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So here's a fun little after-dinner conversation starter, especially now that March Madness is over and baseball is only in its first week: What would happen (1) should The Donald be nominated, (2) elected and (3) if he somehow got his policies pushed through?

Yes, yes, it's all in good fun. And only fun. The polls show that should the Republicans actually nominate Donald Trump, well, President-elect Hillary Clinton, raise your right hand. Do you swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic . . . .

But play along. It's just one of those mental exercises/brain teasers/silly posers--sort of like the ones you might have played in some all-night dorm sessions back in college. (What would the world be like if Nixon had won in 1960? What if the South had won a hundred years before?) And this kind of parlor game might be the closest Donald Trump ever gets to the White House anyway.

As hard as it might be to believe, this week Donald Trump gave some specifics about a policy he's been proposing. You might have heard of it before: the wall. The one that he proposes to build along the southern border. The one he says he'll make Mexico pay for. He sent an outline of his plan to the Washington Post the other day. And like many things Trump, it is simple. (His memo to the paper was two pages long.)

Mostly it boils down to this: A never-never Trump administration would threaten to cut off the money illegal aliens send back to Mexico unless the government down there ponies up to $10 billion to build the 1,000-mile fence.

As you can imagine, there are many problems with this idea. Many, many problems, frankly. Huge problems, frankly, to be honest witch you, believe me.

The Post was kind enough to say "the feasibility of Trump's plan is unclear both legally and politically." Yes, for starters.

The Donald says he would threaten to change a rule in the Patriot Act that would cut off a portion of funds that illegals send home, commonly called remittances. That money amounts to billions for the Mexican economy every year.

So how is a president going to change the Patriot Act without Congress' approval? Is he going to make rule changes--changes in the law--without going through mere technicalities like the legal process? And don't we already have a president who stretches the boundaries of what the executive can or should do? And why are conservatives falling for this guy?

And if he were somehow able to get Big Brother to find every bank account of every person sending money to Mexico, how is the state going to figure out who's here illegally and who's sending birthday money to a niece in Chihuahua? Or to a needy aunt in Monterrey? Or would he turn Western Union into another arm of the immigration services? And why are conservatives falling for this guy?

And should the nearly impossible come true, if a President Trump is able to find a way to shut down remittances, and Mexico's economy goes into a tailspin, and more and more Mexicans start looking for work, where do you think they'll look? As always, north! Even now as Mexico's economy heals from the Great Recession, and workers have started flowing back to their homeland again, Donald Trump wants to (attempt to) trip up the economy down Mexico way, throw people out of work, and have even more folks coming over the border looking for jobs.

And why are conservatives falling for this guy?

Somebody once said you can't reason somebody out of a position he hasn't been reasoned into. Which may explain the Trump voter. Here's hoping that bumper-sticker "thinking" goes out of style fast. Before it's too late.

This election is too important to leave to candidates who don't think things through. For example, this wall. And punishment for women who have abortions. And advocating more nuclear weapons in the world. And inviting a trade war with large trading partners. And hinting at riots. And not denouncing the Klan promptly. And insulting another candidate's wife . . . .

Why are conservatives falling for this guy?

Editorial on 04/08/2016

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  • Nodmcm
    April 8, 2016 at 6:53 a.m.

    What if as president Trump said he was going to assume all funds being transferred to Mexico are illicit drug sale proceeds? American law enforcement, after all, is given carte blanche to 'confiscate' virtually any cash they find, on the presumption it might be connected to drug crime. See, once you put it like that, few Americans would balk at enforcing drug laws. Remember, we have a War on Drugs, still, today. Everyone knows most of the drugs come in from Mexico. Now Trump's idea sounds like common sense.

  • WGT
    April 8, 2016 at 7:15 a.m.

    1. How dare you give credence to this moron?
    2. How dare you give credence to yourself?
    3. The people who support this "campaign" of mendacity are woefully I'll educated, and you,
    Mr. "Editorialist", fall into this category.
    4. Please, (and this beg is WAY above your mien), stop being this obtuse. Good readers of this paper deserve better.

  • BirdDogsRock
    April 8, 2016 at 8:54 a.m.

    "This election is too important to leave to candidates who don't think things through."
    "Why are conservatives falling for this guy?"
    These two observations, in combination, beg another question: Is this election too important to leave to voters who don't think things through? In theory, candidates who don't think things through are weeded out by voters who do, but when the voters fall short on their responsibility, where is the country's safety net?

  • Packman
    April 8, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.

    I'm so sick of establishment politicians and politics as usual on both sides of the aisle I'm ready to roll the dice with Donald Trump. Reality is a greater shaper of events than rhetoric, and Trump will be limited to some extent by sheer political force. Our system of governance has adequate checks and balances and it will all work out. But Trump finally got my vote when he said he would appoint a Scalia clone to SCOTUS.
    Hey WGT - You might want to check Donald Trump's IQ score before making yourself look any more foolish when calling him a "moron". You may not like it, but the guy is brilliant on any measurable intellectual scale.
    WGT, did you mean "ill-educated" instead of "I'll educated"? Does that make you a moron, woefully uneducated, or a poor proofreader? And why, WGT, are you so afraid to give thought to a Donald Trump presidency? Thoughts of a Hillary Clinton presidency are difficult to bear, but open-minded people need to do so to consider the consequences and how best to deal with them.

    April 8, 2016 at 9:29 a.m.

    He loves uneducated folks.

    And now we know they love him back.

  • LR1955
    April 8, 2016 at 10:23 a.m.

    I'm sick of establishment politicians and politics as usual on both sides of the aisle also. Especially the so called "intellectuals" ! Most are on the government payroll in some way shape or form so naturally they like to push big government.
    I was being swamped by politics on Face Book. Mostly from my infantillectual liberal friends sharing & liking the Conservative Clowns & Occupy Democrats pages. The initial posts weren't too bad but when you read the comments by others, you find out the Dems are full of ugly talk and even violent talk, just like their claims against the repubs. So I blocked both those pages. Now I enjoy my friends posts about family, their vacations, pets, wildlife, nature. Point being, the Dems seem to only be able to talk down the opposition, not talk up their candidate.
    Bernie needs to join a commune, live off the land. Hillary should go hang out with her family.

  • mrcharles
    April 8, 2016 at 11:42 a.m.

    LR , live happy today , as Especially the term so called "intellectuals" you should never have to endure, other than a "so called intellectual". Then again anything to do with so called intellectuals may have been fully used up during the reign of Sir "W", & wont even mention "Brownie" your doing a great job. Lr & if you are a good Christian you will not call me names or make derogatory comments, where I as an unbeliever in your beliefs have free reign... as the deity set up the rules for you to follow.

    There you have it ---a sea bass follows Trump due to wanting a clone on the supreme court... hope the next justice takes away his Bazooka like Salia considered. Please ignore his previous observations on the New York City Trump as well as Rubio being so scary to Hillary.

    LR does have a point about Trump's ILKS and his rear endness' verbalization of violence. How can we have civil discussions with a tough guy like him---- Though their is a secret part of me that wishes to see a cage match between Trump [without his body guards] and ole magic eyes Putin. Like a philistine challenge by goliath to the scared Israelites, winner take all in a 2 out of 3 bout, no rules allowed and with full use of the finger on the button by both sides.

    I am going out and buying my rapture insurance today.

    Remember Kwai Chang Caine was given advise to walk humbly with his head bowed , good advise for you Sea Bass. While his pilot did not have a clock to depend on, he did have Kung Fu like Slak, and you definitely don't want to mess with Slak and his Texas Rangers.

    As to Mexico cant we just invade them and ship all of them south, we need to preserve all those temples where early republicans cut out hearts of the poor or the spoils of war weaklings. Just kiddin, ...They dont speak well English & at Taco Bell we will have to hear 2 versions of May I take your Order and that violates my first through 47th rights .

  • Packman
    April 8, 2016 at 12:20 p.m.

    Hey LR1955 - "Hillary should go hang out with her family." Like Chelsea's dad Webb?

  • WGT
    April 8, 2016 at 10:10 p.m.

    Didn't say Trump wasn't smart.
    Spellcheck. You knew that. You are trying to "Trump" me aren't you? You sly hefalump you!
    Trump would be better than Cruz. Cruz is smart,and, a politician with the willful delusion of " deeply held religious beliefs."
    Neither are remotely deserving of the office. Hillary is light years better than either of them.
    Sanders, my friend, Bernie Sanders.