By Jackie Sussman ’17, Inklings Whip
In the style of the eminent Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of political events, it becomes necessary for one party to dissolve the political bands which have connected it with its presidential nominee, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature entitle them, a decent respect to the mores of true Republicanism requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation and endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
We hold the axioms of our nation to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they inherently possess unalienable rights, that the most necessary of these include Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. As Republicans, we argue and implement in policy the ideal that Governments are instituted among mankind to secure these rights, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. We also argue that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for transient causes; and as a party that loves America and everything for which it stands, we should by no means abolish the government. But when a long train of abuses of power within the current government, pursuing invariably the same Object of pocketing Wall Street money while implementing liberal policies of borderline-socialist economics and gun-control measures, evinces a design to reduce the people under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of Republicans during Obama’s terms; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter the current System of Government. However, Donald Trump, though a vote against the establishment, is not the solution. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:
Trump has refused his Assent to basic decency, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. According to a detailed account of his actions published by Mother Jones, Trump has thus far allegedly assaulted 19 women, 17 of whom went public following a New York Times article that published a detailed account of the first two women who were allegedly assaulted, on October 12. He has likewise used crude language in describing women, mimicked a disabled reporter, bullied his opponents and more; all in an attempt to seem anti-establishment. This behavior is not anti-establishment. This behavior is anti-humanitarian and anti-American.
Trump has refused to give his workers their just compensation, and manipulates laws to avoid lawsuits about such actions; and when there have been lawsuits, he has utterly neglected to attend to and legitimize them. Forbes interviewed architect Andrew Tesoro, who designed a clubhouse for a Trump golf course and did not receive payment from the Trump organization. “His organization does that to everybody,” Tesoro said. To be clear: money is the greatest human invention, a manifestation of the foundational economic principle that trade creates value, a tool to voluntarily exchange a person’s greatest productive achievements with what they deem to be their productive equal. Money is the highest moral code, and Republicans should and will defend corporations and wealthy individuals to the nth degree. Establishment liberals do not understand nor agree with this moral. Yet when an individual or corporation, regardless of partisan affiliation, violates this ideally capitalistic exchange of money for a good or service, we Republicans must condemn, we must denounce, we must retaliate.
Trump has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners. Strong borders are necessary. After all, the Constitution does not apply to the entire world but to Americans. And, in a time of quasi-war against radical islamic terrorists, vetting should be naturally increased. Yet, as Washington Post reporter Greg Sargent stated, “[Trump’s plan] is not ideological heterodoxy. It’s a smorgasbord of policy ignorance and indifference, opportunism,…and of course, good old fashioned flim-flammery.” Trump urges to create a barrier between the United States and its enemies when, in reality, he advocates for a barrier between races, between religions, between families and between corporations. To even consider strengthening the border via an American Great Wall with such an inhumane purpose is, frankly, frightening.
Trump has insulted the American Judiciary and has picked Supreme Court nominees that will tear at the fabric of this great nation. According to the famed June 2 article from the Wall Street Journal, Trump said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has an “absolute conflict” in litigating his Trump University case due to his “Mexican heritage” and his membership of a Latino lawyers’ association. While we Republicans have acknowledged that his comments were racist, it is not the comments themselves that should infuriate the party: it is the complete and utter lack of respect towards the general judiciary branch. This is evident in not only his treatment of individual judges, but his historically commonplace manipulation of the judicial system and his SCOTUS nominee picks; such nominees will only create a more polarized court and nation. Republicanism is not just conservatism; to pick far ‘right’ judges can call them appropriate representatives for the moral values of both the American people and the Republican party is insulting and inaccurate.
There is the argument amongst Republicans that Trump is the lesser of two evils. Clinton has obstructed the Administration of Justice through her email scandal. Clinton has protected herself, by a mock Trial of sorts, from punishment for these scandals or for any Murders which she committed as a result of her lackadaisical actions during the Benghazi crisis. Clinton has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction intolerant of differing political viewpoints. Clinton has attempted to put forth trade plans inconsistent with her true belief of a worldwide open market, as seen with the Wikileaks email containing her speech to Banco Itau, a large Brazilian Bank. Clinton has attempted to elucidate tax plans that, in typical liberal manner, force wealthy individuals to pay more than the middle class in a corrupt attempt to make society’s most productive pay their “fair share.” It is clear that Clinton would mean serious problems for Republicans and for this nation.
Yet, when discussing the lesser of two evils, it is better to disagree with the policies of a reasonable candidate than to elect one whose temperament and actions are so inappropriate that he has incited domestic insurrections through hyperpolarization amongst us Americans. It is necessary to elect someone, even though different-minded, competent to the highest office within the nation.
In every stage of these Oppressions, We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury through the nomination of Donald Trump by popular vote. Someone whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. We must, therefore, not acquiesce, denounces our connections with Trump, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in the War of election year, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, Republicans of the United States of America, should, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That Donald Trump has lost in his ascent to absolutist power; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Trump organization, and that all political connection between us and the Trumps ought to be totally dissolved. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.