The Tea Party is apparently all a-twitter about The Donald. I find this all very curious, especially the timing and what is, apparently, the absolute and complete lack of actual thought with regard to the populist candidate that has seemingly entered the stage from out of nowhere.
I think that the leading members of the Tea Party need to do a bit more homework on Mr. Trump, because if they’re not careful, all of the tireless work and energy that they’ve poured into becoming the most genuine, dynamic political movement this country has seen in a long, long time in addition to saving their country will have been both wasted and, quite possibly, sabotaged.
I’ll be the first to stand up and say that yes, Trump is a very good businessman, he’s charismatic, and he’s very entertaining. At a time when Republicans more generally and true conservatives more specifically are darned near desperate for the Reagan-like savior to appear, the prospect of a Donald Trump candidacy can prove to to be quite alluring. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that while he’s been on his sudden, no-holds-barred, whirlwind media tour, he’s saying many of the right things, things that have been simmering under the surface of the free speech of millions of Americans for over two years. Now, people understandably think, there’s a man who’s finally unafraid to speak his mind.
Quite refreshing, isn’t it?
Be careful what you wish for, Tea Party. In this case, however, I’ve a feeling that not only will you not get what you wish for but you will also end up with four more years of that against which we’ve already been tirelessly struggling, and this time it’ll be four more years of an administration with nothing to lose.
Stop to think about the ramifications. Please.
Donald Trump is on record as saying that if he runs, he intends to win, because that’s how he does things. Fair enough. He says that he intends to run as a Republican. That, too, sounds good. What he has also said, however, is that if he decides that he’s in, he’s in all the way; if he fails to get the Republican nomination, he’ll run as an independent.
That should scare the bejeezus out of anyone who has invested him or herself politically, emotionally, and financially against the ideological terraforming that has been taking place over the course of the past two-and-a-half years. If, in fact, Trump does run as an independent, all he’s going to do is split the conservative vote and hand the presidency back to Barack Obama on a silver platter. President Obama won’t even need the media this time. The Tea Party will do the work for him.
What I intend to show you here is that Donald Trump is, at his core, no conservative. He may be a good businessman, and in that context it’s entirely plausible that he sees a political market that can be tapped right now. It is true that his foray into the 2012 race can be all about shaping the debate; everything about his admittedly scant forays into politics seems to indicate, however, that he’s much more a liberal Democrat than he is anything even remotely close to a moderate. And, believe me, this goes well beyond the fact that he trashed Paul Ryan’s budget proposals this week, budget proposals that only make sense according to the laws of math, for heaven’s sake.
The nerve of him.
Let’s start with the most obvious things. Donald Trump is the candidate of the Tea Party movement? Really? Where has he been for the past two years, when average, everyday citizens were sacrificing time from work, time away from their families, and their own money to protest the obvious fact that their country had come under ideological attack by a President and Congress that could only be termed as out-of-control? Did he attend any rallies? Make any contributions? In fact, Donald Trump made two contributions that could be more aptly labeled ‘bets’ against the man who is arguably the apple of the Tea Party’s collective (pardon the diction there) eye: Marco Rubio. In October 2009, in the heat of the Florida battle, Trump donated to Charlie Crist’s campaign, and then in the primary, he donated to Crist again, this time to the tune of $2,400.
As the old expression goes, just “follow the money”. Okay, let’s do that. Speaking of political contributions, Trump has quite the record. Check out this list:
- May, 2009 – $2,000 to Chuck Schumer’s primary campaign
- November, 2009 – $2,300 to Hilary Clinton; $1,700 the day after.
- December, 2009 – another $400 to Schumer, and then another $1,600 to his primary campaign.
He has also donated to the coffers of Anthony Weiner and Harry Reid, the latter to the tune of $2,400 to the “Friends for Harry Reid,” an organization which, in all honesty, I find rather odd — if for no other reason than because I can’t honestly understand how an individual of the ilk of Harry Reid has any friends.
But I digress.
What do all of these people have in common? I could use some fairly perfunctory adjectives to describe them, but I’ll refrain from that here.
Of course, there will be those moderate-minded people who will respond to all of this by saying that he’s a businessman, and that’s “just what they do”; apparently, they place their bets on the side that they feel will win, just like a horse race, or something like that. Okay, but if, in fact, that’s the case, what are the “winnings” that come from it? Certainly, what people would be suggesting then is that these donations are not principled in any way; rather, they’re contributions that have an expected return of some sort.
Huh. What could that be?
In an effort to complete the picture, I’d certainly be remiss if I didn’t mention that Trump was on record as saying that he was “very impressed” with Nancy Pelosi (I guess that makes one) and was surprised that she didn’t go after George W. Bush harder in an effort to impeach him – because, according to Trump, Bush was “the worst president in the history of the country”.
Wait – didn’t he just say something like that more recently? I’m confused.
Further, The Donald has also made no bones about his love of the Canadian-style, socialized health care system, because while he claims that he’s a conservative on everything else, he’s a liberal on this issue. I wonder if he’s talked to any of the people in Canada about that. I’d suggest that he go up to the border to interview a few Canadian citizens about their health care, but I’m afraid that he’ll be run down by the army of people running across the border to in an effort to extend their lives.
As Trump is undoubtedly all about the bottom line in his business endeavors, let me close with my bottom line: everything about Donald Trump points to his being much, much more of a liberal Democrat than anything else. His impact in a general election, especially amongst the all-important independents, could be devastating. He is no conservative – he’s an opportunist. If this is the case, all he’s going to do is to split the vote and, quite possibly, seal America’s fate.
Proceed at your own risk.