Mind Boggling: Tea Party for Trump

th (2)Indeed, it truly is mind boggling.  How can anyone claim to be a fiscal conservative member of the Tea Party and support Donald Trump’s campaign?  It defies explanation and logic.

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party faction of the Republican Party allegedly stands for individual freedoms and the reduction of the size of government coupled with the reduction of taxation.  I agree with these principles.  However, these principles are not being adhered to by any member of the Tea Party who supports Donald Trump.

“I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72-hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”  This Donald Trump quote is from 2000.  Anyone who has the slightest knowledge of the gun control issue knows “assault weapons” is a liberal ruse for confiscation.  Assault weapons are a liberal concoction.  There is no such thing as the definitions of “assault weapons” are arbitrary and inconsistent.  Ask five liberals what exactly they are referring to when the use the term assault weapons and you will get five different explanations.  The entire concept is liberal propaganda. 

However, outside of his acceptance of the imaginary category of guns he calls assault weapons, this position is hardly one that supports the enhancement of individual freedoms.  With today’s modern technology, a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) scan via the FBI informs a Federal Firearms Licensee immediately if a potential purchaser has a record.  Why is a 72 hour waiting period needed?  In addition to the aforementioned quote, Trump also wrote in 2000, “The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.”  Why should we as gun owners accept “limited” restrictions on our natural right to self-preservation?  Again, hardly a pro-individual rights positon.  Today, Trump is saying what conservatives want to hear on gun-control.  However, his past policy positions suggest he does not fundamentally, at his core, believe in individual rights. 

When it comes to taxation, Donald Trump is all over the place.  Just in this campaign cycle he has flip-flopped on whether he supports a flat tax or a progressive tax code.  In the past, he has supported massive tax increases.  In 2000, Trump proposed a one-time 14.25% tax increase on individuals and trusts over the amount of $10M.  In 2011, Trump stated he no longer supports such a tax.  He told George Stephanopoulos “well, at a time, it would have paid off the deficit. I mean, you wouldn’t have a deficit, at that time.”  Ignoring the fact that he does not seem to know the difference between the deficit and national debt, Trump did not completely disown his previous support of massive tax increases.  Instead he simply brushed it aside stating such a tax would no longer pay down the national debt (which he mistakenly refers to as the deficit).

In his 60 Minutes interview in September of this year, Donald Trump continued to advocate for a tax increase.  An increased tax on successful Americans.  Tax the “rich” as liberals repeatedly propose.  Sounds more like a plan from socialist Bernie Sanders than a Republican candidate.

Also, in this 60 minutes interview, Trump admitted Obamacare was not working.  However, his solution is to simply revamp the program and maintain universal single payer healthcare.  On universal healthcare he stated “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now…they’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably…”  Scott Pelly then interrupted and asked “make a deal? Who pays for it?” to which Trump responded “the government’s gonna pay for it.”  Trump continues and notes “most” of the plans will be private but not all.  However, he has yet to explain how a country can have a healthcare system that is mostly private, but still single payer.  The two are mutually exclusive, but that is irrelevant to Trump.  Single payer healthcare is not congruent with a reduction in the size of government. 

Supporters of Donald Trump’s current campaign to obtain the Republican nomination for President of the United States constantly state their frustration with the “establishment” Republican Party.  They claim they are sticking it to the establishment with their support for Trump as the power brokers in the Republican Party do not support his candidacy.  Quite frankly, this is absurd rationale.  Trump is a lifelong liberal who joined the Republican Party five minutes prior to the beginning of primary campaign season. 

Thus, TEA Party Republicans who are allegedly pro-individual rights and anti-taxation are supporting a candidate whose record is one of anti-individual rights, tax increases, indecision on a progressive tax code, and support of single payer healthcare.  Why would one back an individual for president who does not support their principles simply so the establishment can be defeated?  What sense does that make?  One can vote for Hillary or Bernie Sanders in attempt to defeat the Republican establishment as well.  By placing Trump in the presidency just to defeat the establishment, what does that accomplish?  We would still have president with a long history of liberalism, but we defeated the Republican establishment!

Again, this train of thought is asinine.  I will never vote for a tax and spend anti-2A candidate.  I will never vote for a candidate who does not support individual rights.  I will never vote for a candidate who cannot decide if he supports a flat-tax or progressive tax code and supports single payer healthcare.  I will never vote for lifelong liberal Donald Trump.      

 

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