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Dennis Prager’s Cop Out On Trump
Melissa Mackenzie
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Dennis Prager had me, but then he lost me.

In his latest column, Prager advances the argument that the majority of Republicans who voted for Trump aren’t conservative:

So, then, what happened to the majority of Republicans? Why aren’t they conservative?

The answer lies in America’s biggest — and scariest — problem: Most Americans no longer know what America stands for. For them, America has become just another country, a place located between Canada and Mexico.

Prager attributes this to a combination of the influence of leftist ideas and America’s economic success:

So, then, thanks to leftism and America’s taken-for-granted success, most Americans no longer understand what it means to be American. Those who do are called conservatives because they wish to conserve the unique American idea. But conservatives now constitute not only a minority of Americans, but a minority of Republicans. That is the primary reason Donald Trump — a nationalist, but not a conservative — is the presumptive of Republican nominee.

But here is where Prager loses me:

As I noted from the outset, I will vote for him if he wins the nomination — because there is no choice. But the biggest reason he won is scary.

So let me get this straight. Prager argues that Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination is the product of most Americans not knowing what our country stands for because of the pervasive influence of leftist ideas and our success and he’s going to vote for Trump anyway.

By voting for Trump, Prager simply perpetuates the very thing he purports to decry. Trump’s thinking is steeped in leftist moral equivalence. Remember when Vladimir Putin “endorsed” Trump back in December? When Joe Scarborough reminded Trump that Putin “kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” all Trump could say is, “I think our country does plenty of killing, also, Joe, so, you know.” BTW, when Trump says our country does plenty of killing he’s talking about our soldiers.

So I utterly reject Prager’s “there is no choice” argument. Prager has plenty of choices. He can vote Libertarian, The Constitution Party, another independent conservative candidate or no one at all. They might not win, but there is such a thing as principle. If one believes that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton are fit to be President then why vote for them?

Prager’s indictment of our country losing its way was brilliant until he undercut his own argument by saying he would for vote Trump. Let me call Prager’s column for what it is – a cop out.


Melissa Mackenzie
Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and a Ragdoll cat. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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