People love to be lied to and smooth-talked. Conversely, they hate frank speakers who tell them the truth. This is part of the reason that there is still love and nostalgia for Former President Obama and a widespread visceral hatred of President Trump. I’m not immune, but I have recovered.
Admittedly, having a plain-spoken, abrasive president was jarring to me at first. Then I began to think back on the last two presidents, both pathetic blowers of backside smoke from the two “opposing” parties lulling many of us to sleep with their sweet dulcet tones.
One thing that many foes and even supporters of Donald Trump hate is his refusal to play the accepted role of “statesman.” (As I typed that last word, the notion of “the state’s man” popped into my head, that is, a man who is owned by the state.)
And here comes Donald Trump, and there is nobody even the people that vote for him gonna tell you he’s a paragon of virtue. He’s a paragon of some kinds of virtues, but he’s not a paragon of character, and there’s nobody in the world who expects him to be and nobody voted for him hoping he would be.
It wasn’t the slightest bit of a factor for people who voted for him. Because the situation on the ground, the reality of life in America is far more dangerous. Stopping Hillary Clinton was paramount. There’s nothing else that mattered. There was nothing else that got even close to mattering. Stopping Hillary Clinton and the continuation and the intensification of the Obama agenda meant saving this country.
Well, the Romney crowd thinks that’s laughable. Country’s never threatened. America doesn’t need to be saved. America is America. There’s nothing that’ll ever happen to America, certainly not internally. And they think the idea that America’s in some kind of crisis is literally laughable. And they think you’re a kook if you think so. Many of them proudly announce they voted for Hillary, they were so repulsed by Donald Trump! (…)
Obama’s character was unassailable. And by character, I mean, the guy wasn’t a philanderer, he lied, yeah, but they were political lies and you know how people look at political lies.
But in terms of being a rogue or being a dubious kad, he wasn’t. And the guy was just as destructive as anybody we’ve had in the Oval Office in terms of policy. And that’s what these people can’t get past. They look at Obama as the model! Well, the problem is that most Republican voters these days do not accept this premise that Trump’s character is more important than what he’s doing. Because what he’s doing trumps everything as far as his voters are concerned, and Romney cannot fathom this, nor can the Never Trumpers.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that a lot of Trump voters find his character, his tweeting and his direct, on-point talk at people as part of his virtue. The guy’s willing to say it like it is. The guy’s willing to get outside the normal political boundaries and call these people out, and we’ve been wanting that. And not to be gratuitously attacking, just tell the truth about it to people. To some people this is a character virtue. It isn’t a defect.
About that line I emphasized: a lot of conservatives bashed the majority of black voters for the pride of having a president who is of African heritage; who looks like them. But the GOP intelligentsia is no different about Republican presidents: they would rather have a president who “looks” like them as well — meaning one who speaks, acts, and behaves in a pre-approved manner.
Many black voters still don’t care that they were worse off while the brown and smiling President Obama was in office. And Big GOP doesn’t care that rough, rude, orange-skinned President Trump is implementing many of the policies for which Big GOP claims to stand.
All both groups care about is appearance. They care about the maintenance of their feelings over the good of the country itself.
And, yes, the attitude displayed by Senator Romney and by much of the GOP intelligentsia is merely pride, though it’s very well camouflaged by haughty finger-wagging – well, it’s not that well disguised since rabble like me can see it from miles away. As Rush points out, the intelligentsia is no longer being listened to and stamp their feet because of that alone.
Here’s something that Rush doesn’t address when he compares the American public’s reaction to then President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions and to those of President Trump’s: the latter has never pretended to be a Boy Scout nor has he lied and said, “I did not pay off that woman, Ms. Daniels.” Nor has the latter done his thing while in the Oval Office.
This is related to what I said in the first part of this post regarding smoke-blowing. Whatever kind of truth is being told, it will always be painful to a great deal of ears and the owners of those ears would rather that you don’t tell it. Because if they accept it, they have to change. And change involves pain, often in the bank account.
Many people prefer cover-ups. This is why, throughout history, bearers of bad news have often been punished.
So it is that Big GOP continues to pout and to try and punish the Bearer of Bad News, one Donald J. Trump. The bad news? Big GOP was and is wrong.
The good news? The president doesn’t care and keeps on telling the truth and keeping his promises. That is virtue.
(Thanks to Don Surber)
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