Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NeverTrump# vs. Churchill

"Obam...Chamberlain is a Birmingham town councillor who looks at our national affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe."
--Winston Churchill to a reporter for the Daily Mirror, 1938.

I quote from memory. Gary Busey's.

Dennis Prager:

"When forced to choose between bad and worse, we supported Joseph Stalin against Adolf Hitler...
The most moving interview of my 33 years in radio was with Irene Opdyke, a Polish Catholic woman. Opdyke became the mistress of a married Nazi officer in order to save the lives of 12 Jews. She hid them in the cellar of the officer's house in Warsaw. There were some Christians who called my show to say that Opdyke's actions were wrong, that she had in fact sinned because she knowingly committed a mortal sin. In their view, she compromised Catholic/Christian doctrine.
In my view -- and, I believe, the view of most Catholics and other Christians -- she brought glory to her God and her faith. Why? Because circumstances almost always determine what is moral, even for religious people like myself who believe in moral absolutes. That's why the act of dropping atom bombs on Japan was moral. The circumstances (ending a war that would otherwise continue taking millions of lives) made moral what under other circumstances would be immoral.
In the 2016 presidential race, I am not interested in moral purity. I am interested in defeating the left and its party, the Democratic Party. The notion (expressed by virtually every #NeverTrump advocate) that we can live with another four years of a Democratic president is, forgive me, mind-boggling."....................................

That's three World War II analogies--choosing Stalin over Hitler, becoming a Nazi mistress to save Jews and using the Atom Bomb to shorten the war.

I'm not sure voting for Trump rises to that level, but the point is that we always make choices like that.

I think of it more as another WW II event--Churchill's formation of a National Unity government to focus on defeating the Nazis.

Andrew Kugle:

"By the middle of 1940, with Europe prostrate at the Nazis’ feet, Russia allied with Germany, and the United States still out of the war, Britain’s leaders were focused more on survival than on victory. ...
Lord Halifax was the leading choice to lead the new cabinet, but a number of MPs were dissatisfied with his proximity to Chamberlain. Another senior politician, Winston Churchill, had been warning Parliament about the evils of the Nazism throughout the 1930s, long before such a position was popular, and with little success. He now advocated for a strategy of defending the Empire at all costs. Halifax eventually urged Chamberlain to recommend Churchill to the King, and Chamberlain reluctantly did so. ...Having formed a national unity government, there was no time to lose. Churchill’s first meetings with his cabinet focused on military strategy.
...The Prime Minister faced challenges from the left and the right and was forced to defend his leadership against socialist leader Stafford Cripps and fellow conservative—and personal friend—Lord Beaverbrook.
The war marked a decisive shift in British politics to the left, a fact Churchill didn’t fully come to terms with while it was happening. ...When Germany surrendered to Allied forces in 1945—something hard to imagine in 1940—Churchill was celebrated as the man who had saved Britain. The celebration was short lived. ...The man who just led the country to victory against a devastating, existential threat was now out of power."..........................................

I'm not saying Trump is Churchill. But like Churchill, we're facing Islamo-Nazi Supremicists, appeasers and socialists at home, 5th Columnists, traitors and a world in flames thanks to incompetentcy, corruption and malevolence. And like Churchill, we don't have another 4 or 8 years to wait to deal with the crisis.

With Trump, conservatives will get the large goal of largely halting the deliberate leftist ruin of America both foreign and domestic, and at least some of our policy goals.

For me, the problem with NeverTrump# is that it is a long list of complaints with no solution attached. Barring some major event, there is no other winning candidate to solve it. So voters are left to this. Churchill:

"So now the Admiralty wireless whispers through the ether to the tall masts of ships, and captains pace their decks absorbed in thought. It is nothing. It is less than nothing. It is too foolish, too fantastic to be thought of in the twentieth century. Or is it fire and murder leaping out of the darkness at our throats, torpedoes ripping the bellies of half-awakened ships, a sunrise on a vanished naval supremacy, and an island well-guarded hitherto, at last defenceless? No, it is nothing. No one would do such things. Civilization has climbed above such perils. The interdependence of nations in trade and traffic, the sense of public law, the Hague Convention, Liberal principles, the Labour Party, high finance, Christian charity, common sense have rendered such nightmares impossible. Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a mistake could only be made once—once for all."

    —1923, recalling the possibility of war between France and Germany after the Agadir Crisis of 1911, in 'The World Crisis'

"Sometimes when Fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts."--Winston Churchill, 1931.

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