As the two major parties now exist, each seem to try for their own strange blend of American and anti-American values. That’s why I’ve never really favored one or the other; the cliches of extreme nutters on each side both hold true more often than I’m comfortable with. Right wing douche bags are the ones who can’t seem to argue or debate anything without calling their opponents libtards or other similar bullshit terms, and left wing jack asses are the ones who seem unable to come up with anything more thought out than calling their opponents bigots, fascists, and so on.
Sometimes, I can’t deny they’re spot on, but usually it seems like both extremes are bullshit. I touched on this in The American Candidate when I mentioned the criticism Trump receives for not having been a life-long Republican and why his questioned allegiance to the party doesn’t mean shit to me, but I’d like to take another look at it all the same. Both parties have anti-American sentiments built into their ideology, and I’d like to look at each of those.
Democratic officials and representatives tend to have socialist leanings (ref. Socialism Is… to see what I think of that), a habit of wanting to suppress freedom of speech when it’s not politically correct enough for them, and an inability to work with representatives on the other side of the aisle. They also seem inclined to take a position or agree with others in blatant attempts to pander to minorities instead of following the wishes of the majority of their constituents.
That’s what they get wrong on the left side of things.
Republican politicians, in contrast, tend to have over-the-top “small government” sentiments, a horrid penchant for attempting to blur the lines between church and state, and – like a great deal of Democrats – an inability to work with representatives from the other party. And they pander to evangelicals far more than they should, which is worth mentioning apart from blurring church and state because when they do this, it’s not even because they believe in what they’re saying.
It’s because they want to sell themselves to Christian voters.
Not all politicians are guilty of that short, shitty list of negative tendencies either, but I don’t think it’s inaccurate to say most of them are. So that’s a brief run-down of how each side can’t seem to get it right. Oh, and Democrats generally advocate for strict gun control, a very un-American tact in my opinion, because the 2nd Amendment exists for a reason. Plus a lot of Republicans like to talk shit about religions, which would be fine, except that a lot of them somehow think theirs is special.
The things they each get right should, ideally, be bound up together into one party.
They are, in fact, bound together in that they’re true to American values.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of choice, self reliance, pragmatism, being the best. In an international context especially, those values matter. They’re the difference between looking out for our own interests or letting other nations take advantage of us – which is what they’re doing now. The trade deficits we have with various countries (China, Mexico, Japan, even Vietnam…) are a direct result of leaders and representatives not putting America or Americans first. The current issues with illegal immigration are a direct result of the same thing.
Originally this was just going to be a post about how the two parties both suck, but my enthusiasm for Trump ties into this particular topic seamlessly. Take your pick of his policies and actually read them, keeping in mind that they’re all built on the fundamental idea of putting America 1st, and I don’t see what’s so difficult to understand about them. They’re comprehensive, altogether coherent, practical, and above all they would be effective if implemented. Don’t believe me?
Take a look for yourself…
And even a direct, crystal clear explanation of how and why Mexico would pay for his proposed wall on our southern border. In addition to all of that, he published a book in 2015 (Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again) detailing these policies, laying out the depth of them, how they would work, and why they make sense. Anyone looking to vote in this election, especially the most skeptical voters, ought to at least read the policy papers published on his website.
Despite what his loudest (and rudest) critics would like people to believe, there’s a lot of substance to what he’s put forward thus far, and if they would actually read his policy positions they would also find that no ethnicity is singled out, neither gender is favored or even mentioned.
The lines of division have to do with nations, and Americans (of both genders and every ethnicity) would be protected from abuse from other nations (trade deals, military favors, foreign aid, etc.) and foreigners (illegal immigrants, poorly vetted refugees, etc.). I really do struggle to understand how people who are skeptical of him and his policies can’t seem to wrap their minds around that. It won’t all be easy to implement, but they’re simple, straightforward, common sense policies.
They’re the kind of policies you would expect to see from an America that still believes in self reliance, still believes in individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that still believes in standing up for oneself – whether on an individual level or an international one. That still believes in greatness and in our potential as individuals, and as a nation, to achieve it.