I did not see this at Ricochet. The column, by one of our Contributors, appeared on the editorial page of the gosh-awful Leftist newspaper that soils my driveway each morning. This Leftist newspaper has printed more columns by “Republicans” in the past four months than in the previous year, or any previous year, since their founding in 1841. These editorials by “Republicans” have all been disdainful and disparaging of the GOP nominee. This particular example is more of the same. I am writing to take issue with one paragraph:
Conservatives, particularly religious conservatives, who have rallied to Trump have squandered their own integrity and tainted the reputation of conservatism. They signed on for all of this when they saluted smartly and, in effect, acknowledged that all that character talk about Bill Clinton was so much gas.
This paragraph indicates a misunderstanding of a large segment of Trump supporters, and misunderstands how the moral issues apply to the choice of theologically-conservative people to support Trump. This is unsettling because this Contributor is identified with the Ethics and Public Policy Institute, and so should have a better understanding of reasoning that involves moral issues.
From another part of this column, the Contributor wrote “Conservatives have standards,” in contrast to Progressives, whose standards are shifting and always subject to renegotiation. The Contributor thinks that, in order to support the morally-challenged Trump, supporters must toss aside our standards. This is a poor understanding of the way many conservatives think, and reveals that we have a Contributor pundit who does not understand many of the customers for opinion-writing on the “center-right.”
I have not abandoned my moral standards when I decide that a Hillary Administration would do greater damage to American values compared to a Trump Administration. Trump may be a boorish braggart of low morals, but Trump’s agenda is building the Trump Brand. Hillary, however, has figured out how to enrich herself by advancing the Leftist agenda of the most extreme Progressives. My support for Trump does not feature any endorsement of awful Trump; I support Trump only because he is not Hillary.
My standards are unchanged. I have not “squandered integrity” by making this assessment.
Dennis Prager has a column out where he takes issue with similar stuff from Jeff Jacoby and World. I was a little bit surprised by this scriptural exegesis:
The editors of World and Jeff Jacoby must think God was pretty flawed in “voting” for King David. King David did much worse than privately boast about women allowing him to grope them. He had a man killed so that his adultery with the man’s wife would not be exposed. And while God was angry at, and punished, the king, God still maintained David as king and gave him a central role in Jewish history. If God shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting King David, Christians shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting Donald Trump, given the far more corrupt and destructive alternative.
Ethics and Morals
I am distressed by the NeverTrump pundits and Contributors who keep saying I have embraced Trump’s low morals by supporting him over Hillary R. Clinton. I think by keeping up these slanderous charges, they betray that they are thinking emotionally and not logically about the choice that is presented to us in this election.
I support Trump precisely because it is the moral thing to do. A Hillary Administration will attack the churches, continue to distort language, promote Leftist politics as the only acceptable religion that is deserving of First Amendment protections, gut the Bill of Rights, betray America’s allies abroad, and spread lies all day long under the cover and protection that will be extended to them by their partizans in mass media. A Trump Administration will fumble around and make grave errors, but they will not be marching in lockstep to advance Progressive ideologies in a race to Leftist Utopia.
That is an assessment made logically and it fully embraces my theologically-conservative, Biblically-based moral standards.