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Some fellow Ricochetti have lamented that they’ve yet to see a coherent reason to support Donald Trump and it’s a staple of many #NeverTrump arguments that there is no difference between him and Hillary Clinton. In response to these, I wanted to offer an argument that addresses an issue that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, with a focus on which of the two candidates will cause the most damage to America’s culture, values, rights, and finances.
It likely goes without saying that I am convinced that a win for Clinton would be bad for America and result in greater (and more lasting) damage, and my reason is simple: I fear the Leftist horde — some four million strong — that she will direct and unleash through the executive branch.
Politics is a Team Sport
The president is the head of the Executive Branch and the cabinet secretaries serve as managers of large agencies. The secretaries, deputy secretaries, and other high-level management positions are all subject to the “advice and consent” provision of the Constitution. This means that, if we hold the Senate, we can block the worst of the marxists and libertines a president might nominate. But there are over 2,000 such management positions. (Below that level, federal civil service rules apply, and it is very difficult, but possible, to fire those federal employees.)
So, the president is the head of a large enterprise that is running the federal government. When there is a change of party at the White House, there follows a change of management in the government, and it’s one of the under-appreciated jobs of the presidency.
Clinton and Team Obama
If Clinton comes to power, she will have an enormous advantage in that she will inherit Team Obama. These are the people at the IRS who targeted conservatives and leaked private information about Republican candidates. These are the people at the Department of Education who decided that “gender” is a synonym for “sex,” and are threatening states if they do not comply with Team Obama’s preferred bathrooms policies. These are the people at EPA who want to regulate every puddle and rivulet, taking control of your land without any thought of due compensation. These are the people who have been putting coal out of business and who block such good economic proposals as oil and gas pipelines. These are the people at the Department of Justice who covered up “Fast and Furious,” but who took a peculiar interest in local crime matters regarding Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. These are the people at the State Department who promote abortion globally, and hides details of his deals from Congress.
Those are just a few examples of the way Team Obama have leveraged their control of the federal agencies to push their agenda of curtailing individual liberties, increasing regulatory control over businesses, farms, cities and states, and taking up the Leftist side in all the culture war issues. They have been busy for two terms, chopping away and tearing down the supports that hold up Western Civilization. Nathanael Ferguson put a post on the Main Feed with a nice review of Team Obama, “Slumping to the Occasion,” so you can check that out for additional matters of Team Obama actions to bring America down.
When Obama was first elected, the Democrats controlled the Senate, and he had no trouble putting his team in place. While Clinton will no doubt wish to make a few changes, the dirty work in this regard is already been done for her: She can just keep the team already in place, without having to submit replacements to the Senate unless she so chooses. With the exception of a small number of folk who rubbed her the wrong way, we can expect her to retain the bulk of Team Obama. And, for any vacancy she does have, there is a large number of leftists with solid Democrat Party pedigrees who are ready to help do their Progressive worst to America.
They will get a boost of fresh enthusiasm to continue their assault on the family, the churches, and all the supports of western civilization.
Trump, on the other hand, has won the GOP nomination with a very small political team. He does not have a large number to draw on in order to make up an administration and will need help staffing the Executive Branch. He is likely to look first to those Republicans who rallied to his cause the earliest. Team Trump will be a mixed bag, with many who are not conservatives, and probably some who are very liberal, but they will not be as focused and like-mindedly leftist as Clinton’s Leftist Horde would be . They will have to work with each other, perhaps compromising here or there, in order to get anything done. This will be likely to slow them down on initiatives that Trump assigns to them, and will keep them from doing as much damage as Team Hillary could do.
Also, recall that “You’re Fired!” that is an integral part of Trump’s brand. He, unlike Obama or Clinton, will not overlook incompetence for the sake of ideological purity. Some of his team will have to go when they screw up, so that the rest of the team learns to take the boss seriously. That is just good business sense, which is something that neither Obama nor Clinton have. Remember the Obamacare website crew? And the Veterans Administration? Trump would get rid of some of those incompetents just to protect his own brand.
Obama has been criticized by conservatives for overlooking incompetence. I think that Obama keeps slackers on because — ever since his 2010 shellacking — he wants to avoid the advise and consent process. Clinton will be able to keep Team Obama in place, while Trump is not likely to keep very many of them.
Ricochet members — and conservatives in general — should know how Team Obama has been chopping away at our individual liberties these past seven years. That could be a separate post. For now, just consider that they are the enemy. They have been working to arrogate power away from individuals, and they have been working to arrogate power away from the states.
Trump may be bad for individual liberties and he may be bad for states, but he cannot possibly be as bad on either score as Clinton.
Vote for Trump
This is not about the Republican Party and it is not about the conservative movement. This is about the United States of America. Vote for awful Trump. Stop Scofflaw Clinton.
And yes, fear is a motivating force. I fear the damage that a Team Hillary could do to American values, American culture, American security and American finances. Fear of Clinton is why I am earnestly supporting Trump for President.
Lord, help us.