“Build a wall!”
“Keep ISIS out!”
“Make America Great again!”
Yeah. It all sounds really good, at first. In fact, on the surface, it’s exactly what we all want to hear. After all, Donald Trump has garnered more than 30% of the republican voter support, according to some of the latest polls, and some polls putting him as high as 38%.
He’s steadily rising in his numbers. So are Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who, as of yesterday, was at 15%, but Trump still maintains a very strong lead. Frankly, I’m puzzled as to why this is.
Donald Trump is not the conservative poster child, and ultra-conservative pundit Matt Walsh even goes as far as to call Trump a “phony.” Why, then, is he continuing to gain popularity with the republican base? There are many reasons, I assume, and I won’t address them in this post. It will suffice to say that Trump is loud, speaks to issues that are bothering the majority of republicans and even Americans, and has a solid business background. He’s been known to go after Wall Street (and is considered Main Street), some even insinuating that he hates hedge fund managers and would seek to close loopholes on them.
Nonetheless, strong appeal that Mr. Loudmouth brings to the presidential race and politics in general, his positions are truly centrist and ofttimes liberal. Don’t believe me? Here’s two strong reasons why this conservative-libertarian won’t be voting for The Donald, and why you probably should examine your position if you currently support him.
Reason 1: Donald Trump is for stronger, more centralized federal government. Mr. Trump is on the “repeal and replace” Obamacare train. He has said he’d replace it with “something terrific.” Later, he clarified that meant striking a deal with hospital networks and having “more options” for federal plan subscribers, which undoubtedly means a more “fiscally responsible” form of the current Obamacare marketplace.
The true conservative response: repeal Obamacare and open up interstate commerce, allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines. This would drive down costs significantly, and even though it would take time to form and allow the market to shape it over time in a more inexpensive form. So while “repeal and replace” sounds nice, it’s not the real conservative solution. It’s centrist, at best.
Secondly, he directly stated that anyone who kills a police officer should get the death penalty. That’s not the executive branch’s job to decide that; it’s the legislative and judicial branches’ responsibility to introduce legislation and exact such penalties on criminals found guilty of the crime.
The most he could do is sign such a bill into law on a federal level, but most murders are tried on a state level, and several states don’t even have a death penalty. Since the federal government doesn’t currently have that much authority on most murder cases, it would be an usurpation of power that currently resides with the states.
Reason 2: Donald Trump rarely talks about the Constitution, and if he does, he’s usually trashing it. In fact, if you Google “Donald Trump talking about the constitution,” it literally pulls up nothing of him defending it.
Most of the time, he’s just ignoring it, if just verbally. The definite exception would be his Second Amendment position, where he’s said that but even that’s shaky, at best, given his past positions have included bans on so-called assault rifles; but I digress.
Trump is definitely known for his recent comments about barring Muslims from entering the U.S. (This is another switch, because as recently as May of this year, he was saying we should let in Syrian refugees). Senator Marco Rubio reminds us that this places a “religious test” on someone, which is in direct violation of the First Amendment. While Sen. Rubio says that Trump “didn’t think it through,” I’m willing to bet at least someone on his senior campaign team told him that this was a bad idea.
Yet, in his progressive arrogance, he continues to defend this stance. He even likened it to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s actions in World Ward 2. FDR, last I checked, was one of the most liberal people ever to occupy the Oval Office. Under Roosevelt’s administration, there were Japanese internment camps where Japanese-American families – American citizens, mostly – were rounded up, their weapons and assets seized by the government, and forced to live in miserable circumstances. Along with this and his creation of the modern welfare system, FDR is hardly a model for someone who wants to woo true conservatives to their mindset.
So there you have it, folks: two reasons (along with many, many others) why I won’t be voting for Donald Trump. Hopefully, you’re now a bit more informed about him, his stances, his role models, and his history. Donald Trump is, quite simply, nothing more than a progressive, big-government opportunist.