It’s so easy to get caught up in the political gossip of the day, and Total Conservative is as guilty of it as any other blog and any other American citizen. It’s been especially easy this year, which has provided us with one stunning moment after another, thanks to a Republican nominee who seems to take special delight in saying things that no other politician would ever say. In an age where the lines between news, politics, and entertainment are blurrier than ever, Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.
God help anyone sanctimonious enough to start making judgments about that situation while actively participating in it. And please spare us your pledges to “get serious.” By the end of June (hell, by the end of the week), we’ll be salivating over the next hilarious nickname Trump gives to one of his critics and we’re not even going to bother apologizing in advance. It’s fine. The future of our country is serious business, but that doesn’t mean we have to ignore everything that fails an imaginary standard of importance. It’s okay to have a little fun, and it’s ignorant to pretend like there was once some golden age where Americans treated presidential politics with reverence and uptight sobriety.
That said, the terrorist attack that unfolded in an Orlando nightclub this weekend should remind us that we are making a very serious choice at the end of all this. Do we elect the woman who has essentially promised to handle national security in the tradition of Barack Obama – a tradition built on the delusional belief that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism? Or do we elect the man who refuses to let innocent people die on the altar of political correctness?
“Last night,” Trump said in a statement, “our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families.
“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam,'” Trump continued. “For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.”
Oh he’s so crude, they say. So distasteful. Out there trying to score political points off America’s fear and grief.
Trump’s point is salient and important. He understands that you can’t even begin to solve a problem if you don’t have the guts to admit that a problem exists.
So yeah, he’s rough around the edges. Yeah, he sometimes says things that cause even his most fervent supporters to close their eyes and rub their foreheads with frustration.
But if our choice this November is between a man who occasionally offends people and a woman so terrified of offending anyone that she’ll gladly endanger Americans to avoid it…well, that’s not a terribly tough decision, is it?