On Thursday, National Review posted an unprecedented editorial effort featuring 22 prominent leaders making the case that Donald Trump is a mistake for conservatives. In addition to the symposium of contributors, the magazine that founded the modern conservative movement also published "Against Trump," an article outlining the real estate mogul's wobbly political opinions that should serve as a red flag to any constitutional conservative.
The article particularly addresses Trump's signature campaign issue---immigration.
Trump pledges to deport the 11 million illegals here in the United States, a herculean administrative and logistical task beyond the capacity of the federal government. Trump piles on the absurdity by saying he would re-import many of the illegal immigrants once they had been deported, which makes his policy a poorly disguised amnesty (and a version of a similarly idiotic idea that appeared in one of Washington’s periodic “comprehensive” immigration reforms). This plan wouldn’t survive its first contact with reality.
While other issues like foreign policy are covered, the article takes an in depth look at the politics of Donald Trump, "those of an averagely well-informed businessman" who believes "Washington is full of problems; I am a problem-solver; let me at them." His obsession with "winning" by any means should be an obsession with limiting government, reforming entitlements and following the Constitution.
Trump's "outsider" status is appealing following election cycles that have proved fruitless for frustrated and angry Americans. However, the answer is a candidate who understands and reveres the Constitution---not one who believes he can manage the bureaucracy better.
Any candidate can promise the moon. But politicians have records of success, failure, or plain backsliding by which their promises may be judged. Trump can try to make his blankness a virtue by calling it a kind of innocence. But he is like a man with no credit history applying for a mortgage — or, in this case, applying to manage a $3.8 trillion budget and the most fearsome military on earth.
"Against Trump" is a must-read for anyone serious about electing a president who will follow the Constitution and repair the damage Obama has inflicted upon the United States.
Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he speaks during the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel's 16th annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards at The Venetian Las Vegas during the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show on January 21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOT Show, the world's largest annual trade show for shooting, hunting and law enforcement professionals, runs through January 23 and features 1,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 62,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)