Golf club Republican’s and Anti-Trump establishment, as well as the liberal media, keep repeating themselves, relying on sound bytes that Trump, very smartly, seems to ignore.
” Trump is a racist and sexist”
No he isn’t. The man does have many problems, but those are not among them.
Yes he has insulted women, but you’ve probably noticed that he insults men just as much. He pops off at anybody who confronts him and he does so as a quick knee jerk reaction. His big mouth is an equal opportunity weapon.
As for racism, nobody can look into another person’s heart but if we’re going to judge a man by words during this election campaign, he has not said one racist word despite people choosing their own interpretation of his speeches. Does a desire to protect our borders mean that one hates Hispanics?
Then explain why so many Hispanic Americans support Trump. True, many others do not support him, but many do!
As for his idea of vetting Muslim immigrants more carefully, it’s time for a small education: Islam is not a race. Neither is it a nationality. Islam is a religion.
Trump is not talking about outlawing the religion. Neither is he talking about deporting Muslim-American citizens. He is simply saying that presently, a lot of brutal terrorist attacks are coming in the name of Islamic Jihad. And he’s saying this for an interesting reason: Because it happens to be the truth!!!!!
Yes, we will call Trump out when he lies, but not when he speaks the truth!
By the way; Democrats would have portrayed any Republican nominee as racist and sexist.
Do you think they weren’t going to say that about Ted Cruz? Of course they were. He too talked about borders, defended traditional marriage, and spoke against Islamic Jihad.
The Democrats would even have portrayed moderate, self proclaimed nice guy, John Kasich as anti woman and racist. You don’t think so? He already got in trouble with feminists for nothing more than discouraging female college students from drinking too much.
Mitt Romney was a moderate. They called him a racist for being a Mormon and a sexist for having the names of women he wanted to consider hiring in a binder.
Columnist George Will hopes to save the GOP by encouraging a Hillary win against Trump. The idea is that since Trump doesn’t truly represent the Republican Party, more damage would be done to its brand should Trump win.
“If Trump is nominated, Republicans working to purge him and his manner from public life will reap the considerable satisfaction of preserving the identity of their 162-year-old party while working to see that they forgo only four years of the enjoyment of executive power.”
That all looks good on paper. The problem is we won’t survive another four years as a free nation, not with the vacancies that are likely to open up on the Supreme Court.
Once we have a completely liberal supreme court, it won’t matter anymore who the president is, or which party is running congress, or what the will of the people accomplishes with a ballot measure.That’s practically true already. For all intents and purposes our country is no longer a democratic republic.
Our country is run partly by an oligarchy and partly by a dictator whose decisions are canonized by this oligarchy under whitewashed terms such as “judicial review” or “executive Orders.”
“Doesn’t it ring hollow that Trump now calls for unity after dividing Republicans and conservatives?”
Of course it rings hollow! Trump realists should upon Trump to make the first effort toward reconciliation. He owes that to his defeated rivals
What he owes to the GOP establishment is another story. True, some in the establishment are biting the bullet and supporting Trump, but many were scheming to take him out at a contested convention. Some seem to still be scheming. Romney will not endorse Trump. Neither will the Speaker-of-the-House. Neither will the Bushes.
Remember, this same GOP establishment asked Trump to take a pledge that he would support the nominee should he lose.
We’ll never know if Trump would have kept that pledge but we do know that Jeb Bush and every other GOP candidate was asked to make the same pledge. Jeb has already gone back on his.
“But don’t they have a right to be concerned? The GOP establishment is only critical of Trump because he’s not a true conservative.”
Really? They had a true conservative in Cruz and they hated him even more. Why? Because Senator Cruz had the audacity to keep his campaign promises and challenge his fellow senators and congressmen to do the same. How was he rewarded? Just recently by former Speaker-of-the House, John Boehner called him”Satan.” So much for concern about electing a true conservative.
Would Cruz have been a better choice than Trump? Absolutely! There is no comparison. There’s nothing to even think about.
But that ship has sailed!
When the GOP establishment acts like their concern for Trump is his lack conservative values, they have difficulty making such comments with a straight face. We gave them back the House in 2012 and they did nothing. We gave them back the Senate in 2014 and they did nothing. They could have defunded Obama Care. They could have defunded his amnesty executive orders.
They could have done a lot of things. Instead, they were abysmal failures.
They worried about how Obama would portray them. They worried about how the media would portray them. They worried about pleasing everybody but the voters who had already spoken! Their failure left a vacuum that Trump has filled. They created Donald Trump!
Now they need to suck it up and live with it.
“But my conscience will not allow me to vote for a man like Trump.”
Will your conscience allow a liberal Supreme Court? Do you think Clinton, Sanders, or any other liberal Democrat will appoint a Supreme Court justice who lets the vote of the people prevail instead of legislating from the bench? What will happen to free speech and religious liberty? They barely exist right now. They are being suspended by a very thin thread. Four years of a Democrat administration, with its agenda of tipping the Supreme Court balance of power and you will no longer recognize the country you grew up in. It will still be called the United States of America and that will and that title will be all that’s left.
“I’m not going to vote for the lesser of two evils.”
The alternative to the lesser of two evils is the greater of two evils.
In summary I am not calling anybody to be a Trump groupie, but rather, a Trump realist. As a realist, I have been painfully honest about his flaws, but I have also defended him where defense was warranted.The areas we presently see as strengths are still uncertainties, partly because the man is a volatile loose cannon, and partly because nobody can predict the future any way. This leaves an interesting choice on the menu: We have a candidate who is unpredictable or a Democrat who will be entirely predictable, whose policies will be inscribed by the Supreme Court as permanently as Mt. Rushmore. Given that choice, we would be wiser to roll the dice.
Think of it as that last ditch, eleventh hour unconventional drug that a doctor tries on a dying cancer patient because nothing else has worked. The doctor isn’t promising that his latest idea will work either. He is merely saying, “We better try it.”
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net