Trump and the Two Americas

Here is Bruce Thornton writing about the “two Americas” (with just one sentence bolded for emphasis):

Why the anti-Trumpers just can’t give credit to the president for his successes.

Nearly a year-and-a-half into Donald Trump’s presidency, Trump Derangement Syndrome continues to rage. No number of successes––from tax reform and low unemployment rates not seen since 2000, to bringing North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to the bargaining table––can lower the fever of the anti-Trump disease. Even those few who are willing to give grudging recognition to Trump’s achievements feel compelled to add snarky asides about his person and style in order to assert their anti-Trump bona fides.

How can we explain this bizarre obsession with image and style in the teeth of successful substance?

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Sad to say, the NeverTrump useful idiots have been abetting this slow-motion coup, just as they worked during the election to defeat Trump. And as part of the “elect,” they have predicated their labors on the affronts to style and decorum as defined by one slice of American demographic diversity. They have chosen to stand on “principle” like Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai, whose principled “honor” justifies building a bridge to help the brutal Japanese keep on killing. But Guinness’ Colonel Nicholson, who dies as the bridge is being blown up, at least in the end realizes the wages of his moral narcissism. Our Republican collaborators with a few exceptions remain mired in theirs.

But we are in a political war with a ruthless, amoral opponent. The past year has seen foreign policy and domestic progress that has begun to undo Obama’s “transformation” of our country, and we cannot risk backsliding into the bad habits of “principled” decorum that always empowers the Democrats, who never reciprocate such restraint. The stakes are too high for anti-Trump conservatives to nurse their resentment and preen morally, invoking as justification just one of the many American “norms and traditions.”

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