There was one portion of Donald Trump’s “I’m not running” statement today that I took particular note of. It was this: “I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
Well, that was sure true. Because Trump splattered himself all over the political scene this year without a single thought in his head other than this one: Trump.
He had no serious policy proposals, played to xenophobia on China and oil prices, seized the birther issue as a means of stirring up passions on his behalf, and generally presented his inimitable self as the solution to all our problems.
He was a demagogue and it’s a good thing for the republic he stood down.
I say this with regret because, before he entered politics, I had a lot more respect for Trump than most people do. I admired his no-nonsense demeanor, his business brains, his love of real estate, his ability to pull himself up off the mat after being pushed near bankruptcy, and his willingness to be frank in a world slathered in political correctness.
I’ve read a couple of his books, and I’ve found them useful.
He brought some of the same refreshing qualities to the campaign trail. But unlike in business, he didn’t do his homework. He was improvising, and a politician who improvises is entertaining and may say some relevant things, but you don’t want to give him real power.
Study up, Donald. Get as serious about politics as you are about condominiums. Then come back and see us in four years.