2016 Election, Candidates, Donald Trump, Elections, Hillary Clinton

Unsolicited advice to my Never Trump friends

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Recently, I have had the experience of discussing the Presidential election with numerous friends who have placed themselves in the Never Trump camp.  Some of them I have mentored over the years.  All of them are activist Republicans and most of them professionally successful.

A common theme among them is fear of Trump.  Their arguments are not based on issues but emotions and feelings.  As the corpses once again start to pile up around the Clinton crime family it is hard to understand a fear of the only alternative.

Part of that fear I assume comes from the fact these people do not understand what is going on outside of their bubble.  I am reminded of the opening scenes of David Lean’s great film adaptation of Doctor Zhivago.  The royalty and elite of Russian society are shown at a magnificent fancy dress ball.  They are enjoying themselves greatly without the slightest idea of what is going on right outside their window until a brick comes through one of them.  Then, like the Never Trumpers they have looks on their faces that portray the emotion of, “What is going on here?”

If the Never Trumpers want to know, “What is going on here?” they should read Angelo M. Codevilla’s July 2010 article in The American Spectator titled, “The Ruling Class.”  Professor Codevilla’s thesis from six years ago is that most Americans do not believe they are being represented by either major party.

Recent polls have validated his thesis.  Two-thirds believe that America is on the wrong track.  Even more alarming is that approximately three-quarters of Americans believe that the people in power, the so called establishment, don’t care about them or what they think.

These are pre-revolutionary numbers and as John F. Kennedy said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

Faced with these numbers the Clintons and their campaign operatives posing as mainstream journalists have chosen to make this campaign about temperament.  That’s fine, let’s make it about temperament.  Does anyone know even one story about Mrs. Clinton doing anything kind or decent?  Her main charity is her own which is not really charity in the normal sense of the word.  Washington, D.C. is full of stories and books about her throwing things and showing total disrespect to others.

Did we hear such stories from Secret Service agents and military personnel about Nancy Reagan or Bess Truman?

She laughs about getting a forty one year old rapist of a twelve year old girl off with a light sentence, admitting she knew he was guilty.

Twenty years ago respected New York Times columnist William Safire labeled Mrs. Clinton as a “congenital liar.”  This is someone who simply cannot tell the truth. Having known people of this ilk I can promise you it never ends well.

This is the kind of temperament the Never Trump crowd want in the White House?

The Clinton campaign is not a campaign in the traditional sense — it is psyops.

To my Never Trump friends I would suggest the following.  Look at both candidates’ campaign web sites.  Review their position papers.  Do a side-by-side comparison and see who you agree with most and make you decision based on reason — not emotion or fear.

This is a guest post by Don Todd Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government.
  • Joe1938

    The never Trump RINOs want things to continue as they have for the past 8+ years.

    • i want trump to apologize to pres bush 4 smearing him!

    • James

      Trump said George Bush should have been impeached. He praised Nancy Pelosi for her great work, but said she should have impeached Bush.

      Trump said Clinton should not have been impeached, and praised Bill and Hillary Clinton well after the entire Clinton administration of pure corruption. Including erecting the wall between law enforcement and national security by Jamie Gorelick which made 9-11 possible.

  • RLTMLT

    Obama and Hillary DID Found ISIS
    This 2012 US Government Memo Proves It

    No one paying attention with even one eye and half an ear can be ignorant of the fact that when it comes to this year’s election the MSM are lying shills for Hillary. But now it seems they’re all suffering from amnesia too.

    The latest “OMG, Trump said that!” moment is The Donald’s claim that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are, correspondingly, the “founder” and “cofounder” of ISIS. True to form, the media reaction has been to shriek in outrage that he would cast aspersions on such august personages.

    As of this writing, not one American media source of which this writer is aware has brought up in relation to Trump’s claims the August 2012 report (declassified and released in 2015 under a FOIA request from Judicial Watch) from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) stating that “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.” The “supporting powers” are identified as “western countries” (no doubt including and led by the United States), “the Gulf States” (presumably including and led by Saudi Arabia), and “Turkey” (just Turkey).

    In August 2012 the Secretary of State at the time was one Hillary Rodham Clinton. The President was and still is one Barack Hussein Obama.

    The DIA report said, in essence, that if we (the U.S. and our local cronies) keep aiding al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other such sterling democrats, something really nasty would arise in eastern Syria. Several months later, it did, when ISIS declared itself a state straddling the Syria-Iraq border.

    At some point, even a three-year-old picks up on the concept of causation. “Johnny, if you keep doing that, you’ll [break it, hurt yourself, whatever].” The MSM would have us think that Obama and Hillary are less intelligent than a three-year-old. By dumping funds and arms into the hands of terrorists—only the supposedly “moderate” head-choppers, of course—they had no idea, poor dears, what might happen.

    Except they did. Aside from the cautionary example of the chaos Libya was thrown into by “regime change” in 2011, not to mention the appearance of al-Qaeda in the first place as a precipitate from the Afghan war against the Soviets, they had every reason to heed what amounted to a forewarning from DIA. Instead, they decided to press on, aware of the likely result. This was intended: “ . . . this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want.”

    General Michael Flynn, currently a Trump adviser, took over as head of DIA a month before the issuance of the report in question. Whether it was his personal effort to caution the administration or simply the professional analysts in the DIA apparatus laying out the facts as they saw them, the 2012 report made no difference. As Flynn confirmed last year, this was not a matter of the administration’s turning a “blind eye” but of their “willful decision” that led to ISIS:

    Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?

    Flynn: I think the administration.

    Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?

    Flynn: I don’t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.

    Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?

    Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing.

    Let’s put into broader context the Fourth Estate’s malfeasance in not connecting the 2012 DIA report to Trump’s accusation. In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen a steady parade of Republican poobahs and mandarins coming out against Trump (some overtly for Hillary though most pretending there’s some other alternative), plus a veritable Who’s Who of the Deep State responsible for every God-awful mess abroad, in both a GOP lineup and a bipartisan one. (If Trump does win, he’ll at least save time not having to draw up his own Enemies’ List.) And let’s not forget the former Acting CIA Director who’s calling for assassinations of Russian personnel (and Iranians) in Syria. Sure! It’s all in good fun! What could possibly go wrong?

    In a decent society, most of these people would be in jail, not telling us who’s “unqualified” to keep implementing the same disastrous policies they’ve given us all these years. Instead, their sage pronouncements are given saturation media exposure while the smoking gun that proves Trump’s case on ISIS gets the Memory Hole.

    To say the playing field is tilted doesn’t even begin to describe it. The real question is whether the American public can see it for what it is.

  • James

    The author should read this 2016 article by Angelo Codevilla from The Federalist. http://thefederalist.com/2016/02/29/donald-trump-is-the-next-barack-obama/

    Codevilla states that Trump is a Ruling Class option, just like Obama and Clinton. Trump is not about returning America to constitutional rule. Trump is about doing what is best for Trump.

    Trump will not honor the Constitution. He will advance his personal wealth and power, same as Clinton. Same as Obama, and will ignore the Constitution same as they would.

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