As of late Rush, Hannity, et al. have become particularly vociferous in lashing out at those who made an informed choice on who to support. Perhaps they are feeling the pressure of the multitudes who can now rightfully say, “we told you so.” Or, perhaps it is dawning on them that the priority of winning at all costs will come at the price of everything they hold dear.
Trump’s most recent moves to the left should make it painfully evident to Rush, Hannity, et al. the enormity of their mistake. While his recent proposal of paid maternity leave was not the first time Trump headed left, it was the first time that he advocated an entitlement directly opposed by those who support him now. In many ways the fact that he telegraphed his true ideological underpinnings early should be doubly painful to those who supported the man.
During the primaries Trump advocated for single-payer health insurance and denigrating the 1st Amendment, but these were summarily ignored. He also told us that he was quite capable of changing, but this fell on deaf ears. We had to win against Comrade Clinton and that was all that mattered. Thus, these flashing bright red warning signals were blithely dismissed by some for various reasons: friendship, ratings, or the win-at-all-costs philosophy, or even worse, deemed to be part of a brilliantly conceived and executed strategy.
The watchword of the time was that we had to win and that Comrade Clinton would be an extremely powerful foe. Winning at all costs was the priority and even if Trump had leaned left in the past, that was of no concern because he was winning – in the polls of the primary contests. Never mind the media had found that in Trump the perfect foil for Clinton. Never mind that millions of Democrat voters where unduly influencing our primary process. The latter was touted by Rush, Hannity, et al. as a new movement instead of a warning sign of troubles ahead.
We were endlessly told this groundswell was against the entrenched GOP Establishment, that for far too long had rolled over for it’s expansion of government with brand new entitlements and spending. So instead we will have a brand new entrenched GOP Establishment expanding entitlements and spending. Whoopee! Thus, we will have the bizarre situation in which conservatives supporting Trump are effectively touting that which they opposed a few months ago. All of this in the cause of defeating a woman of unknown aliments who, but for the grace of Obama, has but barely stayed out of an Orange pantsuit in a federal penitentiary.
So we have a candidate who told us he can easily change moving left and coming up in the polls to boot. These events will only serve to propel him further left. After all, this is a candidate who was on the side of the left only a few years ago, so it is only logical that he would return to familiar territory. It’s very likely we will have two candidates competing in handing out other people’s money and restricting civil rights. Instead of one candidate from each side, we will have two from the left.
This election could have been a turning point. After eight long years of Obama we could have reversed the damage and improved the odds of putting our representative Republic back in order. But, with the uniformed choice by some, that is not going to happen.
So, in the words of Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), “So you get nothing, you lose… good day sir.” No wonder Rush, Hannity, et al. have become extremely defensive over what they have done.