As a lifelong Republican, one can only look at the Donald Trump phenomenon and be reminded of that old public service announcement: “This is your Party; this is your Party on Drugs.”
Not since the height of the Cold War has the world so desperately needed American leadership to destroy ISIS, assert stability into the Middle East and stop the almost unimaginable spread of modern day religious genocide, sexual slavery and totalitarian domination.
Instead, we are offered…clowns.
Trump is not a Conservative, either fiscal or social.
His entire career has been built on using the bankruptcy laws to evade his bills, stiff his creditors and renege on his obligations. His fortune has been built on crony tax abatements, public subsides, backroom deals with politicians (mostly Democrats), he brags about controlling through his contributions and ties to mobsters such as “Fat Tony” Salerno. He has supported raising taxes and the Canadian health care system.
He’s not a social conservative, he’s had more views on abortion than he’s had wives, and that’s a lot. By the way, two-thirds of his wives were immigrants. Proving perhaps we need immigrants to do the jobs Americans won’t do. Trump’s support comes from people who are mad at government. I get it. I’m mad too. But like our mothers used to tell us, when you get mad, take some time to cool down before you do something stupid. Voting for Donald Trump qualifies as something stupid.
For fifty years, Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and public intellectuals such as Bill Buckley and William Rusher, clearly articulated principles of how Conservatives should both govern and address issues important to everyday Americans. They have been replaced by media charlatans, bloggers and talking heads who have never been responsible for actually solving a problem for a constituent in their lives. Their only impetrative is to be as outrageous as possible to gain the highest ratings. Trump the entertainer is the logical result of this vacuum of leadership.
In reality, Trump is simply a misogynist, racist, egotistical clown, wholly unfit by any standard of experience, character, ethics or temperament to lead our nation. He has set forth a platform that is offensive not only to the values, ideals and principles of the Republican Party, but of our very nation itself. You cannot embrace the timeless protections and values of the United States Constitution, and at the same time, support the policies of Trump. The other Republican candidates are diminished by standing on the same stage as Trump.
He can’t win in November and he will destroy our party if he continues.
Radical Islamism is a danger to the civilized world. ISIS cannot be negotiated with, contained, or appeased. They will never have a mission at the United Nations and we as a nation can never tolerate a portion of the world where religious genocide, sexual slavery based on religion and barbarism are allowed to exist. There are estimated to be 40,000 ISIS fighters and they want to kill us. Our policy must be to kill them. All of them. As quickly as possible. Accomplishing this requires a candidate with the vision, stature, skill, courage and leadership to forge a worldwide coalition, including Muslim nations, and move quickly. George HW Bush did this in response to Kuwait.
Trump is incompetent to lead this fight.
He’s been denounced by our closest allies and he is such an embarrassment even the Israelis refuse to meet with him. Trump has shown himself to be ignorant of not only foreign and domestic policy, but the very ideals and principles on which our nation is founded. Neither America nor the world can afford his foolishness at this critical time in history.
Keith Curry is a Newport Beach City Councilman and the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Visiting Professor at Concordia University. The opinions are his and do not necessarily represent those of the Center or the University.