Apologies to Doriangrey, who's line I've borrowed for my headline. I find it to be as prescient today as it was when he originally wrote it, almost exactly four years ago.
From the headline, you may have guessed that I'm not a fan of, "The Donald." If you've guessed that, you'd be wrong. I am a fan of, "The Donald." I'm just not a fan of the prospect that we may actually see a, "Nominee Donald," or worse yet, a, "President Donald." I'll watch the spectacle of rats eating each other and drowning their brethren to jump off a sinking ship otherwise known as, "The Apprentice," any chance I get. Donald Trump, beyond anything else you say about him is that perfect example of a brash over sized ego on steroids combined with the complete inability to have that ego tested, which we all love seeing displayed in others. From the 50 horsepower hair, to the constant proclamations about how great he is, in case you've forgotten, Donald Trump is that perfect example of how wonderful our nation is, and truly how grand are our opportunities to achieve what ever we desire to achieve. More to the point, how wonderful it is to live in a country and be a fan of someone while not really liking their politics.
One of my major problems with, "The Donald," currently is the trite fact that his politics come no where near matching his rhetoric. He is not a Conservative, nor a slightly right of center moderate, nor even a slightly left of center moderate. Donald Trump, up until 2009 anyhow, has always been a full blown Socialist in the finest tradition of crony Socialists, residing somewhere in the political neighborhood of George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, and Thomas Steyer. He constantly called for increasing marginal tax rates, socialized healthcare schemes, gun control, cessation of First Amendment Rights, increasing the scope and authority of the federal behemoth through agency regulation and strengthening, and just about everything we on the right side of the aisle have always been against. He was a huge Hillary supporter in 2008 prior to it becoming obvious that she would lose the nomination, at which point he climbed on board the wagon belonging to the GOP's version of Hillary, John McCain. He endorsed Al Gore, John Kerry, and before that Bill Clinton. He was a huge money bundle guy for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, among plenty of other leftists. And no, he did not spread it out evenly to those on the other side. Still believe that he's one of us? If so, I hear that the Brooklyn Bridge is for sale, by some New York Real Estate mogul with a 50 horsepower comb over, professionally colored to appear reddish.
Now I get the anger that we've not seen the fight from the Palooka Party to the degree that we need them to fight, but that's also a function of politics, and is as much our fault as it is theirs. So, in part, before you start burning Mitch McConnell and John Boehner in effigy, take a good hard long look in the mirror. In fact, here's a bit of wisdom that I read at Hot Air yesterday that I believe to be one of the hardest truths that we need to own up to.
The comments below saying that there’s no reason to vote for Republicans are pretty amusing, considering the context of this story. It was the “why bother to vote for Romney” crowd that gave us a second Obama term. It was the Republicans who turned out to vote in Wisconsin that reformed PEUs, controlled the budget, and will get rid of the GAB and John Doe investigations. The same commenters keep showing up to peddle the same despair in thread after thread based largely on the fact that things didn’t change enough after people didn’t show up to vote in 2012 and left us with Obama in charge of the executive branch, and wonder why Republicans in Congress can’t just change everything overnight. Wisconsin shows what can happen when Republicans and conservatives actually show up.
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I too find it amusing, at least I would were I not about to cry, that somehow, Donald Trump is our conservative hero today, despite his past of being solidly on the left of every issue. Scott Walker among others is now considered to be a squishy establishment guy who's a big government mole of some sort, despite his solid record of achieving real small government reform, in a solidly bluer than blue state. The same could be said for Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, and even, dare I say it, Jeb, the guy I don't want to win, Bush.
I don't know how the idea got itself into anybody's head that winning one election cycle in 2014, or two out of three if we travel back in time to 2010, would be that magic bullet that righted our ship. It's a real shame that anyone would have the expectation, that magically, after those victories, we'd just be granted our way by the enemy camp still in control of the Executive Branch. Barack Obama has not exactly been conciliatory in defeat, (unlike his two predecessors, who both were.) We got into this mess politically, as in losing several election cycles by huge margins, and winning multiple election cycles will be the only way out. This road is hard and no matter how discouraged and pissed we get, anger alone is not an argument, nor is anger alone particularly helpful.
"The Donald," is more of an idea, a blank canvas upon which the aspirations and hopes of conservatives lost in the electoral wilderness paint what they want to see, rather than what the reality will give us should he actually succeed in his secondary goal. I say secondary, because I personally believe that he's pulling a Perot here, shilling for the second Clinton to seek the Presidency just like Ross did for Billy Jeff. Yes he's burning a lot of bridges for now, but hey, like he constantly reminds us, he has $9 Billion to throw around, and if Hillary takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue again, he'll be paid back in spades a plenty. We're talking enough cabbage to make him forget all about those burned bridges to soon be replaced with newer more expensive ones. Remember, "The Donald," is one of the best at playing the crony capitalist game, perhaps even the best. If there were a Cooperstown for successfully greasing palms, Donald and his 50 horsepower comb over would most certainly be be enshrined within its infamous walls.
Do we really want to trust our hopes of cleaning up the crony system and the task of, "making America great again," to someone who's greatest accomplishment to date has been rising to the top of that Constitution destroying system through being one of our greatest cronies? I'm sure that Mr. Trump has a keen mind in terms of building and conducting his business, but he's also had a lot of favorable help from those who've had their palms greased by him along the way. While I do believe it's true that those who perform acts of public malfeasance are more culpable for cronyism than are the practitioners of private malfeasance, that in no way means that I believe that the latter should be excused for their part in all of this. Donald Trump, who has spent a lifetime learning the art of telling people what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear, will solve nothing if elected, other than how find new and improved ways to make the world a better place for Donald Trump.
Now, let us take a look at the elephant in the room. The immigration debate, which is far more complex than, "The Donald's," carefully chosen sound bytes, or building a big fence, or granting amnesty to any already here who have proven beyond all doubt that our sovereignty or national law are meaningless to them. First things first. "The Donald," way back in the ancient year known as 2008, declared that amnesty for all aliens living here illegally was an imperative, and in fact, he repeated that position in 2012 as well. Hearing him suddenly pounce on this current position he's taken tells me that Donald Trump has no moral center, no core belief system, no reverence for Americans or America, nor even the belief that anyone here besides, "The Donald," possesses an adult memory. Trump what ever else he is, is a demagogue. He has learned to play on our emotions in order to further his own cause.
I can agree that there are criminals emigrating here illegally from the Latino countries. I can agree that we must and should, before anything else is decided upon, deport all, and I repeat all, who flouted our national laws and sovereignty by coming here without signing the guest book on the way in. I believe that we should secure our borders period. (Which by the way does not include a silly fence that will do nothing more than add 15 minutes of travel time to those seeking to gain entrance into our nation illegally. Securing our borders means, if we want that effort to be successful, hiring, training and deploying thousands of agents to patrol the border and physically repel, by violent force if necessary, any who attempt to penetrate our territory.) My problem with Trump's assessment of the situation is in his characterization of our main problem coming from our Latino neighbors. Yes, some of them are incorrigible degenerates, doubtless sent here by a governments sick of dealing with their own messes, and in some cases, members of criminal organizations who have zero respect for any human life outside of their own cartels. But the vast majority of those fleeing to our country are fleeing to what they believe will be a better life for them and their families. People vote most honestly with their feet. People of all stripes wish to be where life will be best for them, which means more often than not, coming to live here in America.
Now, we should in no way encourage this behavior by repeating the mistake made in the 80's, when we deluded ourselves into believing that our elected political leaders would keep their words. We should however allow a more open immigration system to take root, where any who want to become a part of the American dream. assimilate to our language and culture, and are willing to work for it, do so. That means no welfare benefits, deportation for any who try to gain welfare benefits, and this is key, no preferential treatment for those who emigrate here from nations we're trying to bribe this week into some sort of trade deal, arms treaty, troop quartering deal, or anything else.
Our true problem with immigration is not the lack of PHD's interested in moving here, or an over abundance of low skilled laborers, but in the fact that we are preferentially bringing in a multitude of people who wish to topple our nation, destroy our culture, weaken our national resolve, and on top of that, granting them all sorts of goodies from the public largess for their trouble. This by the way is something, "The Donald," is very deftly dancing around, since he's always been on board with anything that coddles the Middle Eastern enemies of our nation. Those no interest guaranteed business loans which are never actually repaid by the way, granted to every Saudi, Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian, Yemeni, Egyptian, Somali, Quatari, or any other Shiite, Druze, Wahabi, or Suni, who wishes to open up a convenience store, Holiday Inn, Pizza Hut, or bar here in America, could just as easily be used to help citizens in those very same communities become entrepreneurs. Of course, that takes too long to say, would never be repeated on the evening news, and doesn't get the blood boiling quite as well as, "They took our jobs!"
Just because we on the right have been in the electoral desert for far too long does not mean that we need to drink the political equivalent of sand mistaken for water. Trump is popular because people believe that he's fighting back, and represents an angered populace tired of seeing the Constitution eroded as the once unassailable cornerstone of our national framework. The problem that I have with Trump is not the fact that he's learned how to jump out in front of a national sentiment that I share, but that I know he doesn't mean it. If you look beyond the empty platitudes, and see what he's said, as short as four years ago, on immigration especially, you'll realize that sincerity is not one of, "The Donald's," strong suits. Self promotion, self aggrandizement, and greasing palms are.