Monday, March 14, 2016
Things that are supposed to trump Trump
Riffing off my previous posting -- The CJM polarized by Trump? -- it occurred to me that the robust disagreement going on in that Jihad Watch comments thread (nearly 300 by now) basically amounts to people wrestling & wrangling with the elementary principle: Trump has a lot of flaws, but he's the best out there.
Why would this even be controversial at all in the Counter-Jihad? Because Trump has an off-putting manner? One would need a hell of a lot more to trump Trump than his seeming oafishness.
Of course, the glaring mote in his eye many in the CJM can't seem to put behind them were his hamfisted remarks in the wake of the Garland event. At the time, I had the same reaction: I concluded that Trump would not be a worthy Presidential candidate. That was a rational conclusion at the time. Then new data came along -- Trump's unprecedented call for a moratorium on all Muslim immigration, and then more recently, his "Islam hates us" remark -- and I changed my mind. I apologize for changing my mind on the basis of new data.
We can look at this from the angle of posing the question of those in the CJM (Counter-Jihad Mainstream) who don't seem to like him: Why reject the only American politician who has gone the furthest toward criticism of Islam?
Some of the Jihad Watch regulars imply -- or in cases downright asseverate -- that Trump is a fascist demagogue, and that this is precisely why we need to resist this desperate need we have in the Counter-Jihad for someone to save us from Islam. This might be a cogent argument if one could prove that Trump were in fact a fascist demagogue; but from what I've seen, this remains an assertion informed more by theoretical fear than actual evidence.
And this theoretical fear isn't just random and free-floating; it has roots in the PC MC worldview that sees "another Hitler" as being a perpetual potential -- and as being, necessarily, right-wing and white (and, therefore, Islamophobic). Hence my term "asymptotic" to denote those in the Counter-Jihad who nevertheless retain reflexes of PC MC in their hearts & minds. If one wants to read vivid examples of this, one couldn't find better than the various comments of a Jihad Watch regular "wild jew" (go here and scroll around).
Others in the CJM who may not go that far nevertheless don't like Trump for milder reasons -- they seem to have higher priorities than the problem of Islam; hence other issues they think a Cruz or a Rubio (or even a Bernie Sanders, Allah help us) can better handle tends, in their mind, to trump Trump. Silly me, but I think if you have higher sociopolitical priorities than the problem of Islam, you shouldn't be in the Counter-Jihad.