Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Donnie" would, as a fan of abusive government, fully deserve the
resulting public rectal exam, I refuse to join the ranks of
intellectually bankrupt conservatives in calling
for him to release his tax returns. As I noted yesterday, Trump
has disqualified himself from serious consideration for the Presidency
by threatening newspapers who might publish things he doesn't
like. (And this is not to say he was a serious candidate before that.)
Here's Mitt Romney demonstrating that since, he can't articulate what's
wrong with Donald Trump, he'd unleash the dogs on him
"It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service," wrote the former GOP presidential nominee in a Facebook post. "While not a likely circumstance, the potential for hidden inappropriate associations with foreign entities, criminal organizations, or other unsavory groups is simply too great a risk to ignore for someone who is seeking to become commander-in-chief." [link dropped]So, rather than consider the ample evidence in the public record and apply our knowledge of what qualifies a candidate in terms of character and worthiness of support, we are to rely on a self-report to a lawless organization, whose head faces impeachment for discriminating against conservative groups -- and which should be abolished anyway. How did the Republic survive so long before there even was an IRS? This unprincipled, uncritical acceptance of state control over our lives not only exemplifies what's wrong with the Republican Party today, it also explains why Romney couldn't find a way to beat an unpopular incumbent, why none of the other candidates could find a way to stand up to Donald Trump, and ultimately, why the GOP essentially gave up any pretense of rationally choosing its candidates long ago.
Not only should Republicans not be calling for examinations of tax returns, the clown they have stuck themselves with isn't giving the proper response to such calls, which is this: "My finances are none of your damned business."
Our luck is running out: Time to rediscover the power of principled thinking.