The Corruption of a Conservative

Trump5by Brad Nelson3/4/16
I admit it. I’ve been corrupted by this culture…so much so that Donald Trump is looking like a breath of fresh air — if bombastic, bullying, and overblown air.

We’re tried business as usual and it’s not working. The epitome of the Kabuki theatre of the charade of Establishment Republicanism was Paul Ryan…a man who looks good in a suit but is otherwise empty.

So along comes Trump and blows up these poesers…unfortunately taking Ted Cruz along with them, a man who deserves better. But it is what it is. I hope you’re sitting on the Supreme Court soon, Ted, but I’m not counting on it. Trump is more likely to select Van Jones than you.

And I care but yet I don’t care. Have you ever made a nice salad for yourself and found a bug in it? You don’t care. You pull it out and go on eating. You’re hungry. It’s not a deal-breaker. A little caterpillar meat might actually enhance the flavor.

Trump has certainly enhanced the flavor of this election cycle. Hillary (or anyone) would have won without a fight if the eGOP had offered up the Establishment darling, Jeb Bush, whose stepped up “compassionate conservative” to new heights of idiocy.

At StubbornThings, we’re not exactly politically correct nor does anyone get the vapors if a vulgarity is uttered now and then. This is real life. You could say that we anticipated Trump before there was Trump (at least a political Trump).  But what has passed for politics, particularly on the GOP side of things, has been a complete fiction. They sit around in their padded-shoulder suits (Paul Ryan apparently trying to morph into Superman) while screwing us all over with language no one could claim is “divisive” but certainly lacks caterpillars and certainly does nothing to reform this country.

Trump is the fly in the ointment. Rather, he’s the pulling back of the curtain to show what most of us have become now. The rank-and-file — having long suckled on the non-stop eff-bomb vulgarity and sexuality of the entertainment culture — are not particularly shocked if Trump dresses down the journalistic tramp, Megyn Kelly, with some double-entendre about bleeding.

This is also so because many of us see our nation being bled dry by the sociopathic “non-divisive” Ruling Class of the GOP, including the increasing fascistic media where one word is enough to give the whole news cycle the vapors. And they have the temerity (at least some of them) to look down their noses at Trump. They’ve made their living in the gutter.

We look over at the other side of the aisle at the Democrats and marvel at their ability to actually defend and promote their ideas, as misguided as those ideas are. They are so misguided that we wonder what kind of an emasculated dunce you would have to be to consider it “divisive” to point out how ridiculous those Democrat ideas are.

So right now we’re Doctor Strangeloving Donald Trump out of the bomb bay like a modern Slim Pickens. The results may be no better, but it’s more than past time to bail out of the GOP Establishment house of corruption. If we’re going to be lied to, dammit, then let’s be lied to by someone with a little panache and style.

None of this is meant to be an endorsement of Trump. Nor will I admit to simply being worn down by the culture at large to accepting the defining down of deviancy, political or otherwise. But in order to revive the patient, they sometimes give him a shot straight into the heart with adrenaline, don’t they?


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62 Responses to The Corruption of a Conservative

  1. Anniel says:

    I am so TIRED of being lied to, especially by those who, as you say, have “made their living in the gutter.” Worse are the people who KNOW they are being lied to, but pretend it’s truth and fight for it, becoming liars themselves.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Annie, I often feel like one of those alien computers on “Star Trek” that Captain Kirk causes to smoke and choke because of a logic bomb he throws at them. (“Calculate the value of pi to the last digit.”)

      The entire political situation has become but a theatre of lies. It’s all staged. Nothing is as it seems. And this is so entrenched that if you speak the truth it causes kanipchen fits, even to the point where some of these namby-pambies have to go to a “safe room.”

      It’s beyond ridiculous. And the eGOP has been a major player in this absurd play as they scratch their graffiti corruption and untruths on our great republic.

      Yeah, it’s easy enough to say that Trump is just another act in this absurd drama. And I won’t try to make the case that he isn’t. But in the same way that the ridiculousness of a court jester could bring forth truths that are otherwise unspeakable, so can the phenomenon of Donald Trump. And that’s the best face I can put on it.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Kirk was effective in using logic against the Humanoids (though they weren’t called that and I doubt anyone gave Jack Williamson any royalties) in “I, Mudd” and used similar approaches on other occasions (such as “Return of the Archons”), but the “calculate pi” trick was used merely to tie down the ship’s computer when it was possessed by the murderous spirit in “Wolf in the Fold” until they could figure out how to get rid of it.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I don’t want Trump, and might agree with Elizabeth’s response to a phone survey over her second choice (after Cruz): “Anyone but Trump”. Still, there is a case to be made that our celebrity-mad culture has made anyone but Trump impossible to elect. What we would need is a Trump who really is a genuine conservative. But one Reagan in our lifetime is probably the most we could hope for.

    An article for The Week makes a good case that no matter who wins the nomination (with one obvious exception), the VP choice is likely to be Ted Cruz. The link is:

    http://theweek.com/articles/610304/why-ted-cruz-tapped-vp

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Well, I do think Cruz would be a good choice. But I’ll buy you a steak dinner if he does. I’m very confident that he won’t. It will be Kasich or some other clown.

      Trump, much like a rock star, isn’t going to take even the remotest chance of being upstaged by anyone, and Cruz is smarter and a better speaker if the subject is anything but braggadocio.

      Plus, the same rules don’t apply. We’re used to this insider game where they call each other the most hurtful and mean things, but they kiss and make up in time for the general election. I don’t expect Trump to do that. I think he genuinely dislikes Cruz.

      Expect Kasich if he wins Ohio. Rubio would be far more likely than Cruz. He could also reach down and pick a Democrat. Whatever he does, don’t expect it to be conventional.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      An article for The Week makes a good case that no matter who wins the nomination (with one obvious exception), the VP choice is likely to be Ted Cruz.

      From your lips to God’s ears.

      I have long thought the best we could expect from this election is a Trump/Cruz ticket.

      If you have a look over at the Drudge poll on yesterday’s debate, Trump walked away with it again. But I do believe there are a couple of slight changes from previous polls. 1. Cruz’s number went up 3 or 4% and Rubio came in last, even behind Kasich.

      I really do think Rubio is close to finished.

      As regards the debate, I understand Cruz did not make any personal attacks on Trump and stuck to the issues. I believe this is the way he should go forward. I suspect many of his supporters have written to his campaign advising this strategy. I know I did. If we want to have any chance to win in November, we cannot have the Trump and Cruz constituencies at each others’ throats once the nominee is chosen. They must unify behind the candidate. I suspect the Cruz supporters will back Trump more readily that the Trump supporters will Cruz.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I suspect the Cruz supporters will back Trump more readily that the Trump supporters will Cruz.

        Without a doubt, Mr. Kung. Without a doubt. The ideological zealotry of the Trumpkins is different from the character of those who like Cruz because of his ability to articulate conservative and American principles. But I already gave my reasons to Timothy for why Cruz hasn’t a chance in hell to be on the ticket. And I’ll put you in there on the steak dinner deal. We’ll just have to wait and see.

        And, really, I expect him (you heard it here first) to put John Kerry or someone like that on the ticket. Trump isn’t the only one who is trying to win without the base. It’s just that in this instance the base has been so abused by the GOP Establishment that they’re bending to his ways. But as Rush mentioned the other day, and as I noted myself weeks ago, Trump is running his primary campaign like a general election.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Another good ticket would be Trump-Sessions. I think the latter’s endorsement gave Trump his bigger-than-elsewhere victory in Alabama. It was one of the few states where Trump did well with late-deciders.

  3. GHG says:

    We simply will not survive as a constitutional democratic republic with a business as usual president. The deck is stacked against us no matter who becomes president so it probably is already too late but if there’s a chance for a Hail Mary, Trump is it because he is the only one capable of blowing up the GOP.

    Ted Cruz more closely represents by beliefs than any other candidate since Reagan, but I fear he will be marginalized and the GOP monolith will continue on its leftward drift being the opposition party only in so much as it keeps a narrow gap between it and the ever leftward lefties.

    No, I think the only chance we have, as slim as it is, is for Trump to sweep into the presidency and sweep the non-conservative GOP into obscurity. What he does if and when he gets there is anyone’s guess and I’d be very surprised if it’s all going to be sunshine and lollipops. But if the only choices are taking a knee or throwing a Hail Mary, you throw the Hail Mary.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I was just talking with a Bernie Sanders enthusiast. Yes, the deck is already stacked against us. Throw that Hail Mary. May Danny Ainge dribble all the way to the other hoop for a game-winner.

      Basically that talk with the Sanders voter shows once again how far the idea of “free stuff” has gone. Granted, I agreed with the guy that big business (crony capitalism) has been writing too many of the rules. But the only alternative your average low-information voter sees is for the government to take over. (This is arguably at the heart of the Trump phenomenon. People are attracted to an American-style Mussolini. Let “our tough guy” pull the strings for a change.)

      Kiss freedom goodnight. It’s all but over. Actually, perhaps we should thank the crony capitalists for jiggering the game. At least their aim is to produce something. Maybe these crony capitalists, in retrospect, are the only thing keeping complete socialism from taking root.

      • GHG says:

        And by the deck being stacked against us I mean that we are already so far down the road to serfdom that the only difference between a Democrat presidency and an establishment Republican presidency is the velocity with which we complete our trip over the cliff. Either option will only open the borders wider and accelerate the demographic change ensuring that traditional conservative values will never win national public office again. But then that may not even matter depending how the Supreme Court is reshaped in Scalia’s absence.

        Yeah, the Hail Donald is our last hope, as sad and embarrassing as that is.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Of course, at my age the speed of decay is still very relevant. With the GOP leadership, at least the collapse may happen after I die. With the Plunderbund, that’s much less likely.

      • pst4usa says:

        I agreed with the guy that big business (crony capitalism) has been writing too many of the rules.
        Not that you came or would come close to saying this Brad, but if this is true why do so many people think that a guy who is a gigantic Crony Capitalist, is the guy to fix Crony Capitalism?
        Trump is not our only hope folks, he may win, but there is as much hope in Trump fixing crony capitalism as there was in 0bama fixing race relations. He will only make it a lot worse, but he will most likely make a big profit from it as he destroys America in the process.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I thought I taught you better than that, Pat. You’ve heard the expression: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” All Trump is is this election cycle’s “hope and change” under the guise of “Make America Great Again.” Squint just right and this bombastic, uncouth, pompous man with pretensions of being an American Napoleon looks just like Ronald Reagan. You remember Reagan telling Gorby, “Mikhail, my penis is bigger than yours, so I’m just going to have to scratch that missile treaty that gives you too much of an advantage.”

          I just don’t understand why you dinosaur conservatives can’t get with the program.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Well, this could always be one of those “only Nixon could go to China” moments. Perhaps it takes a crony capitalist to stop the other crony capitalists. I don’t think I would bet on it, but — again — we know that no Democrat and few Republicans would make a genuine effort to fight the Beltway Banditry that is eating this country alive.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            The inherent problem with a culture that has transcended the bounds of normal decency were described long ago by Edmund Burke:

            “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsel of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

            Thus many desire to go with a “strong man” — and one who has dog-whistled notice that normal laws don’t apply to him — to fix what our own corruption and lack of restraint has broken.

            These really are the three elements at work in this election, at least on the GOP side:

            1) Establishment Republicans — they will manage the status quo better (Jeb Bush)

            2) The FDR-like Strong Man — he will take an end run around the normal parameters of government to get things done (Trump) [Also note that FDR was a fan of Mussolini…at least before the outbreak of the war.]

            3) The Reformer — he will appeal to America’s goodness and ask they she return willingly to her founding principles for the betterment of all (Cruz)

            2 & 3 together are a rejection of the “go along to get along” status quo. They share much in common. It’s their methods that differ.

            • pst4usa says:

              Great quote Brad, or is that the flattery of knaves? Remember we were created to be dependent, on whom we depend, makes all the difference in the world.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                I’m dependent upon Oscar-Meyer, Swanson foods, and Big Produce. But that’s just me.

                People who support Trump obviously are a diverse bunch. But I think he reflects the culture. I’ve read where he’s not winning in polls that pit him in a matchup with Hillary. But except for the die-hard, it’s hard to imagine anyone identifying with Hillary. Good god. Why would anyone? I think he has a chance to win hearts and minds. But he’s going to have to up his game. Either that, or up yours. 😀

          • pst4usa says:

            I am sure you are right about this from the idea of, it takes one to know one, and Trump, he sure knows crony capitalist.

  4. Steve Lancaster says:

    I can live with Trump in the White House if, and it is a big IF, he appoints Cruz to the Supreme Court.

    • GHG says:

      Imagine the theatrics in the nomination hearings for Cruz … from the Repubs, that is if the Senate even deigns to consider such a thing. It could make the Bork hearings look like an ice cream social. There would need to be a lexicon change process to change borked to cruzed.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Maybe. A lot of them would be happy to get him out of the Senate.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        It would depend upon the will of the president. If he were willing to twist arms, kick ass and take names and maybe use a little carrot, he would be able to get Cruz through.

        But I do not think Cruz is looking to be on the Supreme Court, just yet. The man oozes ambition, and at forty five he is still young to enough run for the presidency two or three more times if he fails this time.

  5. Timothy Lane says:

    Elizabeth and I went to vote in the Kentucky caucus today. It was rather time-consuming because we had to do a lot of walking, and Elizabeth is slow using her walker. But what the heck, we needed the exercise. Both of us voted for Cruz, and he and Rubio seemed to be the most popular judging from what I could hear from those who answered an exit pollster, though there were votes for Kasich and Trump, and even at least one for Rand Paul. (The woman who did that noted that he suspended his campaign; he didn’t technically drop out.)

    There were also representatives there for the Louisville Tea Party (I picked up an information sheet), at least one local candidate (I picked up his card), the county Republican Party (I gave them a bit of change), and the four remaining active presidential candidates. The Cruz table had a card giving his 28 Principles of Liberty, which I picked up.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Do the 28 principles of liberty come for “The 5000 Year Leap” or did Scousen just reprint them? Anywhere, here is a concise list. And here is one with a little commentary.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        On the other side of the item (which basically is a bookmark) is a number of quotes and images — including a reference to “The 5000 Year Leap”). So the Cruz people probably got if from there; indeed, it may not be originally their handout. But I see nothing there that Cruz would disagree with (or most of us).

        Incidentally, it looks like Cruz is sweeping Kansas (and in a high turn-out caucus). He also has a lead in Maine, but it’s way too early to be meaningful. No other results were available when I last checked.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          It’s a dandy list. I’ve read (most) of the book, but don’t remember seeing that. It might have been in the appendix.

          We could do a seminar on it. But after talking to the Bernie Sanders voter the other day, I’m a bit dejected. And it’s a good question as to whether people who want (as this guy did) a free college education are just greedy or clueless. I tried to explain to this guy that nothing in life is free. Those costs will be passed on. And by getting government involved, you’d likely inflate the costs and decrease the quality.

          He had vapid words in reply to this. And this guy appears to be a really nice fellow. I just shows how corrupting of an influence socialism is. I mean, this guy was incapable of thinking, of simply acknowledging that there is no free lunch, someone somewhere has to pay. It just seemed beyond him to even consider this.

          It’s sad. It’s very sad. And you realize (and not for the first time) that without some kind of quality intellectual and moral code, seasoned by wisdom, moderated by experience, that a human being is little better than a toadstool.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Cruz has now been called the winner in Maine, collecting 12 delegates to 9 for Trump and 2 for Kasich. He ended up with just under half the vote in Kansas, drawing almost as many votes as the Democrats had in their caucus. Sanders has been called the Pluinderbund winner in Kansas and Nebraska; but Slick Hilly is expected to win Louisiana with its large black vote (no returns in yet for either party).

          ADDENDUM: Slick Hilly has been called the winner in Louisiana (mainly on exit polls). Trump has an early lead.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            He ended up with just under half the vote in Kansas, drawing almost as many votes as the Democrats had in their caucus

            This is important. More important will be the final turnouts in both Republican and Democrat caucuses so we can see if the Republican turnout increased significantly from 2012. If it did, and Trump did not come close to Cruz, this could be significant.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Turnout there was much higher, with most of the caucus sites running out of ballots. Cruz got more votes than were cast in 2012. Much better results than so far in Kentucky (but hey, we lived there a couple of years when my father was stationed at Fort Leavenworth).

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                It appears the turnout in all states is larger than in 2012. This is a good sing, whoever wins the nomination.

                Today has not been good for the lying Latino Marco Rubio. He came in third, third, third and fourth in today’s contests. Kasich is a joke.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Well, as I prepare to sign off, Trump has won Kentucky as well as Louisiana, but his margins are under 5% in both states. Cruz looks to get more delegates today than Trump, with Rubio and Kasich getting very few. (The minimum in Kentucky is 10%, so both will get some votes there. Louisiana requires 20%, so it will be pure Trump and Cruz.)

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    It appears the turnout in all states is larger than in 2012. This is a good sing, whoever wins the nomination.

    Have we perhaps anointed Trump as the winner too soon? Is there a chance for Cruz?

    By the way, Mr. Kung, I don’t typically make fun of typographical errors. My own word processor is constantly “correcting” a word into one I didn’t intend. But who is this Good Sing? I believe I may vote for Mr. Sing. I hear that asians are a lot smarter than us white folk. 😀

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I came across an interesting fact; In Louisiana, Rubio got 20% of the early votes (absentee ballots and any early votes if the state allows them), but only 9% on Saturday itself. He seems to be on the verge of collapse, and those prospective voters of his seem to have gone mostly to Cruz. It’s conceivable that the latter actually won the Saturday vote in 3 states. He led Trump by more than 10 delegates, somewhat narrowing their gap. Tuesday will be very interesting.

      ADDENDUM: Town Hall reports that Cruz got 24 votes in Kansas, 18 in Louisiana, 15 in Kentucky, and 12 in Maine. Trump got 18 in Louisiana, 17 in Kentucky, and 9 each in Kansas and Maine. Rubio got 7 in Kentucky, 6 in Kansas, and 5 in Louisiana. Kasich got 7 in Kentucky, 2 in Maine, and 1 in Kansas. This takes care of all but 3 Louisiana delegates that presumably haven’t been allocated yet.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Ah, yes. Mr. Sing Good Low a wonderful bass-baritone who keeps his head down. He one smart cookie.

      By the way, the following link is the best take-down of Mitt Romney I have heard so far. The judge exposes just want a scoundrel Mittens and his ilk are.

      http://video.foxnews.com/v/4788291323001/judge-jeanine-mitt-romney-awoke-a-sleeping-giant/?intcmp=hppop#sp=show-clips

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Very interesting. Elizabeth was doing my leg bandages when Judge Jeanine came on (I was very disappointed that she was delayed so long for the primary coverage, but Kentucky was called late — as Louisiana should also have been), so I didn’t hear it very well. But if’s clear that she’s in the tank for The Donald, since the beneficiary of the sleeping giant yesterday was mainly Cruz (whom she never mentioned), not Trump. This was also reflected in her use of a lot of his language regarding both Romney and Rubio.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          I think Judge Jeanine is the type of New York/Northeastern voter who would vote for Trump, but not Cruz.

          I believe the reasons for this are mainly cultural. As a Texan who often visited New York for business, I ran into this type of thinking very often. Many New Yorkers believe they are intellectually and culturally superior to those Rubes in fly-over country, and that they are oh-so cosmopolitan. I used to have fun bursting their balloons pointing out how provincial they actually were. I told them if they wished to see a cosmopolitan city they should visit Singapore. Some of these “cosmopolitans” would get very angry at me.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Holy smokes. What a smack-down by the Judgette.

        Speaking of corruption, this is not a bad article by Larry Elder on the hypocrites in the Academy. I don’t watch the Oscars anymore, so that’s off my radar.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Have we perhaps anointed Trump as the winner too soon? Is there a chance for Cruz?

      Perhaps, but I still hold to the belief that Trump has a better chance to beat Hillary, regardless what the polls say. I don’t believe them

      There are a couple of reasons I believe this.

      1. I think there is a good chance Trump will be able to win a couple of Northern States in a general election which would normally vote D. If he won Michigan or Massachusetts or especially New York, his election would just about be assured.

      2. I still believe that many of the Trumpkins will not vote for Cruz. I have mentioned it before, a large part of those who follow Trump have something of the Kamikase pilot about them. If that doesn’t move you, how about the Goetterdaemerung, Twilight of the Gods. “If we don’t get what we want, we will burn down the whole edifice.” Or maybe even better, the Samson Syndrome. We will bring down the temple on everyone. These people are emotionally fed up and I don’t think they are bluffing.

  7. James Deaton says:

    You wrote what I’ve been feeling. And even though I hope Trump is not the nominee (Come On Ted!) when the “experts” bash Trump I tend to defend him more than I like him.

  8. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    If you ever feel too good at any particular moment, just have a look at some of the comments Trumpkins make on various websites. You will soon be thoroughly depressed.

    For a large percentage of these people, facts have no room in the discussion. For example, they claim Ted Cruz’s mother was born in Mexico so he can’t be a natural born citizen. She wasn’t. She was born in Delaware.

    My favorite is that there is no difference between Cruz and Hillary. The insanity of this statement is almost beyond comment. If you mention the importance of the Supreme Court they bring up Roberts. Now Roberts was a disappointment on obamacare, but is he as bad as Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan and Breyer? I think not. It is easy to check how often he voted with Alito and other conservatives and it is something like 90% and better.

    If these fools are indicative of the electorate, I can only despair. No wonder the country is in such a pickle. To call them fu@kwits is really too high praise for them.

  9. Timothy Lane says:

    Trump won handily in Michigan and Mississippi, with Cruz second in the latter and possibly in the former (it’s a very close fight between Cruz and Kasich, with Cruz currently narrowly ahead. Cruz has won Idaho, and it looks to be a solid win. I have no idea of the delegate allocations, and Hawaii isn’t done yet.

    Kentucky had 4 special State House races today, 2 Republican and 2 Demagogue vacancies. Unfortunately, the Plunderbund won 3 of 4, a pickup of 1 seat, giving them a 53-47 margin.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Rubio is cooked. Say goodbye Eddie.

      I believe the same can be said about Kasich. It is getting close to the time for the Trump and Cruz teams to start figuring out how to work together.

      Given the cultishness of many of Trump’s supporters I wonder if this can happen. Then again, most of the commies in the USA who were virulently anti-Nazi become big supporters of Das Reich once the Molotov-Ribbentrop Treaty was signed. Maybe the Trump cultists will do a 180 and show Cruz some love if Trump tells them to.

  10. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s a terrific article by Cliff Kincaid showing some rare clear thinking: A time for choosing: socialism or fascism

    Robert Zubrin, who has written on why the Kremlin is openly backing Trump for U.S. president, told me during a recent interview that “Trump constantly talks about strength. He never talks about liberty.” It is a telling observation. He says Trump is offering America “strong man rule.” He made these comments before the Republican debate in Miami, and the physical confrontations with Fields and the anti-Trump protester. Trump says he does not condone the violence, but he seems to encourage physical confrontations at his rallies. His cult-like followers pledge personal allegiance to him.

    In this context, Zubrin noted, Trump re-tweeted a quote from the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The quote was, “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” Trump called it “a very good quote.” Zubrin asserts, “Trump actually imitates the gestures of Mussolini, upturned chin and so forth.” Not willing to hide his opinions, Zubrin believes Trump is a fascist, or a national socialist . . .

    And the party of Reagan and Lincoln is about to nominate this guy? It’s no wonder that conservative journalist Fred Barnes predicts that conservatives will launch their own candidate for president if Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination.

    America will never be the same. In fact, the country that Ronald and Nancy Reagan loved has already changed in very disturbing ways. Both major political parties seem to be having a fascination with adherents of totalitarian ideologies – Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald J. Trump on the right. Whatever happens to Sanders, he has already pushed Hillary Clinton further to the left. The Democratic Party has already become a vehicle for imposing socialism on the American people.

    On the other side, if the Republican Party accepts Trump as its nominee, it may be finished as a major party, as conservatives desert the GOP and regroup under a different banner. It truly is a time for choosing.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There’s a lot about Trump I don’t like, and he does seem to be too Peronist for me (though we could do with some very firm push-back against the Obamathugs). But that particular Mussolini quote seems innocuous to me, equivalent to calling Nixon Hitler because they both talked of getting rid of crime. As Scammon and Wattenberg put in The Real Majority, one can favor getting the trains to run on time without being a fascist.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Well, what this guy was weaving together was a profile of Trump. He seems attracted to the power aspects of things and leaves the moral aspect out.

        He might have instead quoted Lincoln:

        Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed.

        Or, speaking of sheep, how about this one by George Washington:

        If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

        Instead we’ve got an egomaniac who may be best known for his appreciation for the power the Communists showed at Tiananmen Square…and with the thoughts of fascists dictators.

        To be a good president of the United States, you should have some kind of built-in filter wherein the best of America can rise and making snarky comments complimentary of America’s foes are saved for poker night with the boys, not CNN.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          Instead we’ve got an egomaniac who may be best known for his appreciation for the power the Communists showed at Tiananmen Square…

          I was living in Hongkong when Tiananmen Square took place. It was much worse than most Westerners know about. Thousands were killed.

          The troops which were brought in from outside of Beijing not only dealt harshly with the people on the square, they also roamed the streets shooting indiscriminately into buildings. An engineer from the Non-Ferrous Metallurgical Institute who had worked with us, was killed by these thugs.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Zubrin asserts, “Trump actually imitates the gestures of Mussolini, upturned chin and so forth.”

      Where was this guy eight years ago? I made the same observation about the Obamanation who is much better at it than Trump. (If Trump actually is doing it)

      I also agree with Tim’s observation about the Mussolini quote. I am sure I could find quotes from Lenin to Stalin to Mao to even Bill Clinton, which were not crazy.

      As to the idea that people like Fred Barnes are going to start a third party when there is the possibility that by doing so either Hillary or Bernie would be elected, all I can say is “Really?”. Does that sound like something a conservative would do? It is the equivalent of killing the patient to save the patient. Sounds more like something a leftist would do. Kill humans to save the planet.

      America will never be the same.

      Duh? Thank Obama and the feckless GOPe for that.

      I would say it is in the nature of many men who have been president to push the envelop of power. It was only a matter of time until a leftist like the Obamanation came along to go over all previously accepted boundaries. The great disgrace and betrayal of the GOPe is that they let this scumbag in the White House get away with it, without making a peep.

      Once this was done, it became clear that future presidents will follow the Obamanation’s lead.

      Democrats will do it because that’s who they are and have seen they can get away with it.

      Republicans will be forced to do it because they would be insane to cede such power to the Democrats when Dems hold the office, but forgo the same power when Reps hold the office. If they did this, they might just as well allow the Dems to rule by decree now.

      Yes, the Obamanation and the GOPe have changed the nature of America and the American people are to blame.

      It would take a Washington with a Congress full of Madisons, and others better than Madison, to pull this back.

      • GHG says:

        As to the idea that people like Fred Barnes are going to start a third party when there is the possibility that by doing so either Hillary or Bernie would be elected, all I can say is “Really?”. Does that sound like something a conservative would do?

        The conservative wing of the GOP was told to hold their nose and vote for McCain and then Romney – two guys who were more interested in reaching across the aisle then espousing conservative governance. Now the shoe is on the other foot and the eGOP and their acolytes show their hypocrisy. But then that is expected with elitists.

  11. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s a wandering article about Donald Trump that I think hits upon some good points:

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Don

    There’s an unspoken understanding among Republican insiders that there exists a segment of the GOP base that, if given the chance, would be willing to cross certain lines regarding race. So the “brand guardians” are obsessed with controlling and regulating any and all mentions of race. From their point of view, if Republicans and conservatives in general don’t observe respectable boundaries regarding anything relating to race and ethnicity, “we” (Republicans) will come to resemble the racists and bigots that “they” (the left) claim we are. Essentially, the propriety cops allow the left to control the conversation. Leftists say we’re a bunch of racists, so we have to bend over backwards to prove we’re not . . .

    Sadly for the brand enforcers, this election cycle has seen the unleashing of a force of nature many, many times more powerful than a Web post from a bimbo has-been comedienne. Through Donald Trump, the GOPs who might have been receptive to Jackson’s essay are emboldened now. In Trump, they think they have a leader and a voice, and the propriety cops don’t stand a chance. Trump people don’t fold. I don’t mean they don’t fold easily…I mean they don’t fold at all. The GOP enforcers have never been more impotent, and they’re not pleased . . .

    And California ended up with one of its worst governors ever—a weak, deceitful, corrupt man of no principles who buckled at the first sign of defeat, freed Latino murderers in exchange for political favors, and left the state in economic shambles. A big-borrowing big spender who, after leaving office, straight-out admitted that his candidacy was a “joke” intended to “freak people out,” and that he ran for office with no idea what he would do if he actually won.

    Make no mistake, that would most likely be Trump’s trajectory, too. Like the Austrian bodybuilder, Trump is a wealthy, high-profile loudmouth with no plan to govern and no principles to guide him . . .

    For better or worse, the unapologetic racial boundary-testers are a vocal faction now, and the party will have to begin regularly throwing them a bone or two. By and large, that’s not a bad thing. No electoral or legislative successes have come from playing Caspar Milquetoast on issues involving race. If Trump (or, at the very least, the Trump avatar) has encouraged Republicans to fight back against the party’s propriety police, then the farce will end up having value beyond mere entertainment.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I remember reading about Helms’s anti-affirmative action ad in 1990. Note that in 1988, Atwater was very careful to avoid going into the racial aspect of Willie Horton. (Few liberals allow themselves to remember that the person who first brought up the case was Al Gore during the primaries.)

      I was disappointed at the failure of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governator. He made an effort at reform, was rebuffed by the voters, and basically gave up. I remember years ago (when Schwarzenegger was known as a big Rush fan) I had a fantasy of an ad in which he looked at the state budget, decided it was too large, and ripped it in two.

      Incidentally, there was one nice piece of news Tuesday. The Ohio primary included the primary for the special election to replace Boehner — and it was won by a Tea Partier, not an Establishment favorite. Almost as good as David Brat beating Eric Cantor. On the other hand, Rush just reported that Missouri was just called for Trump. Of the 52 delegates, Trump has 25, Cruz 15, and 12 aren’t yet decided.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      The Trump campaign is not a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. It is a rebellion of shareholders who are voting to throw out the corporate officers and board of directors that ran the company into the ground

      This observation by Pat Buchanan is spot on. I think I would include the Cruz campaign in that thought.

      • pst4usa says:

        If the trump campaign is not a hostile takeover, and if the stockholders that are taking over have no clue of where their new venture is going, they just want change for change sake, then it will be the death of a once great party. If the shareholders succeed and make trump the Republican nominee, that will mean that they,(these duped shareholders), will have gone even father left than they did with Mittens and McShame.
        Maybe it is time to put that old hoarse out to pasture and say that it is finished, America that is.
        I am not sure of the exact quote, but around 1999 trump said that if he were to run for president, he would run as a Republican; because they were so stupid they would fall for anything he said. How prophetic he was.

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