I wrote a similar article about Hillary last March, which you can access in the commentary section here if you wish. My reasoning for not voting for either is that they are totally incompetent, unprepared, and unfit to be President of the United States, and I will not be responsible for the damage either would do to this country if they became president.

 

Let me say from the outset that I agree with some of the policies Trump is advocating, and I find him entertaining, strong-willed, and attractive as a candidate at times. But I'm sure Attila the Hun had his moments too. In the final analysis however, I cannot vote for Donald Trump.

 

My reason for this is that the downside of Donald Trump far outweighs his upside. Trump may do some good things for this country as president, but the damage to America through either explicit policy initiatives or by making the "big mistake", is the real threat.

For example, his immigration policy could lead to violence in the streets - and already has in some places - if not civil war, if forced deportation begins. The idea of making 11 million people your enemies when the vast majority of them love this country and are hard at work living a productive life is, to say the least, counterproductive. And the idea of actually rounding them up and deporting them amounts to downright Gestapo-like tactics. Working without a permit is not sufficient reason to go to war with our neighbors.

Why make enemies out of workers? Simply passing and enforcing laws that prevent illegal aliens from getting anything that the American taxpayer would have to pay for is all that is needed to solve many of the problems arising from most illegals. As for criminals, almost everyone agrees that the border should be secure and that criminals wherever they come from should be dealt with. But most question making enemies and criminals out of productive people – and that is the real issue. Line jumping may be a misdemeanor, but line jumping to work should not be considered a felony. 

And it doesn't stop there: Trump wants to make enemies out of China, Canada, the Eurozone, as well as Mexico. All are our top trading partners. But Trump wants to start a trade war with them. Do you have any idea what a trade war looks like?

From Wikipedia:

 

(As a result of the 1930 Smoot-Hawley's trade bill consisting of imposing tariffs and quotas on our major trading partners), "U.S. imports decreased 66% from $4.4 billion (1929) to $1.5 billion (1933), and exports decreased 61% from $5.4 billion to $2.1 billion. GNP fell from $103.1 billion in 1929 to $75.8 billion in 1931 and bottomed out at $55.6 billion in 1933. Imports from Europe decreased from a 1929 high of $1.3 billion to just $390 million during 1932, while U.S. exports to Europe decreased from $2.3 billion in 1929 to $784 million in 1932. Overall, world trade decreased by some 66% between 1929 and 1934." (Italics mine).

"The new tariff imposed an effective tax rate of 60% on more than 3,200 products and materials imported into the United States, quadrupling previous tariff rates on individual items.

Unemployment was at 8% in 1930 when the Smoot–Hawley tariff was passed, but the new law failed to lower it. The rate jumped to 16% in 1931, and 25% in 1932–33." (Italics mine) End quote.

 

Raising tariffs and quotas on one company, or even an industry, while wrong, will not create major economic problems. But a trade policy which increases tariffs on our top trading partners could lead to a deflationary depression just as it did before, and this is the trade policy threatened by Donald Trump. It's that kind of big mistake that prevents me from even taking a chance on Donald Trump as president. Irresponsible statements like "who cares about a trade war" is a warning to all of us who know better that we need to prevent even the possibility of such a horrendous mistake.  

 

Talk about irresponsible statements, how about Trump’s statement that "maybe bond holders will have to take a haircut on their investments"? This is a threat to default on US Treasury bond holders. Such a threat, let alone the act of defaulting, would lead to no less than an international monetary crisis of huge proportions and no doubt a deflationary depression.

Just the fear of a default would increase interest rates dramatically and place our ability to borrow money in jeopardy. If we can’t borrow money from abroad we would be forced to raise taxes or cut government benefits drastically. That would throw us into a recession if not worse. Is this what would make America great again?

 

In the face of such serious repercussions, Donald Trumps "charm" quickly fades away.

 

Donald Trump is a billionaire boss. In his world, charm combined with forceful action equals winning. And when it doesn't, he declares bankruptcy and moves on. However, while that may work in business this is not a winning formula when you're President of the United States. When the government makes a mistake it’s not just a business that goes bankrupt,  the entire nation suffers...and if you’re president, you can't just cut your losses and walk away.

 

Donald Trump is dangerous. He will not make America great again, he will divide it socially and politically and he will alienate our friends, allies, and trading partners.

 

Trump the candidate has already started an enemies list. He has gone after Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Carrier, and Ford. Trump views them as competitors and adversaries rather than some of the best of what America has to offer. He has threatened to punish them if they don't do what he says. Imagine what he'll do if he actually becomes president. In Trumps world, it’s all about power.

 

A Trump presidency will mean four years of turmoil. I will not be a party to that, nor will I vote for Hillary Clinton. By the way, I'm not alone. More than half the country feels the same way. If the president is either of these two candidates, the vast majority will distrust and disrespect them.

 

Never before has this nation had such a terrible choice before them. Never before has this nation been faced with being led by a minority candidate that will be generally feared and mistrusted by its citizens.

 

If this is indeed what comes to pass, our democracy will be tested like never before.

 

Paul Nathan