We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
... many conservatives are not quite sure whether Trump is just a more in-your-face version of current politicians or if he truly is an outlier in his vulgarity. Consider, after all, the last month in politics. Recently, news stories noted that a White House guest rapper, paroled on a pending felony charge, had his ankle bracelet go off. The White House deputy national security advisor and senior speechwriter Ben Rhodes bragged about how he more or less lied and perpetuated a con to ram through the Iran deal without Senate oversight. Former Obama speechwriters joked on television about writing the lie, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.” Obama himself threatened to cut off federal funds to states that did not share his reinterpretation of the 1972 Title IX Amendments to include bathroom access of their choice for the transgendered. Meanwhile, the FBI weighs a federal felony indictment against Hillary Clinton, just as stories have resurfaced of Bill Clinton’s frequent and unescorted flights on convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein notorious “Lolita Express.” If that is a typical month in the life of the current administration and ongoing presidential campaign, then what exactly are the norms by which we can judge Trump as a renegade? The proper critique of Trump is that he would not restore decorum to political discourse and behavior that long ago were debased.
From the article Trumps "extreme positions": "How could that be when a profane Trump has boasted that he would limit Muslim immigration into the United States, talked cavalierly about torturing terrorist suspects and executing their relatives, promised to deport all eleven-million Mexican nationals who are residing illegally in the U.S., and threatened a trade war with China by slapping steep tariffs on their imports?"
I agree with all of these positions. I cannot understand a "real" conservative thinking they are extreme.
I heard Trump when he made his comments about relatives of terrorists who knew and participated in terror attacks. I believe it is a gross exaggeration to say he wants to execute relatives of suspects. What he said was he believed that relatives who knew about the planned terror attacks and said nothing should be punished. I'm guessing that Victor Davis Hansen must believe that they should face no punishment. THAT seems extreme to me.
I am really befuddled. All the people, who are so much smarter than the rest of us, have just been caught flat footed. I don't know if Trump anticipated and planned any of this or, if he was just in the right place, at the right time, to ride this wave. I do hear, usually on the radio, people who are quite earnest and believe Trump to be sincere. But, I hear even more who don't care that he is a blowhard, and are for him anyway. It must rally stink to have been defeated by him because it is like the public is saying. "We know he is an asshat and we still prefer him to you.", to borrow a post from Althouse.