After reading in the local newspaper today that a St. Louis-area man had formed a committee to draft Donald Trump to run for president in 2012, I couldn’t help but ask the question, “Do we really want a man like Trump running the country?”
On the surface, Trump might seem like a likable guy in that strange “You’re fired!” sort of way, but “The Donald” isn’t the kind of guy I want living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
During this time of economic crisis in the United States, Trump touts himself as the savvy businessman ready to fix what ails the American business environment. In reality, however, he’s been at the helm of several companies — including casinos — that have filed bankruptcy during the past two decades. Hardly conservative Republican values.
Sure, many people think the United States is on the verge of bankruptcy today, but does that mean we’re ready to gamble — pun intended — on the business acumen of someone with so much experience being “in the red”? I don’t think so.
During President Barack Obama’s first two years in office, many raised — and continue to raise — questions about his personal life: Is he a United States citizen? Is he a Muslim? Outside of being a community organizer, what experience does he have that qualifies him to serve in the nation’s highest elected office?
When I look at “The Donald,” I see a hard-charging, twice-divorced, thrice-married man with several admirable qualities [Note: The comb-over hairstyle isn't one of 'em.]. But do I want him living in my White House? Unless he’s the only option alternative to the man living there now, my answer is “No.”
UPDATE 4/14/11 at 8:44 a.m. Central: The Wall Street Journal published an article in which Trump was quoted as saying he would run as an independent candidate if he doesn’t win the Republican Party nomination for president. Think Ross Perot.
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