As this race tightens and we head into the first 2016 presidential debate tonight between GOP candidate Donald Trump and DNC candidate Hillary Clinton there are still those who are up in the air about whom they will cast a vote for in November.
“Dilbert” cartoonist and blogger Scott Adams is switching his endorsement/support from Hillary Clinton and voting for Donald Trump. Here is an outline on his five reasons why:
1. Things I Don’t Know:
Given the uncertainty about each candidate – at least in my own mind – I have been saying I am not smart enough to know who would be the best president. That neutrality changed when Clinton proposed raising estate taxes. I understand that issue and I view it as robbery by government.
2. Confiscation of Property: Clinton proposed a new top Estate Tax of 65% on people with net worth over $500 million. Her website goes to great length to obscure the actual policy details, including the fact that taxes would increase on lower value estates as well….
3. Party or Wake:
4. Clinton’s Health: To my untrained eyes and ears, Hillary Clinton doesn’t look sufficiently healthy – mentally or otherwise – to be leading the country…
5. Pacing and Leading: Trump always takes the extreme position on matters of safety and security for the country, even if those positions are unconstitutional, impractical, evil, or something that the military would refuse to do. Normal people see this as a dangerous situation. Trained persuaders like me see this as something called pacing and leading. Trump “paces” the public – meaning he matches them in their emotional state, and then some. He does that with his extreme responses on immigration, fighting ISIS, stop-and-frisk, etc. Once Trump has established himself as the biggest bad-ass on the topic, he is free to “lead,” which we see him do by softening his deportation stand, limiting his stop-and-frisk comment to Chicago, reversing his first answer on penalties for abortion, and so on. If you are not trained in persuasion, Trump look scary. If you understand pacing and leading, you might see him as the safest candidate who has ever gotten this close to the presidency. That’s how I see him.
So when Clinton supporters ask me how I could support a “fascist,” the answer is that he isn’t one. Clinton’s team, with the help of Godzilla, have effectively persuaded the public to see Trump as scary. The persuasion works because Trump’s “pacing” system is not obvious to the public. They see his “first offers” as evidence of evil. They are not. They are technique.
And being chummy with Putin is more likely to keep us safe, whether you find that distasteful or not. Clinton wants to insult Putin into doing what we want. That approach seems dangerous as hell to me.
6. Persuasion: Economies are driven by psychology. If you expect things to go well tomorrow, you invest today, which causes things to go well tomorrow, as long as others are doing the same. The best kind of president for managing the psychology of citizens – and therefore the economy – is a trained persuader. You can call that persuader a con man, a snake oil salesman, a carnival barker, or full of shit. It’s all persuasion. And Trump simply does it better than I have ever seen anyone do it.
I included all the text of #5 because Limbaugh read it on the radio today, and I feel it gets to the core of what the bulk of non-Hillary/pro-Trump voters are feeling as well. But read the whole thing. And completely unaware of the reality of how America feels right now about the elitist establishment politics as usual in the government, Hillary tweets this…
Not a single living president has endorsed Donald Trump. https://t.co/nGXxXTo3NI
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 26, 2016
Of course, 3 of the 5 are democrats, followed by the last two “Progressive” republicans who have forged a relationship with the Clintons. But, you know, Hillary’s reality is above, like, REALITY.
Meanwhile, tonight’s debate is expected to be a record breaker in viewership. Bigger still, as the Clinton handlers are trying to put the pressure on debate moderator Lester Holt to “fact-check” Donald Trump, a poll shows nearly half the people are expecting Holt and other debate moderators to come to wear CNN’s Candy Crowley’s sensible pumps and help Hillary out on stage.
Hillary Camp Warns Moderators: Shut Down Trump: Campaign manager lays groundwork for blaming debate moderators if Clinton crumbles … Because, you know, women can do anything a man can do, even better … But girls need help when it gets tough.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 21, 2016