Politics & Policy

Because Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Ronald Reagan Is on the Ballot

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I tried.

In print, on air, online, and in person, I urged GOP primary voters to send to the White House — chronologically — Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. It seems they didn’t listen.

That leaves real-estate magnate Donald J. Trump as the Republican party’s standard-bearer. He will not run next fall against the ghost of Thomas Jefferson, the reincarnation of Ronald Wilson Reagan, or even Nebraska’s former U.S. senator Bob Kerrey, a thinking Democrat — all tantalizing alternatives.

Trump most likely will battle Hillary Rodham Clinton — a far-Left, borderline serial criminal whose presidency would be rocket-fueled by revenge.


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Hillary will spend four to eight years auditing conservatives, stripping pro-freedom groups of their tax-exempt status, and curbing their free speech. She will grab the guns of law-abiding citizens. She will pick Americans’ pockets so she can gild those of her Big Labor pals, starting with the teachers’ unions.

A President Hillary would order liberal lawyers across the federal bureaucracy to sue “global-warming” skeptics under the anti-Mafia RICO statute, as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she has “discussed” and “referred to the FBI.” Sixteen Democrat state attorneys general already are suing those who refuse to genuflect before the “global warming” altar.

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Why stop there? Hillary might prosecute those who argue that the Laffer curve mirrors economic reality, school choice educates children, and abortion murders them. Hillary’s leftist lawyers will double down on Obama’s crusade to strip college men of due process when liars accuse them of sexual harassment or rape on campus. And Hillary will nominate left-wing federal judges to high-five all of this — until death do them part.

#share#Many on the right accurately chide Trump for not being “a consistent conservative.” Among others, Trump’s trade and entitlement-reform positions confirm this. But Trump’s enthusiasm for the Second Amendment and his embrace of a 15 percent corporate tax, Obamacare repeal, health-savings accounts, waterboarding, and securing the southern “border” demonstrate that he is quite conservative — if not every time, then many times.

Hillary Clinton, however, is not a consistent conservative. She is not even an occasional conservative. She is an anti-conservative. Nowhere is Hillary to the Right of Lincoln . . . Chaffee. She favors devolving power and tax dollars to the states . . . never.

This, as RealClearPolitics tallies, is the verdict that 10,924,682 GOP primary voters have reached:

On one side, an inconsistent conservative who will stand with the Right — not always, but at least sometimes, and perhaps often.

On the other side, either a self-avowed socialist from Vermont (who wins primaries but gets swamped by undemocratic super-delegates) or, more likely, a stealth socialist who is nearly as far left but also deeply, irretrievably corrupt. One of today’s enduring mysteries is why Hillary is not already wearing a prison-striped pantsuit after abusing 2,115 classified e-mails, as the Wall Street Journal calculates, and benefiting from the bribes-for-favors pump called the Clinton Foundation. She is under active investigation by “fewer than 50” FBI agents, the Washington Post reports. But, phantasmagorically, this bothers the Left about as much as if she acquired 49 new Facebook friends.

In that connection, FBI director James Comey just poured a bucket of ice water all over Hillary’s claims that the agency is not probing her but, instead, is conducting a “security inquiry” into the permeability of her outlaw, do-it-yourself computer server. “I’m not familiar with the term ‘security inquiry,’” Comey told journalists Wednesday. “We’re conducting an investigation,” he added. “That’s what we do.”

#related#And remember the Supreme Court seat so unexpectedly vacated by the late Antonin Scalia? Assuming that vacuum persists, Trump might fill it with federal appellate judge Janice Rogers Brown, Arizona supreme-court justice Clint Bolick, or U.S. senator Mike Lee (R., Utah). There is zero chance that Hillary even would glance at the résumés of these committed constitutionalists. The best-case scenario is that she would nominate former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz to the Supremes. Conversely, she could reward Obama for keeping her unindicted by tapping him to occupy Scalia’s chair — for life.

Thus, on Election Day, I will pull the lever for my fifth choice for president: Donald J. Trump. He is the only thing standing between America and the woman who would turn our exceptional country into Cristina Kirchner’s Argentina, if we are lucky, or Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, if we are not.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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