If you look at America and what it needs and doesn’t need in its next president and you see Donald Trump standing there, suggest his deportation. If you see Ted Cruz, convince him his Texas values should be honored by never leaving the state. And Bernie Sanders? Give him a ticket to Venezuela so he can discover what socialism really does to a society.
We’re in a fix. Despite what you may have heard recently, the state of the union is far short of glorious and some presidential candidates doing well in the polls more nearly promise ruin than remedy. The most prominent is the audaciously crude … Republican billionaire named Trump. Let’s forget for a minute how he mocks the handicapped, speaks more nicely of Vladimir Putin than John McCain and wants mass deportation of all 11 million illegal immigrants. Let’s focus on how he wants to wreck the lives of American consumers.
Pretending to be super-duper man, he says he wants to get tough with China. It’s true the Chinese have indulged in trickery deserving meaningful backlash. But Trump then talks of retaliatory tariffs, once even mentioning 45 percent as a possible hit, and here’s what that would accomplish: a major rise in prices of all kinds of products, stores maybe closing and new Chinese tariffs causing some of our own exporters powerful pain, too.
The truth is that, outside of real estate and celebrity ventures, this show-off appears to know very little. His style is brashness and loose talk, not practiced calm and focused thinking. He’s also a flip-flopper, once having endorsed Obamacare, for instance, and maybe that means he would change his mind on tariffs; after all, there are other ways to dictate disaster. A nomination could well scramble the Republican Party into prolonged chaos while handing victory to Hillary Clinton, and so shouldn’t conservatives turn elsewhere, to Sen. Cruz, maybe?
Heavens no. Cruz plays the political game less for getting anything done than for getting himself noticed. Even his fellow Republicans can’t stand him because he would rather perpetrate stunts than join with others in reasonable compromise. As the national quarterback, you could figure he would try throwing passes to himself while his team repeatedly loses.
There’s more, such as a plan that could undermine the Constitution and lying on the subject of supporting the legalization of illegal immigrants. But, you ask, wouldn’t he still be better than Clinton? Her lies, you tell me, surely outnumber his, she’s a bigger flip-flopper than Trump and her liberalism would be more of the same that’s already hurt us in so many ways. You speak the truth. But here’s the thing. She’d almost surely beat Cruz, whose divisiveness includes a gratuitous, bigoted, castigating remark about “New York values.”
Another point is that Clinton is still better than Sanders. The socialist Vermont senator does not seem likely to beat her in the primaries, but he has caught the imagination of quite a few who apparently agree it would be delicious to turn their lives over to bureaucrats, great fun to punish the rich with exorbitant taxes, fantastic to defeat the energy of free enterprise and a treat beyond mention to spend America into oblivion. That’s roughly speaking Sanders’ agenda.
Here’s the deal. To enable this country to address problems seriously and effectively, we need someone among the truly knowledgeable, competent, caring Republican candidates to be the only one competing with Cruz and Trump. That means the others who split the vote in so many ways must step down.
Ambition clearly gets in the way of that, but the coming Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary will begin giving us answers that count for something. Might reality and love of country overcome futile ambition before it is too late?
We will see.