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Assault on America, Day 573: NeverTrumpers who support Biden show it’s purely personal

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John Kasich to speak at the Dem convention? Is anyone surprised? Does anyone care?


In these times of non-stop media obsession with the Chinese Communist Party (or Wuhan, if you prefer) virus and the disgusting “peaceful”-not! protests, violence, rioting, murder, mayhem and death occurring on the streets of numerous American cities (Portland, Seattle, New York and Chicago, among others), it might be tough to recall the origins of President Donald Trump’s intra-party opposition from the 2016 campaign.

In the early days of the GOP primary race four years ago, poll-leading Donald Trump was treated as a novelty who would surely flame-out and be replaced by a typical establishment favorite in the mold of John McCain and Mitt Romney. When the New Yorker demonstrated he not only had staying power but could also hold his own with the voters, Trump’s opposition became more intense and bitter.

It was ugly, or should I say, it got ugly. Two candidates stayed in the Republican contest against Trump deep into the primaries and any number of theorists proposed ways the would-be nominee could be bumped off or replaced at the top. Second place Senator Ted Cruz -- the only viable alternative remaining -- wanted a one-on-one shot at the frontrunner but was unable to realize it largely due to the presence of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a candidate claimed only by GOP squishes and losers. Some conservatives liked Trump, others went for Cruz. Kasich? He took the #NeverTrump support (which was mostly the ruling class).

Cruz eventually came around towards Trump, as did most if not all of the other seventeen (or more?) candidates. Kasich? Nope. He held out, and his whiny grimacing mug could be seen on many a liberal cable channel savaging Trump for being “divisive” and unpresidential. Now it seems as though Kasich has completed his journey to the dark side.

Zachary Faria wrote at The Washington Examiner, “Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is reportedly gearing up to speak at the Democratic National Convention — what there will be of it — to support Joe Biden over President Trump. It is the natural conclusion of the presidential run he flamed out of in 2016.

“That Kasich has retroactively inserted himself into the Republican resistance to Trump is a masterful grift from start to finish. It was Kasich, after all, who made Trump's win possible in the 2016 primary. Despite having no shot at victory (he wasn't alone in this), he stayed in well past his expiration date, further splintering the anti-Trump vote. If anything, Kasich was more anti-Ted Cruz than anti-Trump; he refused to give up his no-hope bid until the day after Cruz dropped out of the race.

“Kasich spent his waning days as Ohio’s governor vetoing pro-life and pro-gun bills before turning his anti-conservatism into a CNN gig. All along the way, he teased himself as a potential 2020 primary opponent for Trump. He would have been a threat to nothing but the turning of conservatives' stomachs when they'd have to watch him hit the campaign trail again.”

It’s often said a tiger can’t truly change his stripes or a snake shedding its skin is simply a sign of growth, but with Kasich publicly declaring his affinity for the liberal party, well, that’s different. Not that anyone really cares, since the #NeverTrump creed is discredited at best and utterly powerless at worst. As R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. wrote so eloquently a couple weeks ago, the movement is full of has-beens or never-weres. Kasich helps populate the former category, though you could just as easily make a case for his status as a “never-were” because his presidential campaign was a dud from the outset.

Essentially, his strategy was to camp out in New Hampshire in 2015-16 and because of his omnipresence there he managed a distant second in the primary (Trump 35% to Kasich’s 16%), which he parlayed into sustaining his campaign longer than any of the others. The Ohio governor won only his home state (and even then, it was closer -- Kasich 47% to Trump’s 36% in a narrowed-down field) and in most places he finished last among the major competitors.

John’s only real message was “Washington is broken, let’s all get along.” Yawn. Pass the Five Hour Energy, will ya? John Kasich wasn’t even the officially recognized leader of the #NeverTrumpers. Flip-flopper Romney -- ye of the always immaculately coifed hairdo and square jaw -- wouldn’t run as an independent. “Not me! Not me! Not me!” After a bit the indignant children settled on some 40-year-old no-name, Evan McMullin, as their candidate.

Who?

Most of the notoriously disgruntled type (think David French, Max Boot, Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin, George Will) basically sacrificed their credibility as conservative commentators because they couldn’t stand Trump’s personality. That’s it. Some expressed genuine concerns that Trump was a trojan horse-type candidate who lied through his teeth in the primaries and would emerge as an uncloseted raging liberal bull in a China shop if he managed to win the election, but it hasn’t happened that way. So if Trump wasn’t ideologically compromised as they contended, what reason do these people have for continuing to oppose him today?

I haven’t read the Trump-busters’ work in a while, but their main argument centered on “character counts,” and they couldn’t maintain intellectual honesty by having heavily criticized Bill Clinton for years and then turn around and accept a tabloid sensation like Trump as the leader of the supposedly conservative GOP. One could write volumes of distinctions between the two men, but that was the gist of it.

No one’s saying character doesn’t count now -- of course it does -- but the voters are the final arbiters on a candidate’s credentials, not a collection of know-it-all snobs who wouldn’t recognize the grassroots if it suddenly cropped up as a weed in the middle of their living rooms. Donald Trump was not the first choice of many conservatives, myself included, but he won fair and square and the alternative was one Hillary Clinton, the screechy-est most annoying liberal of all time (she may have been surpassed now by Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Maxine Waters, etc.).

The choice between the two was easy: take a chance that Trump would keep his promises and Make America Great Again, or hold out for another four years while Hillary Clinton bent what was left of the government’s framework into a giant statue of a spineless blood sucking leech. It doesn’t take much imagination to ponder where we’d be today if she’d won. Scary.

It’s much more than having to stare at a politician’s face every day for x number of years if they’re elected. Though some would argue there’s very little difference between the parties, the facts demonstrate it isn’t true. Who among the Democrats is defending traditional American culture? Or who would preserve an unborn baby’s life? Who is fighting for originalist judges with respect and reverence for the Constitution? How about strong immigration enforcement? Do you think Hillary Clinton would’ve (correctly) attributed the COVID-19 pandemic to China?

I’ve had a number of exchanges with friends who claim to be Republicans who are either dead-set against voting for Trump or who are complaining about the president’s handling of various topics of current concern. There’s no vote switching at hand, here -- the declared anti-Trumpers voted for Hillary last time around, so their biases are evident for all to see. Since they admitted that they didn’t like Clinton but disliked Trump even more, it’s obvious that personality and demeanor trump policy in this realm.

Politics is policy, #NeverTrumpers: an example of Trump vs. Democrats

Education policy. Many conservatives argue that there’s no constitutional role for the federal department of education, but since there’s absolutely zero organized effort to defund it or abolish it, we can only assume the D of E will live on in the next administration. Trump, along with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, have taken more of a hands-off approach to the subject, a fair departure from the last Republican president, George W. Bush, who pushed hard for the invasive and hopelessly mislabeled “No Child Left Behind” initiative.

Then Obama came to town and was big on the idea of Common Core, which was the ruling elites’ attempt to completely wrest education curriculum away from state and local entities -- and parents. Needless to say, Obama also worked as hard as he possibly could to make sure LGBTQ and transgender (is this redundant?) policy became “normal” in public schools. The rationale was that kids with advanced cases of gender dysphoria shouldn’t be expected to use restroom facilities segregated by biological sex. Oh, the horrors!

It doesn’t matter a lick whether parents don’t feel right about their daughters sharing facilities with biological males. Feelings triumph! The old song “Smokin’ in the boys room” will need a new title -- “Peeping in the gender-free toilet space.”

So the totality of public education was remade to accommodate the “needs” of a micro-fraction of one percent of the population. You know, a decimal point or a rounding error. That’s what you get when Democrats are sitting behind the big desks in federal buildings reading memos and meeting with activist groups squealing about “discrimination”, racism and segregation.

These days, if Joe Biden is elected, we’re facing the prospect of Black Lives Matter creeping into the teaching agenda, and it doesn’t take a soothsayer to envision what it might look like. Perhaps the teachers will be ordered to ex-out lessons on the racist Founding Fathers and put in their place glowing segments on Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda, the Weather Underground (founded by Obama pals Bill Ayers‎ and ‎Bernardine Dohrn‎) and more contemporarily, Antifa.

Statues dedicated to George Washington will be remolded and “Washington” scribbled out with “Soros” put in its place.

Trump will continue to advocate for parental choice in public education, be it through charter schools, home schooling or voucher programs for private academies where the subject matter is open to religious and moral teachings rather than indoctrinating students into the latest leftist fads. Transgender “athletes” will not be free to ruin the prospects of girls and young women. “Normal” is a word that’s acceptable.

Yes, it’s true: Joe Biden wants to teach your grade school child about Islam

#NeverTrumpers concerned about President Trump’s “divisiveness,” personality and mental stability should consider that the Democrat candidate aspires to bring a new type of subject to a school near you. You can’t make this stuff up. Douglas Ernst reported at The Washington Times, “Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden says it’s time for U.S. schools to ramp up Islamic curriculum across the nation. The presidential hopeful’s remarks came during the ‘Million Muslim Votes Summit’ hosted by Emgage Action.

“’Look, one of the things that I think is important is I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith,’ he said [last week]. ‘Mr. Biden praised Islam as ‘one of the great confessional faiths’ while claiming it is routinely maligned by President Trump.

“’We all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental basic beliefs and I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity, for being engaged, for committing to action this November,’ he continued. ‘You’re doing what has never been done before. You’re registering and turning out more than 1 million Muslim voters this November. It matters. … Under this administration we’ve seen an unconscionable — and unconscionable rise — in Islamophobia.’”

We have? What the heck is “Islamophobia,” anyway? Is it fear of being killed by an unvetted Muslim terrorist lurking somewhere undetected until he carries out the next round of mass murder? What’s wrong with making sure people who come to this country don’t do so with a high probability of a suicide mission?

Everyone knows most Muslims aren’t terrorists, just like most Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t like baseball-diamond psychopath James Hodgkinson, and the vast, vast majority of gun owners are responsible, liberty-loving patriots. But if you asked conservative Jews how they feel about the rabid anti-Semitism that’s cropping up in the Democrat Party, they’d say they don’t support Democrats introducing Islamic teachings into public school environments. Want your kid to see Ilhan Omar as a hero?

Democrats and liberals are all about freedom of conscience when it comes to banning Christian prayers in school but now, they hope to tell little kids about the prophet Mohammad? What if one commits blasphemy and draws a picture of the Islamic deity with crayons and markers? Will they be placed on a hit list in some Taliban cave in Afghanistan? Where’s the ACLU when you need them?

In the 2020 election, it’s become clear that politics is policy. Now more than ever there’s a difference between the two presidential candidates and two parties that can’t be ignored simply because of personality differences. #NeverTrumpers didn’t have much of a leg to stand on in 2016 -- now they’re just downright wrong.

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