Donald Trump’s GOP Is Built On Sand

By William F. B. O’Reilly

This column can be found on Newsday website dated July 20, 2016

It’s bizarre watching the Republican National Convention on TV and rooting for the podium to break free of its moorings or for the lights to go out or — can you imagine? — for a speaker to get caught plagiarizing in a prime-time address.

Typically in a presidential year, I’d be on the convention floor working. I’d be the guy knuckling back tears at the veterans’ speeches, nodding at talk of “one America” and listening for perspicacious new themes to take home to clients.

Thursday night, I’ll be praying for Donald Trump to go off teleprompter, to start talking about his hands again — about bosoms or germs or Vladimir Putin — anything to remind Americans how unfit he is to be president.

It won’t happen. Trump will give an expertly crafted populist speech that will likely put him ahead in the battleground states.

The speech writes itself: Defense of police officers, Islamic terrorism, Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, greedy Washington insiders and the forgotten working-class American. A hundred bucks says it includes Benghazi and Clinton’s 2008 “3 a.m.” TV spot, as it should.

Unless Trump completely breaks character — he hasn’t in 30 years — there will be no humility and no contrition. Not even for his belittling of Sen. John McCain being shot down over Hanoi.

It stings to see faces at the convention who should know better than to be there. But there is solace in the rows of empty chairs. In them lies hope for eventual Republican Party renewal and survival. I see a future leader in every vacant seat.

This new GOP doesn’t see it that way. There are murmurs of a party purge.

Ivanka Trump told ABC News that no-shows “don’t want to be part of the future.” Trump, 34, couldn’t vote for her father in April’s New York primary. She wasn’t a registered Republican.

It’s excruciating to listen to the intermingling in Cleveland of sound conservative principles with the shifting sands of populism. They are being carelessly mixed in a bucket as the foundation of a new party that cannot last.

“A man’s house which is built on a foundation of rock will endure, but a man’s house which is built on a foundation of sand will be destroyed,” Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount. Even then it was a reminder.

A party founded on the principle of equal rights under the law cannot bind with a nativist movement and survive.

A party that claims to believe in economic freedom, personal responsibility and constitutional limits on power cannot long sustain a standard-bearer who thinks nothing of walking away from debts, who favors trade barriers and who boasts that he’ll make U.S. military leaders commit crimes.

That’s what I’ll be reminding myself of during Thursday’s balloon drop. It’s why I won’t be taking home a balloon for my youngest daughter this year.

Republicans and conservatives who refuse to rationalize Trump’s candidacy are a lonely lot right now. But wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it, as Tolstoy put it. And two wrongs still don’t make a right. The looming and disagreeable prospect of a President Hillary Clinton makes Trump no less reckless and unfit for the presidency.

Millions of Americans can no more bear the prospect of voting for Clinton than they can of pulling the lever for Trump. They aren’t wrong. Neither candidate feels right for the presidency because neither candidate is right for the presidency.

That presents a giant opening for former governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the Libertarian Party candidates for president and vice president.

It’s a place where millions of us can go after the conventions, and not hate ourselves in the morning.

William F. B. O’Reilly is a consultant for Republicans.

 

I can’t vote for Trump

I think of myself as a pro-freedom Republican. This means I seek to expand freedom and liberty in forming public policy positions. I support capitalism and wish to advance free markets and free trade; lower taxes, controlled government spending and reformed tax code that roots out corporate welfare; strong national defense and support of our military; protection of the personal liberties enshrined in the Constitution (in particular the First Amendment which is under assault); people living their lives free from discrimination; immigration reform that provides a path to legality or citizenship; healthy environment with clean air and clean water; and protection of private property rights (including opposing eminent domain abuse). I’m concerned about our privacy rights being trampled by government security efforts. Bernie Sanders is correct that the system is rigged for elites, but he’s incorrect on the cause – it’s the massive growth of the federal and some state governments (like New York) that lead to policies that greatly favor wealthy and powerful elites.

Because of these views, I cannot vote for Donald Trump in the primary or general election. On top of being rude and vulgar, Trump is wrong on immigration, civil rights, civil liberties, trade, economics, foreign policy, entitlement reform and other issues. His mean and dumb comments about people I respect like John McCain and Megyn Kelly are way beyond the acceptable give and take by candidates in campaigns.

To explain further, I will rely on the paragraph below (with excellent links) from a recent post on The Volokh Conspiracy blog by Ilya Somin entitled “Time to Unite Against Trump.”

“I will only highlight a few of The Donald’s lowlights. Trump openly advocates massacring innocent civilians. He wants to use bogus lawsuits and FCC censorship to suppress the speech of his critics, and recently pined for the “old days” when his supporters would have been allowed to beat protesters to the point where they have to [be] “carried out on a stretcher.” He has lobbied for the government to condemn a widow’s home so he could use it to build a casino parking lot. He has utter contempt for constitutional property rights, and other constitutional limitations on government power. He wants to deport millions of people to lives of Third World poverty and oppression, including hundreds of thousands of children born in the United States, who have never known any other home. And he would engage in massive discrimination on the basis of religion.”

The polls show I’m not alone, as a significant percent of Republicans will not vote for Trump in the general election. Because of Trump’s professed views and bullying personality, I can’t be part of helping him obtain the powers of the presidency – it’s a frightening proposition. I will be watching closely over the next few months to see if my fellow Republicans are wise enough to select a better candidate than Donald Trump (while watching Trump nemesis Megyn Kelly each night on Fox News).

Jim Maisano
Jim@FreeVoter.com

(Jim serves as a Westchester County Legislator)

Do both political parties have a libertarian streak?

I enjoyed this post on Reason.com by Nick Gillespie:

https://reason.com/blog/2015/10/13/the-demdebate-clarified-that-many-libert

LibertariansGillespie points out how the Democrat candidates for president agreed on several issues that could be deemed libertarian: “When it came to endless wars and constant buildup of defense spending, for instance, or the need to end awful criminal-justice policies, or to be more humane and welcoming to immigrants.” He contrasted these positions with the Republican candidates, which are very weak from a libertarian perspective.

However, Gillespie still cannot bring himself to vote for any of the Democrats because the “economic plans of everyone up there tonight ranged from terrible to truly awful.” He discusses how the Republicans were more libertarian on economic issues.

Gillespie is pleased that “each party is espousing an increasing number of positions that fit within a consistent libertarian approach to the role of government.”

I certainly appreciate Gillespie’s viewpoint and continue to believe that if a libertarian leaning candidate could ever emerge from the Democrat or Republican presidential primaries, he or she would be unbeatable in the general election. However, with the frustrating status quo of American politics being left-wing voters dominating Democrat primaries and right-wing voters dominating Republican primaries, we don’t appear too close to electing a libertarian president any time soon.

Jim Maisano
Jim@FreeVoter.com

(Jim serves as a Westchester County Legislator).

Who’s Running for President in 2016?

Believe it or not, now that we hit 2015, serious candidates for president in 2016 will need to get their campaigns rolling. Who’s running you ask? Well, since it’s an open seat, all I can say is a whole bunch of people. Thanks to the website www.politics1.com, below is a list of potential candidates for both parties with social media links.

Jim Maisano
Jim@FreeVoter.com

(Jim serves as a Westchester County Legislator).

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

Joe Biden Vice President Joe Biden (Delaware)
Government Site: Office of Vice President Joe Biden
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeBiden
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JoeBiden

Hillary Clinton Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (New York)
Campaign Site: HillaryClinton.com
Independent PAC Site: ReadyForHillary.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/HillaryClinton

Joe Manchin US Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia)
Campaign Site: JoeManchinWV.com
Government Site: Office of US Senator Joe Manchin
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeManchinIII
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JoeManchinWV

Martin O'Malley Governor Martin O’Malley (Maryland)
PAC Site: O’Say Can You See PAC
Government Site: Office of Governor Martin O’Malley
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MartinOMalley
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovernorOMalley

Bernie Sanders US Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont)
Campaign Site: Bernie.org
Government Site: Office of US Senator Bernie Sanders
Facebook (Campaign): www.facebook.com/FriendsOfBernie
Facebook (Official): www.facebook.com/SenatorSanders
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SenSanders

Elizabeth Warren US Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
Campaign Site: ElizabethWarren.com
Government Site: Office of US Senator Elizabeth Warren
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElizabethWarren
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ElizabethForMA

Jim Webb Former US Senator Jim Webb (Virginia)
Campaign Site: Webb2016.com
Official Site: JamesWebb.com
PAC Site: Born Fighting PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IHeardMyCountryCalling
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JimWebbUSA

REPUBLICAN PARTY:

Marsha Blackburn Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
Campaign Site: MarshaBlackburn.com
Government Site: Office of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarshaBlackburnForCongress
Twitter: www.twitter.com/VoteMarsha

John Bolton Former UN Ambassador John Bolton (Maryland)
PAC Site: Bolton PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmbBolton
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AmbJohnBolton

Jan Brewer Former Governor Jan Brewer (Arizona)
PAC Site: Jan PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovJanBrewer
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovBrewer

Jeb Bush Former Governor Jeb Bush (Florida)
Organization: Foundation for Excellence in Education
Organization: Foundation for Florida’s Future
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JebBush
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JebBush

Ben Carson Dr. Ben Carson (Maryland)
Official Site: RealBenCarson.com
PAC Site: American Legacy PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrBenjaminCarson
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RealBenCarson

Chris Christie Governor Chris Christie (New Jersey)
Government Site: Office of Governor Chris Christie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovChrisChristie
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovChristie

Bob Corker US Senator Bob Corker (Tennessee)
Political Site: BobCorker.com
Government Site: Office of US Senator Bob Corker
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BobCorker
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SenBobCorker

Ted Cruz US Senator Ted Cruz (Texas)
Campaign Site: TedCruz.org
Government Site: Office of US Senator Ted Cruz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TedCruzPage
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TedCruz

Carly Fiorina Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (Virginia)
Official Site: CarlyFiorina.com
PAC Site: Unlocking Potential PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarlyFiorina
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CarlyFiorina

Jim Gilmore Former Governor Jim Gilmore (Virginia)
PAC Site: Growth PAC
Think Tank: American Opportunity
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimGilmore
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovernorGilmore

Lindsey Graham US Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
Political Site: LindseyGraham.com
Government Site: Office of US Senator Lindsey Graham
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamSC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LindseyGrahamSC

Mike Huckabee Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (Florida)
Official Site: MikeHuckabee.com
PAC Site: HuckPAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MikeHuckabee
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee

Bobby Jindal Governor Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)
Campaign Site: BobbyJindal.com
PAC Site: Stand Up To Washington PAC
Government Site: Office of Governor Bobby Jindal
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BobbyJindal
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BobbyJindal

John Kasich Governor John Kasich (Ohio)
Campaign Site: JohnKasich.com
Government Site: Office of Governor John Kasich
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JohnRKasich
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JohnKasich

Pete King Congressman Pete King (New York)
Campaign Site: PeteKing.com
PAC Site: American Leadership Now PAC
Government Site: Office of Congressman Pete King
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RepPeteKing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RepPeteKing

George Pataki Former Governor George Pataki (New York)
Think Tank: George Pataki Center
Business Site: Pataki-Cahill Group
Facebook: www.facebook.com/George.E.Pataki

Rand Paul US Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky)
Campaign Site: RandPaul2016.com
PAC Site: Rand PAC
Government Site: Office of US Senator Rand Paul
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SenatorRandPaul
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SenRandPaul

Mike Pence Governor Mike Pence (Indiana)
Campaign Site: MikePence.com
Government Site: Office of Governor Mike Pence
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MikePence
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovPenceIN

Rick Perry Governor Rick Perry (Texas)
Campaign Site: RickPerry.org
PAC Site: RickPAC
Government Site: Office of Governor Rick Perry
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovernorPerry
Twitter: www.twitter.com/GovernorPerry

Mitt Romney Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (California)
Campaign Site: MittRomney.com
PAC Site: Restore Our Future PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MittRomney
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MittRomney

Marco Rubio US Senator Marco Rubio (Florida)
Campaign Site: MarcoRubio.com
PAC Site: Reclaim America PAC
Government Site: Office of US Senator Marco Rubio
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarcoRubio
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MarcoRubio

Paul Ryan Congressman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin)
Campaign Site: RyanForCongress.com
PAC Site: Prosperity PAC
Government Site: Office of Congressman Paul Ryan
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Ryan4Congress
Twitter: www.twitter.com/PRyan

Rick Scott Governor Rick Scott (Florida)
Campaign Site: RickScottForFlorida.com
Government Site: Office of Governor Rick Scott
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScottForFlorida
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScottforFlorida

Rick Santorum Former US Senator Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania)
Campaign Site: RickSantorum.com
PAC Site: Patriot Voices PAC
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RickSantorum
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RickSantorum

Rick Snyder Governor Rick Snyder (Michigan)
Campaign Site: RickForMichigan.com
Government Site: Office of Governor Rick Snyder
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GovernorRickSnyder
Twitter: www.twitter.com/OneToughNerd

Scott Walker Governor Scott Walker (Wisconsin)
Campaign Site: ScottWalker.org
Government Site: Office of Governor Scott Walker
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScottWalkerForGovernor
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ScottKWalker