Monday, August 8, 2016

Verily, They're Stealing My Stuff


For the first time in its 128 year existence, the Harvard Republican Club won't endorse its party's nominee for president. (Which means, of course, that they did endorse Nixon and Bush, Jr.; so it's not as if they mind setting the bar pretty low.)
... The group also criticized Trump's "vicious" temperament, a common critique of the GOP nominee. 
"In response to any slight –perceived or real– Donald Trump lashes out viciously and irresponsibly," the post read. "In Trump’s eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot –and that’s just his 'fellow' Republicans." 
The Harvard Republican Club went on to give possibly the sickest burn it could deliver to a fellow Republican: that former President Ronald Reagan himself would be ashamed of the party's nominee. "(Reagan) called on us to maintain decency in our hearts by loving our neighbor," the post read. "He would be ashamed of Donald Trump. We are too."
.... 
"He isn’t eschewing political correctness," the group wrote. "He is eschewing basic human decency."
That is, of course, exactly what I've been writing about Donald Trump since he entered the race. (I'm not claiming unique wisdom here; pretty much anyone with half a brain and willingness to see him for who he is has concluded the same.) I've wondered how any true conservative could countenance the guy, so it's nice to know that a group I'd assume is fairly described as "true conservatives" agrees.

Besides, my wife went to Harvard, in the same graduating class as Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones: '69, famous for its anti-war activism. For the family connection (a niece went there, too) I give a certain amount of respect to Harvardites, despite the fact that I declined a scholarship to the joint. So I'd argue that the non-endorsement is worth consideration by other intelligent conservatives. The few I know who fall into that category have already made the same decision.

Not, of course, that any Trumpist would value the opinion of well-informed people, not even Republican ones. The opposite would seem to be the case.

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