Pat Borchers is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St. You can read more from him at his blog, The Way I See It.
The Creighton Law Professor, former Dean at Creighton Law and former candidate for Legislature, was set to give this speech to the Nebraska Taypayers for Freedom picnic last weekend. Alas, God thought it would be better to have this speech read on Leavenworth St., and thusly made it rain.
But Borchers also was interviewed on KFAB regarding the Hillary email scandal, so today you get Double Borchers! First the short radio interview with a legal-eagle view on the proceedings, and then Borchers’ speech on Donald Trump
Those of you who know me know that I don’t usually read from a prepared text, but because I want to choose my words carefully I am.
I’m either the worst or the best person imaginable to give this speech. We started with 17 Republican presidential candidates. Donald Trump wasn’t in my top 10. He might not have been in my top 16. But he needs people like me to vote for him if he’s going to win.
By sheer force of personality he took over the GOP debates and with very little traditional campaign structure dispatched his opponents one by one. Along the way he said a lot of things I wish he hadn’t said, though I’m a little more sensitive than most on this because Megyn Kelly was a student of mine longer ago than she (I suspect) or I would like to admit.
Trump’s policy instincts are good. He tapped into a deep resentment that many Americans feel about a distant, unresponsive and increasingly Big-Brotherish federal government. The brutal truth is that if you are self-employed in Nebraska, and making $38,000 a year in taxable income, 51 cents of your last dollar goes to the government and 40 of those cents are to the federal government.
Trump understands that we can’t have security with porous borders. He isn’t going to populate the Supreme Court with ideological clones of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He understands that you can’t rebuild America’s manufacturing sector and our infrastructure when we give tax breaks to corporations to move offshore and punish them for staying in the U.S. He realizes that putting down ISIS and other terror groups isn’t going to happen by wishing them away or pretending that their motives aren’t based on a twisted theology.
The disastrous Obama-Clinton Middle East policies left us with a breeding ground for ISIS and created a refugee crisis that includes many genuine refugees, but also a path into the U.S. and our western allies for people intent on doing grotesque evil. There could be 100 more Benghazis, San Bernardinos, Parises, Orlandos and Istanbuls.
As to those who perished in those and other attacks, Lincoln’s words from 160 years ago ring true: “we highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth in freedom – and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”
Trump knows less about how government works than any major candidate in recent history, but maybe that’s a good thing. If all goes well, perhaps he will be a chairman-of-the board sort of President and put conservatives around him.
As imperfect as he is, Trump is the only person not named Hillary Rodham Clinton who has any chance at being President come noon on January 20, 2017, and that alone is enough reason to support him.
Obama’s and Clinton’s signature achievement has been to move the Democratic Party, and with it the United States, closer to a Euro-style socialist regime.
I’m going to read a few planks from a party platform: Increase taxes on couples making more than $200,000. Create 210,000 new government jobs. Break up retail and investment banking. Increase public spending on health care. Increase taxes on bank profits. Maintain high corporate taxes on large companies.
If you think that sounds like the Obama-Clinton Democratic Party platform, you’re almost right, but not quite. It’s from the French Socialist Party platform of 2012.
Trump is the only thing standing between us and a government even less recognizable to our founders. Hillary Clinton isn’t more moderate than Bernie Sanders. It’s that she’s a liar (as shown dramatically regarding her e-mail servers) and Sanders is basically honest, as odd as his views are.
Anyone who thinks that she won’t turn Obamacare into Hillarycare is fooling himself. Anyone who believes she’ll move forcefully to reinstate sanctions against Iran when it ignores its treaty obligations and starts building nuclear weapons is fooling himself. Anyone who thinks she won’t increase taxes and drive us into a recession is fooling himself. In her soul, she makes her husband look conservative.
Perhaps you hear the siren call of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson – though claiming to be a fiscal conservative – more than doubled New Mexico’s debt when he served as governor from 1995 to 2003. New Mexico increased state spending over 7% a year. And he didn’t have to deal with the Great Recession. He favors abortion on demand. In a recent interview he boasted that he hadn’t smoked marijuana in seven weeks. He opposes most immigration restrictions and strongly supports DAPA, deferred action for parents of immigrants.
If you want a conservative, it’s a better bet writing in Elizabeth Warren’s or Brad Ashford’s name than voting Gary Johnson.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. If Mrs. Clinton wins, her coat tails will surely be long enough to flip the Senate and perhaps the House. That happened in 2008 and that’s how we got Obamacare. Two years with control of the White House and both houses of Congress is plenty of time to do damage. Bill Clinton got it in 1992. Obama got it in 2008. And Mrs. Clinton could well in 2016.
I close with a line from Atticus Finch’s closing argument in “To Kill a Mockingbird”: “In the name of God, do your duty. In the name of God.”