You gotta love a well-placed idiom.
And one of my favorites is “cut off your nose to spite your face.”
Some people get this one wrong, as is common with idioms. It isn’t “cut off your nose in spite of your face.” And it isn’t (as some actually think) “cut off your nose to spider face.”
For the latter, don’t feel bad. I used to think the Christmas carol line was “Deck the halls with butter and jelly, fa la lalala lala lala.”
The meaning is self-evident, but for the people who thought it was the spider thing, here’s the meaning:
Don’t do something out of spite that will end up causing more harm to you than the other person.
Or, as is often said, “It’s like drinking rat poison and waiting for the other guy to die.”
Though it may be a monumental waste of my time, I read through Twitter and also the comments sections of different websites whenever Donald Trump is mentioned. Though, lately, I have dialed that back immensely because the venom was starting to make me question the goodness of humanity.
Today, Ed Lasky, the news editor at American Thinker had a column titled “Is Trump a Democrat?” Valid question. After all, as Lasky points out, Trump himself has argued often that he identifies more with Democrats than Republicans (and, really, what conservative doesn’t?). He was a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton both in her run for the Senate and as she began to run for President the first time. He spoke quite highly of her qualifications and believed she was a terrific woman, and in fact, praised her tenure as Secretary of State.
So, again, it is a valid question to ask.
Not many current Republican presidential candidates can point to a very recent past of not only being a registered Democrat, but also giving full-throated support of a Democrat presidential candidate (the very one we most likely will be up against in November). The only other Republican candidate on the record praising Hillary is Jeb Bush who, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the Benghazi terror attack — presented Hillary with the ” Liberty Medal.”
Lasky’s column is not some over-the-top diatribe against Trump. He doesn’t attack Trump. He simply lays out the facts and asks some logical questions.
Yet here is a typical response from the comments section:
“Lasky, you dork, conservatives are done with the GOP because the GOP hasn’t done anything for the country or conservatives. We elected them in droves and they just whined while lining their pockets. Donald Trump is not really republican or democrat — he is a man with a spine who loves America and wants to make it great again.
“Don’t you get it? We know he is not perfect, but at least he is an outsider who speaks his mind, loves America and won’t be cowed (and he is not from the District of Corruption like most of the rest of field of useless idiots).
“No more RINOsaurs! Their time is past and may they soon go extinct.”
It’s as if not one word of Lasky’s column penetrated. Which leads me to suspect that that some of Trump’s more vehement supporters have been Scotch-Guarded so that all evidence that Trump is a Donny-Come-Lately to the Anti-Establishment party simply slides right off them.
I share a lot of this commenter’s frustration with the RNC. We rose up in 2010 and gave them the House. They ignored the will of the people and continually and repeatedly bowed to Obama’s demands. We rose up in 2012, eager to shove Obama out of the Oval Office, and the RNC pushed on us the one man completely incapable of presenting a strong argument against Obama’s (at the time) most damaging bit of legislation — Obamacare — because that one man forced on Massachusetts the precursor of Obamacare. We rose up once again in 2014 and, in a landslide Midterm Election, handed the Republican Party an even larger majority in the House and a majority in the Senate. And what have they done? Their dirty tricks in Mississippi during the 2014 primary season were beneath contempt. Their vow to work with the US Chamber of Commerce to primary conservatives in 2016 just another example of their refusal to accept the wishes of their own voters.
I get it.
We are angry.
But I don’t want to cut off my nose to spite my face.
This commenter is willing to accept as an “outsider” a man who has made the most of the inside-the-beltway incestuous relationship between elected officials and crony capitalists. To claim that Trump is not part of the DC Corruption simply because he was on the unelected side of the DC Corruption would be like saying Warren Buffett isn’t part of the corruption because he isn’t a Senator or Congressman.
Yes, the RNC has, time and time again, attempted to undermine conservatives within the party. But to hop on board the campaign of a man who is no more conservative than Mitch McConnell seems a little, well, illogical.
Today, Kurt Schlichter has a column at Townhall called “Trump is Going to Break Your Heart.” It’s actually pretty funny. He makes the comparison between Trump and that guy you’re dating who may be the life of the party, but he’s using you.
As a young man, I learned that sometimes that hot chick you’re dating is also completely crazy and, as much fun as it is to go out with her, it’s going to end badly. That’s Donald Trump, the super hottie of the “I Hate the GOP Establishment with a Burning Passion That Has Rendered Me Insusceptible to Reason” crew. He’s sexy, he likes to party, and he certainly puts out – in the sense that he fulfills your fantasies about giving it to the RINOs good and hard.
That intensely troubling metaphor aside, the point is still valid. Donald Trump is not a keeper, not the one you want to marry. He’s never going to make you happy. For now, he’s going to say what makes you happy, and for now he’s going to make a lot of the right people go nuts, but if you get hitched he’ll cheat on you with the liberals. At the end of the day, you’ll walk out of the courtroom wearing a barrel while Trump and the pool boy jet off to Tahiti on your dime.
I get the attraction. He ticks off Barack Obama, he outrages Hillary Clinton, and he gives Jeb Bush conniptions. This is all fine and good. He often says the stuff you’re not supposed to say but that most normal people think. Sometimes he says stuff no sane person thinks. He’s fun at parties, except that after he has a few and puts the lampshade on his head he stops being amusing and starts picking fights with your friends.
Look, on the Playboy centerfold list of turn-ons of every true conservative, making mainstream media dorks spasm like roaches after a spritz of Raid is right up there with long walks and sincere people. And it’s even better since they have to have to cover him because they need his ratings, and so they must talk about him endlessly even though it makes them want to die. And anybody who makes mainstream media people want to die can’t be all bad.
Pretend I’m your buddy and we’re at a bar and I’m the guy who, among your friends, drew the short straw and has to tell you that your girlfriend is the antichrist. And, Trump people, I am your friend. You, by and large, aren’t traditional conservatives like I am, but you’re hard-working, loyal patriots, veterans and cops, the people who defended this country and who built it regardless of what that fool in the White House says. We agree on much more than we disagree on, and if I was back in a foxhole I’d choose one of you as a battle buddy any day over those simpering GOPe femboys or, heaven forbid, some safe space-dwelling liberal.
But I gotta be straight with you – Trump’s bad news, and everyone else sees it. He’s using you, and he’s going to toss you away when he’s done and never look back. Break it off before it’s too late – this is just a fling, and if it keeps up one day you’re going to find your wallet missing and probably your car too. And you’ll wake up with a political rash.
Donald Trump is out for one thing, Donald Trump’s personal aggrandizement. He cares nothing about you. He cares nothing about your aspirations and dreams. Don’t misunderstand him when he pays attention to you. He’s just trying to get what he wants from you, an earthshattering ego stroke.
Trump believes in nothing, which is why he will say anything. That’s why he’s all over the map, varying his positions not only year-to-year, month-to-month, week-to-week, but even hour-to-hour. First he wants to send all Mexicans home, then maybe not all Mexicans, then yes, all Mexicans, then no, not the great ones. The same with Muslims. One minute it’s every Muslim gets excluded, then the next minute no, we’re going to let some of them back. Who knows what will be tomorrow. I do – whatever gets him the most attention.
When he dumps you, when he goes back to the New York liberal roots that are at the core of his being and starts talking about how he’s decided to switch back to his old positions, that it’s reasonable to take your guns, to liberalize immigration, and to keep Obamacare, you’re going to feel like fools. You’re going to be humiliated. And the GOP establishment, which is terrible, is going to be looking at you saying, “I told you so.”
You can do better. The failures of the Republican donor and consultant class created Donald Trump. They made you furious, and you have every right to be furious. They have treated you like dirt and it’s no surprise you picked up The Donald on the rebound. But the answer to being treated like a doormat by a bunch of buttoned-down twits is not to embrace somebody who believes in exactly nothing of what you believe in. You can totally do better. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and they aren’t all named Jeb.
Sorry to quote so much. I didn’t know where to stop.
Maybe I found his column entertaining because I’ve been thinking myself of the “bad break-up/rebound” analogy.
Except mine is kinda brief by comparison:
The guy you really like, the guy you’ve gone to bat for time and time again, the guy you’ve stuck by through thick and thin dumps you. And, to get back at him, you hook up with the one guy who will drive him absolutely nuts when he finds out you’re seeing him. It isn’t just a rebound, it’s a revenge hook-up. It isn’t that you particularly like the rebound guy. In fact, he pretty much flies in the face of everything that is important to you. But the very fact that he will make your ex bat-shit crazy makes putting up with him worth it for you.
I don’t want to place my support behind someone out of anger or spite.
I don’t want to cut off my nose to spite my face.
And just like I don’t want to fall for the “Really, honey, I’m conservative and I’ll fight for you if you vote for me” bullshit from the RNC. I don’t want to pick an Anti-RNC candidate who pretty much tells me what I want to hear in the exact same way.
Like Schlichter says in his column, I not only understand the anger most Trump supporters feel for the RNC. I share it. I don’t need to empathize with you. Because I too am beyond frustrated that election year after election year we have another RINO squish forced on us.
But RINO actually stands for something: Republican in Name Only.
Given his very recent political leanings, Trump is the quintessential Republican in Name Only. He is, as I said, a Donny-Come-Lately on stronger immigration enforcement and border security. He is a Donny-Come-Lately on restricting H1B Visas — as in just a few months ago he was bemoaning the fact that foreign nationals come to the US to be educated, but now they can’t stay in the states to work. He is a Donny-Come-Lately on refusing to accept Syrian Muslims “refugees” into the US — as in just a few months ago he believed we should (my only theory as to why he changed his tune is Ann Coulter gave him a stern talking to). He favored an “assault weapon” ban until he didn’t. He favored socialized health care until he didn’t. He viciously attacked Pamela Geller — a woman who has been leading the fight against the Islamization of the US. But now claims to share her positions. He was a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton until he planned on running for President as a Republican.
I’m not a big fan of RINOs.
So why should I support the quintessential Republican in Name Only — the New York Liberal Donald Trump?
I kept him in the “maybe” pile for seven months now. But nothing has convinced me to remove him from the “maybe” pile and place him on the “Yes” pile.
In fact, I am more and more inclined to place him on the “Not a chance” pile.
The reasons are numerous. His sudden shift from Democrat to Republican is chief among them. But, sadly, one of the other reasons is the vitriolic and hateful attacks and insults hurled at those, like me, who simply want answers from his supporters as to why I should trust that this incarnation of Donald as a “rock-ribbed conservative” should be believed.
I’ve been called a RINO (which is hilarious — Actually RINO is to Trump supporters what RACIST was to Obama supporters). I’ve been accused of being an Establishment hack (because you know how tight I am with Reince). Plus I’ve had the go-to names like “stupid,” “clueless,” “dumb bitch” hurled at me from those who want to Make America Great Again (because nothing makes America great quite like insulting and alienating your fellow conservative voters). I’ve been commanded to just go vote for Hillary. I’ve been told why not just support Jeb?!!!!!
The anger has been palpable. And one of the things that never works as a campaigning tool is trying to sway additional voters to your guy by attacking them and insulting them.
I get the anger. But it concerns me deeply that those who want Trump to be the nominee have adopted his “slash and burn, take no prisoners, burn every bridge” approach to campaigning.
When did fellow conservatives become the enemy?
The bottom line is we have a Republic to restore. Our Constitution isn’t worth the parchment it’s written on. Our Bill of Rights have become optional. We are losing our national sovereignty, our national identity. Obama’s fundamental transformation has been a roaring success. If only Rush had gotten his wish and Obama had failed. But he hasn’t failed. And the truth of the matter is, many Republicans within the DC political class have aided and abetted this nation’s demise.
This isn’t a game.
This may well be the last opportunity we have to restore our Constitutional Republic.
I refuse to vote out of spite. I will not cut off my nose to spite my face. As loathsome as some within the RNC may be, the actual adversary of our Constitutional Republic is the far-Left radical Democrat Party. Our opponent is most likely Hillary. And I want to choose the Republican candidate who best articulates conservative Constitutional principles and stands firm on his convictions — not somebody whose political positions are as solid as the ever-shifting sand beneath his feet.
I choose instead to vote as if the fate of this nation depends on it.
Given the stakes, I am understandably fearful of supporting a man whose ever-changing opinions and beliefs leave me suspicious that his currently-held positions are more political opportunism than deeply held convictions.
And, as yet, not one thing he or any of his supporters have said allay my concerns.
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RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
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