On Donald Trump’s “character”

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.

Abraham Lincoln Quote - Government of the people, by the people and for the people
Abraham Lincoln Quote — 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.

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