Why would somebody who hates America run for president?
Now, I suppose the obvious answer would be, "Why, to take down the country from the inside, of course!"
I guess this is the implied answer from the Republican party, but it just doesn't make any sense to me.
I mean, that's the kind of stuff that only works in movies, but would fail miserably in real life. I mean, consider what a gauntlet it is to run for president in the United States! It's a ridiculous amount of work for even somebody who does love the United States -- the awful hours, the fundraising, the debates, and the speeches, the speeches, the speeches! And even at that point, it's typically a close race, so there's no guarantee that all that time and money and energy expended on an 'evil plan' would even come to fruition.
It makes no sense to put all of your eggs in a basket like that when there would be so many much easier ways to take down the country that wouldn't take nearly as much work and money. And considering all the policy gridlock in the United States, the position would be virtually meaningless for anyone who wanted to do anything very radical. The only uninhibited power that I can see that would be meaningful in this position would be the power to pardon, but even then you'd have to wait until after whatever deed was done by someone else for that to be very useful, and that doesn't stop people from harassing and even murdering whoever was pardoned if a group of people were angry enough. It would be illegal, of course, but there would be nobody stopping them, really.
And then there's the strain in general that comes with the pursuit of the presidency would make me think that there would have to be an attracting force to the position. The worst I could see is somebody of a megalomaniacal bent being glib enough to achieve the position for the money and power, but in that case the person wouldn't really hate the place, they'd just want to exploit it. I couldn't really imagine somebody doing it because they hated the place and wanted to just plain destroy it. There's not enough of an attracting force, and there would be easier ways to do it.
So is there something I'm missing here, or is the idea that a presidential candidate would 'hate America' really that dumb? Is anybody really fooling anybody with this stuff?