But, the more I actually listened to HIM (rather that what other people were SAYING about him), the more I liked and RESPECTED him.
He's NOT an ideologue. What I saw was a business man, passionate about making things WORK. In THAT regard, he reminded me of Reagan. I soon found myself solidly in his corner.
Last night (08 NOV 2016), I hit the sack just before midnight, very worried because he was not quite there yet.
Around 0130, I woke up, got up, and checked ABC News' website, just in time to see Trump's electoral vote totals go past the 270 needed for victory. Just ten minutes later came the announcement that Hillary had called Trump, to concede.
With the knots in my stomach finally loosening, I felt better than I have in a loooong time.
After EIGHT SOLID YEARS of varying degrees of despair, I now actually have HOPE for the future of this country.
Trump will have a LOT on his plate when he takes office in January.
We shall see, But at the moment I stand with my feeling about who he reminded me of. I truly believe that we have managed to find, and elect, ANOTHER REAGAN.
And I am just FINE with THAT. :-)
UPDATE 02 DEC 2016 - A letter from Ed, posted in Jerry Pournelle's post https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/em-drive-speed-of-light-and-other-science/ made THESE points ...
"I think most observers don’t get that when you base your decisions on values, you make decisions this way. You try one thing on for size – it doesn’t fit, so you toss it away and try on something else, something different. Eventually you zero in on what you want. This is not ideology-based or strategy-based decision making. This is making decisions based on values."
"The problem with ideology-base decision-making is that they make as many mistakes but they don’t correct them. We had many years of not correcting mistakes. I like Trump’s way."
That perfectly describes what I meant about Trump not being an ideologue. and why I feel such hope with him in charge.