George Will has decided to prove that he is a conservative by voting for Hillary Clinton. From Breitbart:
“On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Washington Post columnist George Will explained why he left the Republican Party over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Will said, “I left it for the same reason I joined it in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater, because I was a conservative. I leave for the same reason, I’m a conservative. To give you a time line, shortly after Trump became the presumptive nominee he had a summit meeting with Paul Ryan where they stressed their vast shared ground, which is more important than their differences. I thought that was puzzling because Paul Ryan still didn’t endorse him. After Trump went after the Mexican judge, then Paul Ryan endorsed him. I decided that, in fact, this is not my party anymore. I changed my registration to unaffiliated 23 days ago. I hardly made an announcement. I mentioned this in a meeting with the Federalist Society. The long and the short of it is, as Ronald Reagan said when he changed his registration, I did not leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.””
So he is the kind of conservative who abandons his party when his guy isn’t selected. When the voters of his party choose someone other than one approved by the establishment like McCain or Romney. The kind of conservative like Paul Ryan who is favor of open unrestricted borders. Of importing more Islamic terrorists and their enablers. Who surrenders to Obama’s agenda because there is nothing they can do. So he quits.
I have questioned by many as to how I can be an enthusiastic support of Trump if I am a “True Conservative.” I had to mediate on that and decide what kind of conservative I can be. I am certainly a conservative who doesn't believe in political correctness like those in the Republican Party who screamed like bitches when Trump told the truth about Mexicans. I am a traditionalist. I want things to be the way they used to be. An honest guy can get an honest job and make a living to support his family. There is no shame on what you do. You can work on the docks like my uncle. Or be a clerk in a bank like my Dad. Women stayed home and took care of the kids. Everybody knew their place. Everybody knew everybody in their neighborhood. You stayed in your neighborhood. You didn't move to Harlem and Leroy Jones or Bernardo and Anita didn't move into your neighborhood. The cops gave you a knuckle sandwich if you got out of line without it becoming a federal case. Homeless people were bums and they kept them in the Bowery.
Simple pleasures. Sitting on the stoop having a beer and meatball sandwich. Reading what I want without worrying that the government can track me through the internet. Being able to say what I want. The jokes that I want. The attitudes I want to have without having to look over my shoulder to see if someone wants to ruin me because I won’t bake a cake or take a photo. When boys were only allowed in the boy’s room and psychos were put in the hospital instead of the ladies room.
I remember when you wanted to only buy something made in America. When you bought something that was “Made in Japan” people mocked you and busted your balls. When being an American meant something. When immigrants wanted to learn English and become real Americans. When the only flag people wanted to wave was the American flag.
That is what I would like to conserve. Not low tax rates for the wealthy. Not wars in every Middle Eastern country to topple Dictators to make some asshole neo con journalist happy. Not trade deals that kill our jobs.
I guess that makes me a xenophobic, nationalist, populist and not a true conservative that should be in the party that contains George Will and Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham and Susan Martinez and Niki Haley and Ted Cruz and Little Marco and all the rest of the gang.
But that’s the conservative card I have in my wallet. No other.