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Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s Service To Others

Back during the 2004 presidential campaign, I remember being struck by the language used by the Howard Dean presidential campaign: It wasn’t called America for Howard Dean. The campaign chose to call itself Dean for America instead, making the point that the campaign was about improving the condition of the country, not about Howard Dean obtaining power for himself.

12 years later, the big political sensation of the day is Donald Trump. He’s ahead of all the other Republican presidential candidates in the opinion polls, but it’s difficult to know what Donald Trump actually stands for.

Yes, Mr. Trump makes conspicuously obnoxious statements, calling Mexicans a bunch of rapists, and saying that any soldier who gets captured during a battle is by definition not a war hero. Those are just bouts of verbal venom, though. They’re not policy.

Where can a voter find out about Donald Trump’s policy ideas? Not on Trump’s web site. The site’s news section simply contains article after article bragging about how Trump is going to win the Republican presidential nomination. Here are all the headlines from the Trump for President campaign over the last week:

DONALD TRUMP KEEPS CRUSHING HIS GOP RIVALS IN THE POLLS

SHOCK POLL: DONALD TRUMP LEADS JEB BUSH 26-20%…IN FLORIDA

MONMOUTH POLL: TRUMP DOMINATES NEW HAMPSHIRE

DONALD TRUMP ON DEBATE PREPARATION: ‘I AM WHAT I AM’

MARK CUBAN SAYS DONALD TRUMP HAS ‘CHANGED THE GAME’ OF POLITICS

5 REASONS DONALD TRUMP’S RUN AT THE PRESIDENCY IS GOOD FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

DONALD TRUMP SURGING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, IOWA

DONALD TRUMP’S SUPPORT REMAINS HIGH FOLLOWING JOHN MCCAIN CONTROVERSY

There’s no policy in any of this, just Donald Trump talking about what a great guy he is.

There’s no page on Trump’s presidential campaign web site devoted to the issues at the center of his campaign, so a desperate voter, seeking to understand what policy issues Donald Trump has considered opinions about, might go to the “about” page.

The “about” page, however, is once again almost completely devoted to bragging. Donald Trump doesn’t once talk about any ideas he has about what he could do for the United States of America. Instead, he devotes the page to saying things like:

“Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports and entertainment.”

“In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses.”

“Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media.” (Actually, a huge portion of those supposed followers are fake.)

Only 14 percent of the text on the page has anything at all to do with anything that he has done for any other human being – and that’s to describe how people applauded him when he walked in a parade for veterans.

If Donald Trump’s campaign web site is any indication, if he won the Oval Office in 2016, he would do little else with the position but use it to talk about himself… and occasionally walk in a parade.

Actually, Donald Trump has made plenty of off-the-cuff remarks about ideas for policy. His positions just can’t be found in his promotional campaign materials. To see where Donald Trump stands on many issues, voters have to go to sites like On The Issues, PBS, and presidential-candidates.org.

We’ve gone from Dean for America to Trump for Trump.

8 thoughts on “Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s Service To Others”

  1. Tom says:

    Just what this country needs another selfish, clueless, blowhard who can do more damage in his single term as President than the previous two. Hillary is a warmonger (like Obama and Bush), so it’s not like we can expect any different from Trump. It’s all war all the time to keep up the resources, tamp down the competition and provide big bucks to the military/industrial corporations and their owners who continue to get rich on peddling death and destruction to the environment as well as whoever the “enemy of the week” is. He’d be the typical American “leader.”

  2. Tom says:

    Oh, and (off topic), to that post on Empty Shelves in American Groceries you penned a while back – you may have been a little snarky there, but it’s a real concern.

    http://inhabitat.com/global-food-shock-perilously-close-new-report-shows/

    The world is perilously close to global food shock

    A new report envisions a nightmare scenario in which just three climate change-driven disasters could lead to global food shock, resulting in food riots as the price of basic crops skyrockets and stock markets experience significant losses. The risk assessment, which was produced by insurer Lloyd’s of London—with support from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and vetted by academics from a number of institutions—shows just how close humanity may be to catastrophic collapse by mid-century unless significant changes are made to slow global warming. [too late for that now; read the rest if interested]

  3. ella says:

    Donald Trump does not need a written list online to have the knowledge to do what he says he will. He did not get where he is by marching in a parade or doing a TV show. He got where he is and Then did a TV show. He is a doer and he is speaking for the American people. Hang on and watch Bob Hope finally make the run.

  4. J Clifford says:

    No, he got where he is by inheriting millions of dollars, using that to get a foot in the door and then exploiting other people’s wealth and work.

    And what, exactly, does Donald Trump say he will do if elected President? Where are his policy proposals? Will he have his staff create the content for him, if elected?

    1. Charles Manning says:

      What does Trump say he’ll do? That’s what I’d like you to tell us. The MSM focuses almost exclusively on the horse race. Issues only come up when the MSM thinks they have an impact on the horse race. Irregular Times is just the opposite. That’s what I like about Irregular Times. I’m waiting for you to delve into Trump’s statements the way you have with regard to so many other candidates. Trump’s web site won’t do. I trust you more than On The Issues, PBS, and presidential-candidates.org.

      1. J Clifford says:

        Thank you Charles. That’s nice. However, there isn’t much more to Trump than what those sites reflect – a few offhand remarks here and there, without much of anything to back them up.

        I’ll tell you what – I’ll dig around and give it a go. Don’t expect a whole lot, though.

    2. ella says:

      I really haven’t heard him speak but a couple of times, but he has said that he will close the border and deport criminal illegals. He has stated that he will bring outsourced jobs back home and stop some companies from outsourcing jobs. He has stated that he will work with Congress (I know, that is up for grabs, but he does know a bit about business by now.) and that he will tend to the country’s infrastructure.

  5. ella says:

    I held onto this to see how long Trump would keep going. Hummm, it seems that there is no stopping him and his poll numbers are not going down as predicted either.

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