Selling out liberty for false piety

I will come right out and say it: I could give a damn what Donald Trump says in private. What this signals to me is that the false piety on display by so many Republicans and conservatives is nothing more than a symptom of the wussification of America and the American male and the selling out of our liberty. Yes, what he said is crude and immature; in fact, I can’t even get my mind around the actual particulars of what he was saying. But again, I don’t care. This country stands on the precipice between tyranny and liberty and I am to be a self-appointed judge of a man’s private conversations and the thoughts in his head? Who among us is so arrogant?

The quislings are all running for the hills. After all, the GOP cannot be led by such a rogue, a womanizer, a brute! But let’s pull back. As conservatives, we love to think of America being founded, and for 240 years, run by nothing but pious Christian pilgrims. But, this is just fantasy. We have had very pious men in our history, but also very many rogues, drunks, gamblers, womanizers, etc., lead our country, fight our wars, and create our industries. We may not want to admit it, but the very same traits required to take risks, to lead men, to create and build, often coalesce with some of the traits that we find so morally repugnant.

George Patton, Ulysses S. Grant, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson and so many others were hardly saints. Sam Houston’s bio reads like a rap sheet of drunkenness, criminal assault, cuckolding, and misery. And then…. he went on to found the Republic of Texas. George Patton wouldn’t last five minutes in today’s Army of political correctness. He almost didn’t last past Sicily and the slapping of a soldier, not to mention his many “insults.” But how many American lives and the lives in the German camps did he save by steamrolling into Germany months ahead of schedule?

We are not electing a pope -- we need a leader. Conservatives fall into the trap of thinking that with a pious perfect Christian who is a moral saint, we are guaranteed the traits necessary to lead our country in a time of crises. I am sorry -- they are not one and the same. Sometimes you get a deadbeat drunken failure like Ulysses S. Grant to take you to victory at Vicksburg. So, save the piety, conservatives, the man who leads us in battle or who leads our country through crisis is not the man you confess to on Sundays or the man who marries your daughter.

How bad has it gotten among our fellow conservatives? Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, an otherwise brilliant writer and thinker, has penned a hatchet piece against a very fine man, Governor Mike Pence. Pence, a good man, indeed a pious man, is now an “enabler” and “accomplice” of sexual assault? This is just disgusting. Stephens then admonishes Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council for his support of Trump, attacking this stance on "family values." But then maybe Tony Perkins cares greatly about the crushing of the skull of an eight-month-along baby in one of Hillary’s partial-birth abortions. Maybe the saving of those thousands of babies that are murdered means more than Trump’s words in a private conversation. With Hillary, there is no hope for those babies.

Indeed, with Hillary, there is no hope for liberty, for our sovereignty, our right to bear arms, our right to free speech, our rights against an intrusive federal government that will impose tyranny over all citizens. But for the falsely pious among us, none of that matters as much as feigning a moral righteousness about a guy talking about p--y.

Michael Finch is the president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles.  He has been published widely in a number of journals and is a frequent speaker.  He recently released his first book of poetry, Finding Home.

I will come right out and say it: I could give a damn what Donald Trump says in private. What this signals to me is that the false piety on display by so many Republicans and conservatives is nothing more than a symptom of the wussification of America and the American male and the selling out of our liberty. Yes, what he said is crude and immature; in fact, I can’t even get my mind around the actual particulars of what he was saying. But again, I don’t care. This country stands on the precipice between tyranny and liberty and I am to be a self-appointed judge of a man’s private conversations and the thoughts in his head? Who among us is so arrogant?

The quislings are all running for the hills. After all, the GOP cannot be led by such a rogue, a womanizer, a brute! But let’s pull back. As conservatives, we love to think of America being founded, and for 240 years, run by nothing but pious Christian pilgrims. But, this is just fantasy. We have had very pious men in our history, but also very many rogues, drunks, gamblers, womanizers, etc., lead our country, fight our wars, and create our industries. We may not want to admit it, but the very same traits required to take risks, to lead men, to create and build, often coalesce with some of the traits that we find so morally repugnant.

George Patton, Ulysses S. Grant, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson and so many others were hardly saints. Sam Houston’s bio reads like a rap sheet of drunkenness, criminal assault, cuckolding, and misery. And then…. he went on to found the Republic of Texas. George Patton wouldn’t last five minutes in today’s Army of political correctness. He almost didn’t last past Sicily and the slapping of a soldier, not to mention his many “insults.” But how many American lives and the lives in the German camps did he save by steamrolling into Germany months ahead of schedule?

We are not electing a pope -- we need a leader. Conservatives fall into the trap of thinking that with a pious perfect Christian who is a moral saint, we are guaranteed the traits necessary to lead our country in a time of crises. I am sorry -- they are not one and the same. Sometimes you get a deadbeat drunken failure like Ulysses S. Grant to take you to victory at Vicksburg. So, save the piety, conservatives, the man who leads us in battle or who leads our country through crisis is not the man you confess to on Sundays or the man who marries your daughter.

How bad has it gotten among our fellow conservatives? Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, an otherwise brilliant writer and thinker, has penned a hatchet piece against a very fine man, Governor Mike Pence. Pence, a good man, indeed a pious man, is now an “enabler” and “accomplice” of sexual assault? This is just disgusting. Stephens then admonishes Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council for his support of Trump, attacking this stance on "family values." But then maybe Tony Perkins cares greatly about the crushing of the skull of an eight-month-along baby in one of Hillary’s partial-birth abortions. Maybe the saving of those thousands of babies that are murdered means more than Trump’s words in a private conversation. With Hillary, there is no hope for those babies.

Indeed, with Hillary, there is no hope for liberty, for our sovereignty, our right to bear arms, our right to free speech, our rights against an intrusive federal government that will impose tyranny over all citizens. But for the falsely pious among us, none of that matters as much as feigning a moral righteousness about a guy talking about p--y.

Michael Finch is the president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles.  He has been published widely in a number of journals and is a frequent speaker.  He recently released his first book of poetry, Finding Home.