A person concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior, the goodness or badness of human character, or one holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct is considered moral. For many Americans the idea of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a person with any kind of morals is abominable as well as laughable. Donald Trump has earned every invective and harsh name thrown at him, but one thing he is not is a person with morals.
There was sparse reporting last week about what was said between Donald Trump during a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, another Republicans without morals. There is a good reason why the private meeting was kept relatively “private,” but Bloomberg reported a very interesting exchange that neither Trump nor Ryan would comment on in public; with good reason. In fact, if mainstream media revealed what was said it would likely cause many of Trump’s racist supporters to pause and reconsider what kind of immoral con man they want as president.
During Republican demigod Ronald Reagan’s first term, the former B-movie actor thought it was a good idea to “reform” Social Security. Anyone following conservative politics is well-aware that when a Republican uses that word reform, it means drastic cuts if not abolition. At the time, even many Republicans understood something former House Speaker Tip O’Neill had said about Social Security: “it is the “third rail of American politics” that if you touch it and you die. Mr. O’Neill should be credited as much as anyone in America as the man who made touching, gutting, or abolishing Social Security a deadly political issue. That being the case, as noted by Andrew Bradford, “Donald Trump might want to start picking out a nice casket.”
According to an “unnamed source standing in the room” during Trump’s storied meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump told Ryan that he is in favor of gutting Social Security like most Republicans. But, like most Republicans he is terrified of saying so on the campaign trail because it would be the death knell for his electoral chances in November. Now, Trump did not say he wants to gut Social Security for budgetary reasons, or because he will ever get any of the Trust’s trillions of dollars in reserve; trillions, by the way, that belong lock, stock and barrel to the American people. No, Trump’s reason is actually worse; if that is even possible.
According to the person in the room, Trump said he would gut Social Security because like lying about his intent to steal Americans’ retirement savings; it was the morally upright thing to do. Trump told Ryan that,
“From a moral standpoint, I believe in it. But you also have to get elected. And there’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more.’ ”
At least Trump’s comment clearly delineates Republicans from Democrats on the issue of Social Security.
The executive director of Social Security Works, Alex Lawson, deeply believes that regardless what Trump says on the stump, he is no different than any other Republicans who desperately want to gut Social Security while pretending to support it; usually with clever buzzwords like ‘protecting young Americans’ future well-being.”
Mr. Lawson said that despite how many times Trump pledges to never lay a hand on Social Security,
“It is really clear: Donald Trump would 100 percent go along with the Republican donor class position of cutting Social Security. He openly says he will lie to the people about it because he knows that the people are against it. In his eyes the ‘moral’ thing to do is to steal people’s hard-earned benefits and not talk about it.” (author bold)
Of important note is that according to definition of what is considered “moral,” proper conduct and the principle of what is right, Donald Trump believes wiping out senior citizens’ entire working life’s savings is, “from a moral standpoint,” something he believes in. However, he will, and has continued, lying about his deep-seated belief, and perpetually promise his rabid racist acolytes that he would not address “reforming” Social Security and indeed “he would leave it alone.”
It is unclear exactly what happened to Donald Trump in his privileged dysfunctional childhood and upbringing that leads him to “believe” that the moral thing for a president to do is steal every working Americans’ retirement savings. Or, that he is willingly admitting that he is, has been, and will continue lying about it to get elected so he then can do the “morally upright” thing and eviscerate Social Security. It cannot possibly be because it is driving debt and deficit; the Social Security Trust is forbidden from adding to or taking away even one penny from the federal government.
For any American, or Republican establishment character for that matter, who believed that Trump was not a “real conservative” or a candidate dedicated to the Republican and Koch brother agenda, this latest revelation should quell any doubts about Trump’s devotion to the libertarian movement.
Donald Trump thinks it is the height of morality to steal Americans’ retirement like every conservative and Koch brother puppet and it informs that he is every bit as evil and immoral as any establishment Republican; it is precisely why they are falling all over themselves to support his candidacy, and evangelicals and racist will vote for him en masse.
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