by Michael Gulett –
Common sense is good sense and sound judgment in practical matters that all people need to live in a reasonable and safe way.
This is a simple idea, yet one wonders if Donald Trump is capable of using good sense and sound judgment in many practical matters.
His inability to control his over the top attacks on anyone who criticizes him or disagrees with him through his obsessive use of Twitter is an example of a serious lack of common sense.
He attacks individual citizens, the parents of a US soldier killed in war, he attacks the media and his perceived political foes, or just about anyone. This obsessive behavior harms Trump’s reputation and causes many people to question his basic judgement and his common sense.
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There are other common sense questions around Trump’s behavior – here are a few:
His wide ranging business will cause serious problems for him once he is president. He will be in violation of the US Constitution the minute he is sworn in, specifically the Emoluments clause (a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office) in the US Constitution quoted below.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
– Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution
Actually it is very complex – the conflict of interest in huge!
Donald Trump will put himself in the position of possible impeachment or he will need to sell off his business which it is clear he does not want to do. Turning over the operations to his children does not solve the Constitution conflict problem because he will still personally financially benefit from income from foreign governments.
On January 20 he will be sworn in as president and be required to swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”. This includes how the Constitution applies to him as president. If he does not intend to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” then he either should not take the oath or be held accountable after he does by Congress and the American people.
Thorough his actions that show a lack of common sense he could cause serious harm to his business interests, his personal reputation and the United States.
Taking the oath of office without real intent and action to meet that oath would also be perjury and could lead to impeachment. But there are so many other opportunities for Trump to be impeached.
He challenges basic logic when he Tweets that the Chinese government should keep the underwater drone they captured in international waters. Of course the US military wants that drone back – to say that China should keep it is not smart and shows childish thinking and behavior by Trump.
China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, but that it will give it back. President-elect Donald Trump, however, says the Chinese government should be told “we don’t want the drone they stole back” and “let them keep it!”
In October, U.S. intelligence agencies released a public statement warning about Russian hacking. Trump addressed the issue during debates. When the White House learned that some agencies thought the hacking was meant to benefit Trump’s candidacy, it weighed speaking out more forcefully prior to the election. Ultimately it didn’t, worried about influencing the outcome.
Trump’s lack of knowledge encourages ignorance in his supporters.
Half of all Republicans actually think Trump won the popular vote.
Clinton’s lead now exceeds 2.8 million votes (more than 2.1 percent of the total vote) and continues to grow.
There are so many things Trump does not understand and his learning curve as the new president will be very steep – let’s all hope he can keep up.
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