Why You Shouldn’t Vote for Trump
I am not surprised that conservatives are now so worried about Trump.
But this election is not a one-off aberration.
It is a permanent pattern of Republican dominance in Washington and its metastasizing impact on our society and politics.
The fact that Trump is not the only Trump, however, does not mean that the trend is unique or inevitable.
What makes Trump so dangerous is not just his policies, but his brand, which has become a symbol of bigotry and hatred.
Trump’s rise was rooted in a broader, deep-seated distrust of the institutions of the state and government.
That distrust was reinforced by a deep-rooted distrust of minorities, immigrants, the poor, and the political establishment.
These are the kinds of fears that motivate the rise of populism.
The GOP has been at the forefront of that rise, and I hope we will continue to be in the forefront as we face the challenges ahead.
I am hopeful that Republicans can overcome the deep-set distrust of government and win back the trust of the American people by adopting the policies and priorities of the GOP platform.
The platform is a powerful weapon for that end.
The agenda is a template for governing, and it is the platform that has given rise to Trump.
The party’s platform is also a guide for the rest of us, by showing what we can accomplish when we work together.
The plan laid out by the Republican Party’s platform includes several policies that, if implemented, will help the Republican party achieve its goals.
There is a plan for tax reform, for eliminating the Department of Education, for ending Medicare Advantage, and for rebuilding America’s military.
The Democratic platform includes a comprehensive plan to address the opioid crisis, which is a national emergency.
The platforms are designed to be bipartisan.
They seek to address shared challenges, to put people first, and to restore the faith in our democratic institutions that has been lost in recent years.
And the Democratic platform is built around the promise of “a government of, by, and of the people.”
The Republican platform, on the other hand, has become the antithesis of all of that.
It has become, at best, a platform for the wealthy and for a select few, a blueprint for a national police state and a scorched-earth strategy to roll back the rights and liberties of Americans.
Trump has long been a voice for the billionaire class and a champion of the super-rich.
His populist campaign message has made him an ideal foil for Hillary Clinton.
He has repeatedly promised to tear down the regulatory barriers that have kept the wealthy from gaining a foothold in the economy and the nation’s political system.
He is a self-promoter and a showman, a man who will bring us back to the days of Franklin Roosevelt.
He promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act and other Obamacare-related regulations, and he will roll back taxes and regulatory burdens on the middle class.
His policies have the potential to bring back the manufacturing jobs that have vanished in recent decades, but they will have far-reaching consequences for all Americans.
These policies will have devastating economic consequences for the working families of this country, as well as for the communities of color, women, seniors, and students who have been hardest hit by these policies.
In fact, it is a pattern that we see repeated throughout our country: that in every election cycle, the same political parties seek to further the interests of the rich and powerful.
The Republican Party has made clear that it is not interested in a progressive agenda, and that it has a long history of attacking government, working people, and minorities.
The 2016 election showed us the limits of this strategy.
The first election was won by the far-right candidate, a self to the extreme.
The next election was stolen by a far-left candidate, whose platform was a platform of mass incarceration and mass deportation.
The third election was fought by a candidate who promised to rollback the climate change and the health care law.
The fourth election was lost to a candidate whose campaign relied on conspiracy theories and fear-mongering.
And now the Republican candidate is seeking the presidency.
The American people have spoken, and now the party is saying: Enough is enough.
I have been a Republican all of my life.
My vote for Donald Trump was a choice.
But I believe that our country has a future in a Trump presidency, a future that does not depend on him.
If we can’t stop Trump, if we can not elect leaders who understand the stakes of this moment, then our democracy has a real opportunity to fail.