Thorin Oakenshield:Do not speak to me as if I were some lowly dwarf… as if I were still Thorin Oakenshield. I AM YOUR KING!
Dwalin:You were always my king. You used to know that once. But you cannot see what you have become.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014)
There have been many things about this election season that have been troubling, the MSM incredible bias (even worse than normal), the Hacking (which while to the GOP’s advantage and revealing many relevant facts still a bad precedent), the dirty deals in government to protect Hillary Clinton from the consequences of her actions (consequences that the government had no trouble bringing down on an enlisted sailor not named Clinton.) The coarseness of the campaign and some of the horrible lies told about Ted Cruz (oddly enough for a “liar” the list of his “lies” seems oddly absent and the cheating of Bernie Sanders by the Democrats (Sanders would be as bad if not worse than Clinton but cheating him is still wrong).
But for my money the worst things I’ve seen is watching conservative activist, activists who have worked on key issue together for years at each other’s throats over Donald Trump.
Full disclosure, I’m a Ted Cruz guy, I’m still a Ted Cruz guy, I endorsed him last year and supported him through the entire primary process. When the GOP establishment, when faced with the reality of a choice between Trump & Cruz, as predicted choose Trump in the hope of getting rid of the gadfly who had held them to their promise, I called them out on it and fought. When there was still the slightest chance that Donald Trump might not get the needed delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention I stuck with Cruz and if he runs in 2020 I’ll still vote for him.
But in the end regardless of my opinion, the GOP voters, those folks that we conservatives claim to be carrying the banners for, decided they liked Donald Trump. They gave him overwhelming wins in a crowded field and even when the field narrowed he won over and over again. I talked to the Trump voters, interviewed them and in Trump they saw a can do attitude, a get things done attitude. A person more interested in progress than political correctness and willing to say aloud truths that others ignored.
So as I did with Mitt Romney, I threw my support to Donald Trump and before the convention endorsed him. It was not the most flattering endorsement but from that point I was with Trump and that was it, but even though I disagreed with those who thought otherwise, just as I did with those who stayed home vs voting Romney in 2012 or McCain in 2008, and consider the potential result disastrous for the country I presumed that they came to this decision in good faith, just as I assumed they believed that my decision to support the GOP nominee was reached in the same honorable way.
Alas it seems this attitude is the exception, not the norm.
For as much as both the online #nevertrump and #evertrump sides dislike Hillary Clinton and her media enablers their real hatred seems to be for each other.
For one side the the never trumpers are traitors, who are simply enabling the left, betraying the cause and are acting like sore losers unwilling to accept the will of the voters.
For the other side, the #ever trumpers are not only traitors who have abandoned conservatism by back a NY with a long liberal record but fools who are willing to overlook Trump record and faults and basically follow a demagogue for the sake of a GOP win.
Seeing both sides so willing to abandon allies that they fought beside for years over this I can’t help but think of the Hobbit, both the book and the movie Thorin Oakenshield’s obsession with the Arkenstone and willingness to think the worst of family and friends:
Thorin Oakenshield:I have been blind… but now I begin to see. I am betrayed!
Bilbo Baggins: Betrayed?
Thorin Oakenshield: The Arkenstone. One of them has taken it. One of them is false.
Bilbo Baggins:Thorin… the quest is fulfilled. You’ve won the mountain. Is that not enough?
Thorin Oakenshield:Betrayed by my own kin…
Bilbo Baggins:N-no, uh. You made a promise to the people of Laketown. I-is this treasure truly worth more than your honor? Our honor, Thorin, I was also there. I gave my word.
Thorin Oakenshield:For that, I am grateful. It was nobly done. But the treasure in this mountain does not belong to the people of Laketown. This gold is ours. And ours alone. On my life, I will not part with a single coin. Not one piece of it.
This is the obsession that I perceive. Both sides see the GOP as the Arkenstone, theirs by right. The Never Trump by their years of conservative activism to advance their cause and struggle to put a conservative on the ballot, the Ever trump by their primary victory driven by voter turnout above and beyond the numbers of the past. They see the other and usurpers and disrupters, their years of fighting side by side meaning nothing and like Thorin they are blind to an important fact.
Come November 9th no matter the result they are going to need each other, either to advance the conservative cause in a Trump administration or to stop a Hillary administration from destroying what Obama has not had the chance to (although no amount of unity will stop her from reshaping the courts and turning them into a place where conservatives are guilty by reason of their existence).
The failure to recognize this and to believe the worst of each other and act accordingly is unworthy of us. It’s a perfect manifestation of the sin of pride going before a fall, and unless this changes fast we are going to create a divide that can only aid our enemies both domestic and foreign in their attempt to make the decline of America irreversible.
I’ll give the last word to a different movie and character. Benjamin Franklin from 1776
Dr. Benjamin Franklin: How DARE you jeopardize our cause, when we’ve come so far? These men, no matter how much we may disagree with them, are not ribbon clerks to be ordered about – they are proud, accomplished men, the cream of their colonies. And whether you like them or not, they and the people they represent will be part of this new nation that YOU hope to create. Now, either learn how to live with them, or pack up and go home!
The choice, dear conservative friends is ours, may we make the right one, for our sakes and that of our country.
Update: I’m with Glenn, A spouse willing to ditch you over a vote for Trump is no true spouse.
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