Conservatives Finally Realize Trump Is Dangerous

Conservative Uprising

With a lead going into Iowa it may be too late to Stump the Trump, but at least his party is beginning to acknowledge he’s a loose cannon.

It’s been posited that Trump is a narcissist bringing out the worst in our citizens. Some wonder if his authoritarian appeal would bring on an era of totalitarianism.

Conservative heavyweights have finally come together to condemn The Donald in the National Review, and the gloves are off. Here are some excerpts.

Mark Helprin: He is astoundingly ignorant of everything that to govern a powerful, complex, influential, and exceptional nation such as ours he would have to know.

William Kristol: Hasn’t Donald Trump been a votary merely of wealth rather than of freedom? Hasn’t he been animated by the art of the deal rather than by the art of self-government?

Yuval Levin: We need to begin by rejecting what Trump stands for, as much as what he stands against.

Dana Loesch: Popularity over principle — is this the new Right?

Andrew McCarthy: Even the casual fan who does not know the players without a scorecard at least knows who the teams are and why they are competing. Trump failed even that basic test.

The Elephant In The Room

The Elephant In The Room

 

David McIntosh: Trump beguiles us, defies the politically correct media, and bullies anyone who points out that the emperor has no clothes. None of that makes him a conservative who cherishes liberty.

Michael Medved: Trump is the living, breathing, bellowing personification of all the nasty characteristics Democrats routinely ascribe to Republicans.

Russel Moore: Trump can win only in the sort of celebrity-focused mobocracy that Neil Postman warned us about years ago, in which sound moral judgments are displaced by a narcissistic pursuit of power combined with promises of “winning” for the masses.

The whole set of full essays is enlightening and, daresay, highly entertaining.

Related: WaPo – A YUGE number of conservatives just shredded Donald Trump in the National Review

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  • So raising Trump to the level of a Saint in the eyes of Voters:

    1. There is no such thing as bad PR.

    2. The Voters hate all the pundits, and career politicians.

  • William F. Buckley – Prophet?: On Donald Trump and Demagoguery – Excerpts from an article in Cigar Aficionado from 2000.

    What about the aspirant who has a private vision to offer to the public and has the means, personal or contrived, to finance a campaign? In some cases, the vision isn’t merely a program to be adopted. It is a program that includes the visionary’s serving as President. Look for the narcissist. The most obvious target in today’s lineup is, of course, Donald Trump. When he looks at a glass, he is mesmerized by its reflection. If Donald Trump were shaped a little differently, he would compete for Miss America. But whatever the depths of self-enchantment, the demagogue has to say something. So what does Trump say? That he is a successful businessman and that that is what America needs in the Oval Office. There is some plausibility in this, though not much. The greatest deeds of American Presidents — midwifing the new republic; freeing the slaves; harnessing the energies and vision needed to win the Cold War — had little to do with a bottom line.

  • And he was/is not a ‘successful businessman’. He only knows how to make money, and there’s a difference. The only thing he ‘built’ was his ‘brand’.

    • Quite fitting, actually. The followers don’t really care about his capabilities, programs, ideas. All that matters is that he voices what they hate and fear. His entire campaign is based on hatred. For me, his great sin is that he has made it ‘politically correct’ to display the bigotry he senses lurks in the hearts of so many people. And the unforgivable sin of the MSM is they they have not only failed to slap him down for it, they have aided and abetted him, all for the sake of the money.

      Many politicians have pandered to the worst instincts of the voters, and some of us are old enough to remember pricks like Father Coughlin and know the history of the ‘nativist’ parties.

      If the American people cannot condemn him as a low-life, scum-bag rabble-rouser, we’re in deep trouble.

      We are in deep trouble.

      • There may be some good to the bigotry being openly on display. It is unmasking, showing America to be akin to Dorian Gray. Maybe that is what is needed to trigger a catharsis?

  •   Several months ago I started writing a novel about a chap who decided to use modern technology, good old-fashioned snooping and the anti-authoritarian leanings of the younger generation in order to take down the corrupt, hypocritical sociopaths running politics, finance, business, mass media – all the Official Establishment.

      I haven’t worked on it lately but maybe I should finish and get it published – just in time for the 2016 election cycle. 😀

  • I have a FB friend, someone I worked with back in the ’60s. Her family wealth comes from medical, pharmacy & household products, one of the great fortunes dating to the 1880s. She grew up in one of the country’s poshest areas, married an investment banker & adviser, lives in another of the country’s poshest areas. Not in the top .1% but certainly worth tens of millions. I would say her outlook is typical of wealthy WASP [capital C] Conservatives on the East Coast.

    She and her crowd are horrified at The Donald. But I noticed neither she nor her other FB contacts seem to have anything to say about the rest of the Clown Bus. I’m sure they are equally disenchanted with Cruz, Rubio, Christie & Fiorina, Suspect they would prefer Jeb!, knowing that like Dubya (and St. Ronnie) he would be controlled manipulated advised by their mandarins.

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