Summer soldiers and fair weather friends

I am now not one, but two posts behind at Quadrant Online. This is from today which begins:

We know who doesn’t want Trump to win. Hillary for one, along with the Democrats in general, the 47% who have probably grown to around 55% by now, to which, strangely, you can add many if not most of the wealthiest financial institutions across the world. There is then the media, and not just the journalists and reporters but the owners who are all-in for Hillary. And there’s a large proportion of the Republican Party which must include the #NeverTrumps who are the supposedly right-side conservative writers, bloggers and columnists, but who are part of the political establishment with no obvious allegiance to small government and the preservation of the American Republic. And, of course, there are the dead citizens and non-dead non-citizens who will also be lining up to vote her in, along with those who vote early and often. Not to mention those who will vote for her because she is a woman irrespective of any other considerations whatsoever.

And then there was my post yesterday which discusses what I call “sunshine conservatives”. It is a take on Tom Paine’s opening lines in his 1776 Common Sense which was one of the sparks for the American Revolution:

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Sunshine conservatives are those windbags who are forever wringing their hands about the problems we face but will nevertheless support Hillary in this crisis because Donald Trump lacks perfection. To them nothing is owed but contempt.

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