While I am on the subject of foes, it seems only fair to talk about another that does not get much in-depth attention or writing. Not from conservatives anyway.
It is the one on the right from what they perceive is the ivory tower of conservatism. Simply, these would be the never-Trumper Republicans/conservatives. The ones who dug in long ago and claim self-righteous turf on the right.
I know it is controversial and sort of taboo to talk about them in too much detail but let me change that. They do deserve some criticism and blame for the situation. What drives them is another matter.
But I don’t want to talk about their part in going never-Trump in 2016. That is old established news. I want to talk about other views they hold. I realize it is a broad field. However they collectively deserve a lot of blame.
Let’s put it this way, these days they are more friends in kind to Democrats because of their animus for Trump and, by extension, those of us who supported him. Their bitterness toward us has only grown over the last four years. Yes, they blame us for courting and allowing Trump to exist in this orbit. So fair criticism in turn is well-warranted to them.
A couple of those in particular stand out to me. Seen as extreme by some, they represent the most vocal opposition to Trump and us. They are still seething.
Back up to something a Jewish friend told me. She claimed that she had never ran across anti-Semitism from conservatives. I agreed that most of it comes from the Left. It is only projected on the right. But I do know some on the right who have similar views, albeit different rationale for being that way. There is no other way to say it except anti-Semitism. It is hatred, pure and simple.
Some of these are religious leaders and preachers. Now I am not confusing them with the Left’s religious icons. Nor do I conflate these with moderate anti-Trrumpers, RINOs. Maybe sometime I will go deeper into who they are, or their stands, but I have no problems calling them anti-Semites. They are one part of the Never-Trumpers.
On the right, we have various groups, though one thing that solidified them together was their anti-Trump animus. So they branded the rest of us crazy for supporting him. We didn’t know better, or we were duped. Either way, we don’t know enough.
Yet it is hard to understand why these never-Trump activists have not garnered more attention. They seem to be pivotal because in many ways they lined up with the Left. And the Left has lulled them along on their own plight. Hate and spite unites.
Think about that for a minute, These people claimed to be the vanguards of conservatism and yet ally with the radical leftist orthodoxy just because they oppose Trump. They see Trump as a larger threat than the Left, crazy as that seems. In places where they may disagree with the left, they are now more silent than ever before. Why is that?
I remember for years these stalwart conservatives opposed the Left and its agenda. They railed against cultural battles tied to the Left’s agenda. So they said. They were warriors.
But as the Left has gotten more volatile, where are their voices? Instead, they concentrate on attacking Trump as the chief problem. However they rationalize it is another matter. They would seem the least likely to have common cause with the Left. Some may have voted for Biden thinking he was a better choice. I really don’t get it.
If their point is that Trump was too much like the left, then why don’t they oppose the Left as they always had? Their hatred for Trump must be stronger than their dislike for the Left. Yet the threat Democrats pose to America is more dangerous than ever.
Now here they are playing footsie with the Left. It makes no sense. But Democrat’s are glad to have their default alliance, or at least their complacency in not attacking the Left.
The hardliner, never-Trump conservatives spend most of their time attacking Trump. That creates a gigantic hole for the Democrats. Just what Leftists need: more people attacking Trump. Never-Trumpers do not want to do anything politically that could help Trump. That seems to be paramount. Dislike cancels out dislike.
I’m afraid that no matter what happens in the future, we will be back to dealing with these people. Therein, dealing with people who may be more of a foe than a friend. Whatever Trump did, the hatred of his opponents seems to have no ends.
I’m not sure anything will restore a cordial relationship with them. They appear to have gone way out on a remote limb, and nothing will talk them out of cutting it off.
Yet the damage they can do to us could be bigger than anything we could do to them. They already have damaged Republicans. Some of them have become allies in kind with the new Left. Whatever they could get out of that relationship, I don’t know?
But more and more, I am not seeing them as friendly partners. That’s just my take. If they want a divorce, I guess I don’t contest it. But the rest of us must move on.
I have not heard one encouraging statement from any of them to say they are reconciling. I will let some of their deeper views go for the meantime. What sense is there in that?
The Left has upped the ante on almost everything. Those conservatives are wilting.
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