The other day I confided to my brother that I think I'm going to lose all of my "Facebook friends" because of Donald Trump. You could have bet me a million dollars against that being the cause even a few weeks ago. For years I've just assumed my whimsical, yet annoying, evangelization on behalf of Catholic Tradition and the Traditional Mass would be the cause. But no.
This post, I suppose, is an endorsement of Donald Trump for president, but I'm not intending to say he's the only possible candidate worth supporting under any circumstances. I could read with perfect equanimity a serious Catholic advocacy of Cruz, Trump, or maybe even the man currently inhabiting Marco Rubio's boots. No, advocacy for one's candidate based upon certain Catholicly-consonant traits is standard fare every four years.
What gets me going is the high-handed dismissal of Trump supporters (and in the context of my life and this blog I'll focus on Catholics who support him) as basically too stupid to notice how odious he is. And in so doing, the detractors buy utterly into a false narrative about the system in which we live and about their own candidate's honesty to boot.
I don't care about Trump so much as I do his candidacy (which is and is not the same thing). And I say that every attack on him makes me want to vote for him more and more. The GOP has been a fraud for decades-- if by a political party you mean a group of like minded people who stand for something different than the other party and actually try to effect their policies.
If you disagree, we needn't go to ancient history. Just look within the last 25 years. In 1994, after the (then) largest tax hike in history and after only narrowly filibustering Hillarycare, the GOP ran on its Contract with America. Lower taxes, definitively make Social Security solvent, stuff like that. After a showdown with Democrats on the first budget, the GOP caved. Later on, we put Bush into office, and after a couple of years, a GOP senate and house. Though taking a step to cut taxes, Bush allowed a sunset provision in the legislation, which allowed these cuts to expire. His administration also greatly expanded federal spending on medicare,
Like his father before him, he got us involved in costly (in terms of lives and dollars, take your pick) wars in the Middle East. He perhaps had even less reason to do so. He supervised the installation of the ever-growing police state via the Patriot Act and the DHS. He and the Congress bailed out the banks with our money. More and more national sovereignty has been yield to treaties and institutions of international governance.
In all of these matters, the policies actually effected by the Republicans have mirrored those of the Democrats. There is only the illusion of conservatism, or perhaps a slightly slower free-fall into chaos. And the difference in speed is not nearly as noticeable as it used to be.
Finally, since we are pro-life, we are kept, like Lucy and the football, in a perpetual state of "just one more justice and we'll overturn Roe v. Wade". Yet we never do get to kick that football. The game is so tantalizing. Yes, there have been good Republican appointees, but whenever the balance on Roe and many other key areas of jurisprudence are involved, we get this: O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Roberts. If even one of these had been a principled, conservative jurist, Roe is gone, Obamacare is gone, and Obergefell may not yet have come.
In my opinion, it is time to wake up. The establishment of both parties hates Trump, not because he's a vulgarian (I won't argue this), but because of the fact he talks as though he will actually oppose the one-party platform that has in reality ruled for decades.
Trump's candidacy stands for the proposition of national sovereignty in foreign and domestic affairs, peace, a return to individual liberties that have been practically crushed by taxation and the tyranny of a P.C. outlawing of incorrect opinions. Though he is not the classic Henry-Hyde-gold-standard-pro-lifer, he states he opposes public funding for abortion and that he would appoint justices like Scalia.
Also, he has opened the acceptable range of free speech and debate on issues that the leftist establishment, aided and abetted by cowardly "conservatives" in government, has decided Are. Not. Allowed. To. Be. Held. We are a short distance indeed from Catholic teaching on many issues being considered criminal behaviors and hate crimes.
I can hear you saying, "You can't be serious. He doesn't mean any of this. He will say anything to get elected!" To which I respond, "Then he can be no worse than any Republican elected since at least 1980."
And you know what? He might actually mean it. And that scares a lot of powerful people a whole lot-- people that I am 100% certain don't have my best interests at heart.
So, I support Trump for Catholic reasons, with no illusions that he is some closet Catholic, or even that he realizes that his stated positions are most in line with Catholic principles. He may in fact be a fraud. But I know the entire slate of candidates apart from him are either evil, frauds, woefully ineffective, or some some combination thereof.
You think Lucy will finally let you kick that football? Vote Cruz, with my blessing--truly. But I refuse to take that run. Trump is the only reason I could justify a hopeful vote in November.
And I ask the #nevertrump people out there: Why was I supposed to vote for McCain and the polytheist Romney, if you can't hold your nose to vote for Trump if nominated? That's a question only you can answer. Go with God.