What would you have to believe
to believe that:
Trump is a great president?

[I am still working on this one]

We usually dismiss people who do not see things our way as "idiots," idiots in ways we are not.

We are dimly aware that our, often partisan and emotional political judgments, are subject to flaws of their own: no one, after all, knows the future. And, although it may make us uncomfortable, some of the reasons for liking Donald Trump as president may not be all that idiotic.

Let is look at ways that people might believe that Donald Trump is a good, or even a great, president.

We have no theory to describe the epistemology of our political views. Although political arguments sound like they are rational arguments, Usually no one changes their minds. (And why is that?) And usually no one listens to "experts."

At best, our "reasons" are considerations. This, this and this are good. I like them. But that, that and that are not so good. I might downplay them, or, alternatively, make them my definitive points.

It s not even clear that "reasons" determine the outcome. I may commit to a conclusions, and this changes the deployment of my reasons.

There does not have to be one way of doing this. In political discourse, there are multiple factors all working at once.

e So, what do you have to believe

  • There are things you would not believe. Like most things in the newspapers, and the concerns of educated people.
  • You would think that being a leader of a successful business makes him a good leader of the US Government.
  • You might support him tactically. Maybe you are one issue candidate. (A separate question is what would you have to believe to believe that being a one issue candidate is correct.)
  • Perhaps you are an idiot, that is someone who has an overly simplistic view of things. You believe Trump s good because you like the way he looks. His voice, for example, is not as grating as that woman who ran against him. Or because he is tall. Or supremely confident.
  • Perhaps you do not feel that what happens on the Earth is not of ultimate importance.
  • Perhaps you support him because he is a Republican, and you support Republicans.
  • Perhaps you support him because he is a bit of a racist, or a xenophobe.
  • He is not politically correct.
  • You might be ignorant about how the US government works, and does not work.
  • You might believe that international trade is hurting our country and yourself in particular, AND that Donald Trump can change that because...
  • You might be bothered by immigration, or troubled by multiculturalism, which does come with some costs. You do not believe the benefits outweigh the costs. YOu believe immigration, of all kinds, should be stopped.
  • You believe that immigration costs America both jobs and money.

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