Greetings everyone. After much time reading Redstate and commenting when time allowed, I decided to join the fray and add my two cents. This is my first diary entry so your constructive criticism would be appreciated.
Earlier this week, while listening to Erick Erickson’s show, I heard a Trump voter mention that he believes Trump will win the election because those of us who are in the “Never Trump” camp will change our minds after the party platform is created. His reasoning follows that we’ll see enough in the platform to get us to vote for Trump. If six or seven of ten positions in the platform align with our beliefs, how could we not vote him considering the alternative? Erick was not able to address the caller’s comments due to a commercial break so I would like to do so here since it’s been on my mind since. I’d like to respond to that caller and maybe help Trump supporters see why it is that their candidate is completely unacceptable. To do that, let’s take a look at the 2012 Republican Party platform (as of the time of writing this the new platform hasn’t been created).
First off, a copy of the platform positions from 2012 can be found at the GOP’s website, if you’d like to check what I’m saying compared to the actual platform you can get there quite easily without me posting it.
I’m skipping the first section because I believe Trump’s economic policies are less dangerous than his beliefs about government. Let’s start, instead, with the second section, “We the People: A Restoration of Constitutional Government.” In discussing the First Amendment the Republican platform says this:
The rights of citizenship do not stop at the ballot box. They include the free speech right to devote one’s resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals.
How does that compare with Trump’s beliefs? He’s stated his desire to loosen libel laws in order to go after reporters and publications that publish “unfair” stories on him (see here). How does the platform position jive with Trump’s comments? The short answer is they don’t.
Here’s what the platforms says about the Fifth amendment:
The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment– “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation”–is a bulwark against tyranny; for without property rights, individual rights are diminished. That is why we deplore the Supreme Court’s Kelo v. New London decision, allowing local governments to seize a person’s home or land, not for vital public use, but for transfer to private developers.
I’ll point you to this article from National Review. Trump loves the Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London and eminent domain in general. So far the old party platform and it’s current nominee are at odds.
Let’s take a look at one of the most important issues to those of us who are conservatives, abortion. Here’s what the platform states:
Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.
Compare that stance to this. The official Republican position is to go as far as have a Constitutional amendment to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. Trump is fine with keeping things the way they are.
Keeping those three examples in mind I’d like to address the idea that the party platform will help sway those in the “Never Trump” camp to vote for him. What I see when looking at Trump is a man who’s stood and fought for positions that are counter to what the Republican party states it stands for. He’s done it in his past and he continues to do it in the present.
What good then, do the words printed on the pages of the platform do when the Republican party is about to present Trump to the American people as their candidate for president? They say they support all those positions, but by their actions they have shown us the exact opposite. Why should I believe anything that is put in the platform when I see a man nominated who doesn’t represent those values? Anything, to me, that is put in the platform is nothing but empty talk by a group of people desperate to hold on to their power.