In their unrelenting attacks on conservatism, angry liberals utilize a literal arsenal of weapons – disinformation (a euphemism for lies), smear tactics, mislabeling, name calling, race baiting, transference, media bias, paid protesters, class warfare, propaganda, and various and sundry forms of deceit and deception. In fact, during the 2016 presidential election cycle alone, the Left persistently referred to conservatives as racists, bigots, xenophobes, misogynists, sexists, liars, cheats, opportunists, traditionalists, hacks, thugs, loons, crazies, Nazis, murderers, ignorant, stupid, intolerant, thickheaded and, worst of all in their minds, holier than thou.
The Left’s tactical objective is to convince voters that all conservatives are something that most aren’t. Their chronic failure to reach this objective is rooted in a persistent incongruence between their words and their actions. For example, it has now become commonplace for liberal protesters holding “Love Trumps Hate” signs to physically assault passing Trump supporters. Nevertheless, in all their childish rants, angry liberals have finally gotten it right with regard to at least one sub-group within the conservative movement. By referring to Never Trumpers as “holier than thou,” Lefties finally hit the nail on the head.
First of all, to be fair to the Never Trumpers, I understood their aversion, early in his campaign, to the billionaire developer with the wispy, nutmeg-colored comb-over coif. That’s because, up to that time, my impression of Trump – a loud mouthed, self-absorbed, narcissistic, womanizing, ostentatious, spoiled brat – was based upon various news snippets and sound bites regarding his often outrageous, in my opinion, behaviors. I mean, what kind of a man actually refers to himself as, “The Donald,” and requires others to do the same? Having grown up on a small farm in rural Georgia, the son of parents neither of whom had the opportunity to graduate high school, I couldn’t relate to a flamboyant, mega-rich New York City slicker on any conceivable level.
However, as the 2016 presidential campaign progressed, and the more I began to pay attention to Trump, the more his persona began to make sense to me – in the rough and tumble world of big city real estate development, pulling off big deals requires big personalities, a la The Donald. Eventually, it became clear to me there was more to him than pompous bloviation. Trump doesn’t drink, smoke, or do drugs; he is an extremely hard worker; he adores his children (all of whom are hardworking and successful in their own right and none of whom have been in drug/alcohol/sex rehab like so many children of the Left); he converts dilapidated properties into showcases; and he creates jobs and promotes economic opportunity. Sure, he has his faults, but who on the Left or among the Never Trumpers is qualified to cast the first stone? Not a one of them.
No one likes a liar (unless, of course, one is a liberal and the liar is Bill or Hillary Clinton) and, even worse, no one likes a hypocrite. And that is where the Left makes hay in their assaults on conservatives – by painting all conservatives with the Never Trumper holier than thou paint brush, liberals portray conservatives as rigid, judgmental, intolerant, sanctimonious, overly pious, and even hyper-religious. That shoe may fit Never Trumpers, but it doesn’t fit all conservatives.
At most, Never Trumpers should have viewed Trump as the sick view unpalatable medicine – sure, it tastes bad but, in the end, it’s for the best. However, holier than thouism wouldn’t allow it – Never Trumpers needed Trump to be something none of them ever were or ever could be – perfect. Of course, principles are important and no conservative should have been expected to discard his or her core beliefs and make a deal with the Devil just to win an election (though most liberals seem given to no such compunction). However, considering what was at stake – a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency – Never Trumpers should have quickly gotten over themselves after the Republican primary and immediately supported Trump with great passion and gusto. At the very least, they should have kept their mouths shut. Their tacit support of Crooked Hillary through active efforts to undermine Trump’s campaign bordered on the politically traitorous. If The Donald proves to be a miserable failure as president, Never Trumpers will have their victory at the nation’s expense. But, if Trump succeeds, Never Trumpers will be served a nightly dinner of crow sprinkled with the bitter seasoning of holier than thouism.