As a New Yorker, I can't say that Donald Trump has much of an association with movement conservatism. But New York City has its own brand of common sense conservatism and he certainly had his moments. This 1989 ad was one of them. It's an ad that is all too relevant today as Obama and Bill de Blasio have aggressively implemented their pro-crime policies with terrible results.
"Many New York families --White, Black, Hispanic and Asian-- have had to give up the pleasure of a leisurely stroll in the Park at dusk, the Saturday visit to the playground with their families, the bike ride at dawn, or just sitting on their stoops-- given them up as hostages to a world ruled by the law of the streets, as roving bands of wild criminals roam our neighborhoods dispensing their own vicious brand of twisted hatred on whomever they encounter."
"At what point did we cross the line from the fine and noble pursuit of genuine civil liberties to the reckless and dangerously permissive atmosphere which allows criminals of every age to beat and rape a helpless woman and then laugh at her family's anguish? And why do they laugh? They laugh because they know that soon, very soon, they will be returned to the streets to rape and maim and kill once again-- and yet face no great personal risk to themselves."
Trump was right. Though it took more time than he suggested. But the left got its way on that case. As it eventually does since it controls much of the legal system. But the best Trumpian rhetoric contained a focused moral clarity.
"Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I do not think so. I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence."
"Yes, Mayor Koch. I want to hate these murderers and I always will. I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them. I am looking to punish them. If the punishment is strong, the attacks on innocent people will stop. I recently watched a newscast trying to explain the "anger in these young men." I no longer want to understand their anger. I want them to understand our anger. I want them to be afraid."
There's enough there to make liberal heads explode. It's also a message sorely lacking today as racist thugs scream that drug dealer lives matter more than those of their victims and than the police officers who are murdered by racist #BlackLivesMatters protesters.