Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Era of Conservative Torpor Is Over

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign is remembered for several things—none of them good.

By | January 8th, 2019

The highlights include failing to campaign in the “Blue Wall” states of the upper Midwest, commissioning fictional opposition research from FusionGPS that failed to move the needle with voters but forms the basis of Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump crusade, and describing Trump supporters as deplorable and irredeemable. It’s part of what Charles Kesler calls “the Left’s growing alienation from middle America.” But that self-alienation isn’t the exclusive province of the political and cultural Left.

Elite opinion makers on the Right are often no better, and sometimes worse.

Witness the descent into Lear-like madness of Bill Kristol, founder and former editor of the recently deceased neoconservative journal The Weekly Standard. His peculiar obsession with the person of Donald Trump destroyed the magazine he founded and possibly the careers of the people led astray by his siren song. It also exposed the fact that while Kristol has occasionally had policy goals in common with conservatives, he never shared our devotion to the principles and institutions of the American founding that made possible more than two centuries of peace and prosperity. And to add insult to injury, it was discovered in 2018 that he’s taking money from Left wing billionaires to finance his jihad. ...............To Read More.....

My Take - Definition is everything, because definition leads to clarity, and clarity leads to understanding.  Many of us already had the correct understanding, but now Trump has forced clarity and understanding on the nation. 

The author uses the word "torpor" in the title, which I thought was worth exploring as the word means, "a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy".  If nothing else comes out of the Trump administration, he has cleared the air over who is and who isn't and conservative and what is and what isn't conservative thought.

Now we know for sure these neocons have been nothing but traitors to the conservative base in America making promises they never intended to keep and publicly taking positions they didn't really believe in.  Now..... that allows conservatives to come out fighting with no restrictions.  People like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, John Kasich, Bush, McCain, Romney, and the rest of that cabal of neocon politicians and neocon writers have been pulling the wool over everyone's eyes for decades.  But now we have clarity. 

This next two years are going to be among the most interesting two years in American history.

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