Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Trump Train Moves Along

And all of a sudden, Cruz and Kasich are out, and Trump is the presumptive — some would say 'presumptuous,' nominee. I've been hoping for this to happen, for a number of reasons, and now it all seems anticlimactic. Now that his nomination seems virtually inevitable, I can be a bit more thoughtful about the whole thing, and here are my thoughts:

The GOP is the only real alternative to the Democrats, and the Democrats are clearly beyond redemption for the time being, what with their Clintons and all, and their categorical rejection of their few decent possibilities, like Jim Webb.

And despite the horrible behavior of the mass of Republicans over the last few decades they remain, believe it or not, a better deal than anything the Democrats could conceivably come up with;

And, in my opinion, they've come up with a nominee, in spite of themselves, that actually has the potential to be a very good President.

Almost all Trump's detractors among the Republicans keep saying that he's not a conservative. Of course, the Republicans haven't nominated a conservative since Ronald Reagan, and you can even quibble about him. So in my mind, with his explicit nationalism and interest in border control, is more conservative than all his sixteen former Republican rivals.

And beyond ideology, Trump has added something to the mix. One thing Republican Presidential candidates have failed miserably to do, at least since Reagan, is to oppose Democrats in anything other than the most perfunctory way. John McCain famously refused to criticize Obama, and the other candidates — even the Bush pair — have done little better. But Trump gets belligerent and forceful and hits his opponents hard. Maybe that's why he seems like a liberal to some Republicans. All the other candidates surrender before the fight starts. Maybe Trump has started a trend.

More on that from the Anonymous Conservative blog [link]:

Ted Cruz Is Out

Thirteen months after launching his campaign for president on the promise of being the purest conservative in the contest before a large and exuberant crowd, Ted Cruz ended it abruptly Tuesday night in a cavernous room here in front of a small group of downtrodden supporters.
Acknowledging that he had no path forward against Donald Trump, the Texas senator suspended his bid in the state he had hoped would keep him afloat until a contested Republican convention, where his strong relationships with party activists would help him claim the nomination.
There are three lessons in Ted’s rise and fall. One, you must always fight liberals, the more aggressively the better. Ted rose to prominence because he fought liberals the hardest of all the candidates prior to Donald’s entry. Donald won because he was the most effective at demeaning and humiliating the leftists once he got in, and he did it more publicly than any other candidate. As Donald made apparent, most conservatives like the boisterous rhetorical fight they see more than the intellectual fight of ideological philosophy, or any strategic fight revolving around legislation. When leftists began trying to destroy Trump’s rallies, he increasingly became “our man,” in the thick of the battle, in the minds of conservatives. From then on, when others attacked him, they began to be subconsciously linked in people’s minds to the leftists we hate, regardless of their issue positions.
Second, never take the left’s side. Even if your conservative opponent starts a fight wrongly with a liberal, you set aside your differences, hold loyalty with our side, and help your opponent grind the liberal into the ground. Most ideological conservatives are occupied with work and life, and thus are conservative more because they hate liberals, than because of some deep intellectual examination of the ideology. Ted suffered most when he tried to take the side of the leftist agitators who attacked Donald’s supporters. Every conservative, even Ted’s supporters like me, saw their opinion of him plummet in moments, because we liked Donald’s supporters, and hated the leftists and #blacklivesmatters assholes who attacked them. Suddenly, Ted was on our enemies’ side. That type of subconscious association sticks in the mind.
Third, don’t seriously attack a candidate whose supporters you want, especially as lines harden. Nobody who supported Cruz took Donald’s humorous “Lyin’ Ted” attacks seriously. But when Ted angrily called Donald a pathological liar, a narcissist, and a bully,Donald’s supporters took it seriously. One candidate solidified support against him, the other did not.
Finally, don’t try to demean the act of attacking leftists as bullying, even when it clearly is. Liberals don’t respond to logic, reason, or decency. There are only two ways to combat them, and stall the ascension of leftism. You can kill them violently en masse, in a bloody civil war, or you can bully and humiliate them publicly until they retreat from the debate. Donald is advancing conservatism and saving the country the only way it can be done peacefully when he bullies liberals. The only other alternative is the respectful and dignified method of George W Bush, which basically handed the nation to the left, and gave us Obama.
Bullying is good when it is done to oppressive assholes who won’t respond to logic, reason, or decency. It cows them, and prevents their despotism from rising to the point that they need to be killed to be free of them. It is an act of love. Leftists need bullying, and Donald has shown he is the man to do it.
The greatest service he has provided however, is giving a demonstration to future candidates on how to win by providing a real life example of why all the pacifistic beliefs of the GOP elites are completely and utterly wrong. Don’t be moderate, don’t be civil, and don’t back down, ever. Always attack, always face violence head on, and don’t compromise. Before this is over, Donald will have violated every tenet of the GOPe’s commonly held beliefs, and he will have thrived while doing so.
Given his success, only an idiot would deny that the best possible course for the GOP and its candidates in the future is to imitate Donald. He is singlehandedly making our future leaders more effective.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting Ted was trying to top militarism ("We'll see if the sand will glow") for ISIS but not for Liberals. He called McConnell a liar on the senate floor - but has he been as direct about either Obama or Hillary?

    I think the Lyin' Ted did hurt - you don't want to be branded by your opponent, but it was over actual things just after they happened. And Ted didn't defuse Voter-Violation or the Carson thing.

    Ted's problem besides the lateness was you can't accuse someone of both being consistently on the wrong side, and simultaneously changing sides. It didn't brand Donald and seemed petty as it was a broad brush, not over a specific incident (nor would he followup the opportunities like on Abortion - Ted didn't say Yea, I'll hold the woman equally accountable for murder and no exceptions).

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  2. How long before the Hebrews rally China to provoke the US into war because Trump is a dictator? This shit really gets old.

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