(Original post by Luke Kostanjsek)
I was talking to someone about the US election today, and they've convinced me that I would actually vote for Trump. His reasoning went like this:
If you think that neither Trump nor Hillary would be a particularly suitable president, then Trump is ironically the safer bet. US politics is a minefield; the two Chambers mean it takes a very wily, shrewd political operator to make any real change. Now this is most certainly not what Trump is. Were he to be made President, it is highly doubtful he could bring about any of the sweeping changes which people seem to fear. Hillary on the other hand, is a seasoned professional at playing the game. She's been in politics for years, she knows all the secret handshakes and is the embodiment of everything people loathe about career politicians. She would certainly be far more capable than Trump of making grand changes.
I couldn't really fault his logic. And by the by, I've still yet to hear a single legitimate reason to oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico. Trump may have said plenty of things I disagree with, but I can't really understand why building a wall along a border with a foreign country is so terrible, especially when you consider the huge drugs problem gripping the US at the moment.
Drug Lords have already advanced to tunneling. El Chapo also escaped through tunnels. Smugglers have also advanced to tunnels. More than 75 tunnels have been found in the past five years, mostly in California and Arizona.
I am not sure that Trump thinks that building a wall is more advanced than the ones who now have tunnels into the USA. As to his claim that Mexico would pay for it, again you can only laugh at the assertion just like everything else Trump says.
How Mexico, a sovereign country, is supposed to pay for a wall on USA soil is something that only Trump knows in his head. He assumes that somehow, Mexico is responsible and liable for USA's immigration enforcement problems and that rather than USA doing something to keep immigrants out, it is Mexico to do something to keep its citizens from going to the USA.
Now, lets get into Trump's allegations about Mexico that cause him to daydream about a wall:
a. Mexico is “sending” its “worst” — the nation’s criminals, rapists, etc.,
b. These people are “pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.”
c. “tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border.”
If anyone finds the evidence and the statistics that support these statements, I would be glad to read them. I dont expect any because expecting anything from Trump is like expecting Hillary to tell the truth about her emails. It just wont happen. Truth repels Trump and vice versa.
In an attempt to state that Mexico would be made to pay for the wall by curtailing the remittances from the USA, Trump forgot that there is actually something called federal law. It would amount to direct interference with private monetary transactions in contravention of 18 U.S.C 1962 which prohibits racketeering or “through collection of an unlawful debt to acquire or maintain, directly or indirectly, any interest in or control of any enterprise which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce.” If he resorts to threatening force, Article 2(4) of the UN Charter is there to deal with such instances.
But again, it is too much to ask Trump to educate himself before he speaks. Because like Hillary said at the debate "Trump lives in his OWN reality."