Tuesday night was a big night for the front-runner on the Republican side. Donald Trump managed to sweep up an entire swath of delegates throughout the country. The lone states in clear opposition to the Trump candidacy were Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska who overwhelmingly chose Ted Cruz . There’s no disputing that Oklahoma and Texas are by far the most conservative states in the nation and their rejection of Trump is telling of just how big the divide is in the party over the nominee. Principled conservatives see through the fallacies of the Trump narrative and there have been many fallacies perpetuated by the Trump candidacy.
The biggest fallacy in this Republican primary race is that Donald J Trump can win a general election versus Clinton. The polls continue to reflect this. There are a number of reasons why he can’t and won’t win a general even against the thoroughly corrupt Clinton. First and foremost, his negative approvals are just way to high. It’s no secret, the polls show again and again that his negatives are through the roof. The second reason he won’t win is because he’s alienated supporters of other candidates. His name calling and dirty comments have turned off potential supporters. You want to know why politicians rarely ever call their opponents liars or other names because at some point they may need those supporters to support them.
There is a large group of Cruz and Rubio supporters who won’t be voting at all if Trump wins the nomination. This may only be a small contingent of the alternative candidate’s supporters but that may be enough to push the democrat over the top. A lot of Cruz and Rubio supporters view a choice between Trump and Hillary as a false choice. The choice between fascism and socialism… no thanks, I’ll take neither. The third reason Trump will fail: Trump likes to quip that a Cruz candidacy will be marred with lawsuits but, in fact, it is Trump who will be looking at multiple class action lawsuits for his course, Trump University, a course which some have deemed to be a complete scam.The polls continue to reflect this.
Let’s just state the obvious, a decent sized group of Trump’s supporters are racist. Not a majority but a larger subset than we’ve seen in a long while. Just breezing through a comment section of any of the news sites pro-Trump makes that point clear. Any candidate that refuses to reflexively condemn support from David Duke and the Klan is looked at as a serious threat to me and my way of life. When you add in the fact that he’s an overt nationalist that equivocates on Israel, one can only conclude that you’re dealing with someone who holds fascistic tendencies or worse. His appeal to nationalist and white supremacist movements is no surprise. The clarion call of protecting white American jobs by using the levers of big government has been a talking point of those groups for years. It’s no wonder they’ve grasped onto the Trump train so vigorously.
There is nothing decentralized about Nationalism or populism, these ideologies have never been synonymous with individualism or personal autonomy. This common thread is the bedrock of the Trump platform. Donald Trump doesn’t believe in the free market. How could he, he’s never engaged in it. Every so-called deal in his life has involved paying off government officials in some form or fashion. So it makes perfect sense that he would turn to the state to promote growth in the private sector. His economic policy is built on government intervention tariffs and other coercive vehicles of that sort. These are the policies that ushered in the great depression and these are the policies of the statist, the world over. The only way to see real economic growth in this country is through the free market. If you want companies to stay in the United States, we have to get back to basic free market principles. If you make it cheaper to headquarter a business in this country, more businesses will be headquartered in this country.
Carrier moving its manufacturing to Mexico isn’t an indictment of the corporation, it’s an indictment of the Obama administration and overregulation. Do you actually think if a company had the choice of operating in America or any other country, that they would pick the other country? A lot of manufacturing jobs have left this country and they aren’t likely to come back no matter what you do. The market isn’t a zero-sum game and more industries can be created by unleashing the genius of the individual. We can unchain the free market and we will reap the benefits of a robust economy when we do, but Donald’s policies only prove that like all statist, there is a general distrust of the individual. The Donald has even shown flexibility with his central campaign message, building the wall. In an off the record conversation with the editorial board of the New York Times, Trump was acting as if everything was negotiable including the wall he’s been screaming about since he launched this campaign.
Do you actually think if a company had the choice of operating in America or any other country, that they would pick the other country? A lot of manufacturing jobs have left this country and they aren’t likely to come back no matter what you do. The market isn’t a zero-sum game and more industries can be created by unleashing the genius of the individual. We can unchain the free market and we will reap the benefits of a robust economy when we do, but Donald’s policies only prove that like all statist, there is a general distrust of the individual. The Donald has even shown flexibility with his central campaign message, building the wall. In an off the record conversation with the editorial board of the New York Times, Trump was acting as if everything was negotiable including the wall he’s been screaming about since he launched this campaign.
Trump’s call to reform libel laws in America is a typical strategy of the nationalist of yesterday. Silencing the media is one of the first things most nationalist and statist pursue. His followers in their fervor are only likely to think this will affect the left wing media, but with the army of slip and fall lawyers at the left’s disposal, it’s easy to see this folly would only bolster the mainstream media’s market share. In all actuality, it is people like me who would feel the brunt of this policy. Conservative websites in new media operate on shoestring budgets. It’s not hard to imagine me writing about corrupt government officials only to be silenced with a wave of lawsuits. Libel reform has only been proposed by leftist and nationalist because it will enable them to wrestle control of the media so only a select few can comment on the political landscape.
New media has been at the forefront of exposing major corruption. You have to remember folks, it was a relevantly new website named The Drudge Report that broke the Monica Lewinsky story. It was an individual investigative reporter who exposed the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. It was a small group of investigative journalist lead by James O Keefe that continues to expose rampant voter fraud and shut down Acorn. Libel lawsuit reform would only silence these voices. This is a clear assault on our first amendment. The media is often referred to as the fourth branch of government. This doesn’t mean that the media is infallible but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Liberty, my friend, is a double-edged sword in that regard.
I think it’s time to take stock of this situation. It’s been said that Trump supporters have been duped or misled in some way. I happen to have more faith in the voting public than to accept that elitist view that his supporters just don’t understand his policies, they do. There has always been a subset of both voting parties who have an affinity for the strong man. The guy who’s going to go in there and get even. The checks, the balances, federalism, and separation of powers be damned, we need someone who will disregard the chains of that dusty constitution. That’s probably not how they articulate it, but, nonetheless, those are their wishes. This mindset gives rise to the central planners of the left. Does anyone want to feel the Bern?
This also applies to the strong man fascist on the right in the Donald. Of course, these men are birthed from the same sentiment of voters, the “the get even class.” These groups are willing to sacrifice liberty for whatever perceived panacea can be realized. A great leap forward if you will. Against the throngs of voters turned off by these strong men, they are easily defeated. That explains why Hillary is handily defeating Bernie Sanders at nearly every turn. Imagine if the Democrat field were crowded like the Republican field is, that strong man would be in contention. If that strong man played his cards right he may even build up some legitimate momentum. As they say in life, perception is reality, so mainstream voters would also fall in line due to the inevitability of the candidate and viola, you have the Donald.