After almost a century of consistent and ongoing attacks to limited government as envisioned by America’s founding fathers, perhaps it is no surprise that Americans no longer look to the Constitution for answers. Because if Americans did value separation of powers and self-governance, Donald Trump would not be the front-runner for the Republican party.
After toying with the idea for many years, Donald Trump finally jumped headfirst into the presidential race as a candidate for the Republican party. At first, this author wrote several articles defending the Donald from the usual mainstream media attacks (see here and here for just two examples) but as time went on, several things started to become clear.
Donald Trump has a frightening group of cult-like followers who resemble Obama voters in their persistent avoidance of an honest look at their candidate.
Trump himself said it best when he declared,
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Here are just some red flags that should make Donald Trump supporters pause:
- While Donald Trump has gotten some attention for appearing on the cover of Playboy in 1990, the horrifying interview therein included a nod to China for squashing the 1989 uprising at Tienanmen Square “with strength” and shockingly bashing Russia’s Gorbachev for not having “a firm enough hand.”
- Donald Trump is embraced for being an “anti-establishment” candidate, but he said openly and clearly that he will work with the GOP establishment. “I have received so many phone calls from people that you would call establishment,” he said. “There’s a point at which: Let’s get to be a little establishment. We’ve got to get things done folks, OK? Believe me, don’t worry. We’re going to make such great deals.”
- Donald Trump was the preferred GOP candidate over Ted Cruz by radical left wing figures former President Jimmy Carter (who endorsed Hillary Clinton) and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (who endorsed Bernie Sanders). They both said Trump has “malleable” principles whereas Ted Cruz is a believer of constitutional conservatism and is likely to stand by his principles.
- Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “getting along” was the “purpose of what the founders created.” Actually, the Constitution was designed specifically to ensure that the government would not become too big and powerful.
- Trump embraces big government, which is antithetical to the vision of the founding fathers. As recently as last year, Donald Trump praised Scotland’s “single payer” system, and attacked physicians for making too much money.
- Despite his announcement in June lamenting that electing a politician as president “will grow government, not cut it,” Trump regularly assures that he will not be cutting government services. Trump’s “revenue neutral” tax plan assures that the tax code will be “simplified,” but does not begin to cut the alarming size and scope of the federal government.
- Trump regularly bashes industry while ignoring big government crony capitalism and the stifling impact of government regulations and taxes on business. “In a nearly one-hour speech,” Byron York wrote at the Washington Examiner earlier this month, “Trump railed against pharmaceutical companies. He railed against oil companies. And insurance companies. And defense contractors. And he set himself against a political system that he said allows big-money corporate ‘bloodsuckers’ to control the government with campaign contributions.”
- The Constitution was clear that the role of the executive branch is specifically and strictly limited, and includes assuring that laws are “faithfully executed.” This is why Donald Trump’s statement that he will change the libel laws to sue journalists was terrifying. It is not the president’s job to create laws, or to change the Constitution. As much as the mainstream media has evolved into a slander machine for conservatives, the First Amendment specifically cites “freedom of the press.” The people, not the president, need to take back the media by standing up and relentlessly telling the truth.
- Donald Trump and his family supported Jimmy Carter over Ronald Reagan, along with numerous radical left wing figures such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.
- Trump declared at one time that he is “very pro choice,” even on partial birth abortion, but now claims to be pro-life.
- On health care, Trump has no plan aside from removing “lines around each state,” but he does propose some incomprehensible “solutions” to addressing the Veterans Administration, which include progressive buzzwords/phrases repeatedly such as “investing,” “expanding” and “increasing funding” for the VA.
- Trump currently believes in the euphemistically-named “Path to Citizenship” for illegal immigrants and even referred to the former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” as “maniacal.”
- In 2013, while Ted Cruz was fighting the Gang of Eight bill on the Senate floor, Donald Trump was meeting with Amnesty activists, reportedly telling them that they “convinced” him.
- Donald Trump does not trust the states to be stewards of their own land, which has been unconstitutionally seized by the federal government. “The issue is not that so much of the state is public land,” Trump told the Reno Gazette Journal earlier this month, “it is how that land is managed.”
- Donald Trump once testified that his “dream” would be to put the United Nations headquarters at Ground Zero in New York.
Many people, including this author, did not get politically active until Barack Obama’s intense and frightening anti-American rhetoric awoke them from their long comfortable slumber. It is horrifying that so many would turn from the only anti-establishment candidate who has proven himself time and again to relentlessly fight for the Constitution in favor of a man who clearly said he would work with the establishment.
This author, who heartily and unapologetically endorses Ted Cruz (and welcomes any thoughtful debate on his merits) will leave you with this: