Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party presidential nomination in Cleveland Thursday night in a speech that lasted one hour and 16 minutes.
During the speech he made clear that he would be a "law and order" president and "make America safe again."
It is very difficult to see how any libertarian could support Trump after this speech. Although he made clear he did not plan to be a nation builder overseas, he stated clearly that he would take care of ISIS and "take care of them fast."
I don't know how to view this other than Trump telling the American people that he is going to escalate war in in the Middle East. It seems apparent that US ground forces will very likely be a part of that escalation.
Trump would go to war, just based on reasons different than presidents before him.
On the domestic front, he seemed to call for a greater federal government role in policing.
"I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon -- and I mean very soon -- come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored," he said.
Not once in the 76 minutes that he spoke did he give any indication that current problems stem from too much government.
In his view, the problem is the people in charge of the government.
Once he is in charge, you see, things will be different because, afterall, he has built tall buildings.
The evidence seems clear to me, Trump would be an extreme authoritarian as president.
I want to make clear here and now, no way no how do I support Donald J. Trump for president.
During a Trump presidency, the country would change dramatically and not for the better.
This does not mean I support Hillary Clinton either. She would be horrific but I do fear a Trump presidency more.