The silver lining

13 Mar

Rod Dreher is despairing:

The depressing truth, as it seems to me this afternoon:

1. If Trump becomes the GOP nominee, it will mean chaos and violence. Same as if he becomes president. He generates an atmosphere of thuggishness.

2. If the Social Justice Warriors prevail in shutting down Trump rallies, it will mean chaos and violence. It is chaos and violence. They are thugs, even if they are praised by the media.

3. I want Trump to beat the SJWs at their game. They are making America ungovernable.

4. But it is not sufficient to cheer Trump for opposing these idiots. Whatever my heart says in the moment, my head tells me that I don’t want Trump to win, because I don’t think he has any plan to govern America, and his provocative attitude would help make America ungovernable.

5. I don’t want the Republican Party to beat Trump, because it will mean the same old same old.

6. I don’t want the Democrats to win, because the Court, and because they will empower SJWs even more, and marginalize cultural conservatives even further.

7. There is no way everybody can lose.

8. Whatever happens, the next four years in our country are going to be miserable.


But… On the bright side:

A lot of people will lose their illusions about politics being able to actually accomplish anything truly worthwhile in our times, when whoever is elected or thwarted being elected by the Establishment means their political hopes and dreams are dashed.

As they become thus ‘dis-illusioned’ (in the truest sense of that word, which is actually a positive thing, to lose one’s illusions), they will rightly ask, “What’s the point in voting?”, and quit doing so – unless someone can give them a reason to do so.

They will stop the farce of propping up the two-headed hydra ruling machine, by withdrawing their consent.

Democracy will become increasingly more of a sham (yes, even more than now), as less and less people vote.

And more people will join the reactionary camp, on the right side; and more prog Millennials will join the socialist side of the likes of Bernie Sanders.

The stupid moderates on both sides – the neocons and the warmongering Hillary Clinton neolibs – will be squeezed, and hopefully shrink.

The Antithesis will become clearer and clearer, as time progresses.

Bring it on!


15 responses to “The silver lining

  1. feeriker

    March 13, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Dreher’s caterwauling could just as easily have been written by someone on the left (just substitute references to Trump with those for “Sanders” or “Clinton”) and amounts to the same thing. He is terrified of the fact that the neat, orderly, carefully scripted totalitarian world he lives in, a world managed by the Establishment, a perfectly predictable world in which no one other than the top one percent has to risk anything, is about to be turned upside down. Like 99.9999 percent of the rest of the sheeple, Dreher is shitting himself scared at the thought of real freedom (the flip side of which is responsibility for oneself). Like most cuckservatives, he TALKS a big game, but never puts his money where his mouth is. It’s not that “President Trump = real change/freedom, not a chance. It’s that the idea of real change has the Drehers of the world terrified.

    • Will S.

      March 13, 2016 at 3:51 am


      If Trump somehow gets elected, despite the Establishment going all out to try to stop him, and the SJWs ratchet up the disruptions, and violence happens, it’s mostly on the Establishment for letting things get to this point, and the SJWs of course themselves for their actions.

    • The man who was . . .

      March 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Feeriker, you have no idea who Dreher is.

  2. Sean

    March 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    If conservatives, and especially Christian ones, could realize that gov’t is not the Messiah it’s viewed as… That would be the best take away from this election.

  3. feeriker

    March 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    If conservatives, and especially Christian ones, could realize that gov’t is not the Messiah it’s viewed as…

    That so many American Christians DO view government that way gives us great cause to wonder just how Christian they really are. God doesn’t care much for idolatry.

  4. The man who was . . .

    March 13, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I think Dreher has it exactly right. Trump makes a good sledgehammer, but those who are expecting him to actually be a good president are deluded. But maybe a sledgehammer is exactly what we need.

    • Will S.

      March 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      I think destroying the Republican party as it exists today would be the greatest public service he could render, even if he doesn’t accomplish anything else.

  5. feeriker

    March 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I think destroying the Republican party as it exists today would be the greatest public service he could render…

    They seem to be doing a superb job of destroying themselves even without Trump’s help. Then again, it will be interesting to see if the party can survive as the “Grand Oligarchy Party” funded solely by donations from the handful of billionaires who will soon be its only members after it alienates the very last remaining segments of its grassroots.

    • Will S.

      March 14, 2016 at 3:19 am

      Exactly. If they force Trump out, or if he wins the nomination and the Establishment declare their support for Hillary and he ends up losing the election, the grassroots will remember, and leave, stay home on election day henceforth.

      On the other hand, if Trump wins, and manages to have a decent presidency, he will attract more of his kind of people into the GOP, and the Establishment will be toast.

      Politics as usual is over.


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