The party of Trump?

By Andy Winemiller -

Political parties are often defined by their leaders.

The Democratic party was once the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That party was known as the working man’s party. It seems that the Democrats have strayed far from being the party of FDR.

The party of Hilary Clinton, controlled largely by liberal special interest groups, is hardly the party of the working man.

The Republican party has also seen different leaders at the helm. In fact, the Grand Old Party has seen more change than the other side of the aisle.

First, the party of Lincoln held the union together and ended the oppressive, unjust and inhumane practice of slavery. However, Lincoln’s party was also one of compassion. The 16th president believed in reconstructing the South after the war was over. Had somebody not put a bullet through his head, the South’s bounce-back from the Civil War would likely have been stronger and faster.

Teddy Roosevelt’s GOP “spoke softly and carried a big stick.”

Nixon worked to end American involvement in Vietnam. He also continued the work of Eisenhower, who was an advocate of building reliable infrastructure here at home rather than bulking up the military.

Ronald Reagan stood up to the Soviet Union. Most remember the words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The wall fell, and so did the Soviet Union.

I remember George W. Bush’s attempts at painting himself as a “compassionate conservative” in the 200o race for the White House. When terrorists flew planes into buildings Bush became the president who was tough on terrorism.

For the Democrats, Barack Obama created the party of change.

In recent times, the Republicans have been the party of what? Mitt Romney? Sarah Palin?

I was upset my party had gone down the Romney road. I was flabbergasted when we went down the Palin road.

Now I’m stuck with the question, “How will I feel if my party goes down the Trump road?”

Quite frankly, I think if that set of circumstances comes to fruition I’ll take my leave from the GOP.

Trump hasn’t been a Republican throughout his entire life. He has simply hijacked the GOP and a field of upset voters to make a run at the presidency.

Trump seems intent on bullying his way to the White House while defying the legacy left by Reagan, Lincoln and all the other great GOP leaders.

Lincoln may very well have liked Trump’s plan to build a wall on America’s southern border. However, he wouldn’t have liked a plan to uproot and divide millions of families. Lincoln believed in compassion. He believed in defeating something that posed a risk to the nation, but not in destroying people.

Trump’s plot to simply remove all illegal residents isn’t feasible. It’s not realistic. It’s probably not even possible, and it shows the man’s lack of respect for anybody but himself.

The most unsettling comment Trump has made has been about banning all Muslims from the country. That’s just not the way America works.

America is the land of freedom. I fought for it. I ought to know better than Donald, who has fought for nobody but himself throughout the entirety of his life. When you live in a free land, you accept some risk. If the answer to safety is banning groups of people then we have sacrificed freedom in the face of danger.

George W. Bush believed in being tough on terror, but I think even he understands you don’t ban a whole group of people from the country. That, Donald, isn’t American.

Trump’s language is inflammatory at the least and destructive at its worst. I can’t believe folks are going to vote for a guy who actually believes banning an entire race of people is the right answer.

Are you next on Trump’s list to ban? I don’t know, but you may want to think about that.

Perhaps, after he bans any race or religion he doesn’t want here, Donald will bankrupt the nation a few times. He did it in his private sector work, and he uses his private sector experience as justification for becoming president.

The job of president isn’t an entry level job. It’s one for which experience is necessary.

The oval office isn’t the place for a bigot or an egotistical maniac. The person who inhabits that office must be able to do more than toss one-liners and insults at opponents.

The party of Lincoln, Reagan or even Bush really doesn’t have a leadership role for a person like Donald.

I am a Republican and a conservative, but I will never call myself a member of the party of Trump.

By Andy Winemiller

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

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