Days of Change

Don’t Let Trump Be Trump | August 13, 2016

I am probably in the minority these days, but I consider George W. Bush to be an authentic conservative. He was a Christian conservative, something that was beaten out of the party over the last few years. Even given that, Bush managed to stabilize the economy after the tech bubble of the late 1990’s and the post-9/11 recession, but did not have enough time to do anything about the global economic crisis near the end of his administration. As for Iraq, I’ve written about that plenty, and Donald Trump’s theories are one reason I think he sucks as a candidate.

If you look at the 2008 slate of GOP candidates, any one of them could be called a “RINO” except for maybe Alan Keyes, who tried to stop the ascension of Barack Obama in 2004. When McCain won, he considered picking Joe Lieberman as his VP, but decided to bring in a conservative and a woman instead. He got clobbered. The campaign was blamed. Mitt Romney ran and got beaten slightly less badly and the campaign was blamed.

For Republicans, you run to the right in the primaries and run to the center in the general election. That didn’t seem to do the job in the last couple of elections, so now we’re trying running to the right and the center at the same time. Donald Trump didn’t just try to be the most conservative, he one-upped everyone. Immigration wasn’t enough. He wanted to build a wall. Enhanced interrogation, which has legal groundwork, wasn’t enough. He wanted to torture people, which is in violation of treaties and probably the Constitution since American citizens could fall under that definition.

At least McCain and Romney conceded some ground to conservatives while trying to attract disaffected Democrats. Trump is targeting the people who are out of work or have crappy jobs by promising the kind of union jobs (without the word union) that have been replaced by robots. Remember when Obama complained about ATM machines taking away jobs? Even he didn’t promise to make tellers great again.

So, if there is any chance of righting this ship, it is to tell Trump to scoop out the word salad exiting his brain pan and replace it with prepared remarks. The next time he ignores those rules, Reince Priebus needs to tell all Republicans to vote for a Republican governor, Gary Johnson.

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