Okay, y’all all know by now that I am not really a serious Trump supporter. I’m enjoying the spectacle, and I don’t have any faith at all in elections to change anything substantive in this country any more (the old saw “if voting could change anything it would be illegal” comes to mind). I think a significant portion of the Trump Surge is driven by people with a similar attitude–call it cynicism, call it despair, but…well, what the heck, there it is.
This story is the kind of thing that could drive me to really, truly, seriously supporting him. No, I’m not even kidding.
In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016.
Trump would be wise to maintain his freedom of action.
For there is a plot afoot in the Washington Post Conservative Club to purge Trump from the Republican Party before the primaries begin.
“A political party has a right to…secure its borders,” asserts the Post’s George Will, “a duty to exclude interlopers.” Will wants The Donald “excommunicated” and locked out of all GOP debates until he kneels and takes a loyalty oath to the nominee.
“Marginalizing Trump” carries no risk of “alienating a substantial Republican cohort,” Will assures us, for these “Trumpites” are neither Republicans nor conservatives. Better off without such trash.
The Post’s Michael Gerson says “establishment Republicans” must “make clear that [Trump] has moved beyond the boundaries of serious and civil discourse.” He loathes the Trumpites as much as Will.
Trump’s followers are “xenophobic,” Gerson tells CNN. They have a “resentment of outsiders, of Mexico, of China, and immigrants. That’s more like a European right-wing party, a UKIP or a National Front in France. Republicans can’t incorporate that.”
But if the GOP has no room for Trump’s followers, it has no future. For there simply aren’t that many chamber-of-commerce and country-club Republicans.
That’s Pat Buchanan talking, who you guys know I don’t consider to be just completely reliable, and don’t generally pay any attention to at all. On the other hand, Bill says this:
By the way, that the RNC hacks with bylines are pushing this notion means they have been told to do so by their GOP bosses. Which indicates to me this is a serious effort.
Point taken. Either way, by drawing the sniffy, snippy, sanctimonious, Beltway-status-quo Republicans out into an open conflict with actual Constitutional conservatives in the heartland, Trump might be doing the nation a far greater service than he realizes.
And here’s something else, something Bill pointed out recently that bears repeating: anybody tired yet of the “Trump has no policy, Trump has no plan, unserious, unserious, etc etc” bleats yet? Because truth is, he most certainly does:
We absolutely have to secure our southern border through better infrastructure, personnel, and technology. I’ve visited the border and learned from border state governors how crime, gangs, and international criminal organizations have overwhelmed our border communities. It’s clear we must secure the border first and foremost.
Oh no, wait, my bad; that meaningless roundabout politicospeak was “serious” candidate Scott Walker. Here’s Trump’s plan on immigration:
1) Build a fence, deploy 25,000 additional border agents, utilize Predator drones
Trump declared himself unimpressed “with the mediocre success rates of the current crop of virtual fences that have been developed and tested.” The reality television star is, however, “impressed with the success of the double- and triple-layered fence in places like Yuma, Arizona.” He called for a serious, layered fence or a wall separated by a 75-yard “no man’s lands” for border agents to operate. Trump additionally called for Congress and the president to “hire another 25,000 border patrol agents and give them the aerial equipment they need, such as Predator drones, to provide real-time aerial reconnaissance information to agents guarding the border wall.”He has since updated his border plan, adding that Mexico should pay for the construction of the new barrier.
2) Enforce immigration law
Trump decried Obama’s moratorium at the time on the deportation of illegal immigrants and the new policy of prosecutorial discretion, calling instead for the president to enforce existing immigration law.”This wholesale abdication of a president’s constitutional duties is as shocking as it is foolish,” he wrote of Obama’s actions. “It’s political pandering of the worst kind.”
3) No more cozy detention centers
“The third thing we need to do is overturn Obama’s insane new ICE recommendations for illegal immigrant detention facilities,” he wrote. “That’s right, your government now requires resort-like accommodations – paid for by you, the American taxpayer – to reward the flood of people entering our country illegally. Obama has turned America into a laughingstock.”
4) Oppose “DREAM Act”
In his book, Trump said he opposes the so-called DREAM Act and he lambasted sections which grant in-state tuition benefits at public colleges and universities, resulting in a situation where illegals may pay less that out of state U.S. citizens. He did not offer any suggestions in the book about deporting illegal aliens.However, he has since advocated the deportation of illegal aliens, while allowing some back into the country through an expedited process.On CNN New Day’s with Dana Bash, Trump stated, “I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so that they can be legal,” adding the “bad dudes,” such as criminal illegals, would not be allowed in.Asked about the so-called DREAMers, Trump stated, “On a humanitarian basis, you have a lot of deep thought going into this, believe me.
“I actually have a big heart, a lot of people don’t understand that. The DREAMers, it’s a tough situation. One of the things is we’re going to expedite – when someone’s terrific, we want them back here. But they have to be legal.”
When Bash pressed whether the DREAMers should be deported, Trump elaborated, “They’re with their parents, it depends. Look, it sounds cold. It sounds hard. We have a country. Our country is going to hell. We have to have a system where people are legally in our country.”
5) No future tuition benefits
He further said America’s next president must veto any legislative action “foolish enough” to grant tuition breaks to illegal aliens.
Now I wouldn’t expect for a minute that he’d actually be able to get much if any of that done, but just the same it all sounds a whole hell of a lot better to me than the kind of mushy evasion we get from most of the “serious” candidates. And as I keep trying to get across, it’s a step in the right direction (and long overdue) to have someone even bothering to say it out loud.
Yes, Trump has pimped some horrid “liberal” positions over the years. No, I don’t trust him much more than any of the rest of the putrid field. Yes, he’s an obnoxious jackass in general. But the fact remains: he’s saying things that a lot of people have been waiting a damned long time to hear, and he’s saying them without reticence, equivocation, or apology. And don’t you just love the idea of him wielding the same sort of in-your-face directness at the UN, or across a bargaining table from, say, the Iranians–as opposed to the thorough ass-licking they just got from the current Empty Suit In Chief?
If the useless GOP wants to drive Trump out, fine by me; they’re so bland and gutless by now they probably don’t have room in their hide-bound and hapless Party anymore for a shoot-from-the-hip firebrand like Trump, and that’s fair enough. They lost me a long time ago anyway, and I ain’t coming back, so my opinion doesn’t count for much, I know. But if nothing else, Trumpmania might just turn out to be the final nail in a coffin a long time a-building, and as far as I’m concerned that’s all to the good. And meanwhile, it’s entertaining as hell to watch him ignite the fuse on some heads that could sure use some explodin’.
I do believe I’m gonna need myself a new category here. We’ll call it Pass The Popcorn!