Monday 24 October 2016

I'm sick of the usual political waffle so I'm voting for Trump

Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30

'Another bad hair day': Donald Trump Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
'Another bad hair day': Donald Trump Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

As a US citizen living in Ireland, I am looking forward to casting my absentee ballot this year for Donald Trump.

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Fellow New Yorker Donald brings back memories to me when I think back to 1993 the year I met my Irish wife in a pub in Yonkers.

He also reminds me of how the city of my birth had been so greatly diminished by the Democrats via the disastrous administrations of Abe Beame, Ed Koch and David Dinkins.

Thankfully, in the mayoral race of 1993 a young prosecutor by the name of Rudy Guiliani stepped forward with a proclamation. He said he was going to make New York great again.

The best analogy I can offer for Trump is if you can imagine a nine-year-old version of yourself in the kitchen with your step-father (Barack Obama) who treats and greets you with a casual contempt.

Then abruptly the door bursts open and your untethered, loud, proud, uncle (Trump) enters, having another bad hair day, and is as delighted to see you as you are him. Your uncle may have the disposition of an Aberdeen Angus in a porcelain shop but his unashamed love for you is without reservation.

Politically, the people of the world's democracies are sick and tired of the usual evasive politicians who provide waffle instead of answers and seek only to manage our expectations.

You can accuse Trump of a lot of things but you will never be able to accuse him of being a politician.

In the meantime, political commentators these days seem eager to point out how Mitt Romney only received 27pc of the Hispanic vote in 2012 and the apparent peril this represents for the GOP.

However, when I was a born in the Bronx back in 1968, the Republicans probably got less than 27pc of the Irish-American vote while today that number is a lot closer to 60pc than 30pc.

Economically, up to 3,00,000 members of the millennium generation turn 21 every month while the monthly jobs reports show an economy struggling to produce less than 200,000 every 30 days.

Combine this with a historically low worker participation rate and it is clear to see that Obama has achieved his goal in turning the US into an average country.

As for the opposition, the continuity of mundane mediocrity offered by Hillary Clinton is no better than the Venezuelan nightmare Bernie Sanders envisages. However, the gap in authenticity between Sanders and Clinton makes Hillary look like a four dollar bill.

Yes, I know Trump owes a few apologies here and there but consider the consequences if he did so in the morning. The Democrats would have nothing to say, let alone offer, as their "he said this" and "he said that" strategy would be gone.

No, Trump is not perfect, but his love of country is unconditional and gleefully contagious.

Joe Caulfield, Offaly

Lay off Enda for enjoying the Boss

David Bradley displays symptoms of much of what is wrong with political discourse in this country (Irish Independent, Letters, May 31): those of criticism and opposition for their own sakes.

How exactly did he expect Enda Kenny to behave at a rousing Springsteen concert, if not to dance and have a good time with his wife and friends? Had he sat glumly, he would have been accused of being out of touch and aloof! Criticise the politicians' policies, criticise their speeches and criticise their reactions to crises, but, for God's sake, leave their reactions to good, honest fun out of it.

Killian Foley-Walsh, Kilkenny City

The national nomenclature

I refer to your Letters page of May 31 and specifically to Ms Ward's letter about nomenclature.

While I would concur that Enda Kenny's use of 'the North' in reference to Northern Ireland is an affront to geography and the people of Donegal, Ms Ward is incorrect in stating that "Ireland" is not the name of the State she resides in. A quick check of the Constitution would tell her that!

That said, I look forward to upcoming match-up between Ireland and the Republic of Italy.

Kieran McGovern, Birmingham, UK

Putting the con in conservation

Yet again, captivity has taken an animal's life. The latest victim is a 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe, who was gunned down after a boy managed to crawl through a fence before falling into his enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo.

Of course, we'll never know what would have happened if the zoo keepers hadn't shot Harambe, but we do know that if he hadn't been locked up to serve as a high-earning living exhibit, this incident would never have occurred.

We also know that most zoos don't have reintroduction programmes - which means that if Harambe had not been gunned down on Saturday, he would eventually have died in his cell in Ohio, thousands of miles from where he belonged. Zoos put the con in "conservation" by hoodwinking the public into believing that something meaningful is being done for these animals, when the salvation of endangered species lies in habitat conservation, not a life spent behind bars. The message everyone should take away from this story is simple: don't give zoos your money, and eventually, they'll have to stop imprisoning - and killing - animals.

Jennifer White, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Society Building, London, UK

Time for some blue sky thinking

What a beautiful few days it has been. To see people flocking to the beaches and kids splashing in the sea confirms what I always believe, that there is no better place to be than home sweet home when you have the weather.

We've had months of dark skies, grey outlooks and cold realities to wake up to. Now that the sun has come to shed a little light and warmth in all of our lives, perhaps we may even get a bit of "blue sky thinking" down around Leinster House. The national rainmakers could certainly do with it.

Ed Toal, Galway City

Has anyone else noticed that it hasn't rained in Ireland since Danny Healy-Rae's climate change proclamation in the Dáil last month?

Could this be a miracle, and Danny's first step to sainthood?

Damien Carroll, Kingswood, Dublin 24

Chequebook politics

Did the recent campaign for the General Election bring a new meaning to the word 'democracy'?

'For the people, buy the people'.

Mike Mahon, Templeogue, D6W

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