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“Racist, sexist, divorcé! Trump Steaks made a poor filet!”

portlandriotsWell, we all had some problems this summer with the #Nevertrumpers over at National Review. They hadn’t reasoned their way into their opinions and no matter what Hillary did, you couldn’t reason them out of them either. To me, it’s pretty much common sense, that if there are two real candidates, and you loudly oppose one, no matter anything about the other, well, you are supporting the other, no matter your protestations. And at least for me, and I think a lot of others, Hillary was beyond the pale. But we all have our blind spots, and this by Kevin D. Williamson is pretty good.

Par for the course, I suppose: We all remember how the Mormons rioted after 2012. Things grew so lawless that a car was spotted double-parked on a Sunday morning across from a church in Provo, and several young men were spotted nearby with their ties slightly askew.

And so it goes. As windows were smashed, fires were set, and bystanders beaten, our progressive friends tut-tutted that the protests were “mostly peaceful.” “Mostly peaceful” is another way of saying, “Peaceful, if you ignore the violence.” But even if we set aside the arson and vandalism and the assaults, there is plenty to lament in the non-violent protests, too: Those “AmeriKKKa” signs and burning flags are a reminder that what the Left really hates is not Donald Trump, his supporters, or Republicans at large (though the Left hates all these, too) but the country itself. They believe the United States to be not only imperfect (an understanding of the imperfection of human beings and their institutions is the foundation of conservatism, after all) but wicked, depraved, filled to the gills with hatred and bigotry, one step away from building concentration camps for homosexuals.

Donald Trump of Manhattan and Palm Beach, a man whose personal style makes Liberace look like Danny Trejo, is, according to this view, going to be the great catalyst for anti-gay pogroms. You could make a case for racist and sexist — a pretty good one — but anti-gay? Not really.

via Donald Trump & Executive Power: The Left Loves Constitutional Checks & Balances Again | National Review

And that’s the thing, isn’t it? For me, and for most of us, including NR, there are more important things than Party, and amongst them are the country. Theodore Roosevelt said that:

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

That strikes me as a pretty good guide, and you know, it doesn’t lead to arson and riot if your candidate loses. By the way, how can one riot in their safe space? Is that the same as a two-year-old having a tantrum in the nursery?

Authored By nebraskaenergyobserver