I’ve been responding to detractors like Sean Hannity on FB who simultaneously insist that me and Cruz supporters don’t matter anymore, and that it will be our fault if Trump loses.
Well, WHICH IS IT?
Either we matter, or we don’t. Indeed, it’s part of what makes Hannity’s attacks so laughable. He has millions of listeners and viewers, but he can’t deliver the election for his dearest leader. Yet somehow I can? WTF? LOL!!
This points to one of the hard and humbling lessons of this election: Many of the so-called gatekeepers of “conservatism” have been utterly inadequate to the task of protecting that which we love, because while we’ve been guarding the gate, the Trumpians have smashed down the walls on both sides of it.
In response, many gatekeepers have left their posts to join the mob, in the spirit of “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader!”
The fact is: If Trump’s as awful a candidate, as he might very well be, then he hardly needs my help in losing. Yet, I’m accused of sandbagging him, and supporting Hillary thereby!
But that’s the thing, I don’t feel obligated to support Hillary. I despise her! The insistence that I must admit to something I do not believe isn’t dishonorable. Rather, it is the product of a conflict of visions: the simplistic binary argument that one must be for one candidate if one is against the other.
I don’t buy the binary argument!!
Think of it this way: What if the race this year was between Hannibal Lecter and Freddy Krueger??
Am I really obligated to figure out which is the lesser of two evils, or am I actually obligated to say they’re both evil?
“C’mon some of us are trying to win an election here! Stop bashing Dr. Lecter. Sure he kills and eats people, but he’s so much better than Krueger. Just look at the Krueger Foundation!”
I go back and forth over the question of whether Hillary or Trump would be worse for America, and/or constitutional conservatism, or whom I would vote for if this binary question came down to my vote. . .
BUT IT DOESN’T!
So, I fall back to the safe harbor of saying what I believe about both of them and the issues at play, for the simple reason that this seems like the right thing to do, and because I want to be consistent about what I believe in, — no matter who is president.
Hat Tip to Jonah Goldberg for the inspiration, but he was merely reading my mind. (The mind-reading plagiarist!) This crap is just that! As are ALL of the announced candidates!!!