The Donald Trump thunderstorm is advancing. What was once a distant, presumably dismissible rumble is now an undeniable threatening mass, darkening the horizon, surging across our political and social landscape. This “not serious” GOP presidential candidate did not fade as was predicated and widely predicted. Ross Perot, Ron and Rand Paul; most of them don’t last. None of them had the sycophantic backing of the proper media sources.
The Trump fancy has passed through fad, is becoming the fashion and continues to fester into the potential fantastic undoing of the political civility. There are still those holding out hope that the Republican Party is not the evil racist conglomerate that pandering Democrats have claimed it to be for over a century. Even if Donald Trump becomes the Republican Presidential nominee, the GOP is only doomed if its members turn out to vote for him.
When sifting through the post-election rubble, what remains of the Republican Party’s soul will be that which was wrought by those who fought against the inevitable..
Enter #NeverTrump and the holdouts for societal sanity. Oftentimes, particularly in politics, when things don’t go a certain way, a certain contingent of the specifically affronted will sulk and withdraw. This behavior often leads to worse circumstances as matters can fall into the hands of a capricious, untrustworthy fringe. Interestingly, refusing to vote for Trump in November, and surrendering the 2016 general election to a Democrat, is the Republican mainstream’s only hope.
Despite pushing an unrepentant monster, Trump supporters are furious with those who made very clear they would not, would never, vote for him. Seeing a separate, equally worrying storm on their own horizon in the form of Hillary Clinton, Trump backers now want the support of those voters they ridiculed all the while their man rose to inexplicable prominence. Uproar already rings across the countryside, from Sean Hannity and others, that the petulant anti-Trump movement is handing the White House back to the Democrats. Those committed to #NeverTrump don’t, shouldn’t care, and here’s why:
Say you live across the street or hallway, or whatever, from someone with whom you have nothing in common, and with whom you never agree. This November, he is going to turn his front yard into a free-range pig farm. You, and only you (don’t worry about why), can prevent this if you hang a bag of dead rodents from your front door.
So, you have a choice; rat carcasses on your front door or rutting pigs across the street. Naturally, the people in your neighborhood are pushing you to take one for the greater good. No sane individual wants either, but the pig outcome is unthinkable. The #NeverTrump sentiment is the equivalent of choosing neither terrible option. You aren’t obligated to ruin your own living situation simply because your neighbor is a sociopath. The next four years are going to be brutal, but the guy with the pig farm will, rightfully take the brunt of the abuse. There will be those who blame you for your decision, forgetting you had nothing to do with the promotion of the pig farm. It simply fell to you to do something about it; something almost exclusively awful for you and your family.
#NeverTrump is the necessary response to an insane situation. It didn’t cause, but will result in hardship. When sifting through the post-election rubble in a couple years, what remains of the Republican Party’s soul will be that which was wrought by those who fought against the inevitable. Will four years of Donald Trump do more or less damage to the party than an equal stint beneath President Clinton? The answer to that is obvious.
Those lamenting what Hillary’s presidency will do to the nation should have thought of that before pushing their own horrific failure.
btw Lewandowski did that awful thing..