Donald Trump is criticized constantly by almost every major media outlet and praised by almost no one with any influence. He is competing against politicians who have spent their entire careers preparing to run for president, and in some cases come from families who have passed down generations of know-how and connections. Despite of all this, Trump is leading the pack.
Running contrary to the most commonly held beliefs about campaign strategy, Trump has become the enemy of Democrats, Republicans, libertarians, and the media, all while skyrocketing to the top of the polls.
While I had previously avoided all news and politics, I now find myself intrigued. Even… captivated.
I have detested most every presidential candidate since I was old enough to understand the truth about government. However, with Trump, I have found a few things that I actually don’t hate.
Why? Why would I, a principled voluntaryist, have any interest at all in a politician?
Well, for starters, he’s making strides against three of the biggest problems in the world today: media, government, and bad parenting. While I don’t agree with all of his political agendas, here are seven reasons why I don’t completely and utterly hate him.
1. He is trolling the media
“One thing I’ve learned about the press is they’re always hungry for a good story, the more sensational the better.” – Art of the Deal
Donald Trump is the best PR person I’ve ever seen. He is outstanding at saying just the right thing to get the media to freak out and spread his message far and wide. The more the media shames him the higher he rises in the polls.
Compare what he said to what the media claims he said, and it’s clear to anyone with half a brain that the mainstream media is incompetent and biased and should not be trusted or consumed. If more people realize this, the media will lose its influence and power will shift from liberals to libertarians.
Before writing Trump off as a racist or a sexist because of an article in The Huffington Post that came up in your Facebook feed about something he said, go to the source and look at what he actually said.
For example, Rolling Stone wrote, “He called Fox’s Kelly a period-crazed bias monster.”
In reality, he merely said, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
What he says and what the media says he said are often very different. And it’s working for him.
Given his success, and despite doing almost the opposite of what all presidential candidates throughout history have done, Donald Trump is proving that people are losing faith in mainstream media and that it is no longer as powerful as it once was.
The early success of Bernie Sanders on the extreme left, and Donald Trump on the extreme right, signals that alternative media sources with new ideas outside of the standard left-leaning mainstream media are attractive to people.
At the very least, his trolling is pretty entertaining to watch!
2. He’s started a conversation about illegal immigration
As a libertarian, I was divided on immigration. On the one hand, I don’t believe in the notion of a geographic region controlled by a government that restricts free trade, nor in yet another government program that aims to fix something that it will likely exacerbate.
On the other hand, immigration is actually a government program, and a violation of the non-aggression principle. By subsidizing the importation of immigrants and then providing them with social programs like welfare and education, the government is staking more claim on your private property and indoctrinating more people with its atrociously bad public schools in the process.
Some immigrants come from countries that have a culture or religion that encourages treating women terribly and believes it’s ok to commit violence against people with opposing views. Bombing the hell out of them – in part for these very reasons – and then letting them in just does not make a whole lot of sense to me. Not to mention that these immigrants tend to vote Democrat.
I don’t see how having my future sons and daughters in a classroom with someone who was not raised peacefully and isn’t fluent in English is of benefit to me (or my kids). It’s not a good deal for the country.
As a libertarian, I believe we should be working towards a free society. I don’t see how importing masses of people many of whom have questionable values, oppose free market capitalism and require government programs is a good idea.
So what does the media report Donald Trump says about immigration and what does he actually say? Let’s see.
“Trump’s claim that illegal Mexican immigrants are ‘rapists’.” – The New York Times
“He called Latino immigrants ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists’” – Huffington Post
“He referred to Mexicans as ‘rapists’.” – The Washington Post
The list goes on and on but basically, the media says that Donald Trump thinks all Mexicans are rapists. So what did he say? Have a look.
“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. […] When Mexico sends its people they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you; they’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting.” – Salon.com
You might well dislike Trump’s words, but he did not say that all Mexicans are rapists. He also didn’t say that his reasons for being concerned about illegal immigration are quite valid.
A 2012 Pew Research Center National Survey of Latinos reported that, “…among Latino immigrants who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (and therefore likely unauthorized immigrants), some 31% identify as Democrats and just 4% as Republicans.”
In order to achieve a free society, we need to stop voting Democrat and reduce dependence on welfare. Importing millions of people who more often vote Democrat, more often become dependent on welfare, and more often abuse their children does not seem like a good idea.
51% of immigrants are using the welfare state, compared to 30% for natives. And those natives include high utilizers of the welfare state such as blacks and Hispanics.
Among illegal immigrants, it’s even higher.
When you get people coming into a country who can only survive and live in that country because of government spending, what do you think they’re going to vote for? An expansion or a contraction of government power?
But first and foremost, it’s a matter of morality. Initiating the use of force to by taking money from people through taxation in order to subsidize immigration and immigrants is a violation of the non-aggression principle, and immoral.
3. He was parented peacefully and parents peacefully
Despite being raised by a strong, strict father, Donald Trump stated in a 1990 interview with Playboy magazine that, “He [Trump’s father] was a no-nonsense kind of guy, but he never hit me.”
What’s more, Trump went on record during an interview on ESPN in 2014 (reproduced here by PolitiFact.com) saying that while he was never a “spanker”, “It’s a pretty tough thing because I saw something last night that much more than 50 percent of people out there and parents out there are spankers.” He brought up this horrific reality on ESPN, shedding light on this critical problem to a mainstream audience of sports enthusiasts.
And a critical problem it is. A 1999 article in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review reported that 72 percent of parents of children between the ages of two and four said they sometimes spanked their kids. A 2002 poll commissioned by ABC News asked a random sample of adults if they had ever spanked their children. Over half of them said they had.
PolitiFact.com goes on to say that, “pediatricians as a group strongly discourage spanking. They cite evidence that ties it to behavioral problems and lower school performance.” To put it simply, child abuse can lower IQ and make children more prone to violence and addiction. Not to mention the fact that beating a child — someone who is completely dependent on you — is fundamentally immoral.
If we want a free society that can function properly without government, we need people that are parented peacefully. We won’t get there until we stop worshipping the authoritarian structures they’re born into and that prevent them from thinking rationally.
4. He’s started a conversation about the failures of the political process
In his run for the presidency, Donald Trump has pulled back the curtain to reveal the inner workings of the political process and the many problems that plague this institution.
Chief amongst those problems is the broken and corrupt campaign finance system. Trump has insinuated that he paid Hillary Clinton to attend his 2005 wedding and, in the first Republican debate, the moderator quotes Trump as saying: “When you give, you get them to do whatever the hell you want them to do.”
Trump goes on to explain:
“Well, I’ll tell you what. With Hillary Clinton I said, be at my wedding! And she came to my wedding. You know why? Because she had no choice because I gave. I gave to her foundation that, frankly, that foundation is meant to do good. I didn’t know her money would be used on private jets going all around the world. It did”.
To add insult to injury, during a debate, Trump said that he’s given money to everyone on the stage at some point. As a businessman, he did this to cull favor with those in power so that when he needed something, he could call it in and get it taken care of. As a politician, he mentions it only to shine the spotlight on how the system works.
He makes it clear that others are taking massive amounts of money from large corporations, and therefore somewhat dependent on complying to their whims. But not him. Donald Trump is self-funding his campaign (paying for it out of his own pocket) which means that he is not controlled by, or dependent on, any interest group for their support.
Compared to Barack Obama who received more from Big Banking than any candidate in history, Donald Trump is perhaps the most independent candidate in the presidential field. The very fact that he might win should signal to Democrats that the political process may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
No one with any power or influence likes him. The people that like him are kind of an “underbelly” of America; an underbelly that has say over your personal life, your professional life, and your private property.
Bernie Sanders has appealed to voters who are tired of “the system” but his solutions involve more government, not less! Trump, on the other hand, is calling for significant restrictions on government power.
5. He may cause liberals to lose their faith
I’ve talked to many liberals who are so shocked and disgusted by the fact that this man could garner so much interest from the American public.
If Trump, who has a very real chance of becoming president, really is the racist, sexist, authoritarian, Hitler-esque creature that the left claims he is, hopefully it will make them realize that democracy is not a game that we the American people should be playing.
The possibility of Donald Trump becoming president may help liberals realize the horror of having government control over their personal life, their professional life, and their private property.
This may make them lose faith in democracy and turn to something more civilized and productive such as libertarianism or anarchism. Even nihilism would be more productive than advancing the cause of socialism!
6. He is extremely talented (despite what the media says)
The biggest gift he received from his family was not the $1 million (that he turned into billions), but the great parenting and high IQ.
IQ is correlated to income and gets passed down from parent to child. Given his success, it’s likely that Fred Trump (Donald’s father) had a high IQ and passed it on to his progeny. In turn, Donald Trump has turned a million into billions and is the father of someone who has also made a lot of money so it’s very likely that he has a high IQ as well.
He has achieved success in real-estate and TV and has one of the best-selling business books of all time. Now, with little prior experience in politics, he’s trouncing his competition who, in many cases, have decades more experience under their belts.
You can call him racist, disagree with his political positions, criticize his supporters, and distort his statements, but you cannot say he’s not intelligent. Saying that Trump is unintelligent is negligent at best and is outright slander at worst.
The fact that he has chosen to spend millions of his own money running for president, when he could otherwise be making millions, tells me that he genuinely wants to help. This is compared to the other candidates who are mostly career politicians who would otherwise have almost no value in the free market (aside from perhaps crafting manipulative and harmful advertising campaigns for large pharmaceutical companies).
7. He criticized the government’s foreign policy
Donald Trump’s musings on the Iraq War are another illustration of how he is not afraid to call attention to important issues, even if it’s contrary to popular beliefs. Where other politicians change from one day to the next, Donald Trump tells it like it is:
“Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake… we spent $2 trillion and thousands of lives… they lied… They said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none.”
It was quite refreshing to watch him say this to the face of the brother of the man who led us there.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot that I do hate about Donald Trump (privacy and foreign policy being the biggest for me). But he is doing some good… and he’s most certainly entertaining!
I like that Trump is proving that just about every commonly-held belief about political campaign strategy is false. I also like that his proposed tax policies would heavily reduce the size of the government while simultaneously enhancing private property rights.
That said, Donald Trump won’t be able to get anything done… but then again, if he’s elected, it’s pretty much guaranteed that neither will Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton.
I certainly won’t be voting for Donald Trump because real, sustainable change will not come from government. To vote is to neglect to acknowledge that the process is fundamentally immoral.
But The Donald has had some positive side effects and it’s been incredibly fascinating to watch. Oh, and he’s not a “democratic socialist.”
This article was edited for grammar, style, and spelling, but not for content. The views expressed are that of the author, Mike Fishbein, exclusively, and do not reflect that of BeingLibertarian.com or Being Libertarian LLC
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