Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Hobgoblin of the ‘Establishment’ Mind

A friend sent me a link to this, by Charles Murray, one of many such articles I've seen explaining why Trump is unfit for office, and why no self-respecting conservative should vote for him. It's entitled "Why 'Hillary is Even Worse' Doesn't Cut it."My reply:
Back when I refused to vote for McCain or Romney on moral principle, I was told that my failure to do so was a vote for Obama. This year, if I wanted to vote for Trump (because Hillary is even worse), I'd be told that I must not ever do that, but not that my failure to do so was a vote for Hillary. The rationale seems to have gone obsolete.

And yet, if you're the sort of person who has developed the habit of voting for 'the lesser of two evils,' why the sudden aversion to it? Don't you have a duty to carry on?

A number of columnists at NR have fallen into panic mode. David French is begging Mitt Romney to run again. He mentions all of Romney's credits and none of his deficits.I have seen a lot of #neverTrump tokens on the internet, but not a single #prayforDonaldTrump. Admittedly, I don't get around all that much.


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7 Responses to The Hobgoblin of the ‘Establishment’ Mind

C.A. Sebacher says:
May 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Edit)
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” -C.S. Lewis.
Go Trump.

William Luse says:
May 27, 2016 at 2:17 am (Edit)
I can’t say ‘Go Trump’ until I know where he’s going. I will pray, though, that a bright light knocks him on his ass on the road to Cleveland.
The post was simply to note the hypocrisy of a certain sort of conservative who suddenly finds himself too high-minded to vote for an embodiment of vulgarity, but who was just fine with a proponent of openly gay boy scouts, or with another who was ‘pro-life’ unless the little human being was conceived in a lab, in which case the pro-lifer was happy to see it killed for its parts.
That’s a fine passage from Lewis, but I can’t remember what work it’s from.

C.A. Sebacher says:
May 27, 2016 at 5:59 am (Edit)
God in the Dock, p. 292.
The note of your post noted. Truly a mystery, what happened to the ‘lesser of two evils’ injunction. Strange weather this election season, to say the least that can be said.
I quote Lewis to strengthen the ‘lesser’ argument. Murray doesn’t injure that argument by climactically asserting that it “doesn’t cut it,” and his article doesn’t do much more than that, unless what it does is make the ‘lesser’ argument for Clinton.
A fine sociologist indulges in psychoanalysis. Two evils, sociology and psychoanalysis, I assert.

William Luse says:
May 28, 2016 at 2:52 am (Edit)
Here’s a further example of why the republican party is in such deep sh**t:

C.A. Sebacher says:
May 28, 2016 at 6:35 am (Edit)
Trying to ferret out Speaker Ryan’s role in this maneuver. Having a difficult time doing so. Huh.

C.A. Sebacher says:
May 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm (Edit)
In a further development:
Alternative headline: “Feeling It in Houston.”

William Luse says:
May 29, 2016 at 2:35 am (Edit)
Which restroom do the animals get to use? Or will the fire hydrant suffice?

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