On Saturday night I watched something I never thought I would see. Hours after learning of the deep, sad loss of Justice Antonin Scalia, we had the ninth GOP debate. I was expecting, nay hoping, to see a solid display of conservative principles, about how the party needed to unite against liberalism for the sake of our American freedoms. All of which hang by a delicate thread. Our Supreme Court has been legislating for too long, and Scalia’s loss has thrown our rights into a tumultuous and precarious sea where liberals bully and Republicans capitulate.
The debate was not reassuring. In fact the debate, the bloodiest one yet, left me feeling hollow. Desperate. Frustrated.
The current GOP front-runner did not talk about preserving our freedoms. He did not reassure America that their rights would be protected. What he did instead was don a Michael Moore baseball cap. He then blasted George W. Bush, blaming Bush for 9/11, not keeping America safe, claimed Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq (I’ll address later) and called everyone on stage who dared bring up Trump’s record, like his pro-Planned Parenthood stance, a liar.
Before Trump supporters chant MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN and the other talking points and slogans, don’t. I’ve already heard them. Also, slogans are not policies, nor are they inherently conservative. Read Why True Conservatism Will Never Be a Bumper Sticker Slogan…
Our GOP front-runner is using rhetoric found on hand-painted signs found circa 2004. He’s running for the GOP presidential nomination. Even if you think what Donald Trump did Saturday night was a strategy to win liberals in South Carolina, we still have a Tess Holiday sized problem on our hands. He was trying to win liberals in a GOP primary. Imagine Hillary Clinton trying to win conservatives in a Democrat primary. Or a grade school fashion show.
Look, when Trump first got rolling, I supported how he dismantled the entire notion that political correctness was needed to win support. Go read my post Why Donald Trump Has Won American Hearts: A Conservative Woman’s Take. I’m grateful for what Trump brought to the campaign. I’ll also admit parts of Trump have been incredibly entertaining. He’s added real value to the primary election system. Okay? Okay.
Donald Trump, on Saturday night, stopped short of saying “Bush lied, people died” about the Iraq war. He insisted there were no WMDs in Iraq and that Bush knew there were no WMDs in Iraq. Reminder, he was on the GOP Debate stage. The problem is, there were WMDs in Iraq. The New York Times broke the story, in an article titled “The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons.”
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) October 15, 2014
The GOP front-runner sounded off liberal talking points at a GOP debate and threw a past GOP president under the Trump Bus using liberal talking points about Iraq. I know it sounds like there’s an echo in here. Point bears repeating.
You might be able to cite any number of reasons or theories as to why Trump threw Bush under the bus. We could wax on about what kind of president George W. Bush was. We could discuss how he wasn’t all that conservative, how he mishandled the media, how towards the end of his presidency he was anything but a conservative. I’m not Bush’s biggest fan either. Okay? Okay. But Trump did none of those things.
After two elections of losing to the Democrats because of RINOs like Mitt Romney and John McCain, I thought we wanted a demonstrably conservative candidate to run for the GOP this time around the block. Maybe I just heard everyone wrong… Because Donald Trump is anything but demonstrably conservative. And yes, Trump fans, I know you don’t care about him being a conservative. Still, wasn’t that what we hammered on about for years?
Speaking of RINO things, let’s talk abortion. When Ted Cruz questioned Trump about his stance on Planned Parenthood, Trump’s reaction didn’t sit well with me…
After blasting Ted Cruz for “lying” about Donald Trump wanting to fund Planned Parenthood, Donald Trump admits Planned Parenthood does wonderful things, just not abortion.
Look, if you’re against abortion, you should be against any organization which provides it. Think of it this way: There are two farm supply stores. You need a plow. Both stores sell plows. But one of the stores also sells slaves. You are against slavery. Which business do you patronize? Do you tell your friends “Yes, that store sells slaves, but it also sells plows, and plows are good things!”
Not unless you’re a total moron with zero morals.
Look, Ted Cruz might be your guy. Marco Rubio might be your guy. Jeb! probably isn’t your guy because who’s guy is he? Other than his mom Barbara, who he mentioned casually as often as he could. Ben Carson might be your guy. And Donald Trump might be your guy in ALL CAPS.
Whoever your guy is, he will have to be our guy as he faces a socialist opponent for the presidency of our represntative republic of the United States of America. We are one Supreme Court justice short… The court is one vote away from taking away our Second Amendment rights…
So if you think saying “We’re one judge away from gun control” is scare tactics… think again. It’s reality. Which is pretty flipping scary.
This election isn’t a game. The presidency is not a popularity contest. It is not a reality show. The president is not our best friend. He is not someone we live through vicariously. He is also not someone who just looks or sounds better than the other candidates up on the stage. The President of the United States is our elected leader who represents America, its people, its values. Or it should. Because we elect him (or her), because we fund him (or her) that makes the president our employee.
The President of the United States is a servant of the American people. I’m not comfortable with him sounding just like Michael Moore…
Written by Courtney Kirchoff. Send her your Make America Great Tweets. She hasn’t seen enough of them. Yes, that was sarcasm.