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Trump may be open to many of your ideas

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Submitted by Jonathan (Japan), Aug 17, 2016 at 08:08

I read your article about "ban Islamists, not Muslims" some time ago, then, after reading about Trump's vetting plan assumed that your advice was being followed for some reason. Maybe someone in his campaign read your article etc.

Then I returned to your site and found that you are vehemently against Trump, even though he may be the only politician able to implement your ideas.

I have also noted that you are quite critical of such 'conservative' Israeli politicians as Sharon and Netanyahu for being 'erratic' in terms of not maintaining their campaign promises to retain such useful defenses as the Golan heights and the strip separating Gaza from Egypt.

The impression I get is that you are conservative and believe in common sense solutions, but you are frequently disappointed in politicians because they tend to bend in the winds of various pressures.

Yet, although you are particularly critical of Trump, it could have been predicted in advance that Trump would be more open to your various common-sense suggestions, because he has a history of backing common-sense policies even when they are not harmonious with conventional assumptions and diplomatic political correct doctrines that conflict with common sense.

I also get the impression that you are stylistically diplomatic as a means of effectively promoting what you believe is important. However, in the case of Trump you seem to be undiplomatically burning your bridges, perhaps because you believe that is an effective way to be diplomatically effective at promoting your agenda in diverse areas.... but you really needn't be so brusquely critical of Trump in light of the fact that there is a possibility that he would be open to implementing some of your most important ideas. More open than any other leading politician that comes to mind at this point.

Even though Trump may be 'erratic,' it reflects his being more open to new approaches. Moreover, although Sharon and Netanyahu were also 'erratic,' they were more in line with your thinking than the leading alternative politicians. I think that Trump's 'erratic' characteristics reflect his efforts to devise common sense policies regardless of whether they are conventionally accepted in advance. The 'erratic' characteristics of Sharon and Netanyahu probably reflected the weight of international pressures as well as some domestic pressures. In other words, they probably aggreed with you initially and even after they compromised to the pressures probably still aggreed with you. Trump is more likely to make an effort to withstand the pressures, so it would be ideal if you could be somewhat more accepting of his flaws as a means of positioning yourself to continue providing him with useful advice.

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I have indeed burned my bridges to Trump because I see him as a disaster for the country and for the conservative movement.

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