One of this blog’s goals is to provide greater understanding across the aisle. While most of this blog is aimed at providing my own insight, I also wanted to open it up to dissenting voices. I asked KFA to explain why he voted for Donald Trump. Below is his response.
-Kevin, The Goose Blog
I was on the winning side of one of the worst campaigns of all time, an event that set a new record for debauchery in 2016. I believe the media on both sides is largely responsible for indulging in that depravity and making it a focal point, but that is a topic for another day. I do believe that for this election cycle hollowed out the middle ground, however. Since one of this blog’s goals is to fill that crater with civil discussion and understanding, I’m here to provide some background on why I voted for Donald Trump.
When voting, I’m generally picking the lesser of two evils, and the lesser evil isn’t necessarily a Republican. It’s very difﬁcult to get what I feel was 15 years of failed presidential leadership into a single blog post, but it provides the context for my vote. In the words of Donald J. Trump, “I like winning, and the United States doesn’t win anymore!” In 2004, the first election I was eligible to vote in, I wanted to fire George W. Bush, but couldn’t stomach a John Kerry White House. In hindsight, I believe a Kerry presidency would have played out much like his term as Secretary of State [under Barack Obama], that is to say, it would have been ineffective. Perhaps center-left liberals felt similar reservations about Mitt Romney in 2012. But the last time our sacred land had over a decade of truly awful Presidents, we had a civil war.
Washington D.C. is broken. Legislators have been useless for decades; they’ve been controlled largely by labor unions and efforts to pander to non-white males on one side, and big corporations and religious groups on the other, basically whoring themselves out to whomever will finance their re-election campaigns.
Until three months ago I was a lifelong New Jersey Republican. I’ve voted for Cory Booker twice: once as a Democratic Senate hopeful, and again as Senator. He did a great job as mayor of Newark, but for whatever reason he has gone way left of how he led Newark City Hall. His condemnation of Jeff Sessions on January 10th during Session’s hearing for Attorney General came off as incoherent and hypocritical. Hypocritical because Sessions co-sponsored a 2015 bill with Booker with that awarded Congressional Gold Medals to civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, Sessions’ home state. When working together, Booker’s opinion of Session was a far cry from the racist he portrayed Sessions as last month. Booker’s testimony reminded me of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s awkward Mr. Rogers-esque response to Barack Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address. Like Booker, Jindal was a rising star in his party but publicly stumbled. Given Donald Trump’s ability to make someone appear hypocritical, Cory Booker would be wise not to run for President in 2020.
I’ve also voted against my GOP Congressman in NJ-5 over the past four elections, because after a decade in office he became nothing more than a shill for the NRA. Unlike many in my home district, I didn’t grow up as a “one percenter.” I never got the sense that Bergen County conservative voters from that economic group cared much about gun rights, so a change was needed. I don’t have a strong enough opinion on gun rights to write extensively on the subject, but I thought gun control should be one of the lowest priorities for a congressman in a moderate district like my own. Instead I opted for his Democratic challenger (a former Hillary Clinton staff member to boot!) and I happened to ﬁnally be on the winning side of that election.
Financially, this country has been driven off a cliff. Under what circumstance is it acceptable to raise the [national] debt from $5.66 trillion on October 1st, 2000 to $10 trillion in 2008, to $19.57 trillion this past October? This happened because our last two presidents were a freshman senator from Illinois with only short stints in his State Senate and experience in community organization under his belt, and a silver-spooned Texas governor who was took orders from his father’s closest advisers (read: donors).
To get those two clowns in the Oval Office back to back means the talent pool on Capitol Hill was/is severely lacking. So where do I turn? To state executives with records of accomplishment (aka not George W. clones). In my opinion, the only “experienced” GOP presidential hopeful with any economic sense was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; someone who battled corrupt labor unions and won. He angered so many in [Democratic] Milwaukee and Madison that there were calls for impeachment (that always works, right?). He won reelection at home, but after a poor performance in the first GOP debate, he dropped out of the presidential race.
Of the 372 remaining candidates, the three candidacies I was open to were “outsiders.” One was one of the best neurosurgeons in American history, an African-American who should be celebrated by ALL Americans for what he did separating Siamese twins at the head, among many other complicated surgeries. I’ll admit though, he showed no depth on foreign policy issues, and most primary voters agreed. Ben Carson effectively ﬁnished in the top 5 after dropping out in March. I’ll do another post on Dr. Carson’s candidacy for HUD secretary and all the cabinet appointments once “Cryin’ Chuckie” Schumer lets some of these conﬁrmation votes take place!
Another outsider was Carly Fiorina, a Silicon Valley CEO. Fiorina didn’t handle HP’s transition well, effectively putting a gender-blind “glass ceiling” on her candidacy. Many believed she would be a good choice for Vice President.
In fact, a desperate Ted Cruz did just that after Donald Trump schlonged him in the April primaries, as a last ditch effort to appeal to women voters in Indiana before the May 3 primary. Unfortunately for “Lyin’ Ted,” looking like Duke’s Grayson Allen wasn’t enough to win over voters in the Hoosiers state. Ted called a basketball hoop a “ring” in an embarrassing moment, but his basketball trouble didn’t end there. Trump called on legendary Indiana University coach Bobby Knight to stump for him, which shut the door on the primary campaign. Trump won by 16 points.
That left one candidate: the ultimate outsider, Donald Trump. Trump won because American conservatives flat out rejected the Republican Party in the primary, both in Washington and in their state capitals. Now he was facing a woman who couldn’t defeat an insurgent Barack Obama, and struggled mightily to fend off an insurgent backroom (useless) self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders, even with the confirmed aid of TV pundits on several networks.
A huge part of why Donald Trump won is that independent thinking people realized that for all of the divisive and outlandish comments he made, Clinton was worse. She had been just an average Senator, and a below average Secretary of State, while using that office to take donations for her Clinton Foundation from the governments of countries who marginalize women and execute homosexuals (two groups who reliably vote liberal, I might add). You have to truly suck as a Democrat to lose Pennsylvania for the first time since 1998, and to lose Michigan and Wisconsin for the first time ever. Democrats typically start with 220+ electoral votes right out of the gate, and a Republican’s path to victory is always narrow.
Other reasons Trump won: the outgoing President, while a nice man like Jimmy Carter, had Carter-like policies. Specifically, Obama’s healthcare law was littered with suffocating compliance rules that only big corporations could manage, stifling small business growth and general innovation. His tax increases only affected job creators. Obama was also working on a trade deal, that in practice was going to send more jobs out of the United States and into the Pacific Rim, not 20 years after Bill Clinton signed a virtually identical trade bill that benefited European and Mexican manufacturing at America’s expense. Middle America saw these policies, understood how low their bank accounts were, and heard Trump make an effective argument that Clinton’s stances were simply unacceptable on these core issues.
No matter the reason, the Rust Belt believed Trump wasn’t full of shit. Like them or not, Trump has not broken one campaign promise to those voters so far. He realizes that the media is, has been, and always will be out to get him as President. But he also knows that his 62-63 million voters at best don’t trust CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, NYT & NPR and at worst despise those establishments. He’s turning the “fake news” label on its head, and it may actually make Fox News “fair and balanced” because they don’t have to give the “never Trump-ers” any air time. The “swamp cabinet” rhetoric falls on deaf ears with his supports. Finally, the more protests (like the UC Berkeley protests of Milo Yiannopoulos) become violent, the more the leftist media will alienate center-left and independent voters, making sure that Trump’s last day in office is January 20, 2025.