Even when I was younger and at the stage of life where I was trying to figure out “who I was,” when it came to politics, I recognized fairly quickly that conservatives were hypocrites. I’ll always remember asking someone how Ronald Reagan could be a “fiscally conservative icon” when he nearly tripled the national debt while he was in office.
To this day I’ve yet to have anyone give me a rational answer to that question.
Still, up until the last few years, my disagreements with conservatives have been mostly based around ideological differences. Debates on the use of military force, abortion, or tax rates. Sure, I’ve always felt most of the conservative arguments on those particular issues were wrong, but at least I didn’t feel like I was dealing with legitimately crazy people.
I miss those days.
Now, I hesitate to even bring up the subject of politics with most of the conservative people I know. What were once fairly calm, productive debates over political differences have become battles between reality vs. whatever preposterous nonsense Donald Trump, Fox News, or the rest of the conservative media has told them is true.
Indisputable facts have become a “matter of opinion” or “liberal lies.” When reality proves too much for conservatives to ignore, many on the right have turned to conspiracies based on utter nonsense, pushed by sociopaths and con artists making themselves very rich by regurgitating fear, hate, and paranoia.
Trump’s ascent to the top of the GOP has fully exposed the true nature of today’s conservatives and the party they support. Time after time he’d say or do something that most people would say, “Okay, that’s going to be what turns conservatives against him” — but it never did.
In fact, the more deplorable Trump became, the more his support seemed to grow. He belittled POWs, attacked Gold Star parents, and was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator, but it never deterred the vast majority of his supporters.
Even as Trump’s said and done things that we all know conservatives and members of his own party would be having an absolute meltdown over had a Democrat done them, still, they made excuses for him.
That’s all Trump supporters really do is make excuses for him.
When the KKK, white nationalists, and Nazis descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia in a “unite the right rally,” a gathering which infamous white supremacist David Duke said was “fulfilling promises of Donald Trump,” his defenders made excuses.
Then when Trump made his short, vague statement where he didn’t, specifically, call out the KKK, white nationalists, or Nazis — instead choosing to insinuate that all “sides” were at fault — his supporters made excuses.
Since then I’ve seen his backers claim his statement was “strong,” while others actually try to paint the anti-racist protesters who showed up Charlottesville as the ones who were responsible for the violence.
The very same people who blamed Obama for anything and everything negative that they could think up, while pushing the ridiculous idea that terrorism couldn’t be defeated unless a president specifically said the words “radical Islamic terrorist,” were now denying Trump’s role in the violence. They’ve claimed it wasn’t important for him to specifically call out these disgusting and shameful groups.
We’ve reached a point in this country where almost nothing politically seems to matter anymore because we have a “president” whose supporters don’t hold him accountable for anything — even when he didn’t call out the hate groups responsible for the violence, chaos, and death that transpired in Charlottesville.
When Trump said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and his supporters wouldn’t turn on him, sadly, he was right.
This is why I’ve said Trump’s really more of a leader of a cult than a “president.” He’s leading millions of people who’ve decided that the only beacon of “truth” is the con man telling them that he’s the only person they can trust.
Though we’ve definitely reached a new low in this country when during a moment where all Trump needed to do was take a strong stand against white nationalism, the KKK, and Nazis, he didn’t specifically condemn those responsible. Instead, he chose to deliver a vague, fairly generic response where he essentially said all “sides” were responsible — and his supporters still defended him.
Based on what we’ve all seen conservatives become over the last few years, there’s absolutely no question about it. They’ve lost their damn minds.