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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Never Trumpers kidnap Thomas More

I am amused by the vanity, intellectual vapidity, and impotence of Never Trump. The latest effort in National Review -- "Would Thomas More Have Voted for Donald Trump?" -- is a hoot.

Thomas More, a lawyer, refused to capitulate when King Henry VIII divorced England from the Catholic Church because the Church would not allow the king to divorce one of his wives. More stood up to the king, and promptly lost his head. His willingness to die for Christ is why the Church made him a saint.

Some may consider it sacrilege to drag a martyred saint into a political debate like this, but Rachel Lu of the National Review had no problem doing so:
Interesting parallels can be drawn between More’s situation and that of conservatives contemplating the impending nomination of Donald Trump. As in More’s time, a decadent and egomaniacal politician presses us to choose between valued principles and longstanding party allegiances. It’s a difficult decision, especially given the likelihood that a party rupture will deliver the presidency to Hillary Clinton. Some of Trump’s detractors have been fairly bruising in their judgment of (even reluctant) Trump supporters, but the invective in the other direction has also been badly overwrought, as #NeverTrump conservatives are accused of being sanctimonious, naïve, self-righteous, or simply foolish. Comparing one’s own position to that of a saint is always perilous, but it’s still worth noting that More’s contemporaries (including some valued friends) seem to have made similar judgments about him.
Well, except for the part where Trump is not the king, Trump is not trying to change anyone's religion, and Trump is not threatening to execute anyone who does not go along with him, it is the exact same thing.

As far as "NeverTrump conservatives are accused of being sanctimonious, naïve, self-righteous, or simply foolish," these are not accusations. Never Trumpers are acting sanctimonious, et cetera. Bill Kristol pretending to be the reincarnation of Thomas More is laughable.

Also, who said Trump isn't a conservative? When did globalization, illegal immigration, and not putting America First in trade negotiations become conservative values? From Lincoln to Reagan, Republican presidents have supported protective tariffs. For readers who do not believe me, please read, "Reality: Reagan was less free trade than Trump."

To the Never Trumpers, I say: You don't want to vote for Trump? Fine, don't. I am tired of hearing about it.

Trump ain't the devil and you ain't a saint.

10 comments:

  1. They've shot both feet and are nearing their knees. Once they kneecap themselves, only true believers will support them. After all, they did fire John Derbyshire and dump Mark Steyn.

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  2. Watching the #NeverTrumpers go on and on is like watching the homeless man yell at a lamppost. I have mixed feelings of pity and apprehension.

    - Mikey NTH

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  3. The overthrow of our religious establishments will take place when the universities are denied tax exemptions. I'm in favor of doing so across the board. Early Christian worship was in homes, it can be so again.

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  4. This reads like something I might have written on my High School English AP exam (when under time pressure and with no other thoughts ready to hand).

    Steve in Greensboro

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    1. That comment is MONEY. Good job Steve!

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  5. And what "valued principles"? Open borders and Middle Eastern military adventurism? If so, count me out.

    Steve in Greensboro

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  6. Saintly actions are of benefit in the world to come I guess but they accomplish nothing in our world of action. More wasn't even made a saint until several hundred years after his martyrdom but perhaps St Krystol will have a candle burned by a few acolytes to invoke his aid in preventing some unwashed Republican from smelling up their concave of the approved but that's it. The conservative intelligencia has become increasingly exclusionary in recent years hence its feckess impotent nature. It needs a new vigorous leader, not a hapless martyr.

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  7. I always thought that his last name was "Moore", but I see that the revisionist have dropped the second "O". It certainly was the double O when I was in college, a life time ago.

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    1. Perhaps you are thinking of the poet Thomas Moore? Here, for instance, is a plaque from 1932 spelling the Saint's surname "More".

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_More#/media/File:Sir_Thomas_More_family%27s_vault_in_St_Dunstan%27s_Church_%28Canterbury%29.jpg

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  8. As to whether Trump is conservative, he is far more so than the neoconservatives. Certainly no less conservative than John McCain, and the "conservative establishment" loved him

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