America’s arch conservatives have lost their collective mind

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There was a time, not all that long ago, when Republicans were known as the political party of hawks and hardcore nationalists.

Their take was pretty universal among far-right loyalists: America first. Fuck Iran. Fuck Russia. Fuck any nation that wants to mess with us. We are the United States, and we will never cower before or cater to a hostile adversary.

And while I hated the Cheney-esque philosophy, I at least understood it. There were doves. There were hawks. If you were a dove, you saw peace as the ultimate goal. If you were a hawk, you saw peace as the ultimate goal, but it hard to come via a fist. I suppose you could make arguments for both approaches. In fact, people have spent decades making arguments for both approaches. It’s the American way.

Lately, however, something has changed, and it behooves me to ask Donald Trump’s supporters to take a lengthy gaze in the mirror and ask: Am I sincere, or am I full of shit?

See, lately Donald Trump has been playing this really weird, really awkward game of footsie with Vlad Putin. Even though the CIA—and the vast majority of Democratic and Republican officeholders—are certain Russia both spied on us and set out to fuck with our election, Trump has said we need to “move on” and get over it. When President Obama smacked down sanctions against Russia (again, supported by the vast majority of Democratic and Republican officeholders), Trump offered zero support. Then, when Putin said he would not reciprocate, Trump Tweeted out this …

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This gem was re-Tweeted 26,000 times and liked 70,000 times—so, again, I’d like Trump’s supporters to stand in front of the nearest mirror and ask this: Had Hillary Clinton won the election, and had the CIA provided the same information about Russia trying to fix it on her behalf, what would you be saying? Seriously. What. Would. You. Be. Saying? Would you argue, “Hey, there’s no proof”? Would you be OK with it? What if Hillary then Tweeted out her love for Putin? How would that go over? Because remember, when Barack Obama ran against John McCain, and said he would be willing to speak with Iran, y’all killed him. Absolutely killed him. So, tell me, how is this different? How is this kosher?

Or are you merely being swayed by a conman way over his head?

1 thought on “America’s arch conservatives have lost their collective mind”

  1. I don’t get it either. This should be simple for Republicans. If they can work with Democrats to impeach Trump almost right out of the gate, they’ll have a VP in Pence that is more in line with their traditional platform and easier to keep in line. In turn with the majority in Congress and with his contrast to Trump he’ll seem like the second coming of Reagan. I think some moderate Democrats will even give him a break because the threat of of nuclear war over something trivial decreases dramatically.

    And it shouldn’t be hard to find something to impeach Trump over either. I mean they almost threw out Bill Clinton for lying under oath about having an affair while in office. Surely this election nonsense should be enough or his business conflicts of interest.

    Think of it this way. As bad as you might think Pence is, how much would you honestly pay to put him in office instead of Trump? I’d pay a surprisingly high amount despite disagreeing with Pence over countless issues.

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