Recently, on one of my favorite political sites, I came upon an article written by Mr. Jonah Goldberg -suffice to say, here was a man who disliked Trump. Immensely. He had taken the time to sit down, and right a letter about why he was right in being a ‘Never Trump’-er in the beginning; how Trump wasn’t a true conservative, and he could easily slide into the ‘outrageousness’ of Nixon. Essentially, the article was one large, self-pitying ramble about why this man felt he was right about Trump being a terrible pick, and how he’ll never apologize for that.
I, being the polite, well-mannered person I am, took some serious offense to this self-pitying ‘poor me’ letter -that somehow got published on a top conservative site. For a few different reasons.
Firstly, a semi-brief history lesson on the ‘outrageousness’ of Nixon. While in high school, I was sitting on the front porch, talking to my grandfather about presidents, and I asked him who his favorite was. Being a Republican myself (and mostly because of my grandfather), I was expecting ‘Reagan’ to be the automatic answer to drop. But much to my surprise, he thought for a moment, and said, “I sort of liked Nixon.”
This was horrifying to me! I’d read all about Nixon in school -the evil man who tried to ‘imperialize’ the US, and scrap the constitution, who lost us the Vietnam War, and so on.
I couldn’t believe that my grandfather -great a man as he is -could give such an answer. There had to be an explanation. Perhaps, my teachers were wrong. Or there was another perspective.
So I started reading. Anything and everything I could get my hands on about Nixon. And I discovered that Nixon’s ‘outrageousness’ was a) no worse than what most politicians did all the time, and b) a direct result of the Democrats personal hatred of the man.
(Bear with me a few more minutes, I promise I’m going somewhere with this, and it ties back into Trump).
As far as point A goes, Nixon wanted to stop leaks. Daniel Ellisberg was giving top secret information to the New York Times, information about Vietnam. He created the Plumbers with one goal: to ‘plug the leaks’. Once they zeroed in on Ellisberg, they broke into his psychiatrist office in hopes of obtaining material either to blackmail him into shutting up, or to convince the world he wasn’t worth listening to. Perhaps not the most noble of causes, but when one compares to his predecessors -Kennedy who illegally recorded MLK Jr.’s affairs, and passed them out to reporters, FDR who detained thousands of Japanese illegally, and so on -it was, at least, a somewhat understandable cause.
So why jump on Nixon for it? We must look back to the fifties to understand that -back to the Alger Hiss trials. After Whitaker Chambers named Hiss as a top Soviet spy, many in the HUAC wanted to let it go; Hiss was, after all, a good Harvard man, close friend and confidant of the late-FDR, his wife Eleanor, and fiercely supported by Truman, who set federal investigators after Chambers in attempt to get him to back off of Hiss. While -again -most in the HUAC wanted to back off, and avoid the looming confrontation -which promised to be vicious -one man doggedly refused to let go. One man sunk in his heels, and refused to let Hiss skate away on his pedigree and friends. One man felt that Hiss should be made to pay for his crimes. That man was Richard M. Nixon. Without Nixon, Hiss would have walked away, unblemished by the accusation (which was proven true beyond a doubt by the Venona Cables in ’95), but Nixon stuck by Chambers, and eventually earned a perjury conviction, with Hiss being convicted of perjury for denying he was a Soviet spy. And with that, Nixon won the Left’s hate for a lifetime -he’d proven that they were either traitors, or idiots, housing Soviet spies as their friends and in their administrations.
So. Why the history lesson? Because Mr. Goldberg said, ” I don’t know what George Will said of Richard Nixon’s electoral prospects in 1972, but even if he had predicted a McGovern landslide, that wouldn’t mean he was wrong about the outrageousness of Watergate.”
He’s saying that, despite his (Mr. Goldberg’s) saying that Trump didn’t have a chance in hell, and shouldn’t be president, we shouldn’t take him at his word. Just because Trump won (when Mr. Goldberg said he shouldn’t), doesn’t mean that we should ignore his sage advice on why Trump shouldn’t be president.
So once again, for clarity, I would like to point the ‘outrageousness’ of Nixon was trying to protect National Security, in a much less despicable way than his predecessors, and most assuredly his successors. While Nixon was by no means a saint, he was trapped between a Democratic party that hated him for the Hiss affair, and later his pro-winning stance in Vietnam, and a Republican party so hell-bent on playing polite they would have impeached George Washington if it kept Democrats happy.
Why did I drag this out? Why give you an indepth lesson about Nixon? Because it’s a lesson these ‘elite conservatives’ refuse to learn. They’re so hell-bent on playing nice, and doing things the way they’ve always been done, that they’d gladly give the country over to Hillary -or worse, as long as it didn’t offend their ‘conservative morals’.
Which brings me to an interesting point. If I asked a hundred conservatives what made them conservatives, what their core political belief was, the answers I would get would run the gamut from ‘lower taxes’, ‘second amendment rights’, ‘pro-life’, and -if you ask a conservative from a border state ‘immigration’.
So for most conservatives, we agree on sending less of our paychecks to the government -Trump has promised to lower tax rates, and increase jobs so more people are getting those paychecks. We’d agree on keeping our guns -Trump believes that ‘shall not be infringed’ means… shall not be infringed. While his abortion stance is a bit off from most conservatives, most Americans were tickled pink with his wall idea, and his plan to stop allowing Latin American criminals, and Middle Eastern ‘refugees’ in.
So I’m not sure where, exactly, these ‘intellectual conservatives’ are coming from when they tell us Trump isn’t a ‘True Conservative’, other than that they don’t like the way he does politics. They dislike the fact that he refuses to play by the politically correct, ‘don’t hurt anybody’s feelings’, ‘back down when Democrats get angry’ rules. These are the type of conservatives who have been in Washington, ignoring what the average American wants for the past fifty years.
Come back later for more on this subject.