If Trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party
If there ever was anything that could be called a “conservative party,” Reagan killed it. If there was one thing conservatives might once have been known for, it was some reasonable concern about deficits. This ended with Ronnie.
Since then, neither George Will nor any other commentator can identify a single issue of substance upon which so-called conservatives and so-called liberals disagree. Yes, it is all theater – political theater.
Now, if George is concerned about a Trump victory bringing on the end of the Republican Party, this is more understandable – this schism should have been recognized by party leadership in 2008, with Ron Paul’s success. In any case, nothing to lament (one mainstream party down, one to go), but more understandable.
Let’s see what George has to say in defense of his concern: his opening paragraph is nothing but psychobabble regarding Trump’s personality disorders (as Will observes these from afar, presumably). If George is looking for mentally and emotionally well-balanced individuals to be president, I suspect he would have to go back at least 120 years, maybe more, to find even one.
Will does not like that Putin and Trump have formed some version of a mutual admiration society; Putin, after all, is a murderer:
Perhaps the 56 journalists murdered were coincidental victims of amazingly random violence that the former KGB operative’s police state is powerless to stop.
We are fed daily by white pundits and talking heads ignoring the thousands of brown-skinned Muslim deaths caused by white action while lamenting the handfuls of white deaths at the hands of brown-skinned Muslim terrorists. But George Will has hit a new low: Putin is bad because he murders (supposedly) those of Will’s profession!
It has, however, been “proven,” perhaps even to Trump’s exacting standards, that Putin has dismembered Ukraine.
One reason that the so-called “conservative party” is coming to an end is because the lies are so completely transparent. Without suggesting Putin’s hands are clean regarding Ukraine, the weight of evidence is overwhelmingly pointed to western fingerprints in the troubles of this region. Two words will suffice: NATO and Nuland.
Will further condemns Putin:
(Counts one and two at the 1946 Nuremberg trials concerned conspiracy to wage, and waging, aggressive war.)
To which a reasonable person might reply: Iraq; George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Let the trials begin.
…by his embrace of Putin, and by postulating a slanderous moral equivalence — Putin kills journalists, the United States kills terrorists, what’s the big deal, or the difference? — Trump has forced conservatives to recognize their immediate priority.
One reason that the so-called “conservative party” is coming to an end is because the lies are so completely transparent, but I repeat myself.
The United States creates terrorists; I will suggest more have been created than have been killed. The United States kills wedding parties and doctors without borders and starves hundreds of thousands of children and deploys depleted uranium and causes hell on earth throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia and tells China that the South China Sea is American territory and perpetuates NATO against phantom enemies in order to extend empire.
Will goes on to a long history of his version of conservatism in American politics, ending with another whopper:
But the Republican Party won five of the next seven presidential elections. In two of them, Ronald Reagan secured the party’s continuity as the custodian of conservatism.
I have already offered my view of Reagan’s so-called conservatism. I will end with the view of someone far more qualified than I on this (and just about any) topic; Murray Rothbard offers his views on Reagan’s so-called “conservatism”:
Eight years, eight dreary, miserable, mind-numbing years, the years of the Age of Reagan, are at long last coming to an end. These years have surely left an ominous legacy for the future: we shall undoubtedly suffer from the after-shocks of Reaganism for years to come.
Rothbard then catalogues a long list of failings – measured against a conservative standard. He ends, however, on a positive note:
Has the Reagan Administration done nothing good in its eight ghastly years on earth, you might ask? Yes, it has done one good thing; it has repealed the despotic 55-mile-per-hour highway speed limit. And that is it.
Leave it to Rothbard to find the needle in that haystack!
One reason that the so-called “conservative party” is coming to an end is because the lies are so completely transparent, but I repeat myself…repeatedly.
I will not vote for Trump or any of the candidates in this election. However, there must be something good about the man if so many monkeys are going bananas about his success.
Which brings me to a point I have contemplating for some time. Trump has said many things in the last few months that would have derailed any other candidate for political office; the media would have destroyed and then ignored such a beast. But this hasn’t happened this time. It leads me to one of a handful of possible explanations:
1) Some powerful people want Trump to win.
2) The mainstream media has finally been exposed as impotent due to the internet.
3) Some powerful people want Hillary to win, and they believe Trump is the easiest Republican to take down in the general election.
It all makes for great reality TV, if you enjoy that sort of thing.