Papa Giorgio asks:
V… I have a question for you. I am not a fan of Trump, to say the least. And for the first time since voting Bush Sr. (my first vote) have voted GOP. This will most likely be the first year I do not. And even started a site to work against Trump, “The Constitutional Federalists of America,” buying many URL variation of it. Anyhew… I started to think and came up with three points that would make me consider my vote drifting back towards the GOP, they are these three:
✦ He would have to announce plans to be in office for one term;
✦ He would have to announce a conservative leaning VP;
✦ He would have to foreshadow his choices he is considering for the Supreme Court.
It sucks that we have to be soo worried about the Court… these Justices shouldn’t have the power to interpret the Constitution… the Constitution should reign them in. But this is the sad reality we face.
In my most recent upload to my YouTube channel Levin talks to Carrie Severino about what apparently seems to be one of my criteria met.
THE QUESTION IS THIS: If Trump meets the other two, would you consider voting for him? … if not, why not?
And this is my answer:
I can’t imagine Trump limiting himself to one-term, but that really wouldn’t make any difference to me.
I don’t think Trump is going to pick a conservative for the vice president spot, I think he is going to pick John Kasich — a scheming, nasty little weasel of a man with crossover appeal to moderates (who also tend to be weasels). The vice president pick is irrelevant. He may as well pick John Oates, or that other fella from ‘The Pet Shop Boys’ for all the influence his VP will have.
If the SCOTUS appointments are reason enough for you to hold your nose and vote for Trump, that’s a perfectly valid rationale and I won’t argue with it. It’s not persuasive to me because it just isn’t enough. We can probably survive with a few more liberals on the Supreme Court, I’m not so certain we can survive the type of sewer politics Donald Trump represents.
Which is pretty much the answer to “Why not?”
In order to move me off #NeverTrump, he would have to convince me that the Donald Trump I saw during the primary campaign — the Donald Trump that taunted his opponents with childish name-calling, the Donald Trump that engaged in conspiracy mongering to attack a fellow candidate, the Donald Trump who had difficulty answering debate questions coherently and seemed ignorant of really basic things a president should know (like what the nuclear triad is), the Donald Trump whose chief strategist threatened to pull the FCC Licenses of broadcast outlets that criticize him — is not what we would be getting in a President Trump.
Obama won two elections through demagoguery, stoking racial divisions, cheating on campaign finance laws, encouraging voter fraud, and demonizing his opposition. Likewise, his presidency has been marked by demagoguery, racial divisiveness, demonizing opponents, and lawlessness. Men do govern like they campaign, and the manner in which Trump has campaigned does not bode well.
I recognize that primary campaigns get nasty. And I get that our last two elections were decided by Low Information Voters, and that these voters are not moved by, for example, a Scott Walker type who is a brilliant policy reformer but dishwater dull. My concern is that if a candidate runs a campaign based on childish name-calling, outright lies, violent threats, and conspiracy theories and is rewarded with the presidency; not only will he govern likewise, but his strategy will become the template for all future campaigns. To me, it feels like the onset of Idiocracy.
If that is really where our culture is, then it doesn’t much matter who the president is.
I won’t be a part of it.
Maybe he can do better. I don’t know. He’ll have to show me.
I don’t intend to post very much about the election. If the New York Liberal Democrat candidate or the New York Liberal Republican candidate does something interesting, I may comment on it. But I’m really not invested in this election. If anyone else wants to vote for Trump, I’m not going to try and persuade them not to. And I recognize that, from certain perspectives, there are valid, defensible reasons for voting for Trump.
Frankly, I just don’t give a damn. At this point, I would vote for A.L.I.E the genocidal AI from The 100 over Trump or Hillary.