Ultimately The Character Of The Person Determines The Presidentís Success

Last year during the campaign, someone asked me what Donald Trump has done to me to cause me to oppose him so much. My answer was very simple. While he never did anything to me, I believe that his character makes him grossly unfit to be President and that he represents the worst elements of this country. 

I read Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal nearly thirty years ago when it came out. His “art of the deal” is where he wins and the other person loses. His “art of the deal” as well as his career has been built on bluff, bluster, bribery, bovine feces and intimidation. More than forty years in outside sales have taught me that the best “deals” are “win-win” where both sides get some of what they want. Someone I know who works in New York real estate told me that Donald Trump has a very poor reputation. He said that he is known as the most dishonest, unethical and corrupt real estate person in New York and banks there would not lend money to him. 

Since I was asked that question more than a year ago, nothing has happened that would make me change my mind. In fact what has transpired has only reinforced my belief that Donald Trump is just a very bad person. 

In 1973, Trump’s business settled a charge that it was illegally discriminating against African Americans in refusing to rent to them. Trump called the charges bogus, yet he settled and paid a fine. So it should not come as any surprise that as President, Donald Trump has the support of the Ku Klux Klan and other assorted hate groups. His weak statement following the violence at Charlottesville Virginia last month is evidence of his bigotry.

Throughout his campaign last year Donald Trump castigated immigrants and assumed that all Mexican immigrants in the United States were here illegally and that illegal immigrants are using welfare and committing crimes. But statistics debunk those statements. But that doesn’t stop Donald Trump from repeating the same lies over and over again. In fact the independent fact checking site Politifact rated more than 60% of Trump’s campaign statements as false, mostly false or “pants on fire”. its worst rating. 

In addition he is the first major party candidate for President since Watergate who has failed to make public his income tax returns or turn his personal assets and business over to a blind trust while he is serving as President. So it comes as no surprise to me that there are allegations that he is profiting from being President and of potential conflicts of interest between his office as President and his business. 

His action in suspending and ending DACA; the program protecting “Dreamers”, children brought to the United States illegally by their parents, from deportation supports his racism and bigotry. This action has been universally condemned by all but the extreme right wing. 

Donald Trump believes that a man’s worth and character are measured by how much money he has accumulated. He believes that wealth gives one special privilege. He regards those not as fortunate as him as “losers” or “failures” and calls news and opinions that he disagrees with “fake news” and the media as “failing”. 

But such obvious character flaws will undermine his presidency and in the end, it may lead to his impeachment or resignation. History will come to judge Donald Trump’s presidency as one of the worst in our country’s history. Already he has alienated key Republicans. Mark my words, he won’t as President last until next fall. 

Lee Kamps

Lee has been working with Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance since he began working at the Erie County Welfare Department in January 1973 where a major part of his job was determining eligibility for Medicaid. He went into the private insurance business in 1977 with Prudential Insurance Company and within a short time had become one of the company’s top sales agents. In 1982, he was promoted into management where he managed two field offices and as many as thirteen sales agents. After leaving Prudential in 1986, Lee decided to become more focused on health insurance and employee benefits. He has advised many local employers on how to have a more cost effective employee benefit program as well as conducted employee benefit meetings and enrollments for many area employers. The companies Lee has worked with ranged from small “mom and pop” businesses to local operations of large national companies. Lee received his B.S. degree from Kent State University where he has been active in the local alumni association. He has completed seven of the ten courses toward the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation. He has taught courses in employee benefits and insurance at Cleveland State University and local community colleges. In addition, Lee is an experienced and accomplished public speaker. He has been a member of Toastmasters International where he achieved the designation of “Able Toastmaster – Silver” in 1994. He has also served as a club president, Area Governor and District Public Relations Officer in Toastmasters as well as winning local speech contests. Lee has also been a member of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association’s Speaker’s Bureau where he was designated as one of the “official spokespeople for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” prior to the hall’s opening in 1995. He has given talks and presentations before many audiences including civic organizations, AARP chapters and many other community groups. With the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act (Medicare drug bill) in 2006, Lee has shifted his focus to Medicare and helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the often confusing array of choices and plans available. As an independent representative, Lee is not bound to any one specific company or plan, but he can offer a plan that suits an individual person’s needs and budget. In addition, Lee is well versed in the requirements and availability of various programs for assistance with Medicare part D as well as Medicaid. While he cannot make one eligible, he can assist in the process and steer one to where they may be able to receive assistance.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 8:44 AM, 10.05.2017