In the past few weeks, we’ve gotten to see first-hand what
happens when we replace a political party
with a cult
of personality. Every standard, once etched into stone in our memories
and conscience, becomes malleable to fit the behaviors of the leader.
To paraphrase more intellectual commentators, we’ve
discovered that one man in our country can literally do anything he wants and will suffer no consequences…as long as he can
retain the support of any 34 members of the United States Senate.
Back in January, I wrote an article pleading with conservatives to draw a pre-emptive red line. I asked them to conduct a thought experiment: what could Donald Trump do that would be so bad, it would cost him your support?
TL;DR: Your political support of someone should not be unconditional. In fact, you should support ideals, and you should vote for the person who most closely embodies those ideals. Support for a leader irrespective of his actions means you are not an ideological conservative. Rather, you are in cult of personality. Continue reading
I have a question for my conservative brethren, and it’s a serious one:
Is there anything you can think of that Donald Trump could do that would cause you to stop supporting him? Maybe something out of line with our history as a democracy? Something egregiously anti-capitalist? Something contrary to the interests of your religion? Continue reading