Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Vin Suprynowicz on Trump, Guns, Immigration, and Other Issues

I'm constantly being told by snarky "libertarians" on the net that libertarianism requires that all people have the freedom to travel anywhere without restriction, and, therefore, all borders must be open. Now, I know some idiotic self-destructive libertarians who do think that way, but I know others who accept all the sensible parts of libertarianism while rejecting, the, may I say, naive, unrealistic, dysfunctional parts. One of the latter is long-time libertarian thinker Vin Suprynowicz. On his website, which I highly recommend [link], he writes about the pros and cons of Donald Trump, and, surprise, surprise, is very impressed with what Trump says about immigration. Don't let the title fool you. It's about guns, immigration, and several other things.


I dare say Donald Trump has flaws that may come back to haunt him -– or us. But there’s no mistaking the appeal of his straight-from-the-hip talk.
On health care, he says he’s “evolved” and no longer favors single-payer socialized medicine, which has been a disaster in England and Canada (see this) and which eventually has to lead to rationing and appalling degeneration on the Soviet model (check here.)
Mr. Trump now says he wants something more like a free market in health insurance, without state-by-state monopolies, so companies could bid and sell across state lines. Fine with me, especially if they’d also get rid of a lot of the Politically Correct “mandated coverages” that drive premiums sky-high. (I think most Americans still consider sex change operations “elective.”)
And while I still worry that Trump might turn out to be a protectionist on trade (the Smoot-Hawley Tariff helped create the worldwide Great Depression, after all), you couldn’t get much simpler than his stance on immigration: “A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border,” and “A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.”
“Mexico . . . relies heavily on the billions of dollars in remittances sent from illegal immigrants in the United States back to Mexico ($22 billion in 2013 alone),” Mr. Trump continues, at his official web site. “The Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. . . . The cost of building a permanent border wall pales mightily in comparison to what American taxpayers spend every single year on dealing with the fallout of illegal immigration on their communities, schools and unemployment offices. Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages.”
Trump favors the mandatory return of all criminal aliens (a good start), complaining “The Obama Administration has released 76,000 aliens from its custody with criminal convictions since 2013 alone.” Furthermore, “Illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border must be detained until they are sent home, no more catch-and-release.”
Most significantly, Trump wants to end birthright citizenship, a position which the American populace supports, two-to-one. And no, we shouldn’t need a constitutional amendment. The folks who wrote the 14th Amendment wanted birthright citizenship for the children of slaves, not the children of illegal immigrants, who have never properly placed themselves “under the jurisdiction” of the United States.
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  1. Considering the lede here, it might be well to quote from Suprynowicz' cited post on Trump's statements with regards to guns and the individual right to keep and bear arms:

    The right to carry? “The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway,” sayeth Mr. Trump. “That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. . . .

    Military bases and recruiting centers? “Banning our military from carrying firearms on bases and at recruiting centers is ridiculous. We train our military how to safely and responsibly use firearms, but our current policies leave them defenseless. To make America great again, we need a strong military. To have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves.”

    Which was the status quo till the Clintons first took office, of course. One of the first priorities of Mrs. President Clinton and the First Gentleman, back in 1993 – right up there with burning the Branch Davidian women and children — was disarming members of the Armed Forces on our military bases and at our recruiting stations.

    1. You are quite right. I cut the quote short only because I wanted to keep it within "fair use" limits.