Voting for President isn’t just about political preferences, it’s about selecting a human being to sit in the White House. To be the Leader of the Free World. There are standards for the position that should apply to Republicans and Democrats alike. Donald Trump fails the test against those standards.
I used to be popular political blogger in another life. I don’t intend on posting on politics at this blog, pretty much ever…with this being a perhaps singular exception. Fighting back against the scourge that is Donald Trump is necessary.
There are many take downs of Trump if you really want to read in greater detail, such as:
- From the right, Dana Loesch offers a summary of the integrity and morals-free zone that are Donald Trump’s business dealings, as well as a long list of Trump’s history of supporting Democrats and Democratic policy positions. Feb 22 UPDATE: Erick Erickson offers a full-throated “nope!” on the Donald from the right too. Feb 24 UPDATE: This concise list of 11 reasons for conservatives to vote against Trump is robust as well.
- From the left, Ezra Klein reviews how Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be President, including this succinct riff:
Trump is the most dangerous major candidate for president in memory. He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he’s a racist, a sexist, and a demagogue, but he’s also a narcissist, a bully, and a dilettante. He lies so constantly and so fluently that it’s hard to know if he even realizes he’s lying. He delights in schoolyard taunts and luxuriates in backlash.
- And from academia, some thoughts on how our society is complicit in aiding and abetting Trump’s rise (thank you mainstream media!). Yeah, there are some Nazi analogies, but it’s disturbingly on point, even if it does violate Godwin’s Law.
Here’s the irony about me flaying the current “Republican” front-runner: I’ve identified as a Republican my whole life.
I worked for a Republican U.S. Senator. I worked in George W. Bush’s Administration as a political appointee. I wrote at the most popular conservative political blog in Washington state for over two years. Today, dramatic life changes and all, including a yoga and vegan-infused lifestyle, I still identify as Republican (though least imperfectly in the “Crunchy Con” mold than anything else).
And I won’t vote for Donald Trump.
He’s neither a Republican nor a Democrat. He’s an oligarch, whose animating political philosophy is whatever is in his head at the time…which invariably relates not to a set of core political beliefs, but whatever Donald Trump thinks is best for Donald Trump in the moment.
If he’s the “Republican” nominee, I won’t vote for President.
I won’t vote for Hillary or Bernie either based on political preferences. But, I won’t shame myself by voting for someone my conscious says is not fit to serve as President of the United States, regardless of party identification.
That is a legitimate worry with Trump. What do people who are hate-spewing demagogues, ignorant bullies, and shameless liars act like when they come to power?
Tyrants, that’s what.
There is a lot of world history on this. And it’s the antithesis of what the American Republic has stood for since its founding.
As Republicans and Democrats we can argue about the issues of the day. Lament the actions of each other’s parties. Cheer for our preferred candidates. And hopefully still be able to sit down for a beer or cup of coffee from time to time.
In the meantime, we must stop Donald Trump. Now. All of us.
The alternative: steel ourselves for trench warfare between branches of government as the Courts and Congress — including Republicans and Democrats alike! — serve as a necessary check on the Oligarch in the Oval Office.
Feb 24 UPDATE: It might be easy to say if you’re a Democrat, “Trump has the highest unfavorable ratings of a prospective general election nominee…pretty much ever. We’ll crush him in November!”
Yeah. And no one thought him becoming the Republican nominee was seriously possible either.
Meanwhile, he’s winning as Republican turnout soars and Democratic turnout drops during the primary season. Yes, Trump is a horribly flawed general election candidate. But so are Hillary and Bernie (for very different reasons). Wishing for Republican nominee Donald Trump is playing with the worst kind of fire.