How the GOP could Trump the Left’s Rhetoric and Win in 2016   2 comments

I have no plans to vote for Donald Trump. Currently, I have no plans to vote for any candidate of a major political party and Donald Trump will not get my vote in any case.

But he is getting my attention and the temporary support of many conservatives in the nation. He’s bombastic, rude, politically incorrect and I’d likely need to restrain myself from shooting him if he were my neighbor. I think that’s what most people think of him. He’s also a former registered Democrat who gives liberally to both parties, has expressed support for single-payer health care and abortion … in other words, the antithesis of what most conservatives want in a president. So why is he a leading contender in the Republican presidential race?

I don’t think it has much to do with Donald Trump actually. He is getting a lot of attention because of his style, not his substance (of which there doesn’t appear to be much). I suspect he’s pursuing this election not because he particularly wants to be president, but because he sees it — and rightfully so — as a huge advertising campaign that will build his monetary empire. But really, why do conservatives like him at the moment?

Why do I, despite being absolutely certain that I will not vote for him, like his advertising campaign?

Trump is running like he has nothing to lose, which is true enough. I don’t think he expects to become the nominee. That’s not the goal for him. His goal is to get attention and he’s doing that by branding himself in a certain way. It is that certain way I think the candidates who want to be president ought to buy a clue from.

Trump unabashedly champions America and her citizens. The Democratic Party has branded conservatives and libertarians as racists, sexists, Islamophobes, homophobes and bigots and fairly effectively tongue-tied most reasonable voices in our end of the wading pool. Shouting “I am not!” doesn’t appear to be working, so instead, they dissemble and apologize and backtrack while the left is now using the full force of government to force compliance with a whole range of activities that conservatives and particularly Christians find abhorrent. Many Americans are fed up with having our tax dollars stolen from us to pay for an agenda that turns us into the enemy and seeks to teach our children that they live in an evil country and that their parents worship a racist, homophobic god. Worse, no amount of reasonable debate is allowed. We just are what we’ve been deemed unless and until we agree to violate our beliefs to be allowed to have a voice … except then we’ll have nothing to say. Along comes Trump and instead of saying “I am not a racist, homophobe, sexist and let me beg for the opportunity to show you that is true by agreeing with you”, he shouts “I don’t care what you think” and conservatives think “YEAH!” When Trump says “Stop making Americans the enemy”, Americans take notice. It is a message that resonates with us. Yes, it resonates with me, even though I will not be voting for Trump.

But, oh, my, the GOP could woe my vote back if they’d only learn from Trump’s advertising campaign. If a GOP candidate or three would learn to not care about the left’s agenda, to be unapologetic in the left’s attacks, to stand on facts and refuse to cave to PC intimidation tactics … yeah, I could be convinced to vote Republican again.

When Trump’s outrageous comments about Mexico and illegal immigrants — predictably — made folks mad , he faced a media storm and even lost business partners, but he refused to apologize because …. well, he’s mostly right. It’s a verifiable fact that 71% of non-citizens in the United States federal prison system are from Mexico. Mexican citizens make up 16% of our federal prison system population. And if you live in a state with a large illegal immigrant population, you know someone — often a teenager or young person fresh out of school — who has tried to find work and can’t while the primary language in the businesses they apply to is Sonoran Spanish. His facts are right, so why should he apologize?

Trump is a verbal pugilist who says what he means (or at least what he’s decided his campaign means) and means what he says and he has the courage to stick by it. He points out what most of us already know — that while the professional political class works to retain its ruling power, America is eroding faster than a beach during a hurricane. Trump isn’t the only American who believes that the 2016 election is the last chance to wrest the country’s political system from the jaws of statism. The Donald gives voice to that fear and frustration and the anger that comes with it. He’s willing to fight back when so many of us feel like we might end up in the statists’ prison if we do.

Trump doesn’t sound like a politician. He makes statements that are true, but not couched in weasel phrases. We haven’t heard that sort of honesty from the governing class for a very long time. From Trump we hear “China is eating our lunch” and “Mexico … is killing us at the border and on trade”.

Trump also speaks to a growing anti-establishment ethos among conservative voters who feel deeply betrayed by a GOP establishment who has relentless marginalized them. When Reince Priebus asked Trump to “tone it down”, we feel the ancillary pressure for conservative voters to be quiet as well.

Just let the governing class take care of everything and don’t worry your dumb little heads about $18 trillion in debt and a 23% long-term unemployment rate that hasn’t budged in six years. Just let the GOP rule and all will be well. Well, we tried that and got eight years of George Bush, $10 trillion in debt, two wars that appear never ending, a gigantic pre-takeover of health insurance (Medicare drug expansion) and a federal takeover of local schools (No Child Left Behind). That is got worse under the Obama administration does not mean we have forgotten what happens when the GOP is allowed to follow a “centrist” agenda.

When Trump’s fellow GOP candidates criticize him for these stances, it makes them look “establishment”, conciliatory, weak, ignorant, and downright sympathetic to the left. They SAY they’re on our side, but they act like they might not be.

I’m standing back and saying they’re all statists and I’m not going to vote for any of them (Ben Carson, I think may be the only non-statist in the entire race including Trump), but for those conservative voters who still believe in the party system — the GOP mainstream looked lukewarm on issues conservatives care about BEFORE Trump started making these outrageous statements that so agree with the conservative experience.

Donald Trump doesn’t need the presidency. Being really rich means he has liberty to say and do things that lack nuance, subtly and grace, but that resonate strongly with an electorate that is exhausted by being lied to by the political class.

I’m currently not voting for anyone with a major party affiliation, and I would not vote for Trump in any case, but the other candidates in the GOP race might want to take note of what he’s doing and why it’s working. He’s running as if he has nothing to lose. Either voters will like what he has to say and vote for him or they won’t. And right now he’s leading the Republican pack.

Maybe voters are looking for some truth and some honesty about the situation we’re in and Trump is the only candidate out there telling the truth.

The other candidates should take note: Running as if you have nothing to lose may, in fact, be the way to win.

Posted July 20, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in politics

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2 responses to “How the GOP could Trump the Left’s Rhetoric and Win in 2016

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  1. So because he calls out McCain for being a Tokyo Rose, he is the bad guy? Don’t drink the GOP elete kool-aid.


    • Huh?

      Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Trump’s style — the GOP needs a take-no-prisoners-apologize-for-nothing attitude. Their failure to produce that is one reason they have lost my vote.

      I wouldn’t vote for Trump because he’s a statist, just like most the others in this race. His support for single-payer health insurance outs him … that can’t work without a massive government program that takes 40-60% of everyone’s income in taxes and interferes in all aspects of our lives. That would make the statism we are experiencing now seem mild.

      So Donald Trump lost my vote before he was ever running for president. What I am admiring is his style.

      I’m not going to vote for any candidate who offers me some flavor of statism — be that Trump, McCain, Bush, Rubio, Sanders, Clinton or ….

      Ben Carson could possibly get my vote in the GOP primary. Alaska allows registered non-partisans to vote in the GOP primary and Carson comes off fairly non-statist. He won’t win the nomination, so I will be voting 3rd party in the General. Right now, it looks like the Libertarian Party will get my vote, but if the Objectivist Party appears on the Alaska ballot, I’ll vote for the candidate there.

      Yes, I know they won’t win. That’s not the point. I’m letting the statists take the country over the cliff without my consent.


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