#EngineersforTrump

Trump Tower Chicago going up. https://flic.kr/p/cKATQ
Trump Tower Chicago going up. https://flic.kr/p/cKATQ

Engineers for Trump sounds odd, because, like Spock, engineers are the ultra-logical, intelligent half-humans of the Earth, and all that matters to us are the facts, ma’am, the facts.

Then why on Earth would an engineer support real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald J. Trump for President of the United States?

Think about it. What does Trump do best? He builds buildings. What do engineers do for a living? Build buildings, as well as roads, dams, bridges, space ships, smart phones, diesel engines, and yes, WALLS.

So, engineers are basically in the same business as Trump. Engineers build things, and Trump is the guy that makes it all happen. The financial, legal, and political framework must be in place before an engineer begins to build a building, or manufacture a medical device, or machine an engine component.

But, you argue, “Trump is just a reality TV show performer.”

No, Trump used the platform of a reality TV show to build his global brand, to make himself more powerful and effective at what he really does, his art and true calling, which is to build magnificent buildings and resorts and golf courses, within budget and on time, and operate them profitably.

Think of all the engineering systems that go into a Trump building. There’s HVAC—heating, ventilation and air conditioning—and plumbing systems with pipes, pumps, sprinklers, cooling towers, boilers, sewage lines, water treatment and water recycling systems. Energy: electrical power for wall sockets, lighting, elevators, telecom and data centers, as well as all the HVAC and plumbing equipment. Plus backup energy systems, for when the power goes out. And natural gas for cooking in a Trump 4- or 5-star restaurant.

And all of these systems must fit into an aesthetically pleasing structure designed to support itself while withstanding earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes, and terror attacks. And the building itself must be situated on grounds that include driveways, parking lots, lighting, landscaping, outbuildings—and swimming pools, water features, sand pits, fairways and putting greens.

So, you’re still asking me why would an engineer vote for Trump?

Because, you know, Trump LIES about his positions, denigrates women, and doesn’t know anything about world affairs or abortion rights, has no definite plans in place for education reform, and performs horribly in debates.

In other words, Trump is human.

(Side note: engineers are human, too–see Henry Petroski’s fabulous book To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design).

But human as he is, Trump accomplishes so much, and in the process gainfully employs so many hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, many of whom remain staunchly loyal.

At the most basic level, Trump IS an engineer. Because engineers (and here I include all technically trained or talented individuals) are the practical people that build things and GET THINGS DONE. Need to design a new problem-solving widget? Call an engineer. Computer or rocket engine acting up? Call an engineer. Need a new house, or road, or bridge? Call an engineer.

Country broken?

Call an engineer. Call Trump.

#EngineersforTrump

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