Is looked at in this piece. After a week long implosion by Trump, it’s worth stepping back and reorganizing our thinking. Most who support Trump are either those deplorables who see in Trump a validation for their unacceptable prejudices, or the larger group that begrudgingly supports Trump because they believe the alternative is far worse. They admit to all of Trump’s foibles, they acknowledge there is no way to understand Trump’s incoherent ramblings about policy, they simply fear that four more years of the Left monopolizing power and propaganda in our nation will push their kind closer and closer to the closets and the catacombs. Certainly the most chillingly accurate selection from the piece is this:
Who, a generation ago, could have guessed that careers and social standing could be ruined by stating the fact that the paramount influence on the earth’s climate is the sun, that its output of energy varies and with it the climate? Who, a decade ago, could have predicted that stating that marriage is the union of a man and a woman would be treated as a culpable sociopathy, or just yesterday that refusing to let certifiably biological men into women’s bathrooms would disqualify you from mainstream society? Or that saying that the lives of white people “matter” as much as those of blacks is evidence of racism? These strictures came about quite simply because some sectors of the ruling class felt like inflicting them on the rest of America. Insulting presumed inferiors proved to be even more important to the ruling class than the inflictions’ substance.
You’d think it was another country, or a vicious lie, until you shook your head, splashed water on your face, and realized it was real. And it was us. The US. If Trump could, or even would, thwart such trends is unlikely. And given the compromises that must happen for conservatives and people of traditional faith to support him, I can’t help but think it’s not worth the chance. After all, how much Trump took part in, and advanced, the very things decried by conservatives can only be guessed.
Hat tip to Donald McClarey at The American Catholic.