Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Trump's New York City Values

Born and raised in New York City, Donald Trump lives and breathes progressive politics, crony capitalism, and the typical union corruption found in major metro areas in the Northeast. Its not surprising that connecting with Conservatives in the Midwest would be difficult. He even at one point dismissed Iowa with a resentful question, “How stupid are the people of Iowa?

It was in Iowa that his "New York values" entered the campaign. I might have narrowed it to #NYCvalues, because it is in the city where this most definitely applies. Trump feigned umbrage, and tried to explain away the values comments as insulting first responders and victims of 9/11. And just like the "stole the election" claims do not resonate with most folks, everyone with half a brain understood what is meant by New York values. In fact, Trump explained it for us in an interview in 1999.


In Trump's own words, his values differ GREATLY from the rest of the country. They reflect where he lives, and are so far to the left, he could be an ideological twin of Hillary Clinton. It is why he has made numerous donations to Democrats over the years, including checks to Hillary. Many people can and do evolve in their political beliefs, recognizing Right from wrong, and Good from evil. Normally, this is done by their late 20s, not in their 60s. And while Trump's views on key issues change daily depending on the audience he is addressing, it doesn't take much imagination to anticipate what is truly in his heart. Can someone so nurtured by progressive thought be trusted when it comes to religious Liberty, shrinking the government, protecting the innocent in the womb, following the Constitution, or simply being honest with Americans?

History says, that like Texas weather, you just wait 15 minutes and Trump's positions or party affiliation will likely change. He has changed parties at least 5 times, and threatens to run as an independent if he feels the GOP is unfair to him. Considering his fragile ego, that is probably a very low threshold.

NBC News has compiled a fairly comprehensive list of his campaign flip flops. Just on the abortion issue alone, you see Trump's "evolution" is ongoing, holding multiple contradictory positions over just a few days! (See videos at both links)

Why is this important? Americans need to know what the man stands for if he is elected. You cannot have a President that sticks his tiny fingers to the wind, or takes a poll, for every decision. Americans must be confident that the ship is not rudderless, tossed to and fro on the waves of his volatile emotions. As The Word tells us, a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8) And we need stability in Washington now more than anything else.

I believe National Review, and Ted Cruz at the Wisconsin town hall, made astute observations regarding Trump's answers to various questions on issues like abortion. He answers the way he THINKS Conservatives would answer. Listen carefully to the words he uses and how he fishes for what he believes Conservatives MIGHT want to hear.

At times, his responses seem reasonable, but more often than not, they sound like they are written for an SNL skit mocking Conservatives. There is no deep thinking on the ethical, moral, Constitutional, or even Spiritual reasons why murdering babies is wrong. Trump's knee-jerk response is that society should punish women who have abortions. Is this a well thought out, reasonable, or even Conservative approach? Or is it because that is what he THINKS Conservatives want to hear? Same thing with the wall, immigration, trade, or any issue. His answers are rarely founded on Constitutional principles, Christian morality, economic reality, or even Conservative values.

Its interesting that Trump would use the word "punish" with regard to abortion. Yet another progressive candidate not too far back saw pregnancy as a punishment of women. Such is the distorted reasoning and spiritual darkness of the left.

Now take a listen to Ted Cruz discussing the same issue with someone who is for abortion. Note the reasonableness of his answer, that is built on a foundation of faith, rule of law, commonsense, and the Constitution. Which candidate has a better grasp of the importance of protecting life, and how best to legally and morally approach this very important issue as POTUS?

And that is just one issue, albeit a very important one that separates the wheat from the chaff. The same case could be made for building a wall. There is already legislation in place to build a border wall. But the wall itself is just one tactic in the greater struggle to manage America's borders and halt illegal immigration. There must be a willingness to enforce the law throughout the country. Law enforcement and immigration must be willing to deport those who are here illegally. The next President must be willing to deploy all resources necessary to do the job properly. The administration must listen to the men in the trenches, and give them the latitude and support to complete the mission. What might be best in Arizona, might not be effective in the Rio Grande Valley. But as in the link above, no bureaucracy or city must stand in the way of stopping the invasion along our Southern border.

As a candidate, if you truly do not believe that illegal immigration is a problem, that flooding the country with unskilled labor is desirable, a 50 foot wall will be a complete waste of resources. Or, for the hardcore progressive, the wall could just as easily be built to keep Americans from fleeing tyranny.

What is in the heart of the candidate matters. The current progressive in the White House has ignored the Constitution, used the IRS to attack political opponents, selectively enforced the law, and made up the rules as he went along. Donald Trump is just another progressive, who is arrogant enough to believe that he could be a better tyrant than Obama. He desires power not to make America great again - something NO politician can ever do, but rather a selfish lust for power. That in a nutshell is New York City values - the strong, rich, and powerful make the rules. And in progressive New York, intolerance for the views of others reigns supreme.

The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York

NYC progressives buy votes by promising handouts, raise taxes until they chase away all productive citizens, and then still insist on micromanaging every aspect of life. Is NYC, the progressive Utopia where Donald Trump was raised and celebrates, the model he will apply to the nation as President? Has he EVER stood up to the ever expanding bureaucracy, always increasing taxes, and general corruption of his hometown, or even state? What makes any thinking person believe Trump will change his stripes in Washington?

George Washington presiding the Philadelphia Convention
New York City values are inconsistent with Conservatism, and what our Founding Fathers put in place. I don't want MY progressive in the White House. I want someone who is a Christian, someone guided by Truth, and a Constitutional Conservative, someone who will follow the Constitution and reign in the abuse and growth of government under the progressive leadership of the past. Donald Trump is not, and will never be that man.

Ben Shapiro - Everyone Knows What 'New York Values' Are, So Stop Bitching