The conservatives who have joined the #NeverTrump movement should find much to like in a new issue of the Boston Globe. In a scathing piece, the paper’s editorial board worked up a mock front page to give readers a taste of what a Donald Trump presidency might look like.
Deportations to Begin screams the fake headline. Other headlines on the page include: Markets Sink as Trade War Looms and U.S. Soldiers Refuse Orders to Kill ISIS Families.
The editorial board said that throughout history, followers of “demagogic strongmen” failed to consider where the rhetoric of their heroes would lead the country. “The satirical front page of this section attempts to do just that, to envision what America looks like with Trump in the White House,” they wrote.
The Globe board encouraged Republicans to reject the frontrunner, but they also said that the party should go farther. “Action doesn’t mean political chicanery or subterfuge,” they wrote. “It doesn’t mean settling for an equally extreme – and perhaps more dangerous – nominee in Ted Cruz. If the party can muster the courage to reject its first-place finisher, rejecting the runner-up should be even easier.”
And there it is. Hopefully, the NeverTrumpers are playing close attention. Hopefully, the conservative thinkers who have been pushing for an open convention are paying close attention. You’re literally on the side of the liberal media. You’re fighting for the exact same cause as the Democrats. “Equally extreme.” “Perhaps more dangerous.” Don’t kid yourself for a moment – the instant that Ted Cruz looks like he has a shot at the nomination, the media will treat him exactly like they treated Trump.
“The Republican Party’s standard deserves to be hoisted by an honorable and decent man, like Romney or Ryan, elected on the convention floor,” they concluded. “It is better to lose with principle than to accept a dangerous deal from a demagogue.”
This is where we are. Are we going to let the media choose our candidate? Would you rather “lose with principle” in November than win with Trump or Cruz? Do you think the editors of the Boston Globe might have a vested interest in seeing the Republican Party nominate an inevitable loser? Do you think they would ever – EVER – do this to a Democratic nominee, no matter how liberal?
There is a fierce battle raging in the Republican primaries right now, but let’s not forget that there is a bigger war going on. If conservatives opposed Democrats with the ferocity with which they’ve opposed Trump, our country wouldn’t be in the shape it’s in now. Now would be a good time to remember who the real enemies are.