I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a supporter of Donald Trump. That said, I’m beginning to wonder if I am wrong. So I thought I’d invite Trump supporters to change my mind.
I’ll give you 7 reasons (I have a few more) why I’m not a supporter of Trump. If you are a Trump supporter, can you give me 7 answers to these objections?
I’m genuinely interested in the answers. You can answer in the comments below or on Facebook.
When you have answered, please share this post on Facebook or Twitter – I’d love to hear from as many supporters as possible.
Question 1: Do You Think a President Should Raise Taxes on the Rich?
Our country is taxed to death. Our corporate tax rates is one of the highest in the world. While other countries reduce taxes for corporations in order to attract business and spur re-investment, our tax rate is firm.
The Rich Provide Most of the Income Tax Revenue
Income tax revenue comes primarily from the “rich” in our society
You can see that over 75% of income tax revenue is generated from just 25% of our citizens.
So do you believe that the rich should pay more in taxes?
If you answered “no”, would you support Donald Trump’s massive one-time ‘wealth’ tax that he proposed in 1999? This one-time wealth tax would levy a 14.5% tax on wealthy Americans with more than $10million in trusts and individuals.
Of course, this was in 1999, but during his interview with Sean Hannity, Trump didn’t back away from the idea. Rather, he called the idea conservative:
Trump: If you look at some of the things I said at the time — that was many, many years ago – I wouldn’t have minded taking a piece of my wealth and paying off the national debt, okay, I’ll be honest with you. Now we can’t do it, it’s so humungous. At that time we could have paid off the entire national debt and we could have started the game all even.
Hannity: With a balanced budget amendment to support it?
Trump: Absolutely and that’s what I said. And I wouldn’t have minded doing that Sean. And I took some heat. People said, “Oh what a terrible thing, that’s not a very conservative thing to do.” I think that’s a very conservative thing.
Hannity: Would you still support it?
Trump: I would take – the problem is we owe so much now…
Hannity: It’s impossible.
Trump: I mean, it’s more money than all the wealthy [crosstalk].
So my question to Trump supporters is this: do you support a one-time, 14.5% massive wealth tax to shore up the national debt and social security funds?
Question 2: Do You Support Funding Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood sells harvested baby parts from abortions. 9/10 pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood are referred for an abortion. There is evidence that Planned Parenthood is breaking the partial birth abortion ban, and even worse, possibly killing infants born alive. These revelations are documented in the Center for Medical Progress videos.
In response to the exposed videos from the Center for Medical Progress, congress made an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood while still providing federal funding for women’s health care services through life care centers and nonprofits. This measure would not have removed a single dollar from women’s health care.
Yet the republican senate, terrified of another showdown with Democrats, backed down.
So here is my question for Trump supporters: do you want a president who would continue to spend your tax dollars on Planned Parenthood?
Donald Trump initially came out in strong opposition to funds for Planned Parenthood. But after his strong statements attacking the group, he demurred:
Speaking on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning, Trump said that before defunding Planned Parenthood entirely, he would look at the positive aspects of the organization.
“I would look at the good aspects of it, and I would also look because I’m sure they do some things properly and good for women. I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also, but we have to take care of women,” he said. “The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded.”
However, under current law, no government funding is allowed to go to abortions, which Planned Parenthood says make up 3 percent of its services. [this is a lie and is explained here]
Donald Trump is a smart businessman and certainly knows the definition of “fungible” funds. As Politico mentioned, federal tax dollars cannot be used for abortion, so the organization receives half a billion dollars for ‘other’ procedures. So, in reality, your tax dollars (again, half a billion) are used for abortion and Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts.
Question 3: How Important is Honesty in a President?
Headline: Politician Lies. In other news, grass is green and the sky is blue.
We know that politicians lie which is one of the reasons outside candidates like Trump, Carson, and Fiorina have support. Any politician who is on the presidential stage likely got there through lies and deception.
But my question for Trump supporters is this: if honesty is important in a president, can you support Trump who repeatedly lies?
When Trump ridiculed Carly Fiorina’s face, he claimed that he was referring to her ‘persona’. Donald Trump claimed our gross domestic product was below zero when it was not. Trump repeatedly inflates the size of his crowds. Speaking of inflating things, he regularly gives himself several billions of dollars in net worth that he doesn’t have.
I could go on, but I won’t. As I said in the introduction, I don’t want this to be a hit piece on Trump. These are serious questions for serious supporters of the Donald, and I really hope you respond.
Question 4: Are You Against Politicians Doing Favors for Money?
Most conservatives are against crony capitalism. Too many politicians sell out on their base just to satisfy a big donor. Republicans consistently talk about reducing pork barrel spending, only to pass pork-laden bills.
So my question for Trump supporters is this: are you against crony capitalism?
If so, how can you justify that Trump is a crony capitalist? This isn’t one person’s accusation against Trump. This is his own admission, on stage, in the August 6th debate.
Question 5: Are You Tired of President Obama Over-Reaching With His Presidential Powers?
President Obama has destroyed the office of the President by taking on powers that he has no authority to claim. Through the use of Executive Orders, selective implementation of the law, and backroom, shady deals, President Obama has made himself into his own Czar.
So my question to Trump supporters: do you think Trump will restore restraint to the office of the Presidency and work with congress?
I have no evidence that he will not other than what he’s said, his past actions, and his pure pragmatism. He has no trouble “taking advantage of the laws that are there” to file for bankruptcy, even if that means breaking his promise to a lender. I personally doubt he’ll show restraint with more power, but I want you to convince me.
Question 6: Do You Believe in Religious Freedom and Civil Disobedience?
Kim Davis is an elected official who took an oath to uphold the laws of our country that are validly founded on natural law. When she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples out of her moral objection and belief that the law is unjust, she went to jail.
Very few candidates supported her civil disobedience. But if a person cannot, or should not, practice civil disobedience in the face of what they believe to be an unjust law, and when that person’s oath is to uphold the valid laws of our nation, when should they practice civil disobedience?
So my question to Trump supporters is this: when faced with an unjust law, do you have the right to practice civil disobedience?
Trump’s response to Kim Davis: “You have to go with it. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land”. Would he say the same thing if there was a new law banning guns?
Question 7: Do You Want a Clinton Approved President?
Before the election season came into full swing, conservatives everywhere wondered if we would beat Hillary Clinton. Seeing another four or eight years of a Clinton in the White House would be devastating to conservatism.
But just as bad as having Hillary in office would be any candidate personally vetted and approved of by Bill Clinton himself, right?
So my question to Trump supporters: are you comfortable with Donald Trump seeking Bill Clinton’s approval before he officially ran for office?
Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of both men.
Four Trump allies and one Clinton associate familiar with the exchange said that Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.
Does it make you nervous that Donald Trump only joined the race after Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts?
Now It’s Your Turn
Please, take the time to answer these questions. Consider this to be your opportunity to win another supporter – a vocal supporter – over to the side of the Donald.
Like many conservatives, I like a lot of what I hear from Trump. He’s brash, he’s not politically correct, and I have no doubt that he could negotiate a hell of a deal when the time comes.
But I’m nervous about him as well.
If you don’t support Donald Trump, but know someone who does, do me a favor and share this article with them. I genuinely want to know.