By Tom Milligan
To all Trump supporters:
Last month, I wrote an open letter to Trump’s supporters titled, “Dear Trumplicans.” In that letter, I explained to the readers that, “I’ve chosen to refer to you as Trumplicans because while you’re certainly not Republicans, most of you are more Republican than Democrat.”
I go on to cite references from the GOP’s official website to illustrate how non-Republican Trump’s supporters really are.
I was wrong.
Trump’s supporters are Republicans through and through.
You are a Republican.
What you’re not, is a conservative because you – along with the GOP – have become a Trumpservative.
The fact that one of you told me just this morning that I’m not a true conservative unless I voted for Donald Trump means that it’s time for a lesson on the difference between the liberal left and the conservative right and why you and Donald aren’t either one.
In his books “The 5,000 Year Leap” and “The Making of America” Cleon Skousen uses a three-headed eagle to represent the three branches of our federal government.
There is rich symbolism throughout the diagram, but let’s focus on just the wings today.
From The Making of America:
Wing #1 (the left wing) might be referred to as the problem-solving wing or the wing of compassion. Those who function through this dimension of the system are sensitive to the unfulfilled needs of the people. They dream of elaborate plans to solve these problems.
Wing #2 (the right wing) has the responsibility of conserving the nation’s resources and the people’s freedom. Its function is to analyze the programs of Wing #1 with two questions: First, can we afford it? Second, what will the proposed plan do the rights and individual freedom of the people?
If either of these wings fails to perform its job, the American eagle will drift toward anarchy or tyranny.
However, if both of these wings fulfill their assigned functions, the American eagle can fly straighter and higher than any civilization in the history of the world.
In short, liberals want big government to take care of everyone using “elaborate plans” while conservatives make sure that A) the government can afford it and B) the government has the authority to perform the proposed action.
Let’s use Obamacare as our first case study:
Can we afford it?
No. The IRS added thousands of new employees to the government’s payroll in order to enforce the law DURING the government shutdown of 2013. Since then, our national debt has grown by trillions of dollars.
We can’t afford any new programs right now.
Does the government have the authority?
No. Nowhere in the Constitution is there even a hint that the federal government has the authority over my healthcare nor the authority to force me to buy something I don’t want. In fact, the tenth amendment specifically forbids the federal government from doing exactly what they’ve done.
Only through blatant and transparent judicial activism did this unconstitutional law pass muster. The interpretation of the Constitutionality and judicial activism was so bad, it prompted Antonin Scalia to write in his dissent, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Now that he’s won, he’s announced that he’d like to keep the good parts and repeal the bad parts.
Which parts are constitutional? None.
Which parts reduce the size of government? None.
Which parts are conservative? None.
Next, let’s look some of Trump’s “conservative” proposals.
Government Paid Maternity Leave
Anyone that considers this a conservative idea ignores what conservative actually means.
Taking my money via taxes to give to someone else is the very definition of liberal.
Just a few months ago, when Obama proposed to provide government paid maternity leave, conservative pundits across the nation attacked the proposal as fiscally irresponsible. But as soon as Trump proposed virtually the same idea, he was lauded as a compassionate conservative.
Hypocrisy at its finest.
Increased Minimum Wage
Like most conservatives, I feel for those earning minimum wage. However, ALL true conservatives recognize the negative effect this would have on the overall economy – specifically on the middle class.
For years, conservatives have railed against the “raise the minimum wage” liberal talking point – but now that it’s Trump’s plan, they laud it as genius.
Yes. I’m aware that Donald says he’s evolved on this issue. Bluntly I don’t believe him. But that’s irrelevant for this post.
The fact is that if Hillary announced today that she’s evolved on this issue and is now pro-life – exactly as Trump has done – Trumpers the world over would castigate her for flip-flopping. Nobody would believe her.
Why do they believe Trump? #NotACult
Donald is the self-coronated “King of Debt” and his spending plans prove he’s right.
According to economists, Trump’s plans would add $5.3 Trillion to the national debt; 26 times more than Hillary’s plan.
We’ll never know for sure, but I’d be willing bet my left testicle that her plan would have been attacked as irresponsible or un-American.
What we do know for sure is that Trump’s $5.3 Trillion increase to our debt has been accepted by the so-called “right” as a good plan.
At this point, I have to admit I don’t know what Donald’s plans are any more and have stopped trying to keep up.
At first “the wall” wasn’t a question. Every time Trump was on TV, he said it was going to be a littler taller. But then his surrogates said it will be a “virtual wall” as opposed to a real wall and even admitted it was nothing more than a campaign tactic. But then Trump said, “don’t believe anything unless I say it.” So many assumed he’d build the wall.
But then last month, he met with “dreamers” and promised to work something out saying, “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
This is the EXACT ammunition Trump used to attack Marco Rubio during the primaries claiming his partnership with Chuck Schumer proved he wasn’t a conservative.
We all know that conservatives bashed liberals for proposing amnesty. Here we go again – but with Donald leading the agenda formerly known as liberal.
This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. This should be an American issue.
No foreign government should have any influence or power over our elections. Period.
But the way this is playing out, Trump’s supporters don’t see this as a big deal at all. In fact, I’ve been called a libtard for caring.
But if Trump had lost to Hillary, and a Russian hack was uncovered that had even the slightest chance of helping her win, you – and the rest Trump’s supporters – would go bat shit crazy and demand a new election, etc.
Please don’t deny that.
I could go on.
It’s clear that Donald’s goals and objectives are largely conservative (e.g. control the border, get single mothers working, help workers earn a decent wage, etc.) but his methods are purely liberal because they require elaborate and expensive government programs.