I’ve never accused Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions of being a deep thinker but I’d always considered him to be a reliable conservative. Up until he endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency. At that point, considering the field of candidates available to choose from at the time, his choice was and remains inexplicable. Trump has no conservative impulses and nothing in his way of conducting himself, his personal life, or his business affairs suggests anything other than an amoral 70-year-old spoiled brat in desperate need of an ass-kicking.
Be that as it may, I understand tactical choices. Sessions, assuming he didn’t necessarily agree with Trump, could have been bought on the open market like Chris Christie appears to have been. Maybe he saw the way the winds were blowing in Alabama and wanted to be on the winning side.
A line is crossed, however, when you try to convince me, and any conservative, that Trumpian baby sh** is actually butterscotch. Sessions crossed that line in USA Today. Sessions declares Trump to be conservative because he isn’t Hillary Clinton.
Yet some Republicans persist in saying that they don’t know whether Mr. Trump is a “real conservative.” This charge misleads in two ways. First: Mr. Trump’s cautious approach to mass migration, transnational trade commissions and nation-building are, by definition, conservative.
Second, the divide between Trump and Clinton on the role of government could not be more stark. Consider just a few of the things President Trump would do after taking the oath: repeal Obamacare; nominate constitutionalist justices; replace Obama’s radical Cabinet appointments; reduce taxes and regulations; produce more American energy; rein in the out-of-control EPA; and cancel Obama’s illegal amnesties.
The choice is a simple one: Do we want a country that serves our people, or not?
Let’s clear away the underbrush. Sessions is conflating policy choices with a political philosophy. More to the point, no one, even Donald Trump, has any idea of how he will react to the various bogeymen that Sessions trots out. If we take as a definition of conservatism the principles laid out Russel Kirk, much of what Sessions declare to be conservatism is nothing more or less than isolationism and protectionism, the twin idols that gave us the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, the Great Depression, the America First movement and World War II. Do Sessions and Trump really think the Marshall Plan, the epitome of nation building, was not the correct course of action? Do Sessions and Trump really think that trade wars and high tariffs benefit the American middle class?
There is zero evidence that Trump will use the power of the presidency to reward friends, enrich himself, or punish his foes in a way that is distinguishable from either Obama or Hillary Clinton. Like them, Trump is a petty, juvenile, vindictive person who believes that wanting something is all the justification that is necessary. Trump has offered up his wild-eyed radical sister as an example of the justices he will appoint. He has affirmed his support for Obamacare. He is a crony capitalist of the worst sort and therefore the idea that he is going to deregulate — an action that will both reduce his personal power and his ability to reward friends — is utter bullsh**. No one who has given even a cursory look at Trump’s business history of employing illegal aliens believes he has any interest in controlling immigration and, once he is in power, the Chamber of Commerce will see that he doesn’t.
Donald Trump does not offer a vision of a nation that serves its people. He offers a crabbed and perverted vision of an America that does not now nor has ever existed and one that will bring poverty, dependency, and war with it.
Sessions has sold his integrity and honor to Donald Trump. He’s entitled to do that if he wishes and I could not give a flying rat’s ass. But his op-ed is an assault on my intelligence and on my honor and on my integrity. He’s lying about the differences between Hillary and Trump. He’s lying about what Trump stands for. And he’s lying about what Trump will do.