This is one of those moments when I’m relieved to not be on Facebook reading the overwrought conservative responses to Cruz backing out of the race. I’m sorry; Trump was always a better candidate than Cruz, and I’m not ashamed to say that. Poor Trump just can’t speak the party line right. He’s always saying something off-script because, if appearances are correct, he isn’t part of the establishment and therefore hasn’t been handed the script.
Take the abortion issue as an example. It was an issue he hadn’t spent much time thinking about, so when he was pushed for a response, he gave a natural cause and effect answer — the kind of honest answer that no republican will speak. If abortion is illegal, then there naturally has to be a punishment for people who violate the criminal code. Like a good politician, he recanted, but at least he pulled the cloak off the hidden truth for a while.
Other ways he’s off-script: We’ll look at the documents and find out the truth about 9-11! We’ll shut down the borders and not give in to the globalist agenda! We’ll give to Americans first!
LOL. Is Trump for real? He may not have known the abortion script, but surely he knows the script on the above talking points.
I don’t fully know what Trump is about; I don’t think any of us do. When Trump first jumped on the scene, I suspected him of being a shill to get Hillary elected, as it was clear he knew the Clintons at least casually. But then I began to wonder if he really does know the Clintons and is trying his darnedest to keep another one out, which he may not be able to do. Judging by Cruz’s clear lack of popularity, however, he clearly didn’t have a ghost of a chance, either.
Perhaps keeping Hillary out was never the point for Cruz conservatives. On a talk radio show, I heard some conservatives claim they would vote for Hillary to keep Trump out, which, in this climate, means they are for the establishment and not much else. And what is it they specifically don’t like about the Donald? I’m not sure. Elizabeth Warren — obviously not a neocon, but still an establishment player — calls him a racist. But, nah, that can’t be it. The term racist is hurled at people so willy-nilly it means nothing. It’s about like calling somebody a nincompoop.
True, there are a lot of people with ethics who believe he’s an immoral hypocrite. Okay. But at least he’s a known quantity. Everything’s out there for the world to see, and he’s unapologetic about it. Am I a Trump supporter? No. I never have been, as I’m far too circumspect to be (I’m also not a republican, so can’t vote in the primary). If I were going to vote at all in the final election, I’d vote for him in a heartbeat over Hillary, though.
Why? I don’t know if anything Trump says is real, but his talking points are anti-globalist and Hillary’s are not. That is a foundational issue because, honestly, pause to think this through: none — and I mean none — of this election hullabaloo means anything if we’re not a sovereign nation working together for our own good. All the other talking points, such as healthcare and income gap and equality, are only meaningful if we’re a nation of citizens working towards goals that matter to us.
Oh, and for the record — nationalism does not automatically equate to fascism. Almost every politician in recent times has been compared to Hitler, including Hillary; calling somebody less specifically a fascist is about as meaningful an insult as calling somebody a racist. It’s just yawn-inspiring. George Orwell pointed out how meaningless it was in the 1940s. For the record, Trump likens himself to FDR instead, which is a little worrisome, but whatever.
I probably won’t vote, anyway. Gasp! I might. Either way, I’m finding this election cycle to be more entertaining than the last cycle, and the idiocy slogan “Choice 2012.” Yeah, choice. Huh. It was like going to the grocery store and finding that all the yogurt brands are lowfat with the same ingredients list.