Author and Constitutional conservative Brad Thor recently posted his reasons for being #NeverTrump.
In his remarkably cogent and convincing Facebook post, Thor explains what each one of us should have instinctively known about The Donald and his penchant for authoritarianism.
We see that autocratic spirit in Trump’s words and behavior, his attitudes and actions.
Thor makes the case for liberty being the foundational spirit of America (the land of liberty whose Declaration of Independence has inspired millions of people worldwide) and documents Trump’s own lifetime jihad against freedom and the Constitution designed for its preservation.
Here are a few highlights from his excellent commentary. Thor writes (emphasis added):
As an American, my greatest allegiance is to liberty. As long as there is liberty, no task is insurmountable, no challenge too overwhelming. As long as there is liberty, anything is possible.
The true north of my compass has been, and always will be, liberty. I owe it to those who have come before me and those who will come after. I will act to safeguard liberty no matter what personal price I may be forced to bear.
Liberty is my litmus test. I weigh all actions of my government and those who seek office, against it. The ledger of freedom is incorruptible; its pages open for anyone to examine, and most importantly – to learn from.
When I apply my litmus test of liberty to Donald Trump, he fails – completely.
From supporting an assault weapons ban, the seizure of private property via eminent domain, the restructuring of libel laws, and socialized medicine (just to name a few) – throughout his entire adult life, Donald Trump has repeatedly championed the power of the state.
With the lessons of history as my guide, I see in Donald Trump the character flaws that are the hallmarks of despotism.
[Trump] threatens to further enlarge the state, the other, potentially (a la Napoleon), to become it.
My greatest concern about Donald Trump, though, isn’t a trait he lacks, but a dangerous one he possesses – in spades. Authoritarianism.
Donald Trump has told us to just wait and see what he does to Jeff Bezos once he gets into the White House. He has told us the American military will do whatever he tells them to do no matter what their reservations. He has promised to prevent American companies from moving outside the United States, regardless of what they believe is best for their businesses.
In other words, Donald Trump has clearly told all of us that he will use the power of the presidency to force people to bend to his will. This is not liberty.
The blueprint for America’s success is the ideas of the Framers – limited, Constitutional governance – an area in which Donald Trump is criminally ignorant.
But between a big government progressive and a potential despot – every American must ask themselves where liberty has the greatest chance to survive over the next four years.
Update: Politico reports that Trump plans on blacklisting #NeverTrump vendors and organizations. He habitually – instinctively – threatens and punished those who disagree with him.