As faithful readers of this blog know, I am no fan of Donald Trump. I think he will be a bad President. I view him as a man of low character, a man who has amassed a large fortune utilizing frequently methods of dubious morality, and whose sexual morality would offend honest rutting pigs in a mud sty. His lack of basic knowledge regarding so many aspects of being President is alarming. His born again conversion to conservatism I find highly suspect. His pro-life protestations ring hollow to me. I finally agreed, very reluctantly, to support him solely due to the abortion issue. While I doubt Trump’s sincerity in regard to his claim to now be pro-life, I do not have any doubt of the sincerity of Hillary Clinton in being a pro-abortion fanatic, who would attempt to bring the weight of the Federal government against pro-lifers. For me, that is enough. However, I have concluded that there is another strong reason to favor Trump.
Ross Douthat, who is a conservative and a pro-lifer, argued yesterday in the New York Times for the defeat of Trump:
A vote for Trump is not a vote for insurrection or terrorism or secession. But it is a vote for a man who stands well outside the norms of American presidential politics, who has displayed a naked contempt for republican institutions and constitutional constraints, who deliberately injects noxious conspiracy theories into political conversation, who has tiptoed closer to the incitement of political violence than any major politician in my lifetime, whose admiration for authoritarian rulers is longstanding, who has endorsed war crimes and indulged racists and so on down a list that would exhaust this column’s word count if I continued to compile it.
It is a vote, in other words, for a far more chaotic and unstable form of political leadership (on the global stage as well as on the domestic) than we have heretofore experienced, and a leap unlike any that conservative voters have considered taking in all the long years since Roe v. Wade.
Go here to read the rest. Douthat, in short, views Trump as a danger to the Republic. Douthat is correct that there is a candidate who is a danger to the Republic this year, but it isn’t Trump. If Trump is elected next Tuesday he will start his term in office with most of the media, academia and the entertainment industry against him. He will have few firm allies in Congress. Many of his supporters, and I will be firmly in that category, will cast a jaundiced eye on him, ready to oppose him instantly for any hare-brained or wrong-headed ideas he tries to implement.
Now let us contrast that with Hillary Clinton. Her entire career, and that of her odious husband Bill, has been a testament to using raw political power to escape the consequences of one’s actions. They have committed felony after felony, amassing a vast fortune in the process, selling out the public interest time and time again for personal profit. What has been the reaction of the political establishment of both political parties to this? Are the Clintons regarded as pariahs, moral lepers? Why no, these two transparent crooks are regarded as members in good standing of the comfy Club of elites that run this country. This was underlined by the news that both Bush 41 and Bush 43 plan to vote for this villain. For members of the Club the political stances they embrace are, at bottom, mere shams, to most of them at least, that they recite in election years in order to gain political power and not really to be taken seriously by other members of the Club. What is to be taken seriously is some outsider, like Trump, who threatens the comfy world of the Club. If Clinton is elected, either Obama or she will use the pardon power to relieve herself and her associates from legal liability for their manifold crimes, and the destruction of any notion of rule of law in this country will be gone, with it having been made utterly clear that there is law only for people outside of the Club, and that our ruling elites may do as they please. She will do this to the enthusiastic cheers of almost all of the media, the entertainment industry and academia. Democrats in Congress will applaud her. Republicans in Congress will huff and puff and, most of them, then go about business as usual, recalling their outrage only in election years.
Enough of this Kabuki theater of our elites that is destroying what the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us. It is highly ironic that Trump the crony capitalist, the ultimate insider, may be the instrument to destroy the cozy world of the Club that is rapidly transforming our Republic into an Oligarchy, at least on the Federal level, but such is the case. Vote for Trump to send a message to the members of the Club in both parties that we are not all totally fools, that we see what is going on, and that this Republic of the people is not going down without a fight.