So I've made it fairly clear in the past that I did not like Donald Trump as a candidate for President. His ego, narcissism, and tendency to take everything critical of him as a personal affront or insult reminds me of the current President, which is not a feature, but a bug (in the IT parlance). And in the past, he has made statements that got under my skin (and before you point out hypocracy here, I will first point out that the statements were not criticisms of me but of others, and second I am not running for President), such as his vile personal attack of Senator John McCain's military service. While there are many things to dislike about Senator McCain, frankly I find nothing remotely questionable about the conduct of Captain McCain. And to insult him because "he got caught" is a slap in the face of all POWs, which a better man than Donald Trump would be ashamed of making. But he's not a better man.
Well, over the weekend, he crossed yet another line. With his slander of former President George W. Bush as having lied us into war, I think the mask has slipped again. I have wondered previously, but after this and along with his defense of Planned Parenthood, I am becoming more and more convinced than ever that Donald Trump has gone through no Road to Damascus moment. He was a liberal Democrat, he is a liberal Democrat, and he will continue to be a liberal Democrat. Whether he is a Clinton stalking horse or not is frankly immaterial. He is no conservative, regardless of his stated stances on immigration. He has directly insulted all of us who supported President George W. Bush during his difficult administration by saying we were supporting a war-mongering tyrant (which would make us culpable, as we supported him). I am not ashamed to admit that there were actions taken and decisions made by President Bush that I felt were misguided. But at no time did I (nor do I currently) believe he was anything other than a good man doing his level best to protect this country. And once again, I think the accusations Donald Trump made at the most recent Republican debate were such that a better man would be ashamed of making. Or at least a better conservative would be ashamed of making them. A liberal would likely feel little to no shame in making those accusations.