So, Donald Trump is the nominee.
After all the fighting, after all the lies, after all the conspiracy theories and bloviating and position-shifting and progressivism, after all the insults and racist pandering and economic illiteracy, after all the cruelty and full-fledged stupidity, Donald Trump is the nominee.
What does this mean?
It means that standing against Trump means more than ever.
Early in this race, I stated repeatedly that the way to defeat Trump would be to point out to Republican primary voters that he wasn’t conservative. After all, I reasoned, conservative voters were outraged with the Republican establishment that had caved over and over to President Obama; they’d want to nominate someone who wouldn’t cut deals with the wild leftists of the Democratic Party.
I got it wrong.
It turns out that a huge bulk of Trump supporters don’t care that he’s a leftist. They think he’s a tough guy who will fight for them; they think he’ll fulfill the promise emblazoned on his ridiculous red “Make America Great Again” hats. They buy his two-bit promises, his stripper glitter showmanship, his foghorn bravado. And they do so because they don’t give two good damns about conservatism.
As the man who calls Trump “Daddy,” Milo Yiannopoulos, tweets:
The alt right is western civilisation's only hope. You and your friends failed to protect America from the Left. https://t.co/rB6jBH5xXW— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) May 3, 2016
The barbarians are at the gates because conservatives failed. They failed horribly. It's time for something new. https://t.co/rB6jBH5xXW— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) May 3, 2016
You are, in effect, choosing the progressive left over the grassroots right. Your country will never forgive you. https://t.co/4n0EqmhY5C— Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) May 3, 2016
The alt-right, for those who missed it, is a group of white supremacists uniting under the banner of resistance to both Constitutionalism and the cultural left. These are the people Yiannopoulos cheerily touts as the future: an ugly agglomeration of intelligent skinheads, white supremacists, morons who conflate everything vile with political incorrectness, and the odd Hitler fan or two.
Yiannopoulos is right about one thing: the Trump movement rejects conservatism. They don’t care about the Constitution – it’s a passé document that must be discarded in favor of a Dear Leader who can lead America back to Greatness. They don’t care about the Declaration of Independence – they are an interest group, and they want their payoff. They don’t care about traditional concepts of negative rights, or economic freedom, or foreign policy strength.
They don’t care about conservatives.
So conservatives must stand against them. As I replied to Milo:
The alt-right are also barbarians. If you fight against America's founding philosophy, you are the enemy. https://t.co/M1EXmYHxR1— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 3, 2016
Trump’s “something new” is something quite old, and quite un-American. If conservatives want a future, they must stand against him and his corrupt, bankrupt philosophy.
2016 could have been a time to reap the harvest of conservatism. Instead, Trump burned down the field.
It's time to plant anew. We should do so with alacrity rather than embracing the man holding the match.