What Matters in the United States

This, from David Limbaugh.

It is disheartening to see the ongoing rift between those conservatives supporting President Donald Trump and those opposing him — a rift that began before Trump and may survive his presidency.

Many conservatives opposed Trump’s nomination because they believed he was not a true conservative — not even really a bona fide Republican — but rather a narcissistic opportunist who wanted to take his game show hosting and self-promotional platform to a grander stage.

Many also thought that a Trump presidency, even if it would somewhat forestall the Obama-Clinton agenda, would not be worth the long-term damage it would do to the conservative movement. They believed a Trump victory would embolden the so-called alt-right movement, which they saw as Trump’s main base. They saw a mob-like mentality among many of his supporters, saying they were fueled by rage and would rubber-stamp every crazy idea Trump might pursue and also push him to pursue even nuttier ideas.

Admittedly, in the red-hot contentiousness of the primary campaigns, some of the alt-right types did surface as among the most vocal of Trump supporters. Trump supporters seemed to defend anything Trump said or did, even if indefensible.

That was my concern, as well. I was wrong, it seems. But the Republican convention was a time of self reflection for me, and many others, when Trump won, honestly and fairly. One could go daft, as so many did, with what’s his name, which was bound to be every bit as effective as staying home hiding in your bed. One could stay home hiding in your bed. One could support Hillary and the final unraveling of our America, or one could support Donald Trump, and hope to keep him from major excess. It wasn’t a hard choice for me, or other millions of Americans. Our decision was final and unambiguous. It canned be summed up thusly:

Hillary will never be president.

That is a victory, for America, for freedom, and for what used to be common honesty.

This same obliviousness to the urgency of our situation also led to GOP establishment inertia regarding the Obama agenda. The establishment’s insufficient energy and willingness to oppose him sowed the seeds of Trump’s rise to power. How ironic that the people who remain most opposed to Trump today are to some extent responsible for the emergence of such an unorthodox character to fill the void they helped to create.

That’s a key point. I don’t think the GOP elite is evil as such. They live in the belly of the beast, and they have become timid, and far too used to losing. And so they have become losers, and when shown a way to win, it is difficult for them to believe that someone else, especially a loud, uncouth man from the outer boroughs, might win, even without their timid advice, which always resulted in losing, but got them nice invitations. These are the people that renewed their membership in America First, on December 8, 1941. Burke had it right, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. “

The second thing is that I came to realize that I had misunderstood much of Trump’s grass-roots support. Yes, grass-roots voters were convinced that there was no difference between the two parties and that only an outsider like Trump could break the mold and inaugurate a new paradigm in Washington. But they were not a mob, and they saw something that others may not have seen. […]

The Trump opponents have a variety of excuses to deny Trump credit for advancing this agenda and discredit those who foresaw the landscape better than they. They can’t stand his tone, his manners or his tweets. They view him as temperamentally and mentally unfit for office. Even when he achieves policy success after policy success, they childishly huff that it is only because other people besides Trump are running the White House — that he has delegated foreign policy matters and “outsourced” his legislative agenda. Come on, people.

Well, I don’t know whether Trump has morphed into a full-blown ideological conservative, but I do know that he’s largely governing as one — and an effective one at that, accomplishing some bold things that few other conservative presidents would have even tried.

Why are some never-Trumpers obsessively bogged down in evaluating Trump’s character and competence and preoccupied with sanctimoniously judging Trump’s supporters instead of admitting that Trump’s supporters are just rooting for America and that Trump’s policies are — to this point — moving us back toward the direction of the American dream?

This shouldn’t be a contest over who’s more conservative; it should be about what’s best for the United States. I’m pleased with how things are going. If the conservative movement doesn’t come together in the future, I don’t think it will be primarily the fault of the Trump supporters.

That is what matters, who gets invited to what cocktail party doesn’t, who guesses right about anything doesn’t, even who is president doesn’t. What is right for the United States, that matters. Some people need to put their ego in their pocket and get on with the job.

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12 Responses to What Matters in the United States

  1. Indeed Donald Trump as an American President has been a radical change to say the least! But, he is the President of USA now, and should get the support of the “Office” it deserves. Btw, since I am a Brit living in America now, I will not say much here personally. And I am a conservative myself, but surely concerned about the great left/right divide in America today, and the Media and PC etc. And btw too, true Christians should surely BE praying for the whole country, and especially the leadership in America today! These really are crucial and critical days in the whole of the West, with modernity & postmodernity! Again and always, Lord Have Mercy!

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  2. the unit says:

    #Grey Matter Matters!
    I liked it when I read Trump once told a lawyer this…”Could you not lick your finger before you give me a document, please. Would that be okay?” Trump said. “It’s disgusting.”
    🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Like it myself! Besides they have a product to let you handle paper easier, although I haven’t seen it for a while, but then, I haven’t looked. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Yeah, it’s a chainsaw. Cuts through before wood becomes wasted paper like, i.e. in a 3000 page bill. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yepper, although wood chippers are faster. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Yes for sure. That’s why I’m not doing my clearing with sandpaper. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Wise man, you’d get old before you were done. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  3. the unit says:

    Limbaugh said ” some of the alt-right types did surface…”.
    I had just thought of alt-right as just another label. Types? Guess I’m not very inquisitive these days, slow.
    So I looked into it some.
    Seems like a much convoluted and complicated way of just saying their make up is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

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    • NEO says:

      Pretty much, although some of them are rather distasteful friends. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Agreed!
        However, I read sometime ago one of the early premises about doing that was to use the distasteful friend to get rid of a pretty powerful enemy, then get rid of the lesser powerful, former friend. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          That sounds like sense to me! 🙂

          Like

      • the unit says:

        Think I’ll not accept that label for myself. I’ll just stay with simply deplorable. 🙂

        Like

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