Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sanders and Trump: different sides of the same coin? (a PLEA for Baby Boomers to reconsider) UPDATE

Donald Trump is wrong when it comes to defining conservatism as being just about attitude. Conservatism is about an underlying philosophy where the Constitution, limited government, and Judeo-Christian values take center stage. ~ ML, 6/9/16
The Tea Party movement was not populist, nationalist or agrarian, but was and is a movement of patriots. The rise of the Tea Party movement was a result of what George W. Bush did at end of his term and what Pres. Obama did at the beginning of his. Americans should consider where, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Donald Trump were, during the Tea Party revolution. Trump was donating money to the establishment Republicans and Democrats during that time. Senator Ted Cruz was a child of this movement and was faithful to supporting its conservative principles. Also, we have the establishment on the run in this election. Americans have a choice between remaking the Republican Party as a populist socialist party or remaking it into a constitutionalist, conservative party. In addition, the U.S. doesn’t need another tariff war like those caused by the Smoot-Hawley tariff, which helped make the Great Depression worse. Americans should look at history before getting behind a Trump or Bernie Sanders tariff. ~ ML, 2/10/16
As socialism swept New Hampshire earlier this week, it's not only the Democratic lean towards tyranny that voters need to recognize and be concerned with...
No wonder South Carolina, at least on the Republican side, quite often gives New Hampshire a middle finger a week later with a totally different result among a much bigger population.

We can all agree that Senator Sanders is of course a socialist. He's said it, proudly, loudly, and often. A good percentage of our precious safe-spaced Millennials think socialism is great, and they think Bernie is great. And apparently many of them are trying to decide between Bernie and...Hillary. No, wait, Bernie and Trump!

And why not? Trump has flirted with socialist talking points and ideas for decades, including quite often recently.

Now, I'm sure some of you are giving me the middle finger by calling out Trump as a once and now again socialist – but I defer to Trump's own words in the final rallies of his New Hampshire campaign. I'm not making this up. Words mean things – especially in the specific context of politics – and the fact that Trump parrots Bernie Sanders quite often doesn't make me a RINO or establishment shill or even "Yeb Bush."

It makes Trump a damned dangerous option for conservatives...
On an unfortunate litany of issues, Sanders and Trump are the same totalitarian candidate, which leads one to ask, are they simply different sides of the same coin?
On the surface, there’s not much in common between New Hampshire GOP primary winner Donald Trump and Democratic primary winner Bernie Sanders. Trump is a billionaire businessman; Sanders is a career politician. Trump’s personal favorability is the lowest of all candidates on either side; Sanders’ is the highest. But the impulse that drove New Hampshire voters to the polls for Sanders is the same as the impulse that drove them to the polls for Trump: the desire for a powerful authority figure to fix everything using the power of government. In fact, before the New Hampshire primary, CNN reported, “Because independents can register as ‘undeclared’ in New Hampshire and then vote in either party’s primary, the Vermont senator’s campaign has noted some of these voters are wavering between Sanders and Trump.”

There’s a reason for the confusion: Trump and Sanders aren’t that different on policy. Really.

They’re both anti-establishment candidates who bash Wall Street. ...

Trump and Sanders are on the same page on trade, which they see as a zero sum game at which America is losing. ...

Both Trump and Sanders want to do away with Obamacare in favor of a more universal system. ...

Both Sanders and Trump vow to enshrine programs like Medicare and Social Security. ...

And while Trump has run on the basis of a uniquely strict anti-illegal immigration policy, Sanders has historically opposed illegal immigration on the basis of driving down American wages...

On foreign policy, too, Trump and Sanders sound alike. [From Trump] 'very much opposed to the war in Iraq' [to] back in October, Trump said we should let Russia handle ISIS, and added that he wanted to cut military spending. ...
Now at this point, some of you are probably saying, 'well, not all of these agreements are bad.' Heck, I see at least three that I could find agreement with. However, the motivation behind them is what's worrisome (and if you heed nothing else in this post, READ and HEED THIS!)...
So why are Trump and Sanders soaring? Because they both represent a reaction to the corruption and entitlement culture of Washington D.C. – and both of those reactions are anti-democratic. Neither candidate ever talks about the proper role of government. They just talk about how they’ll increase its power to use it for their own purposes.

That’s what many of their supporters want. Many Trump supporters frequently comment that he “wins,” that he will “win” for America, that he’s capable of “making deals,” that he’s not beholden to anyone or anything. Sanders supporters say the same thing.

Many Trump supporters – the ones who believe he is a transformational figure – ignore the fact that Trump won’t change the nature of government in any real way. They’re looking for a singular authoritarian solution to the problems of their lives. They believe it takes a power broker to stop the power brokers. Hand Trump the ring of government power, and watch what he can do! He may not cast it into the fiery chasm from whence it came, but he’ll use it to fight Mordor sometimes.

Sanders’ supporters also object to a corrupt government – but they think that more government is the solution. They think the government is bought and paid for by outside parties, and they want an honest socialist dictator in charge to clean house. They want a Hugo Chavez to ride in on the wind and use the power of government to punish their enemies. Sanders may proclaim that his motivating feeling is hope, but the real motivation behind his campaign is bitter jealousy and petty vengefulness.

These are the wages of big government and an unendingly powerful executive branch. Too many people gain too much by its existence to do away with it; too many people want to control the guns and the money to back a true reformer. Every four years we now pick our dictator. It’s just a question of whether that dictator does the stuff you want, or whether you’re his target.
And when you've got a chameleon saying this...



...who knows where that wager is gonna land! If it's anywhere near Bernie's cost, we're in deep trouble...


Take this for what it's worth: a PLEA for Baby Boomers to reconsider the most promising leader for GenX, Millennials and GenY (i.e., their children and grandchildren)...for the fulfillment of their future preservation and reinstitution of liberty. It's past time to think beyond our own generations as socialism's tentacles constrict.









Related links: Does Donald Trump represent us?
Sanders, Trump, Clinton: Why 2016 is the last hurrah of the baby boomers
This election feels like a reunion of the Woodstock generation
Trump is fooling baby boomers
This Study Proves Why Trump’s Supporters Won’t Leave Him No Matter What He Does
Every Donald Trump Insult Of 2015
Our Principles PAC

UPDATE: Further proof with few words necessary...
In a one on one townhall on MSNBC, Morning Joe Host Mika Brzezinski lists a series of traits to Donald Trump and asks him who he thinks she is describing. It's not who Trump thinks it is.


I share in the facepalm sentiment of that guy over Trump's shoulder...sheesh...


Related link: Cruz challenges Trump's 'make America great again' slogan

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