on Donald Trump
There are plenty of rational, reasonable reasons to stand against the other candidates in this race, but I agree with Mitt Romney, and Jonah Goldberg, and the editorial board of the LA Times, and Amanda Taub, and many others —Trump is uniquely horrifying in ways that stretch beyond politics. He is an authoritarian and a bully, and he doesn’t understand the basics of how the office works:
- He has asserted that judges sign bills.
- He has asserted that he will commit war crimes.
- He has asserted that he will diminish the first amendment.
And he can’t be stopped beyond a certain point. Cruz, Rubio, Hillary, and even Bernie can be bought, and therefore stopped or redirected. Not so for Trump.
At this point I think we need to do drastic things to prevent a Trump presidency. Personally, I am in the process of re-aligning my political actions away from my ideals and toward stopping Trump at any cost. I find that to be personally disappointing and ultimately less fulfilling, but I also think it is very, very necessary.