I think it all started when George Will decided to play the snob card and called Donald Trump an affront to anyone devoted to William F. Buckley’s legacy back in August. Maybe it was before that when a number of “conservative” pundits and talking heads called Mr. Trump a clown, buffoon, circus act, etc., and proceeded to eviscerate him using the label “vulgar.” For the record, this is the definition of “vulgar” from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
Anthropologic dictionaries will switch the two definitions, but the reality is that when someone is accused of being vulgar, it means, more or less, that they are unrefined. They eat their salad with a steak fork, don’t have special shoes for a float trip and just wear old sneakers, and, God forbid, do not raise their pinkies when drinking from fine china coffee cups.
Oh, the horror.
(Anyone else dying to see George Will try to survive in the wilderness without a French press and a tea bell?)
As someone who comes from a part of a big city where this crap is a big deal…to some people…the charge of “vulgar” against Donald Trump seems to have had a duel effect. It was the Pavlovian bell to those who listen to entirely too much talk radio in order to find out what to think about things, thus prompting the Trump Derangement Syndrome, and it said to the common people – the vulgar – hey, man, this dude Trump is rich, but he’s one of us.
In giving Mr. Trump that label, George Will and all his cohorts who haven’t quite figured out that brainwashing only works if the people actually pay attention to what you have to say, and don’t actually remember to think for themselves, the “principled, constitutional conservatives” sealed their fate with the American people. All the flowery rhetoric supposedly dismembering Donald Trump’s public persona confirms main street’s worst fears. Y’all are clueless. (And we’ve quit listening to you.)
What has made this entire Republican primary exercise frustrating, however, is that we are seeing a repeat of the 2012 election season where the people who disagree on candidates, and which one will look out for the best interests of the American people more effectively, more or less are ending relationships over politics. Four years ago, this writer lost multiple long-time friends after coming out of the conservative closet, and openly opposing Barack Obama. (Still can’t believe some of those people are as book smart as they are.) This year, it isn’t the liberals who are at issue so much, as it is the Ted Cruz faithful who still can’t tell any of us what legislative achievements the man has – and no, reading “Green Eggs and Ham” from the Senate floor during a pseudo-filibuster doesn’t count. The truth is that the American political right is being torn apart. To what end remains to be seen, but what happened in 2012 between Democrats and Republicans in 2016 is a traditional Republican only fight.
This is where columns from people like David Horowitz, a convert from hard-core liberalism, that start like this induce deep breathing:
I don’t think I speak for myself alone when I confess utter bewilderment at the number of conservatives – among whom I count long-term friends – who seem to have lost their marbles when assessing the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, to take one example that can stand for many, is an astute analyst – in my view one of the best political commentators writing today. Yet he is the author of this opening paragraph in Monday’s paper, which leaves me scratching my head, and embarrassed for my friend: “The best hope for what’s left of a serious conservative movement in America is the election in November of a Democratic president, held in check by a Republican Congress. Conservatives can survive liberal administrations, especially those whose predictable failures lead to healthy restorations—think Carter, then Reagan.”
Considering we are coming out of a liberal administration that leaves us amazingly vulnerable as a sovereign nation, and the proscription for the Trump Deranged to save the Bill Buckley movement is electing one of the people who helped put us in this position to the presidency…what are these people smoking? I mean, being a hockey fan, there’s such a thing as playing not to lose, and it almost sounds like these people are not only playing to lose, but thinking that they’ll be able to draft better talent if they just give the game away.
I’m sorry, that isn’t football, or baseball, the accepted elite sports. Hockey is only to fill in the time between seasons and when the Winter Olympics roll around.
That concept is plain and simply ludicrous. There will be no movement for any of the self-proclaimed “conservatives” who do not seem to be interested in policy that is self-serving on the part of the every day people, as opposed to the monied crowd, if a Democrat takes up residence in the White House in January. No, Hillary being the devil we all know is not a way to save being anything other than conservatism being the perpetual romantic underdog. That might enrich a whole lot of commentators and book authors, but it isn’t going to stop the forced extinction of the American Middle Class. It just isn’t.
One thought about all this is that there are a number of big named inside the beltway sorts who simply don’t want to admit being wrong about someone. After all, the whole lot of them said there was no way Trump could defeat the ENTIRE field to win the nomination outright. Well, he has done that. Not only has he done it, but he’s gotten more votes than any Republican candidate has ever in the early heats. The deranged claim that character will never count again…did it ever? The true measure of a man is his legacy in his body of work, and his family. Trump’s family, yes, is very blended, but not one of his children has a rebellious history, all five of them are on the stage at his victory speech pressers, and they are taking over the family business and running it. And Trump’s legacy? He did a lot to save Manhattan. The deranged will dispute this, but in many ways it is true given the way New York City is run. That is no small feat. Any of the deranged want to talk about Ronald Reagan’s kids, or the reality that he was divorced and remarried?
2016 has seen quite a bit of hyperbole from the pundit class who have a lot of time and effort built into their reputations as “conservatives” and being right most of the time. Well, when it came to the ability of Donald Trump to defeat the people who have been living and breathing politics for their entire lives on their home turf…they were wrong. Very wrong. And the discipleship of the conservative pundit class, as well as the pundits, is having a hard time with that. Yes, it sucks, but so would having to start a movement from scratch. The principled, constitutional sorts might remember that.
Just as an aside, this Trumpeteer drinks her tea black. Yes, this is most uncivilized. According to proper form, it should have milk added. (Yuck.)