This rant’ll be a bit controversial, I’m ‘fraid. I don’t mind the coming disagreement and, in fact, welcome it. Just do try to keep it polite… 🙂
I wish that the lazy, uninformed people who came up with the stupid “Trump cult” nonsense would finally just drop it.
There is no Trump cult, and there never was. The Right, with its heavy emphasis on individual responsibility, and individual liberties, and individual rights is overloaded with anti-bodies against any cult-like behaviors or inclinations.
Yes, there are isolated instances of people who take it too far, but they are few and far between. The fact that the media relentlessly highlight the few that they’ve found proves that point.
It is perfectly okay to support a person, or a set of beliefs, fervently, enthsiastically, staunchly, even stubbornly… and that does not remotely constitute a cult.
It’s even okay to have serious reservations about the person whose election or set of beliefs you’re supporting, and still support that person fervently, enthusiastically, staunchly and stubbornly… and that’s still not a cult.
This last is how you could likely describe 99% of Trump voters. Myself included. We all went into the 2016 and 2020 elections with eyes wide open… about Trump and about his really unsavory opponents. And we, correctly, chose Trump.
Trump supporters can far more accurately be described as part of an anti-cult. Far from being Trump admirers, the vast majority of us recognized the decrepitude and often depravity of the ones opposing him, and we loathed that more. Sorry… not a cult. Perfectly defensible.
The Left, on the other hand, with its emphasis on collective responses to problems, and on group rights, and on group identities, and group generalizations is perfectly suited to cult behavior.
One could look at their reverence for Obama, who actually spied on a Presidential campaign, and whose IRS did what Richard Nixon was about to be impeached for merely discussing… now, that looks like cult behavior.
There is no Trump cult, and there never was. There are a whole lot of people who are being unnecessarily slandered — even in these pages — for merely being firm in their beliefs.
Come to think of it, I guess a lot of other people are firm in their beliefs too! Can you remember the last person who, in the midst of a spirited argument, said to you, “you’re right and I’m wrong?” Are they all cultists too?
I remember asking someone in these pages, not to agree with me, but merely to admit that his point of view was not the only possible one! Nope… he wouldn’t admit it. Is he a cultist?
This almost religious adherence to the nonsensical “Trump cult” notion is very cult-like itself.
Someone — again in these pages! — said the following to me: “I don’t care what you say, you won’t change my mind” That’s a classic cultist’s declaration.
I’m just sick and tired of the lazy thinking that produces the “Trump cult” talk, and it’s long past time for it to stop.
Furthermore, I wish they’d get it right and call us the “Trump anti-cult,” which far more correctly describes those of us who didn’t (and still don’t) like Trump, but voted for him anyway. Oh, and are open-minded enough to recognize that his Presidency, as weird as it was, was surely 1000% better than a Hillary Presidency would have been.
And, guess what, a lot of us — after four years of relentless cult-like behavior directed against Trump, after four years of lies and fabrications, that all turned out to be false — actually liked Trump more in 2020… still without liking him, and without losing any of the very same reservations we had in 2016!
It didn’t hurt that in 2020 the Democrat Party did what should have been impossible and managed to produce a crowded primary field this last go-round, that had exactly one candidate who was better than Hillary: Tulsi… who never had the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell. And, by the way, Tulsi was no great shakes either…
So, Trump Cult? Obviously not. Just people hoping to make the best possible choice in a time when good choices have long seemed few and far between.