Quantifying Trump – Reproving Occam’s Razor

Until today I’ve been quiet on the internet lately, and I suppose it’s due to the “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” rule. If I said exactly what I’ve thought over the last few weeks, my list of allies would dwindle down at an unprecedented speed. Now, I’ve followed the rule fairly well, but yesterday I said I disagreed with Rubio and suddenly had the fiery depths of hell thrust upon my Twitter mentions and DMs. So, I’ve just decided to rip the proverbial band-aid off and pour alcohol on the wound.

How did we get here?

It’s a question we’ve all frequently asked ourselves throughout the last year, but very few have come close to giving an accurate answer. Most want to blame some mythical GOP establishment, others want to pretend like our politicians have been sitting dormant throughout Obama’s presidency – both are about as far from the truth as Twilight is from reality. I think the first step is realizing that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not the disease, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are merely a symptom of the disease.

I’ve been keeping track of actual statements that have been said to me, or in a general discussion, over the last two weeks (including some from today’s bloodbath on my social media accounts), and today I’m going to address them. I’m also going to tell you how such statements have paved the way for men like Trump. It’s not just about the state of our political party, it’s about the state of both political parties, and the country as a whole.

 Why do we have Trump? Because we’ve grown accustomed to making unwarranted excuses for bad behavior. 

Example: “Politicians are under pressure to support Trump, I can’t blame them.” 

You’re right, they’re being pressured. This doesn’t provide them an escape hatch, or protect them from the label of a coward. You should know by now that sugar coating is not my style, and you should also know where I stood in regards to #NeverTrump – I made it clear. I don’t say this with venom, I say it with the knowledge that many men I respect have fallen under such a definition; a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person. This word is not a weapon, it is used to describe the lack of fortitude that exists in those who give in under pressure. If a politician can be pressured into supporting a diabolic egomaniac because of their career, peer pressure, or fear of backlash, they are a coward. Cowards are not revered in History books, nor do they belong on pedestals. We praise individuals like William Wilberforce, the Founders, Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Jackie Robinson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, etc., etc., etc., because they embodied every antithetical synonym of a coward. They deserve their place in history because they looked evil in the eye, faced criticism, trials, immense pressure, yet stood firm in their principles. 

“Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Churchill

I’m not telling you to hate anyone, I’m just informing you that the men you have on pedestals are, by definition, cowards. They may be good men and women, decent statesman, or even those who truly just want to do what’s right. However, when the chips fell, these men and women agreed to support a man who stands against everything our Founders built. Do you think “pressure” is a good enough excuse? I won’t apologize for expecting more.

Why do we have Trump? Because we pander to the squeakiest wheel and try to file it under “principled.” 

Example: “You don’t get it! He took a pledge!”  

Every man you’re playing apologist for by perpetuating the nonsense of needing to keep a pledge already made a pledge long before their promise to support the nominee, and it’s one that I consider indubitably more important.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

As I laid out in my last post, claiming that some level of moral superiority has driven your favorite politician to support Trump is rubbish.

Those who kept their vow to support Hitler are remembered as monsters for refusing to break their vow when he started mass executing innocent human beings. If a woman vows “to death do us part,” but finds her husband abusing her children, she must break her vow. If a doctor makes a promise to be at his sons soccer game, but suddenly finds himself running to the aid of a child hit by a vehicle, he must break his promise. The examples are endless.

More times than not, breaking a promise is not morally relevant, but sometimes keeping a promise fails to be morally permissible. Promises, as a general rule, require exceptions. Moral arguments, however, do not survive if we allow exceptions.

This country that these politicians claim they’re trying to save was founded because the Founders felt that breaking a pledge was necessary. Mull that over: The United States of America exists because a bunch of guys put their principles before a vow.

Why do we have Trump and Hillary? Because not everyone is brave enough to stand against the trendy opinion, or the expectations built by their party affiliation.

Example: “You guys are so screwed, you idiots on the right allowed Donald Trump to become the leader of your party! LOL!” 

Hilarious, right? Super funny, I know. What’s funnier, is that if he were on your side, and the Democrat gods – those who pretend like leftists actually have a say in who their nominee is – told you to vote for him, you would. A “Never—–” campaign would never work on the left, because leftists never buck their own system. Sir Robin is thy name, retreat is thy game. They have the bravery and fortitude of a Monty Python character when it comes to their own side.

I’m #NeverTrump because I believe that Trump is dangerous, disingenuous, a liar, a crony businessman, and an ignoramus. I’m #NeverHillary for the same reasons. You laugh at us while you apply the Hillary 2016 bumper-sticker on your car, but the truth is, your vote could be purchased by Hitler for the price of a rainbow AVI, an obsession with genitals, and a commercial on a false gender pay gap. If you vote for Hillary, you’re no better than those voting for Trump.

You’re voting for a woman who attacked a rape victim, and then later laughed about how she was aware that the young teen was indeed the victim of a sexual predator. You’re voting for a woman who has helped her husband get away with sexually assaulting women. You’re voting for a woman who is either too stupid to know how emails and top secret information should be handled, or a blatant liar. You’re voting for a woman who had a hand in ignoring diplomatic security risks that left us with a body count, and then continued to create even more security risks by disregarding systems strategically put in place to keep our country safe. The list is long; from blatantly lying to the family members of Americans killed on her watch, to back-door pay to play foundation favors.

Hillary Clinton is an embarrassment equal to Donald Trump, and while you sit back and laugh at his rise, his followers are only taking a page from your book. While Donald sleeps with the brains of his followers pickled in a mason jar by his bed, Hillary is doing the exact same with yours and anyone who votes for her.

“Hillary might not be perfect, but you guys have an unprincipled slob!” 

Those of us who are #NeverTrump have come under attack daily, many receiving death threats, rape fantasies, and even family issues. Yet I’m willing to turn my back on politicians and conservatives leaders I believed in, and even stand up to friends and family for my principles and the innocent people who would be hurt by the candidate my party nominated, even if it means that Hillary gets to pick Supreme Court Justices. You can’t say that. You don’t have the guts to stand up to your own side and their vast number of nefarious and degrading scabs you pretend are honorable. You have had former members of the KKK, those who’ve helped rapists, men who left women to die, and people who abuse your blind faith in them daily, but you would never build up the courage to call them out.

Laugh it up. Trump may make it to the White House, which is terrifying, but it will be because many on our own side just followed your lead and did what you do every election. I’m willing to place my vote in protest against a faulty two party system that has given us two horrible choices, you’re not. You’re just a zombie who thinks they’re funny making jokes about other zombies.

Why do we have Trump? Because we were rewarding his brand of vitriol long before he rolled his Trojan Horse up into our humble abode.

Example: “You must fight fire with fire! Take a page out of their book!”

Now, the above comment was sent to me after I made a post on Facebook about Dana Loesch – a Conservative who has become assiduously opposed to Donald Trump while also rejecting the #NeverTrump title – after she went after a rabid Trump supporter. The woman in her sights, Kayleigh McEnany, was in the wrong – no question about it. In Kayleigh’s nausea inducing interview, the one Dana was so offended by, she managed to spit out the most positively ignorant view that “you are not a Conservative if you do not support Donald Trump.

Now, such comments have become the norm for Trump supporters seeking their 15 minutes of fame, or maybe even their own parody on SNL. If only Kayleigh had someone with a large audience to savagely take her down and boost her – and the mind numbing viewpoints she totes around – into the spotlight…

Have no fear, Dana is here.

Now, in my ever so humble opinion, Kayleigh is worthy of very little attention. She’s a boring take down, a simplistic totalitarian supporting, dictator adoring, blind follower seeking attention. Well, Dana gave her everything she desired and more. See below:

Kayleigh’s arguments were easy to disprove, and tearing apart her entire segment would have been low hanging fruit for anyone over the age of 10, yet Dana had to add her own dose of drama, and people clapped like seals over it. The level of chest thumping, z-snap, teenage level attitude in the “take down” was suffocating to any maturity left in the room.

It gets worse:

Loesch blasted McEnany for making grand claims on CNN about how anti-Trump conservatives weren’t actually conservative, despite McEnany herself having made no discernible contribution to the conservative movement before this election cycle. “Who the hell is this chick?” she asked.

“Babycakes, this was more than going on television and flashing them pearly whites and your flat-chested, red-dressed, over-sprayed bleach blonde hair, while you sit here and you preach all this stuff about who is and isn’t a conservative. You like Donald Trump so much, let me act like him,” Loesch shot back.

But it turns out that McEnany is undergoing a preventative double mastectomy in her twenties, after finding out that she had a genetic predisposition for breast cancer.

Dana responded to a request for comment with, “Anyone who defends a candidate that has mocked a reporter’s disability, POWs, and blasted women as ‘bimbos’ with ‘blood coming out of their wherever’ surely has no problem with my addressing surrogates in a similar fashion..” And, of course, what decent Mean Girl-esque, junior high argument would be complete without a “he did it first” remark, “I’m sorry for the struggles she had but perhaps being the ‘victim’ of my words can give her an insight into the kind of harm Trump’s words inflicts on others.”

Kayleigh didn’t attack Dana with vitriol in return, she instead wrote an article the following Wednesday.

“The punditry snicker, the politicians sneer, and the editorialists scoff, but the American people speak and Donald J. Trump rises –commandingly so — confounding the powerful institutions of Washington D.C. and New York and earning him the ire of both.” That’s what I wrote when I endorsed him.
Yes, I knew the road would be hard, beset with opposition from the left and the right. But the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia and his infinite wisdom continue to be a guiding light. Though written in a religious context, his words are ever encouraging to those fighting an uphill battle of any sort: “Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

THAT is called an effective take down.

McEnany remained completely above board, which only means that Dana Loesch managed to make the over zealous supporter of a dictator wannabe look like the adult in the room.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Those who behave like the enemy, those who drag our movement into the mud and play by a disgraceful set of rules fueled by anger – portraying flippant disregard in their empty diatribes – are part of the reason why Donald Trump and his behavior was welcomed with open arms in the conservative movement.

Pointing out a wrong with facts, logic, sarcasm, etc., is fine, but putting on a show – one that can only be explained as the love child of Bring It On and Straight Outta Compton – only proves that we have been narcotized by ego and our constant goal of delivering the perfect one-liner, even if it only serves to drag us down while boosting clicks and ratings.

I said years ago that the pathetic nicknames being created with Barack and Michelle Obama’s names (Obummer, Moochelle, etc…)  were leading down a bad path, and now more than ever I stand by that statement. (Sure, I call Trump the Lord of Darkness, but can’t we all agree that he’d probably see that as a compliment?) We tried to play dirty with them, and in the process we welcomed “shock and awe” characters like Loesch and Crowder, clickbait journalism, and the keyboard patriots armed to the gills with classless cartoons, nicknames, and photoshopped pictures of political figures on feces. Now instead of calling someone out in a funny and sarcastic manner, our pundits just call people fat and flat-chested. Mockery is no longer the condiment to our truth, it’s the main dish. There’s a difference between refusing to be politically correct and being an ignorant jackwagon, too many in the conservative movement live in the gray area while using the once respected line as a jump rope – and that is the disease. Such behavior is the cancer to our cause, Donald Trump is merely the result of it spreading to our liver, and eventually causing the fatal diagnoses.

Why do we have Trump? Because we’ve made it impossible to defend ourselves.

Example: “But, but, what about —–? They get attacked daily! They have a right to fight back with the same vitriol used against them!” 

The largest issue with such an argument is that, as Dana knows well, we’re combating a certifiable lunatic and his enthusiastically similar following. As the old adage goes, “Never wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, and the pig likes it.” You don’t fight irrational behavior with irrational behavior; a debate isn’t to convince the opposition, it is to convince the audience. It is the art of winning by not losing. Dana picked the effortless approach and attacked Kayleigh’s looks, and in turn, Kayleigh got up out of the mud, managed to hose herself off, and pointed down at Dana.

If your plan of attack includes “Embrace your inner Trump supporter” on the list, you’re doing it wrong.

Why do we have Trump? Because we’re unreasonable. 

Example: “I’m not voting for a third party under any circumstance, I’m writing in Rubio/Cruz/Bush/the alien from Independence Day no matter what happens.”

If dyspepsia were a person, I’m convinced that these people would be its tribe of choice.

Back in March I wrote this post on Ted Cruz and picking the least evil. I wrote that I couldn’t support Cruz for one reason: Immigration. I knew that his immigration policy would harm innocent families, and punish innocent children, and I could not stand behind it. I saw that innocent people were directly threatened by Hillary, Trump, and Cruz, thus presenting a false dilemma.

That said, there are plenty of individuals who I don’t agree with wholeheartedly, but if a viable candidate steps forward and threatens to derail Hillary and Donald, I will gladly vote for that person – be it a Libertarian, Independent, Conservative, or Muppet. If someone is not as pro-life as I am, but would either leave our current state at a standstill or not stand in the way of states rights, I’m morally bound to vote in favor of the lives that could be saved. There’s a line between standing for your principles and being an insufferable purist.

Find that line.

SURE, I’ll write in Rubio if there’s no other option. However, at this point it’s pretty simple for me: Does this person present a policy that directly threatens to upend or harm a specific subset of human beings? If the answer is “no,” then they are immediately an option to consider when faced with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. A protest vote says a lot more if, you know, the protest actually works. Writing in the name of someone who has zero chance might make you feel good but, honestly, that’s literally all it does.

“I don’t care what anyone says, I will write in Rubio!” 

That shade of martyrdom doesn’t look good on anybody.

Why do we have Trump? Because we have ignorant voters.

Example: “IT’S YOUR DUTY TO VOTE!!!! #Trump2016”  

Voting is a right, not a duty.

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character… When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.” – Noah Webster

See how it doesn’t say, “Unless you don’t have any other choice”?

You have the right to attend church, it’s not a duty.

You have the right to own a gun, it’s not a duty.

You have the right to vote, it’s not a duty.

Stop telling uninformed individuals that it’s their duty to vote. See, it’s a vicious cycle. First you tell them it’s their duty, then they stop posting their lunch on Instagram so that they can quickly go to lazy clickbait sites and get their information from a meme with an eagle over the backdrop of the American flag, then that gives them some false sense of purpose, then you send them into the voting booth, then they fill in a circle without even knowing one policy position, then they’re all proud, and then suddenly they’re sharing Reichbart Breitbart articles.  It’s like taking the proverbial cork off the fork, and now we’re going to lose an eye. Encourage people to be informed, encourage them to care about the issues and research. If they do both of those things, trust me, they’ll go to the voting booth without you telling them that it’s their duty.

Let me take it a step further: Do your country a favor, heck, call it your “duty” if it makes you feel patriotic… If the propaganda Tea Party emails actually work on you, or you think you’re a four star general in the Freedom Party and that you have actually been receiving confidential information about the fight for The Republic in your Hotmail account, stay home on November 8th. It’s time that someone broke the news to you… The star of Duck Dynasty is not personally reaching out to you for help in saving the free world.

Why do we have Trump? Because people have started to treat politicians as though they are gods.

Example: “I trust him. He knows more than we do, and is wiser than us. Maybe I don’t understand it now, but I trust him.”

From the wise words of Taro Gomi, “Everybody poops.

Politicians should be treated like flirting men in dog parks; proceed with caution. There are a few who legitimately love dogs, some who pretend to love their dog more than they actually do, and a large portion who are opportunists playing pretend with their friend’s dog because they know it’s the way to your heart. Those jerks may try to appeal to your love of dogs, but in reality they don’t care about your love of dogs, they just want you. Now read that again but replace “dog” with “principles” and you have an accurate picture of politics.

Don’t be a lemming, it’s unbecoming.

I recommend this post by Conrad Close.

If we place our faith and hope in any politician or political party, we’re always going to be disappointed. Donald Trump cannot make America great again. Neither can Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, for that matter. They’re all human, and they all make mistakes. They’re all going to fail and disappoint you.

Why do we have Trump? Because we abuse words until they don’t mean anything anymore.

Example: “You’re establishment!” “You’re a GOP shill!” “You’re a RINO!” “You’re just being a purist!”

I was told that being upset with Rubio over his “support” of the “GOP nominee” is being a purist.

Side note: Why do so many people think that if they say “GOP nominee” instead of “Trump” it will fool us into believing that everything is copacetic? Since we’re not toddlers, and since we’re now too old to pretend like our pieces of broccoli are wee little trees in the forest of mashed potatoes, it’s a waste of their efforts. Supporting the “GOP nominee” is the exact same thing as supporting Trump. Feel free to spread the word.

I digress.

Demanding that a candidate meets my expectations 100% is being a purist. Demanding that they refuse to throw their support behind the love child of Putin and Hitler isn’t. Some issues are game changers, Donald Trump has a few hundred game changers, and supporting Donald Trump affiliates you with those game changers.

“I agree with you 90% of the time, but that other 10% of the time I like putting baby ducks in wood chippers, but that’s okay because of that thing Reagan said, right?” 

“Yeah, this isn’t going to work out.” 

“PURIST!” 

See how silly you look?

Why do we have Trump? Because we make uneducated and dangerous assumptions without thinking about the repercussions. 

Example: “Hillary can’t win! Supreme Court!”

A. This person is forgetting that Hillary doesn’t just get to throw Bill Nye the Pretend Science Guy on the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justices will still have to be nominated and go through the Senate.

B. This person is also disregarding every other aspect of Trump’s negatives, including the fact that if his foreign policy, economic policy, or immigration policy were to come to fruition, we’d be too busy dealing with a bloodbath and an economic collapse to be worried about the Supreme Court Justices.

In addition, we have no idea what either maniac would do. Trump proposed a list, then went back on it. He has even mentioned his sister, an ardently pro-choice supporter. He’s openly laid out policy ideals that go against the Constitution. We’re talking about a guy who basically uses a Magic-8-Ball as a policy adviser, we have absolutely no reason to believe that he won’t govern with the consistency of Sybil.

Buckle up and prepare for impact, guys. Every result – sans the slim chance of a third party – sucks. The people who have labeled Trump as the lesser evil simply aren’t looking to the future. Donald Trump is the noose around conservatism, and with him at the helm, our movement will be infested by the nationalist, sexist, and racist rhetoric he’s been touting since day one. What good does it do us to avoid four years of Hillary if it guarantees 20-30 years of Democrat leadership while we try to cure the dysentery and scrape the boils from our plagued movement?

Do you want to save conservatism, or do you want to save us from four years of Hillary?

You can’t have both.

It all comes down to the fact that we will be known by the company we keep, hence the Hamilton Rule:

“If we must have an enemy at the head of government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.”

Well, I’m done here… Now back to my Twitter and Facebook to see who is crying foul and labeling me a “Hillary supporter,” because a lot of my acquaintances have recently come out of the closet as genuinely annoying human beings. #NeverTrump

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8 thoughts on “Quantifying Trump – Reproving Occam’s Razor

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  1. Marybeth,

    Now, now, I would never unfollow or block you.

    Dodgers tied the Mets in top of 9th, then our gopher ball-throwing reliever gave up winning home run for Mets on 1st pitch in bottom of 9th.

    Oh, the woes of being a Dodgers fan.

    Ron Wise

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  2. As you might (or might not) remember, I give a bit more leeway to the AlmostNeverTrumpers, grading on a sometimes overly complex scale of when, why and how far he/she went in either never being a NeverTrump member or surrendering at different points. And, it’s become more and more obvious that, since I plan on continuing being irritated about and vocally against TruCons stymieing Paul Ryan’s reforms in Congress, my being a TruNeverTrumper was eventually going to turn me into a hypocrite and/or a contortionist. I’m too old for knee bends, much less pretzels. There is also an issue of having enough conservatives who are ‘pure’ enough for me to support w/hypocrisy in future races.

    However, I refuse to condemn anyone on any level in this mess if they made no or little contribution to it’s creation or propagation. Including my favorite writer. Especially since I agree completely with every word you wrote about the danger Trump poses. Unfortunately not enough agree with us for reasons of their own.

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  3. A more serious comment: Once again, you capture the moment & essence of (the) insanity of Trump & this election hell.

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    1. That’s a really well thought out trail of reasoning. I’m going to reevaluate my position on the matter since you make such a convincing argument.

      Pray tell, may I quote you in the future? If I come across someone who is struggling in their debate strategy, I like to offer advice. Your argument, as an example of success and thoughtfulness, could be incredibly helpful. Just let me know.

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