Donald Trump has been much in the news lately. We can’t turn on the television without seeing him spouting his particular bromides about, well, everything. His policies are simple to understand. He will be the best at everything, and if you don’t think so, you’re stupid. “Stupid” is the favorite descriptor for a wide range of dysfunctions; why spend too much time thinking about exactly what the specific shortfall or solution is, when, for so many things, “stupid” suffices?
And yet Trump is ahead in almost all polls for the Republican nomination, so I think the question is simply, why?
Donald J. Trump is no great conservative champion: he has proven through the years to take whatever positions are most advantageous to him at the time. To be fair, his previous responsibility was to grow his business, make more money and employ thousands of people while getting fabulously wealthy himself. In order to do that he has paid for a few politicians, including the Clintons. He probably overpaid.
He’s not really a conservative.
What have the great conservative champions done for the party of the right? The recently passed omnibus bill has pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of the exclusive Washington club. Where the little folks who elected this bunch of integrity traders are a distant, if even considered, thought. The omnibus was a complete invalidation of the reasons that conservatives were elected in the first place. So all of grade A, super conservative, by-the-book, National Review Approved Conservatives accomplished no more than if all conservatives had voted for liberals.
I don’t even need to know a thing that was in the bill. If the opposition gushes that it was a complete victory and they got more than they expected, that’s good enough for me to condemn Republicans. Whether by cowardice, incompetence or corruption, the Republican party is ineffective. In spite the inherent disadvantages of being the party of grownups, America sent alleged conservatives to state and federal positions in historic numbers in recent elections. And have produced nothing of note, except smug Democrats.
Why do the duly elected conservatives fail so miserably to enact the very positions they were elected to support? I think it’s a very basic human behavior; the desire to be liked.
After all, it’s much more fun to be liked than to stand and tell people cold truths that might make them uncomfortable. Nobody likes to be the guy at the party to tell people to quiet down. It’s more fun to yell and scream until the police come, and then complain about the “man”. It’s safer to blame poverty on an unequal distribution of wealth, rather than suggest individual behavior influences outcomes. That’s the left’s advantage. When was the last time a Democrat tried to arrest runaway debt, justify a strong military, or get entitlements under control? There isn’t much debate that those things are necessary to a strong, healthy country, but the left has a tough time telling the truth about what it’s going to take to remedy those problems.
It’s easier to blame Republicans, because they are the grown-ups that tell us we have to go to bed. That there have to be reductions. That the current fiscal path is unsustainable. That reductions to our military make the world more dangerous, not less. That science is not what some people agree on.
So, it’s tougher to be a Republican. But if you’re elected by the majority of people in your precinct, whatever the size, why wouldn’t you follow through on the promises that got you elected?
People might say mean things about you or may persuade you that there is a lot of money to be made by abandoning smaller government or suddenly see that looking the other way on illegal immigration results in you being able to command a slightly higher price for your integrity, as you sell it off, slice by slice.
And then comes Trump.
Whatever the man’s failings, giving a hoot about what people think is not one of them. His narcissism is second only to the current White House Occupant. But it also makes him bulletproof against being swayed by negative comments. If anything, he seems to thrive on negative energy. Not by rethinking positions, but by taking his ball and going home or doubling down. Don’t think he can build a wall? Well, he will, AND he will make Mexico pay for it.
Think about the similarities between Trump and the President. It’s like sides of the same coin. They are both easily offended, both take disagreement as a personal affront, and if their issue fails, its someone else’s fault. In the case of our President, its usually because he didn’t dumb down an explanation enough for the rubes he’s unfortunate enough to rule. In the case of Trump, there’s a mean girl at the debates.
But, an incredibly vain person has their strengths as well.
If their issue lines up with yours, you have a huge ally.
So, with the Marx Brothers and Sisters on the left, conservatives really have no other choice than to elect from the stable of characters on the right. And, of the top three, I will not vote for someone who thinks he is running for El Presidente of Cuba, and refers to Cubans as “my community”. So that leaves Trump and Count Chocula. I really like Ted Cruz, and think he would be a much better representative of this country, even if he’s Canadian. He’s an F-117A precision strike aircraft to Donald’s lumbering B-52 carpet bombing the left. They both get the job done, it’s just how much collateral damage you get. They are both hated by all the right people and don’t seem to be bothered by it.
So, I don’t care about Trump’s conservative pedigree. We elected a whole raft of conservatives to the Senate and the House who’ve been waiting for something, I guess. If he just controls immigration, strengthens the military, and puts some discipline into government spending, that would be a HUGE win. The shrieking, mewling, crass bleats of the left will mean nothing to him, and may embolden him to greater issues. He can be a loud, obnoxious spine for the conservative cause.
The fact that he’s a candidate is an indicator of the times and the desperation conservatives are feeling. He’s not the best candidate, but he’ll do. If he is the Republican nominee, I’ll pull the trigger. At least he’ll be crazy on our behalf.