A cold-eyed look at Trump’s actual record


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While Sessions, Cruz, and others on the outside like myself were fighting the worst immigration bill of our generation in 2013, Trump was promoting the Dream Act. When it really mattered he wasn’t with us.

Moreover, what sort of judges would Trump nominate? Where does he stand on proposals to rein in the lawless courts? If he believes the courts are the law of the land, even when they violate the most fundamental rights or original intent of the Constitution, as he did with religious liberty, what will he do when the courts inevitably use the same phantom 14th Amendment legal theory to toss out his immigration proposals?

While I will vote for Trump in a heartbeat should he be the Republican candidate running against either Clinton or Sanders, he isn’t yet that candidate, and conservative voters have an obligation to look at him honestly. From my perspective, he is not the candidate I want, as he in the end will likely not really change anything as President, but instead continue the general policies that have gotten us where we are. He might make some radical changes around the edges, on hot-button issues like immigration, but overall his political philosophy is that of a traditional liberal East Coast New Yorker.

2 comments

  • Cotour

    There is a requirement upon becoming the president of the United States. You must raise yourself up and become more than you are as it relates to your responsibilities related to the Constitution and the exercise of power and not how you “feel” about an issue or problem (Obama fakes leadership).

    True leadership is not about how one feels and about enforcing ones feelings on those who disagree, but about objectively leading those who agree with you and most importantly those who do not quite see eye to eye with you related to those issues that need to be dealt with with a force of vision. That test is not passed by every president and it remains to be seen whether Trump will be able to “see” and manifest this highest of requirements of an individual empowered with the office. I call this the George Washington test.

    We have observed from the beginning that Trump is a different kind of person and should not be discounted and has the potential IMO to attain that highest of objectives: balanced and reasonably benevolent exercise of power while fulfilling ones fiduciary responsibilities. We may or may not see whether he has these inherent abilities, he is certainly a better bet in my estimation than either, Sanders, Clinton or and this may be the most important person not to empower, Jeb Bush.

    The Bush’s and Clintons over the past 30 years have delivered us to this point in our country’s existence where we insanely appear willing to sell out our Constitution and sovereignty and our security, why would the people of America want more of that? Do they seriously think (hope) that absolutely no one is paying attention?

  • Steve

    Cotour said:
    “….True leadership is not about how one feels and about enforcing ones feelings on those who disagree, but about objectively leading those who agree with you and most importantly those who do not quite see eye to eye with you related to those issues that need to be dealt with with a force of vision….”

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    Correct. The best President’s use their bully pulpit to encourage their followers and their critics. Obama has used his to inflame his followers and belittle his critics.

    Another test that goes hand in hand with this is whether a President can act as well as speak. It is not enough to give a good rousing speech, he or she must follow it with even-handed action that mirrors their words. And here again Obama has failed, routinely saying one thing and doing another.

    I too think that Trump has these abilities within him, whether he rises to the higher-calling or not remains to be seen.

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