Author: Mike Mazzarone
Co-Author: Alon Ganon
Like most, when Donald Trump announced his candidacy I didn’t think much of it. Trump was fully expected to run back in 2012 and the real shock was him declining during that cycle. However, a Trump run in 2016 wasn’t out of the ordinary, and when he announced his candidacy on June 16th, 2015 I believed at the time that “this should be fairly entertaining”.
The entertainment is over.
Donald Trump has managed to stay the frontrunner in most polls since June and while he is just starting to lose his stronghold in Iowa to Ted Cruz, it has been Trump that has managed to stay on top, in poll after poll for more than a half a year. He has done so by tapping into the anger of everyday Americans and (according to the Facebook fan groups for the Donald) “pissed off rednecks”. The one thing I can say is that Donald is playing to the most extreme portion of his party. These people live out the stereotype that detractors paint the Republican Party as, and it’s quite sad. I believe that Trump is either doing one of the biggest pandering jobs we have ever seen done by a presidential candidate or he is truly a tyrant in the making.
Here are the top five scariest political positions of Donald Trump.
A couple of months ago, Donald Trump announced his much-anticipated tax plan. The plan is promised to simplify our tax code, grow the American economy, provide tax relief for middle class Americans as well as not add to our debt and deficit. The selling point for the plan would be that if you are a single American and earn less than $25,000, or married and earn less than $50,000 – you would not have to pay any income taxes. At all. Period. All other Americans will be put in one of four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25%. While this sounds fantastic in theory and on paper, there is one huge problem regarding Trump’s proposal.
It is not revenue neutral in any way.
Trump boasts and brags about his plan being revenue neutral and being fully paid for, in part by “taxing the very rich” – something that you are most likely to hear out of the mouth of the socialist Democratic presidential candidate and senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. However, it has been determined by both the non-partisan Tax Foundation as well as from the Citizens For Tax Justice that Trump’s proposed plan would add anywhere from nine to ten trillion dollars to our national debt over the span of a decade. In additional to this, Trump has failed to provide any sort of reasoning that he could cut taxes at the level which he proposes to make the plan he is proposing revenue neutral.
THE MINORITY REPORT
Perhaps the scariest and most delusional position that one can associate with Donald Trump is foreign affairs. Trump’s signature policy is that of immigration reform and race relations. Trump first broke ground with his bold policy of wanting to build a giant wall across the southern United States border with Mexico. In addition to this he wishes to have Mexico pay for the said wall – a point that Trump himself parodied on Saturday Night Live as well as shipping out anyone living here “unlawfully.” The Donald also wants put a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until we “figure out what the hell is going on”.
Whatever that means.
In any case, there are quite a few issues with what Trump is proposing here. Let’s break it down one at a time. First off, the immigration idea. Not only would this break up families and disrupt many businesses, hurting the United States economy; but it is utterly unrealistic. Trump has pointed out that it would take anywhere from eighteen months to two years to deport around eleven million people. However, we know this is complete and utter hogwash at its core when conservative think tank – A.A.F. (American Action Forum) has estimated that a plan like this would take not only much longer – around two decades – but would cost the country $600 billion dollars.
It’s a fiscal mess, and the last thing the country needs right now.
Onto the homeland security nightmare that is Trump’s ban on an entire subsection of people. The proposed policy has been deemed as going against the Bill of Rights and is therefore unconstitutional. However, you don’t need acclaimed law scholars and professors to tell you this. A basic understanding of American history shows that what Trump is proposing goes against the First Amendment of the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
It also violates the Fifth Amendment:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Our founding fathers would be against such policies as well. All you need to do is look at Thomas Jefferson who said – “That our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions.”
I can say that is my opinion, but I also believe that is common sense that we do not and should not give in to xenophobic, fearful hate. This is why not only Democrats but many top members of the Republican Party have been so quick as to denounce Donald Trump. We also cannot have a president that completely disregards our history and our Constitution; someone who spits in the face of our founding fathers. It was John Adams who said in the Treaty of Tripoli that the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion. I believe that is something that we forget at times. The simple fact is that the majority of Muslims do not wish to do Americans any harm. For Trump to propose this ban, and for his supporters to claim that “all Muslims are terrorists”, is to play into the same stereotype that the left paints the GOP as. Is it truly any shock why CNBC called Donald Trump a “comic book parody”? I don’t think so.
It seems like Trump has an obsession with banning and shutting things down. It’s why the word “fascist” gets thrown around a lot. However, in fairness, it should be pointed out that Trump’s recent comments of “shutting down the Internet” were taken slightly out of context. If you listen to his comments in full, you’ll see that he is talking about “radicalized Americans” and doesn’t propose a flat-out ban of the Internet. While you can argue Trump’s comments weren’t 100% clear, it does however seem that he does propose restrictions on the internet. Something that always works so well! There was recently a big debate over internet neutrality and it appears that Trump is on the losing side of this battle. What is clear is that Trump wants to call Bill Gates to determine whether specific individuals or groups could be restricted from using the internet. Yet it is pretty unclear what the former Microsoft CEO could do, or what specifics Trump has in mind to play out such a restriction. Countries like North Korea and China are known to restrict their internet access, and this policy, which not 100% clear – is just another reason why Donald Trump is so polarizing. Although I’m pretty certain he doesn’t seem to mind that.
This is where things start getting scary. Donald Trump has little regard or respect for individuals’ and businesses’ property rights. When normally dealing with a business that wants to procure your property, they would propose an offer, and you would either accept, negotiate for a better offer, or decline. However, at the end of the day you can’t just take it. Well, Donald Trump thinks it’s alright for not only government to come and expropriate the land without the property owners’ consent. He believes it is fine for government to take the land for businesses as well. How is this legally possible? In the 2005 Kelo v. New London Supreme Court case, the liberal Supreme Court changed everything, and allowed property to be seized by government for the “common good”, and consequently to help big business. This is an unfair competitive advantage which Wall Street has against Main Street. Donald Trump, of course, has not let it be any secret that he is very well connected politically.
GET YOUR FLIP FLOPS
Donald Trump has something in common with a lot of beach goers: he loves his flip flops. But boy, he has clown-sized ones. This is a clear difference from the kind of flip flops worn by Mitt Romney who at least, for better or worse, admitted he had changed his view on some positions. Donald Trump, in comparison, has this unnatural talent for denying he had positions he publicly stated on TV.
- He flip flopped on Afghanistan at first saying it was a mistake to go in on CNN on October 6, then two weeks later on the same program reversed his position on CNN saying “we made a mistake going into Iraq. I’ve never said we made a mistake going into Afghanistan.”
- First he was for bringing in the refugees, as he told Bill O’Reilly on September 9th. Then goes on less than a month later that if he wins he would send them all back on Fox News.
- Planned Parenthood: first he said they should be defunded back in July to Blaze TV. It took him only a week and a half to flip flop on that to CNN. But wait, he didn’t stop there! He flipped again on The View by saying he would defund them. So Trump is part of a rare class of candidates who are able to pull a complete 360 before primaries have even been done in one state.
- First he wanted a big military, then 2 months later, he wanted to shrink it.
- As our military would say when it came to Daesh/ISIS, Trump believed in us going after them to “Get Some!” Yet recently, he seems to be loving Russia taking that over.
- At first Trump gave life to the idea of Flat Taxes this election cycle. Yet in that very same interview Trump began to flat line the idea of a flat tax. When his own tax plan was publicized there was no mention of flat taxes.
When it comes to Donald Trump from an outside perspective, it becomes impossible to understand why anyone who would put a mere 5 minutes of honest research into this guy, would consider voting for him. The man is the only candidate I know to have not only been able to flip flop within a matter of mere months, but flip flop back and forth, and flip flop in a single interview all within one election cycle. With primaries around the corner, all we can hope for is that the Republican voters in the primaries wise up fast, and pick a better candidate. It seems almost every single other candidate on the Republican field would be a better candidate than Trump – especially when Trump polls have him losing to Hillary more than quite a few of the other Republican candidates.
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