Have you noticed that those people who used to deny climate change now merely say we are over reacting? The same people now do the same with Donald Trump. They don’t say that he is evil – they just say that we are over reacting by disliking him so intensely. On each count they deride experts and elites. Now, these people are not experts but they certainly see themselves as elite. Their championing of the common man or common sense is hilarious.
David Flint, the celebrated monarchist, broke the world land speed record for this kind of bullshit in a piece about Trump’s withdrawal from Syria in The Australian on New Year’s Eve. It began.
Whatever Donald Trump does, we can be sure of two consequences. Even if they once argued for what he is trying to do, such as diminishing excessive overseas military involvements – ‘imperial overreach’ – this will be vigorously and even hysterically opposed by the Democrats, the U S mainstream media and elites everywhere. This is because their detestation of Trump is so irrational that they predictably react against anything he does as if they were programmed automatons.
Mr Flint then proceeded to ignore all the reasons why the Secretary of Defence resigned in protest, and leading Republicans denounced the decision – and why they have persuaded Trump to ‘walk back’ the decision, as they say. Mr Flint rejects the experts. He relies on Churchill who said that military strategy and tactics are a matter of common sense. He then concluded:
The fact is that, in this policy, as in so many others, Trump demonstrates a wisdom his enemies refuse to contemplate.
You may have thought facts and opinions are different, but not in the new order. It takes your breath away. It is the best evidence that in the space of about one generation, the cranks and ideologues have moved from one side of politics to the other. What is revolting is that these people style themselves conservatives. They, like Trump, are pimps for the gutter.
George Orwell thought that he might be a ‘Tory Anarchist’. What a noble calling! He said that ‘what I saw in Spain and what I have seen of in the inner workings of left-wing politics has given me a horror of politics.’ He also said: ‘What sickens me about left-wing people, especially the intellectuals, is their utter ignorance of the way things actually happen.’ They are my views exactly – except the cranks have changed sides. When a man who claims to be conservative blesses Trump for his wisdom, we have become like ostriches, looking at the world a posteriori.
And just watch their hostility to the expert evaporate when they are charged with murder or diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The fact that Trump did this [pull out of Syria] against the wishes of his national security establishment can be seen either as legitimate presidential leadership or irresponsibility. Take your pick.
The Australian, 21 December, 2018, Greg Sheridan
After that it gets worse.
Truth is optional.
The facing article is headed ‘Stunned advisers say job is not done.’