I have been more-or-less politically active since I was young, but have mostly avoided politics in favor of policy (and the pursuit of Americana) on this blog. I do follow conservative politics, and am professionally committed to good governance, but have not declared for a presidential candidate this election cycle. However, in advance of Colorado’s caucuses (even in absence of a presidential preference poll), I am compelled to declare that I will never, never, never support the candidacy of one Donald Trump.
I believe that Eric Erickson makes the case in his new blog, The Resurgent:
I will not vote for Donald Trump for President of the United States even if he is the Republican nominee.
He is an authoritarian blending nationalist and tribal impulses, which historically has never worked out well for the nation that goes in that direction or the people in that nation.
He will not win in November. He will not win because he turns off a large number of Republicans; he turns off women; he turns off hispanic voters; he turns off black voters; and the blue collar voters who support him are not a sufficient base of support to carry him over the finish line….
Trump is a liberal who has supported big government, interventionist policies. He defends Planned Parenthood, says he can cut deals in Washington, and believes in a socialist government run healthcare scheme.
At a time when so much is on the line for people of faith and conservatives, Donald Trump believes judges sign bills….
Trump is also a con-artist and the media, which has built his campaign is going to destroy his campaign. After he secures the Republican nomination, the media will trot out every victim and perceived victim of Trump’s actions. All the people hurt by repeated strategic bankruptcies, all the people swindled by Trump University, and anyone who got food poisoning from Trump steaks will be in a 24/7 cavalcade on national television.
By the time the media and Democrats, but I repeat myself, are done with Trump, he will be radioactive.
Donald Trump will not win in November. Period. End of story….
If there ever was an East Coast liberal RINO—Republican In Name Only—he would be the one. If I believed in conspiracy theories, I would strongly suspect the Clintonistas had put Mr. Trump up to it, as a Establishment Trojan horse. Unfortunately, that would be too neat a scenario. The script was set by the coarseness of our national debate and the devolution of Reality TV infotainment. Unfortunately, democracy too often serves up the candidates we deserve.
It may be too late to #DumpTrump, but it is never too late to take a stand for common decency.