I realize that I never actually spelled it out. So here it is:
I’m getting more and more sympathetic, as time goes on, to Zippy’s arguments that we shouldn’t be voting at all, though I’m not sold (or not yet). I am going to vote and, yes, for Trump.
Trump is a populist. I know it. You know it. Everybody does. He says SOME stuff to get elected, but remember, when he started, he was a joke…and he was already saying some of this stuff. That’s why he was a joke.
But – lo and behold – what he was saying actually connected with people. I am not rich. I’m paying my own way through college with a part-time retail job and massive loan debt (A good idea? Well, if the degree helps me out…). And my dad has worked in programming – the field I’m entering – for over 20 years now. And guess what? We really are losing jobs to immigrants.
Trump’s position of “Hey, these people are breaking the law and entering the country illegally, we should not let them be here” is considered radical, but it’s not. It’s common sense. Keeping an eye on muslims and banning muslim immigration? Well, yeah, good idea. Building a wall? Let’s try it. What we’re doing now obviously isn’t working.
Trump might be saying all of this stuff just to be elected. It’s extremely possible. But remember, Trump is a populist. Even if he is elected, it’s in spite of the establishment, not because of them. Why is he going to care what the elite thinks when he’s in office? They haven’t hurt him so far. His best bet is to actually try and do what he’s said he’ll do and what the people want him to do, because that’s where he draws his power from: Actually listening to people.
Even so, does it mean he’ll do all of this? No, of course not. I’m not an idiot. But he was the first guy who said he would. For all the talk about opportunism and saying what he has to in order to get elected, the only reason the other politicians started saying anything like what he was saying is because they realized that people liked what he was saying…not because it was any of their ideas originally.
And honestly? I lost all of my respect for Ted Cruz when he started soliciting delegates. Here’s the thing – and I promise you this is the truth – no matter who the candidate was, including Trump, if they had won because of a contested convention – let alone one they only managed to force because they solicited delegates – I would absolutely, positively, 100% not vote for them. Not a chance. Most likely I’d just sit out the election. If the party wants to go against what the people actually decide, then fuck the party and everything it stands for.
Sure, there are issues he isn’t conservative on…but let’s fix the heart attack first. Is he not strong on abortion? Probably not, but neither are supposed pro-lifers anyway.
So, yes, since I’m voting at all, I’m voting for Trump. Maybe it’ll be a disaster, but at least he’s changing the culture and saying more of the right stuff than any President has in decades. I think that’s worth the risk rather than more of the same “one step forward, two step back” style conservatism we’ve gotten so far.