George F. Will, Opinion Writer
Washington Post, August 12, 2015
In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay.
When, however, Trump decided that his next acquisition would be not another casino but the Republican presidential nomination, he tactically and quickly underwent many conversions of convenience (concerning abortion, health care, funding Democrats, etc.). His makeover demonstrates that he is a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.
He is an affront to anyone devoted to the project William F. Buckley began six decades ago with the founding in 1955 of the National Review — making conservatism intellectually respectable and politically palatable. Buckley’s legacy is being betrayed by invertebrate conservatives now saying that although Trump “goes too far,” he has “tapped into something,” and therefore.?.?.?.
Therefore what? This stance — if a semi-grovel can be dignified as a stance — is a recipe for deserved disaster. Remember, Henry Wallace and Strom Thurmond “tapped into” things. In 1948, Wallace, FDR’s former vice president, ran as a third-party candidate opposing Harry Truman’s reelection. His campaign became a vehicle for, among others, communists and fellow travelers opposed to Truman’s anti-Soviet foreign policy. Truman persevered, leaders of organized labor cleansed their movement of Soviet sympathizers, and Truman was reelected.
Conservatives who flinch from forthrightly marginalizing Trump mistakenly fear alienating a substantial Republican cohort. But the assumption that today’s Trumpites are Republicans is unsubstantiated and implausible. Many are no doubt lightly attached to the political process, preferring entertainment to affiliation. They relish their candidate’s vituperation and share his aversion to facts. From what GOP faction might Trumpites come? The establishment? Social conservatives? Unlikely.
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It is difficult to determine whether George Will has remained within the confines of the GOP “Establishment” for so long that he actually believes what he writes, or if he’s so steeped in conceit and self-absorption that he’s convinced he can alter reality by the sheer power of his baseless assertions. In either case, it is glaringly apparent that he and his kind have completely lost touch with the nation that surrounds them. And in the face of a Tsunami of grassroots rejection of the D.C status quo (as epitomized by the meteoric political rise of Donald Trump), they flail desperately as they seek to maintain their place at the epicenter of “politics as usual.”
Will’s consuming arrogance literally drips from every line of this piece. Starting with his indictment of small-town America, not as the homeland of those people who made the nation great, but as a crude place where mindless loudmouths congregate at the local bars to parade their ignorance. Perhaps it would surprise Mr. Will to find that those people at the bars and coffee shops across this land are the same ones who planted the crops, built the bridges, and died in the wars so that he and his erudite cohorts could bask in their ease, comfort, and safety as they espouse their insipid worldviews.
Admittedly, Donald Trump has changed his positions on several key issues, and the genuineness of those changes needs to be carefully assessed. However, out here in the hinterlands, the peasantry (that’s you and me) have been wondering just how dismal Barack Obama might make things before people begin waking up to the scope of the damage. Should we then unilaterally condemn someone like Trump for apparently having undergone just such an awakening?
Moreover, while Donald Trump has endeavored to do some major philosophical house-cleaning (and that’s as it should be), it is the likes of George Will who appear to be incorrigibly trapped in their elitist mindsets, presuming it is they who know all the right questions and have all the right answers.
Consider Will’s insinuation that Trump supporters are neither conservative nor “Republican.” From Will’s lofty vantage point, “conservatism” is defined by the late William F. Buckley who broke stride with the political forces of his day to consolidate conservative thinking with his creation of “National Review.” Well good for Mr. Buckley, but that was more than a half-century ago. Much has changed since then. However, those changes apparently have not altered the focus of the self-serving “Ruling Class” inside the Beltway.
Elsewhere, Will tipped his hand by constructing a bogus rebuttal to critics of Republican “Business as usual.” Claiming that those who are angry with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority “Leader” Mitch McConnell should really be angry with James Madison, Will condescendingly deflected criticism with vacant claims that abhorrent trends and events in Washington somehow result from the constitutional “separation of powers.”
In Will’s alternative universe, Obama isn’t engaged in unconstitutional overreaches, while meeting no resistance on Capitol Hill. Rather, it is the Congress that isn’t in any position to check Obama’s abuses of power. Such an allegation leaves readers with one of only two conclusions. Either George Will has remained totally ignorant of the manner in which Boehner and McConnell have lied, maneuvered and collaborated with the Obama Administration in order to put it fully in the “driver’s seat,” or he presumes his readers to be clueless, and intends to keep them that way.
In any case, it is clear that George Will has a deep-seated contempt for average citizens across America who reject open borders, profligate federal spending, and the general trampling of their rights. In keeping with this, he is doing his utmost to mock and marginalize the American people who passionately reject such a fate.
Reading George Will’s commentary in its entirety, it becomes grimly obvious why liberals in both parties have prevailed and, despite major “Republican” gains in 2010 and last fall, the leftist assault on America continues unabated. Liberals don’t surrender under the auspices of “separation of powers,” or spend time concocting scholarly sounding alibis to concede political defeat. They strive to win.
It’s high time that grassroots America commits to do likewise.
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