by John Galt
January 21, 2016 22:30 ET
I am not a subscriber nor regular reader to or of The Weekly Standard, works of the CATO Institute, nor the National Review.
However tonight, I urge my readers to pause, and understand that the election of a “Republican” version of Barack Obama is not a solution to the problems facing this nation.
Excerpt from “The Editors” opinion piece:
Any candidate can promise the moon. But politicians have records of success, failure, or plain backsliding by which their promises may be judged. Trump can try to make his blankness a virtue by calling it a kind of innocence. But he is like a man with no credit history applying for a mortgage — or, in this case, applying to manage a $3.8 trillion budget and the most fearsome military on earth. Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land.
For all his success, Trump inherited a real-estate fortune from his father. Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips. Trump’s primary work long ago became less about building anything than about branding himself and tending to his celebrity through a variety of entertainment ventures, from WWE to his reality-TV show, The Apprentice.
His business record reflects the often dubious norms of the milieu: using eminent domain to condemn the property of others; buying the good graces of politicians—including many Democrats—with donations. Trump has gotten far in the GOP race on a brash manner, buffed over decades in New York tabloid culture. His refusal to back down from any gaffe, no matter how grotesque, suggests a healthy impertinence in the face of postmodern PC (although the insults he hurls at anyone who crosses him also speak to a pettiness and lack of basic civility).
His promise to make America great again recalls the populism of Andrew Jackson. But Jackson was an actual warrior; and President Jackson made many mistakes. Without Jackson’s scars, what is Trump’s rhetoric but show and strut?
The entire issue is focused on the lack of true conservative principles within Trump’s history is worthy of review and note; however the danger he poses to the Republic, something which even I refuse to acknowledge initially, is an alarm that should be spread across the nation far and wide.
The solution to an incompetent version of Cesar Chavez as President of the United States is NOT to elect an inexperienced showman modern day version of Benito Mussolini.