Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What’s a Conservative to Do?

" Every day I receive emails voicing the same reaction to the constant barrage of scathing commentary about Trump from traditionally conservative sources. Perhaps the conservative punditry feels obligated to be self-critical.  But, for those who backed other primary candidates, then put on their big boy pants and came to terms with supporting Trump -- or at least committed to vote for him -- this compulsion among the conservative chattering classes is dispiriting and causing a great deal of second-guessing.  Even panic.

Point is, all of our candidates -- including our 16 primary candidates -- have flaws.  And it doesn’t matter if you are Trump, Pence, Romney, or McCain -- the Democrats will exploit those flaws and go one step further manufacturing other weaknesses out of whole cloth. These mythological flaws become so deeply embedded in the American psyche, that they become the “truth” and voila! We are sexists, racists, homophobes, the 1%, and haters.

Despite these real or imagined flaws, we loyal plebes stump, knock, call, fund, and vote for the nominee.  We applaud when appropriate and wince (to ourselves) when they mess up.  But we do not eat our own.  And now, the very people who tell us to be good little Republicans are digging in their heels and cannibalizing Trump.

Isn’t this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?  For years elite Republicans and the conservative commentariat have cautioned the grassroots to be wary of riding their principles off a cliff, and now that is precisely what they do! If, by staying true to their conservative principles, they cannot in good conscience vote for Trump and ask us to do the same, haven’t they saddled up their principles and giddy-yapped all the way to the nearest precipice?"

[American Thinker]

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