Re “Daring to Back Clinton” (Metropolitan section, April 17), about the isolation felt by Columbia students who support Hillary Clinton:
At the age of 12, I canvassed for Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. At the age of 18, I organized several Black Lives Matter protests. And at the age of 20, my peers consider me conservative.
Over this time, my political beliefs have remained unchanged. I still support entitlements, loathe mass incarceration, advocate for L.G.B.T.Q. rights, and believe in the government’s power to improve lives and create sweeping change. This ideology makes me a Democrat in the vein of Barack Obama, Jed Bartlett (“West Wing”) and even Mrs. Clinton. But on my college campus, I might as well be Pat Buchanan.
At Harvard, admitting that #ImWithHer is nearly tantamount to boasting “Make America Great Again.” If you haven’t shared a post from the writer and activist Shaun King, you are not a true liberal here.
When defending Mrs. Clinton becomes as unacceptable as bigotry, when her supporters are called privileged, oppressive and stupid, we lose the central feature of our democracy—pluralism.
Indeed, by surrounding themselves with only those who share their narrow set of political beliefs, the students who make up the liberal base on college campuses perpetuate the very oligarchical traditions they lament.
I’m a Hillary supporter. In their eyes, I might as well be a College Republican.
The writer is op-ed editor of The Harvard Crimson.
More and more Republican elites are getting right with Donald. Have you? If I may say so, what we are observing is a sea change in American politics. Things will never be the same. Donald Trump will not only win the Republican nomination for president; he will crush Hillary Clinton in November and serve two terms as president. Historians will mark this as the Age of the People, a time when ordinary, everyday, hard-working, God-fearing people regained control of their government, which had been taken from them by self-serving political professionals (a class that includes not only elected officials, but donors, consultants, pollsters, and pundits). If you're having a hard time seeing this, it's because you're immersed in it. Step out of the water and look around. Pay particular attention to Donald Trump's crowds. Everything has changed. Those who are invested in the system are confused, frustrated, and outraged. Some of them, such as Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, Stephen Hayes, Ross Douthat, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and Rush Limbaugh, are in denial. (Limbaugh is in the bag for Ted Cruz, but won't say so lest he lose listeners.) I'm glad I lived long enough to see this country taken back from the elites.
I rarely read Ross Douthat, mainly because he's boring, but also because he's insufferably smug. ("I went to Harvard!") I read his op-ed column today and got a kick out of it. It's going to be great fun to watch him come crawling to Donald Trump.
Re “Trump Details Foreign Policy of Paradoxes” (front page, April 28):
In his major foreign-affairs address on Wednesday, Donald Trump declared that the United States should be “unpredictable, starting now.” Like many of his views in this area, Mr. Trump gets this one exactly backward.
The last thing the world needs is a United States with a radically unpredictable foreign policy, for the same reason that no one needs to share a crowded highway with an unpredictable eighteen-wheeler. Many other countries and institutions formulate their policies with relation to the United States, and a highly erratic American policy would make it impossible for anyone to do so safely.
Mr. Trump’s idea is a call for a state of international chaos that would be dangerous for all concerned, especially the United States.
The writer is a retired Foreign Service officer.
Note from KBJ: Thank God this man is retired. The United States of America must be feared and respected, not loved or admired. Donald Trump will make America great again.
Re “Trump in a Sweep of Eastern States; Clinton Wins in 4” (front page, April 27): One of the hot topics of the primary elections is whether Donald Trump will win enough delegates to avoid a contested convention. I’m not writing this in support of him or any other candidate, but let me get this straight. If Mr. Trump is just a few votes shy of the 1,237 mark, other candidates actually have a viable chance of securing the nomination at the Republican Convention?
Can we allow a small number of establishment delegates to reverse the decision of the overwhelming majority of Republican voters? While the answers to both questions should be a resounding “No!,” that is exactly what might happen.
Love Mr. Trump or hate him, America and our entire electoral system were founded on the principle of democracy by the people. Barring a virtually impossible comeback by Ted Cruz in the remaining primaries, a Trump loss at a contested convention would undermine everything our great country was built upon, and would mean that the votes of you, me and every other American citizen mean absolutely nothing.
Note from KBJ: The system is rigged, but Donald Trump will win anyway. That's a measure of his appeal.
The best teams in Major League Baseball right now are the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs. Each team is 14-5. Just think: If one of them wins its next 21 games, it will match the record of 35-5 compiled by the Detroit Tigers in 1984. This was the greatest team in the history of baseball.
It's over. Donald Trump is the 2016 Republican nominee for president. Ted Cruz and John Kasich should withdraw immediately and get right with Donald. Those of you who are not yet on the Trump bandwagon should climb aboard. We're going to roll over Hillary Clinton this fall and make America great again.
Addendum:This man, writing for National Review, calls Ted Cruz "the Bible-thumping jerk." I realize that he's imagining a Kasich voter using the label, but it shows that the thought is out there and not unique to me. To repeat something I've said many times in this blog, I didn't realize until the Republican presidential campaign started just how creepy and otherworldly Ted Cruz and his father are. Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that I have nothing against religion or religious people. I have a lot against creepy religions and theocracies. And please don't think that this is the only reason I "turned" on Cruz, having sung his praises repeatedly for many months. There are other reasons. The man is dishonest. Donald Trump's label "Lyin' Ted" is appropriate. Tonight, for example, just before the polls closed, Lyin' Ted lied some more at a campaign rally that he knew would be shown live on the television networks. I can't imagine ever supporting Cruz, however many times he runs for president. I'm not even sure I would want him as a Supreme Court justice (not that the Senate would ever confirm him). Cruz is also desperate. I think that he would do just about anything to secure the presidency: lie, cheat, steal, whatever. "The end justifies the means." Remember: Cruz's father says that Cruz is the anointed one.