Trump is the archetype of what the liberal media thinks conservatives are. If you were to borrow some space in the mind of your average MSNBC anchor, the typical Conservative is an old man boomer who is a rich socialite, heartless “fatcat” businessman, lying politician, amoral opportunist, misogynistic, characterless leader. Who does that sound like?
I firmly believe in a color blind society. I firmly believe in equal rights for all no matter their gender, orientation, race, religion, or background. I firmly believe in strong economic policies because it helps the poor. I firmly believe in care and compassion for the poor and the vulnerable. I firmly believe that every person deserves respect.
Now let’s look at some facts:
- In December, Donald Trump suggested that we ban Muslims from entering the United States. (And is unsure if he would have supported the Japanese internment camps that FDR created during WWII.)
- On Sunday he failed not once, but three times to denounce the KKK and its onetime leader, the infamous racist, David Duke on the eve of a series of southern primaries.
- After the first FOX debate he didn’t get his way and proceeded to try to bully Megyn Kelly by trying to insinuate that his bad performance was due to her menstrual cycle.
- He has mocked John McCain’s military service implying that only losers end up in POW prisons.
- He even mocked a journalist at a campaign event because he had a physical handicap. (And this is only the tip of the iceberg if this article has any truth in it at all.)
- He lies in every speech claiming that Mexico will pay for a wall along the border. This will not happen. If Trump thinks it will, he is crazy. But I don’t believe he is. I think he is smart enough to know that it will not happen. Unfortunately, that means that he must be lying every time he speaks.
If you do not value people enough to respect others, even those you disagree with, you should not serve in high office.
I’m not looking for an angel. I know that people make mistakes. I am more than willing to forgive mistakes. But the above list establishes a pattern where Trump habitually judges people by the sex, religion, physical appearance, and background. That kind of pattern is unacceptable in anyone. It is disqualifying in a leader.
I believe that these character flaws are enough to compel me to oppose Donald Trump as a leader. If I was looking for a Republican leader, I would look for someone who has demonstrated understanding of the platform, loyalty to the organization, and personal investment. In case you haven’t been following the record on these points: Trump has demonstrated no understanding of the platform avoiding questions about it in debates, he has been a Democrat and no one seems to be able to explain why he is now a Republican (unless it is because he doesn’t believe that Obama’s long form birth certificate is legit), and he has donated to high profile Democrats, including Hillary, even in fairly recent elections.
If I was looking for a conservative leader, I would have deep concerns about Trump’s history of supporting higher taxes (some say he pushed what would have been the biggest tax increase in American history), his praising Planned Parenthood even in the face of recent damning video evidence, his blaming President George W. Bush for the attacks on September 11, and the fact that he seems to want to undercut free speech in the United States.
I believe that he fails as a respectable leader, a Republican, and as a conservative.
America must return to principles and reject the racist tendencies. America must reject the disrespect for women, the mockery of the disabled, and the devaluing of POWs. America must reject judging whole people groups en masse disregarding bedrock principles of “innocent until proven guilty” and judging each person by who they are and their own actions.
I might be old fashioned, but I believe in holding leaders to basic standards of behavior. I have invested my life in our political process because I believe that there are principles that are worth fighting for, and I will not surrender that fight ever. The founders coined the phrase: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
I would like to I would like to borrow from that and add my own twist: “I will support and defend the core principles of United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, no matter what party they come from or how popular they are, because some battles are worth fighting, even if they are not popular.”
Post by Jeremiah Lorrig