by Brad Nelson 5/20/18
Jonah Goldberg (a firm never-Trumper) had an article the other day that further clarified for me the Trump dynamic.
For the Booksellers who surround the Establishment Republicans, the central aspect is ideas. And ideas are notorious for being simple, pure, and easy, although it does require some skill to articulate them clearly.
And then there is the realm of putting ideas into action. For all his warts, Trump is putting his ideas into action And if Ted Cruz were doing the same, he’d meet similar resistance based on some rationale that always comes down to “He’s not one of us.” That Trump is uncouth goes without saying. But anyone looking to overturn the Leftist or Establishment-Republican tables in the temple will similarly be seen as uncouth.
This is not a blanket apology for some of the useless dumb things Trump has said. But I tire of the nattering nabobs of negativity who have brilliant and pure ideas which they never have to sully by actually trying to implement them.
I think one of the clearer heads at National Review (neither sycophantic nor too harsh) is Victor Davis Hanson who has written an informative and amusing piece: Truman May Have Been the Proto-Trump. And Lloyd Marcus, the Unhyphenated America, penned a reasonable tribute to some of Trump’s successes in: Despite the Media, Trump Pulling Down Wins for We the People.
It’s difficult to imagine any Bush (or other Republican, perhaps with the exception of Cruz) not filling the swamp with more water. Certainly no “gentlemanly” Republican would do anything that would cause such disgust amongst the intelligentsia (including the mainstream media). Whatever Trump’s core is made of, it is something that can at least bare up against criticism, something lacking from most gelded Republicans.
Although Trump is cementing in place some awful things (such as acceptance of gender-bending, politics-as-entertainment, and gut “feelings” over any kind of coherent agenda), he is the people’s Tribune at this point. I neither think that Trump is anointed by God nor is anything but a one-off ideology (whatever is in Trump’s gut at the moment) that can last beyond him. But for now, some needed reform is actually happening. And writing articles and books about Trump’s inexact fealty to book-bound conservative principles is of no help other than cementing one’s own delusions that one has all the answers lacking in others.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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