Contrary to my own speculation, the old familiar song got caught in New Hampshire’s throat last night, as Trump lapped the field while popping wheelies. As you will be unsurprised to learn, those who get paid to pen pap were highly disheveled by the performance. Consider this quote.
Trump can win. Trump must be stopped.
Would you say that came from Salon.com or National Review? It’s neither, of course. This is a hard news source: CNN.com. As in most similar evaluations, the analyst soberly delves into the mindset and motivations of Trump supporters.
They revel in the shamelessness of a man…
This ear-tagging of shameless reveling is, as you are aware, an obligatory preamble to any assessment of Trump’s political traction. It’s an overt signal of the speaker’s alignment with his peer group. One that reminds me very much of a friend who travelled briefly to Pakistan. He reported that practically every native sentence began or ended with inshallah. This is signaling and social lubricant rather than an appeal to divinity. And so it is with liberals. It won’t be long before their group lunches feature similar etiquette.
What can I get you?
Trump is bad and his supporters are worse. I’ll have the cob salad.
There is a chance to stop Trump in South Carolina on February 20. That state is more ideologically conservative, with a stronger local party leadership and a tradition of preferring mainstream candidates. But if the moderate field remains divided, it’s quite possible that Trump will win again.
And that would be bad for all of us.
Us. I’ve written previously on the remarkable elasticity of plural pronouns in the modern vernacular. Us in this case stretched to mean a group that advances globalism, while them refers to those who do not. Thus we support population replacement, and they are nazis. It’s not particularly complex.
So just how bad would Trump be for…us?
His characterization of Mexican migrants — legal or otherwise — is wrong and damaging at a time when America is evolving towards a less-white society.
In other words, the battalion of parasitic squatters in your living room doesn’t much care for that tone of voice. And since your home is evolving to become theirs, you should probably just keep your trap shut and smile. Less damaging that way.
His stance on Muslim immigration, which he would cease until the terror threat is brought under control, is racist.
See? Racist. You wanted a reason why you can’t keep Muslims out of your country and there it is. This sort of ingrown intellectualism will be long mused over by the Chinese. There’s no appeal to logic, utility, tradition, and certainly not our own welfare. It’s like a bushy Afro growing beneath a man’s scalp rather than over it. The liberal can feel an entire sensible head of hair that is completely indiscernible to an exterior perspective. For them there is only the lush logic of racist or not racist to guide one’s path. And once racist is determined, it simply requires acknowledgement and nothing more.
Which brings us finally to conservatives (sotto voce: Trump isn’t one).
Trump does not care about the things that regular conservatives have dedicated their lives to fighting for:
I am eager to learn what these things are.
❌ controls on abortion
❌ protection of marriage
❌ reform of the healthcare market
That’s a modest range of ambition to be certain. So much so that conservatism under those terms can be seen in Somalia if not domestically. They have few abortions, protected marriage (of whatever kind), and a robust shaman HMO. Who knew all those dedicated conservative lives would fail to conserve anything here while flourishing in the Horn of Africa?
So what’s the inevitable conclusion?
The Republican Party needs to stop him — and sooner rather than later.
Right, Babel depends on it. And as Patrick Henry implored, give me a reformed healthcare market or give me death!