“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.” William F. Buckley, Jr.
Contrary to the staunch anti-Trump pundits still basking in the glow of retweets, likes, and follows gained from their unrelenting Trump hate, if conservative idealism had won out in the primaries, Cruz would have been the nominee…maybe… and I’d wager we’d be saying “President-elect Clinton” today.
Sorry dejected Never Trump peeps, we’ve devolved into a postmordial, mud-slinging, social media-addled species. True Conservatism didn’t stand a chance against the tweeting mad skills of The Don.
And, for the record, it makes me sick, too. But I’m a big girl.
Trump is a pragmatist. He ran his campaign as a pragmatist. And given that the Republicans now have control in D.C., I’d say a pragmatist is exactly what this country needed. Cruz, or any other quasi-Conservative of his stripe, could not have beaten Hillary in our current culture. Period.
For hard-core Conservatives still dry heaving over Trump’s victory and lamenting over how he’ll obliterate Conservatism, I would ask you to take a moment and define what you call Conservatism. If you consider yourself a Reagan fan, then I’m here to tell you that, based on his own writings and policies, Trump wouldn’t have been a huge problem for The Gipper. And I’m not sure he would have caused Buckley (the lauded Father of American Conservatism) to sit out this election.
Trump is far from ideal, that’s a given. But to continue being a divisive element in a party while holding out for a candidate who will usher in some kind of “Conservatopia” is (if we’re honest) just a massively delusional pendulum swing to the right. Think about it.