This kind of defense of Trump is baffling to me. Who is it for? Low-information voters? The left? Those on the right who aren’t already convinced? For any one of them, gentlemanly arguments about policy issues are a waste of time.
Low information voters are busy reading celebrity gossip or watching reality TV. They aren’t reading the Washington Post. They won’t even see an article like that.
The left will only read something like that for a Two Minutes Hate. They viscerally despise Trump and his supporters. No rational argument or piece of evidence is going to change that. Importantly, this is at least partly because they comprehend that Trump, unlike all the other general election Republican candidates of at least the last twenty-five years, represents a serious threat to them.
Neither of the Bushes, McCain, or Romney were a serious threat to the left. And neither were any of the other primary candidates this past season. None of them posed a significant threat to the cultural hegemony of the left – the control that the left has of the basic cultural drivers: the media, the arts and entertainment sectors, the institutions of education, and the corporate elite. Those institutions shape and control public opinion – what is socially/morally acceptable and what isn’t. Most people are passive and uncritical, and readily absorb orthodox left opinion. Those who are critical but have no influence are alienated and ignored. Those who have influence (e.g., have positions in academia or the media) and try to argue for positions that conflict with the left’s agenda will face serious punitive consequences (e.g., Kevin Barnett).
For at least twenty-five years, and probably far longer, the right has systematically surrendered to the left. They have allowed the left to cram man-hating feminism, foreigner-favoring and community-destroying multiculturalism, constant white blaming and shaming, constant America hating, etc., down our throats. Every major politician on the right who dared to protest has only done so in the most watered-down and indirect terms. (Nothing like the direct and honest ways that I just described those things.) And even then, at the first charge of “sexism” or “racism” or whatever-ism, they have scurried away in fear.
Look where that’s gotten us. We now live in a culture where we are forced to let men into women’s bathrooms; people who can’t even speak English are voting in our elections, Muslims whose values are fundamentally incompatible with ours are being welcomed in by the tens of thousands; and you will be fired from your job or face other disastrous professional repercussions if you take an honest and direct stand against this madness. The most you can do now is impotently cavil on an obscure blog under a pseudonym.
Trump is a threat to the left because he actually fights them. When the leftist culture has a hysterical crybully fit over something Trump says, he responds as no politician in recent history has: he stands his ground and hits back. This is the fundamental significance of Trump. Yes, he has some policy ideas that are of extreme importance for the survival of the country, and those ideas also set him apart. But they are, frankly, modest proposals and only the beginning of what would have to be done to salvage the country. What Trump is showing is that it’s possible to fight and win.
I find it incredible that so many “conservatives” don’t understand the significance of this. Take, e.g., Trump not backing down in the face of Megyn Kelly’s attempt to feminist shame him in that first debate. Do you not understand how tremendously important and inspiring that was? Do you not understand how much that meant to tens of millions of men who have been brow-beaten and scolded and demoralized for decades? Do you not understand how many people were literally cheering and clapping and jumping out of their chairs in spontaneous, righteous joy when they witnessed that? That one incident alone did more for the American right than all the silly conferences of DC think tanks combined over the last twenty years. Through that and many other incidents, Trump is showing people that they don’t have to grovel and pander and bite their tongues and endure the left’s incessant attacks. Instead, they can fight back.
That is what’s required to beat the left. We need tens of millions of everyday Americans to stand their ground and hit back like Trump, mock the left, reject the left, and show everyone that the left is an emperor with no clothes. Ironically, it’s Trump’s attitude and tactics – the very things that many “conservatives” seem to have the most problem with – that are his most important features. We need to embolden Americans to fight for their culture. Trump is awakening and inspiring them and showing them that it can be done. Any patriotic American on the right must support Trump for that reason. Anyone who doesn’t is deeply misguided or worse.
I realize that I am wasting my key strokes trying to convince libertarian nerds or delusional Cruz-2020ers about this. But a few words since I can’t help myself: if you don’t care what happens to the actual country because you’re some idealistic anarcho-capitalist or whatever, do us all a favor and stop thinking and writing about politics, which involves, you know, real people. Go build a computer simulation or something, where you and your nerd friends can indulge your imaginations in a safe, artificial world where real humans don’t bear the costs of your stupid, utopian ideas.
If you are concerned with actual results but you think someone like Cruz is going to win the presidency – ever – I have one word for you: demographics. Have you noticed how all those red states are already turning purple? How do you think things are going to look after a few years of Hillary open borders and amnesty? You think all those non-white immigrants are “natural conservatives”? Think they just need to hear a good argument and they’ll be “Constitutional conservatives”? I’ll tell you what: head down to the barrio and have a few political discussions with the people there; and let me know how many you persuade to vote for “limited government” or whatever. Alternatively, just look at how California has been voting for the last twenty-five years. Seriously, get a grip and drop the juvenile visions of a multicultural, conservative country. You’re acting and thinking like utopian leftists.
And, even though this is even more of a waste of time, I also can’t help myself from commenting on the people who think that Cruz would have won this year and that the Republicans really blew it with Trump. Cruz has nothing like the charisma of Trump, which is required to turn out voters in the face of the overwhelming onslaught of leftist propaganda, designed to deceive, demotivate, and demoralize potential rightwing voters. Cruz has all the charm of a greasy used-car salesman combined with a stuffy and awkward Harvard elite. (Regular Americans just love that!) Cruz’s positions are boring and meaningless to anyone other than the ten people who still read National Review. Compare: stopping Muslim immigration (Trump) vs. cutting social security benefits (Cruz). Compare: building a giant wall on the southern border (Trump) vs. corporate tax cuts (Cruz). Hmmm. Why do I find it hard to envision everyday Americans showing up by the millions at rallies and voting booths for Cruz like they have for Trump? Oh, maybe because they didn’t; so we don’t really have to speculate that much.
And if Cruz had been the nominee, he would have abandoned all the important aspects of Trump’s platform anyway. The only reason Cruz even started talking about immigration restrictions and trade policy was because of Trump’s success with those issues. Cruz was forced to ape Trump’s policies in order to compete with him in the primaries. But Cruz is in the pocket of the lobbyists and donors, just like all the rest. And, if he were the nominee, he would have capitulated to the bidding of his masters within a month. Immigration restrictions and deportation would have transformed into some touch-back amnesty policy. Trade policy reform would have turned into the message that the Trans-Pacific Partnership really is good for Americans, or maybe it would just have a new euphemistic name slapped on it to mislead everyone. Cruz wouldn’t stick with Trump’s ideas because he wouldn’t be allowed to. Other than Supreme Court appointments, the only difference between him and Hillary at this point in the general election would be Cruz voicing some empty blather about “the Constitution”.
Those Supreme Court appointments sure are important, though. Anyone who claims to be on the right but not doing what he can to stop Hillary from getting the ability to appoint judges is dangerously deluded or worse. In addition to disarming you, the Hillary court will also silence you. If you don’t see the “hate speech” laws coming, you just don’t understand how the left works. The whole Trump movement has given the left a real scare (because it’s a legitimate threat) and you better believe that they’re going to do anything they can to make sure that no organic movement of the American people actually has the ability to rise up against them again. That means silencing the right through hate speech laws or, even better, “regulations” – that neat form of law that doesn’t even require our useless Congress to sign off on it – and a Supreme Court packed with leftist judges who will rule that such laws or regulations are, of course, perfectly compatible with the First Amendment. So, enjoy these kinds of blog rants while they last. Because you can be sure that they are “hate speech” according to the left.
We’re in a cold civil war, guys. The left has won every significant battle and is about to deliver the crushing final blow. This is our last stand. Fortunately, amazingly, an actual fighter has stepped up: Trump. He’s an outsider who’s successfully taken on the behemoth of American politics with a highly unconventional, insurgent campaign. Trump has exposed plainly to the American people that their country is, in reality, a corrupt oligarchy that doesn’t care about their interests. Nothing like this has ever happened in American politics. Trump is not only fighting for the right. He’s actually fighting for the American people in a very fundamental way against a traitorous, tyrannical government. If you are a patriotic American and don’t have a solid refutation of what I’m saying – i.e., something more than “Trump is unstable”, “Trump is vulgar”, “Trump doesn’t use the phrases ‘the Constitution’ or ‘conservative’ enough” etc. – then you should be ashamed of yourself if you don’t support Trump.
And if you’re supporting Trump but also eager to tell anyone listening that he’s regrettable or some other negative qualification, then, well, how whiny and entitled of you! Trump is like Neo coming to save you from the matrix. Sure, he might not consciously understand what he’s doing all the time. And it’s far from clear that he’s going to lead a movement that will ultimately be able to succeed. But he instinctively knows how to fight back against the agents, something that no other politician has been willing or able to do. You shouldn’t be regretting this guy; you should be effusively thanking him. Trump is a bona fide American hero at this point.
So, support Trump, with no regrets. Obviously.
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