A little self-reflection today. Since the election, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been down on Donald Trump. The reason is, that while I agree with a lot (not all) of his policies and decisions regarding various foreign and domestic policy issues, I have come away with a real sour taste in my mouth regarding his deportment. Oh, it was something that didn’t bother me at first. In fact, it was refreshing. I thought his tweets were more than a bit obnoxious, and certainly unpresidential, but I was willing to overlook that because he at least was more conservative than his predecessor who at the very least was a dyed-in-the-wool socialist.
So, I put up with a lot of what I would call “bad behavior” from Trump. Name calling is something that quite frankly never appealed to me coming from the President of the United States. And it was very obvious that Trump was a New York City real estate developer and had the manners of a junkyard dog. I know for a lot of America, that was the appeal. For me, it started wearing thin.
After the election, I kept waiting. I kept watching. I wanted to see how Trump would handle defeat. I had hoped in my heart of hearts that he’d be a man about it, accept the fact that a) he ran a terrible campaign, b) he had no answers for Coronavirus and blathered on incessantly about it during his briefings (of course, no one else did either!), and c) whether or not he would have the guts and the maturity to call it quits when it became evident that he had indeed lost the campaign to Joe Biden. He failed miserably on all three accounts. Even when his own appointed judges (and three of the Justices on the United States Supreme Court that he appointed) failed to back him up in his absurd allegations that there had been enough voter fraud to overturn millions of votes, I thought he’d wise up and realize how childish he was being.
I say all this not being a Biden fan at all. Joe Biden is not a clean character. He’s said to have bilked the system for millions of dollars, as has been alleged with Hunter’s problems. He’s spent a lifetime as part of the problem in Washington, DC. And yet, he claims to know how to fix it. He has yet to answer HOW he would fix it, and WHY he didn’t do so in the previous 47 years he’d been in office in federal government. Joe Biden is not the answer. Neither is Chuck Schumer. Neither is Nancy Pelosi. Neither is the Whackjob Five. That much I know.
But when I sat at the television watching the attack on the United States Capitol Building on Wednesday of last week, and saw the weak, ineffective response coming from Donald Trump to “go home peacefully”, and still cry out that the election was stolen, I thought, “This person is mentally ill. He is incapable of realizing that he lost an election, and that’s all it was. He lost an election. People rejected him, and he cannot accept that fact.” And I started wondering if some of the things I had thought Donald Trump had done in office were good or not.
Look, I’ve heard that the people that stormed the Capitol were Trump supporters. I’ve heard they were BLM and Antifa. I don’t care who they are associated with. What they did was attempt to overthrow the government of the United States. The very definition of “treason” is: The betrayal of allegiance toward one’s own country, especially by committing hostile acts against it or aiding its enemies in committing such acts. So, you can legitimately argue that what happened last Wednesday at the US Capitol Building was indeed treason. And regardless what group these nuts represent, they need to be tried for treason, and if found guilty, executed. I’m saying that as someone that doesn’t believe in the death penalty, but in this case, yeah…it fits. That’s the only way you’re going to teach people like this not to screw with the government.
Maybe you can also teach Donald Trump a lesson in this, since it was his failure to concede in a timely fashion and his call for all of the lawsuits, and demonstrations, and overturning a duly constituted election that caused it in the first place. And his reaction when it happened was about as mealy and mushy as you can get.
So, am I becoming a moderate because of Trump’s actions? God, I hope not. I’ve been a conservative for over 40 years. I hope someone in the conservative movement can push me in the right direction. But I can tell you, talking about conspiracy theories and accusations of “stolen elections” isn’t going to do it. That will push me farther away and make me think the right is as off-base as the uber-leftists say they are.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!