Why I will be voting for Donald Trump
Following Trump’s victory in the Republican primary, there has been a lot of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth from both Republicans and Democrats over the prospect of a Trump presidency.
Although I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary, I am actually looking forward to the possibility of Trump being President. Assuming he can defeat Hillary Clinton in November, (which would be difficult for any Republican challenger,) I believe that Trump would make a very effective President. Here is why I support him:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
An estimated 60 million people (one fifth of people living in the United States today) are foreign born and minor children of foreign born parents. Numbers for illegal aliens living in the U.S. are more difficult to confirm, but estimates range from 12 to 30 million. The majority of legal and illegal immigrants come from the Third World, particularly Mexico and Central America. They are mostly low skilled, poorly educated, and the majority are welfare dependent.
In a time when America is losing our own war on poverty, it is not in the best interests of our citizens to continue to import poor, uneducated, unskilled people into the country. Increasing numbers of Third World immigrants depress wages, strain our schools and other public services, and impose a huge financial burden on our society. It’s true that some industries (particularly agriculture) benefit from the availability of low cost, low skill labor, however the cost to society as a whole far outweighs the benefits to specific industries who employ low cost illegal immigrant labor.
In addition to the economic costs, America is saddled with significant social costs because of its immigration policies. The Federal Government does not keep comprehensive statistics on immigrant crime, but what data there is from individual states with high immigrant populations provides a clue to the size of the problem. Between 2008 and 2014, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York.
With regards to Trump’s often maligned call for a moratorium on immigration from Muslim countries, one only need look at the experience of Europe to see the consequences of large scale Muslim immigration. Riots, terrorism, violence, rape, massive unemployment, and general hostility toward Western identity and culture are the stark consequences of mass Muslim immigration all across Europe.
The truth is that traditional Islamic beliefs are simply not compatible with liberal Western traditions and rights, particularly our respect for free speech, freedom of religion, equality of women , gay rights, and separation of church and state. Every country in the world with a Muslim majority criminalizes both apostasy (freedom of religion) and blasphemy (freedom of speech.) For those who think that this won’t become a problem in the United States, just look at the attacks in Garland, Texas on artists who drew Mohammed cartoons. Just imagine what would happen if there were a Broadway musical about the Koran rather than the Book of Mormon. Violence would be inevitable. Fear of Islamic violence and terror are already restricting our freedom of expression. Honor killings, terrorism, and violence in the name of Islam are becoming more and more common here in the United States.
Donald Trump’s immigration policies will stem the tide of Third World immigration and preserve our country from the problems inherent in absorbing large numbers of poor, unskilled people into our culture. There are many things about our country which we could change for the better, however, I have never looked at the U.S. and wished that my country was more like Mexico, or Syria, or Somalia, or Guatemala.
Trump’s recent speech on foreign policy was centered on a simple yet powerful principle; America First. In our foreign policy, Trump will act in the best interests of American citizens. This is a long overdue change in the meddlesome and incoherent foreign policy of the last several decades.
For too long, American military has been involved in various nation building and regime change missions across the globe, most of which have had little connection with legitimate national interests. From American intervention in Bosnia and Somalia, to the Second Gulf War, to the take down of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, we have spilt American blood and treasure on adventures with ill-defined or impossible goals.
American military intervention should be limited to those instances where we have a definite strategic interest. Trump has made it clear that he will follow this precept in his foreign policy. He has also made it clear that when military intervention is necessary, he will do what is required to win, and not hobble our soldiers with unnecessary rules of engagement or other limitations.
Trump has indicated that he will not support unfettered free trade, and will review our trade policies with countries such as China and Mexico where the U.S. has significant trade deficits. I am generally an advocate of free trade, and am somewhat skeptical of tariffs as a means of reviving U.S. manufacturing, but I will reserve judgment until I have seen the specifics of his proposals. I am not a free trade purist, however, and do believe that there may be instances where limitations on free trade could be beneficial to U.S. interests.
Trump is not a religious conservative:
This may seem strange, coming from a person who is a religious conservative, but I prefer politicians who are not overtly religious. Republican candidates have become too hung up on the issues of abortion and gay marriage, and these are not the issues that I believe that our President should be spending his political capital on. The issue of abortion was decided years ago by Roe v. Wade, and I believe that any consenting adults should be allowed to enter into any sort of marriage arrangement that they believe will make them happy. Trump may identify as a Christian, but he’s no zealot and I think it is clear that he will not make social issues like these a priority.
Trump is not Hillary:
Trump can be abrasive and vulgar, and has an unfortunate habit of speaking without actually thinking things through, but I have not seen any evidence that he is a corrupt or amoral person. He is constantly described by his detractors as “racist” but I haven’t seen any instances of racism either. Hillary, on the other hand, has shown no reluctance to take bribes from corporations and foreign governments in return for government influence. Her duplicity in the Benghazi tragedy and the e-mail server cover up, are further proof of her bad character. Trump is not perfect, but he is certainly a better choice than Hillary.