Iowa and New Hampshire have spoken.
The media have done whatever humanly possible to convince the voters that Donald Trump is a “has been”… a “criminal”… and a “threat to democracy”.
The people have responded to the media with a resounding, “F@#k Off!”
Now, a couple things:
1) I do not like Donald Trump.
2) I voted for Donald Trump twice.
3) I am convinced that I will be voting for Donald Trump a third time.
4) I am not happy about that reality, but it is what it is.
So… what is my conflict with “The Orange Man”? Well, for starters, I have absolutely no feelings of security that he is grounded in anything that even resembles a political philosophy. He is a populist in the basest terms. The Constitution, and the constraints that it puts upon our government, is a mere suggestion to him, and one that he is ready to dismiss out of hand.
This scares the crap out of me because it diminishes predictability. Without predictability it is very difficult, if not impossible, to navigate into the future.
He is also a boor.
His verbiage, his mannerisms, his bombastic nature, and his flat-out arrogance bother the hell out of me… but, honestly, I can deal with that.
Hemingway was an absolute piece of garbage, but he still knew how to spin a yarn. It is very important to separate the art from the artist… and this includes (in fact, is maybe even more important) when we talk about politics.
Do I think he is a “criminal”?
No more than anyone else is. As Stalin famously stated, “Show me the man and I will show you the crime.”
Do I think he is actually guilty of doing anything regarding January 6th? Oh please… I don’t think ANYONE is guilty (other than perhaps some vandalism charges) of doing criminal acts on January 6th.
No… my problem, as I have stated before, is I think Donald Trump is a Liberal.
He is also a Conservative.
He is, as Talleyrand was, whatever he wants to be at any one time.
There is one thing he has remained consistent on though: He is a “Brokenist”… and as much as it pains me to say it… that is what we need right now.
There are two competing theories… well, actually three… but the dominant conflict is between “Brokenists” and “Status Quoists”.
A “Status Quoist” believes institutions of government are perfectly fine. The system generally has the capacity to “work”. The problem is with the people who are sitting behind the desks. Get rid of them and replace them with competent people… then you have yourself a viable, working government apparatus.
A “Brokenist” (I am becoming one of them) disagrees with that premise. They believe the government is fundamentally flawed. Regardless of the people, the system is corrupt and unworkable. It needs to be fully dismantled and replaced.
Then there is the tiny last group who thinks the government is great as it is. These people are morons and there is no value in talking about them.
Donald Trump has consistently presented himself as a Status Quoist. It’s the “deep state” that is the problem! It needs to be purged!
In reality, I think he is actually more of a Brokenist himself as well… it is what he wants to replace the government with that gives me pause.
What he has done (with a couple of misfires) is to populate the judiciary with judges who range from Conservative (Judge Van Dyke on the 9th Circuit) to true Classical Liberals (Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court).
As we move forward in our experiment in popular government (if that is still even a thing) we will need more and more judges who have this underlying judicial philosophy.
Joe Biden… (or the probable replacement prior to the nomination) is not that guy.
I would go so far as to state the entirety of the Democratic political class has abandoned its “liberal” cards. It has officially become the Fascist Party of America. It has elevated the State to a cosmological level. It uses force, or the threat of force, to demand obedience to the state and, by extension, its ideological cause, and it will absolutely not tolerate dissent. This is most apparent in their disdain for humor. All Fascists recoil at satirical humor and it, and its useful idiots in the media, have done whatever they can to create a humorless society.
Trump will be the Republican nominee. With trepidation in the extreme, I will once again cast my vote for him.
Chaney once asked me what I thought of Donald Trump. I told her that Trump was the metaphorical equivalent of Metamucil. The body politic of America had become constipated and now we needed a full cleanse. We do not leave the Metamucil in a place of honor in our home… we keep it in the medicine cabinet. We bring it out when it is needed, and once we are regular, we put it away. One term clearly was not enough to get us regular.
Once again… I will vote for the orange colon cleanse.