Joel B. Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large for Breitbart News recently penned No, Bret Stephens — ‘Character’ Is Exactly Why Conservatives Chose Trump.
In much of the English-speaking world, “character” is a synonym for strength — not just power or will, but the particular ability to withstand challenges and to recover from setbacks. Trump has displayed that quality in abundance, especially in overcoming an absurdly hostile mainstream media.
I was recently discussing with a friend the matter of Trump Derangement Syndrome: No, it is not a real clinical psychiatric illness, but there’s plenty of evidence all around us that — at a minimum — something is not quite right with thousands of people (many of them seemingly otherwise intelligent and thoughtful) who continue to be in a frenzied or outright hysterical state about Donald Trump … even now … a full year into his presidency. Mass hysteria is well known and documented, and relatively well understood.
On this 2nd day of January, 2018, if I were tasked with casting a U.S. presidential vote right now — between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — and knowing all that I now know, having seen all that I have now seen, and considering a wide range of factors and information … I’d vote for Donald Trump. No ifs, ands for buts. I’d likely, however, cast my vote differently if Donald Trump were running against someone other than Hillary Clinton and a Democratic Party that had not been hijacked by the radical “progressive” left. Then again, if that were the case — if the DNC/Democratic Party had not been hijacked by the radical progressive left then we wouldn’t be where we are today, and Donald Trump would have never ran for president and won. As Clinton and her supporters continue their search for a reason .. any reason … to explain how they could have gotten it all so wrong, I’d say to them that the answer is obvious: It isn’t misogyny, white nationalism or Russia, it’s a corrupt candidate (Clinton) and a corrupted Democratic Party that has betrayed the very people that would have kept the Democrats in the White House for many more years to come. It’s really rather simple to give the people what they want, and keep them happy: That is, however, within the confines of a (limited) government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Trump’s character and personality are, for the most part, exactly what got him elected, even more so than his policies. And, even more so than his policies, a lot of Americans (and others) don’t like Donald Trump because of his character and personality: In fact, they don’t just not like him because of it, they have gone batshit crazy over it.
I wonder if at some point in the not too distant future there will be academic psychological and sociological research conducted into how and why such a large number of people can respond the way we see the #resistance responding. I tend to think that a breathtaking arrogance and self-righteousness factor into it — I suspect that impartial and reasoned research would show, among other things, a high sense of self-importance, self-worth and self-righteousness among those with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). However, as academia is one of the sectors and segments of society seemingly hardest hit by TDS I don’t think anyone should expect such impartial and reasoned research to be conducted for a decade or more down the road.
And, what of the future of the Democratic Party: The party, and indeed the very name Democrat/Democratic may have become so hopelessly tainted that a new party needs to either replace it or join the fray with the current Republican and Democratic parties and become the new party of the majority of the electorate who don’t feel they are really very well represented any more by either major political party. I suspect a good number of Americans don’t even know that there are other political parties already, and that a new one could be created: Whether such a new party would fundamentally be or act any differently .. that’s an entirely other matter.