Equally troubling is his idea of the presidency — his promise that he’s the guy, the man on a white horse, who can ride into Washington, fire the stupid people, hire the best people, and fix everything.He doesn’t talk about policy or working with Congress.He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat.
The media struggled to explain it away as racist, xenophobic, and jingoistic. While conservatives fought against the stimulus, Donald Trump said it was “what we need,” praising Obama’s schemes of “building infrastructure, building great projects, putting people to work in that sense.” While conservatives fought against the auto bailouts, Donald Trump claimed “the government should stand behind [the auto companies] 100 percent” because “they make wonderful products.” While conservatives fought against the bank bailouts, Donald Trump called them “something that has to get done.” Let his reasoning sink in for a second: The government “can take over companies, and, frankly, take big chunks of companies.” When conservatives desperately needed allies in the fight against big government, Donald Trump didn’t stand on the sidelines.
But the truth is, the Tea Party did not arise because Barack Obama defeated his opposition. Over the years, there have been endless fractures in the façade of individual freedom, but three policies provided the fuel that lit the tea-party fire: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, and the bank bailouts. He consistently advocated that your money be spent, that your government grow, and that your Constitution be ignored. lot of Americans think it would be better to have a businessman than a politician as president, and I sympathize with them.
Sure, Trump’s potential primary victory would provide Hillary Clinton with the easiest imaginable path to the White House. If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, there will once again be no opposition to an ever-expanding government. Alas, the only businessmen crazy enough to run for president seem to be, well, crazy.
At least Ross Perot kept his craziness confined mostly to private matters, such as the looming disruption of his daughter’s wedding. From a libertarian point of view — and I think serious conservatives and liberals would share this view — Trump’s greatest offenses against American tradition and our founding principles are his nativism and his promise of one-man rule.
Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign.
Trump launched his campaign talking about Mexican rapists and has gone on to rant about mass deportation, bans on Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, and building a wall around America.
America is an exceptional nation in large part because we’ve aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.
s the election of 2008 approached, America was in crisis.
And as we would soon learn, that crisis would not go to waste.
Years after Bill Clinton disingenuously claimed that the era of big government was over, Obama won his party’s nomination by promising its furious revenge.
For constitutional conservatives, the Republican contest functioned less like a primary and more like an abandonment.