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Can a Good Person Support President Trump?

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If you are a good person and acting morally, can you support President Trump? In this context, support would include voting for him in 2020 and agreeing with a meaningful percentage of his actions, words, and policies. A supporter can, of course, disagree with Trump on some matters and still be a supporter of Trump. One obvious challenge is sorting out what it means to be a good person. My go to moral theory in this context is virtue theory: being a good person is a matter of developing and acting on the virtues. Classic virtue theorists include Aristotle and Confucius. While the list of the virtues and their nature can be debated, I can make an appeal to our moral intuitions in this matter. Intuitively honesty, courage, kindness, mercy, integrity, a sense of justice, and compassion are among the virtues. As support for this view, imagine that you are writing a story about a virtuous hero—these are the qualities such a hero would be likely to have. I can also appeal to the classic heroes of fiction—think of Superman, Aragon and Captain America. Another way to support this view is to appeal to our intuitions about the sort of people we would want to have caring for us if we were utterly dependent on them for our survival and well-being. We all experience this dependence as children and might experience it again in the case of illness, injury, or age. We also depend on others even when we are at the height of our powers—we are all vulnerable and in need.  To illustrate, when you are walking on the sidewalk, other people typically forebear from murdering you with a car. Intuitively, we would want our caregiver (or caretaker) to have these virtues and it thus seems reasonable to see these qualities as critical to being a good person. This is not to expect flawless virtue, but a good person would consistently act in accord with these virtues. As such, I will use this sort of virtuous person as my model of a good person. You can disagree with this view and offer your own. . .

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