An “Alt-right” Argument Against the Fantasy of the Perfect Conservative Candidate

“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”                 William F. Buckley, Jr.

Buckley: "They are holding out for the ideal Conservative candidate." Reagan: "Really? Does one exist?"

Buckley: “They are holding out for the ideal Conservative candidate.” Reagan: “Really? Does one exist?”

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.

Pullquote photo from Ben Shapiro/Twitter

Pullquote photo from Ben Shapiro/Twitter

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s