Trump is a real and present danger

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So, Barack Obama believes that Donald Trump could never be president of the Unites States because that job is a difficult and demanding one.

I wish Obama’s assessment, not so much of the presidency, but of Trump, were true! Unfortunately for the U.S., and for the rest of the human race, Obama’s opinion is based upon his own deep-seated democratic attitudes, and does not take into account the gradual erosion of democracy in his country in recent years.

Trump is wealthy, and there is a widespread belief among American voters that wealth is more important than any other personal attribute. Intelligence, honesty, compassion — what we used to call the “virtues” — have been abandoned in the scramble to gain wealth. “The Pursuit of Happiness” has become “The Pursuit of Money.” There seems to be a naïve belief that wealth is the key to happiness; and while it is true poverty does not lead directly to happiness, neither does money.

Trump represents plutocracy, not democracy, and the U.S. has been resolutely transforming itself, over the past century, into a plutocratic state. Without exception, every presidential candidate, both Republican and Democrat, is a wealthy person. It has been observed many times that it is virtually impossible for any but the very rich to aspire to a seat in Congress, let alone aim for the presidency. In many ways, Trump represents the embodiment of this faith in money, and it will be interesting to see just how deeply the American electorate has been drawn into the “American Dream” of wealth and power.

Trump also proposes to “Make America Great Again,” which is a fairly transparent code for “We will terrorize the world with our military might.” Such an attitude does appeal to the gun-happy segment of the U.S. citizenry, and there are always plenty of nations out there who, according to the Pentagon, “need to have their asses kicked.”  Obama has not entirely succeeded in resisting the lure of military aggression, but it seems very likely that a President Trump would be more inclined to “let slip the dogs of war” at the slightest provocation.  

If Trump’s brand of loutishness were backed by the power of the presidency, the rest of us would find ourselves in a very precarious position. The aggressive person always finds targets for his aggression, especially among the weaker members of society, and I fear that a President Trump would act out his aggression on countries that we democracy-lovers are trying to help out of their destitution.

Trump appears to be without any diplomacy or altruism, which makes him a direct threat to the world outside the U.S. Far from being entertaining, Trump is threatening. We must hope that the more thoughtful of our neighbours to the south will see through the bluster and the bluff, and vote in “Anybody But Trump.”


Ed Healy


Organizations: American Dream, Pentagon

Geographic location: U.S.

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  • Bill Westcott
    March 03, 2016 - 09:38

    The happiness (as mentioned in paragraph three) canno't be pursued. Happiness can only be ensued and TRUMP is certainly not the route to follow. I have always questioned the U.S.A.'s constitutiton in its reference to "the pursuit of happiness", Happiness is found "within" and not through the barrel of a gun or through a stock broker. Why do so many millionaires commit suicide? The almighty $$ is all that matters it seems these days. The wealthy billionaires are ruling the roost. TRUMP being one of them. I am in the U.S. right now. Every day I hear from ordinary Americans, especially seniors, how scared they are about their future if this mad man takes the White House. If Trump is elected the GUNited States of America is just about doomed. A brilliant take on things Florida now has a new slogan- "welcome to the GUNshine State. Mr.Healey. Thanks! I will suggest to all my U.S. and Canadian friends here in Florida to read your letter.

  • Stephen  Redgrave
    Stephen Redgrave
    March 02, 2016 - 11:10

    Trump has already "Cried Havoc" . If you're going to quote Shakespeare, there are plenty more Quotes that would apply to Donald Trump, along with re arranged movie titles.

  • Colin Burke
    March 02, 2016 - 07:43

    Does anyone who really thinks Trump will be a thoroughly grave danger in the White House really believe the American people ought to have enough guns of their own to throw him out if he should become a real military dictator?

    • Stephen  Redgrave
      Stephen Redgrave
      March 02, 2016 - 12:48

      C'mon Colin. You know what your saying is that the USA will fall into anarchy. It is totally possible though--you got that right for sure.

    • Jeff
      March 02, 2016 - 13:50

      Stephen, what about the USA it would never happen in Canada because we're a bunch of sheep.

    • Jeff
      March 02, 2016 - 14:36

      Speak for yourself, Jeff. The sheep are lining up behind Trump.

    • SkepticalNewfoundlander
      March 03, 2016 - 08:13

      I think you could give every man, women and child in America an assault rifle and a rocket launcher and it wouldn't do a thing to stop a real military dictator. Each one of them would roll over when the US military came to take their guns. Not everyone's guns, just one person's guns, then the next and the next. No one is going to sacrifice their life for someone else's guns or even their own guns. But why would the most advanced military in the world care about their toys? They'll let them keep their guns and their hero fantasies. Because that's all they are, fantasies.

  • Ron
    March 01, 2016 - 20:03

    Trump is dangerous to everybody but because a large part of the US are tired of the politically correct crown he is having large successes. The politically correct crowd have had a great time over the past few years and have gone too far resulting in the berth of rebels like trump. We have the same problem is Canada and it is only a matter of time before more of us go the way of the Americans. If you are not politically correct the bleeding hearts and the patronisers like the crowd at Vocm and the CBC will shut you out resulting in more people getting upset and taking more right wing views. Vocm shut down the comments section because people were not agreeing with their views and the open line hosts are three of the worst left wing patronisers of the politically correct views that it is rather sickening to listen to so I no longer do. The CBC will no longer let anyone comment on native people because some of them expressed non p[politically correct opinions. It is getting such the if you are not politically correct you are not allowed to speak and that leads to extreme right wing attitudes.

  • Apple pie
    March 01, 2016 - 16:21

    This Apple pie is not answering on anyone's dime from government computers, you poor, conspiracy brainwashed, paranoid soul. Get some help.

  • duke
    March 01, 2016 - 15:56

    Donald Trump is a lot better than what we got, we got a liberal government to get rid of the pcs, people voted against pc not for liberal.

  • Question Friend ???
    March 01, 2016 - 15:34

    Dear Newfoudlander''s 1. Why is it that the liberals and dogooders and comies and hand out takers and and the diversity crowd get so angry when challenged? Answer: Me thinks they thinks all the rest of us uncivilized unless we take on that new Diversity Style. Inclusive and Non Judgemental , see they are the better people, EXCEPT they are all unemployed? I was gonna try and fo=it in withem so I asked my boss if I could get a tattoo on my face and earings and stuff in my Nose You know. An my Boss said sure no prob and you ass will be fired in 3 Seconds. I s that cyber bullying lol Trump FOREVER, I Loves Him See you at Allure!

  • james
    March 01, 2016 - 15:27

    Trump is the best thing to happen for Clinton

    • Jeff
      March 01, 2016 - 16:32

      ... and Sanders. Ohh, I would love to see Sanders demolish Trump. (Calvin, I agree with you about the Swedish curlers. )

  • The real Calvin
    March 01, 2016 - 15:20

    Never thought much of Ed's letter until I saw some of these comments. Apparently Newfoundland, and not Alberta, is the Texas of Canada. Wait, no, even Texans are scratching their heads over the lunacy of Trump. We must be the Alabama.... Saw a few people mention his repeated bankruptcy's, but does anyone actually know why he has claimed bankruptcy so many times? He gets a huge loan to build a hotel (for example), then when the money is gone he declares bankruptcy so that he doesn't have to repay that particular loan. The bankruptcy also grants him the right to stiff the contractors who worked for him, meaning he doesn't pay for the work, bankrupting contractors as well as himself. Only difference is he always manages to find more funds, while these contractors and their employees turn out their pockets at the unemployment lines.... unemployment which Trump is not going to support by the way. And I don't want to hear that he made himself a success. His daddy gave him a $2.5 mil "business startup loan", and he has relied on other people's money ever since. He embodies all that is wrong with the US, the most backward developed country on the planet. He will not be president. He is getting a 60% approval rating from people who consider themselves Republicans, but that is only half the electorate. No one in their RIGHT mind will actually put him in the White House. If they do, prepare for WW3, cause he will bring the wrath of the worlds other super powers down around our ears. You know he is ISIS' strongest spokesperson? He is going to make America "great" again by banning...... well, everyone. Yet every speech he performs ISIS then uses as a lightning rod to attract more lost souls to their cause. He gets voted in I am moving to Sweden, have you seen their National Women's Curling Team?!

  • Pipsqueak
    March 01, 2016 - 14:19

    Thank You Scottie I a with You. Enough of this politically correct Mumbo-jumbo and cum -by-ya crowd. Diversity and understanding and unemployment . GO TRUMP and maybe we can get a spin off or two. One American Dollar gets you, $1.48 And we worried about diversity , lord help Us. Ed , apple pie and sayin it??? are obviously answering from government computers on our Dime!

    • Sayin' it like it is
      March 01, 2016 - 15:10

      And thank you pipsqueak and david for also proving my point too. You can't argue the point so you have to go on a nonsensical rant.

  • david
    March 01, 2016 - 13:56

    "Clear and Present Danger": a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press or assembly..... So its an ironic phrase for the author to use, especially since Canada doesn't even have ANY 'doctrines', despite being such the superior country, full of such arrogantly smart know-it-alls who have perfected the democratic process, as evidenced with our most recent coronation & world tour.

  • scottie
    March 01, 2016 - 13:39

    Trump is Trump. Deal with it. He's not brainwashed by political correctness, he's unapologetic and he's savvy enough to get where he has so far. Get sanctimonious, get morally superior. Rant all you want. We've been so brainwashed by political correctness that we no longer recognize what a western leader IS any more. They have to be neutered wusses like Trudeau who, by the way, is making it easier for terrorists to remain in Canada and befriends imams who believe in gender segregation. Trudeau is a coward and more of a clear and present danger than Trump.

    • Not political correctness - correctness.
      March 01, 2016 - 14:16

      Crying "political correctness" before launching into a nonsensical, racist, vile, bigoted tirade doesn't make it any more legitimate... It's just an excuse people from privileged groups use to browbeat disempowered groups. But what would one expect from an admirer of Nazi war criminal Julius Streicher, publisher of the anti-Semitic Der Stürmer? (He too wasn't brainwashed by political correctness).

    • Jeff
      March 02, 2016 - 15:12

      Godwin's Law invoked that quick. wow. must be a record for a telegram comments section.

  • Sayin' it like it is
    March 01, 2016 - 13:04

    The intellect portrayed by these Trumpetts is really something else. Ed provides an account of why Trump is a danger and the response is a cacophony of mindless support from a delusional mob who believe everything this egomaniac says. He has no understanding of international diplomacy, has gone bankrupt several times, ignorant of how government operates, refuses to work with others, and resorts to name calling, taunting, and bullying when confronted with the facts. Patriotism, machismo, militarism, advocating violence against dissent, nationalist paranoia, racism, xenophobia, misogynism, victim blaming... these are the very essences of fascism. The people who embrace this kind of ideology are no better than Trump himself.

    • david
      March 01, 2016 - 13:46

      Now....Trudeau's credentials. Go.

    • Sayin' it like it is
      March 01, 2016 - 14:19

      Thank you, David. You proved my point exactly. (Oh, and do stop whinging on about Trudeau. You don't know what you're talking about)

  • Apple pie
    March 01, 2016 - 12:47

    Little--NL, here you are wrapped up in the American flag and peeing all over the Canadian and NL flags. Methinks you have spent just too much time in the good ol'US of A having your poor brain Americanized and arrogantly looking down on anything not American. You may even have a gun in every corner and nook and cranny of your home, vehicle, and person. So sad.

  • Little-- NL
    March 01, 2016 - 12:06

    Thank you Telegram for the opportunity To Respond. Simply Imagine a little feller from M- Town lecturing us on the USA. God love em ,eh! Well I was born in NFLD and now live for many years in The USA. So I may be qualified to respond. In fact I frequented M-Town in the 70--80's when the Locals Raped the Grand Banks with 14 trawlers out of FPI in M-Town Alone. May we say this was a little foolhardy, then they tried blame foreigners for over fishin eh. The shipyard with Local 20 was flat out man making boats that were never needed? From Ready Chef to the Little Dory and Back to The Motel Mortier not a down moment. Now we are thankful that those bust times are passed so the armchair experts could counsel the USA and their people. Trudeau an Ball an Sinard an assisted suicide an marjajuana an Rat Falls and by God You guys are the greatest example of prosperity and human respect and kindness. Holeonnow! Its Trumps fault ,,,,,, Stop him. Because he is going to cut off the Blood Suckers??? Canada included/ And we are delighted. As they say in Jean de Baie, By gez Marystown Gonnna have to ROW theyre Own boat now Be Jumpins. Don't Go Away Mad NL....... Just Go away u bankrupted yourselves again. We'll look after America and you watch for the mail truck to get your CHECK. LOL You could learn a little from St Pierre!

    • david
      March 01, 2016 - 13:06

      Ouch. We earn very little here....but we certainly earned that.

    • SkepticalNewfoundlander
      March 01, 2016 - 14:03

      Did you forget to insert a point in that long winded load of self aggrandizing BS? Or did you just come here to make yourself feel better about being a delusional drumpt supporter by trying to make others look worse? Surely you aren't here to stick your nose into politics that don't affect you. You obviously don't want to be a lowly Newfoundlander, might I suggest you refrain from using the label.

  • Wild Rose
    March 01, 2016 - 11:25

    Trump 2016! Make America great again.

  • david
    March 01, 2016 - 11:16

    Trump?! Tru-dough is your "tru" problem. But Canadians acting all smug towards the U.S. is our favorite activity ---- self-examination is too depressing

    • roy206
      March 02, 2016 - 07:32

      Exactly, self examination shows that our PM has a Teaching Certificate and several months experience teaching THERE is the background and experience for the PM position of any country...

  • Bob
    March 01, 2016 - 10:29

    Trump is fine and he'll be the next American President.

  • X files
    March 01, 2016 - 08:20

    Is Trump threatening in reality, or more of campaign spins, or perhaps people are too paranoid of Trump? And why not? Many are now paranoid of almost everything.

    • r whelan
      March 01, 2016 - 12:45

      I think trump would make a great president but the public cannot see it that way because they are to politically correct but not only that look what they have in the white house right now a president that when he cant get his own way breaks out the pen for executive orders ,invades countries at his own leisure, jokes about drone strikes and the death of a magistrate, uses the racist card at the drop of a hat , has done nothing about the creeping police state, and has divided the country like no other president and when the country needed him he was playing golf wow what a president and with Clinton more of the same with more wars," wow people wake up"

    • Dealing With Idiots
      March 01, 2016 - 13:23

      Who are you talking about? Bush, Obama, Reagan, Clinton... Who enacted the Patriot Act? Who went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Who deny's the President's responsibility to replace Scallia? That golf player? That was Bush. Who claims he doesn't know who David Duke is or what the KKK is? Who evokes blatant racism to get ahead with the lumps who support him. Read the letter, Trump wouldn't think twice about going to war. God, talk about stupid Newfies! (Sorry, wasn't that politically correct?)