“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” daughter Meghan McCain said, setting the tone for eulogies by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
“Old, white, and uneducated is not the future of this country. A vote for Trump is not a vote for the future. It is a vote for a past that never really existed. To the extent that it did, we should be seeking to leave these elements behind- not seeking to restore them. “
“We will either look back on this in 20 years and laugh at the absurdity of what Trump has been proposing or someone else will look back in 200 years at the ruins of a crumbled civilization and wonder how we could have inflicted such damage upon ourselves.”
Trump’s commitment to expanding the size and power of the federal government would be remarkable even if he were a Democrat, a party which is associated with that approach. However, it is particularly astonishing in the context of Republican and conservative critiques of the Obama administration and Tea Party critiques of previous Republican administrations.