Justin Smith provides many legitimate reasons why Conservatives should think twice before committing to a Trump nomination for POTUS. The thing is I don’t believe Trump has become popular among Republican voters because of his ideology. The Donald has become representative of American Conservative and Independent displeasure with the business as usual politics exacted by Leftist Dems and Establishment Republicans.
I will not be voting for Donald Trump in my Oklahoma Primary. However if he did win the GOP nomination I would vote for him because he would shake up the way things operate in Washington DC. Trump will manage the Executive Branch as a CEO manages a major corporation. I have no doubts that government management will step on the toes of Leftists and Conservatives alike.
I doubt Trump will change any social issues dear to Conservatives but I suspect he will not add to the Leftist view of social issues. On money management of America’s economy I believe Trump will ignore all the utopian Leftist agendas. On the other hand it will remain to be seen if he cuts Big Government unless he views the operations of pork programs are not profitable.
I think you see my point without me competing with Justin’s thoughts which AGAIN are very legitimate concerns.
Trump's Fluctuating Loyalty
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 10/17/2015 1:37 PM
Americans must not entrust the future of these United States to Donald Trump, despite his accurate assessment concerning the illegal immigration, economic and trade deficit problems. Trump is politically confused, lacking core principled moral values and integrity; and, he is a master of corruption in U.S. politics, who has admittedly bought politicians to increase his own wealth. Trump is no friend to the U.S. Constitution, and rather than being America's salvation, a President Trump will only serve to the greater detriment of America.
Trump's disdain for the Bill of Rights and individual liberty is readily apparent, when one reviews his attempts to steal private property for his own use through the misuse of eminent domain. Trump colluded with New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in 1994 to forcibly remove Vera Coking from her land, valued at over $1 million, and "compensate" her only $251,000; righteously, Coking beat them in court. And in 2005, Trump told Neil Cavuto (Fox News) that he fully agreed with the Supreme Court's 2005 'Kelo decision', which legitimized this sort of government-abetted theft of private property.
Although Trump attempts to equate his midnight conversion to conservatism to President Ronald Reagan leaving the Democratic Party for the GOP, Trump has changed party affiliation from Republican to Independent to Democrat and back to Republican in a matter of two decades, just in time for the Iowa caucuses. Please note, Reagan's core values never shifted away from a strong pro-life and pro-Second Amendment position in the way Trump's values shift much like the changing of one's underwear from day to day, depending on his own personal agenda and who has his ear at the moment.
While Trump now says that "gun and magazine bans are a total failure" and presents himself as pro-2nd Amendment, he supported a ban on semi-automatic "assault weapons" and thirty round magazines as late as 2009 (note: A car or hammer can be an "assault weapon" too). His current acceptance of limited restrictions for gun ownership highlights his fundamentally flawed view of the 2nd Amendment, which reads "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
In 1999, Trump was interviewed by 'Meet the Press' when he was considering running for president, under Ross Perot's reform Party. When asked if he would ban partial-birth abortion, he answered: "No I would not. I am pro-choice in every respect as far as it goes, but I just hate it." And now, Trump is supposedly "pro-life", probably in the same manner that Obama supported the Defense of Marriage Act until he did not.
Who in their right minds can wholeheartedly support Trump, when he was a Democrat, making massive donations to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, the Clintons and John Kerry and supporting the very "socialist/communist" views of that party as late as 2004 -- the very "socialist/communist" views he now rails against?
Who is going to be fool enough to actually cast their vote for Trump, once they know that he supported John Kerry -- a communist and islamofascist sympathizer -- for president in 2004?
In 2007, Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that it "was a shame that race was lost", as he talked about John Kerry's and John Edward's bid to take the White House for the Progressive Democrats. Trump elaborated with "I'm so upset that he [Kerry] blew it."
Trump further exhibited his ignorance, his lack of reasoning and logic and his willingness to jump on the bandwagon behind any idea that appealed to his own fallacious beliefs in 2008, when he praised then Speaker Nancy Pelosi for attacking President Bush for getting the U.S. "into the war [Iraq] with lies." Trump bought the Progressive talking points hook-line-and sinker and completely ignored the fact that even most of the Democratic Caucus, including Senator Hillary Clinton, supported President Bush's action based on the very same intelligence -- the only intelligence -- that they and Bush had been given by U.S. and allied intelligence organizations.
In August 2015, Carly Fiorina, GOP presidential candidate, explained that Trump has tapped into America's legitimate frustration, however, Fiorina concluded with this thought: "I would say this. Since he has changed his mind on amnesty, on healthcare and on abortion, I would ask, what are the principles by which he will govern?"
President Reagan's son, Michael, recently told 'Politifact' that Donald Trump is the candidate who is least like Ronald Reagan. He countered Trump's August assertion that he had a strong relationship with President Reagan by asking "exactly how many state dinners [was Trump] invited to?" Michael Reagan also suggested that Trump could not win the national election.
With Trump still giving the Clinton Foundation money in 2015, can YOU honestly say that you would trust Trump to govern the United States in an honest and constitutionally acceptable manner? Even though a President Trump may reduce the Depts. of Education and the EPA, America is quite likely to witness Big Government expand in other sectors, more crony-capitalism/corruption and an ingrained oligarchy and the further abuse of our U.S. Constitution.
Even though everyone learns new information throughout their lifetime, it usually only leads them to minor shifts in their core beliefs by the time they are well past their thirties, but Donald Trump has shown a pathological desire to change quite often between two most divergent political philosophies -- the conservative belief of freedom under the law and the progressive belief that control is better than freedom. America does not need anyone in the White House who has shown such uncertainty in what they truly believe and hold most dear in their heart of hearts.
Aside from all of this, I cannot in good conscience vote for a person to be our U.S. President, who thinks "bigly" is a word and cannot quote a single verse from his "favorite book", the Bible, when pressed to do so.
America needs an intelligent, knowledgeable Constitutional conservative, who will defend our religious freedom and the First Amendment, along with an equally forceful defense of the entire Bill of Rights, rather than the closet Progressive Trump and his convoluted understanding of the U.S. Constitution. America needs a man or woman, who is confident enough in their sense of righteous purpose to forcefully defend America and Her allies in the cause of Liberty -- someone guided philosophically by the likes of Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan. America needs a patriot, who recognizes our nation's promise and the potential for opportunity that still remains, found in conservative principles, and, they will know that "In God We Trust" gives us hope and courage and moves the entire country towards greater prosperity and success.
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
© Justin O. Smith