Against Trump   8 comments

National Review argues against Republicans embracing Trump

THOMAS SOWELL In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one—Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after seven years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor.

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And the leftist Salon claims its evidence of a conservative implosion.

The big release of the latest National Review edition, with a cover declaring “Against Trump,” on Thursday night was above all other things a wonderful gift not just to liberals, but anyone who lives outside of the conservative tribe. Because it gives us a glimpse, however temporary, of what it feels like to be a Trump supporter. I defy readers to take one look at the cover and not feel an overwhelming surge of contempt for these establishment conservatives who love to pander to the camo-crowd when it suits them, but get fussy when the rubes rise up and start demanding real skin in the game. You want to rub their smug little faces right in Donald Trump’s ridiculous hair and ask how they like those apples.



What I found truly hilarious was that liberal progressives think National Review represents the Republican establishment. They don’t. If anything, the Republican establishment has more than shown its contempt for the conservative movement represented by thinkers like Thomas Sowell.


The National Review message – loud and clear – is that conservatives (not Republicans) should not vote for Donald Trump because Donald Trump is not a conservative. That is a completely correct observation. Trump is not a conservative, though he may be leading the Republican polls.

So why are Salon and the other liberal media cheering the “Republican base” (whoever these people might be) into the Trump camp?

I tend to want to avoid conspiracy theories. They’re useful premises for apocalyptic novels, but espousing them in real life tends to make you sound like you’re crazy. But, I’ve had a sneaking suspicion for some time that someone on the left encouraged Trump, probably with large amounts of cash or some iron-clad promise for the future, to run on the Republican ticket. Right now, he’s got folks who claim to be Republican excited, but what happens when he wins the nomination? Will he suddenly do something that makes him thoroughly unelectable and thereby assure the victory of the Democratic candidate?

No! That couldn’t possibly happen.

Right …????

I can write that as someone who is conservative-libertarian and feels no obligation to the Republican party to vote for their nominee. I’m going to vote my principles and if those don’t align with the Republican Party (and they rarely do), I’ll vote Libertarian or some other party that more closely aligns with me. Yes, I may be “wasting” my vote on a non-winning candidate, but I will not be voting for Trump as meglomaniac in chief because frankly, we’ve had 8 years of meglomania and I think we should be done with that by now. I’d rather “waste” my vote sending a message than play go-along-to-get-along with the Republicans.

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  1. An interesting take from the other side of the spectrum from me. Perhaps you’ll be among those who can break a crucial fraction of voters away from Conservative Inc., as a Pat Buchanan theoretician described it, into a more viable and responsive political element. The possibilities of third- and fourth-party action continue to fascinate me, especially as they might take root at local and state levels. Vote your convictions, indeed.


    • I’m not a Republican so I have no influence in the party, but I can do my small bit to convince conservatives that they aren’t stuck voting for the GOP. If the polls are correct, 46% of American voters claim they’re conservatives. Liberals account for 17% of the electorate. If conservatives voted for actual conservatives there would be a sea change in the politics of this country.

      Of course, the GOP doesn’t want to lose conservatives because the party goes away if we vote our principles.


      • You’re assuming that the labels fit. Many who call themselves conservative wouldn’t tolerate having their Social Security tampered with, for instance, or they want a decent education for their children. The definitions have become too slippery, and in clarifying the details is where that sea change can emerge.


      • I totally agree that the labels don’t fit. Republicans are not in favor of true republican government and Democrats don’t really like democracy unless things are going their way. Modern “liberals” have no acquaintance with liberty (the original meaning of the word).

        Social Security is 10-15 years from complete collapse if we don’t do something about it. There’s no money in the Trust Fund and the kids today cannot support six elderly and disabled on the dole and still have lives of their own. However, I can understand why people my brother’s age don’t want to see their SS disappear. They paid into the system their entire working lives, preventing them from fully investing in a real retirement account. They fail to understand that those funds were never invested, so they really haven’t paid in more than a few years of benefits. They want their stolen money back … and I can understand that. I want mine back too, but have known since I was 20 years old that there would be no Social Security by the time I retire.

        I don’t consider public education to be all that decent. That’s another pot of my stolen money I’d like returned to me. What I pay for education from my property taxes just about matches tuition at the best private school in my community.

        But, yes, you’re right. Most people today have no idea what it would mean to return to liberty and actual constitutional values. The lazy would have to go to work, the middle-aged would have to take care of their parents and raise their children to take care of them when the time came, and we’d have to get used to not being able to force our neighbors to live as we want them to for our benefit even when it is against their will and harmful to them.

        There is a huge need to educate Americans on how the terminology has changed and to explain to them that freedom is hard work, but worth it in the end.

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      • I’m enjoying this conversation and hope you will continue. I checked out your blog and see we were both journalists and are now both novelists. I do free author interviews on the blog, so if you’re interested drop me a line at my email –


  2. We agree about Trump. I don’t know a single person who likes him even the teensiest bit. His ideas are wrong and he presents them in the ugliest way possible. He’s not the slightest bit genuine. I’m utterly baffled by his popularity.


    • He’s entertaining, Audrey. I don’t like what he says or how he says it either, but he is tapping into a growing hatred of the elitism rampant in both political parties and the government. I think that’s what people legitimately like about him, because that’s what I find myself liking about him. But he’s not a conservative. At best, he’s a progressive Republican with wide mysogynist and racist streaks. National Review makes the point that none of his positions are truly conservative positions.

      What I find interesting is that the liberals see National Review’s Against Trump article as a sign that the GOP establishment is freaking out over Trump. National Review is an ideological conservative publication, which means they have pretty much nothing in common with the GOP establishment that gave us John McCain, Mitt Romney, and this time around King Jeb. Conservatives could get behind Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or, marginally, Marco Rubio, but the GOP establishment would rather give us Trump than his nearest competitor, Cruz. National Review has seen these maneuvers before and I think they’re hoping conservatives will turn out for the primaries with a mission to select a real conservative. Remember, Reagan got in through a negotiated convention and it worked out rather well for the country as a whole once the liberals got done whining.


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