Dear Republicans –
I know quite a few of you. My friends, readers, and commenters on this blog run the gamut from libertarians who vote GOP, because they feel they have a better shot of getting their views represented to moderate, establishment-loving Republicans, to strict constitutionalists, to social conservatives. There are even a few liberals, and I think this topic touches all of you, so I want to speak frankly to every last one of you.
This Donald Trump thing is no longer amusing. It’s no longer a simple protest against the establishment. It’s no longer an extended bad hair joke. I realize many of you will claim his popularity is merely a reflection of the frustration many Republicans feel with what’s going on in Washington today, but I will tell you right now that this bloviating, froth-flecked, lying, ignoramus in an expensive suit is dangerous. He’s a fascist, he’s a liar, and while he may be a decent businessman, he’s arrogant and lacks basic human decency and knowledge about how government works – other than what’s needed to bribe government officials to advance his business interests.
Roughly a quarter of you actually support this despicable human being, because you claim he’s honest. Honest? Like the time he claimed that Marco Rubio was Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator, and when proven a liar, refused to acknowledge it? Like when he claimed that CIA director George Tenet told George W. Bush that the 9-11 attack was coming – a claim that’s patently false, as evidenced by the declassified PDB Bush was briefed on the issue? Like when he claims he’s pro-growth and pro-individual rights, but supports eminent domain? Like when he claimed he did not want casino gambling in Florida – publicly lied on the national stage? Or when he outright lied about his utter disrespect for women, and when called on it by Megyn Kelly, made inappropriate remarks about her… bleeding out of certain places, and subsequently backpedaled and claimed he meant “eyes“?
Yeah, real fucking honest, that one.
Some of you claim you support him, because you’re tired of political correctness. Aren’t we all? I’ve written about the insanity of PC numerous times here. But there’s a difference between telling facts as they are, and using demagoguery, outright insults, lies, and wild accusations against anyone with whom you disagree. It shows a lack of maturity and depth. I can rant on this blog as much as I want, because writing is catharsis. Calling douchebags douchebags (among other things) and venting online is just fun. But when you’re applying for the highest office in the country, and a big part of your job is to be diplomatic, factual, and honorable, while still remaining strong, rational, and courageous, and all you can come up with is insults and screeching, red-faced rhetoric, it tells me that you don’t consider plain facts enough to support your case, don’t know enough of them, and are incapable of discussing issues with those with whom you disagree in an adult manner. Governing is not about venting.
Oh, but he’s just trying to rile his audience, you say! No. He’s trying to appeal to the meathead contingency – the nut-scratching, light beer-swilling, barely literate troglodytes, whose facts come from Facebook memes and are shaped by conspiritard sites such as InfoWars or the “Free thought project” – while alienating everyone else who has an understanding of policy, diplomacy, national security, and actual truth. When you work specifically to appeal to the lowest common denominator, you will invariably alienate a good portion of the rest of the party.
Oh, but he’s the best on national security, you say! And we know that many of his proposals would be impossible, unconstitutional, and downright fascist, but he probably wouldn’t even be able to implement them without legal and legislative challenges! Really? You want to hang your rights and your hopes on a gutless Congress and an unpredictable Supreme Court? You really want to send a message to the rest of the country that Republicans are willing to vote for someone who wants to deprive American citizens of due process by relieving them of their rights based on their faith? You really want show that you’re willing to vote for a guy whose idea of securing our nation involves violating the rights of hundreds of thousands of people without any kind of proof of their involvement – even tangential – in terrorism? You really want to violate the Constitution by tossing out anyone who chooses to exercise a specific religion?
For years, liberty-minded people have fought to open the doors of the Republican party to people who have not traditionally been a target constituency – gays, African Americans, Asians, legal immigrants, women. They have tried to welcome anyone who believes in the principles of limited government, personal freedoms, responsible spending, and a strong national defense, and they have made progress. While there are still bigots within the GOP, they appear to be shrinking. The GOP slate of candidates for President is pretty diverse – Hispanics, a woman, an African-American, a couple of frothing fundamentalist fruitcakes, a fatass, and an angry Ohioan, among others.
Do you really want to destroy all the progress the GOP has made over the years by vocally and loudly supporting a bigot?
Do you really want to become the embodiment of every despicable stereotype the left has sought to further about you?
Do you really want to become the bigots, constitutional illiterates, and fascists they claim you are?
Because by supporting Trump, this is exactly what you are doing.
He’s not a small government conservative! He’s nothing more than an authoritarian oligarch, who has bribed his way into opulence and bought his way onto the national stage.
Trump wants to deprive Americans of their right to keep and bear arms based on a secret no-fly list without due process and without any evidence that they have any connection to terrorism whatsoever.
He wants to prevent people from entering the United States based on their faith, and even ban American citizens, if they happen to be Muslim, from returning to the United States if they have traveled to a country he doesn’t happen to like. “Sorry Muslims. If you travel to the Middle East, you can’t return home.” Do you understand how repugnant this is?
He wants to register them – based purely on their faith. Do you understand the historical context of this?
He supports big government programs. He wants to restrict trade and supports protectionism. This is a guy who supported the so-called “assault weapons” ban and “universal healthcare.” You cannot possibly be a supporter of limited government while lauding eminent domain.
No, he doesn’t say it “like it is.” He says what the meathead factor of the GOP wants to hear. He screams and bloviates and gets the already-riled up even more angry. He’s given them a focus for their hate – Muslims: the people he wants to register, deprive of their rights, kick out of the country, and not allow back in.
Let me tell you something, people! If you don’t mind him depriving Muslims of their rights based on their faith, then you support him depriving everyone else of their rights based on their faith – including you!
I get it. You’re angry. We’re all angry. The business-as-usual, establishment douchebags in Washington don’t listen, and don’t care about you further than they can exploit you for votes. But are you really so gullible that you don’t see Trump is doing exactly the same thing? He’s tapping into your anger for votes, and you’re falling for it, painting yourselves as hateful, bigoted, and authoritarian – just like the left paints you to be.
Anger is not governing. Venting is not governing. Governing is mature, objective, just, and lawful. Governing is not pandering to the lowest common denominator in hopes of getting the clod votes. Governing is knowing and understanding the law and policy.
Or at least it should be.
And if you really step back and objectively look at the sideshow that’s Donald Trump, you will realize he’s not someone you want anywhere near the White House! Not even on a West Wing tour!