So you're angry. Congratulations.
Assuming the first line applies to you and is your justification to be supporting Donald Trump for our next presidential nominee, you seem to wear this anger as a badge of honor. I thus wish to pay you with these words the tribute you believe you have earned and are entitled to.
This column is my reaction to the fact that, for years now, you've told me the excuse for every questionable act you've committed against our party is that you're angry. It hasn't always been this way. I'm old enough to remember all the way back to 2010 when you were put off when media members said you were "an angry mob."
Perhaps I misunderstood, and you were more upset with the "mob" characterization than the angry part. Regardless, these days you're quite proud of your anger.
You are a self-described "conservative" but not just any conservative. You loudly tell anyone that will listen that you are "the base." And as such, we must listen to you. Or else.
We really don't have much choice whether or not to listen, because you're usually shouting. You just get angrier when we point out the irony that you scream at us that you are the "silent majority."
In the past I've tried to have rational discussions with you. This is usually because you state that we have the same goals and believe the same things. And I usually believe you. Or I did, until very recently. Those older conversations went well to a point. I found that any time I tried to use logic and reason, you would just reply that you had "principle," and thus weren't responsible for using logic and reason to implement effective strategies to achieve our goals.
I guess you still think that you can get everything you want on your terms without ever convincing a majority of your own party -- much less a majority of the electorate as a whole - that your way will work.
I know. Convincing people is hard. Smugly saying that you don't have to participate in the process because of "principle" is much easier. Especially when you already know you and your "silent" friends are the majority. It's just that these others never seem to show up on Election Day
So just when I got used to you dismissing suggestions that we work together to build a path to implement some good limited government reforms, cuts to federal programs, or set on a path toward a balanced budget, you decide you have a new champion that represents "the base."
He's a bit different. He's supported a single-payer health care system. He's described himself as "very pro-choice." He said of those who want to reform entitlements that they were "attacking" Social Security and Medicare. His commitment to family values generally revolves around excellent pre-nups.
But when I and others point this out to you, you and your friends become even more incredulous than usual. "You have to understand that 'the base' is angry," we are told. "He's saying things no one else will say," you tell us. "He's the only one that will fight the establishment," you say, often with an official GOP or Tea Party establishment-sounding title after your name. Again, with no sense of irony whatsoever.
Do you know who else has those beliefs and loves to fight Republican leaders? Well, Barack Obama and the Clintons, to start.
Perhaps you were so angry at all the illegal immigrants, and this guy was telling you everything you wanted to hear about them, that you missed him tell all reporters over the weekend that he had no details on an immigration enforcement plan, nor would he say if any undocumented immigrants would be deported. That's what happens when you get angry. Sometimes you miss key details that lead to a rapid decision. And sometimes you're just being had.
Given his record, it's safe to say to you this: If Donald Trump is your answer, you didn't understand the question.
I've resisted telling you this until now because I was afraid it would make you angry. Now, however, it's clear you're cool with that.
So enjoy your anger. Just please don't ever decide to end an argument in the future by declaring yourselves superior on principle. You let your anger destroy that for you.