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The Unfortunate Phrasing Of Anyone But Trump

Butt rump anyone?

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump is filled with crude language and ideas.

Should the opposition follow suit?

Such is the risk – on two levels – with the rallying cry “Anyone But Trump”.

A few months ago, someone registered the domain name, but it hasn’t been very active as a hub for anti-Trump activism. It doesn’t even have its own hosting, pointing to a address.

For those inclined to such things, as Trump supporters are, the phrase “Anybody But Trump” can be easily shifted into Anybody Butt Rump. A serious political movement thus be drowned out by idiotic giggling.

More important is that “anybody” is an awfully big category of people.

If we say Anybody But Trump, does that mean that we would be willing to vote for Ted Cruz? Count me out from that plan. Cruz supports a right wing extremist ideology that would elevate Christian theology over democratic equality and a fact-based discipline for government policy. Ted Cruz has voted to decrease workers’ wages, to double student loans, and to convert Social Security into a for-profit scheme run by the same Wall Street hucksters who brought us the Great Recession of 2007. He’s against sensible environmental regulation, and for expanding the number of guns being passed from owner to owner through American communities. Cruz wants to keep America dependent on fossil fuels, and urges big increases in military spending along with new wars in which to apply that spending.

It’s an awkward moment in American politics, when both liberals and some conservatives share strong feelings of opposition to Donald Trump. This awkwardness persists as long as we simply focus on opposition to Trump. Liberals oppose Donald Trump’s authoritarian policies of persecution of ethnic, religions, and cultural minorities, while Cruz conservatives actually support some of those same awful policies, and oppose Donald Trump mostly because he stands in the way of Cruz’s ambitions. Cruz enthusiasts seem desperate to toss anything at Trump, including the silly accusation that Donald Trump is a “liberal” – a claim that only shows how little conservatives understand what liberalism is really about.

Liberals support equality under the law for all. Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz oppose that.

Liberals acknowledge and value cultural diversity in the United States. Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz oppose diversity.

Liberals seek peace. Trump and Cruz seek war.

Liberals value the environment and acknowledge the scientific consensus of anthropogenic climate change. Trump and Cruz reject these things.

Liberals want higher wages for workers and a progressive tax system. Trump and Cruz want lower wages for workers and a regressive tax system.

Liberals support the ban on torture. Trump and Cruz support the use of torture.

Liberals want to end the divisive system of immigration that has created an exploitative shadow economy. Trump and Cruz want to amplify the division.

Liberals recognize the value of the separation of church and state. Trump and Cruz want to use the power of the federal government to promote Christianity over everything else.

Liberals want to establish a more efficient and more beneficial single-payer health care system, eliminating health insurance companies. Trump and Cruz want to restrict health care access and make Americans subject to the insurance companies’ push for profits.

Liberals oppose the expansion of government authority through the Homeland Security regime. Trump and Cruz want to expand Homeland Security’s power.

In 2016, American liberals don’t want anybody but Trump. We have a positive vision of our own.

The problems of reactionary politics in the USA are not embodied in just one person. It’s essential not to get distracted by the excitement caused by a single shouting clown.

On the Left, we need to stay focused on what we stand for: Compassion, justice, freedom, democracy, and peace. It’s not just anybody who will help us move these values forward.

16 thoughts on “The Unfortunate Phrasing Of Anyone But Trump”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    F.G. Fitzer, thanks for the listing of Cruz positions, which I’ve yet to see in other media. Trump is poorly educated, crude, and reactionary, while Cruz is highly educated, sophisticated, and reactionary. Trump mirrors his supporters, but Cruz can appeal to a wider spectrum of supporters. The only wealthy contributor who controls Trump is Trump. Cruz is bankrolled by many rich people looking for Cruz to keep their pockets stuffed with taxpayer money. Cruz is a far more politically dangerous person than Trump.

    1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      I have listed info about him in earlier posts. Feel the Johnson, not the Bern.

  2. ella says:

    That was an inspiring speech, F. G. Fitzer. Today, there are more differences than are remembered, or passed down, by enthusiastic citizens interested in investing the right to vote to their children, so they will know what they are voting for. Other Congresses have voted themselves pay raises without consulting their constituents. Other Presidents have given themselves a healthy raise in pay. But never before has their been such blatant disregard for the taxpayer that exists today. As the President has:

    “”The President’s FY2017 budget request seeks $3,865,000 in appropriations for expenditures for former Presidents, an increase of $588,000 (17.9%) from the FY2016 appropriation level,” the report says.
    Breaking News at

    This, in the same year that the present Democratic President has presented – and gained – a $4.1 trillion budget for this fiscal year – his last in office. It is to be noted that it was allowed with a Republican majority, though the Democrats with the help of a few Republicans were able to pass it. What American voters this cycle don’t know, is no matter who they elect President is that, “…there is no more where that came from”. The USA is on a delicate verge of not being able to make just the interest payments on the national debt. Having already cut everything but their personal greed, the Congress and the President have cut Social Security, in the name of paying debts -interest – on the money they have savagely increased borrowing, just a month ago. Is there anyone running who can pull this nation out of the debt crisis it is facing? Even knows the world of finance, like Donald Trump? The world of trade, like Donald Trump does? There is no one else.

    1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      Ella, you also forgot about military spending? America spends way too much money on the military? I have already posted an I Side With post as well, so Feel the Johnson rather than the Bern yet?

      Gary Johnson has a surpsining amount of liberal positions. Please check him out for President.

  3. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Gary Johnson updated his platform on I Side With. He supports businesses treating all customers equally, wants to fund Planned Parenthood, wants to funds NASA, wants to preserve and protect federal lands, wants to subsidize wind power, wants to close Gitmo, wants to cut military spending, and several other liberal positions. Feel the Johnson rather than the Bern yet? I gave simmilar or the same answer as Gary Johnson 95% of the time, so use my answers as a guideline. Click on each and every Presidential candidate and political party to compare and contrast our answers. I’m in for reducing military spending, but willing to increase or keep non military spending at current levels, I’m also pro immigration and anti discrimination. Just look at all my answers and summarize. I have left the percentages below. The Libertarian Party and all Libertarian Party candidates agree with me atleast 80% of the time, so I’m okay with all three of them. I saw that military spending is 2/3 of all discrationaray spending so I want to cut all military spending.

    Gary Johnson 95%
    John McAfee, Austin Petersen 84%
    Bernie Sanders 74%
    Jill Stein 67%
    Hillary Clinton 63%
    Ted Cruz 61%
    Donald Trump 41%
    John Kasich 28%

    Libertarians 81%
    Greens 69%
    Socialists 62%
    Constitutionalists 57%
    Democrats 56%
    Republicans 41%

  4. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    His website shows a summary of his platform, but On The Issues and I Side With go into great detail on each and every topic. Both him and John McAfee have lots of liberal positions that if you side with either of them most, Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders will pop as numbers 4 and 5 on your list of Presidential candidates. Only Austin Petersen is a more conservative Libertarian in the mold of Rand and Ron Pauls who is more like Ted Cruz among the non Libertarian candidates who will pop up as candidate number 4 if you side with him.

  5. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Gary Johnson postions himself as the anti-Trump candidate with several attacks on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in his 300 word essay on the topic of why he should be President published in the LP News:

    The American people are fed up with politicians, both Republican and Democrat, who are determined to replace liberty with government overreach, control, and intrusion into our daily lives. The United States was founded on a rejection of warrantless searches, oppressive taxation, and government interference with free exercise of speech, religion, and personal choices.

    America needs a President who will push back against the growth of government, and mean it. That begins with proposing a federal budget that doesn’t spend more than it takes in, and using the veto pen to enforce it if necessary. Government spends too much because it does too much, and it does too much because career politicians are in control. We need term limits to limit politicians’ power and greed.

    America needs a President whose idea of national security isn’t to spy on American citizens and pry into their personal lives without warrants or due process. The failed War on Drugs needs to end, along with surveillance, in recreation rate, and needless prosectuion it has given us.

    And we need leaders whose idea of immigration reform consists of something more thoughtful, and effective, than building bigger walls, imposing unconstitutional religious tests, and militarizing our borders.

    The two “major” parties have become slightly different shades of the same big government, big debt, and ineffective status quo. I am convinced that Americans are ready to send to Washington DC, a message and break up the political duopoly.

    Liberty and freedom to succeed are the real American values, and I’m running for President to restore those values, make America genuinely safe, and put an end to a tired status quo that has given us nothing but debt, less freedom and an omnipotent state.

  6. Al Hopfmann says:

    So far, everyone commenting here seems to have missed the most important point. Almost universally, the people who now call themselves “liberals” (They really aren’t!) want to accomplish the items listed by the author by the use of government power. What they really advocate and approve of very consistently is the use of unlimited government. They have no respect for limited government and constitutional principles that make an attempt to keep government limited. They miss the point that several or many people stealing from one or a few people is still theft, even if the “majority ” approves. USING DEMOCRACY for voting is valid and generally effective, but HAVING A DEMOCRACY as a form of government and laws leads to unlimited government every time. This always results in higher taxes, more stifling regulations, and less individual freedom. Those elements are the antithesis of liberty. People advocating such should not be called “liberals” . They are statists. A republic uses democracy but limits its power by having a set of fundamental principles that are not easily aborted by a casual vote. This nation was founded as a republic, not a democracy. Let’s keep it that way.

    1. Stephen Kent Gray says:

      Democracy isn’t to blame for those problems, it’s career politicians which is why we need term limits. It’s covered in my previous post on term limits and other issues on this page.

    2. J Clifford says:

      Al, you leap directly from wanting to accomplish some things with democratically-established government power to “unlimited government”. In fact, the space between those two things is huge.

      A republic, by the way, is a kind of democracy.

      Your logic is as strange as arguing that we ought to eat chicken for dinner tonight, not bird meat.

  7. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Who supports Trump or Never Trump in this election cycle? Let’s break them down into groups.

    Turncoats (Trump endorsers who are killing the Republican Party and Conservatism): Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Laura Ingraham, Breitbart News, Newt Gignrich

    Apologists (while not endorsing Trump, they apologize on his behalf every chance they can get so much they are practically the same as the previous group): Andrea Tantaros, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Joe Scarborough

    Enablers (people who for whatever reason find Donald Trump useful to their interests and thereby don’t oppose him by either usimg him as anti Establishment weapon or pull their punches for the sake of ratings): Bill O’Reilly, Ace of Spades, Instapundit/Glenn Reynolds, Ted Cruz, Mainstram Media (CNN/Fox News/MSNBC, you have basically documented serial instances of this and other mainstream media pulling punches for Donald Trump which is motivated by getting ratings), The RNC

    Good Guys (the anti-Trump movment): Glenn Beck, Rick Perry, Dana Loesch, National Review, Red State, The Federalist, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse

    In the event of a third party scenario, we have ready made set of endorsers in the Good Guys list. Who will Glenn Beck, Rick Perry, Dana Loesch, National Review, Red State, The Federalist, Mitt Romney, and Ben Sasse agree on if Ted Cruz (an enabler of Trump by the way) doesn’t get the Republican nomination is the question.

  8. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    Anti-Trump movment is currently endorsing Ted Cruz or maybe John Kasich if he were more viable. I’m waiting for the third party option to be the option they all get behind.

  9. JonasSulk says:

    I don’t listen to anyone who won’t use their real name on an article byline. There is no real F.G. Fitzer.

  10. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    The Federalist (one of my good guys list) has officially stated #NeverTrump should look to the Libertarians.

    It tosses around the idea without going as far as an official endorsement of Gary Johnson, but it’s close.

  11. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    The New York Times has started writing articles about Gary Johnson, the Libeetarian Party, and #NeverTrump.

    Live Free is Gary Johnson’s slogan from his 2012 run. It’s #FeelTheJohnson this time in reaction to #FeelTheBern.

  12. Stephen Kent Gray says:

    It looks like Donald Trump will be President thanks to Mainstream Media giving him so much airtime. Just look all the the air time in millions of dollars each candidate has. Bought media plus earned media (free media which isn’t bought) equal all media. I will give the link then sort it all out. All data is from the beginnings of their campaigns all the way through to early March 2016.

    Clinton 774 (28 bought and 746 earned)
    O’Malley 15 (0 bought and 15 earned)
    Sanders 349 (28 bought and 321 earned)

    Bush 296 (82 bought and 214 earned)
    Carson 117 (5 bought and 112 earned)
    Christie 107 (17 bought and 90 earned)
    Cruz 335 (22 bought 313 earned)
    Fiorina 48 (3 bought and 45 earned)
    Graham 18 (3 bought and 15 earned)
    Huckabee 25 (3 bought and 22 earned)
    Jindal 10 (3 bought and 7 earned)
    Kasich 52 (14 bought and 38 earned)
    Paul 59 (2 bought and 57 earned)
    Rubio 259 (55 bought and 204 earned)
    Santorum 12 (0 bought and 12 earned)
    Trump 1,908 (10 bought and 1,898 earned)
    Walker 31 (1 bought and 30 earned)

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