiscal sanity back into the American economy.
- He is non-politically correct and is unafraid to say things no one else will say.
- He is unafraid of the media and gives back better than they dish it out to him.
- He can do through force of personality things that no one else could do in his place.
- He is half (three-quarters?) crazy.
- He is vulgar and intemperate.
- He knows little history.
- He is unanchored to the Republican Party.
- He has had no experience in dealing with foreign policy issues.
- No one knows, least of all him, what he would really do if he won.
- His background is in business which is among the worst places for anyone in politics to try to learn the trade.
- He may make either Hillary or Bernie more electable than they otherwise would be.
You would prefer that he were more like a Tony Abbott or a Stephen Harper, but then again, where are they now, pushed aside as they were by flea-weights.