When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution? How about the Bill of Rights? For many, that was sometime in high school. Now, most U.S. citizens learn about their amendments through the positions candidates take on them. For example: gun control, i.e. the Second Amendment.

Often, the information on politics comes through the internet but isn’t always fact checked or is simply unexamined. Most people won’t even take the extra time to look up something they don’t understand, especially if the information comes up on social media. They will simply search the item online for a basic definition. I’m definitely guilty of that on occasion. Worst case scenario, people don’t even take 30 seconds to search a term. So for a change of pace, I did some extensive digging into recently trending topics and made my own opinions on them.  Continue reading “#UnderEducatedVotingAmericans”

What’s my beat?

This semester is the first time I’ve been in a journalism class that covers a beat that I could see myself working in. It’s odd, because I changed my major to journalism not really knowing what I wanted to do in this field besides write. But now I think I’ve found my beat-politics.  Continue reading “What’s my beat?”

Why I Cannot Dismiss Trump

Cartoon Credit: Daryl Cague

After watching the first presidential debate, I realized something important. Donald Trump is not a complete idiot. As unpopular as that opinion is, please hear me out. Read through the rest of this short editorial before throwing me into the basket of deplorables.

Why I can’t consider Donald Trump only a racist, misogynistic bigot:

  • He’s running for president, and like it or not, he actually has a shot at winning. There has to be something good about him, right? Maybe?
  • I’m a journalist. Even if I don’t like him personally, he is news, and I have a duty and obligation to report news objectively and fairly.
  • Both Trump and Clinton said a lot of things that had to be fact checked at the debate. Furthermore, if I denounce Trump for slandering Clinton, I have to pay the same attention to her slander as his, though they do not use it in the same way.
  • He’s a person. People don’t exist in absolutes, as simple as evil or good. There is a lot of in between.

What I mean by “Trump is not simply a moronic bigot”?

  • I’m not saying:
    • I like Donald Trump, or that he would make a good president.
    • You have to agree with me. Please have a political discussion with me! I enjoy educated debate!
    • Trump has much common sense, or knows when to hold his tongue. (I think he proved the latter at the debate.)
  • I am saying:
    • Donald Trump knows how to surround himself with more intelligent people than himself.
    • He knows how to push people’s buttons, good and bad.
    • He knows how to work a crowd and how to target his speeches at people who are likely to vote for him.

What I think of Donald Trump and his bid for the presidency:

  • Trump is a bigot, sexist, a racist, and an a**.
  • He is not suited to be the next President of the United States in any capacity.
  • Trump does however have a charismatic personality that can win over crowds, especially if that crowd is looking for someone to “Make America Great Again.”
  • Trump knows how to tell people what they want to hear, even if it means flipping on issues to get the popular vote. So, consequently,
  • Trump knows how to get elected. (Adolf Hitler did similar things and was elected, so why shouldn’t Trump be?)
  • Donald Trump does not represent a return to greatness in the United States. He represents how far our standards as a state have fallen—since when do we call going back in history taking a step forward?
  • Trump. Does. Not. Stand. For. What. I. Believe.

In summary, Donald Trump should not be elected President of the United States. I do not support him. But I do believe that he is not a complete idiot. People that I respect and consider intelligent are supporting him. That is what makes him dangerous.