If the Election Were about Trump's Gettysburg Policies, He Would Win in a Landslide
If the 2016 presidential election were actually about genuine political policies, Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in one of the biggest landslides of all time. But the mainstream media--with, alas, considerable help from Donald himself--has made it about anything but.
Nevertheless, we shouldn't let those disgracefully biased, born again-bluenoses of the Newswoisie or Donald's obvious neurotic need to respond to anything and everything deter us from examining the proposals in his Saturday speech at Gettysburg.
That speech put forth some of the more intelligent and creative ideas to be before the American public in years. These proposals, contained in what Trump calls his "Contract with the American Voter," deserve to be heard and seriously debated in these last weeks before the election.
Undoubtedly the Newswoisie will do their best to squelch them, panicked that some innocent citizen might deign to compare Trump's "Contract" to the unremitting banality and moral vacuousness ("please see my website") of the Hillary Clinton campaign. But it is our duty -- all of us -- to expose this "Contract" to as many people as possible and give the American public a chance to consider it, even if their so-called "thought leaders" do their best to obscure it.
Let's first examine what the Daily Mail calls Trump's "anti-corruption to-do list" from the "Contract":
1. Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress
2. Hiring freeze on federal employees to reduce the workforce through attrition
3. Requirement to eliminate two federal regulations for every new one
4. Five-year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists
5. Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments
6. Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American election
Term limits is nothing new, of course, but Trump's packaging it with these other proposals undermines the longtime criticism of such an amendment -- that Congressional term limits would leave the unelected lifers in the bureaucracy with all the power, able to wreak more havoc than they already do. Trump wants to cut back their numbers through a freeze, diminishing their strength through attrition. More than that, he adds a stricture that for every new regulation they propose, two must be eliminated. How smart is that!
The ban on various kinds of lobbying, foreign and domestic, by "retired" public officials is also an idea whose time has come. Would all this come to pass if Trump were elected? It's hard to say, but when he states this is the first moment in years in which real change is possible, he's telling the truth. If not now, when? In fact, if not now, maybe not for another millennium -- and maybe not here, in the USA.
The second part of his "Contract" has seven proposals to protect the American worker.
One and two concern trade -- his well-known desire to renegotiate NAFTA and his equally well-known opposition to TPP (publicly adopted by Clinton, but privately abhorred by her, according to WikiLeaks). I don't know much of the details of our trade deals, but if they were negotiated anywhere near as abysmally as our foreign policy deals (Iran, North Korea), they certainly merit reconsideration.