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RantOMatic #20: Trump Critics Complain… by John Hayward

FROM John Hayward on the non-binary Trump elections

Trump critics complain about how intensely his supporters defend him against even mild and demonstrably valid criticism. This is not merely cultish devotion to Trump. It’s about people on the Right waking up to the realities of a binary political system.

This is not to justify the ferocious rejection of all Trump criticism – it’s a bad idea for any leader to be supported without question – but rather to understand it. The president’s most ardent supporters are not necessarily acting out of irrational devotion.

The Left has long understood the stakes in a binary system better than the Right. They have developed many techniques for whipping their voters into line behind their presidents and presidential candidates. They make very specific promises to voting blocs in their coalition.

Long before Trump, the Left caricatured even mild-mannered GOP candidates as inhuman monsters. The current pitch to wavering Democrat voters is contempt signaling: vote for the Dem, even if you don’t like him or her, just to annoy the heartland Republicans you hate.

Voters on the Right have long been told NOT to view presidential elections as binary choices with all of their vital issues on the line. They’ve been attacked as paranoid extremists for thinking that way. The media tells them every Dem candidate is a reasonable moderate.

A good number of people on the Right denounce or deny the binary nature of elections, too. Some are third-party enthusiasts, others ideological purists. Many are in a symbiotic relationship with the media and political class that treats all Dems as moderates.

The thing about this perpetual camouflage of Democrats as moderates – get ready for Elizabeth Warren to be described that way! – is that it obfuscates the binary nature of elections. It’s deliberately designed to make GOP voters consider 3rd-party protest votes or staying home.

Democrat voters march into each presidential election thinking their very lives and souls are on the line unless the Republican loses. Dems tell black voters the return of SLAVERY might be only one election away – “gonna put y’all back in CHAINS!” as Joe Biden put it.

GOP voters are told, eh, it’s just an election. Another one is coming in four years. You’re paranoid to think your way of life is at stake. Why not send the GOP leadership a message with a 3rd party protest vote? Why not just stay home if you really don’t like the GOP candidate?

This mindset is maintained with great effort even if the Republican wins. Dems support their presidents with feral intensity through every scandal and retroactively deny the scandals ever existed. Repubs are told to abandon their president to prove their open-mindedness…

RTWT AT FROM John Hayward on the non-binary Trump elections

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  • jake November 7, 2019, 12:21 PM

    As a wise young man said,


  • bud November 7, 2019, 12:24 PM

    It’s in the Democratic Party DNA. Their two main wellsprings are leftist (Socialist and Communist) organizations and labor unions. For the former, the Party Line is a critical part of the ideology, and “solidarity” has always been an absolute within the latter.

    The libertarian strain within the Republican Party has “live and let live” tattooed on their foreheads.

    The Republicans have seen the Democrats jettison their center and have finally figured out that tbe Democrats are playing hardball with hand grenades instead of baseballs.

  • Rick November 7, 2019, 12:40 PM

    I back Trump even though I disagree with many of his policies. Much to the Dims dismay I’ll back him pretty much whatever he does, not because I’m in thrall to him but because, in spite of his flaws he’s head and shoulders above any of the Dim candidates.

  • Kevin PA November 7, 2019, 4:01 PM

    “….in spite of his flaws he’s head and shoulders above any of the Dim candidates.”
    Very true and I would add, just because of the mean-spirited, commie-leaning, freak show that has unjustly opposed the man for the entire time he’s been in office! I think it is near miraculous what he has accomplished in spite of the perpetual distractions.

    Like a prolonged temper-tantrum the left’s behavior toward Trump has been a terrific revelation of who these people are and what they want. They are rotten and they are only concerned with the acquisition of power. Every damn one of them wants to rule your life.

    To them, the right and proper response from Traditional Americans should be: HELL NO!
    When asked why: BFYTW
    Americans were never made to be ruled.

  • rabbit tobacco November 7, 2019, 7:07 PM

    President Trump has polarized America. I
    like that. Now I know the bastards against
    me and my kind.

  • ghostsniper November 8, 2019, 4:37 AM

    Kevin sed this:
    “Americans were never made to be ruled.”
    Well yeah, in theory.
    Not in practice.
    About 1/3 of the adult US population believes they should be ruled and 1/2 of the believers believe the rulers should be communists. So where does that leave the rest of us, the real americans that will never be ruled?

    Answer: Hiding out in the deep, dark forest, well armed and supplied, finding peace and comfort where we can, fairly content with our lot in life.

  • Kevin in PA November 8, 2019, 6:31 AM

    Yeah, Ghost, I get what you are saying, but while I am well armed, I am not hiding. Though, I do avoid crowds.
    Not hiding my point of view – I loathe communists, collectivist and parasites (but I repeat myself).
    Not hiding my principles. The positive benefits of the capitalist system far outweigh its flaws and is head and shoulders above any rotten collectivist proposal.
    However I do keep my assets hidden from view as best I can. As the popularity of socialism / communism grows among the historically ignorant and dumb-ass youths, assets can become liabilities, in that they are targets for theft.

    Rifles zeroed. Check.
    Survival stores fortified. Check.
    Powder dry. Check.

    To any commies wishing for trouble, I say, Bring It!
    They are deserving of a long overdue ass-whooping.

  • KC November 9, 2019, 1:11 PM

    I’m flying out of Arkansas. If you drive down Markham in LR, it becomes President Clinton Blvd. It gets all seedy and ethnic, along with gleaming contemporary monied buildings. I got a picture of the seedy cuz I had to laugh at the businesses. The first biz: Diablo’s Bar. Down the block tarot reading and in the crotch between is a bar named Willie’s D. Hello!

    Hell yes it’s binary. I see Trump as a hotshot billionaire NewYorker with a big patriotic streakter and a fire in the belly to win. American win, unabashed win. (Consensual) pussy grabbing win. Impeach me faster I can hear him yelling.

    FU dems and your creepy ethnic slow rolling bullshit commie deconstruction. FU Obama and your America hating horseshit show. So interesting to watch them treat Trump like a high school president (“he acts offensively…”) and at the same time they have no depth of field to run against him. Shuhit. It’s embarrassing to watch their weakness.

  • Lori November 9, 2019, 5:09 PM

    It thought it was a good idea to cut back on the number of raping prisoners.

  • Vanderleun November 10, 2019, 12:17 AM

    And up on the (consensual) pussy grabbing?