Hanging out at RedState Gathering the last several days, I’ve was amused by the sub-culture of tea party adherents who have nonetheless bought into the mainstream media creation that is Donald Trump.
And he IS a creation of the MSM, make no mistake. His is all-bluster, all the time. He is a caricature of what Hollywood lefties want Americans to believe businessmen are like: angry, crude, boorish, self-serving, misogynistic thugs who’d sell their mother to get a new bauble for the private jet. He is the embodiment of the “if it bleeds, it leads” mindset of sensationalist journalism. He reliably says outrageous things apparently for the sheer shock value, or because he has no sense of self-control.
Perhaps that’s endearing in your eccentric uncle, but it’s not in our president.
And he is not a conservative. No, I’m not harping on his big-giving to the Clintons. I’m looking at his policy positions. Or what passes for policy positions in Trumpville.
Now that it’s fashionable, he’s talking about border protection. But it wasn’t too long ago he was pushing for amnesty. The two positions are inherently contradictory.
And then there is his support of single-payer healthcare. You might know that as “socialism” or “ObamaCare.”
Or his 1999 proposal, had it been implemented, for the largest tax increase in history. He says he is against his idea now. (Or should that be “for now”?)
He says he is right now, today, open to funding the “good aspects” of Planned Parenthood. Good aspects?
On public policy, he has no principles – or none for very long. When pressed, he cannot explain his past positions nor his current ones. He doesn’t care to, since he knows he won’t hold them very long.
He seemingly treats his public policy positions the way he treats business: purchasing assets in a trendy part of town but held only so long as it’s popular. That’s good for making money in real estate, but bad for presenting a cohesive governing plan.
Plan? What plan?
What I hear people say about Trump is that they like he isn’t “politically correct,” that he “speaks his mind,” that he is “angry.”
In leadership, we should look for dignity, self-control and restraint. (See Washington, George.)
As for anger, unattached to righteousness it is a recipe for strife and destruction.
Trump is decidedly the anti-righteousness candidate.
In the next president of the United States, we don’t need an angry self-promoter any more than another establishment sell-out. Sadly, in Donald Trump, you end up with both.