Earlier I posted excerpts of a Newt Gingrich newsletter in which he regards the Trump/Carson/Cruz phenomenon as a natural consequence of insular and ineffective Republican leadership, and suggests that the leadership needs to do something about themselves rather than worrying about what to do about Trump.
I agree with the Gingrich newsletter, in part. The establishment of the Party is in large part to blame for the overwhelming anger and frustration of the base. While last in power, they spent too much all the while neglecting core principles of limited government, establishing two new invasive bureaus and increasing the powers of existing ones to enforce a police state, going so far as to ban incandescent lightbulbs among other absurdities, and awoken the sleeping giant of the silent majority by ravishing the economy with tight money. Recall that the economy was crashing in 2008 with Republican appointees on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors as the last Bush was on his way out the door.
And it wasn’t enough to stop there. Refusing to accept the reality of being ousted for governance missteps, instead of retreating to the minority, and examining and correcting the reasons for defeat, during the ensuing Great Recession many of the Party leaders, people who have no clue what it is to want for the next meal, openly, and in congressional testimony, continued tight money worship, refusing to endorse any plans to aid economic recovery or do anything to improve the economic circumstances of the country to avoid aiding the Obama administration in any way whatsoever (an example of an older post of an incident here). And in so doing, declared de facto economic warfare on the Administration with average people of all political stripes caught in the crossfire. They behaved as irresponsibly in defeat as they did while in power.
I left the Party completely appalled by the blatant disregard for the welfare of the governed, and that goes without saying how I felt about the judgmental attitude toward the plight of the victims of economic warfare experiencing dire circumstances and in need of a political solution. I lost count of how many tears I cried over my own personal circumstances during the Great Recession, and those tears being multiplied by the tens of millions for each unnecessary experience of individual economic hardship doesn’t have to be imagined.
To actively support and/or vote for more of the same is, in my terms, the definition of insanity. No more of the modern definition of Republicanism. No more Bushes. No more McConnell-isms. The Party today is, by far, no longer Reagan’s GOP, devoid compassion and desire to honorably serve the public welfare. And it is in this sentiment alone, I think, that I am united with Donald Trump supporters everywhere – something has to give, somewhere.
Unfortunately, that is the only sentiment in which I share a measure of unity with Trump supporters. While I completely understand the anger and frustration, it doesn’t take much in the way of rational thinking to discover that Donald Trump does not possess the answers we seek, and that catapulting him to power would serve only to upend the Party establishment while making our individual circumstances much worse, not better as Trump builds on the powers of the police state crafted by the establishment and we lose our identity as a freedom-loving people.
Mass deportation didn’t work when Eisenhower tried it, and there is nothing special about Donald Trump’s intellect that indicates it will work now. If you loathe wasteful government spending on ineffective programs, just imagine how much a deportation program will cost to only fail. But also take later historical examples of results from the opposite ways of dealing with immigration into consideration, like the 1980’s when Reagan implemented amnesty while failing to secure the border. The economy boomed in the mid to late 1980’s. So, logically, at the very least, illegal immigration is not that large of an economic issue. Though, to hear Donald Trump talk about it, illegal immigration is a pillar of the major economic issues of our generation – which is by historical example FALSE.
Trump’s trade policies are far from free trade, and probably more politically motivated (corrupt) and oppressive than even Obama’s ideological trade policies. An example of this point is what Trump has said about having Mexico pay for the wall on the border. He has said repeatedly that he would prohibit companies like Ford (his exact example) from building a factory(ies) and compel the shutdown of existing operations belonging to American companies there as a form of economic punishment if Mexico does not comply with his demands. While not being particularly accommodative to free enterprise or consistent with the 5th amendment of the US Constitution, it isn’t hard to imagine that such a policy would end up creating economic conditions in Mexico as to be counterproductive to his proposal to deal with illegal immigration. And taxpayers would have to foot the bill to find, detain, prosecute and deport just that many more people who otherwise might have stayed home.
If you loathe wasteful government spending, just imagine the cost of a program to intern Muslims, despite the difficulty in successfully identifying them. But of course government can do anything if enough money is thrown at it, even if it has to make up some measure of success along the way as the money pot is passed around for rent seekers to dip their hands into. And note the informant atmosphere that would have to be created in order to be even minimally successful, a very dangerous, slippery slope to a police state that tyrannizes innocents of all stripes. And his supports say the terrorists won’t win if we do this, which is completely ridiculous because then they would have already via things we do to ourselves.
Simply put, Trump is only one man. The basic nature of government will not change with a Trump administration. And with his policies, it would only spend much more to be complete failure while people now living and yet to born pay the price in both monetary and ideological terms.
Trump is not the practical or even realistic answer to the mess created by the Republican establishment; and even if you support him as protest to the establishment, you should at least consider his possible motivation. He says he isn’t politician. But that really isn’t true. Here is a screen scrape of a posting on the Reform Party’s Facebook page showing that Trump apparently left a bad taste in their mouths.
This revelation leaves a bit of pause to think about his staying power and longevity in politics when the going gets really rough. Does it not? I mean obviously, if you thought Hillary would make a superb president, wouldn’t you simply support her directly instead of waiting to be left holding the bag when the Donald, who doesn’t have to take any crap from anyone decides he has better things to do?
To Trump supporters everywhere, please, please think long and hard about Trump before pulling that lever or marking the blot for him in the voting booth. Elections do have consequences and you get the government you deserve. From what I can tell at this point in the election cycle, however, compared to the results from the establishment, even that is better medicine than Trump.