On Tuesday, Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld exhorted Americans to stop Donald Trump at all cost.
The Donald, he asserted, is dangerous because too touchy, too childish in his egoism, to withstand the pressures of the presidency of these United States. “In the statement, Weld made no mention of Clinton,” writes the AP. He focused on Trump and the GOP, instead.
Both progressive and conservative outlets interpreted this as a de facto endorsement of voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton — an uncomfortable conclusion, considering that Weld is Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson’s VP running mate.
Looking at the statement itself, it is apparent that Gov. Weld prefers The Devil We Know to The Devil He Fears.
Which is where he loses me.
One need not like Trump to understand his appeal. Trump is a smoking sack of Who Knows What placed upon the doorstep of the Establishment, the insider classes running the federal government and the Fourth Estate. By taking offense at Trump but not Clinton, Weld sides with the insiders. My longtime respect for Weld aside, how can one plausibly do that?
We know what the Establishment wants most: perpetual war, permanent debt, and secure power.
Meanwhile, the ostensible Republican has been awfully vague on policy. Voting for Trump is buying a pig in a poke.*
The Democratic poke is fairly well known. But Hillary, the war-monger who accuses Trump of being Putin’s “puppet” and repeatedly plays chicken with the world’s other great nuclear power, puts her own policies in a poke by proclaiming her personal prerogative of telling the voters one thing and her insider crowd another.
Neither sack of . . . uh, please.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
* Old idiom: synonym for swine in a sack.
The Next Question:
If pigs could fly, which one would you vote for?