Harsh Reality

Thursday, March 17, 2016

One More Time: It's Not About Trump

I've been overwhelmed by comments, both on social media and in person by people who: 1.) Accuse me of being a Trump supporter, and; 2.) Still have no concept of what the Donald Trump political phenomenon is even about.

I want to share a couple of reasons that Trump is getting the votes he's getting. One is a brilliant list of reasons that explain what I've been saying about Trump supporters. The second is the opening shots by Trump at Hillary Clinton. But first, I wanted to spend a moment talking about my friends who are all aflutter about The Donald.

They wring their hands and they post memes and rants about how Donald Trump is Hitler or Donald Trump is going to trash the Constitution, etc. Predictably, when I ask people what, specifically, he has said that he plans to do that they think is unconstitutional they usually have no response. 

Occasionally, someone will bring up his promise to build a wall at the Mexican border. There's nothing unconstitutional about building a wall. In fact, it was supposed to happen in the mid-1980s as part of the deal Reagan signed that gave amnesty to the illegals who were here at that time. That was supposed to be the end of the illegal immigrant matter once and for all, if you remember. As always, the Democrats got their end of the deal immediately and reneged on their commitment.

The only other thing people bring up is the "religious test" for asylum seekers swarming into the U.S. from Muslim countries. If you recall, Mr. Trump says we need to halt Muslim immigration until we can figure out what's going on with the constant jihadist attacks both in the United States and Western Europe. Australia's also got their hands full with Muslim terror attacks. But that's not unconstitutional, either. In fact, it's mandatory federal law to take the person's religion into account as a factor in determining if they should be allowed into our country.

Don't believe me? Here's a link to the U.S. Government Publishing Office text of federal law on the matter.

I'll boil down the pertinent parts for you, though.

Under the provision governing asylum (section 1158 of Title 8, U.S. Code), a foreigner applying for admission:
must establish that … religion [among other things] … was or will be at least one central reason for persecuting the applicant.
And not just anyone qualifies for asylum in the United States. The applicant must be a “refugee” as defined by federal law. That definition (set forth in Section 1101(a)(42)(A) of Title , U.S. Code) requires the executive branch to take account of the alien’s religion:
The term “refugee” means (A) any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality … and who is unable or unwilling to return to … that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of … religion [among other things] …[.]
So, there's that.

If you have a particular Donald Trump proposal that you think is unconstitutional, please reply or send me a private message on Facebook, Twitter or Soundcloud. I'd like to hear it. I'm an attorney who's spent over two decades litigating Constitutional matters in court. I'm also fiercely non-partisan and don't have a dog in any election. I don't make political donations and I'm not a member of any political party. I'm just an observer and commentator. I'm also a fierce defender of the Constitution. And I've not heard Mr. Trump propose any action that I believe would be unconstitutional. But i keep hearing general complaining from the peanut gallery about how he'll destroy the Constitution. But nobody will be specific.

Now that we have that out of the way, I want to turn to a couple of things that I've come across in the past day or so that demonstrates exactly what I've been saying about the Trump phenomenon.

First, a commenter on a story about a Republican party leader saying that the voters have no real say in who the nominee will be - the GOP elites get to decide that - got right to the heart of what I believe is the single biggest driver of the Trump phenomenon. That all of the people who've been dumping on America and destroying its culture and economy since 1988 hate him and demand that the people not vote for him. It's that simple. Here's what the commenter wrote:
Let's check out The Trumpster's presidential qualifications...
  • Barack Obama is against Trump... Check
  • The Media is against Trump... Check
  • Establishment Republicans are against Trump... Check
  • Establishment Democrats are against Trump... Check
  • The Pope is against Trump... Check 
  • The UN is against Trump... Check
  • The EU is against Trump... Check
  • China is against Trump... Check
  • Mexico is against Trump... Check
  • George Soros is against Trump... Check
  • BlackLivesMatter is against Trump... Check
  • MoveOn.Org is against Trump... Check
  • The Koch Brothers are against Trump... Check
  • Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump... Check
Best qualifications ever!!
Bonus points!!!
  • Miley Cyrus says she will leave the country...
  • Cher says she will leave the country...
  • Whoopi Goldberg says she will leave the country...
  • Rosie O'Donnell says she will leave the country...
  • Al Sharpton says he will leave the country...
My vote for Trump... Check.
I've said since early in the campaign that support for Trump's campaign is not about Donald Trump at all. His campaign just happens to be the focal point of people's disgust with the Republican establishment and business-as-usual in Washington, D.C. All of the people screaming that the sky is falling are the same people who've driven this great nation to the brink of bankruptcy and a culture that many no longer recognize. They've lied to get elected and then told those who elected them to "shut up!" and that we didn't understand how things are done in Washington. These same people laughed and promised that Trump would leave the campaign in disgrace by the end of summer 2015 as Americans realized that GOP elites and Jeb Bush knew what's best for us all. Every single thing they all tell us is a lie or proven wrong. Fewer and fewer people are listening to them anymore. And the ones who are still listening are not enough to make a difference in the Trump tidal wave. Donald Trump is a giant middle finger in the face of the GOP establishment. In November, he will be America's giant middle finger at the Clintons and Obama's Democrat party.

I've also said that the single worst thing Donald Trump could do is to mistake his support as love for him, personally. It's not about Trump. His is merely the focal point. The harder the GOP establishment attacks him, the more he wins. The more millions George Soros and the Koch Brothers spend on negative ads bashing Trump, the more he wins. The more Black Lives Matter and other protesters shut down rallies and accuse his supporters of being racists or whatever, the more Trump wins.

The second thing I wanted to share is another example of why Trump's polling numbers and electoral victories defy all of the professional political talking heads. Trump hits hard. He's not overly sensitive the way the Republican establishment is. Here is Donald Trump's first shot at Hillary Clinton:

Can you imagine John McCain, Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush going after Clinton like this? Never. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and their minions and other liberal politicians say and do anything they want with ZERO push-back from the Republican establishment. The standard response is "we can't make the independents angry!" People are sick of being a liberal punching bag and having to stand behind a wussy candidate who's more concerned with his place in the inside-the-beltway crowd than he is of actually winning an election. People are sick of the GOP being a bunch of snobby pansies who won't even stick up for themselves, much less the people who vote for them.

One last time. It's not about Trump. The Trump phenomenon is nothing short of a full-scale rebellion of voters. It is a rejection of the Washington establishment. It's not a coincidence that the two strongest outsiders in this entire campaign are leading the GOP delegate count. Trump, Cruz...whoever has the best chance of shaking up Washington will be the nominee. Right now, Trump is that man.

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