by Brad Nelson 3/11/16
Dan Flynn has a good summing-up article: Donald Trump vs. The Establishment:
He comes across as presidential only in a nation weaned on reality television (though he looked more reserved and respectful last night).
But Trump speaks plain English. The rest of the field speaks Politician, a scripted, nails-on-the-chalkboard language slightly less popular than Arabic in the Republican Party right now.
Flynn also notes:
The more party brahmins endorse Florida’s junior senator, the fewer votes he receives.
It’s ironic that the guy best know for being a fly in the ointment of the Establishment — Ted Cruz — has become the object of inflated and bombastic reasons not to vote for him…as opposed to the other guy (Trump) who has done nothing substantial to fight the status quo and has instead lived his life steeped in it.
Still, that’s how cults of personality work wherein this election cycle’s “hope and change” is Donald Trump. One writer noted that he is like Pelosi: “You have to vote for him to see what’s in him.”
And the thing that occurred to me about this is that this lack of discernment regarding Trump reflects the same lack of discernment regarding the “conservative” politicians we’ve been electing for decades now who have presented themselves as one thing but governed as another.
We either didn’t notice, didn’t care, or were not politically astute enough to see beyond the Barnum-and-Bailey exterior of the con. We elected these guys, and they didn’t do what they said they would do, but we kept electing them anyway. And having now noticed after decades that the eGOP is a fraud, we then jump to another.
It’s like we’re suffering from battered-wife syndrome. We’ve got to get out of the same house that the drunken husband lives in. So who cares if the new guy promising shelter is a dope user? He seems nice enough and talks a good game.
We’ve become a shallow, senseless people who seemingly can’t deal with political issues and must, by needs, turn the whole process into a reality TV show…which is Trump’s calling-card. And our inattention and gullibility is going to have a terrible price…as it already has with Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the socialists-lite in the eGOP.
Perhaps we like Trump because he’s safe to like, just as the other GOP Establishment guys were safe. We could vote for them, thinking in our hearts that George Washington would be proud of us, and yet knowing deep-down that these guys will not do anything as earth-shattering as paring back or knocking down the gathering socialist state whose promises so far out-strip the traditional Catholic Church that no wonder Catholicism has embraced socialism.
People like lofty promises with the veneer of sanctity that acts to hide them from their own perfidy. Note that Donald Trump has promised, as Flynn noted, to take care of us through universal health care. No wonder so many of the supposed contradictions of Trump don’t bother people. They like the bluster of pretending this guy is Ronald Reagan without having to give up the “free stuff.”
The one virtue of Trump — for his politics are hopelessly shallow — is that he is the knight in shining armor who has swooped in to protect America’s honor. And few have been as dishonorable as the American mainstream media which Trump trashes to everyone’s delight, including my own.
Trump also gives us the hope-and-change feeling that we may break the back of political correctness — even if Trump himself is rude rather than political incorrect for he actually challenges few of the societal wisdoms received from Cultural Marxism.
This desire to finally have someone champion the virtue of America rather than run it down has understandably led many people to trust in a man associated with being outside of a very broken and corrupt system. However, I strongly urge people to support Ted Cruz, and not because Donald Trump is “unelectable” but because he probably is. And although I can foresee many feeling emotionally better about not having Hillary or some eGOP toady as president, we get back to the original weakness of Trump: ideas matter, and his are broad generalities. And even if some of them are good generalities, Trump’s background, career, and present-moment rhetoric provide no support that this is a thoughtful man even marginally grounded in conservative principles — the only kind that can fix what is currently broken.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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