You know what I wonder? What if say, Cruz was the Republican nominee instead of Trump. Would we be whining to the rafters about all the stubborn Trump fans who would no doubt still be digging in their boot heels, chanting Never-Cruz mantras? Would we be castigating them at every turn, accusing them of letting Clinton win, and admonishing them for their petty stubbornness for clinging to their perfect vision of Orangeness?
Something even more interesting to ponder: would we be seeing previously hardcore Trumpers moving into the Cruz camp for the greater good of our country? Would they be experiencing a mass epiphany about conservatism and Constitutionalism, and how those two qualities just might actually bring about a positive, moral difference in our government, and therefore, this country?
Certainly we will never know how that might have turned out. But, we can imagine it. So, let’s.
Fade up on ethereal dream sequence: Cruz is leading in the polls against Clinton. It’s a sizable lead, but of course we want to get every Republican on board and we can see absolutely no reason why any conservative voter wouldn’t see Cruz’s many beneficial qualities; his easy-going nature, intelligence, vital grasp of world issues, strong Christian values, dedication to the Constitution, the ability to beat Clinton, etc.
Here we are at a debate where Cruz is super-charged and highly prepared to demoralize Clinton. The media happily pans over to a cluster of sour-grapes past-Trumpers wearing their now dingy “Make America White Again” t-shirts. Wait, did I hear someone from that crowd shout “Ah, sweet freedom?” No, apparently it was a threat involving an Auschwitz oven. Cruz begins delineating the many ways our country can grow and prosper, when a past-Trumper shouts, “What do you know about prospering? You never attended Trump University!” Well, there is that. Oh, here comes a well-known preacher to say a few words. Surely he’ll bring this rowdy never-Cruz crowd to a clear understanding of how we should comport ourselves as moral conservatives. Uh-oh, he’s joining them claiming, “It’s so unfair! Trump was just a sweet baby believer. He wasn’t ready for big boy pants.”
The debate appears to be taking an unplanned break due to Clinton leaving the stage in a coughing fit. The sour-grapers are booing her off the stage. No, wait. She’s left… they’re booing Cruz! They are not going to support him! But fortunately, the greater portion of the audience is cheering for him.
Suddenly, with great relief, I knew the answer to my “what if” question: we wouldn’t need to be demeaning past-Trumpers at every turn. The vast majority of Republican voters would see the value of a truly conservative candidate with actual integrity and would be proud to vote for him. The rest could just stay on the periphery continuing to taunt us for no purpose other than to make their grapes more sour. But enough of that pleasant dream. Back to the nightmare that is reality.
Here it is in stark detail: When you Trump fans had a chance to get behind one of the many truly conservative, intelligent, articulate, and sincere candidates you didn’t stop to consider the value of being prudent with your choice. It didn’t matter to you one iota how this election could turn out; you just dug in with Trump. And the news continually shouted out that Cruz, and possibly Rubio, could beat Clinton but not Trump. None of that sunk in; none of that mattered. The only thing that did matter was making your aggravation with the status quo loudly known. We got that – we were aggravated, too. But, we saw who could bring us out of this mire and you wouldn’t consider it.
For you it had to be guy so far out in “left” field that the bleachers were out of sight. You created this mess, so quit passing the potential blame onto us. We were able to comprehend from the start that it would likely turn out to be a train wreck. If only you had been.