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Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I com­pare the peo­ple of this gen­er­a­tion? What are they like? They are like chil­dren sit­ting in the mar­ket­place and call­ing out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’

Luke 7:3132

Refer­ring back to the last post, Trump Derange­ment Syn­drome ram­pages on, barely checked by the presently ram­pag­ing hor­rors of news­peo­ple mur­dered on live tele­vi­sion, the ongo­ing mas­sacres by ISIS, and the loom­ing threat of the Iran nuclear sur­ren­der. It is one thing to state that Trump is not the answer; hurl­ing inces­sant insults at those who sup­port him and clog­ging social media’s arter­ies with three hun­dred and eighty-​five vari­a­tions a day of “TRUMP IS A POOPY­HEAD AND SO ARE HIS MIN­IONS!” seem­ingly never gets old for those who choose blithe igno­rance or end­less excuses for Con­gress’ either cav­ing or being inac­tive in regard to most every major issue con­ser­v­a­tives hold dear — the econ­omy, national debt, ille­gal immi­gra­tion, gov­ern­men­tal inva­sion of pri­vacy and vio­la­tion of rights moti­vated by polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion, defund­ing Planned Par­ent­hood, the afore­men­tioned ISIS and Iran nuclear sur­ren­der, etc.

It would be pro­duc­tive if Trump bash­ers were one-​tenth of one per­cent as proac­tive in detail­ing solu­tions to prob­lems as they are, well, bash­ing. There is no prob­lem with detail­ing why Trump is a less than ideal can­di­date, or should not hold the high­est office in the land. Make your case; agree to dis­agree if need be. That said, at some point in the process it becomes nec­es­sary to state what, and who, you are for if your words are to carry any weight. Oppo­si­tion alone is not a strat­egy any more than hope and change is a pol­icy plat­form. What do you sug­gest in lieu of Trump? What do you pro­pose to han­dle a Con­gress osten­si­bly in con­ser­v­a­tive hands yet rou­tinely either giv­ing in to Obama’s demands or propos­ing the exact oppo­site of what they promised in order to ensure con­ser­v­a­tive sup­port? If we, the unwashed une­d­u­cated ill-​informed banana slug brained masses own Trump, does the GOP Smart Set own Mitch McConnell and John Boehner?

Where is the shared human­ity in the GOP’s des­per­ate effort to purge itself of all things and peo­ple Tea Party? Where is the com­mon bond, other than tram­pled under­foot, between those who wish to be con­ser­v­a­tive new media lead­ers and the peo­ple they openly deride and despise for hav­ing the temer­ity to sup­port one not approved by the echo chamber’s high rollers? Instead, we see insults, cheap shots, and cries of “if you sup­port Trump unfriend me right now!” Really now.

It is impos­si­ble to see the present ker­fuf­fle with­out flash­ing back four years to when the con­ser­v­a­tive new media high rollers mer­ci­lessly derided and taunted Sarah Palin sup­port­ers when she decided against run­ning. The oppo­si­tion was pointed and per­sonal against her and her posse. It was also utterly inef­fec­tive in accom­plish­ing any­thing except reveal­ing how many CNMers had zero prob­lem show­ing their ass in pub­lic when it came time to throw­ing a poorly dis­guised tem­per tantrum over how Palin’s pop­u­lar­ity revealed their com­plete impo­tence in mov­ing pub­lic opin­ion. Now we are see­ing the same phe­nom­e­non in Trump rolling from strength to strength even as the voices cry­ing against him grow ever more shrill.

The time has come to give this a rest. Con­ser­v­a­tive new media is in great peril of becom­ing con­tem­po­rary polit­i­cal Phar­isees. No, I am not com­par­ing Trump to Jesus. I am com­par­ing the reac­tion to him with the Phar­isees’ reac­tion to Christ when He called them out for demand­ing of oth­ers strict adher­ence to the let­ter of the law, namely Mosaic Law, while them­selves lap­ping up adu­la­tion and praise for out­wardly being liv­ing puri­tan­i­cal lights yet inwardly con­sumed with pride and greed. If there is no respect for oth­ers, no acknowl­edg­ment of that which binds us together, how can there be lead­er­ship when the ones who pur­port to lead openly despise those they wish to lead?

We have far too much in com­mon to let our opin­ion of Trump irrev­o­ca­bly divide us. On this truth we must act.

youtube http://youtube.com/watch?v=5771ewy6O8c?rel=0&w=450&h=253

Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’

Luke 7:31-32

Referring back to the last post, Trump Derangement Syndrome rampages on, barely checked by the presently rampaging horrors of newspeople murdered on live television, the ongoing massacres by ISIS, and the looming threat of the Iran nuclear surrender. It is one thing to state that Trump is not the answer; hurling incessant insults at those who support him and clogging social media’s arteries with three hundred and eighty-five variations a day of “TRUMP IS A POOPYHEAD AND SO ARE HIS MINIONS!” seemingly never gets old for those who choose blithe ignorance or endless excuses for Congress’ either caving or being inactive in regard to most every major issue conservatives hold dear – the economy, national debt, illegal immigration, governmental invasion of privacy and violation of rights motivated by political opposition, defunding Planned Parenthood, the aforementioned ISIS and Iran nuclear surrender, etc.

It would be productive if Trump bashers were one-tenth of one percent as proactive in detailing solutions to problems as they are, well, bashing. There is no problem with detailing why Trump is a less than ideal candidate, or should not hold the highest office in the land. Make your case; agree to disagree if need be. That said, at some point in the process it becomes necessary to state what, and who, you are for if your words are to carry any weight. Opposition alone is not a strategy any more than hope and change is a policy platform. What do you suggest in lieu of Trump? What do you propose to handle a Congress ostensibly in conservative hands yet routinely either giving in to Obama’s demands or proposing the exact opposite of what they promised in order to ensure conservative support? If we, the unwashed uneducated ill-informed banana slug brained masses own Trump, does the GOP Smart Set own Mitch McConnell and John Boehner?

Where is the shared humanity in the GOP’s desperate effort to purge itself of all things and people Tea Party? Where is the common bond, other than trampled underfoot, between those who wish to be conservative new media leaders and the people they openly deride and despise for having the temerity to support one not approved by the echo chamber’s high rollers? Instead, we see insults, cheap shots, and cries of “if you support Trump unfriend me right now!” Really now.

It is impossible to see the present kerfuffle without flashing back four years to when the conservative new media high rollers mercilessly derided and taunted Sarah Palin supporters when she decided against running. The opposition was pointed and personal against her and her posse. It was also utterly ineffective in accomplishing anything except revealing how many CNMers had zero problem showing their ass in public when it came time to throwing a poorly disguised temper tantrum over how Palin’s popularity revealed their complete impotence in moving public opinion. Now we are seeing the same phenomenon in Trump rolling from strength to strength even as the voices crying against him grow ever more shrill.

The time has come to give this a rest. Conservative new media is in great peril of becoming contemporary political Pharisees. No, I am not comparing Trump to Jesus. I am comparing the reaction to him with the Pharisees’ reaction to Christ when He called them out for demanding of others strict adherence to the letter of the law, namely Mosaic Law, while themselves lapping up adulation and praise for outwardly being living puritanical lights yet inwardly consumed with pride and greed. If there is no respect for others, no acknowledgment of that which binds us together, how can there be leadership when the ones who purport to lead openly despise those they wish to lead?

We have far too much in common to let our opinion of Trump irrevocably divide us. On this truth we must act.

youtube http://youtube.com/watch?v=5771ewy6O8c?rel=0&w=450&h=253