The more I learn about Donald Trump, the more I am amazed at how much support he seems to have. With behavior like his, I keep asking myself, why would anyone would consider voting for him.
So, why would they? Here are some possible reasons I can think of::
-Trump has usurped the GOP's candidacy and, no matter how distasteful he is, they will go along with the party will (party vote)
-They feel they could never vote for Clinton (anti-Clinton vote)
-Trump brings the perception of change in DC (vote for change)
-He is not a good choice but a better one than Clinton (lesser of two evils vote)
I'm sure there are others but these likely cover a large chunk of the electorate. The problem is not that any one of these voting strategies is better or worse than the other. The problem is they all exclude some of the most important criteria when evaluating someone for an important and powerful position: attributes of the candidate himself, not what groups he does or does not represent.
The above criteria are all based on identity. They justify a vote for Trump because:
-He (supposedly) represents the GOP
-He is NOT Clinton
-He is NOT a Washington DC insider
-He is NOT Clinton
I'm not saying we shouldn't consider the above attributes. But I am suggesting we reduce their importance and bring other criteria into our decision making. In thinking about who should be president of our country, I'd want to answer some of these questions:
-What are his capabilities pertinent to the role?
-What experience does he have that supports these capabilities?
-What motivates him to run for office?
-How does he make decisions?
-What do I think about his ethical standards and his integrity? (And what is my basis for this judgement?)
No matter who our candidates are, I'd feel better if I thought most of us were considering them based on these questions (or others that help us understand the candidates as people and as leaders).
There may be a place for identity politics in our system. But it's probably not as important as we're making it.
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