To: Donald Trump
From: Mitch Berg, Ornery Peasant
I started disliking your public persona thirty years ago. While I’m told you are a perfectly fine human being in person, your public persona – the garish extravagant gaudiness, the constant noise – was always off-putting. Still is.
Now, this time a year ago I was a Scott Walker supporter. And I still am. If there were a way to get him into the race (and lamentably, there is not), Shrillary would get pounded like a piece of cheap steak.
But that’s neither here nor there. Because here we are.
Anyway – I’m not one of the #NeverTrump crowd, if only because crowds annoy me. The idea of Hillary Clinton nominating SCOTUS justices should terrify everyone who cares about the Bill of Rights. And the Libertarian ticket isn’t an option (forget about the Greens).
So I don’t like your persona – but I don’t vote for personas. I don’t like what your campaign has done to the GOP, but then the GOP has been frustrating lately, too. And I don’t like the way you’re running this campaign, but then it’s your campaign, not mine.
But this? This is just plain stupid.
You’ll help NATO countries if they’ve “paid their way?”
What’s this tell you?
The NATO members in the most immediate danger from Russia – the Poles and Estonians – are taking their defense pretty seriously. Latvia and Lithuania are coming around (both have increased their spending in 2016 – Latvia’s spending is actually up 50% in the past two years).
And can you think of four nations that have “spent” more freedom in the past 30 years that those four? Not just in terms of budget, but in terms of actually resisting tyranny?
No, I don’t imagine you can.
Think about it, Mr. Trump.
That is all.