America is sick, but not because of Donald Trump

Trump5by Brad Nelson3/2/16
My daily chore is to do at least a little bit of internet browsing as show-prep. It’s a real pleasure to run across a concise and coherent article on politics. We’ve had more than a few people publish them here. But typically the list of articles at is a cacophony of me-me-me personalities, all with the put-on air of Solomon. They’re going to tell us what it’s all about.

Many articles (god forbid this one as well) take five or six paragraphs to get to the point…assuming they have one. But as show-prep, it’s my duty to try to condense all this down and, as Rush often mentions, to make the complex understandable.

But I can’t. In the white-noise of what passes for American media and commentary, there isn’t all that much sense to be made. Everyone has an angle, which is fine. But increasingly these days everyone has a narrow angle.

The brain-trust here at StubbornThings is careful not to run off on tangents while still daring to have a creative and cutting-edge thought. It’s not enough to just stick your finger in the air and dismiss the inferiority of what passes for commentary. One must buck up and do better…even if one is occasionally wrong.

This is all a roundabout what of saying I’m sick of all the criticism of Donald Trump. Yes, he’s a multi-wife blowhard who has hired illegal aliens and is often rude. His policies are a hodgepodge of shoot-from-the-hip opinions with seemingly little behind them but a mega-dose of self-esteem and self-regard.

But don’t blame Donald Trump for the state of America. He didn’t do this. I don’t think he can fix it. No one man can, short of long-term dictatorial powers used with the greatest wisdom and benevolence. But signing a few executive orders and making lofty speeches does not quite rise to this level of power. Donald, if he should become president, might make things better or worse but he’s not responsible for the way things are now. He may be representative of them, but he’s not responsible.

The hacks in the conservative media are going ballistic over The Donald. And without throwing too much psycho-babble at you, I think I know exactly why: They have been supporting a cadre of dishonest, corrupt politicians in the Republican Establishment for years now, all while thinking of themselves as the smartest people in the room for doing so.

Well, it remains to be seen whether The Donald represents a blowing-up of the Republican Party or a reorganization of it. But what we can plainly say is that the citizens of the United States — remember them? — have had enough of The Ruling Class pulling their strings…at least a significant enough portion does to have elevated The Donald to this year’s hope-and-change candidate. We hope to hell the GOP Establishment, and The Ruling Class in general, are taken down and that we start to bring government back to working for us instead of them. And many expect Donald to change that.

That’s the crux of the matter. And if not the crux, it should be. This is why it’s a bizarre comedy to see all The Smartest People in the Media going on and on about Donald Trump’s faults, his lack of a clear political philosophy (one of my own objections), and his potty mouth. They keep running this year’s campaign through deep and complex formulas of policy and philosophy while missing the elephant in the living room which is that we’re all being screwed by the political class of both parties.

Yes, in an ideal world, a candidate would rise who could articulate this and offer a bold and coherent solution. I’ll take another Calvin Coolidge who would hack and slash this government back within Constitutional bounds. But The Ruling Class has had fifty years to massage the population into the jello-mass that it is. Many cannot grasp a coherent political principle if it bit them on the ass. But they do know they’re being screwed. When more people were educated and gentlemanly, it would be a Ronald Reagan who would arise…the man for whom Sinatra was the guy to run his inaugural bash.

But we, the generations of watching “Married with Children,” listening to rap music, and ascribing horrible comic-book movies to the levels of Casablanca are not the people of Reagan. We are, much to our chagrin (if we are honest), the people of Trump. His brash, vulgar, loud-mouth ways represent the way we are now, for better or for worse. And in ways this is refreshingly better, for the mealy-mouthed “proper” language of The Ruling Class and their lackeys in the pseudo-conservative media have been selling this country down the road for some time…but always with their “I’s” dotted and their “T’s” crossed and with the highest of polite and proper language.

Whether you are a Trump guy or a Cruz guy, you should note that it is a mark in Cruz’s favor that he is so hated by the Establishment. This is also a real problem for Trump (not electorally, perhaps, but in getting any real reform) because Trump says he can work with these people. No, he can’t. And if he thinks he can he is deluding himself. They must be brought along kicking and screaming. And it is Trump’s brashness that has many people thinking that he is uniquely qualified to do so. Still, Trump has been on every side of every issue, so there is no telling what he will do.

I hope I have succeeded in being coherent, if not concise. But it is not easy. Some see the current state-of-affairs as a “sea change.” I see it as a clusterf**k. It’s a mess and it’s not easy making sense of it all.

But Donald Trump is not the problem. America is sick, and in our fevered state, Trump — although not the next coming of Reagan — looks like a Reagan if through the fever of our own ignorance, low-attention-spans, and nihilism — conditions brought on or acerbated by The Ruling Class with their dumbed-down education systems, their ensnaring of otherwise good folk in entitlements, they’re instilling of grievance, their corruption and lying, and just their ruinous spending and borrowing. Yes, as shallow Americans, we have often gone along with this, corrupted by the temptation of “free stuff.” We have enabled their lies. We are complicit in the ruin and the corruption.

But one way to look at Trump is as our political redemption. We are rejecting the ways of the past. We are thumbing our noses at The Ruling Class and saying that we can no longer be bought, we will no longer take their trinkets, we will no longer believe their smooth and practiced lies. We’ll take the rough-edge of Trump if only to poke a finger in your eye.

That, I believe, is much of the dynamic in play. Few who reflect on The Donald’s policy statements (such as they are) can truly believe he will fix anything. But, just maybe, he will put the emphasis back onto a core American principle and away from the noxious, all-encompassing, semi-fascist paradigm of Cultural Marxism with its never-ending emphasis on race, class, and gender. He will instead put the emphasis back on bettering ourselves (aka “Make America Great Again”).

As much as we might emphasize the moral aspect of America — and her ideas are at the very heart of the truth of American Exceptionalism — we shouldn’t become tongue-tied with the fine and finer points of moral and political philosophy. American has always been substantially about being able to do better for oneself. This is the true relevancy of freedom. We are not free just to put that word up on the mantlepiece in gold lettering and admire it. We are free so that we are free to better our lot.

And with Big Government and The Ruling Class sucking up so much of the oxygen of economic progress, this freedom to improve our lot has been diminished substantially. It’s not that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, per se. We want the rich to be rich, and the more the better. It’s that government is getting richer and more powerful while everyone and everything else is diminished. The role of government has changed from an enabler of free enterprise to its controller and replacement. Government is now stifling our lives in ways that truly matter (taking for granted it is frivolous and doesn’t matter if some baker in Oregon will or won’t bake a wedding cake for someone).

And in Donald Trump, many see a businessman who has at least a marginal chance of doing something about that. And if he can’t, or doesn’t, remember that this isn’t all his fault. If we can’t get The Donald to do our will, we must keep looking. And we must finally be willing to break the spell of style over substance, for that is at the heart of political correctness. We’re increasingly becoming a society that cannot speak frankly about the problems we face. So much truth has been walled off as “politically incorrect.” If The Donald is a little brash, perhaps people are finally coming to grips with the fact that smooth and polite-sounding lies are worse. The political class and their lackeys in the media have overloaded the airwaves with this kind of intellectual corruption.

It’s a lot to put on The Donald to fix this. This problem ultimately belongs to us. But ya gotta start somewhere. The problem is, well, yuge.

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41 Responses to America is sick, but not because of Donald Trump

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    We have two basic problems. One is the cultural rot, which leads to increasing acceptance of degeneracy and delusion, increasing acceptance of a life of mooching, and increasing desire to see oneself as a victim. Trump, as you say, didn’t cause any of this (though he might be considered a sign of the first aspect). The other problem is the hydrocephalus of Versailles-on-the-Potomac, a bipartisan ruling class that loots the rest of the country while lording over them as well. Trump, again, didn’t cause that but has cooperated with it by necessity.

    So can he solve either problem? No one can solve the first; it’s far beyond anything that can be healed politically. The second is very difficult, but a sufficiently firm president could at least weaken the ,i>Nomenklatura. I doubt Trump would be that president. But the only candidate running who might be (especially given that Carson may be dropping out) is Ted Cruz. No one else is likely to be any more of a foe to the Nomenklatura than Trump is, though

    There are many reasons to oppose Trump. One can do so because of his bad record (Trump University could be a deal-breaker for many). One can do so because there is no evidence that he’s really a conservative. One can do so because he would be a very weak candidate once Slick Hilly started running ads featuring his many victims giving their own stories of how he hurt them. And one can oppose him because he isn’t beholden to the Nomenklatura</i., and thus a potential danger to them. It's not a good idea to assume that all anti-Trumpsters are in the last group.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Well said, Timothy. The only point I disagree with is about his exposure to Hillary running ads. Jesus Christ himself could run on the GOP ticket and they be painting him with all kinds of insane and crazy stuff. If anything, the usually-effecitve Dem ads will be less effective because you can count on Trump to be throwing punches of his own and not simply counter-punching, staying conveniently inside the little box that the media-Dem complex tries to put him in.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Well, they have a lot of victims to use against Trump, whereas they had only a tiny number of fake victims to use against Romney. He will indeed counterattack far more furiously than any GOP Beltway Bandit ever will, though someone like Cruz can learn from his lesson. My point wasn’t that Trump can’t win, but that there’s a reason why some people honestly think he can’t.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Again, they will make stuff up if they don’t have it. Dan Rather (and countless other instances) has shown this to be true. The emasculated little box the GOP Establishment has put themselves in (Mustn’t attack lest we look “divisive”) is not a good one. If Trump acquiesces to the criticism and is rope-a-doped by it (always responding, letting the other guy set the agenda) I would be very much surprised.

          It’s not so much about that material you have. It’s one’s willingness to use it effectively. The GOP Establishment completely took a pass on Obama’s boatload of weaknesses. I do not expect Trump to do that regarding Hillary, should he be the nominee.

          As far as why people honestly think Trump can’t win, I’ve never bought into the “electability” narrative that the Ruling Class Establishment Republicans have been propping up for years now, who are usually at the base of the “outsider can’t win” motif. Reagan was not considered electable. The only ones who are considered electable are those like Mitt Romney who are so milquetoast, they won’t offend anyone. And much as in regards to Islam, when you put that kind of weakness in front of the Left, they salivate. That’s when they can, and will, turn “binders full of women” into a bad thing. They know the other guy won’t hit back so any attack, no matter how seemingly trivial, has weight.

          It’s hard to imagine Trump sitting down for that. He’s going to take it to Hillary. And he doesn’t even have to lie or exaggerate to make her look bad.

          But what I don’t expect Trump to do is to engage in the politics of ideas. He’s not hostile to “the Left.” He may not even acknowledge its existence (which is why his presidency is likely to be little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…the man has no clue where the holes are). You can expect him to personalize the campaign as he’s done in the primaries, both for himself and against his appointments. It could get ugly but it will always be entertaining. And I don’t think Trump, like the “proper” and “polite” Establishment Republicans, will leave his gonads at the door. He’ll fight. His supporters know that. The GOP Establishment brings a knife, the Dems bring a gun, and this time we shall bring a Trump.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Good point about Reagan. That’s who Jimmy the Creep wanted to run against in 1980, no doubt helped by the same sorts of polls we see today. “Be careful what you wish for.” Unfortunately, Trump isn’t Reagan, but neither is anyone else running.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              It’s funny, because Jeff Lord — a political strategist in the Reagan presidency — is on the Trump bandwagon and sees many similar traits. Because Trump is so media-driven, we may actually be under-estimating the man, putting far more currency in his braggadocio then is perhaps merited. Perhaps some day soon, Trump the statesman will emerge. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not putting any money on it. But it’s possible.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s why Thomas Sowell, as wise as he usually is, still shows signs of the Establishment mindset.

    Last Chance for America?

    Democrat Susan Estrich says that it is “fun” watching Donald Trump. She may be able to enjoy the spectacle because Trump is Hillary Clinton’s best chance of winning the general election in November.

    Actually, the best chance for Hillary would be Jeb Bush…the GOP Establishment’s first choice. I think given the Romney debacle, this is undeniable. So with all due respect to Thomas Sowell, he’s drinking the eGOP kool-aid. He’s come out in a previous article for Cruz. That’s good. In that point I certainly agree.

    I frankly don’t have the same time machine at my disposal that Sowell has. I can’t see into the future. But what I do know is that the same nattering nabobs were telling everyone that Ronald Reagan can’t win. Clearly Trump is not Reagan, but there are some parallels. Both were hated by the Establishment. Both were outsiders. Both broke the mold of the usual go-along-to-get-along political speak. Both were dismissed an unserious people, mere demagogues to populism.

    Let’s be honest here. The Establishment has been telling us for years now how the GOP has to become a “big tent” party. Trump is packing them in from all quarters. These primaries are drawing yuge numbers. But suddenly his Big Tent isn’t good enough. That Cruz might handle the big-boy issues such as Korea or Iran better seems clear. But what if The Donald’s bluff and bluster can be turned effectively to the international realm? How many wars have been facilitated by the Chamberlain types? How many more have been averted (or successfully prosecuted) by the Churchill types?

    A president Trump would have a bevy of advisors and the latest intel at his disposal. Whether he would make the right decisions or the wrong ones is an unknown (as it is with anyone who takes that office). But we do know the man can make a decision. And if he starts going around saying that Islam is a “religion of peace,” then I’l revise my opinion. But is Bush commonly slammed for this large slice of naivete?

    Despite Donald Trump’s string of primary-vote victories, he has not yet gotten a majority of the Republican votes anywhere. But although most Republican votes are being cast against him, the scattering of that vote among so many other candidates leaves Trump with a good chance to get the nomination.

    This kind of analysis is disingenuous, at best. If Jeb had Trump’s numbers, would anyone be seeing anything but “inevitability” in his campaign?

    The logic of the opposition to Trump (or fill-in-the-blank) is flawed. Granted, the logic to vote for him could be equally flawed. But where we were probably 8 or more years ago on this (prescient as we tend to be), it may be that the rank-and-file are catching up. They understand the flawed logic of the Establishment Republicans. Some self-criticism regarding their role in the success of Trump is necessary or they just come off as kool-aid drinkers.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, it’s true that Trump hasn’t gotten a majority anywhere. But he has drawn over 40% in Nevada, Massachusetts (where he fell just short of a majority), and Alabama (and came close in Georgia). Cruz did so in Texas; no one else has done so anywhere. Still, Trump didn’t do as well Super Tuesday as was expected right before it, winning 7 of 11 states (the same as Slick Hilly on the other side, though not always the same states).

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Jeff Sexton has a piece on Hot Air

    Interesting article, Timothy. I like this observation:

    One thing that scares me the most about Trump is the fact that every one of these Republican primaries to date has record turnout.

    That’s a very good point. And as Rush noted today, it will be interesting to see if Trump wins in the primaries coming up that are apparently “closed.” And Rush noted — something long noted here by the ST braintrust — is that Trump is campaigning in the primaries as if he was in the general.

    One of the problems is that the Left is a “movement” not necessarily tied to any one individual, at least in terms of how Marxism has infiltrated the West. If you believe you have payback coming, you vote your party no matter who is on the ticket because of what you know the overall party stands for (and actually and meaningfully works to produce…completely opposite to the GOP who are largely feckless). Even if Hillary were to come out against abortion, against gay marriage, etc., she wouldn’t lose many votes because everyone on the left understands the Taqiyya of the Democrats. They understand that in order to get bubba, it’s okay to lie.

    We, on the other hand, don’t like liars. I mean, although I think people have bought too easily into Trumpmania with the “Cruz is a liar” stuff, we don’t generally like liars. We see lying as a character flaw. We might not agree with someone’s stance on something, but are more likely to give them a pass if their ideas are sincerely held and eloquently defended.

    Whether Dem consultants are just maneuvering or are really concerned about Trump, I think it’s the later if only because Trump’s platform (such as it is) heavily overlaps that of the Democrats. And it’s certainly conceivable that Hillary could suffer from a lack of enthusiasm in regards to making it to the polls.

    It’s not impossible to see Trump taking New York if only because he’s a true New Yorker and Hillary is a poeser. Still, with absolutely no apology to smug New Yorkers, if they can reject one of their own and elect a carpetbagger such as Hillary as Senator, there is very likely little honor left in that state. But if anyone can stoke it, I’ll put money on Trump. And if he could put New York truly in play, then by all means, the election could reach tied-up billy goat proportions.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      New York seems more willing than some states to elect carpetbaggers. Note that Hillary’s seat was earlier held by Bobby Kennedy and Jim Buckley, neither a New Yorker. By contrast, Pierre Salinger’s effort in California was defeated in the general election in 1964.

  4. pst4usa says:

    Good points Brad, depressing but good none the less.
    “But Donald Trump is not the problem. America is sick, and in our fevered state, Trump — although not the next coming of Reagan — looks like a Reagan if through the fever of our own ignorance, low-attention-spans, and nihilism — conditions brought on or acerbated by The Ruling Class with their dumbed-down education systems, their ensnaring of otherwise good folk in entitlements, they’re instilling of grievance, their corruption and lying, and just their ruinous spending and borrowing. Yes, as shallow Americans, we have often gone along with this, corrupted by the temptation of “free stuff.” We have enabled their lies. We are complicit in the ruin and the corruption.”
    I agree that Trump is not the problem, but he sure as hell is the chemo therapy to the cancer brought about by We The People of the United States. I have heard from several other cancer victims that chemo may kill one aspect of their cancer, but it so severely shortened their lives and reduced what life quality they had left that they would have been better off finding an alternative.
    Call me Polly-Anna, but I will continue to hold out hope for America, (and that hope does not include Trump as president). It is most likely wishful thinking but Cruz has won 3 out of 4 closed primaries and the bulk of those are just about to start. So if the primaries where Democrats are not allowed to pollute the outcome, start to go to Cruz’s way, then this is a whole new ballgame.
    Your post is way too soft on us! The GOPe and the rest of these criminals did not do this to us, we created them. Just as they made the monster that is Trump, we send them back at a rate over 90% of the time, all the while they cannot get over 10% approval rating. They have just been reacting to what gets them re-elected and that has to fall on us.
    I remember somewhere on some site, there was a symposium on something and in there was a list of ten items, one in particular seems to really fit how this happens. Number ten said something like don’t even think about wanting to take someone else’s stuff. Well that is what America has become, the take it form the other guy society. And as long as that can done though unions, cronyism, corruption and the always happy to oblige stealing for growth nanny state government, then some people will use it, just as Trump has for years.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Trump as chemo-therapy. Good analysis, Pat.

      I haven’t given up on Cruz. If Trump doesn’t win on the first ballot, there’s a chance that Cruz could gain the necessary majority.

      Your post is way too soft on us!

      Again, I agree with you. But I have a day job and to write all that out would take too long. But indeed we made this monster. As you astutely noted, we keep sending these liars back to office over 90% of the time while giving them only a 10% approval rating.

      Number ten said something like don’t even think about wanting to take someone else’s stuff.

      Franklin perhaps summed it up best when he wrote, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” We also stopped measuring our lives in terms of freedom of opportunity to expecting equal outcomes. We’ve lost the masculine trait of manly suffering the slings and arrows but, by god, at least I’m charting my own course. Now this sissified culture is whinning if some baker won’t bake them a cake.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Romney further buries his reputation by taking shots at Trump in a speech he’ll give today. According to this article, this speech isn’t about endorsing anyone…a sure sign of a hissy-fit from the pampered and prissy Republican Establishment.

    Too bad that Romney didn’t have the gonads to warn us about Obama when he was actually running against him. Trump isn’t a conservative, has his rough edges, won’t likely follow through on any of his major proposals, and lacks even a modicum of dignity and wisdom necessary for the high office he’s running for. But Romney has clearly outed himself once and for all as the squirrel that he is. This attack by the Establishment will likely further Trump’s candidacy.

    • pst4usa says:

      I read he will endorse Rubio. I am shocked I tell you shocked! I would have never guested that… while I was in a comma.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      The venal stupidity of the GOPe was on full display in Romney’s speech today.

      If they really believe such an attack on Trump is going to hurt him, they are truly clueless. To send the poodle who would not confront Obama, as an attack dog against Trump was mind-numbingly dumb. Do these people not see the glaring contradiction here? Do they not see they are simply indicting themselves for the shams they are?

      Even worse than this is what has become absolutely clear to me. The GOPe now has as its goal to split the Republican vote and give the election to Hillary.

      Romney and his ilk are trying to do everything to sow enormous discord among the voters and to contrive a brokered convention in order to keep the nomination from Trump. I do not believe they will be successful, but should this happen, they surely know that a large percentage of Trump supporters would walk away from the election and neither Cruz nor Rubio would get their votes.

      The attacks the GOPe are making on Trump are almost unprecedented. I was not in the USA when Reagan was running, but I understand he was also viciously attacked. But what is happening to Trump is unbelievable.

      That the GOPe goes to such ends shows they hate and fear Trump. This alone is beginning to sway my thinking. I am beginning to come to the conclusion that we should consolidate around Trump and do everything possible to crush the GOPe which is clearly a threat to the liberty of our nation.

      And for those who believe the myth that Romney is such a fine human being, (even Rush is still repeating this trope), his actions have shown him to be another scoundrel who will say anything he thinks expedient at any given time.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        To send the poodle who would not confront Obama, as an attack dog against Trump was mind-numbingly dumb. Do these people not see the glaring contradiction here? Do they not see they are simply indicting themselves for the shams they are?

        Totally ditto, Mr. Kung. And love the poodle analogy. I just heard Rush play a few clips. And Rush says as I did: “Where was all this fire and brimstone for Obama when he was running for president?”

        We see again that the only thing that energizes Establishment Republicans is those who threaten the Establishment. Romney can go straight to hell in his magic underwear. What a despicable man. Right now, I will make bleepin’ sure to vote for Trump (twice if I can) if Cruz isn’t the nominee.

      • pst4usa says:

        Dennis Prager says, and I concur, there are two parties in this country, the destructive and the stupid. I happen to be a member of the later. In reality, they both might be destructive, it is just a matter of speed at which they accomplish the goals.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          In discussing the infamous Hal Chase in his Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James made a distinction between the corrupt (such as Chase) and the corrupted (such as Joe Jackson). The problem with the Plunderbund is that it’s a totally corrupt, totalitarian party. The problem with the GOP leadership is that they fail to challenge this adequately, partly because they accept at least some of that liberal fascism — though not all of it. If only because their base includes a lot of voters who are VERY insistent on their Bill of Rights protections, they’re far less evil.

          • pst4usa says:

            I think you are right about far less evil, so my comment about speed may have been too weak of a distinction. But in the minds of many over the years, Bonhoeffer being one. Silence in the face of evil, is evil itself. So our cowardly elephants turn out to be evil in the end anyway.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              As Miguel de Unamuno observed in denouncing the Nationalists (especially Jose Millan Astray, founder of the Spanish Foreign Legion), “Sometimes to be silent is to lie. For silence can be taken as assent.” It’s a matter of greater and lesser evils. Considering the price he could expect to pay (and did), his speech was a remarkably courageous act.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Apparently Romney endorsed no one candidate, recommending that voters choose whichever of Cruz, Kasich, or Rubio has the best chance of defeating Trump in their state. His attack on Trump dealt with his business failures, his tax returns, and the KKK kerfluffle. He made no attempt to explain why he was so thrilled to receive Trump’s endorsement 4 years ago (praising Trump as someone who really knows how to create jobs, for example) and is so hostile now.

      Incidentally, Trump also issued a policy statement on healthcare that includes Obamacare repeal, shopping across state lines, HSAs, price transparency (a major concern of mine for nearly 30 years), and full deductibility of medical insurance on individual tax returns — all good conservative ideas. Here is a link to Ed Morrissey’s discussion of it at Hot Air (which includes a summary):

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Had Mr. Magical Underwear come out for Rubio, I would have disagreed but at least respected his right to do so…and as a proper channel for undermining Trump.

        But what he has done has only one aim in mind…a rather undemocratic hijacking of the convention (assuming Trump doesn’t win on the first ballet) and then drafting Rubio, Bush, or even himself.

        The man is despicable. If you like this man and his tactics, you can’t call yourself a conservative. These guys are the problem. They stand in the way of reform every time. Now, I’ll grant you one and all that Trump may not be the answer. I don’t think he is. But he gains street cred if only because douche-bags such as Romney are attacking him.

        Yes, Rush mentioned Trump’s healthcare policy statement and said it had much in it that conservatives would like (compare to, of course).

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          But what he has done has only one aim in mind…a rather undemocratic hijacking of the convention

          These people are worse than spoilers, they are traitors to the party they, ostensibly, represent. In personal ambitions and methods, these criminals are the same as the inner-party Left. It is only because their hands are being forced that the masks have come off.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Yep. And how cynical of these eGOP ass-wipes to try to demand a pledge of “no third party” from Trump.

            I got interrupted listening to Rush a little while ago. But from what I heard it sounded as if Trump gave some very effective rebuttals. I think Trump comes out of this strong.

            Hey, I’m honest. I don’t sit behind the keyboard as a cold intellectual fish. I sometimes get hot about things. And this Romney attack is exactly why the eGOP has to be defeated once and for all. I don’t quite agree that sending The Donald in there like a bull in a China shop will automatically do it. But I truly understand the sentiment to want to poke a stick at these guys. They are despicable.

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s more evidence on the unsuitability of Trump: Trump donated to group that promotes homosexuality to 5-year-olds, ‘fisting’

    Donald Trump donated $30,000 to homosexual activists, including a $20,000 grant to an organization that promoted “fisting” to middle school students, recommended books excusing homosexual pedophilia, and proclaimed its mission is “promoting homosexuality” in the public schools to children as early as kindergarten.

  7. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    We had a discussion on the state of the Republican primary, last night over supper with my wife and some old friends.

    I was surprised when my wife told me she had voted for Trump in the primary. When I asked her why she told me, she thought that Trump could beat Clinton and Cruz couldn’t. When I delved a little deeper, she said that Cruz looks oily. His look and demeanor do not inspire trust or the wish to get out and work for him. She is convinced this would work strongly against him in the general against Hillary. And defeating the Democrats is my wife’s no. 1 priority.

    I must admit, I have long thought Cruz’s appearance a major stumbling block for his campaign. He is not terribly attractive (he has an unfortunate weasely look) and he compounds this fact with his somewhat histrionic presentation on TV. However sad it may be, we live in a political media culture still driven by TV and a candidate’s appearance is important. Cruz’s looks are a major drawback for his campaign, particularly with women.

    So, I suspect that one reason Carson and Trump were able to so successfully tag Cruz with the liar label is Cruz’s appearance. Cruz did nothing very outrageous in Iowa or thereafter, but the label stuck, to a significant degree, because of Cruz’s look and demeanor. He just doesn’t have an open and honest looking face.

    This leads me to the next belief which has been growing in my mind and that is, Trump is likely the only chance for the regular people of this country to defeat Hillary. I suspect if Cruz wins, he will not engender anything near the enthusiasm or number of voters which Trump would. Sad, but, I believe, true.

  8. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s a good article from Taki’s Magazine: Rescuing America From Itself

    Liberals hate power and control, but what they don’t understand is, if it’s not us, it’s someone worse. I’m not just talking about Sharia law or Bernie’s socialist dystopia. Liberals are dangerous to themselves. We let them pretend gender doesn’t exist and the next thing you know, children are being fed hormones to prevent puberty and so many men are having their dicks cut off, we get a suicide epidemic. When a teenage boy kills himself allegedly because he can’t get a sex change, the parents are accused of murder and harassed so much they can’t hold a funeral.

    The petulance of the left is based on Daddy issues and getting rid of Daddy only makes it worse. This is why Trump is so popular right now. Obama is Pippa Bacca. We let him run the show for seven years and he left America naked and strangled in a ditch. Trump isn’t popular because of his policies or his record in politics. He’s popular because he reminds us of Dad after “kids day.” Nobody got any sleep these past two terms and we consumed nothing but cultural junk food. We need a patriarch to rein it in.

    And another one on a different topic:

    Did Africans Sell Africans Into Slavery?

    I have endlessly more respect for modern African leaders who are willing to acknowledge their ancestors’ role in slavery than I do for modern ethno-masochistic whites that try, against all evidence, to isolate guilt only on the white side and smear all whites from here to eternity with the invisible shit stain of guilt. I also have far more respect for these African leaders than I do any modern American blacks who blame whites, and only whites, for every last drop of black suffering.

    If I feel a kinship with anyone, it is with those who are intelligent and noble enough to acknowledge that history is unbearably complex and is more reasonably viewed as a power struggle between winners and losers rather than good guys and bad guys. In the end, only morons strain to justify historical events, while wise men merely try to understand them.

    And one more good one from Taki’s worth reading:

    No Safe Space for the Wicked

    Last Friday night in Chicago, young black people stopped killing one another long enough to help shut down a Donald Trump rally. They were aided and abetted by nonwhite-identity groups such as La Raza Chicago and the Muslim Student Association, all of whom were egged on by Soros front organization Among the “diverse” gaggle of disruptors and free-speech snuffers were the usual crowd of smirking bearded white hipster pro-Sanders bobbleheads who are furious at Republicans for the fact that they’re having trouble paying back the $120K in loans they took out to get a master’s degree in Native American Bisexual Pottery.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Leftist rioters will only help Trump, not only in the primaries but in the general election. People will take a “strong man” over chaos.

      When the British Navy sought to shut down the African slave trade, the Dahomey (a leading slave-trading tribe) asked them what they expected the tribe to do with its war prisoners if they couldn’t be sold into slavery — just kill them?

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        When the British Navy sought to shut down the African slave trade, the Dahomey (a leading slave-trading tribe) asked them what they expected the tribe to do with its war prisoners if they couldn’t be sold into slavery — just kill them?

        What are you trying to do, show us that things are not as black and white as the Left tries to make out? That the world is complex? You must be a racist, sexist, homophobe.

  9. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    America is sick, and in our fevered state, Trump — although not the next coming of Reagan — looks like a Reagan if through the fever of our own ignorance, low-attention-spans, and nihilism — conditions brought on or acerbated by The Ruling Class with their dumbed-down education systems, their ensnaring of otherwise good folk in entitlements, they’re instilling of grievance, their corruption and lying, and just their ruinous spending and borrowing. Yes, as shallow Americans, we have often gone along with this, corrupted by the temptation of “free stuff.” We have enabled their lies. We are complicit in the ruin and the corruption.

    You might also add “stupid” to the diagnosis.

    While looking at the FoxNews webpage, I ran across the following video clip. I just knew that the content would give a good example of the cultural level of many of today’s yutes. In the days of yore, few males would advertise such a low level of culture. But today, young females have no problem displaying incredible stupidity and lack of taste.

    Is notoriety the Alpha and Omega for today’s kiddies?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I think all pepper eating contests should be done in a sports bra. Along with the peppers we got Mexican jumping beans.

      In the supermarket parking lot yesterday, I saw a 20-something yute wearing a white t-shirt with big black letters that read something like, “I’m not doing adult today.” One wonders if he did adult on any other day as well. You’d have to be sort of a forever-child to not be embarrassed by wearing a shirt like that.

      And even that is an insult, at least historically, to children everywhere throughout time who longed to grow up and gain the status and privileges of being an adult.

      Mr. Kung, I take such videos with at least a grain of pepper. Her reaction at the end looked real, but one wonders how much faked drama there was.

  10. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    This is a link to an article in The Guardian newspaper which is effusive in its praise of a real pervert film maker.

    I admit I had never heard of this guy, but he and his ilk are, in large part, responsible for the demise of morals in the West. The corruption is very broad and deep and pretending otherwise is a lie or blindness. To those who claim we should respect everyone, I ask why would anyone respect a scumbag like this man?

  11. Lucia says:

    Respect is earned.

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