As a voter who recognizes the unfortunate realities of our politics, I believe supporting Trump has become the responsible choice.
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
For decades, now, the Democratic Party has been moving further and further to the Left, embracing more and more draconian and authoritarian approaches to political correctness, subverting the Constitution to serve its ideological agenda (not that it has a monopoly on that), and branding anyone and everyone who questions it as racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, and downright deplorable… even while proclaiming loudly how tolerant, liberal, compassionate, and committed to diversity and multiculturalism they (the Democrats) are.
Maybe so, as long as that diversity and multiculturalism was sexual and racial. But if it was intellectual or philosophical – particularly if, quelle horreur, it included conservative or traditional views on politics, society, philosophy, morality, or religion – the story was quite different. Still, until recently, they were fairly adept at concealing most of this behind a brocade curtain of liberalism and “love trumps hate.”
[The kind of “love” that hounds opponents and their families out of restaurants, screams profanities, vandalizes buildings and cars, and hits people with everything from eggs to bicycle locks, as it turns out, but I digress…]
That brocade curtain sagged and gapped a bit during the 2016 election, when Hillary Clinton depicted her opponents as a “basket of deplorables” (it had begun to flap open a little in 2008, when Barack Obama described his as “clinging bitterly” to God and guns). But it was ripped open and the ugly and dangerous machinery behind it exposed for all with the eyes to see during the Kavanaugh hearings.
The author of this excellent piece, Nathanael Blake, is far from alone when he writes,
“I have been radicalized. The enormity of the efforts by the Democrats and their media allies to destroy Brett Kavanaugh forced me to reconsider my views. The concerns I have about Trump’s character, temperament, and propensity to damage America’s cultural and political institutions are still there, but I am supporting him anyway.”
Now, I was never a “never Trumper.” I rarely if ever say “never,” because, to quote one of my late beloved mother’s aphorisms, “circumstances alter cases.” But neither did I climb aboard the “Trump Train” until after Hillary came out with her “deplorables” comment. That was the last straw for me, and I voted for Trump, although I had to take a deep breath before I did. Since then, however, he’s grown on me.
He tweets too much, and sometimes irresponsibly. He is sometimes guilty of failing to check his facts before making pronouncements. He could often choose his words with more care; he is brash, sometimes boorish, and often lacking in tact. And I do not always agree with his policy emphases. But against that:
He has kept most of his promises (still waiting on the “Wall”…). The economy has improved under his administration, probably due to greater confidence on the part of business and industry, although I personally am still seriously underemployed. Illegal immigration appears to be down, even without the wall, and “internal” deportations (that is to say, deportation of persons already here illegally) are up.
He has donated his entire Presidential salary to various agencies within the Federal government, including the National Park Service – despite the fact that NPS personnel were among the early leaders of the so-called “Resistance” – the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Overall he has made it clear that he does, in fact, put America first, something which many (myself included) would argue could not be said about his predecessor. And to be honest, his very brashness is in some ways refreshing, compared to previous holders of the Oval Office who were polished speakers but talked out of both sides of their mouths. President Trump, as near as I have been able to ascertain, says what he means, and means what he says. I admire than in a person, and I admire that in a President.
And, then we have the Democrats. To quote Blake again,
“It is not just that the Democrats have vitiated any claim to possess superior character or temperament (though they have), or that Trump’s policies have been better than I expected. I now support Trump because the Democratic Party and its media allies are controlled by people who view conservatives not as political opponents to be voted down, but as enemies to be personally destroyed…
“Trump will say anything, but Democrats will do anything. They and their media allies smeared a universally respected judge with an impeccable record as a serial sexual predator on evidence that would not have justified an indictment. They repeatedly lied and hid evidence in order to create delay (e.g., Christine Blasey Ford’s supposed fear of flying)… They did not want a serious, confidential investigation; they wanted to publicly grind him into the dirt while the mob howled for his head.
“With rare exceptions, the national media repeated every smear and Democratic talking point. They spent weeks trying to destroy Kavanaugh’s life and reputation with lies, then had the effrontery to sneer at his anger when he took umbrage at being labeled a gang-rape mastermind… They earned every bit of Trump’s “enemy of the people” and “fake news” epithets.
“Kavanaugh was a normal establishment Republican pick. Destroying him had nothing to do with opposing Trump’s particular flaws. This was about annihilating anyone who gets in the Democrats’ way, especially anyone who threatens their illegitimate Supreme Court policy wins. It was a declaration of war on every conservative, no matter how respected, reasonable, and mainstream.
“There is no refuge from this sort of totalizing, destructive politics. The Republican rejection of Merrick Garland was political hardball; the sliming of Kavanaugh was categorically different and much worse. The Democrats crossed the line from policy disagreement to personal destruction, and in doing so they nuked any middle ground between themselves and conservative Trump skeptics. And they put every conservative on notice: You could be next.” [emphasis added]
I am reminded of Rod Deher’s comment on the subject, which I posted in an earlier entry:
“I look at him, and what’s being done to him, and see my sons, and even my daughter. If they were nominated for a position like Kavanaugh’s, I would want them to have a fair hearing. I don’t think that’s possible any more in America, not for the kind of people identified by the cultural Left as the Enemy. And make no mistake, if my daughter grows up to be a believing Christian and a social conservative, she will be the Enemy, as sure as my sons will be. These cultural elites would eagerly destroy the character of my children, as well as myself and most of my friends, to pursue their political goals.”
This is what the supposedly “liberal,” “tolerant,” “progressive” Left has wrought. Is this the kind of America we want to live in? It certainly isn’t, for me! And I am clearly not alone. If there is not a “red wave” backlash in November, I will be disappointed, but I will also be very surprised. Here is Blake again:
“I wish this was not so. I would rather be arguing about the Enlightenment than jumping on the Trump train. As a writer and scholar I want to persuade, not to destroy. I do not want American politics to be like this.
“But as a voter who recognizes the unfortunate realities of our politics, I believe supporting Trump has become the responsible choice. Things may change, but right now Trump’s policies are better than I expected, he is not the authoritarian some feared, and he does not want to destroy me and mine. It isn’t much, but since Trump stands between me and those who would ruin me, he will have to do.
“This is about self-defense.”
I have never been a party-line voter, but I am this year. If you aren’t a hard-Left ideologue, if you care about your future and our country’s future, put on your MAGA hat and vote this November, and vote Republican, across the board. It’s a matter of self-defense, and the defense of our nation, culture, and way of life.