Donald Trump has passed through the gauntlet and is the Republican nominee
Now the nominee is clear. Though not surprising today, it was not the person most folks would have predicted in July of 2015. In fact it was likely that even Donald Trump thought he could roll for a while, be outrageous, and then get back to business as usual.
The more he stretched credibility however, the more he appealed to those looking for the ‘not normal’ in politics. Many, whom we might describe as angry and disaffected with politics-as-usual, found his antics refreshing and (in some strange way) appealing. They see in him a willingness to confound convention and ‘normalcy’ in the body politic; “normalcy,” being a condition which has proven inadequate for our nation, and has created a slow road to some bizarre and unrecognizable dystopian squalor.
At the same time, those who created this environment through passive aggressive politics and (even worse) outright compromise of principle, have been freaking out. The #NeverTrump brigade was born and now faces a conundrum with an impending Hillary presidency. ‘Moderates’ who give in to the liberal agenda frequently, screamed “He’s not a conservative!”
As-if conservatism was ever really important to them.
Indeed, I was personally hoping for a Cruz nomination, but had resolved to support the eventual nominee early on. The Cruz loss to Trump is about a 2 or 3 (out of 10) on my give-a-crap meter. There are certainly better things to do than re-wage a battle already over.
However, I know Trump’s history. I see no reason to do a happy dance from a conservative perspective. He is hardly the guy who will fight for the life of the unborn, and his callous campaigning tactics reveal a bit of a dishonorable trait.
I can only gain solace in that he is a far better manager than the Governor of our state Rick Snyder, and that he will likely select some real talent for positions of responsibility. It is entirely possible that the respect he showed Cruz in his speech Tuesday night might also foreshadow future collaboration with Cruz in a way that brings our constitutional condition some relief.
One can truly hope.
This respect shown to Cruz, even after trashing him in a most strange manner, clearly demonstrates a “I play to win at any cost” attitude, which can seem harsh, but admittedly has results. Think in terms of ‘bomb the crap out of them, subdue, rebuild, and be friends.’ OK, I suppose I get it.
Some people don’t know when to stop dropping the bombs however.
Ugliness in politics is universal. And surely another reason to stay out of the fray was the number of friends who had staked all of their credibility on either candidate, and had left little to no wiggle room for when the results of the contest played out. Some people with little or no credibility IMO, also chose sides and became simply unbearable in the process.
It was clear that engaging in the issue would never be a productive enterprise, and that hard feelings would be the side effect. For my own purposes, casual support of my candidate became the rule early on I Frankly, the end of this Republican contest is more than welcome in my eyes. Trump being about 4th on my list at the beginning, is now the candidate.
I must say that there are some folks who cannot stop poking the dead horse however. This part of the process is over, yet one character in the ‘doesn’t-know-when-to-stop’ play couches a unification statement that is laughable. Never having supported anyone but Trump, and viciously attacking any others he pretends unity for the sake of the Republic, writing:
Our Republic is at the Crossroads
Do conservatives want to risk a Bernie or Hillary and four more years of destruction? Haven’t we seen what eight years of Obama has done to this country? While I feel the pain of the Cruz supporters it’s time to let it go and get behind Donald Trump unless of course the future of our Republic matters none.
Why is it that so many “conservatives” are only conservative when it suits their purposes and not when it doesn’t? When men like Bobby Knight, Gene Keady and Lou Holtz that generations of young men grew up learning what it means to be a man of integrity and honor and simply to be a winner all endorse Trump shouldn’t that speak volumes? It does to me.
Several months ago, this is the same guy who had to be removed from the RightMichigan.Com facebook page because of his spamming anti-Cruz propaganda.
Some of the propaganda presenting the Texas Senator as the devil, a druggie, a philanderer, a Wall Street crony, to name a few. The posts were vicious, polluting, and plentiful, and took away from other items of interest. He could not control himself, so he lost his page privilege, something that rarely happens.
The first paragraph in the statement above mentions “pain” he feels for Cruz supporters. And yes, we can appreciate the call for unity. If we had selected a Bush, Rubio, Cruz, etc ticket, then the prevailing side would certainly attempt to endear itself to former political opponents. Its how things roll.
The vitriol and past messaging from some however is beyond redemption. There exists zero credibility in such statements when they have seriously propagated such nonsense as Cruz being a satanist seeking the presidency.
“Feeling the pain?”
And what about the statement about Bobby Knight, Gene Keady and Lou Holtz? Really? So its compulsory and honorable to examine the records of those men; to consider their past for credibility, while endorsing a man who’s history is littered with very non-Republican or non-Conservative acts, and who’s past might in actuality serve as a warning?
I am so confused.
There will have to be some ‘healing’ in the party to be sure, but Trump advocates will seriously have to learn when to stop insulting those whom they want to bring along. It’s bad enough that there will be those who have been telling us forever that “once the candidate is chosen, its our responsibility to play along” will not heed their own words.
The thought of Hillary in the white house should be enough to scare a person bowel-empty. That screeching criminal has plans for energy, guns and even more unimaginable terrors to unleash on this nation.
Yeah. Its Trump now.
Lets make it work, but don’t pretend we aren’t a little skeptical.