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October 17, 2016

Hillary Is Not a "Soulless, Pragmatic Corporatist Who Will Preserve the Status Quo," as Pro-Hillary "Conservatives" Claim.
She Sees Herself as a Messianic Joan of Arc to Deliver the Left's Revelation to the Earth.

This post is by "Tusk." I had an exchange with him about this delusion of the pro-Hillary NeverTrump brigades and suggested he write his thoughts up.

His post entirely after this colon:

Lots of people think Hillary's a soulless, transactional, pragmatic, cynical pol.

I wish she were--that would limit the damage she can do.

I fear she's something far worse.

She's not soulless. She's not cynical.

She's messianic.

She got into politics through religion. Youth activism in her church was her gateway to wanting political power--to save others, not to aggrandize herself, you understand.

Her graduation speech in college called for a "more immediate, ecstatic and penetrating [odd choice of words there!] mode of living."

And now that she's on the cusp of becoming a world-historical figure by breaking the Glass Ceiling Patriarchy Boys' Club, she’s going to give us that "mode of living," whether we want it or not.

Regular politics won't do for Hillary. She's going to re-educate us.

This is why it boggles the mind that any social conservative could prefer Hillary to Trump. Sure, Trump is vulgar and indecent as an individual. But he doesn't want to reprogram society to write over what's left of traditional morality, replacing it with an "it-takes-a-village," communitarian love of Big Sister.

In Trump's world, even though he himself is obviously a social liberal and it's painful when he tries to fake otherwise, pockets of traditionalist resistance to recent social change will be allowed to exist.

Not so much in Hillary's world. It took her forever to admit she wants gay marriage, but she's on the train now, and something tells me the DOJ, EEOC, Ed Department, etc. in her administration are going to have the zeal of the convert when it comes to continuing the cultural jihad launched under Obama.

The late Michael Kelly nailed it in 1993, when he wrote a New York Times Magazine profile of her titled "Saint Hillary." It opened:

Since she discovered, at the age of 14, that for people less fortunate than herself the world could be very cruel, Hillary Rodham Clinton has harbored an ambition so large that it can scarcely be grasped.

She would like to make things right.

She is 45 now [how time flies! -- Tusk] and she knows that the earnest idealisms of a child of the 1960's may strike some people as naive or trite or grandiose. But she holds to them without any apparent sense of irony or inadequacy.

She wants to "make things right"--that is, she wants to make us right.

And right now we're all so, so wrong to her.

That's why it was so natural (and telling, and terrifying) for her to call her political enemies "irredeemable."

That's why she sees enemies and conspiracies behind every bush.

That's why she thinks everyone who opposes her needs to be reeducated or crushed.

Trump really only wants to make his opponents think differently in one regard: He wants them to think Trump is awesome. Beyond that, as to what you think and say, he doesn't care.

Hillary wants to make her opponents think differently across the board.

She wants to save our souls.

That's scary.

Afterthought by Ace. Tusk had mentioned Hillary's sudden conversion from Goldwater Girl to firebreathing feminist priestess in just a few years.

But he didn't mention it in the post.

Let me comment quickly on that: That sort of conversion -- from believing in one thing intensely one day, then believing even more intensely the exact opposite of what was just intensely believed the week before -- betrays the mind of the Natural Born Zealot, someone who feels philosophically uncomfortable and psychically out-of-sorts unless they have some Grand Cause to join in, some great crusade which will allow them to put the heretics to the sword.

I don't see myself doing that. I may abandon the GOP -- actually, I already have -- and I may join the Democrats as a make-peace-with-our-permanent-rulers pragmatic move, suing for peace with our new permanent masters after the GOP has proven itself to be without heart and determined to surrender.

But I will never actually carry their banners nor deliver their sermons for them. I'm a bit too old to have a sudden conversion over political beliefs.

The sorts of people who do this sort of thing -- the 180 degree full reverse in all beliefs, while maintaining a militant and dogmatic belief throughout the period of "evolution" -- are Natural Born True Believers, not "pragmatists."

They must believe something. They must. They have to. Their minds abhor the vacuum of non-belief. Their brains recoil in disgust from doubt.

Credo ergo sum -- I believe, therefore I am.

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