I’ve been hard on Donald Trump — just like I was hard on Barack Obama — just like I will be hard on the next occupant of the Oval Office.
This has gotten me into hot water with Trump supporters.
I recently wrote an article highlighting the fact that the Trump administration managed to set a spending record in August. The federal government spent over $433 billion in that single month. No administration has ever spent more in one month — not even Pres. Obama.
Now, Republicans brand themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility and “limited government.” Spending $433 billion in a single month counts as neither fiscally responsible nor limited. But instead of upholding their principles and holding their president accountable, some Trump supporters turned their ire toward me for pointing this out. According to some, calling out this discrepancy between principles and actions makes me a “libtard.”
Sadly, this happens a lot. Every time I mention Trump’s latest unconstitutional action, Trump supporters berate me with similar epithets. Most of these comments simply represent a mindless devotion to party platitudes and a cult of personality, but every once in a while, somebody will advance an actual argument.
For instance, one guy insisted I should quit criticizing the president because “perfect is the enemy of good.”
I think the problem here is this guy and I have vastly different definitions of “good.” I define “good” as following the Constitution every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses. It seems he defines “good” as implementing some policies he happens to like.
Now, this guy claims Trump is “moving the country in the right direction.” He bases this assessment on tax cuts and a booming economy. And I guess if that’s your standard, you can make the case. (Although as I point out in my podcast, tax reform without government reform isn’t going to help the economy in the long-run.) But if your standard is the Constitution, Trump has done absolutely nothing to “move the country in the right direction.” He and his Republican cohorts in Congress have continued trampling on America’s founding principles, just like the succession of presidents before.
On top of record levels of federal spending, we still have Obamacare, the drug war continues, Congress reauthorized FISA provisions that “authorize” warrantless spying, Trump has proposed government censorship, the administration ratcheted up asset forfeiture and took the window dressing off police militarization, Congress reauthorized indefinite detention provisions without due process written into the National Defense Authorization Act, the administration dropped more than 44,000 bombs in unconstitutional military actions, the ATF has ratcheted up