Conservative Republicans are so desperate for a strong presidential candidate that whenever a powerful personality looks like they are about to throw their hat in the ring, they instantly go ga-ga. Donald Trump is case in point. The Donald has been flirting with a run for the presidency lately and even showed up at CPAC giving what many thought was one of the best speeches of the event. He managed to both delight and tick off the crowd alternately by being blatantly honest concerning Ron Paul and he closed by making his point that, “If I run and if I win this country will be respected again. This country will be respected again!”
He’s been making the talk show rounds and even brought out his entire family on a recent Oprah show. I’ll admit that I even found the thought interesting myself. My first reaction was to consider his incredible business skills and confident leadership approaches. He didn’t get where he is at by being a pansy that so many people in elected politics end up being when push comes to shove and it is time to make the difficult political decisions that could affect the standing among their colleagues. And, with the current economic travesties happening within this country by the irresponsible spending addicts in Washington, Americans are literally starving for a change before we completely end up losing the America that we have always known and adored.
As such, it has been no surprise that each time we post a Trump piece on the website or on our Facebook page– the response is instantly excited with comments like “Trump for Prez”-“Vote for Trump 2012!” “He’s got my vote!” But, how much do we really know about Donald Trump? Do we want someone who might have some business sense even though perhaps their life has not been one lived with much integrity or character? Do we care where they stand on all of the issues or do we only care that they know how to build corporations and businesses?
Trump seems to be touting his “strong conservative” stance lately. On his abortion opinion, Life News wrote this:
In an interview this past week with Laura Ingraham from Fox News, Trump characterized himself as “pro-life.” In his 2000 book The America We Deserve, Trump wrote, “I support a woman’s right to choose but I am uncomfortable with the procedures.” But, in an apparant reversal, he told the audience at CPAC, “I am pro-life” and pledged to fight for the reversal of Obamacare, which contains abortion funding loopholes.
So…is he or isn’t he pro-life? I don’t mind flip-floppers as long as they are flopping to the right side because of true conviction but I don’t want a flip-flopper who flops over and stays long enough until the political winds blow another direction.
Questioned by Greta Van Susteran and pushed on the issues, including gay marriage, Donald Trump had this to say:
“I am probably as conservative as anybody on your show, and that’s going a pretty strong step. I’m a Republican, I’m a very conservative Republican. I believe strongly in just about all conservative principles.”
When pressed on social issues, Trump reiterated that he is pro-life. But when asked about gay marriage, Trump hesitated.
“No, you know, I’m just not in favor of gay marriage,” he said. “I live in New York. New York is a place with lots of gays, and I think it’s great, but I’m not in favor of gay marriage.”
Health care is the current debate right now and most of you who are a Conservative reading this will be crushed to hear his quote on health care:
I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on health. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to 42 million. Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare.
- 11/8/2010- $2,700-Democratic Party of Delaware
- 10/21/2010 -$2,400- Anthony Weiner (D)
- 9/20/2010- $10,000 – Democratic Committee of New York City
- 2/18/2010 – $2,000- Anthony Weiner (D)
- 4/7/2010 -$1,000 Charles Schumer (D)
- 3/26/2009- $2,400 – Harry Reid (D)
- 8/11/2009 -$2,000 – Bill Nelson (D)
- 5/20/2009 – $2,000 -Charles Schumer (D)
Out of his 31 donations 21 of them went to very liberal Democrats or Democratic Committees, 7 went to Republicans, 2 went to Independents (both of those to Charlie Crist).
That being said, does a real Conservative donate his money to such hard-core liberals who are hell-bent on destroying our liberties and economy? The waters are very muddied concerning Trump. I think at best, he’s a moderate who says and does whatever might be politically expedient. He would certainly be better than Obama, but if you’re looking for a Reagan, he’s not it.