Saturday, February 04, 2017

The Left Should Welcome Trump?

Gary Kittilsen, over at the Libertarian Galatians blog, makes the case that left wingers should have much in common with Donald Trump and should be welcoming him to the White House:

"House Democrats protested and snubbed his inauguration, but why?  Is it just because they lost? Isn’t there much they can agree with the 45th president on? Donald Trump has said on the record the three most important functions of government are defense, healthcare, and education. The last two are never mentioned in the constitution and are truly progressive ideas they should be beloved by the left."

He also doesn't think The Left's criticism of Trump's supposed war on woman activities hold water:
Please, don’t give me the war on women, you guys on the left love the Clinton’s. Let’s be honest the nasty things Trump said are no match against the horrid things Bill Clinton did to women. Don’t give me the anti-Muslim thing, you progressives love Obama and Obama loves bombing Muslim countries.

He goes on and makes a good case. It's simple enough to me: it's just partisan sniping for the most part.

On a related note, Reggie tells us we should be careful throwing that nazi word around:

 "But the truth about Nazis isn’t funny at all. It’s bloody and horrible and gut churning. And it involves machine guns and butchery and inhumanity on a scale that takes your breath away. Nobody is really a “soup Nazi” …unless they served it in a concentration camp."


At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, we DON'T love the Clintons. It's why her side, including the people in charge of the Dem party, had to cheat, lie, steal, back room recruit "super delegates", and stonewall the public and her own party in order for her to get the nomination.
It's why she lost against TRUMP of all people. If it had been Bernie, those folks who specifically "voted against HER" might have had a different vote entirely.

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump supports healthcare and education? What was he smoking? Trump has named one of the most anti-education nominees ever to lead that department and appointed an anti-vaccine fanatic to chair a commission on vaccines while vowing to dismantle and kill the ACA. Plus he has vowedmto kill the environmental protections that protect our health.

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone who doesn't understand why Democrats snubbed the inauguration is not qualified to speak on the qualities that Democrats should like in Trump. And he's dismissive of some of Trump's more noteworthy disgusting positions, so yeah... We should like Trump so long as we don't believe the things Trump has said or done on the record. Brilliant.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Democratic Jon said...

Republicans and those that benefit from the Republican infrastructure but are loath to call themselves the "R" word need to own Trump.

Trump has very little to do with the left or with liberalism. Where it does, such has his opposition to the TTP, it is a faux populism which becomes clear when you pay attention the rest of the baggage that comes along with a Republican administration (not to mention House and Senate).

"House Democrats protested and snubbed (The Donald), but why? Is it just because they lost?" No. It's because he is enacting dangerous policies meant to deregulate those that need regulation (and yes, regulation does happen and needs to happen in ANY market) and continue the Republican assault on the social safety net and the public sphere.

Here is the most recent example.

Here is the memorable part of the your link Fred. Gary says this

"Donald Trump has said on the record the three most important functions of government are defense, healthcare, and education. The last two are never mentioned in the constitution and are truly progressive ideas they should be beloved by the left."

Literally in the next sentence he writes this...

"He didn’t say something crazy like the three most important functions of government are to protect life, liberty, and property, so what is the issue?"

"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is from the Declaration of Independence which is NOT a governing document, it's also not the Constitution as Mr. Kittilsen pretends to want to follow. Also, note the libertarian trick Gary uses. "Life, liberty and property" is from John Locke.

At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to industry regulating industry again. Competition makes the world a better place.
I am looking forward to penalties being replaced by incentives, the competitive angle that once made America great.
A successful life is a checkoff list of accomplishments, not miseries.
An oppressed life is a checkoff list of failures & miseries.
Welcome back success! You've been greatly missed.

The Declaration of Independence is the promise of what will never happen again. Been there, done that.
The Constitution is the fulfillment of that promise. An extremely defined & limited Government was created by those who made the promise. Get back in your box Government!


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