Oh, the media is ALL abuzz this morning that a bunch of well-known Conservatives have gathered together to stand up against the tide Of Trump-mania. Their clarion call is long overdue, in my opinion. Naturally, The Donald has dismissed everything they have said in his usual demeaning manner. And the media, at least Fox, usually lets Donald have the last word.
But I am not Fox News, which I have a harder and harder time watching these days. Even this minute, with Marco Rubio on, he is being asked about the National Review issue, Against Trump. How about, for ONCE, just sticking to the candidate in front of you and asking him or her questions about his or her positions NOT in relation to TRUMP?? Sick. Of. It.
And now, to the NR editorial itself:
Trump’s political opinions have wobbled all over the lot. The real-estate mogul and reality-TV star has supported abortion, gun control, single-payer health care à la Canada, and punitive taxes on the wealthy. (He and Bernie Sanders have shared more than funky outer-borough accents.) Since declaring his candidacy he has taken a more conservative line, yet there are great gaping holes in it.
His signature issue is concern over immigration — from Latin America but also, after Paris and San Bernardino, from the Middle East. He has exploited the yawning gap between elite opinion in both parties and the public on the issue, and feasted on the discontent over a government that can’t be bothered to enforce its own laws no matter how many times it says it will (President Obama has dispensed even with the pretense). But even on immigration, Trump often makes no sense and can’t be relied upon. A few short years ago, he was criticizing Mitt Romney for having the temerity to propose “self-deportation,” or the entirely reasonable policy of reducing the illegal population through attrition while enforcing the nation’s laws. Now, Trump is a hawk’s hawk.
As for illegal immigration, Trump pledges to deport the 11 million illegals here in the United States, a herculean administrative and logistical task beyond the capacity of the federal government. Trump piles on the absurdity by saying he would re-import many of the illegal immigrants once they had been deported, which makes his policy a poorly disguised amnesty (and a version of a similarly idiotic idea that appeared in one of Washington’s periodic “comprehensive” immigration reforms). This plan wouldn’t survive its first contact with reality.
On foreign policy, Trump is a nationalist at sea. Sometimes he wants to let Russia fight ISIS, and at others he wants to “bomb the sh**” out of it. He is fixated on stealing Iraq’s oil and casually suggested a few weeks ago a war crime — killing terrorists’ families — as a tactic in the war on terror. For someone who wants to project strength, he has an astonishing weakness for flattery, falling for Vladimir Putin after a few coquettish bats of the eyelashes from the Russian thug. All in all, Trump knows approximately as much about national security as he does about the nuclear triad — which is to say, almost nothing.
There is so much more to this good piece, but allow me to interject some of the fallout the National Review has already gotten for their troubles of speaking the TRUTH about who Donald Trump is. From the American Thinker:
The first effect has been that the magazine has been disinvited by the RNC from participation in next week’s GOP presidential debate. And as one of the 22 contributors, Steve Hayward admits, it is unlikely to stop the juggernaut.
“Not that this will do any good, but I have joined a chorus of conservatives making our cases against Trump in the next issue of National Review.”
Yeah, awesome thought that – not. But just in case anyone needs a reminder of the kneejerk, thin-skinned, Obama-esque, Trump is like, you can read some of his Tweets, courtesy of the American Thinker.
I still cannot get over that so many people support him, but with the media’s full-on ad campaign for him, I guess I SHOULDN’T be surprised. Then again, they keep failing to notice that a good 70% of us DON’T want him. Mere trivialities, it seems.
But for those of us in the Reason-based world, allow me to finish up with a bit more information on The Man Who Has Conned America from the National Review:
Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land. For all his success, Trump inherited a real-estate fortune from his father. Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips. Trump’s primary work long ago became less about building anything than about branding himself and tending to his celebrity through a variety of entertainment ventures, from WWE to his reality-TV show, The Apprentice. His business record reflects the often dubious norms of the milieu: using eminent domain to condemn the property of others; buying the good graces of politicians — including many Democrats — with donations.
Trump nevertheless offers a valuable warning for the Republican party. If responsible men irresponsibly ignore an issue as important as immigration, it will be taken up by the reckless. If they cannot explain their Beltway maneuvers — worse, if their maneuvering is indefensible — they will be rejected by their own voters. If they cannot advance a compelling working-class agenda, the legitimate anxieties and discontents of blue-collar voters will be exploited by demagogues. We sympathize with many of the complaints of Trump supporters about the GOP, but that doesn’t make the mogul any less flawed a vessel for them.
Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself. (Click here to read the rest.)
Unfortunately, far too many of them seem to fit that bill now. But it isn’t too late. At leat, I hope and pray it isn’t too late.
Honestly, I am just thankful that some respected thinkers are finally, and forcefully, speaking out. It is about damn time.
This is an Open Thread.