NeverTrumpTard GOPers: treacherous backstabbers, or grubby parasites?
I suggest we all embrace the healing power of “and.”
National Review has found yet another reason to hate Trump, whom it has attacked relentlessly for over four years. It seems that among his multiple shortcomings, according to Frank Lavin, a supporter of Republican Voters Against Trump in 2020, Donald Trump was not the Gipper. In fact, he caused the Republican Party to deviate grievously from Reagan’s policies; and so it now behooves us to save the GOP by returning to the proven “conservative” teachings of the president whose approval ratings approached 70 percent shortly after leaving office.
In the 1980s, the Democratic Party of Tip O’Neill bore little resemblance to the party that Trump had to confront as his relentless enemy. Back then Democrats were still a party of blue-collar workers (a class that Trump tried to bring into his populist movement). Tip O’Neill was an Irish Catholic ward-heeler from Boston, who represented a working-class base; Nancy Pelosi by contrast speaks for culturally radical San Franciscans in a transformed Democratic Party, which today features LGBTQ demands, anti-white hysteria, Green New Deals, and which fights the gender identity war. Why would anyone think that Trump would not have gotten along with Tip as well as Ronnie did; or that Reagan would have enjoyed a better relationship with the present Democratic Party than Trump has? We are speaking about different forces of opposition to the GOP in two different eras.
We’re also speaking about a different GOP, although it must be said that the early warning signs of their impending transmogrification into the Uniparty simulacrum of “opposition” they unmistakably are today—housebroken Republicans, poseurs who snarl a great game but can absolutely be relied upon to roll over and play dead when it count, each and every time—were already beginning to appear.
Although Reagan faced critics in the leftist media, as someone who briefly served in his administration, let me assure Mr. Lavin that this sniping was nothing like the nonstop, venomous attacks to which Trump was subjected from the moment he declared his candidacy for the presidency. I have no idea how anyone but an absolute saint would not have exploded in the face of such slander; and it was directed not only against the president but also against his wife and young son. Never in my long life have I seen such a feeding frenzy.
Attacks on Trump as another Hitler and calls for assaults on him became commonplace over the last four years; and I strongly suspect that if Reagan has been forced to deal with such adversaries his approval rating and his temper would both have taken a hit.
Is there a reason why it shouldn’t have? From where I sit, failing to explode in righteous rage at such corrosive, slanderous vituperation indicates not a becoming restraint, but a serious character defect.
Reagan left office with a 63 percent approval rating, which by 1989 went up to 68 percent. We might ask what that approval rating would have been if the media threw dirt at him incessantly and if his congressional opponents incited riots against him throughout his presidency. Please note these attacks occurred not just because the Donald was intemperate in his language. The Left wanted power, and it was necessary to destroy Trump’s presidency to achieve it.
Achieve it they surely did. As a result, TPTB has made it clear that they will tolerate no challenge, of whatever nature, to its grip on untrammeled, absolute power. And from now on, they won’t have to. The past year’s litany of outrages against the Constitution, democracy, and simple decency—the successful hijacking of the last “election” in particular—has proven beyond argument that our rulers no longer need to even feign interest in “the consent of the governed.”
Finally, I would note that, unlike Reagan, Trump tried to be a transformative president who took his own party kicking and screaming into the populist form that he gave it. Although an honest, dedicated leader, Reagan transformed nothing.
Alas, the same can be said of Trump. In the wake of his spurious enthronement, on the very first fucking day, Beijing Biden’s puppetmasters undid almost every Trump accomplishment. Trump’s successes were written in quicksand, all too easily washed away by the Dismal Tide as if they never happened at all. His sole lasting achievement was removing the veil that had for so long obscured the face of the Enemy, exposing the true nature of the thugocracy that rules us. But even that bitterly-bought revelation must ultimately come to naught too, unless Americans act with vigor and zeal to prevent it.