We Can Do Better Than Donald Trump

In recent weeks, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign and has subsequently rocketed to the top of many polls.

Trump’s charismatic, albeit egotistical, brand of political rhetoric certainly has its appeal among some conservatives. Fueled by dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration and Republicans who can be as just as progressive as their Democrat counterparts, many are flirting with the idea of a President Trump.

On the heels of his campaign announcement, Trump proceeded to ignite a media firestorm by labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico “rapists” and making other sensationalized, inflammatory statements on the issue of immigration.

Later, Trump even attacked Sen. John McCain’s military service. At an event in Iowa, Trump stated that “I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump was referring to McCain’s nearly six year imprisonment at the hands of the North Vietnamese.

While this author disagrees on policy with Senator McCain, Trump’s comments about his military record are downright disgusting. Combined with his tactlessness on immigration, the electorate should disqualify Trump from any further attention as a presidential candidate.

Conservatives are better than this. By entertaining Donald Trump as anything more than an accomplished businessman, they are shooting their own movement in the foot. To be frank, Trump’s place is on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, not anywhere near a Presidential debate stage.

Additionally Trump has proven time and time again that his political ideology can and will change as often as the wind changes direction. In 1999 he advocated for a 14.25% retroactive tax on existing wealth of the most successful Americans. In 2012 he criticized Mitt Romney’s immigration policy as being “mean-spirited” and “maniacal.” How ironic, considering Trump’s current stance on the issue of immigration.

From 2001 to 2009 Trump was a registered Democrat, and he has donated generously to Democratic causes, including the ever-scrutinized Clinton Foundation. Does this sound like a principled conservative leader to you? I think not.

To reiterate my earlier point, conservatives are better than this. With the upcoming presidential election on the horizon, conservatives have to show America that fiscal responsibility, free-market economics, and limited government are indeed the way forward for the United States. How can we effectively do this while simultaneously entertaining a carnival sideshow such as Trump?

We are literally giving the Democratic National Committee material for attack ads against conservative Republican candidates. In a time when conservatives are vying for the hearts and minds of voters, having someone with the grace of a schoolyard bully dominating the news cycle is incredibly detrimental to the cause of liberty.

Between Rand Paul’s message of conservative libertarianism, Scott Walker’s tremendous record as Governor of Wisconsin, and Ted Cruz’s appeal to reignite the Republican base, conservatives have some terrific choices in front of them. Let’s not squander these opportunities.

We can do better than Donald Trump.

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One thought on “We Can Do Better Than Donald Trump

  1. DeFazio: Trump proceeded to ignite a media firestorm by labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico “rapists” and making other sensationalized, inflammatory statements on the issue of immigration.

    Fernandes: With all due respect, if you go back and listen to and read the transcripts of what Mr. Trump actually said, instead of all the “spin” that has come from it, I think that you would find that much, if not all of what he said is true. He has and continues to say that he welcomes law abiding Mexicans to come to America but do it legally. I think that I am qualified to talk about this topic, mostly because my father came to America as a tourist and then stayed illegally. My family benefitted greatly from his illegal act but it doesn’t make it right. I am not endorsing Mr. Trump for President but I do appreciate the fact that he has the “balls” to take on this issue. Judging by the poll numbers, I’m not the only one who appreciates his political incorrectness … Bring on some real change, even if it offends some people. You can’t please everybody all of the time!

    DeFazio: Trump even attacked Sen. John McCain’s military service. At an event in Iowa, Trump stated that “I like people who weren’t captured.” Trump was referring to McCain’s nearly six year imprisonment at the hands of the North Vietnamese.

    Fernandes: Once again, if you go back and listen to and read the transcripts of what Mr. Trump actually said, instead of all the “spin” that has come from it, I think that you would find that much, if not all of what he said is true. As an Air Force veteran and patriot, I appreciate Sen. McCain’s service to our great country. He and I served to defend freedom for all Americans, including the freedom for him to call Mr. Trump’s supporters “Crazies” and the freedom for Mr. Trump to state that he likes people who weren’t captured just as much as he likes those that were captured. I personally think that, although I appreciate Sen. McCain’s sacrifice during the Vietnam War, its time to move on.

    DeFazio: While this author disagrees on policy with Senator McCain, Trump’s comments about his military record are downright disgusting.
    Fernandes: I personally also think that Sen. McCain’s word choice, calling Mr. Trump’s supporters “Crazies”, was inappropriate.
    DeFazio: Combined with his tactlessness on immigration, the electorate should disqualify Trump from any further attention as a presidential candidate.

    Fernandes: With the unusually large number of Republican candidates running for President, the electorate will either qualify or disqualify Mr. Trump. Until then, let’s give the man the respect he deserves for having the guts to stand up for what he believes in. Given the outcome of the past two Presidential elections, I would not be surprised if Mr. Trump wins the nomination.

    DeFazio: Conservatives are better than this. By entertaining Donald Trump as anything more than an accomplished businessman, they are shooting their own movement in the foot. To be frank, Trump’s place is on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, not anywhere near a Presidential debate stage.

    Fernandes: All things considered, I would much rather have an accomplished businessman that an accomplished politician running our great nation. I’m not sure I agree with your comment that “Conservatives are better than this.” Better than what? I have been horribly disappointed with the “Conservative Politicians” or whatever they call themselves. Last time we had a “Celebrity” in the White House, things turned out really well.

    DeFazio: In 2012 he criticized Mitt Romney’s immigration policy as being “mean-spirited” and “maniacal.” How ironic, considering Trump’s current stance on the issue of immigration.

    Fernandes: I don’t recall his reasons for his stand on the Romney immigration policy. Who knows, he might have changed his mind. People sometimes change their perspective as they gain a greater understanding of issues. I know that I have.

    DeFazio: From 2001 to 2009 Trump was a registered Democrat, and he has donated generously to Democratic causes, including the ever-scrutinized Clinton Foundation. Does this sound like a principled conservative leader to you? I think not.

    Fernandes: Since my fingers are starting to get tired of typing, let me simply say that I am glad that Mr. Trump is no longer a registered Democrat and hope that he is no longer donating generously to Democratic causes.

    DeFazio: To reiterate my earlier point, conservatives are better than this.

    Fernandes: Not sure which conservatives you are referring to but in general terms, I respectfully disagree. We have had womanizers, child molesters, liars, cheaters and thieves just to name a few that come to mind … There is othing new under the sun.

    DeFazio: conservatives have to show America that fiscal responsibility, free-market economics, and limited government are indeed the way forward for the United States. How can we effectively do this while simultaneously entertaining a carnival sideshow such as Trump?

    Fernandes: Now you are talking my language – “fiscal responsibility, free-market economics, and limited government are indeed the way forward for the United States”. I totally agree … If we limit our conversation to these three points, Mr. Trump is probably the most qualified candidate.

    DeFazio: In a time when conservatives are vying for the hearts and minds of voters, having someone with the grace of a schoolyard bully dominating the news cycle is incredibly detrimental to the cause of liberty.

    Fernandes: Not to get into details but if you knew what I know about one of the other Presidential candidates and how he/she behaves behind closed doors … I probably should just leave it there … A little political incorrectness may be what America needs.

    DeFazio: Between Rand Paul’s message of conservative libertarianism, Scott Walker’s tremendous record as Governor of Wisconsin, and Ted Cruz’s appeal to reignite the Republican base, conservatives have some terrific choices in front of them. Let’s not squander these opportunities.

    Fernandes: I think it is time for some real change that we can believe in.

    DeFazio: We can do better than Donald Trump.

    Fernandes: That remains to be seen … Let the games begin!

    One final note: Thanks for writing this piece and I would welcome continued dialogue. Great to see a young man actively involved in political conversation.

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