Trump : PotUS : please no.

In Aberdeenshire, we have had, what is in the overall scheme of the world, a minor spat with Donald J Trump. 

He came, he made all kinds of promises with his usual mix of hyperbole and bluster.  Many people, including key politicians and business leaders were taken in.   He got the permissions he wanted.  He has since ignored conditions, blocked accesses, done things and then been forced to apply for retrospective permissions.

In short, he came.  He thought we were hicks.  And he was proven right.

There are honourable exceptions to that but even now our local politicians are rather quiet on the subject of Trump and very uwilling to say sorry to the Menie families whose lives have been severely impacted by the acts of this narcissistic showman. 

And now he want the biggest political job in the world.   Don't make the same mistake on a grander scale that we collectively made here in Scotland. 

Dear USA friends,

Don't.  Just don't.

I know that there is a lot wrong with the world.  But you know that none of the solutions Trump proposes will help.  Isolationist policies : building walls: fostering hatred : none of this will help.  Nor will tax cuts for the already rich. 

The man has no empathy for the little guy.  He cares only for his own narrow interests.  He doesn't understand others points of views. He's not going to 'clean up US politics' - he's been corrupting the political system in his his own interests for decades.  When he says he knows how the system works, I believe him.  But only a fool would believe he will dismantle the same systems that cushion his business interests.

So many times in fighting DJT over the Menie golf course, did I hear that his own experts had advised against actions : but he did them anyway.  When asked by the Scottish Parliament how he knew something, he had the arrogance to reply 'I am the evidence'. 

Now for a businessman subject to the normal rules of commerce, that's not so bad.  For a would be world leader, its a disaster.  I'd rather put the average 5 year old in the White House than an adult with his character traits.   At least a 5 year old might be persuaded out of something. 

OK - so you don't fancy the alternative and 'feel it's time for a change'.  Well, that kind of thinking promoted the UK vote to Brexit - and the economy here is tanking, only partially disguised by changed exchange rates.

Voting is not a game.  It changes things. 
Make sure the changes are in favour of the values of decency, working with others, sharing and distributing our wealth not in favour of hate, barriers, and furthering big business.