by Brad Nelson 8/12/15
The official position here at StubbornThings is to insist on a formula that ensures we don’t get rope-a-doped — either by Trumpism or the Establishment Republicans. For every one criticism of Trump, there should be two of the Establishment Republicans, and four of the Left (particularly Hillary).
We should never forget that, whatever Trump’s shortcomings, the Republican Establishment has disdained conservatives and regularly lied to them. They have actively and sometimes openly worked against conservatives and have been lapdogs for Obama. And Hillary, well, she’s a nightmare x 4.
I ran across a couple articles this morning. One said that Trump’s poll numbers were slipping. No surprise there after his lackluster debate. Another pointed out something I noticed the other day: On Trump’s official website, he has no policy positions. Some apologists have said, “Yes, but Trump is running a new type of campaign. Don’t expect him to act like the usual politician.”
I suppose there’s some merit in not listing policy positions that you’re not going to stick to anyway, which is how it tends to work for GOP candidates. But Trump is running for a specific office with specific powers. Without knowing his philosophy of governance, I think it’s difficult to find a way to vote for him, although certainly one can understand that support of Trump can equate to a poke in the eye of the Establishment which deserves more than just a poke in the eye. That party needs to be dissolved and replaced.
A third article I encountered this morning was a good one by Cindy Simpson titled The Shrinking of the GOP Tent. She makes some good points, especially about the coarse, down-talking outrageousness of such pundits as Jonah Goldberg and Kevin Williamson who have no problem trashing Trump supporters. It’s an ignorant move and shows the inherent elitism of these types.
Surely there are some Trump supporters who have been swept up into little more than a cult of personality, further degrading American politics into little more than another reality show. But I would guess most are just out of options regarding the GOP and are grasping for straws, even willingly using Trump as a cudgel to whop the degenerate and disingenuous GOP over the head. That party has broken faith with the base. Instead of chiding people for being disgusted with the GOP Establishment, pundits (assuming the point of punditry is to dispense wisdom and truth) should look in the mirror and aim criticism at where it belongs.
A fourth article, this one by George Neumayr, makes several good points, especially the point that if this is such a dad-blame great GOP field of candidates, and if Trump is such a charlatan, then why all the support for Trump?
And we know the game being played. I think it’s right to expect Trump to fade. He’ll get bored with this process and/or his lack of a deep political philosophy (even a feigned one, as Establishment guys do) will leave supporters with very little to support. Ranting at Megyn Kelly, even if she is a journalistic tramp, will get old. There’s not much future in that. So when things settle down, we know the drill. We’re all supposed to fall in line and eat our Establishment spinach. We are to shut up and do as our betters say. And for the first time in a long while, I do see a path, and an easy one for Hillary to be elected: nominate another RINO.
I do not draw from this whole Trump business how supposedly naive the rank-and-file conservative voters are. I draw from it that they are fed up and grasping at straws….even possible straw men. But that grasping is understandable given the corruption and dishonesty of the Republican Establishment, which isn’t exactly news. What is news (to some) is how corrupt and elitist much of the (supposedly) conservative commentariat is.
Is this worthy of Goldberg?:
“How Donald Trump became the dashboard saint of mouth breathing anti-Semites and white nationalists would be great subject for a novel.”
Is this worthy of Williamson who said Trump supporters are:
“engaged in the political version of masturbation: sterile, fruitless self-indulgence”
Even if these comments were true of some, it reveals a severe lack of wisdom and perspective. The problem, dear fellow prognosticators, is not in the Trump, it is in the Establishment. So say so and quit embarrassing yourselves and fracturing the base with your juvenile insults. At least point those insults to where they belong: Hillary, Obama, and the Left.
Funny how people can find the gumption to go after anyone who challenges the Establishment but it’s all polite and proper etiquette when it comes to the Left. That should tell you something. It tells me something, and I know that others have noticed this as well and thus aren’t all that worried about whether Trump is real or not because the Republican Establishment and their lackeys have proved they are decidedly not.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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