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Trump asking Americans to have blind faith in him

Did you know that four of the last six U.S. presidents were governors before they became president?

Vice presidents, senators, and members of Congress usually have a lot tougher time reaching the White House than governors because they have a much longer record to defend on national issues.

It’s easy to go back and find a vote or a speech by federal officials or congressional legislators that can be used against them. Not so easy when the candidate hasn’t born the burden of decision-making on a national level.

This year’s presumptive Republican presidential nominee has also benefitted from the lack of an official voting record. Indeed, when presented with a statement from the past that contradicts his current opinion, Donald Trump says, “I wasn’t a politician then.”

In this way he expects to be given a pass for anything he ever uttered before 2015. Clever, huh?

‘Walking back’

But, as you probably know, it gets worse.  He demands that voters ignore the plain meaning of his words when they become a problem for him. TV commentators euphemistically call that “walking back” a statement.

This leaves his surrogates with the daunting task of explaining how what he’s just said really isn’t a contradiction of what he said before.

That’s not unheard of in American politics, but the shear number of times the Donald’s people have had to explain that he really didn’t mean what he said, is.

Ordinarily, this would have killed a presidential campaign many times over, but Trump’s GOP supporters have made it clear that none of that matters – they simply trust HIM.

They don’t care what he says or what he does.  He doesn’t even have to be a real conservative. They just believe him when he says he’ll fix everything – nothing simpler.

We’ve had pragmatic candidates like this before (Remember H. Ross Perot and his plan to “open up the hood of the car” and get to work?). Even George Bush, Sr., denigrated pleas for him to articulate a “morning-in-America” type theme for his campaign – calling it the “vision thing.”

Unconstrained by principles

These candidates ask us to place our trust in their managerial capabilities. And like all managers they want to have the flexibility to make the decisions they think necessary regardless of ideology.

Donald Trump’s slippery positions on almost every issue of importance to Americans bear testament to that.

I would never tell our members how to vote. But I feel duty bound to warn our U.S. members that a vote for Donald Trump is not a vote for any political position at all.  Rather it is an act of blind faith in a man who will not be constrained by any set of principles.