August 5, 2016 in Politics
Supporting Donald Trump is Only Going to Get Hillary Elected
Just so you know where I am coming from, I will say this: If I have to put myself in a box, I would consider myself a Constitutional Conservative/Libertarian. I believe in a limited federal government that stays within its means with more responsibility on state and local government where the people can have more of a direct impact and the governments are closer and more knowledgeable about the actual community and regions they are governing. All in all, I would say that, in general, the less government, the better. I believe in free market capitalism and private property rights. I believe that the people should be able to maintain much of their own wealth and that government should only have a limited role in providing safety nets, not hammocks. I believe that prosperity lies within a vibrant private sector and that government should only be a referee when necessary and should not be picking winners and losers. As far as what are commonly referred to as “social issues” are concerned, I guess most would refer to me as moderately Conservative on some things and moderately liberal on others. First and foremost, I believe that government should maintain liberty and the people in the society should be tolerant of one another, and allow each other to be as liberal or conservative as each one wants. I am spiritual, but not religious, yet, I do have a respect for religion and believe people should be able to practice their religion so long as it does not impede on the rights (not tastes) of others. In this era, I often find myself defending the average Christian in this country, because I believe they get a bad rap from pop culture. We’ve got to live and let live folks. We all have the right to ignore one another and turn the other way when we want to, whether we are offended by blatant pornography or blatant bible banging.
All this being said, I will now proceed to address those who are also Constitutional Conservatives, especially those who are holding their noses and voting for Donald Trump to avoid Hillary Clinton (who I believe is going to put this country through hell and impoverish us) or if you are unsure of what to do because you can’t vote for either. If you are on the left side of the spectrum, I’m not really addressing you, but I hope some of my points do make sense to you and we can help rehabilitate you somehow. For those who are staunch Donald Trump supporters and have been from the beginning, I consider you a lost cause, and don’t even think that you are really reading this far into my post anyway. If you have, maybe there is some hope for you yet. If you are a Hillary supporter, then just go away. I had to hold myself back from telling you where to go, but I really did have a place in mind. If you were a Bernie supporter, then you probably have not read this far either. You guys are kind of like the Trumpsters, just pushing different demands on the rest of us, and in some cases, the very same demands, such as tariffs. Taxing the hell out of me will not change the fact that I can only afford shoes made in China, and with your tariffs, I won’t be able to afford shoes at all.
Why Donald Trump Will not Win this Election
In order to illustrate my point, I am going to begin from a chronological beginning and write in a way that will hopefully appeal to your reason. If you are one of the Trumpsters that I mentioned before, this may be hard for you, but please try. When did we first hear of Donald Trump either insinuating that he was a Republican or trying to sound like a Republican? He was a huge Clinton supporter and Barack Obama supporter up until sometime close to the 2012 election, when he was thinking of running on the Republican ticket, right? How did he introduce the first so-called “Republican” thought he ever had? It was a when he demanded that Barack Obama show his birth certificate. I put the world Republican in quote, because I didn’t find it very Republican or Conservative of him. Sure, there were theories going around about Obama at the beginning, but most people let it go because it seemed too far fetched. I do not know of any prominent conservatives or Republicans who really pushed that issue, yet Donald Trump did. In fact, most of the people who pushed that theory (which actually did originate form the Hillary Clinton primary campaign against Obama) were Democrats who were trying to brand all Republicans and Conservatives as “birthers,” when the overwhelming majority were not. Donald Trump’s “birther” move was not at all in line with what Republicans and Conservatives were thinking at the time. The few that actually gave some credence to it had already dropped it after about a year into his presidency. Looking at it now, does it not seem like Trump was acting like what leftists think Republicans and Conservatives are, rather than how they actually are? Keep an open mind. You will see a trend starting.
As different candidates entered into the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary race, Trump eventually decided not to run, but rather, he went back to continuing his “reality” show on NBC. He did note vocally at the time, that thus far (which was very early on in that race), he was leading in the polls. Looking back on it now, does it not seem more like he was testing the water and dropping some hints for the future? Not only that, he was initially airing some things to see if he would be accepted by Republican voters. I remember thinking at the time that he didn’t sound very Republican and certainly didn’t sound very Conservative when he actually did focus on what he thought the issues were and what his positions were on these issues. this is no surprise, however, as a Constitutional Conservative, I am quite used to hearing a lot out of Republicans that isn’t very Conservative, nor Republican. We have all been pretty much smothered by RINOs and the establishment. Putting more thought into it now, I can clearly see it as a test to see if a run by Trump as a Republican would immediately be sniffed out as a an infiltrate or not and as a test for its viability for success.
Apparently, Donald Trump, and those who were planning a Trump run in the Republican primary felt good about that test period, because in 2016, he decided to actually run, when we all knew that Hillary Clinton was, of course, going to run again because it is her life dream to be our dictator. Was there any question that she was going to run? ABSOLUTELY ZERO for any honest thinker that knows what she is – a power hungry narcissist who wants to establish a hard left grip on this nation with a healthy amount of crony dealings to enrich herself at the same time. With her track record of having never accomplished anything productive in any of the offices she held and a track record of corruption, criminal activity, she and her followers knew that it would be a hard run. The DNC knew that as well. They knew that the primary would be easy, because through super-delegates and the corrupt DNC, she was assured victory no matter who ran against her. Hillary Clinton’s concern was the general election. Yet, this was long ago foreseen and prepared for with the Donald Trump test launch. Donald Trump, who had been a left-wing Democrat most of his life, in the ranks of other leftist billionaires, such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and George Soros, had already been tested as someone who could all of a sudden declare himself a Republican and actually be fairly well accepted by the general public in the base. The only people that could be an issue would be the polar opposites of the establishment (who are leftists too in many ways, but still rather be in control of who runs and is elected) and the true Conservatives, who are good a sniffing out liars, RINOs, and leftists in disguise.
Whatever the strategists thought about how that would be dealt with,, they decided to give it a go. So, Donald Trump initiates his running where he concentrated on a few issues that he knew that the Republican base would be interested. He knew that Conservatives were sick of elected officials running on securing the border and not ever doing so. Hell, the bill was passed in 2006, and it never happened in its entirety. So, Donald Trump did what any politician would do, he went straight for the base, and used his TV popularity and boldness to get him tons of free air time and most of the coverage in the primary. In his first speech, however, if one were listening closely, one could see that Trump really wasn’t very Conservative, but more so, seemed like he was TRYING to be conservative, especially in a way that was more in line with how leftists think conservatives are. Sure conservatives largely do want a secure border, but are fine with legal immigration so long as it is measured for the immigrants’ ability to find work and not displace too many jobs for American workers. Trump did not express himself this way. He just launched out there talking about Mexico purposefully sending us their criminals, building a really big wall, and capitalizing off of those who were affected by criminals who were illegal immigrants. To a Conservative, it was boldly addressing these issues, but in a way that really wasn’t very thoughtful or well put. Yet, many, liked the boldness and the willingness to take on the media. The media did launch attacks at Trump at first, but then they held back a good deal and even pushed and promoted him. They gave him tons of air time, so many people did not hear from the other candidates that much at all.
Conditions were pretty good for Trump too. Conservatives were tired of the bushes, and didn’t find Jeb Bush to be all that Conservative at all. He seemed to even be to the left of Mitt Romney. Marco Rubio sold out conservatives and his constitutions by leading the Gang of 8 amnesty and open borders bill. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz were bright lights, but Walker failed to get enough fundraising, and Ted Cruz was left alone as the lone Conservative. To any true Constitutional Conservative, he was an excellent candidate. He is extremely smart, very clear and accurate in his speaking, and rock solid as a Constitutionalist. Yet, as we saw, more voters were looking for a touch guy who was an “outsider” (my ass) who was, less face it, a lot more well known by the general population who probably can’t even name who their two US senators and one US representative are. those who follow politics knew Ted Cruz very well as a fighter for the Constitutional and limited government who walked the walk, standing up to people in his own party in doing so time and time again. This made him some enemies in the Republican Party. Your average, uninformed person, however, doesn’t know much about him except that he seems gekky, and if he was already there in Washington, why didn’t he wave a magic wand and change everyone else by now? A President Cruz could have done far more than a single Senator Cruz amongst 100 senators could do. People don’t think that way, though.
Anyway, back to the Donald (I don’t say that affectionately). As we saw the primary season go on, we saw that the Republican base was not as Conservative as we thought. they were willing to support big government initiatives like tariffs (taxes on the American consumer paid tot eh federal government), ethanol subsidies (buying votes in Iowa using our wallets to do it), flip flops on immigration while still claiming to be strong on immigration with the dumb statement of “I’m going to build a big wall and Mexico will pay for it” (by making us pay for it with tariffs), flip flops on the minimum wage, declarations of increased spending on the that ol’ “roads and bridges” thing, continued avoidance of social issues, a lack of knowledge that the Pro Life position is not to punish the mother, suddenly not knowing who David Duke was even though he left the Reform Party because of David duke, a Trumpcare system that sounds an awful lot like Obamacare, and the list goes on. We found that some supposedly Conservative thinkers were more than willing to sell out Conservatism to follow the Trump movement. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Mike Savage (who never really was a Conservative actually) all became Trumpsters overnight. All along the way, Constitutional Conservatives saw the sell outs turn, leaving a precious few, like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Louie Ghomert standing strong, looking around wondering how many real Conservatives there actually were in their ranks.
At the time, many of us were trying to warn those who jumped on the Trump bandwagon that the media that was pushing Trump then making him look like he had a chance were going to turn on him after the nomination. And, what happened? We can now confirm, precisely that. Now that the conventions are over and the candidates are set in stone, the media has launched an all-out warfare on Trump’s candidacy, and Hillary Clinton is clobbering him. How would Trump put it? “He’s going to lose, and he’s going to lose BADLY.” Trump continues to flail around fighting a gold star family of a fallen soldier, as he is doing all the damage to himself. After the convention, Trump and his surrogates just bashed the hell out of Ted Cruz, even though they knew his speech didn’t contain an endorsement, because they read it beforehand. They orchestrated the booing response in order to try and profit from it. As has been the case throughout the campaign, Trump is very good at bashing Republicans, and mostly does it through lies and personal attacks.
A lot of Republicans and Democrats alike that don’t like Trump think he’s stupid and ignorant. I don’t think so at all. He’s duped most people, and that takes a very intelligent and crafty mind. Trump is not running a horrible campaign right now because he is stupid. He’s running a horrible campaign right now because he has no intention or desire to win. From the time that Trump tested a run in 2012 to see if it would work, through the time of his announcing in the summer of 2015, through the Republican primaries where he bashed the rest of the Republican field with lies and personal attacks, right up until now when he is plummeting in the polls with the very unpopular Hillary Clinton only rising up as a result of people being completely hateful of, completely scared of, or completely fed up with Donald Trump, Donald Trump has been executing a very crafty, well-thought out game plan to elect Hillary Clinton and leave the Republican Party divided, confused, untrusting of one another, and completely OUT OF OPTIONS. You probably have wondered all along, how Trump has all of a sudden become a fighter against illegal immigration when he never was before and even funded amnesty politicians just a year before he announced that he was running on the Republican ticket. you’ve probably wondered why he isn’t Republican on a lot of issues, but seems to somehow think that that’s what Republicans want to hear. You’ve probably wondered why, after so much time, he hasn’t really gotten very specific on his plans, but rather keeps shifting to just a few topics, ignoring other things. You’ve probably wondered why he would change positions on issues form one day to another, like wanting to bomb ISIS one day and then saying that he would leave it to Russia the next day. To an open mind, it’s obvious that Donald Trump was making it up as he went along. It was still smart though. He knew that the Republican base wasn’t as stuck to principles as many of us thought they were. He also knew that a TV personality would draw a lot of people out to the polls that didn’t follow politics at all.
I know a lot of people don’t believe me. Maybe you think that Trump would never spend so much money on doing such a fraudulent run. Many of you think that he would never ruin his reputation for such a thing. Consider the possibility that Trump didn’t have much of a choice in the matter. Perhaps he’s doing this because he has to. Another possibility is that after the election, he will come out and announce that he was running on the Republican ticket and he was just saying all this stuff to get Republicans to vote for him. He would thereby blame Republicans for being ignorant, racist, nationalistic morons (like any Democrat would), and he would get to pass himself off as just a good actor. He would then salvage his image in the minds of the left, who are his buddie and the ideology he had been in his whole life. He would be restored as a Democrat hero who helped get Hillary elected and destroyed the Republican Party at the same time.
Even if you don’t believe me that he’s an infiltrate who wants to elect Hillary and destroy the Republican Party, just look at what the situation is. Whether he wants to or not, he’s achieving exactly that.
So, Now What?
Fortunately, there is a candidate running who is a strong fiscal conservative, and advocate for the Constitution, in Gar Johnson. He is liberal on social issues, but it is a classical liberalism. He doesn’t want to bash social conservatives like the Democrats, he just wants to promote tolerance between different views, but that includes marriage equality, which I have no problem with. If you are not comfortable with it, then you have to wonder what candidate you have at this point. Trump’s not socially Conservative. The only socially Conservative position he takes is Pro-Life, and that’s tenuous at best. Yes, Johnson is Pro Choice, and I would have preferred his primary opponent, Austin Petersen, instead. At this point, are you going to turn your back on every other principle that you have to support Trump on his really suspicious pro life stance? It’s not like he’s doing so hot in this race, right now, he’s plummeting out of control, and I’ve made a strong case for how that’s never going to change. Actually, I believe that I agree with Gary Johnson on about 85% of the issues. C
What’s the age old argument? “Oh but you’ll just elect Hillary.” Donald Trump is doing that. “A vote for Johnson is a vote for Hillary.” A vote for Johnson is a vote for Johnson. IF you want to blame anyone if Hillary gets elected president, blame Donald Trump. “Oh, but he’s socially liberal.” And Trump isn’t? Gary Johnson is liberal in the classical sense. Donald Trump is liberal in the early-twentieth century progressive sense, and that’s scary. “But isn’t his William Weld a RINO?” He’s actually turned out to be a little more Libertarian than I expected. He’s definitely fiscally Conservative, though, ad a lot of the RINOs are big government and big spenders. If you voted for Mitt Romney, then you can’t complain about William Weld, who is a little less RINO than Romney on fiscal issues and about the same on social issues. “But a third party can never win!” If we keep thinking that way, then we will certify a self-fulfilling prophecy. How well has the Republican Party been performing for you lately? Even when they win, the Democrats get their way because the Republicans go along. You don’t have to switch party affiliation to vote Johnson/Weld. You can still vote in Republican primaries if you feel there’s a chance for a constitutionalist to beat a RINO – although, that has not been going well. The Republican Party will never change if they don’t have reason to. If they have competition, that might be some inspiration to do what they say they’re going to do. If not, then you’ve lost nothing anyway. There’s precious little to hold on to there anymore. But, if you want to stay registered as a Republican, then go ahead. Just don’t kid yourself with Trump. “What about judicial nominees?” Gary Johnson wants to nominate Constitutionalists, period. Donald Trump gave a list of good nominees, but then said the next day that that would be about half of the people he would consider and he wasn’t going to tell us who the over half would be. Isn’t that comforting?
The key is to at least poll for Johnson/Weld right now so that they can move up from 12% to 15% so that they can get in the debates. Then, it is a whole new ballgame. This will especially be true because Trump will continue plummeting. I understand that it is a tough decision. It is hard to trust anyone anymore, but if you ask yourself whether or not you can trust Trump, I’m pretty sure you already have an answer in the negative or not. It’s now down to whether or not you will vote for Trump as the “lesser of two evils” to keep Hillary out. I, frankly, think that they are the equal of two evils. But, I understand if you feel that you have to take the chance that Trump might actually, for the first time, toss Constitutionalists a bone and nominate a Constitutionalist tot he Supreme Court, then go ahead. But, if you continue to see him plummet, in the next few weeks, you might as well go Johnson/Weld, because otherwise, Trump’s dead in the water anyway.
One debate can make all the difference in the world