See Donald Trump as a "liberal's liberal," in a July 2015 article by Hunter Schwartz:
A blog that lists Trump's flip-flops on drugs, taxation, government health care monopolism, abortion, the Second Amendment, Social "Security" privatization, and his love for Dolores Umbridge-Clinton:
A list of politicians to which Trump has donated significant cash over the years includes: Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, John Kerry, Charles Schumer, Edward M. "Hold my drink Mary Jo while I drive off of this bridge" Kennedy, Charles Rangel, and Umbridge-Clinton herself. His largest single political donation ever was in 2006, for $125,000. It went to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee of New York:
And for a real thrill, read this June 2014 article "How Donald Trump helped Democrats pass Obamacare," published in the Washington Post (not a publication known for its pro-Republican slant):
So can someone please explain to me how anyone calling himself a "Republican" or a "Tea Partier" can support this undercover Democrat?
The Tea Party movement's GOP overhaul notwithstanding, there are still a lot of Republicans who refuse to think in terms of core principles and who therefore see no problem with jumping onto any random bandwagon that shows up, on the basis of the flimsiest of reasons. In context of a pivotal Presidential campaign season, that bandwagon mentality is a potentially catastrophic sellout of those principles, at precisely the point in history at which they are most desperately needed. It's also a shunting-aside of the first Republicans of genuine principle we've had on a primary roster since election year 1984. This hijacking of the Republican primary process threatens to condemn the American voter to yet another "lesser of two evils" contest between a.) a goose-stepping hard-left Democrat and b.) a principles-devoid RINO.
Dole, anybody? McCain? Romney? Trump? Again? Why?
This hijacking of the Republican primary must not be allowed to continue. Which means that we as Republicans must reject this personality-cult stupidity, ditch the "American Idol" entertainment mentality, grow up, and get back to the heavy lifting that is: nominating a genuine Republican of principle for the 2016 election. This is not some mindless "reality" show like Trump's "Apprentice," it is a contest for the next leader of the semi-free world - at a time of crisis in which the very fate of America and of Western Civilization itself are at stake.
For the first time in thirty years we have plenty of genuine Republicans of principle to choose from: We have Ted Cruz. We have Scott Walker. We have Rand Paul. We have Carly Fiorina. We have Bobby Jindal. We have Marco Rubio. We have no need of RINOs - whether Trump, Bush, Christie, Graham, Kasich, Huckabee or any other - and we never did. As Tea Partiers, identification of RINOs and ejecting them from office has been one of our prime, founding objectives. To choose to get sucked into this celebrity-hobbyist RINO's stab at "fifteen more minutes of fame," at the expense of truly worthy candidates, is a betrayal of everything the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement have ever stood for.
Trump is, and always has been, a finger-to-the-wind pragmatist who leans to the left. He is nonetheless clever enough at manipulating the populist pack-mentality to mouth a few slogans that some Republicans want to hear, and to do so forcefully. But the fact remains that along with his historical record of leftwing causes and candidates, and along with his contemptible hatred of women (hey, if he's too much of a wimp to handle Megyn Kelly, how in hell would he handle an Iranian mullah or the global fascists running the UN?) he is perhaps the perfect poster-boy for precisely the things that the Tea Party formed in early 2009 to eradicate: RINOism, and the government-business collusion we call corporatism - both of which Trump's record confirms conclusively.
For some people who identify themselves as Republicans - or worse, as Tea Party Republicans - to have jumped onto this RINO's bandwagon, is politically suicidal and potentially destructive of everything we stand for and everything we have been fighting for. What is particularly disgusting about this Trump bandwagon is the fact that, again, for the first time since Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign of 1983-84, we actually have real Republicans, worthy of the name, running for the office - and not just one but at least six. And here we have this anti-Tea Party vandal, sidetracking the process and sucking up media attention with his carnival sideshow, thereby playing directly into the hands of our opposition.
I am convinced that this fact - that the true frontrunners in this race are genuine Republicans of principle - is precisely why the leftwing media are shoving RINO Trump at us so aggressively, with this manufactured designation as "frontrunner": There are a whole lot of people, among both the Democrat-Socialist Party and RINOs alike, who are terrified that we Republicans will bypass the Establishment traitors and nominate a genuine Republican in 2016.
Have a look at the respective candidate rosters of the Democrat-Socialist and the Republican Parties:
- The Democrat-Socialists have the lamest lineup of candidates since 1988, when Gary Hart was sailing off with Donna Rice on the "Monkey Business" and Michael Dukakis was playing tank commander - while award-winning author Robert Bidinotto helped make Dukakis' pal Willie Horton a household name;
- The Republican Party has, again, not just one but at least six excellent Republicans of principle on the roster for 2016. None is 100% consistent, certainly, but all are miles better than the RINO cancer we've suffered through for the last thirty years.
So... "Let's jump on the Trump bandwagon! Yeah, that's the ticket!" Why, because he talks tough? Hey, so did Jeremiah Wright, so why not give him your vote? Because wealth in itself is attractive? So go think just as deeply, and cast your vote for Kim Kardashian already.
Let's do a quick recap of the two fundamental evils that the Tea Party committed itself to eradicating - the two core issues that gave rise to this grassroots phenomenon in the first place:
1. Business-government collusion, a.k.a. corporatism. In the middle of the quarter-century economic boom cycle that President Reagan's policies gave us, un-jailed vandals Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank set up an economic time-bomb in the housing bubble bailout and the Federal Reserve's equally-disastrous "quantitative easing" scam - none of which would've happened if a wall of separation were reestablished and maintained between government and business;
2. The infiltration of the Republican Party by RINO traitors - finger-to-the-wind pragmatists animated by a scattershot of willy-nilly positions on disparate issues without the faintest hint of a cohesive philosophy to tie them together, and/or full-blown traitors for the Democrat cause itself, such as Jeffords, Snowe, Collins, Boehner and McConnell.
Donald Trump's documented advocacy record of leftwing causes and candidates over the last thirty years is a matter of record, and he not only admitted but seemingly boasted about his embrace of government-business collusion, during the first Republican debate of 2015: http://tinyurl.com/oqd33xc
Which makes Trump a perfect textbook-definition RINO. So once again, can somebody please explain to me why anyone calling himself a Republican, much less a Tea Partier, would have anything to do with this principles-devoid imposter?
One of the most important achievements of the Tea Party movement is that for the first time in the Republican Party's history there appeared a massive, nationwide demand for a sharp distinction between Republicans of clear principle, vs. RINO interlopers whose malleable, go-along-to-get-along, compromise-with-anyone-on-anything worldview makes them Democrat-Socialist enablers at best and Demo-Socialist moles at worst. That fact that one of these RINOs likes to rant unapologetically about a handful of personal peeves which happen to coincide with the peeves of some among us, does not alter the fact of his RINO record - an opportunistic worldview not rooted to any identifiable Republican principle, any consistent individualist philosophy, or evidencing the slightest shred of any long-range political vision.
And take note: Here is a man whose entire life's work revolves around the cautious management of money. By that very fact, the candidates and causes to which he chooses to donate his money is an irrefutable identifier of this man's deepest values and convictions. Review the list of such value-commitments in the links at the beginning of this post, and start connecting some dots. Donald Trump's true political views are not Republican. Unless it's expedient to pretend they are - see his multitude of sudden, opportunistic flip-flops.
Folks, I know a lot of good people have made the mistake of jumping onto this RINO's bandwagon, but to ignore his flip-flopping, fence-sitting, radical-Left-supporting past is to ignore the Republican Party's and the Tea Party movement's core principles. His past choices are a matter of record. They identify him as the antithesis of the core Republicanism which absolutely must be central to our 2016 GOP nominee. In-your-face one-liners are fine - but when the mindset behind them runs on a completely different track than core, Constitutional Republicanism, it's nothing but cheap populism in the service of an undigested ideological hash. IOW, it's RINOism with an attitude. Which remains: RINOism.
What America and Western Civilization must have in the 2016 Republican nominee is a candidate steeped in the Founding philosophy of America - the Renaissance / Enlightenment / Constitutional ideology upon which this nation's greatest virtues (reason, individualism, capitalism, liberty) are built. Cruz gets it, Paul gets it, Walker gets it, and generally speaking, Fiorina, Jindal and Rubio also get it.
Trump? He's an expert at getting attention from a willing media, and at wowing crowds. And that's all folks.
The world may never know whether Trump's motives are simple self-aggrandizement, active sabotage of the strongest roster of true Republicans in decades, or "hedging his bets" as in Rand Paul's nail-on-the-head identification. (Handing the election to Clinton, thereby securing a second Clinton Administration deeply indebted to him, would go a long way toward greasing regulatory and tax-related skids for a high-dollar wheeler-dealer like Trump.)
What makes it all the more disgusting is that the interference he's running on behalf of the Clintons has stolen the early limelight from what is, again, the strongest lineup of actual, true-blue rock-ribbed Republicans of principle that we've seen since... well, since the Reagan campaign in '83-'84. 2016 is the year that we obliterate the RINO stranglehold on the GOP and elect an actual Republican - for the first time since 1984.
Again, we have Cruz, Walker, Paul, Fiorina, Jindal, Rubio - genuine Republicans all.
RINOs are a cancer on the GOP, on America, on Western Civilization as a whole. And Trump is one of them.
To those who would betray Republican principles in favor of this RINO imposter Donald Trump, I will refer you to the prescient words of American Founder Samuel Adams:
“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
You, Republican voter, must decide which is more important to you: Momentary entertainment or the fate of civilization.
Enough of this RINO-sideshow Trump. We have a genuine Republican to nominate.