The types of charitable giving that I typically do are for those that can not do for themselves - like disaster relief, the FSF, or others that enable people to do things on their own, such as Heifer International and I sponsor a scholarship program at Kent's Hill. Things like that... I wonder what his donations look like in that area. Those sorts of things speak volumes.
Keep in mind that, for now, I can not think of any particular thing that Trump has said that I intrinsically disagree with - nothing totally false and unacceptable. The same is not true with Hillary, in my opinion. I can not, and will not, vote for her. For now, I am entirely undecided but it is still unlikely that he will get my vote - there is likely to be a candidate more in line with my particular desires. I am not altruistic - I will not be voting for the general good of society, I will be voting for the party most likely to benefit me because I am a greedy and egotistical asshole.
I suppose, I should also make it clear, that I am a leftist but not in a traditional sense. I support the idea of a strong social safety net and providing for those who can not or will not do so on their own. Why? It helps stop them from stealing my shit. I like my shit - that is why I bought it. I am a greedy bastard. I support the idea of roads, libraries, police forces, and firefighters. They enable people to be productive. Their productivity is something I can capitalize on. I want everybody to create wealth - so I can have it. The leftists just have not realized I am a mole...
If I can not vote for someone who is going to make me money then I am going to vote for someone who will at least let me keep it. I do not mind taxes - not at all. I wish they were better spent but, frankly, taxes are less than I would pay to have a private company provide all the services I want. Those taxes are actually an investment - they do stuff like help me keep my shit. I already mentioned how much I love my shit - that is why I bought it in the first place. I am an asshole but I am honest about it. Anyone who can realistically show that they have a plan that enables me to be more productive (and acquire more shit) has my vote. That may be Trump. It sure as hell is not Hillary. It probably is not Sanders - he has some blanks to fill in. It might be Rand Paul but i worry that he is just riding his father's coattails. It will most certainly not be Bush.
I will be voting for myself. I am running for state Senate in Maine. We have lumped the Independent and Greens together here so I am an Independent/Green candidate. The signatures are already submitted. I am funding my campaign entirely on my own. I will accept not one single donation - not even from citizens. I am beholden to nobody and my choices are my own but will do my level best to represent the needs and desires of my constituents. My job will be to fairly represent them as honestly and openly as possible. I want to help them accumulate more shit. That way, I can find a way to get some of it. Besides, it will stop them from stealing *my* shit if they have enough of their own and have means to be productive to earn their own.
I suppose, I am the rare breed that is truly independent. I am likely to win my seat. My district has a habit of voting out incumbents and electing third party candidates. The guy who is currently in office is *scratches that out*... The guy is disliked by a majority if people are being honest with me. I do have self-interest in mind, I will be advocating for a Geek Appreciation Week where IT workers get an extra paid week off. *nods* (No, not really.) My entire platform is, pretty much, here is a list of everything I have done wrong. On the back of that paper you will find what I have learned from each of those mistakes and how it has changed my outlook.
If you want to vote or me and do not live in Maine, I can take care of that. I will get you an absentee ballot. You want a ballot? I will get you one. No, no... Again, I kid... I can see some LSJ reporter digging through my posts and only quoting part of that. I should probably delete it but, well, we have internet in my district. I can publish a URL. I am not sure how well honesty and being truly independent will serve me but, frankly, it is worth the shot and I might be able to make a very small change as a very small voice in a very small area. I can hope and, if not me, I can hope the person that runs against me is going to try to do similar. (Right now I may be running unopposed.)