Monday, August 15, 2016

Confessions of a #MehTrump Supporter: Why I'm Voting for Donald Trump

I have a confession to make. I am now part of the 40% of likely voters, who this presidential election will vote for Donald Trump for president of the United States. Currently out of this  40% (to Clinton's 43%) their reason for voting for Trump usually comes from an angry response to government elitism, frustration about the economy, and wanting to dissolve political correctness. However reasonable this group's anger may seem, it doesn't seem fitting to put all of your hopes and dreams into the hands of anyone running for president of the United States. Personally, I don't expect government to solve the economy and I don't suspect the establishment will learn nothing after this election other than, "Wow! People really do like the idea of populism!" I put my faith in no politician, not even one with beautifully coiffed hair, which is definitely not a wig or a comb-over. (Thanks mainstream media for this valuable information.) That being said, there are two main reasons I'll vote for Donald Trump:

(1) I believe the Republican Party should fracture. As many of you know politically I'm a conservative Constitutionalist who has worked with the Republican party in part because I thought they had values that mirrored by own. Now I know what some of you may say, "Well, why didn't you protest against McCain's presidential bid, or what about Romney's?" Simply put I actually liked their policies, character, and record when compared to Obama's lack of experience and overall manner. In my opinion, Trump is the Republican party's version of President Obama. Both claim to be for the people and how they alone will enact the change their followers desperately seek, while their followers do everything in their power to protect them from all criticism, be it justified or not. Call me cynical (because I usually am) but I don't care for the (typically Democrat) rhetoric Trump seems so found of spouting. I never would have thought a Republican presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention would say the words, "I alone can fix the system," but I guess that's the philosophy the Republican party has to sell in order to stay relevant to the modern voter: government dependence.

Welcome to the Trump party! Leave your principles at the door!
As someone who has had to try to sell the ideal of and "freedom" to young people, I understand why the Republican party would shift this way. It's hard telling a potential voter that too much government is a problem and not a solution. Selling freedom isn't easy, but selling free stuff is. Things get especially difficult when you take into account that most young people have gone to public universities, have used government loans to attend that school, and who may find themselves working for government entities. Trump, as far as I know doesn't want to cut entitlement spending, is against free-trade, and believes the government can somehow "create jobs." Frankly, this doesn't sound like a Republican to me. (Or maybe it does, and if so I'm glad I'm washing my hands of them.)

With that being said I don't think the Republican party is able to change course. When faced with the outcome of Hillary Clinton becoming president they're in a helpless position and will vote for anyone (and I mean anyone) who will go against her. Disgustingly, the Republican and Democrat parties have now forced the American voter to engage in an act of desperation where they must choose a candidate whose values don't necessarily reflect their own to win the presidency to "save" the country. I'm not choosing Trump to save the country, I'm choosing him to break the party, and allow for the strong potential of a new conservative party to take shape and leave the Republican party behind.

(2)  My second reason is accountability. Donald Trump if president, will be held accountable for all of his actions by the press, in turn forcing journalists, after eight years, to finally do their jobs and eagerly investigate information released by Federal executive authorities or anyone who associates with Trump's administration. During the past eight years of the Obama presidency the media have done nothing to investigate any actions taken by his administration. I've yet to see any hard hitting investigations from mainstream news sources on the failed gun-walking operation called "Fast & Furious,"  which put about 2,000 guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartel criminals, to the recent Iran nuclear deal that would allow Iran to pursue the construction of two nuclear plants with little oversight by the United States, and now recently the revelation that the Obama administration paid $400 million dollars to Iran conveniently at the same time the American hostages were being released. Let's not forget the scandals involving the Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, such as her use of multiple private, unsecure servers to store classified government information while Secretary of State, her role in Benghazi and how she lied to the American people when she said the attack occurred in retaliation to a "YouTube video," and more recently the rumor the Clinton Foundation took money from Saudi Arabia, a country notorious for it's mistreatment of women and homosexuals. Then just when you think the media couldn't get any lower, they didn't even bother to critique the Clinton campaign's use of rope to wrangle fellow journalists during a parade event. The media doesn't cover these topics, not because these incidents aren't astounding or newsworthy, but because they don't suit their lazy narrative of "Republicans bad. Democrats good."

It doesn't escape me that Trump isn't a nice man, or a well-spoken politician, or someone I could fully trust as commander-in-chief, but right now he is what makes the media get up in the morning. Silly though it may seem, if the mainstream media wanted to do their job, evoke true journalistic integrity, and regain public trust they would vote for Trump.

Even with these two reasons, I still have some reservations for voting for Trump.

What if the Republican party doesn't fracture due to this political shift of values? What if there aren't enough conservatives who want to break away from party that may give them what they wanted, but at the same time expand Federal government to do it? Honestly I don't expect a massive party to arise, but I do expect to see a new network of conservatives  in creating a new platform using new media, online tools, and engaging in local communities that the Republican party has ignored. To my surprise I've encountered many minorities, women, and young people who are conservative, just not Republican. If the Republican party fractures, they may find a political group that represents them. Then again who knows what will happen? This all assumes Donald Trump will win the presidential election, but as it stands today the odds are in Hillary Clinton's favor, and as we all know if Clinton wins the world will suddenly blow up (or something to that effect).

What if the media, even if after Trump wins the presidency, decide to engage him by just covering inconsequential information about him and his administration? This theory is reasonable given that the media does mostly focus on mundane actions president Obama engages in, such as his golf outings, vacations, and the occasional foreign handshake photo-shoot. Going through media headlines like Trump Tried To Invite Himself To Chelsea's WeddingNC Trump Staffer Resigns Amid Lawsuit Alleging He Pulled Gun and now the latest Time Magazine cover featuring Trump's "meltdown," it would seem like a safe prediction to say the media could do the same with Trump and focus on his words rather than policies.

Here's the problem: one of his policies will directly effect mainstream media journalists. Donald Trump wants to "open up" libel laws so he can sue media outlets because in his words, "It's so unfair. I have stories, and I have - you have no recourse. You have no recourse whatsoever because the laws are really impotent." Is this someone the media can ignore? Would it stand to reason that they not only focus on this policy but multiple policies that effect their narrative? Even though I don't agree with their narrative, I can see the value of critique, which is something that within the Republican party isn't welcome in this new pro-Trump era. It would be refreshing to see the media finally do their job after eight grueling years of pundits pontificating their love for the prophet Obama (peace be upon him).
So much for being the party of Freedom of Speech and anti-political correctness. *sigh*
Unlike many Trump sycophants, who plan on voting for Trump because it's the "right thing to do," I'm not here to tell you this is the right decision, or the moral decision, or one that I'm necessarily proud of. I'm not even going to encourage you to vote or not vote. Do what you please. Nevertheless, this is my decision when faced with the fact we need a media, a government, and a society that is accountable for their actions, and right now they aren't. As long as the media and public hold Donald Trump accountable for his indiscretions while ignoring Clinton's flaws and failures, I plan on voting for Trump this November. No matter who wins, hopefully I won't be the only one holding them accountable for their actions as president of the United States.