Notable for the difference in applause.
Poor Timothy Cardinal Dolan looks as if he ate day-old oysters. And don’t we feel sorry for the fellow to the left of the dais wearing the medal? Those TV lights must have been murder.
After all, why get along? Why pretend to? This isn’t a sporting event where the outcome is meaningless. This isn’t a routine election. This is war. The Culture War. Being nice surrenders needless territory. Being nice says “I may lose and if I do it won’t be so bad.” Nobody thinks that; nobody should.
Now there are a small fraction of Hillary supporters who really do believe—I mean this—that she is honest and that she loves us and that life will only improve under her beneficent eye. The belief these happy people share is one of the blessings of Democracy.
Most instead accept Hillary’s soul is black, but they love Equality, Diversity, Multiculturalism and all of modernity’s destructive forces, and they think they will flourish under Hillary. She dreams of open borders! Oh, sure, she’ll steal what she can, ruthlessly punish the odd enemy, break the law for herself and her cronies, start a lucrative war or two, declare victory in 2020 in 2018. But, hey, that’s the way life goes. A small price to pay to eliminate the biased restrictions foisted upon us by Reality.
A few know Hillary loves Hillary best and hope to cash in on that love. Indeed, some of these people will get lucky. But they’ll have to keep their wits about them. The in-fighting will be atrocious. Get ready for headlines like “Hillary administration’s John Smith found dead, four shots to the back of the skull. FBI rules the death a suicide. Will found leaving Smith’s assets to Chelsea.”
Figuratively! I’m speaking figuratively!
Of course, a small minority of Trump supporters believe the man to be the second coming of Reagan, or whatever. There are always enthusiasts.
But the majority know Trump is vain, crude, and rambunctious. They know he’ll expand government, albeit at a somewhat lower rate than Hillary. They accept Trump will smile upon his friends, but he’ll frown upon the country’s enemies more. He doesn’t need the government to grow rich, so those temptations will be removed. And, these folks think, there is at least a chance he means what he says about abortion, religious freedom, political correctness, legal immigration, discouraging terrorism, wanting NATO to (as Hillary would say) pay their fair share. not wanting a global war with Russia and China. How nice if that turns out to be true!
Trump’s inner circle is aware the private man, the CEO, is not the ball of bombast who appears on television. This a man who can make decisions. And has, to the tune of billions (they also know that nobody bats a thousand).
These candidates are nearly as opposite as possible. The only thing that would widen the gap were Trump to announce he was running for King.