Anti-Trump = Pro-Establishment? by Zack Strong
Many Donald Trump supporters have become so unhinged that they now claim that anyone who is against Trump is automatically for the corrupt political establishment. If you’re not on Trump’s side, you must be supporting the powers-that-be. If you point out Trump’s flaws, you must be a simple-minded sheep who only listens to the mainstream media’s distortions. If you’re not with Trump, you must be with the globalists and are part of the problem. These are some of the many ridiculous claims I’ve seen made by Trump supporters. I am writing this article to refute these frankly absurd and dangerous notions and to caution against getting whipped up into the frenzied cult of personality growing around Trump.
Let me start by saying that I am firmly against Donald Trump and would never vote for him. I encourage folks not to vote for him, but to vote for a truly principled, moral constitutionalist. Trump is none of these things, as I will discuss below. I’ve been consistently and publicly anti-Trump.
Now let me repeat something else I’ve consistently and publicly said; namely, that I am against ALL Republican and Democratic candidates. I’ve never voted Republican or Democrat in my life, nor will I. I have instead voted third party and independent, and I’ve even utilized the much neglected write-in function. I believe you will never have a worthy Republican or Democratic candidate for the presidency, and very rarely will you find one on the local or state level worthy of your support. Voting Republican and Democrat is voting for the establishment – yes, even if that vote happens to be for Donald Trump.
The fact of the matter is that the Republican and Democratic parties are corrupt to their core. Have you ever read their official platforms? I have. Their principles, though couched in high-minded language and glowing terms meant to confuse people who don’t think critically, are anti-Liberty and anti-Constitution. And even if their rhetoric is at times good, Republicans and Democrats never follow through. I’m bold to say that neither party has done anything good – no, not one single thing – for the United States in a full century. By their fruits ye shall know them. Their works stand as a testament against them. Judging by this standard, it’s easy to see that things have gone from bad to worse, and now to critical.
Under Republican and Democratic watch, we have been given more laws, more debt, higher taxes, higher inflation, larger government, mass spying on citizens, more wars in which we had no legitimate interest, more enemies in the world, more violations of the Constitution, more scandals and corruption, and fewer rights, more restrictions on our agency, less buying power with our money, less respect and influence around the world, etc. Are we really so naïve as to think that electing yet another Republican or Democrat can save us? We cannot win back our lost Liberty by playing within the corrupt system created by the establishment. We can only win it back by having the courage to step out of the line and stand firmly on principle.
Let’s reiterate what the Republicans and Democrats have jointly given to America over the past century. In no particular order, here are 20 stripes the Republicans and Democrats have beat us with over the last 100 plus years:
1. Massive debt
2. Astronomical, irresponsible, budget-busting, debt-backed spending
3. Larger, expanded government that reaches into literally every aspect of our lives
4. A host of unconstitutional, unnecessary agencies and departments (IRS, BLM, FCC, EPA, ATF, TSA, NSA, FEMA, Department of Education, etc.)
5. A code of complicated, unjust, arbitrary laws too voluminous to read
6. A dastardly interventionist foreign policy that has embroiled us in dozens of foreign wars
7. A mass of economy-stifling regulations
8. Higher, middle-class destroying taxes
9. Restrictions on free speech and the rise of social justice thought police
10. Restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms
11. Egregious spying on citizens, including the monitoring of all electronic communication, by the NSA and other agencies
12. Bloated and unconstitutional welfare programs that make people dependent and increase government power
13. Entitlements like food stamps which allow 100 million Americans to feast on the earnings of the working class
14. A complete overturning of the Fourth Amendment via the dastardly Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, John Warner Defense Authorization Act, etc.
15. Abortion – a plague responsible for the deaths of nearly 70 million babies which neither party seems terribly concerned about eradicating
16. An education system that has been thoroughly taken over by the federal government and which bows to government whims because of economic blackmail and the withholding of funds
17. The total sell-out of American sovereignty to the United Nations, NATO, and other international organizations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, supported by such so-called conservatives like Ted Cruz, is but the latest major blow to our sovereignty
18. Centralized government and the nearly total submission of the states to the federal behemoth
19. Presidents both Republican and Democrat rule by executive order and shunt Congress to the side
20. Congress has allowed the privately-owned Federal Reserve to usurp its power and to control the money supply in the United States, artificially creating economic crisis after economic crisis
The list of grievances could go on indefinitely. And who is to blame? Ultimately, the American People are to blame because we live in under representative government. We get what we deserve. However, the foot soldiers of this communistic revolution have had Rs and Ds next to their name. The popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By this standard, are you politically insane? You are if you plan on voting for another establishment operative with an R or D next to his name this November.
While I don’t think Trump is a “controlled” member of the establishment like most of our nation’s leaders have been and are, he has certainly dealt with them, supported them, and is willing to compromise and play ball. That is the formula for success in politics, but not for being a principled leader who honors his oath to the Constitution. Trump has proven that he puts his finger in the air and goes whichever direction the wind blows.
Trump is a populist. He is an appeaser. He is a little-d democrat, which is essentially a mobocrat. Democracy is evil – it is mobocracy. It is populism. And populism and democracy and mobocracy have one essential thing in common – the will of the majority prevails in all cases regardless of the law and regardless of the equal rights of the minority. Indeed, in a populist democratic system, the will of the majority is the law – the rights of the minority be damned. Trump loves and embodies this dangerous system. See two of my previous articles for more on why democracy is a dangerous system:
Donald Trump is one such politician who adores the idea of ruling by executive order. He has spoken in high praise of executive orders and has admitted that he would use them copiously. Perhaps I’m just missing it, but I don’t recall a section of the Constitution which grants the president dictatorial powers. Instead, there is a list of very narrow and enumerated responsibilities that elected officers of the government have – and ruling by populist sentiment or executive fiat is not one of them. I recommend watching the videos at the following links to hear former Congressman Ron Paul – the only real statesman America has seen in generations – explain why he distrusts Trump and why Trump would be more of the same:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i37cji5JmFw – “Ron Paul Reveals Why Donald Trump is Bad for America”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO9hEQyNMPc – “Ron Paul: Donald Trump Wants to Replace Political Correctness with “Trump Correctness””
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xEIst7J7B0 – “Ron Paul on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Fixed 2 Party System Being Controlled [NOW]”
Furthermore, it is difficult to discern what Trump actually stands for. He speaks a lot, but says very little. He mainly uses rhetoric to whip up his crowds. He loves warm-sounding slogans like “Make America Great Again,” but he has been all over the board with his actual views on the issues. In other words, he hasn’t actually said how he would supposedly make America great; he just likes repeating that phrase because it appeals to people’s emotions and pride.
I have previously written of the fact that until a few short years ago, Trump was a life-long Democrat who donated money to such Democrats as Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Anthony Weiner, and Ted Kennedy. See a longer list here, and ask yourself how a man can honestly claim to run against the policies of people he has bankrolled: http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/17/23-prominent-democrats-who-rolled-in-donald-trumps-dough/
Trump has also said that the economy is better under Democrats than Republicans. He has advocated for assault weapons bans. He has supported government health care. In short, he has been a Democrat for decades.
On Wolf Blitzer’s program, Trump said that he identifies more as a Democrat. Also on Wolf Blitzer, Trump said about Barack Obama, and I quote: “He’s a star, I mean, he’s really, really done an amazing job in a very short period of time.” About Hillary Clinton, he said: “Hillary Clinton, I think, is a terrific woman. I mean, I’m a little biased because I’ve known her for years. I live in New York; she lives in New York. And I’ve known her and her husband for years and I really like them both a lot. And I think she really works hard . . . and I think she does a good job, and I like her.” How can a man who financially supported Hillary Clinton just a handful of years ago expect us to believe that he is her real opponent and opposite? If you believe that, I have a nice section of prime real-estate on Mars to sell you. . .
Lest anyone disbelieve some of my claims about what Trump believes, I encourage you to watch the video at following link. However, a word of caution: there are multiple clips of Trump using his vulgar mouth to drop F-bombs, etc., giving you a peak at what is in his heart. The video is entitled “Donald Trump – In His Own Words.”
Watch the montage and see the real Trump here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqMw9sLzTeQ
You can find perhaps an even more damning video of Trump supporting abortion and saying he is “pro-choice,” praising Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, calling himself “a liberal on healthcare” and supporting single-payer programs, saying the Democrats manage the economy better, supporting eminent domain, supporting higher taxes, etc. This video is called, “Donald Trump in His Own Words” and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX74hX6KKA4
As you watch those clips and hear Trump’s foul, contradictory, nonsensical words, his praise of Obama and Hillary, his vulgarity, his praise of socialistic health care and higher taxes, and his sexual innuendos, ask yourself whether these are the words of an honest, wise, good, knowledgeable constitutionalist. Is this who you really want leading the country? Is he cut from the mold of a George Washington or Thomas Jefferson? Can you trust such a man who contradicts himself constantly, flip-flops, and nonchalantly profanes in public to keep his word and be honorable?
If you want to find more damning statements from Donald Trump, I recommend looking at this website: https://www.trumpquestions.com/
Last but not least, I would remind you that Donald Trump is an adulterer. He has openly admitted it. He cheated on his first wife, as many politicians do. He is an immoral man. Many people don’t care about a person’s private life, but in reality it is all-important. Character counts. We will utterly destroy ourselves as a society if we use our free will to continue to elect immoral, dishonest, morally-bankrupt individuals to positions of power. We will not survive our own degeneracy unless we quickly repent.
Samuel Adams explained why a person’s private morality matters: “He who is void of virtuous Attachments in private Life, is, or very soon will be void of all Regard for his Country. There is seldom an Instance of a Man guilty of betraying his Country, who had not before lost the Feeling of moral Obligations in his private Connections. Before [Dr. Benjamin Church, Jr.] was detected of holding a criminal Correspondence with the Enemies of his Country, his Infidelity to his Wife had been notorious. Since private and publick Vices, are in Reality, though not always apparently, so nearly connected, of how much Importance, how necessary is it, that the utmost Pains be taken by the Publick, to have the Principles of Virtue early inculcated on the Minds even of Children, and the moral Sense kept alive, and that the wise Institutions of our Ancestors for these great Purposes be encouragd by the Government. For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders” (Samuel Adams to James Warren, November 4, 1775).
Yes, a person who doesn’t have the strength of character to maintain fidelity in the highest covenant of existence – marriage – cannot be trusted with power. How well would Trump uphold his sacred oath of office to defend the Constitution if he can’t even stop himself from cheating on his wife? I do believe in the redemptive power of Christ’s Atonement which can change our very natures, but I see no evidence that Trump has truly changed. Surely some of his rhetoric has changed, but I believe that his vague statements mask his real principles which appear to have remained the same since the days just a short time ago when he called Obama “a star” and praised Hillary Clinton and gave money to Harry Reid. Can you really trust Donald J. Trump?
In closing, I repeat what I said at the start: criticism of Trump is NOT an endorsement of the corrupt establishment. Exposing unsavory facts and inconvenient discrepancies in Trump’s character and political platform is not the same as being pro-establishment. I oppose the entire establishment, the Republican and Democratic parties, the bloated federal bureaucracy, the unconstitutional horde of illegal agencies, the gaggle of media personalities who fawn over politicians, and any person, principle, program, or party that is not in strict harmony with the Constitution. At the risk of sounding too repetitive, let me reiterate that I am opposed to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the whole lot of them. They will not benefit America, nor stand by our Constitution.
I do support men like Farley Anderson of the Independent American Party and Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party. You do have options this year, ladies and gentlemen. Do not do the morally reprehensible thing and vote Republican or Democrat – vote for someone with pure principles, an honest heart, true Christian values, and who has proven their fidelity to the Constitution. If you vote for more of the same in November, the only person you will have to blame for the further deterioration of America will be the one staring back at you from your bathroom mirror.