I had planned to wait until tomorrow to write the second installment in this series, but (((Ben Shapiro))) has taken to the pages of The Washington Post to reinforce the point I just made and to further make the case for Trump:
“If Republicans aren’t careful, they’ll soon see true conservatism banished from their party.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s campaign announced Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon as its new CEO — shocking no one in the conservative world.
Conservatives joked openly for months about “Trumpbart” and the transformation of Breitbart.com into, essentially, Bannon.com, but it was still something of a surprise that Trump would so publicly embrace Bannon, a man who helped transform a mainstream conservative website into a cesspool of the alt-right. It also comes as a surprise — or at least it should — that the Republican National Committee appears ready to go right along with the Bannon-Breitbart-Trump takeover over the party, even as the Trump campaign’s latest move means RNC Chairman Reince Priebus now sits, effectively, side by side with alt-right Trump fans.
The takeover, now a virtual fait accompli, represents the dangerous seizure of the conservative movement by the alt-right.”
Why is Ben sounding the alarm? We’re headed toward a Hillary landslide, right?
The latest USC Dornsife/LA Times Daybreak poll shows the presidential race is tightening up as we move further away from the conventions and the Khizr Khan news cycle. Hillary is at 44 percent to Trump’s 43.4 percent. The RCP Average also shows Hillary’s lead has shrunk to 6 points as her convention bounce begins to fade.
Anyway, (((Ben Shapiro))) lays out the second most compelling reason to vote for Trump: a Trump victory in November would be fatal to #TruConservatism, which is why Ben and all his #NeverTrump pundit friends are trashing Trump 24/7 on Twitter. Seriously, Trump can’t enjoy eating a Big Mac or a box of KFC on his plane without these people finding some reason to hysterically attack him for it.
It’s an emotional moment for the #TruCons. I mean … I get it. They’re fighting for survival here. This is a life or death situation for their movement … maybe even the end. If Trump wins the presidency over their strident opposition, it is a verdict on their dwindling influence as gatekeepers. It illustrates their inability to police the Right. It endangers their traditional role in maintaining the managerial state.
All their precious careers and their future access to power is at stake. The “base” has revolted against them because they have lost all credibility. The donor money that sustains the whole Beltway ecosystem that is Conservatism, Inc. could start drying up. It took several decades for them to do it, but the dog got angry enough to scratch off the tick and now the parasite is desperately trying to reattach itself to the host.
“Constitutional conservatives can’t stand the alt-right. Conservatives — real conservatives — believe that only a philosophy of limited government, God-given rights and personal responsibility can save the country. And that creed is not bound to race or ethnicity. Broad swaths of the alt-right, by contrast, believe in a creed-free, race-based nationalism, insisting, among other things, that birth on American soil confers superiority. The alt-right sees limited-government constitutionalism as passé; it holds that only nationalist populism on the basis of shared tribal identity can save the country. It’s a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism. …”
If Trump wins, well, it means that the #TruCons won’t be leading us into the glorious colorblind future based on MLK’s Dream and the “Constitution.” The “base” will have wised up and rejected that vision as a con on the White majority.
All the #TruCons are counting on Hillary to win in order to discredit nationalism and populism and give them a new lease on life. It is their only ray of hope in a dismal year. If Hillary wins, they will justifiably be blamed for stabbing the “base” in the back and throwing the election to the Left, but as devastating as that fate might be, they prefer that scenario to their certain loss of power and influence over the Right.
They fear the Alt-Right more than the Left which makes sense since their one job – the price of their “respectability” and being certified as “mainstream” – is to pretend to put up a fight and lose gracefully on every important issue. They want to be in a position to lead, police, and exploit the Right while counter-signaling to their leftist peers on Twitter, CNN and MSNBC all day that they are “one of the good ones” unlike all those unwashed bigots in the “base.” A con-artist fears being exposed for what he is above all else.
If Trump wins, the #TruCons fear above all else that he will expose them because they don’t control him. The “base” spent decades electing these people. They have given them billions of dollars. Just imagine what would happen if Trump gets in there and all these millions of people find out they were the victims of a fraud!
It can’t be allowed to happen! #NeverTrump!
If Hillary wins, we basically get a continuation of the Obama years, which means more unfocused anger and alienation. If Trump wins, he likely kills #TruConservatism and opens Pandora’s Box by eliminating their power to police the Right. The latter scenario is more promising for us than the former.