There is a lot of talk about morality and norms of late – mostly in relation to Trump and how he is destroying both. We’ve all seen it: the endless stream of opinions deploring how Trump is corrupting America and destroying what we are. The corollary to this is that we must do whatever we can to get rid of Trump…even to electing Democrats. The bottom line in all this: nothing can possibly be worse than Trump.
Recently, Democrats have made serious proposals to pack the courts, abolish the electoral college and abolish the Senate (or reapportion it based on population). They assert the 2nd Amendment does not secure an individual right to bear arms and that the 1st Amendment does not protect “hate speech”. They believe that illegal aliens should vote, that no ID be required to vote and that unknown and unaccountable activists be allowed to “ballot harvest” on election day. The sum total of these proposals is an insistence that in no way, shape or form should anyone non-left be able to secure power in the United States and that once the left obtains power there should be no restrictions on the use of that power.
All of this stems from the leftist belief that they are absolutely right and those who oppose them are not merely wrong, but immoral in their views. I, as a Conservative, don’t want people to be judged by the content of their character because I believe it is right to do so: I want that because I’m an evil person who wishes to perpetuate injustice to benefit myself. The left, if given enough power for a long enough time, will implement, in one form or another, every one of these proposals (and more, besides) because they believe that the very survival of the human race and the planet depends upon it – and they will brook no opposition from anyone.
Do you want that? Do you want yourself to eventually be declared mentally incompetent because you will not assert that a woman can have a penis? And then have your right to bear arms and fly on airplanes denied because, as a crazy female-penis-denier, you’ve been placed on a government list prohibiting such people from doing those things? Do you want your religion forced to teach things that deny the things your religion asserts are true? Do you want your wealth confiscated in the name of fighting climate change and you forced to move into a densely populated city where you’ll have no car, no proper sanitation and whether or not you can be employed will be determined by a social credit system run by leftists? Do you want your government chosen in a flurry of urban ballot-box stuffing? Do you think I’m kidding when I say this is where the left wants to take us? And do you think for a moment they won’t go there if they have the means to do so?
We can all wish for a different set of circumstances. I could wish I was six feet tall, good looking and rich. But, the fact of the matter is that I’m five feet, seven inches, kinda dumpy looking and I think I could scrounge money for a meal at Jack in the Box if you’re hungry. Because of these circumstances, in my life I’ve had to get ahead on sheer hard work and an ability to be charming. You work with what you’ve got, in other words. And in politics, right now, what we’ve got is President Trump and the GOP – and, God help us all, that is what stands between us and a leftist disaster.
As an aside, do not doubt the left’s sincerity. They really believe they are right. They aren’t doing this for fun. I’ve been watching them a lot of late and they are seriously convinced of stuff you and I find absurd. And there is no way to talk them out of it: they are armored from ear to ear and simply won’t listen to contrary ideas or facts (the rare liberal who does wake up tends to prove the rule). They are going to do what they want because they think that they are helping – that by forcing you to say things you believe are untrue; by forcing you to surrender your property; by forcing you to live like an urban hipster, they are making you a better person and building a better world. And if you really get out of line, their punishment of you is also just for your own good…to prevent you from poisoning the minds of other people. Take them seriously and take them at their word.
So, what can we do? Well, as I noted above, I’d like different circumstances – I’d like the perfect GOP President and Congress and party organization which would do everything exactly right at all times. But, we aren’t going to get that. We’re going to have to go with what we have: Trump and the current GOP. Somehow or another, we have to award them absolute political victory in 2020 and beyond (I’d say we dare not let Democrats obtain Executive power for at least 20 years; hopefully that long out of power will force the Democrats to change). It is either vote for Trump and the GOP, or allow Democrats who are committed to enforcing a series of lies and imposing a series of oppressions to sustain the lies. It really is a time for choosing: which do you want? A flawed GOP plus Trump who’s heart is clearly in the right place, or Democrats who are pledged beforehand to destroy everything which you hold dear?
To me, there isn’t any question: if I want to live in a society where truth may be spoken; where property can be owned; where people can live as they wish; where laws are enforced, then I’ve got no choice but to back Trump and the GOP. And keep backing them until such time as we’ve either entirely rebuilt the barriers against tyranny in this country, or Democrats change back into a party where truth is allowed. It is a moral requirement, in my view, that I vote for Trump and the GOP in 2020. To do otherwise is to betray not just my moral code, but the very concept of morality. It may seem weird that a billionaire playboy works out to be the Tribune of truth and decency, but that is actually the way the world works: often it is the most unlikely person imaginable who turns out to have been granted the talisman of truth. Don’t ask me why it wound up being Trump (and Mitch McConnell) – I don’t know. Don’t really care, either. They are what they are – and they’ve all I’ve got; so, I’m going to do the right thing in 2020.
I am honestly shocked at the positions the Democrats are taking. They aren’t even pretending to be American anymore, preferring instead to let their authoritarian socialist flags fly. IMHO, they are committing political suicide so let’s encourage them.
News this morning is that no more indictments are forthcoming in the Mueller investigation meaning ….. there are zero indictments related to Russia collusion. Do you think the media will apologize?
And let me say that I have never been a fan of John McCain and never will be
I think the media and many of the elites from both parties grossly underestimate just how many of us didn’t like McCain. It wasn’t even so much that he wasn’t conservative. He had an ACU rating of around 80%. It was that he couldn’t be counted on, and his word meant nothing. Plus off camera he was a nasty, vile SOB.
For one thing, the media savaged McCain when he ran for the presidency. It’s only now that it is a choice between McCain and Trump that they have decided he was a saint and worthy of admiration.
He absolutely was a vile and petty SOB. He knew he had cancer, he knew he did not have much time left but he chose to run for reelection at 82 years old rather than endorse and support the younger generation, and then proceeded to cast the deciding vote resurrecting Obamacare after years of campaigning against it. He is not a hero, and not an honorable man.
Which of the announced Democrat presidential candidates has the greatest name recognition among Leftist Democrats? Julian Castro, of course.
I think we need to talk more about Big Government subsidizing Big Education at the expense of our children. $1 trillion dollars in student debt and rising. All the while professors who never step a foot in the classroom pull down high six figure salaries and take bribes from rich elite liberals.
And it is not possible in much of the country for a Republican to run and win as an anti-Trump candidate. Even Mitt Romney had to pull back from his criticisms of President Trump to win a Senate seat.
Well maybe that’s because most Republicans support Trump. Ever thought of that?
These concerns are a concentrated version of a dilemma faced by many citizens.
No, those are concerns faced by many politicians.
Is politics too damaged to justify our continued engagement as donors, activists and voters? Wouldn’t it be more effective and satisfying to improve the community in nonpolitical ways — giving to a soup kitchen instead of a politician, volunteering at a senior center instead of knocking on doors in a precinct?
Yes, yes, and yes. You should get out of politics Michael Gerson. You don’t share the concerns average Americans do, and your opinions do not matter anymore.
Rush really laid into the Gerson column this afternoon.
(emphasis – mine)
I heard this comment from Rush and he was absolutely right.
Gerson also outed himself as a Liberal.
They govern California. We certainly don’t want them governing the country:
California, which is home to 12 percent of the US population, also hosts a disproportionate amount of the nation’s homeless at 22 percent. But many do not fit the stereotype of homelessness; they don’t have drug or alcohol or psychiatric problems. They are employed, just not making enough to afford the state’s still-rising rental prices. Some don’t consider themselves homeless at all, simply viewing the unorthodox housing choice as just that – a choice, and a cheaper one.
When they finally get tired of trying to deal with the general disfunction of California they will come to Colorado and be excited to find jobs and affordable housing and move here. And then they will vote Dem and within a few years make Colorado a more easterly outpost of California and ruin it as well.
It is happening already. The new Dem legislature and radical Leftist governor Jared Polis all ran on campaigns of merely savaging their Republican opponents in Colorado’s new political climate of the Left, merely practicing the politics of personal destruction without running on actual policies and political philosophy. Now that they are elected, they are implementing the policies they hid from the public. In the last couple of months they have voted in the legislature to mandate radical sex education classes in which children as young as 9 are indoctrinated into transgender politics, taught how to have safe homosexual sex and that abortion is as legitimate a solution to unwanted pregnancy as anything else. They have voted to strip Coloradans of their votes in presidential elections by signing onto the National Popular Vote compact. And they have voted to essentially shut down oil and gas exploration and drilling in the state, in spite of a referendum trying to do the same thing being soundly rejected by the voters in the same election that got them into the legislature.
There are petitions being circulated to put these programs on the ballot to let the citizens decide and some movements toward recalls of the Bait and Switch tactics of the Left as it works to take over the state of Colorado. This is all due to the population advantage of the Front Range area running from Fort Collins in the north down through Denver and including The Peoples’ Republic of Boulder, basically flipping off about 90% of the area of Colorado and saying it doesn’t matter—-the same mentality and sentiment that drives the popular vote movement.
Get this…City of Columbus Sues State of Ohio for protecting the Second Amendment.
That lawyer, for Columbus wants to have preeminence over law-abiding gun owners, to be able to break down their door anytime he wants, and take personal property, in this case, firearms. Confiscation of private property is against the fourth amendment, and confiscating firearms of law-citizens is a violation of the second amendment. Choosing which type, and how many guns and ammo you can own is also a violation of the second amendment.
The last four words of the second amendment need to be read and reread again and again, shall not be infringed.
Well, Mueller has finally submitted his report. I guess I was wrong when I said a year or more ago that I didn’t think it would happen until right before the 2020 election as an October surprise. It’ll be interesting to see how much, if any of it will be made public.
The timing of the release might be a clue. Five p.m. on a Friday is when government folks release stuff they hope won’t get much attention.
I have a feeling Barr pressured Mueller to wrap this up, in spite of Mueller’s hesitation to remove the protections of claims of obstruction of justice that would have been howled at high volume if any if his co-conspirators in the abuse of power antics of the old DOJ were indicted while the “investigation” was still allegedly ongoing.
There’s is a guy beating a bucket outside the Justice department