For the life of me, I can't figure out how so many people can be so enthusiastic about Donald Trump. He is totally against freedom, free markets and private property rights. How could "conservatives" support him?
Even recently Trump defended his position in favor of single payer health care. He wants a top-down, one-size-fits-all government control over our private medical matters. So he is against freedom, free markets in health care, privacy, and the sanctity of doctor-patient relationships (that doesn't involve government officials!).
He loves eminent domain, which is when government forcibly takes private property away from its owners.
He doesn't believe in free trade, and not "NAFTA"-type of "free trade" which is government-managed and controlled trade, rather, just FREE trade, in which you and I have the freedom to trade with others, with whomever we want anywhere in the world whether a bureaucrat likes it or not. That's FREE trade. He wants to order by executive diktat private American companies to keep their plants within U.S. territory, such as Ford Motor Co.
Despite all his anti-political correctness rhetoric, he is also against freedom of speech, as we saw in his comments against Pamela Geller in her Draw Muhammad contest. Geller pointed out that while he has said plenty of nasty things about Mexicans, he happens to have financial interests in Middle Eastern countries, so there's some hypocrisy there. So he shows a lack of understanding of freedom of speech and what the First Amendment is all about.
And Trump supports NSA spying on all Americans and looking for a needle in a haystack. He supports torture of suspects. He doesn't believe in presumption of innocence and the rule of law. Unlike other totalitarian countries, at least we have a Constitution, with a set of rules the government must obey, particularly the Bill of Rights. THAT's the "rule of law" that the government must obey, whether they like it or not.
Now, I can see why Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., because he thinks like a collectivist. He doesn't see individuals as individuals, each of whom has one's own life and history and qualities. He doesn't believe in presumption of innocence, in which if you don't suspect someone of something then you leave him alone.
And he is anti-immigration because he is a nationalist. Nationalism is very collectivist in nature as well. Nationalists don't believe in private property rights. They see the whole territory as one big property, and foreigners are trespassers who must get the government's permission to enter. But such nationalistic rules negate the idea of a private property owner or businessperson having the private property right to invite others onto one's own property or into one's business. Trump was born into wealth and has never known poverty and desperation. So he can't personally identify with some Mexican or other foreigner wanting to come to a better area to make a better life for himself and his family. (In fact, it is the very welfare state that liberal Trump supports that attracts the certain "less-desirable" people here that Trump wants to get rid of.)
So Donald Trump is very un-American and anti-America in his views as far as I'm concerned. The Founders were not "nationalists," as there was no "America" or "United States" until they created it. They had a Revolution to separate and free themselves from the tyrannical rule of the British King and all the King's little minions. The Founders were not "nationalists," they were separatists, they were freedom fighters. They believed in freedom, very strongly, which is something that Trump and most politicians today strongly OPPOSE! The Founders believed in the principles of freedom, private property rights, free markets, freedom of trade and commerce, as well as the idea of self-ownership. (I know, some of them were slave owners, so they didn't believe in those principles for ALL human beings. But given their flaws, they nevertheless would have opposed just about everything the statists have forced on us for the past century, I think, the impositions and tyranny that Donald Trump loves and supports.)
So, I will not be voting for Donald Trump. Obviously, the Dumocrats have two communists to offer, and the other Republitards have neocons and warmongers, NSA fascists, and economic socialists. I know that Rand Paul has gotten a lot of criticism especially from libertarians, but he does speak out against the NSA and other Gestapo-like agencies, and he's good in confronting pushers of economic regulation and climate stuff. And he's terrible with taxes. Rand is nothing like his principled father Ron Paul who says dump the IRS and the income tax and replace it with ... NOTHING! And Ron Paul would have seriously pardoned non-violent prisoners and released them from the jails. At the very least, were Rand Paul to get elected, he could appoint his father to the U.S. Supreme Court. A principled Ron Paul Supreme Court justice's opinions would be to strike down as unconstitutional just about every law or policy that comes before the Court, and he would cite valid cases and issues going back to well before the existence of the Founding Fathers. I doubt that candidate Rand would say publicly that as President he would appoint Ron Paul to the Supreme Court. But it's something he should do, as a moral duty to promote freedom. So, with just that possibility, I can see at least some good reason to vote for Rand Paul in the Republican primary.