Saturday, August 22, 2015
Donald Trump - An "Unconscious Incompetent"
Back in the days when I was part of the business world, I would know men like Trump. They were bullies with big egos. However, even though I knew many, few were as incompetent with facts as Trump. Note, I don't dignify him by using the term Mr. His ego is so big, that he doesn't even know that he doesn't know what he is talking about - hence an "unconscious incompetent".
Just last evening as I scanned the channels and came upon his speech in Alabama, it was horrifying to realize that all he was doing was rehashing all the businesses and people who he says "Are incompetent losers and not worth talking about". However, of course, he did. From Macy's to ESPN, to, well you get the idea.
He then rehashed all his accomplishments, how smart he is, how much money he has, ad nauseum.
BUT when he gets to illegal immigration, which evidently was what the people from Alabama wanted to hear about, his facts were all skewed.
For one thing, there are more Mexicans returning to Mexico then are going to the USA! Don't believe me, do some research.
For another, the major majority of people crossing the border are from Central America - not Mexico. The political unrest and danger in some of the countries such as Honduras and El Salvador is fueling the exodus.
AND, surprisingly, if you look at the latest research that I read yesterday, there are more immigrants coming from India and Africa and South Korea then south of the border! Surprise.
Trump also talked about the newborn babies being born to illegals. He said, "NO other country gives citizenship to a baby born in their country". Sorry to disappoint you Trump, but not true. I don't know about all the countries in the world, but Mexico gives citizenship to any baby born in their country immediately.
How do I know that? My granddaughter, Matilda, was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. She had immediate Mexican citizenship. Once the documentation was supplied to the American Consulate in Mexico City, she also has her American citizenship. She is a dual citizen!
The other subject, in Trump's plan is to withhold remittances going back to Mexico. This is a ludicrous statement. Remittances go back to help the workers' families. Most people I know do not have bank accounts so they send it via Western Union or some service such as that. Actually, remittances are the largest revenue coming into Mexico. Even ahead of oil revenue and tourism. How could the money earned by the workers be held by the US government? It sickens me.
I remember when the Berlin Wall was built. People were aghast and horrified that one group of people would not be able to see friends and family for fear of reprisals and possibly death. As a little girl, I couldn't believe that people would be so cruel. And now, today, we have a person running for President who would do that very thing for 2000 miles. Wouldn't that money be better spent repairing the infrastructure of our country, the USA?
Now this is really going to shock you. Why not just open the border? There would be a natural ebb and flow. Most Mexicans WANT to come home to see family and friends. Many do. I drive back and forth to the border frequently. Just last week I saw a car with Georgia plates loaded to the ground. It was a family of pickers coming home after the summer picking season.
This whole thing, the racism, the bigotry, the attacking hard working people from other countries is an embarrassment to me as an expat. I live in Mexico where I never experience anything but generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness from the people and yes, even the government.
When a resident of Mexico asks me what I think of Trump, I am tongue tied with embarrassment that I come from the same country as that man. I try to explain that there is a very, very small percentage of people who feel as he does. AND, that I certainly AM sorry for the things he says about this beautiful country.
Hopefully, as some pundits say, he will "flame out"" I sincerely hope that is true.