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It had to be said finally -- and the fact it was said by someone with more influence than the semi-inebriated goof who writes this shitty little blog makes all the difference in the world:
The division between Trump’s supporters and the rest of us is not about reconciling our political differences. It is not about opposing policies we hate. (Most of Trump’s policies are actually quite liberal, but that is irrelevant.) There are no real principles on the table here, only Trump’s demagogic stoking of incoherent and even paranoid rage.
Revenge Destroys Friendships:
This is what destroys friendships. Trump’s supporters are now like roaring drunks in a bar fight, people who you might have tried to reason with five drinks earlier but now are just lashing out at everyone in every direction. Pumped up on talk radio conspiracies, overdosing on the venom of Sean Hannity and Judge Jeannine, comatose with irrational fury, they are no longer part of any sensible political debate in America.
This blind madness puts both political and emotional distance between Trump supporters and the rest of us. Most conservatives have already told Trump that we will not sell our character as Americans, and indeed our very souls, just to feel the pleasure of resentful anger for a few months. All we can do is to keep trying to talk our friends out of making that very mistake, or at best to hope that buyer’s remorse will set in.
Still, if anyone who knows me really believes I am now a traitor to my country because of the way I’m going to vote, then I can do without their friendship. If they end their relationship with me because Donald Trump has identified people like me as the source of their problems, then maybe we were not that close in the first place.
In the end, I can only say it again: if I lose a friend only because I am opposed to man who is, in my view, a mortal enemy of everything American, then so be it.
Those are the words of a long time, traditional conservative Tom Nichols. They are the words of a man whose career is closely associated with the U.S. Naval War College and National Security Affairs.
Donald Drumpf and his campaign have forced Tom Nichols to opt to vote for Hillary Clinton. That's how bad and how dangerous of a candidate Drumpf is.
Now don't be aiming to shoot the messenger, The Gadfly, here. The Gadfly is simply sharing the viewpoint of one of the few remaining sane conservatives on the matter of Drumpf vs. The United States of America.
Tom Nichols' own words are quite simply put -- dead spot-on. However, feel free of course to draw your own conclusions. And besides -- The Gadfly did not need any further affirmation that his own analysis of and opposition to Drumpf was misguided. That Drumpf was supremely unfit for the POTUS job was clear to The Gadfly's eyes from the very first day he announced his self-interested, godawful candidacy.
It's always good to know though that even among The Gadflfy's ideological counterparts there are yet a few rational, sensible people remaining in their ranks.