If you are a Trump supporter, I’d like to talk to you for a moment — please. I am not a Trump supporter. I do not see much of a difference between him and Hillary Clinton — or Barack Obama, for that matter. Now, I understand the desire to correct many of the things the Democrat Party has done to this country. I love America, myself — but not necessarily the United States. I believe there is a difference. My problem is that I do not think Trump does. He may be patriotic in the sense that he loves the United States, but I see no evidence in his life or words that he loves liberty, personal responsibility or the rule of law. Now, if you love the United States, then I doubt I’ll be able to reach you. But if you believe in the principles and ideals upon which this nation was founded, I’d like to make a moral appeal to you; to beg you to reconsider your support for Donal Trump. If you believe in America — the idea that men can live free, and self-governing according to the rule of law — then I want to ask you when two wrongs started making things right?
The first thing I would like to point out is that the American Right is not the same as it is in Europe. In this nation, the Right is supposed to stand for individual rights and responsibilities, as well as small government and the rule of law. Our founders were principled men. They found ways to compromise, but they did so without abandoning their principles. Even those who opposed slavery found a way to compromise on the Constitution without abandoning their opposition to that abominable institution. That is what the 3/5 clause was all about: a structurally imposed time bomb that insured the nation would re-visit that issue. So, if a person believes in the founding ideals of America, it must also include sticking to principle. Where matters of right and wrong are concerned, there can be no compromise. This is part of living a moral life, what ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ really means (and how our founders understood the term). So, why are so many who claimed to be on the American Right now thinking that they can correct perceived wrongs by supporting a candidate whose life has been in opposition to everything they claim to believe?
Let’s start with Trump’ inability to tell the truth. It is a well known fact that Trump has been caught contradicting himself — a lot! And when confronted with these contradictions, Trump has denied he ever said them. Even when presented with the video or audio evidence, Trump has denied the truth:
Now that we have established that we should not trust anything Trump says, let’s consider his ‘evolving’ positions of matters such as gun control, abortion and immigration. At various times in his life, Donald Trump has supported gun control, abortion and immigration. However, with his announcement that he would be running in the Republican Presidential primary, Trump’s views changed. If you look, you can easily find stories covering these changes. You will also find that, when Trump has been asked about these changes, he has said his views have ‘evolved.’ If a Democrat were to say something like this, Republicans would be quick to question their sincerity and, as history has shown, they would be justified in doing so. However, now that the apparent Republican nominee is doing the same thing, the same people who would have questioned a Democrat for ‘evolving’ are ignoring or even defending Trump when he does it. This is not the action of a principled person — on either side: Trump’s or his supporters.
Related to this is the fact that Trump has already signaled that he will change his positions whenever it suits his purposes:
Again, when Democrats announce that they will not hold themselves accountable to anything they said in the past, Republicans are correct to criticize them. So why not when the Republican candidate does the same thing? How can one criticize their political opponent for being a hypocrite, then turn around and act the exact same way as that political opponent? Where is the morality in such an action? Many people did not listen when candidate Obama said he was going to fundamentally change America and they elected a man who did just that. Now, Trump is telling the world he will change positions to make deals with the Democrats — the very thing his supporters claim to be tired of Republicans doing — and people are supporting Trump anyway. Why should anyone expect the result to be any different from what Obama gave us?
The American Right is supposed to support the rule of law, which includes peaceful protest. Yet, Donal Trump advocates, calls for and offers to defend violence from his supporters:
Many people are decrying the violence which supposedly shut down Trump’s rally in Chicago (note: the Chicago PD reported they never told Trump to do this, he did it on his own). So why do Trumps supporters not see the fact that Trump not only supports violence, but he was the first to call for his supporters to use violence to defend him in this campaign cycle? Why should we believe Trumps supporters are any different than those of Clinton and Sanders? They are all doing the same thing, so where is the difference between them on this issue?
And if you dare to oppose Trump, or even say something he does not like, he threatens to sue you. He has gone so far as to threaten the media if they say anything about him he does not like:
Threats and calls for violence are the traits of a dictator or tyrant. Add narcissism to the equation and you have a very dangerous person on your hands. Many Republicans have pointed out that President Obama says “I,” “me,” or ‘my” far too often in his speeches, but no one seems to care that Donald Trump does so just as, if not more often than Obama. So, again, where is the difference between Trump and Obama (or Hillary, who also likes to speak of herself)? How are so many missing the clear warning signs about Trump’s character? When a Presidential candidate says things like this, it is foolish to dismiss it as a ‘joke:’
Trump has been compared to Hitler. Hitler told the world he planned to eliminate the Jews, and people thought he wasn’t serious: they thought it was political posturing. Look what happened. Are we really willing to just trust that Trump was ‘political posturing?’
Trump has also shown a hesitancy to denounce racism. This campaign has shown he has no reservations denouncing or insulting anyone with whom he disagrees. How many times have his supporters actually cheered when he has insulted someone? Yet, when asked to denounce racists supporting his campaign, Trump drug his feet. In fact, he did not do so until the public heat over the issue became unbearable and he was forced to do so:
How can his supporters miss the clear warning signs?
The American Right is supposed to oppose fiscal irresponsibility — until it comes to Trump. Republicans complain about Democrat spending, but they have shown a willingness to look the other way when their people spend recklessly. Until President Obama, George W Bush was the biggest spender in U.S. history. Now, after Obama doubled the debt Bush left us with, Republicans are supporting a man who boasts about his fiscal irresponsibility. To Trump, it is a matter of pride that he used the U.S. bankruptcy laws ‘to his personal advantage.’
Trump has lost some $6.5 billion of other people’s money — and he laughs about it. Why would anyone think he will be any different were he to become President? Why would anyone who cares about fiscal responsibility even take the chance on such a man?
Then there is the matter of Trumps boasting about being perfect. Trump claims to be a Christian, yet he says he has never asked God for forgiveness “because he does not make mistakes:”
All Christians know that we are all sinners (we all make mistakes), and that one must confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness. If you have never done so, you are not a Christian. This is not a matter of ‘opinion,’ but a clear explanation from Jesus, himself. Now, if a man will not only lie to God, but boast about being God (which is what Trump is really claiming when he says he doesn’t make mistakes), then why would anyone trust him as President? Is it any wonder that people would compare an unrepentant narcissist with a messiah complex to Adolf Hitler?
How do so many people miss the warning signs? They are everywhere. By all appearances, Trump is a sociopath, but people are still willing to support him. Why? Hillary is also a sociopath, so, if the choice is the male sociopath vs. the female sociopath, what is the difference? How does one who wants to live chose between suicide by gun or poison: it is still suicide. Which means, those who are supporting Trump are saying that their wrong can make right the wrongs of the Democrats — only they are looking to a Democrat in Republican clothing to make that correction. MADNESS! It is madness, I say! All Trump will do is destroy the American Right, leaving one Party — the Progressive (i.e. American Communist) Party.
Do I really need to go back over all the similarities between the state of the U.S. and that of 1930’s Germany — again?
[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special. There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days. I write now because I feel driven to do so. Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read. I’d just as soon not bother anymore. It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good. So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control. Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not. All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page. Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends. So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish. Thank you.]