Nothing matters to conservatives.
Then again, nothing probably ever did matter to conservatives.
This week President Donald Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The stated purpose of the meeting was to bring peace and denuclearization to the Korean peninsula.
Trump, in typical Trump fashion, declared victory almost immediately upon leaving Singapore, where the meeting was held. “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump declared on Twitter. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
Trump followed up that tweet with a dig at his predecessor, President Barack Obama: “President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem,” he boasted triumphantly. “No longer – sleep well tonight!”
Bear in mind, Trump left Singapore with virtually no guarantees in place from Kim Jong Un. No timelines, no benchmarks, no firm dates or numbers in terms of how many nuclear weapons or test sites the North Koreans would shut down. Just a vaguely worded commitment from Kim Jong Un – the most murderous, untrustworthy dictator of the 21st century – written on a single sheet of paper, in which the North Korean leader “reaffirmed” his “unwavering commitment” to denuclearization.
Two words – “unwavering commitment” – written on a single sheet of paper, with no verifiable commitments or guarantees. This, apparently, is what victory looks like to today’s conservatives. A glance at their hot takes says it all:
“Hate it or love it, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is changing the world,” tweeted right-wing pundit Madison Gesiotto. “He will go down as the most influential President in recent history.”
“Obama doctrine: Give away everything, get nothing in return,” snarked Turning Point USA director and Ben Shapiro wannabe Charlie Kirk. “Trump doctrine: Don’t give an inch, broker peace, defend America.”
“Trump’s transparent North Korea deal is nothing like Obama’s secretive Iran deal,” was the headline at the Washington Examiner, in an opinion piece written by Trump cheerleader Thomas Del Beccaro.
Bear in mind, the “secretive” Iran deal that Del Beccaro refers to was hashed out by six countries over 20 months, signed off on and reviewed by the United States Senate, and declared iron-clad by almost every nuclear expert and scientist in the world. But why would the opinion of six countries and dozens of nuclear experts matter, when nothing matters to conservatives.
Remember when Barack Obama doubled the national debt and conservatives went ballistic? They didn’t go ballistic when George W. Bush nearly doubled the national debt himself, but why would they? Nothing matters to conservatives, and it seems like nothing ever did.
Remember when Obama was giving away free “Obama phones” and conservatives went ballistic? They didn’t go ballistic in 1985 when Republican President Ronald Reagan created the Lifeline Program, which is where the so-called Obama phone came from. But why would conservatives go ballistic about that? Nothing matters to conservatives, and nothing ever did.
Perhaps most ironically, remember when then-candidate for President Barack Obama suggested in 2008 that he, too, would be willing to meet with a North Korean dictator like Kim Jong Il, and Fox News host Sean Hannity lost his mind? Hannity said that Obama’s “willingness to meet with North Korea is one of the most disturbing displays of (his) lack of foreign policy experience.”
Hannity didn’t feel that way this week, when President Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Il’s son, Kim Jong Un. But why would Hannity feel the same way about Trump, as he did for Obama? Nothing matters to conservatives like Hannity, because nothing ever did.
Time and again, and in example after example, conservatives prove that nothing really matters to them beyond ridiculing Obama, criticizing his policies, and “triggering” coastal libs with their non-stop, never ending bickering, hectoring and whining. Whether it’s healthcare, taxation, job creation, education, foreign policy – one standard exists for Obama and every President before him, and a completely separate, substandard standard exists for Trump.
A nuclear deal with Iran signed off on by six countries, brokered over 20 months, and given its blessing by nearly every nuclear scientist in the world? It’s a disaster, while a piece of paper from a lunch that lasted less than a day, signed off on by a President who lies every day and a North Korean strongman who beats and kills anyone who crosses him (including his own family) is absolute, definitive proof that world peace is upon us.
This is the world in which conservatives live, and it’s a world where nothing really matters. Why? Because when you think about it, nothing really ever did matter to conservatives.
Nothing matters to conservatives because conservatives were never trying to have a serious conversation about anything in the first place, or engage in any kind of serious policy discussion. Obama was a terrible president, and all his ideas were awful, because, well, he’s Obama. Trump is Making America Great Again – no matter how underwhelming, suspect or questionable his achievements might be – because, well… Trump is Trump.
In a world where nothing matters, this is all that matters.