Skip to comments.Trump Derangement Syndrome Turns Into Treason - The real threat we face is not from Trump's rhetoric
Posted on 02/28/2016 11:40:05 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
The stakes in 2016 are huge and the party is fractured. The rhetoric reflects a Trump Derangement Syndrome in which Trump is either a monster or a savior, instead of a politician. On the left, Bush Derangement Syndrome expressed itself in the conviction that he was unalterably and uniquely worse than every other president and would get around to declaring martial law and ruling forever.
The danger of exaggeration is that previously unacceptable views suddenly become acceptable. Bush Derangement Syndrome made it acceptable for Democrats to descend into open treason by making common cause with Saddam Hussein, the Sunni terrorist groups that evolved into ISIS and Assad.
Bush Derangement Syndrome made him seem so terrible that every other evil could be justified by comparison. The exaggeration of Trump Derangement Syndrome is doing that all over again.
Trump Derangement Syndrome is driving some conservatives to call for destroying the Republican Party and conservatism, and even to usher in eight years of left-wing rule, in order to stop Trump.
Under pressure from Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is now adopting positions well to the left of Obama. On racial issues, shes already more extreme than he is. Ponder that for a minute. Both Democratic candidates are now airing blatantly racist views about white privilege. Sanders and Clinton are also scrambling to get to the left of Obama on terrorism, socialized medicine and a raft of other issues.
The switch from Anyone But Hillary to Anyone But Trump is a sign of fundamentally misplaced priorities.
Political campaigns can get ugly and Trumps style is, at times, to get as nasty as possible, but its a sign of misplaced insider priorities to allow personal animus to matter more than the war against the left. Its not unreasonable for some conservatives to be angry at Trump and his tactics. It is unreasonable to let that anger turn into a petulance that would let the left rule the nation for another eight years.
We are not in the conservative movement to settle our personal scores. Stopping Trump at any cost is not acceptable just as stopping Romney or McCain at any cost was not considered to be acceptable. Conservatives cannot always have conservative candidates or achieve conservative policy goals. But they can still prevent the left from winning a complete victory in any given election.
Bush Derangement Syndrome began when Democrats decided not to accept the results of an election. Everything else emerged naturally, logically and treasonously from that conclusion. Trump Derangement Syndrome is a preemptive call not to accept the results of political primaries in the Republican Party.
Proponents of the Anybody But Trump school argue that his nomination would be catastrophic for conservatism. That may be true, but conservatism as a national program is more likely to survive Trump than it is Hillary or Sanders.
There are important lessons in the rise of Trump. Learning those lessons would make conservatives stronger, not weaker. And refusing to learn those lessons will not make conservatism any stronger.
The most basic of those lessons is to fight hard. Voters choose fighters over ideological purists. Thats human nature and conservatives, unlike liberals, have always recognized the reality of human nature. If conservatives want to win ideological victories, they have to fight harder politically, but without losing sight of the things that they are fighting for above the ordinary pettiness of the political contest.
Trump Derangement Syndrome is obsessive and unhealthy. Critics match what they see as Trumps inflated sense of self-importance with an equal conviction of his importance as a destroyer. But Trump cannot destroy the conservative movement. Only conservatives can do that.
Bush Derangement Syndrome destroyed the Democratic Party. Even moderate Democrats were suddenly willing to make common cause with the most radical elements of the left and Islam out of the conviction that President Bush had to be stopped at any cost. They lost sight of the real threats to the country, handed over their political party to leftist radicals and billionaires, and gave us Obama.
Trump Derangement Syndrome could give the country eight years of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Or someone even worse. Conservatives understand human weaknesses and the importance of overcoming them. Trump Derangement Syndrome is not a conservative response. And if it allows the left to win, then it becomes treason against conservative ideals and the conservative movement.
It's NOT about his rhetoric, it's about his Leftist ideology.
Bill Clinton initiated a phone call to Donald Trump mere weeks before Trump tossed his hat into the ring, telling Trump that he should take a more prominent role within the Republican party because he was tapping into a vein of frustration among GOP voters.
Why would Bill Clinton tell that to Donald Trump, knowing that his wife would be running for the nomination under the Democratic Party banner and against the GOP nominee?
I don’t like it when so-called conservatives stoop to leftist tactics like assigning a mental disorder to political opponents.
Trump is an agent of William Jefferson Clinton.
Follow your own logic.
Let’s put this to bed.
Trump decided to run shortly after Barry’s last victory. He knew it would be a disaster.
Do not think for one minute that a last minute phone call from slick Willy has set up this Trump campaign.
Trump knew we were headed for disaster and assembled this campaign early.
You are very naive.
I posted this in “Editorial,” someone else has put it in “Front Page.”
Just for the record.
Dude! You forgot to include the hastag #nevertrump.
Trump’s chumminess - his political and personal support for them - isn’t an issue for you.
Well, I’m here to tell you (for as long as I’m able to post) that it’s a BIG RED FLAG for me and many others.
Maybe for you.
Trump is a man of his word. You may not agree with it but he has his entire estate at risk.
Nobody does that unless they plan to carry through.
Trump started lining up his campaign years ago. And Bill Clinton is so stupid, he probably underestimated him, with Donald’s help, no doubt.
So, if Trump is the nominee, are you going to vote for him in November?
This guy is talking about you.
Blame GOPe and their defenders for the creation of Trump.
And Cincinnatus’wife’s DERANGEMENT Sd ?
Anti Trump DERANGEMENT Sd ?
You are beginning to give signs of trouble like MSM and journalists becoming nervous and more and more snaky .....
So go on with your snaky , owned and deranged “friends” ....making a “good job”
Tell that to the banks that had to foreclose on his loans.
Tell that to the vendors who took it in the shorts every time his businesses took the bankruptcy route.
Tell that to the thousands who were scammed and had their credit ruined because they believed Trump when he told them Trump University would help make them rich.
Have you seen how old and senile Bill Clinton is as of now. He was probably just as bad 8 months ago.
You comment on me?
Why not wave and cheer from the Daniel Greenfield wagon and praise his “anti-Trump thought is treason” position?
Provide an article that doesn’t prove itself nonsense within the paragraph.
I guess you would use that same "excuse" for Jimmy Carter's praise for Trump too.
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