Hillary Clinton’s speech about Donald Trump and the alt-right is excoriating. She didn’t need to lie, spin, or exaggerate. All she needed to do was describe Trump and the company he keeps. She did so competently. The odds seem to me overwhelmingly high that she’ll be elected. She may well be working with a Democratic Congress. GOP primary voters handed her the only candidate in the firmament whom she could handily trounce.
...what a tragedy. The Republican Party will not easily recover from this. GOP primary voters have in effect left us with a one-party state. The party with which we’re left is full of rotten ideas, but this election won’t be about that. It will — properly — be about keeping a loose cannon who can’t tell between fact and fiction out of the White House....
This election should have been about these ideas. Instead, it’s about keeping an outright lunatic away from the nuclear codes. “A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military,” she said. And she’s right.
Had the GOP leadership been braver, Paul Ryan would have given the speech Hillary Clinton gave. He could have defined conservatism in opposition to Trump. But he didn’t. The failure of the GOP leadership to repudiate Trump ensures that the GOP will be tainted by him, and in all likelihood unelectable, for years to come. The GOP was given a choice between Clinton and dishonor. They chose dishonor, and now we will have Clinton.
Notice the two-step process here - nobody dislikes Hillary more than me, she's bad, she hurts people's feelings, etc., etc., i.e., "I am one of you," BUT our team has run off the rails and it is our fault....and WE need to correct course.
Ricochet is an online community for movement "conservatives," basement dwellers and folks with right-leaning views. What makes Ricochet a little different from your typical right wing website with its attendant vitriol is that richocet has a monthly fee to screen out some of the malcontents that infest other sites AND it engages "editors" to police the comment section. Notably, some of the editors or thought leaders are not run of the mill conservative activists but rather are members of the "conservagentsia" or the "Vanguard" tasked to steer the dialogue in a direction consistent with ideology.
As conservative ideology is generally reactionary in nature and abstract in the specifics, this is not an easy task. Managing the "conservative" response to "change" becomes a daily event. Those not ideologically advanced become reactive, hostile and many times counter-productive to the "conservative" cause in face of apparent changing conditions.
The mission of conservagentsia in this regard, is to soften the harder edges of the movement and redirect its "passions" toward the common good (of the movement).
Think of ricohet as a kinder-gentler virtual version of an imaginary FEMA-run camp. Instead of government bureaucrats running ominous but non-existent re-education programs, the most "ideologically conscious" guide the conservative classes toward acceptable ideological ends.
The process is far from effective. In the old days, thugs and private militias would enforce conservative orthodoxy. Today's "blog posts" lack some of the former method's "persuasiveness," but in a sea of conservative media, self-sustained within a conservative entertainment complex, these brave members of the conservagentsia do the best under the circumstances.
They should be encouraged.