Donald Trump made a horrible misstep when he diluted his position on deporting illegal aliens. It’s been one of the primary reasons that he’s been as successful as he has as a first-time candidate. He seems to have corrected course (mostly), but he’s done his brand some lasting damage. I don’t believe that he can withstand making that mistake again. No matter what the media and the two political parties tell you, this election is all about the specific issues that Donald Trump has put forward — it’s not about the likability or popularity of either candidate.
Universities throughout the country are erupting in various forms of protest, all fueled by a culture of glorified victimhood. At Yale, we’ve seen students in an uproar over a professor speaking out for freedom of speech and the free exchange of ideas. The students interpreted this as a form of oppression and white privilege. (That professor subsequently debased himself with an apology to the mob.) At the University of Missouri, we’ve watched a movement sparked by racist incidents turn into outright intimidation by attempting to stifle opposing views, and drive student journalists away from recording their campus insurrection. The campus police have announced that they want students to report incidents of “hateful or hurtful speech” to them. They do admit that so-called offensive language isn’t illegal, but that the school may choose to take action anyway. Now the student body president is admitting that he lied when he reported that the KKK was roaming the campus. Things are getting out of hand very quickly.
When Donald Trump watched Megyn Kelly’s return to her show on Monday, he decided to take a few shots at her on Twitter. This caused a bit of blowback from the media, but who else really cares? It won’t cost The Donald a single vote. When Kelly decided to spearhead an attack designed to end Donald’s candidacy she became his political foe. Now she finds herself subject to his Twitter attacks:
For quite some time our politicians have gotten away with lying directly to the American people. President Obama said that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” when attempting to sell us on Obamacare. That wasn’t exactly true. George W. Bush said that we shouldn’t engage in “nation building,” and yet that was the core strategy he utilized while waging war after 9/11. Bill Clinton lied to us so often that Democrats started bragging about what a great liar he was. Hillary Clinton has also been lying to us, and we’ve known it all along.
Let’s get a few things straight. I am not a dispassionate observer, I’ve been a big supporter of Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in their careers, and in with their current runs for the Republican presidential nomination. My major concerns have been about the ever-growing size of government, and it’s increasing control over the minutia of our lives. With those priorities, both Cruz and Paul have been my two main choices in this primary season. But Donald Trump has altered the political landscape and affected all of our choices.
The media and the elite political class are apoplectic over Donald Trump’s statements. Some are just infuriated that he’s openly speaking about subjects that they don’t want to address, and some are simply too dim-witted to realize that, in the real world, when you hit someone, they’ll hit you back. Let’s try to look at the situation as dispassionately as possible.