Monday, July 11, 2016

Why I prefer President Donald J. Trump to President Hillary Clinton

Somebody near and dear emailed me to ask "why would you prefer a Trump to a Clinton presidency?"
Here is why:

Positive reasons (things on which I agree with Trump):

1.  I am a trade protectionist and an immigration restrictionist.  As an American I think trade and immigration policies should be for the benefit of current US citizens and their descendants, "ourselves and our posterity."

2.  I think the right economic policy is one that offers men the opportunity to earn dignity as providers for their families. Cheap goods mean cheap men, as Calvin Coolidge used to say.

3.  The US needs to control the border with Mexico.  A wall is a good start, as Israel has shown along its Egyptian border.

4.  The US needs to rethink its international role.  Certainly it should 1) no longer open the US market  in the unconsidered hope of gaining brownie points with exporters; 2) extricate itself from its obligations to South Korea and possibly Japan, which make it subject to NK blackmail.  
I do think, however, that after Crimea the US needs to continue its nuclear umbrella over NATO, which is the only thing keeping the Rooskies out of Riga (and possibly out of Scotland).  Trump has come around to supporting NATO; but he thought about it first, which I don't see as a bad thing. 

5.  Trump has promised to appoint originalist, "dead constitution," judges on the Scalia model.  As a conservative, I know he is buying us off on an issue on which he cares little.  But I say, let's take the deal! 

6.  Political correctness is literally killing people:  it has crippled the fight against domestic terror, and has greatly exacerbated the current strife over race and policing.  Its effects on education and education policy in the United States are as severe as its Marxist version ever had in the Communist block.   

Negative reasons (why Hillary  Clinton is a bad choice in ways that say, Bernie Sanders, would not have been):

1.  Mrs. Clinton is personally corrupt (she has been taking bribes for nearly forty years). and with LBJ (whose corruption was Bush league and consisted mainly of having a television broadcast license assigned to his wife) she is the only major party nominee ever who is personally corrupt -- unless you count bribes to her as bribes to Bill -- which I suppose you should,

2.  In case you think that private vices are outweighed by public virtues, as some might claim in the case of her husband (who has been an active party in her bribe-taking since the beginning, of course):  In her years as Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no accomplishments of significance.  She also has made some big mistakes:  she supported Bush's invasion of Iraq, opposed the surge, and supported Obama's withdrawal:  I don't know anybody else in US public life who shares this trifecta of failure.  She has supported the failed American efforts in Afghanistan.  She urged the Obama's administration failed intervention in the Libyan civil war.  She has also supported Obama's Iran deal, which was a far worse policy for the US than if they had done nothing at all.

3.  The email scandal is a big deal.  Mrs. Clinton committed serious crimes, both from the security and public records point of view, by channeling her official email through an unsecured private server, and than ordering her lawyers to wipe allegedly personal emails rather than preserving them.  She refused to collaborate with the State Department internal investigation, unlike every other SecState of the email era.  These crimes and derelictions would be sufficient, in the case of any other government employee, to ensure that the person would never work for the Federal government again.  Her conduct on this matter does not admit of any honest or even plausible defense.

4.  She is in thrall to the Black Lives Matter crowd and the Al Sharptons, who have spread the lie that police racism rather than black criminality is responsible for the disproportionate number of black men killed by police.

5.  She is a globalist on trade and immigration.

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