Rod Dreher doesn’t understand why Donald Trump has such a passionate following:
“Halfway through the statement, Trump took a nearly 20-minute-long break to cover a range of topics, including these:
— He reflected on how his movement has “the smartest people… the sharpest people… the most amazing people.” He said the pundits — “most of them aren’t worth the ground they’re standing on, some of that ground could be fairly wealthy ground” — have never seen a phenomenon like this.
He goes on in another post:
“I believe with utter certainty that a Clinton presidency would accelerate the dramatic loss of religious liberty, most importantly by the Supreme Court justices she names, and the extension of the power of the state into the private lives of Americans and their institutions, all for the sake of the grand Social Justice Warrior cause. I believe that she will continue Washington’s misguided foreign policy, including an eagerness to intervene militarily in foreign conflicts (in this she will be worse than Obama). And I believe she will raise taxes and increase entitlements. I think she is dishonest and manipulative. Most every bad thing that conservatives say will happen under a Clinton administration, I am convinced will happen.
So, I have thought from time to time, “Could I really vote for Trump?” I actually agree with the general Buchananite thrust of his campaign’s themes, and strongly believe the globalist ideology embodied by Hillary Clinton is a menace. He is not remotely a religious conservative, but, I thought, at least he wouldn’t make a point of going after us. Do I trust him to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices? No — but I trust her to appoint activist liberals, so I’d rather take my chances with him.
If it weren’t for Trump’s character, this would be an easy choice.”
Yeah, Hillary Clinton is certain to attack and further undermine Christianity.
Yeah, Hillary Clinton will dissolve our national borders.
Yeah, Hillary Clinton will import millions of Third World refugees into our communities, many of whom are certain to launch future terrorist attacks.
Yeah, Hillary Clinton will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will continue to depress wages for the White working class and send more manufacturing jobs overseas.
Yeah, Hillary Clinton is certain to launch another “humanitarian intervention” or two (Serbia, Libya) overseas.
Yeah, Hillary Clinton is certain to stack the Supreme Court with more Ruth Bader Ginsburgs, which will shift the court on all issues Rod allegedly cares about the most (i.e., abortion, religious liberty).
Yeah, Hillary Clinton is going to go after gun rights.
Yeah, the corrupt, unanimous #LyingPress and the United American Oligarchy is backing Hillary to save their own skins.
Yeah, all that is true about Hillary Clinton … BUT BUT BUT, Trump called Alicia Machado fat 20 years ago in a beauty contest, and Trump correctly called her a slut on his Twitter account! How dare he! This man is too déclassé to ever be president!
Ross Douthat, one of Dreher’s social conservative butt buddies, weighs in here:
“THE Republican Party’s politicians have mostly surrendered to Donald Trump. The Republican Party’s entertainers have mostly been enthusiastic about his candidacy. But the conservative intelligentsia — journalists, think-tankers and academics — has been conspicuous in its resistance. …
In this sense the intellectuals’ case for Donald Trump fails because it cannot shake free of those ideas and see the personal element here clearly.
What Trump believes, what he intends to do in office — those questions are ultimately secondary to the problem of the man himself, and the near-certainty that he will fail, and in failing, betray anyone who has lent him their support.”
What these #TruCon intellectuals fail to understand is that their chief complaint about Trump – that he doesn’t have the character or temperament to be president – is precisely the thing that is most attractive to his followers.
Trump’s instinct is to fight back when attacked (Megyn Kelly, Alicia Machado, Khizr Khan) and say things that are true, but grossly politically incorrect (Judge Curiel is biased because he is a Mexican, Muslims should be banned from the United States, some illegal aliens are rapists and criminals, blacks engage in voter fraud).
The #TruCon intellectuals question Trump’s temperament and character, but they don’t like it when their own temperament and character is questioned. Rod Dreher, for example, is always engaged in limpwristed hand-wringing about this or that outrage of the day (radical SJWs on college campuses, Muslim terrorist attacks, Black Lives Matter agitators rioting, Christian philosophers getting read the riot act), but never fails to return to the conclusion that nothing can be done about it.
It all boils down to this: #TruCon intellectuals like Dreher, Douthat and their ilk are either incapable or unwilling to champion the interests of their core White American constituency. As Glenn Beck said again today on Meet The Press, “we have to get away from winning” to make some kind of big moral point by losing the election.
The typical ordinary conservative in flyover country, who depends on the #TruCon intellectuals to champion his interests, judges their character and temperament and draws the conclusion that THESE PEOPLE ARE WEAK. Not only are they weak, they are also guilty of DISLOYALTY in a fight that will have major consequences.
When Donald Trump says of the #TruCon pundits that “they aren’t the ground they’re standing on,” it strikes a chord. To be perfectly honest, they aren’t worth a bucket of spit, and this is why they are losing their followers to the Alt-Right!
Note: Here at Occidental Dissent, we have our doubts about Trump’s ability to “Make America Great Again,” but in a fight we take the side of our own people. This distinguishes us from these effete, #NeverTrump bow-tie wearing cocksuckers.