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The Trumpification of Everything (Or How to Get Along with Others)

Donald Trump Apologetics 7 20 15

I have nothing whatsoever against people who do not support Trump, who think he’s not a real conservative, who thinks he’s bad for the GOP, who thinks a Trump nomination will guarantee a loss in 2016.

I myself am absolutely not a Trump supporter.  I believe that Donald Trump will not deliver on the promises he is making, that he is actually making unrealistic promises.  I believe that he, at least for me, doesn’t go nearly far enough in challenging the power of the Federal government, that a Trump presidency might very well see an increase in Federal power, not a decrease, and I am concerned that his foreign policy might be extremely nationalistic and get us involved in wars which could directly threaten the lives of my family and friends at fighting age.

I do not, however, believe the supporters of Trump are idiots, are undesirables, are part of a conservative coalition that everyone in that coalition would be better off not having in the coalition.  These folks are not crazy, they are not uninformed, they are not un-serious.

I take them very seriously and I recognize that if conservatives wish to win in 2016, they will need ALL HANDS ON DECK to have a chance to stop a candidate that, in my opinion, is far more dangerous than Trump, than even Bush.  Perhaps only Lindsey Graham might fairly give Hillary a run for her money in the dangerous department.

Mind you, for military folks and for the nations of the world, Trump might actually be more dangerous than Hillary, but he’s far more interested in the world’s stuff than he is in our stuff.

Do you recall the way many conservatives embraced Vladimir Putin when he began to butt heads with Obama, especially in the Syria chemical weapons debacle?  Facebook was filled with Putin is awesome memes, contrasting Obama, the girls’ bicycle rider, with Putin, the T-rex ridin’, no shirt wearin’ tough guy.

Putin is not afraid of the PC crowd, not afraid of Obama, not afraid of zombies even.  Putin is unapologetically pro-Russia.  On the world stage, he cares little for niceties, he fights for Mother Russia.  He will crush states for the sake of Mother Russia.

Think of the GOP Presidents we have had since Bush I.  Tepid, apologetic, UN-approval seeking, refusing to even battle the progressives squarely, ruthlessly, without mercy.  The progressives have in Obama a strongman, a leader who will do whatever it takes, who will lie, cheat, steal, crush ANYONE who stands between him and his Mother Russia, the progressive party.  On the world stage, even, he serves Mother Progressive over Mother America, and decisively so.

Of all the GOP contenders, who among them is willing to look a progressive in the eye and say, “You’re a murderer, you’re an evil person who should have no place in the public square.”  Now, I’m not saying they SHOULD say that, but I will tell you there is a significant portion of folks in the conservative coalition who are desperate for someone to say such things.

Do they want this because they are stupid or bad people?  No, they want this because, like many of us, they feel beaten, worn down, always defeated, betrayed by their own leaders.  They want their own Obama, or, more accurately, their own Putin.  Donald Trump is the GOP’s Putin.

They don’t care about the test for conservative purity.  They don’t give two plug nickels for what Trump did or said in the past. They don’t even care if he insulted McCain and POWs.  Those days are done for them.  There have been far too many equivocators, soft negotiators telling them they need to get along to go along to get along, only to watch progressives win battle after battle with the HELP of their own party leaders.

They only care that here and now he is actually doing something NO GOP LEADER has done since Reagan, defiantly and unapolgetically standing up against the enemy. This is not to suggest that Trump is Reagan.  No, unlike Trump, Reagan could essentially call you a thief and an adulterer and have you walk away still liking him.  Trump does not have the gifts of Reagan, but he does have Reagan’s passion and unflinching resoluteness.

Like many of you, I too hope to see Donald Trump go the way of the Dodo bird, metaphorically, but I believe that there is a much smarter way to bring about that reality, and it’s not by using Alinksy-like tactics against Trump or by constantly eviscerating his supporters, or by seizing on his every gaff, or by digging up all the dirt you can about his ‘draft dodging’ past (I think that’s the latest Alinsky tactic being deployed by conservatives against Trump).

If I am right, none of these tactics will do anything but solidify his hard-core supporters and ensure that, come the summer of 2016, those Trump supporters, if their guy is not in it, won’t be knocking on doors, sending in money, and, in November, might not even show up to vote.

One well-respected conservative writer (whose name will be withheld) even stated he wanted to destroy Trump AND his supporters.  That’s right, conservatives out there want to hack off a significant part of the coalition because they hate Trump and they can’t imagine how everyone else doesn’t hate him as well.

For this next part, I will be borrowing heavily from Felecia Cravens’ excellent article that appeared on Liberty Juice.

Felecia really captures what I have been saying for some time now, as this Trump feud has gotten nastier and nastier:
“The real question then is how to make that an easier decision for those supporters of the losing candidates when the time comes.  That actually means planning far in advance of the primary result, strategically preparing the ground for the unity and cooperation you want to see.  That means fostering the conditions that will make it more than possible; that will make it INEVITABLE.”

If Trump does, in fact, actually lose (and I am inclined still to believe he will), you should be prepared, well in advance, for how you welcome back those family members you may have been in disagreement with earlier.  If the fights get to be too nasty (I’ve seen conservatives block each other on Facebook over Trump), you may not have a family member at all when the dust settles.

Felecia goes on to outline some clear steps we should take when advocating for our candidate and challenging supporters of another candidate.

1.)  Pitch Your Guy – We don’t respond well to the people who try to build themselves up by tearing others down in our personal lives, and any candidate making that a primary tactic will ultimately turn people off. Sure, the other candidates have failings – some too numerous to mention – but your first job as a supporter of your candidate is to SELL THAT CANDIDATE…..

2.)  Target the Real Enemy – The GOP primary is a horserace, sure. But it’s actually just Phase I in a two-part job interview. Phase II is all about winning the general election; convincing the apolitical, the independents, the casual voters that both your team (GOP) and your candidate (who just won the primary, of course) are better for the country than the person the Democrats field…..

Keep an eye open for opportunities to attack Democrat policies that are hurting the country. Draw strong contrasts between those policies and the ones your candidate will be running on. Connect the dots for people so that they see your candidate has better policies and actual solutions for problems we face…..

3.)  Be Gracious – …..Sure, there’s going to be some blood drawn in the coming months, but at the same time, conservative values and issues are going to be front and center in a way they haven’t in a long time. The more we focus on articulating those issues and promoting them, the less opportunity the media will have to make the conversation about infighting, personalities, and candidate conflicts…..

4.)  Think ‘Family’ – Andy Peth of The Party of Choice draws a great contrast between the Left and our coalition on the right. “Collectives control people; we free them. Collectives thrive on conformity; we thrive on challenge. Thus, while control rallies the Left, it only splinters the Right. To defeat the Collective, we must unify as something empowering to individuals: We must be a family.”

I highly recommend you read this whole article by going here.

I want to end my article, adding to what Felecia said above, by calling on some basic biblical standards.  You don’t have to be a Christian to use these standards, so, if you are not a Christian, bear with me while I quote bible verses.

First, this is from 1st Corinthians 13-
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

The people who support Trump ARE part of your conservative family.  You will desperately need them.  You need to practice these standards of love when you approach them.  Yes, love rejoices with the truth, but it is also PATIENT, kind.  As Felicia said, you don’t need to invalidate people to make the case for your candidate, or (and I’ll add this) AGAINST their candidate.

Lastly, I want to share 1st peter 3-
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

The key phrase in this passage is this, “do this with gentleness and respect.”  This is a basic tenet of good apologetics.  If your words are invalidating, if they are being used to demean your opponent, then your effectiveness at actually sharing truth ends.  You will drive them further away and closer to what you think is not the truth.

Author George MacDonald once said, “To give truth to him who loves it not is only to give him more plentiful reasons for misinterpretation.”

Theodore Roosevelt said, “‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’   If you want to have standing to speak to people about why you think Trump is not the right choice, why your candidate of choice is a better one, you better not start off the conversation by saying, “Trump is an idiot and anyone who follows him is nuts.”  More often than not, all you’ve done is permanently shut a door and created an even more committed Trump supporter.

Whether you stick with Trump or not, I will continue to welcome you and accept you as a member of the coalition to stop the progressive party from controlling the White House and the Executive branch for another four years, of stopping a progressive, a hard-core progressive, from having the chance to replace moderate and/or conservative Judges on the Supreme Court.

It is time to act like officers in an army and not high school kids in the cafeteria.  It is time to think, right now, about November 2016.

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How the GOP Committed Suicide by Rabidly Defending Their Enemy, McCain

The saying goes- the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
With the GOP, it’s this- My mortal enemy, who is also my friend’s enemy, is my friend because I don’t agree with my friend a hundred percent of the time.
Good strategy, for your mortal enemy.

Nuking one another over leftist agit prop, coming to the aid of a man who hates you and wants to destroy you. Winning.
You are all doing it wrong. This is war, not high school drama in the cafeteria.
If you’re not a part of the solution….

Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain by sattkisson on July 18, 2015 in Fact Check, News Leave a comment [Above…
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I don’t even support Donald Trump and I’m sick of the nuke agents. Hillary 2016 thanks to folks like you.

I might vote for Donald Trump just to tick off the idiots… Yes… IDIOTS doing the work for the progressive cause. Grow up kids and fight the freaking war!
Amateurs. Rank amateurs. And I don’t trust ANY of you!

I don’t know why I even care. I’m not a Trump fan. Maybe it’s just hard looking at all the stupid from people who should know better.
Little, petty privateers.
Let the whole thing collapse already.
If only progressives were this inept. Then we’d have no government to worry about at all. That would actually be wonderful.

This just in…. There is no coalition to oppose the progressives. Just privateers fighting over a slot on red eye or to be a token conservative on MSNBC.

GOP activists don’t want to win THE war, they want to win THEIR war. Shame on the self-defeating, suicidal among you.

But do write articles, create memes, spend resources, energy defending him.
The GOP. The kind of political opposition I’d want to face. Always a winnable war against that crew.

It wasn’t just the Obama Regime and the Democrats who were scheming with the Obama IRS to attack the freedom-loving, Constitution-supporting Tea Party…
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Trump’s Social Media Army Crushes All Others

What I’m noticing about Trump’s McCain comments is they haven’t hurt the support I have seen from my friends who already supported him.
The comments, however, seem to have riled up, even more than they already were, my friends that didn’t support Trump before.
What’s interesting, and should be of great concern to any GOP effort to take the White House in 2016, is this pattern seems to follow for all of the candidates.
Every time someone finds some ‘dirt’ on a candidate, whether the progressives found it or conservatives did (the conservatives are doing a great job destroying candidates all on their own), or every time a candidate stumbles, the supporters make excuses, are not swayed,while the detractors add more vitriol.
I’ve seen people unfriend people on Facebook, conservatives, because their candidate is being eviscerated by one of their ‘friends.’
For my part, I won’t be eviscerating candidates, though I will share stories that are sometimes negative about candidates. I also won’t be unfriending anyone because of their candidate of choice in the GOP primary.
Whoever is left standing at the end may find a less than enthusiastic coalition to push them into the White House. It happened in 2008. It was even more acute in 2012, and, so far, in the 2016 season, it’s even more pronounced this time.
Meanwhile, while Sanders is making a show of things, and Tax the Rain Man O’Malley hasn’t even made a ripple, the democrats stand pretty much consolidated around a candidate who, even by their purist progressive standards, is hardly the ideal candidate.
Progressives seem to understand what war is, conservatives do not.
The privateer armies continue to fight their own war against the progressives, and other conservatives (even more aggressively than they fight the progressives), while the progressive army is already disciplining and preparing its troops for the real battle in the summer of 2016.

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Obama’s Strategic Undermining of American Power

Want to understand Obama? While he enables the Iranians to be able to successfully build their nuclear bombs, he turns the screws on both Germany and Greece to make a deal.
Why would he not side with the Greeks, who are every bit the leftists that he is? It’s simple. The Greeks are nationalist leftists. He’s an internationalist leftist.
Obama seeks to empower our enemies, not because he sides with them. At the end of the day, the mullahs and wanna be Caliphates will eventually face military response, but not from the US, from a world governing body.
In order to facilitate the rise of a genuine world governing body, the United States must be weakened. This is the internationalist leftist’s goal.
Welcome to progressive America, where the enemy of the progressive party is your liberty and your sovereignty
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Challenging Trump without Trashing his Supporters

I do not care for Donald Trump. I understand his appeal. He is, to America, what Putin is to Russia, a guy who will totally represent for America’s interests.
If you recall, when Putin first started butting heads with Obama, he was practically a hero to the right.
I confess to feeling that seductive pull myself.. Finally, someone who defied the King.
Trump is tapping into an authentic rage in America, for good or for ill.
The fact that he is now in a plural tie with Bush is an indication that no candidate has galvanized a broad base of support.
No candidate, before Trump, has tapped into that fed up crowd that just wants to see a victory, both at the polls and on the world stage.
We should be careful not to slash and burn those Trump supporters. We can talk about why Trump is not, should not be their guy, without unnecessarily trashing either Trump or, more importantly, his supporters.

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Thoughts on the Imploding Conservative Coalition

Slash and burn politics of the right. Whatever you feel about Donald Trump, going around slamming his supporters, calling for an intervention, certainty isn’t going to endear them to you.
Why should I be surprised?
While the left makes war, the right plays gotcha games against its own.
So utterly fed up with you conservatives. You deserve to lose.

Soldiers, not petty fools.
Warriors, not political play pals.
Man up. Woman up. Find your unity and fight.
Or else get the proverbial out of my way
Some of us have real work to do.

If you have a child, and you see what’s unfolding in this nation, and you choose to walk away, you choose to destroy your competition, you choose to build your blog or your personal brand name, you choose to attack everyone who doesn’t quite meet your conditions of purity, when this whole thing collapses, and something even more vile, even more oppressive emerges, you remember, as your child’s dreams are destroyed, as some of them wind up as political prisoners, that you chose to play games instead of to stand and fight.
There is a wide coalition of liberty out there. We need to stop playing games and start waging WAR!

What would a right of center army look like on the battlefield?
There would be numerous private armies launching uncoordinated attacks.
When one private army started to get some headway, other private armies would destroy it because THEY want to be THE center right army.
The top leaders would spend more effort building up their blogs and maneuvering to get on the media circuit than actually engaging the enemy.
I’m DONE with this loser army.
My daughter is 10. You cowards and fools are NO help.
I will walk with anyone, work with anyone who upholds the basic standards of liberty, who pledges to leave other people alone and battle anyone, from the left OR the right, that fails to live up to that simple standard.
There is a coalition of liberty. I think many of you on the right aren’t in that coalition, either because of your beliefs, or the games you play for your own short term gains.

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The Race-Baiting Monster Game of Progressivism

Progressivism is by its very ideology racist, as in, it accepts that race is a major factor in how humans behave.
Early on, progressives targeted blacks as being inferior and dreamed of creating a world without them, a world where the superior races could progress, with proper management from the scientists and the regulators.
Margaret Sanger represents that progressivism, still seen in Planned Parenthood Centers across the nation.
Now, the big brains of the progressive movement, still overwhelmingly white (and, I suspect, still elitist in their views of inferior and superior races) are playing a dangerous game, building a monster aimed at white people.
The real target is simply the middle class which, thanks in large part to Sanger and those progressive-designed ghettos, is still largely white.
The danger is this…. Once the elites have finished off the middle class, will they be able to control their white-hating monster?
Remember, for those of you who read my stuff regularly, progressivism is the reality in BOTH parties.

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