#TrumpTrending: Be Careful for What You Wish

#TrumpTrending: Be Careful for What You Wish

Trump is trending. Of that there is no doubt. A Suffolk University poll shows that Donald Trump is polling second to Jeb Bush, capturing 11% of support in a very large field of Republican Presidential candidates.


That uptick in support among conservative members of the GOP is undeniably linked to The Donald’s recent audacious statements regarding Mexicans and illegal immigration — statements for which Trump gives no apology. Conservatives love his brashness, which has angered people all across the media. Even “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria compared him to Hitler.

Trump doesn’t care a whit what Longoria — or anyone else — thinks of those comments. And many conservatives love him for it.

While in the car yesterday, I heard a caller into Rush Limbaugh’s radio program say that Trump was “the answer to the liberals changing the country:”

This is the man to do it. . . But, I believe Donald Trump — I love the man.  I absolutely love Donald. Yes, he’s egotistical, right?  But he’s the answer to the nonsense and chaos that’s going on in the world today.  And don’t ask me what nonsense, what chaos.  Look around, man.  You know.

Yes, Trump has tapped into the mindset of many conservatives disgusted with what they see as weak folding on the part of the GOP to political correctness. But is Donald Trump the answer?

Allow me to combine two clichés into a single caveat:  Be careful what you wish for, because the devil is in the details.

Trump has been cozy with Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. He and his son Donald, Jr. have donated to Hillary as New York senator in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Trump has donated at least $100,000 to the suspect Clinton Foundation, and donated $20,000 to Democrats in the 2006 election cycle, while donating only $1000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the same year — pocket money for a billionaire like Trump.

In 2011 conservative writer Michelle Malkin warned about Trump’s predilection to engage in what she labeled “eminent-domain thievery.” In the 1990’s Trump famously tried to throw elderly homeowner Vera Coking out of her little house in order to build a limo parking lot for Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. He failed, but has spoken out in favor of other instances of governmental eminent domain overreach, such as in the Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court ruling in 2005.

Malkin concludes her article:

Championing liberty begins at the local level. There is nothing more fundamental than the principle that a man’s home is his castle. Donald Trump’s career-long willingness to trample this right tells you everything you need to know about his bogus tea party sideshow.

Michelle Malkin wasn’t the only conservative warning of Trump. In 2011, when Trump was considering entering the 2012 presidential race, late blogger Andrew Breitbart warned that Trump was not a conservative:

While I am not a fan of radio host Glenn Beck, I find that he best summed up my concerns about Donald Trump with this observation:

A progressive believes the government is the answer. Donald Trump has shown time and time again he believes the government is the problem, and if it is run properly, it is the answer. That’s what a progressive believes.”

Perhaps Donald Trump will serve a purpose in this upcoming primary season, and that’s to be the agitator for Republican candidates to become more bold in taking on the Left and political correctness. If he succeeds I will applaud. But while I don’t believe that the best hope for the nation necessarily lies with a governor or a senator, I do have concerns about trusting our liberties with a business mogul who believes that a more efficient big government, run his way, should be our future.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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