This week Virginia Republicans vote for their nominee for President of the United States. That contest has effectively narrowed to a choice between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and the choice the Commonwealth makes couldn’t be any more important to the future of our country.
Conventional wisdom holds that Donald Trump is probably going to win that contest with a sizable plurality, and that would be an immense tragedy demonstrating a shocking failure of the electorate as a whole to make an informed choice. Trump is little more than an ego-obsessed television reality star lacking any moral compass other than to personally aggrandize himself. If you despise the cult of personality that surrounds President Obama, signing on with this Mussolini-retweeting cult leader is an act of sheer idiocy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2016
Trump has done nothing whatsoever in his life to suggest he cares at all about limited government, the Constitution, or conservative thought other than to rebrand himself as a conservative. Al this is happening as he telegraphs quite openly that he would be fine with government-run healthcare and a federal government that assiduously runs down any who criticize Trump himself, and a more muscular federal government that works better than our currently muscular federal government because it’s run by the same geniuses that advised Trump himself into four bankruptcies and some of his utterly bizarre business failures. To the extent he claims to disavow his extensive and consistent statements of liberal philosophy of the past there is no explanation at all as to why his heart and mind have changed, and indeed, the evidence suggests it hasn’t, only that Trump has correctly discerned what the masses want to hear and as usual is adept at giving precisely that to them whether he believes what he’s saying or not.
I’ve asked Virginia’s Trump campaign leadership directly about this supposed conversion, and the most informative answer I’ve gotten from them is “Donald Trump doesn’t talk to people like me.” Really. I cannot describe just how absolutely astonished I am at not only the complete absence of any effort at all to address such a substantial and obvious question, but that senior campaign operatives think that such a response is anything other than vastly alarming. Can anyone draw any conclusion about the honesty of Donald Trump’s supposed conversion to conservative philosophy other than it being patently fraudulent salesmanship as a result?
The only redeeming quality of the Trump campaign is that it has brought to the forefront a discussion of the uncomfortable topic of immigration. As someone whose credentials on this subject are rather extensive, and having been heavily involved at the ground level on this topic for many years, I can assure you that the only aspects of Trump’s position on this topic that aren’t nonsense are the statements on his website, written by many out there I do know and respect, but which have nothing whatsoever to do with what Trump himself actually believes. What actually comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth and what his actions belie are entirely at odds with these positions, and demonstrates a lack of understanding on the issue that is beyond shocking for someone aspiring to be President. If you’re placing your hope in this throwback to the dark authoritarianism of the 1940’s to save our country, the evidence to support such a hope is virtually nonexistent and extensively counter-intuitive
Polling suggests that Donald Trump is in reality a dream opponent for Hillary Clinton among the Republican contenders, as Trump’s “negatives” are off-the-charts awful even before the Democratic Party attack machine has gone to work. Sixty percent unfavorable is unprecedented for a major candidate, which mathematically precludes him from being competitive in a general election. Republicans voting for Trump are absolutely setting us on a path for the Democratic Party nominee to extend Obama’s legacy for at least another four years, and that actually might be the more favorable outcome. If Trump should actually defeat arithmetic and win in a general election matchup, the only assurance we’d have is that our national spokesman would make less sense during press conferences than Hank Johnson. This isn’t eloquence, it’s not scholarship, it’s not rooted in philosophical, or even rational thought. It’s nothing more than a strange, empty sales pitch by someone who admittedly will do whatever it takes to advance himself regardless of the cost. What that cost might be to us is ultimately anyone’s guess, but in the short term it’s most likely another Clinton administration.
If you want something better for our country than what we’ve been suffering for the past seven years, I plead with you to critically evaluate the candidates based on their histories, their records, and the quality of their level of understanding about what this job actually entails. Be deeply skeptical of every one of them, subject them to your harshest tests of character, ability and temperament. Emotion should have nothing to do with your reasoning, unless you endorse the collective decision-making that lead us to eight years of this Obama trainwreck. Let the evidence lead you to a defensible, rational conclusion. Your country deserves at least that from you.
On Tuesday in Virginia, for God’s sake pick someone other than Donald Trump. As for me, I’m pulling the lever for Ted Cruz.
UPDATE: Matt Walsh sums the issue up nicely:
I said last week that the scariest thing about Trump is that he’s running as a tyrant, unabashedly so, and his fans want him BECAUSE of it. His fans are explicitly asking for Trump to rule as an emperor. They don’t desire freedom or liberty anymore, and they don’t give a damn about the Constitution. What they want is a political Strongman who will “restore America’s greatness” through brute and oppressive force.
We are watching our nation march headlong into tyranny and despotism, and the cattle following along are quite aware of, and enthusiastic about, where the cattle train is going. While Trump will not repudiate white supremacy, his fans have indeed repudiated freedom and independence, and are desperately asking their Great Master to subjugate them for the good of the country.
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