There are many considerations which enter the mind of the American voter when he or she casts their ballot each November. It seems that we all naturally assume, good heartedly, that the decisive factor ought to be platform; that there is some innate purity or intellectual integrity in pulling the lever because we believe that one lying crook has a few better answers than the other lying crook. Those that watch their local evening news every night with fundamentalist religiosity look down on those low information voters who hire a man for the most consequential office on the planet based on some abstract judgement as nebulous as "confidence" or "cool."
In all honesty, while there is no doubt that policy is a sizable determinant in predicting the efficacy of a chief executive, we must consider the actual responsibilities and powers of the President. One of the great tragedies of contemporary politics is the widespread predisposition of the public to think of one of three separate and equal branches of government as over and above the rest. This is largely the consequence of the insatiable imperial presidency, a tradition which dates back to Theodore Roosevelt or arguably even further past, since the political revolution of Andrew Jackson. This election cycle has, in particular, demonstrated the disturbingly long shadow cast by government in a once free society. Those alarmists terrified of Donald Trump and the rise of some white supremacist American autocracy fail to realize that the Presidency is an office constrained by two houses of Congress and the Supreme Court. This is not to mention an influential shadow government of special interests, bureaucratic fiefdoms, and the Pentagon which together ensure some foundational consistency between administrations.
Because both constitutionally and practically, the President is much more constrained in the exercise of unilateral power than is commonly thought, specific policy becomes largely secondary. Unlike other supposed "democracies" like Russia and Mexico, the President cannot propose legislation. While the executive branch wields clout on Capitol Hill, numerous cases throughout history, Franklin Roosevelt being one of the most egregious examples, show that this is by no stretch of the imagination absolute or certain. In fact the relationship between legislators and enforcers, as the primary function of the executive is enforcement of the law, can be called precarious at best.
For this reason it is crucial that this election in particular be examined with the only important question in mind, "Who will make a better President?" This seems like a foregone conclusion, of course voters are asking themselves which candidate will be a better President! But all too often voters conflate this question with "Who has the best policies?" The difference is subtle but detrimental. A good President sets the direction of policy, serves as commander in chief, enforces and implements federal law, and acts as the head of state. While many may have agreed with Bill Clinton's economic agenda of free trade and globalization, nearly every American down to a man would probably agree that his ethics were not up to the standards of an American head of state. While George H.W. Bush promised "no new taxes," and this is obviously an attractive policy, his weak character exposed him as an establishment shill and a poor executive.
Therefore when we evaluate the presidential candidates of 2016 and ask which of the two major candidates will make the best President, we have to consider their overarching policy vision, their competence, and their character. With these qualifications in mind alone, there is no better man for the job than Donald J Trump; and conversely, there also happens to be no political operative worse for the job than Hillary Rotten Clinton.
For starters, the most important qualification may be the direction of policy. Pundits and talking heads lose their minds when Trump changes his rhetoric or the wording of his policies, but because the President is not a legislator, this causes a fantastically disproportionate amount of outrage. I don't care that he has softened his rhetoric on deportation; we need a President who will enforce immigration law and who understands that seismic shifts in demographics threaten American culture. I don't care that he is not an expert on the overlapping and tangled mess that is the current geopolitical landscape. He will have a Defense Secretary and a National Security Council to inform him on the particulars, it is far more important that we have a President who understands that America cannot afford to be the policeman of the world and that terror is our first concern. I don't care that he doesn't have an alternative to Obamacare; we need a President who has the will and courage to repeal Obamacare. Perhaps the best example of direction versus policy is the Supreme Court: It matters little to me who occupies the bench, so long as they respect the Constitution.
Until Donald Trump, there had not been a Presidential candidate since Pat Buchanan who had the right position on the right issues. Rubio and Cruz would have been content to debate how closely to the brink of World War III they would go to stop Vladimir Putin from maintaining a reasonable sphere of influence; but Trump made this election about the cultural crisis which is consuming our civilization. If Fox News had it their way, the Republican agenda for 2016 would consist of defunding Planned Parenthood and trying to defeat gay marriage (see Mike Huckabee). It just so happens that whether or not radical Christians are forced to bake gay wedding cakes or not, there is still an invasion underway on the Rio Grande being allowed by a suicidal government that no one had the guts to talk about. Trump wants to push the country to a position of economic, military, and cultural strength and this is all that matters.
With regards to competence, Donald Trump is the most competent candidate since the Founding Fathers. The mainstream media has always had an issue with Trump's lack of political experience and of course the status quo will always defend itself in full force. But Trump's experience as an executive in the private sector far outweighs any Governor or Senator's experience behind a big public desk pushing papers. This is a man who put up skyscrapers in New York City for a living! Working in the private sector necessitated that Trump produce results; working in New York City real estate necessitated that Trump produced results better than any man or business in the country. From 1977 to 1987 Trump assembled a site for a convention center, built Trump Tower, Trump Parc, Trump Castle, Trump Plaza, the Wollman Skating Rink, and defeated the NFL in an antitrust case. From 2000 to 2010 Hillary Clinton passed almost no legislation as a Senator and then gave up America's unipolar international position as Secretary of State. Needless to say, "experience" is not necessarily synonymous with competence.
Perhaps the most underrated qualification of a good President is moral character. Rarely do Democratic administrations meet this standard. Andrew Jackson was a slaveowner, Woodrow Wilson was in the KKK, Franklin Roosevelt was a tyrant, Jack Kennedy was a sex addict, Lyndon Johnson was a sociopath, Bill Clinton is a rapist, and Barack Obama is a coward and a fraud. Hillary Clinton is the icing on the cake. For a woman who enabled and abetted Bill Clinton's sexual predation, lies pathologically, breaks the law with impunity, and serves at the beck and call of foreign monied interests, there is no greater opposite than Donald Trump. While Clinton was sleeping her way to the top, Trump made Barbara Res the first woman in America to run a major skyscraper. While the Clintons attended the segregated Country Club of Little Rock, Donald Trump sued Palm Beach for discriminating against Jews and blacks. While Hillary Clinton used her Senate seat as a stepping stone to a failed bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008, Donald Trump was hiring tens of thousands of New Yorkers to build great real estate.
At the very core of the man is a heart which beats for the American dream. His entire life, Donald Trump has lived and breathed the dynamic creative destruction of the market place; not content to merely make money but to put up great buildings, to prove that the sky is not the limit. Trump himself famously said that he turned New York from a city of brick into a city of marble and gold; is that not the bold, striving spirit of those patriots who sought to form a more perfect union some 240 years ago? The Founding Fathers were not career politicians, they were men of great achievement who thought themselves fit to the task of securing the blessings afforded to them for posterity; does any single person believe that Mrs. Clinton wouldn't trample posterity for a few million dollars in her slush fund? Does any single person believe that there isn't one politician in Washington who wouldn't do the same?
Trump is America: Honest, smart, ambitious, fearless; a man with a warm heart but a firm hand and an indomitable will. Trump's north star is not a mirage of some multicultural oasis in the war torn desert of history. He is kept awake at night by that shared American dream which lives on in the fantasies of all free men. His faith in this republic as a shining city on a hill cannot be shaken because he has spent his lifetime erecting it from 34th street to 5th avenue; and his city shines because his iron gaze projects a vision not of brick and mortar but of marble and gold. Trump amassed his fortune because he had the imagination to see potential for greatness where no one else did. Just as he took the old Commodore and made it the Grand Hyatt, so too can he take Obama's America and make it great again.