February 28, 2016

"Conservative" or not, Donald Trump lacks integrity, and that's what matters most

John InglisRebel Blogger
 

I recently posted about the National Review’s “Against Trump” issue. It was an anti-Trump article, but more importantly, it was pro-integrity.

My complaint isn't so much with Trump supporters, than it is with “conservatives” who defend Trump’s alleged conservativism.

Trump is not conservative, but he pretended he was at first. Lately he has given up even pretending, and so have his media surrogates. Some even bash the Constitution if they feel that document is proving inconvenient for Trump’s ambitions. Many of these people now argue that Trump's focus is more on nationalism and populism, anyhow, not conservatism.

Before considering what policy positions to prioritize when choosing a candidate, we need to protect our own integrity. We are not meant to bend, shift, contort and vacillate before those candidates seeking our support. They are supposed to change to better represent us. Or better still, have their own integrity, present their positions and hope that they are what we are looking for.

Democracy is for the people, not the politicians.

I opposed Jeb Bush's candidacy and would not have voted for him if given the chance. But he did earn my respect for one reason: unlike Rubio and Trump, he did not run away from his record and lie about it; he defended it, although it was not popular to do so. This makes Jeb a man of integrity and principles, such as they are.

On the other hand, Trump and Rubio lie about their own records, and then accuse those who tell the truth about their records of lying, too.

This was never more obvious than when Rubio was confronted in the last debate about saying one thing on Spanish TV and another on English TV -- the same thing he'd accused Cruz of lying about in the previous debate!

I don't support Cruz, either. His record is not immaculate on the integrity issue: I believe he changed his position on the H1-B immigration visa program for political reasons, for example. That said, we live in a world of imperfect men and we have to go with the individual that best supports our values when everything is considered.

Do not prostitute yourself!

Over the coming months, Americans will learn a lot more about these candidates. Keep an open mind but not so open that you abandon your values. List your top five or six priorities, rank them and then add what your idea candidate would do in relation to these issues.

Do not hold back. Pick your best case scenario, and be honest with yourself now, as well as when you review the list as the campaign goes forward.

Don't put “electability” into your top three considerations. Yes, electability is important, but if we conservatives thought it was the most important thing, we would have voted for Justin Trudeau. "Electability" is also the criteria that political operatives and the media will emphasize. By this measure, somehow Dole, McCain and Romney were electable, but Reagan was not. Looking back at some old articles from the last federal Conservative Party leadership race, Harper was not deemed electable either.

Shakespeare puts appropriate words into the mouth of Julius Caesar: “Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.”

Do not let your choice of candidate be the death of your integrity.

 

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commented 2016-03-01 17:53:24 -0500
Gee. Thanks for thinking for me.
commented 2016-02-29 15:57:01 -0500
Live with it? So I should be fine with Trump enacting crony capitalism and bailing out Wall Street AGAIN?
commented 2016-02-29 12:20:13 -0500
Debating which politician is better, is like betting on which donkey in the herd is going to take the first crap. Symbolism isn’t my strongest trait?
commented 2016-02-29 08:25:02 -0500
Quite frankly John Inglis – you are so full of shit your eyes are brown.

No one gives a sweet damn about you or your opinion of Trump.

What matters is this: He is saying the same thing people are sating at their kitchen tables and do not have the power to get it out to the public.

You write as an entitled, spoiled and smug – therefore very typical – Canadian.

Your lofty “talk down” is oh so typical – I am certain you would have voted for the libs and I am also certain you are a fake.

You have obviously never spent a lot of time in the US of A

The voter does not give one SHIT about what you are writing about – the voter is pissed off at how he/she/it is being treated and damned well wants change.

And they will get it no matter what – and that means the establishment will attack – and the harder they attack the more determined the voter is that they will vote for change.

You are typical establishment.

That change is Trump.

Now – your closing line.

Integrity? If one does not vote according to your ideology they have no integrity?

Have you ever had to make a life and death decision – and then stick to it – and then live with it?

As a smug and spoiled Canadian your biggest decision every day is to decide if that will be Timmies or Mac D coffee on the way to work

So – you can take your integrity and stick it up your fucking arse.

You are a fake – a lefty in disguise and certainly an entitled, spoiled and smug Canadian with your sly – oh so very sly words.

Now – fuck off – go away and do not bother the real folks – asshole…..
commented 2016-02-29 07:01:56 -0500
Not sure what to make of this article. Who reading this will actually be voting in the US presidential election?
When it comes to policy, the integrity issue really only applies to Cruz and Rubio. They’re the ones that have been involved in crafting legislation, not Trump.
But even so, for the writer to presume to speak about the integrity of Cruz and Rubio, he presumes to know all the ins and outs of the whole process involved in crafting legislation, AND presumes to know exactly how the legislation reads or is interpreted.
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say nobody’s perfect and in the next breath demand perfection.
Rubio betrayed the Tea Party that did so much to elect him. He also betrayed the conservative base that cast their vote for him. Most importantly, he betrayed the best interests of the US.
Cruz is not so clear cut. Nevertheless he is suspect because he is NOT independently wealthy and is taking money from donors that are despised by the conservative base because they are part and parcel of the problem. CITI Bank and Goldman Sacks to name just two. THAT IS CRUZ’S PROBLEM!!
Trump the billionaire could have chosen to do what all the other billionaires are doing: Lurk in the shadows like vampires busily buying up politicians to enact legislation that will be favorable to them at the expense of the people and the country.
Instead Trump rolled up his sleeves and stands front and center doing battle for the average American.
Trump is a patriot first and foremost. That means he is a default conservative on ALL the major issues of the day. Trade, borders, immigration, security, economy, islam etc. etc.
He also seems to be socially conservative. But right now the most pressing need is to CONSERVE the country.!
The average American gets it even if he can’t consciously articulate it. He sees his country teetering on the brink. He feels (rightly) that the country has run out of time and needs to radically change course if it’s to survive…enter Donald Trump!
commented 2016-02-29 03:08:23 -0500
Most politicians do not have any integrity. How many politicians are we going to have in our lifetimes that are actually worth voting for?

As for Donald Trump, he is going to build a wall. Now that is more than any other candidate will do.
commented 2016-02-29 01:38:13 -0500
I’m noticing that this article accuses Tump of lying, which I can easily believe given his tactic of baited exaggeration, but the article does not list any specific lies from Trump.
commented 2016-02-28 22:35:56 -0500
Donald Trump will win the election, but there are issues RNC and some hidden Elitists told Rubio if he doesn’t win Florida, Mitt Romney is in and Marco Rubio is out!

Apparently $75,000,000 has been doled out to push Donald Trump out of the race!
It was news on the Drudge Report Saturday February 27, 2016.
commented 2016-02-28 22:24:32 -0500
Ben Carson has the most integrity by far. But will he make the best President, and could he ever get his numbers up there? Maybe to my first question, not likely to my second. I was leaning towards Cruz earlier, but don’t really like him much anymore, and I never liked Rubio. So who does that leave. I know there will be some problems if Trump gets it, but what he gets right could make it worth it. Have to wait and see i guess.
commented 2016-02-28 22:07:55 -0500
Trump is the next president live with it
commented 2016-02-28 19:52:59 -0500
Trump is indeed a con man. The worse of it is is he supported TARP and bank bail outs, meaning he is just another Wall Street shill. We already had Wall Street run the White House with Obama and Bush.
commented 2016-02-28 19:30:15 -0500
That’s a laugh, the radical “Canadian” Conservatives calling out Trump on not being Conservative enough?

Steven Harper didn’t do a dam thing for social conservativism, essentially ignoring said issues in pursuit of pure economic policy. Then the Liberals get in, pull Canadians even further deeper into the radical left insanity of quote on quote “social construct” and “its 2016” rabbit hole, as well as sink any Conservative economic policy to boot.

Abortion, gay marriage, gays adoption, sky high divorce rates, negative birthrates, and now allowing Men to undress in girls changing rooms(infront of children) because they “identify” as female. It never ends and it never will until we’re all asexual test-tube creatures, ready to be conquered by what ever invaders we let in with a backbone.

There’s no such thing as a “Conservative” party in Canada. Just Liberals from 10 years ago, who happen to like the idea of a free market(but with social programs).