#70 | Posted by americanPLY at 2016-10-13 05:51 PM | Reply | Flag:
Fair enough. I can respect your response somewhat this time.
Yes, I think there's such a thing as charismatic leadership. Is that alpha-maleness? Or simply the ability to rally folks around a vision -- while acting with intelligence, poise, and self-control? But hey, maybe we're just quibbling over terms here. I've known women who could do that just as well as any man.
OK, Trump does have a certain charisma, I suppose. He's not timid. He drives a hard bargain. He speaks dramatically and gets people worked up to what you might call a vision. But there's not a lot of substance behind it, once you get past the general themes of "you're going to get so tired of winning" and "those people are stealing from you." And he lacks self-control in a big way, whether it's the contemptuous way he speaks about people he finds beneath him, or the way he treats women, or the way he treats those he does business with. Just being a loudmouth who fires up an angry mob is not leadership.
As for the last 8 years of America losing ground and terrible things happening, hell, man. Be serious. Tell me under which administration we didn't have terrible things happening, including terrorists killing people, embassies being attacked, certain allies deciding they didn't like us, Americans contending with rising healthcare costs and lousy access (it's not imploding, btw), labor issues, race issues, you name it. America might not be as bad off as the alt.right drum-beaters would have you believe.
And I know a lot of people are pissed. I don't blame them entirely. They feel left out as the economy changes, and I'm not confident that either candidate has done a good job of outlining a solution. But if you step back from the partisan precipice, you'll see that many folks are leaving the workforce because of automation and globalization. We can argue about whether a conservative or a liberal (or something in between) has the greater capacity to mitigate those forces, but they won't be stopped. Some of those jobs aren't ever coming back.