OUCH. Will this group be taking a long, hard look in the mirror now? Or do they even know how?
This piece is a shaming of the conservative intellectuals that comprise the Never Trump movement.
It is shot between the eyes of conservative intellectuals who say that Trump is beneath them. They can’t stomach Trump. They can’t possibly vote for Trump. It would be distastefully, personally unacceptable and so forth. And the reason this piece appeals to me is because it validates so many of the instincts that I have had over the years, in recent months particularly, and that I’ve shared with you about what is happening to the conservative movement and how conservatism’s being defined, and who seeks to define it and what it means going forward.
And there’s even a term used for the conservative Never Trumpers. He calls them “the Washington Generals.” I wonder where he got that? That happens to be my term for our side. Specifically, the Republicans in Congress. I think I named them the Washington Generals, happy to be on the field, happy to wear the uniform, but supposed to lose and happy to do so. And that’s just a flavor.
Read more: Rush Limbaugh
Here’s a little taste of the article Rush commented on:
One of the paradoxes—there are so many—of conservative thought over the last decade at least is the unwillingness even to entertain the possibility that America and the West are on a trajectory toward something very bad. On the one hand, conservatives routinely present a litany of ills plaguing the body politic. Illegitimacy. Crime. Massive, expensive, intrusive, out-of-control government. Politically correct McCarthyism. Ever-higher taxes and ever-deteriorating services and infrastructure. Inability to win wars against tribal, sub-Third-World foes. A disastrously awful educational system that churns out kids who don’t know anything and, at the primary and secondary levels, can’t (or won’t) discipline disruptive punks, and at the higher levels saddles students with six figure debts for the privilege. And so on and drearily on. Like that portion of the mass where the priest asks for your private intentions, fill in any dismal fact about American decline that you want and I’ll stipulate it.
Conservatives spend at least several hundred million dollars a year on think-tanks, magazines, conferences, fellowships, and such, complaining about this, that, the other, and everything. And yet these same conservatives are, at root, keepers of the status quo. Oh, sure, they want some things to change. They want their pet ideas adopted—tax deductions for having more babies and the like. Many of them are even good ideas. But are any of them truly fundamental? Do they get to the heart of our problems?
Read the full article: Claremont
It goes on to say:
“A conservative intellectual at Claremont saying Trump, in the last seven election cycles, is the only candidate ever to stand up to oppose what is bringing about the dissolution and destruction — this is not a stick of dynamite. This is 10 or 12 sticks of dynamite. We’re getting close to nuclear explosions here, when this piece is read by the people he’s aiming it at.”
“So that’s the nuclear bomb that’s been tossed into the clubhouse of conservative intellectualism.” Rush continued, “The alleged buffoon, Donald Trump, is more prudent, more practically wise, than all of our wise and good intellectuals who so bitterly oppose him. And that should embarrass them. That their failures instead make them feel even more smug and arrogant is only further proof of their foolishness and hubris.”
Read Rush’s point by point commentary on the article: Rush Limbaugh
What’s the point of being an intellectual, of developing strategy, and creating policy if (in the real world) you yield more ground to the Liberal agenda year after year?
Isn’t that the REAL ‘burn it down’ appeal of Trump in the first place?