I’ve always been fascinated by conspiracy theories, although I almost never believe them. I heard one of the best this week, and I’d like to share it with you. First the disclaimer: I’m not saying it’s true, and I’m not saying I believe it, but I admire the imagination of whoever made it up, even if that person didn’t bother to check the facts.
I suppose you have heard or read that Trump was a Democrat who switched to the Republican Party. According to the conspiracy theory, he did it to make sure a Democrat gets elected president by messing up the Republican election. His goal is to get nominated as the Republican candidate, and knowing he cannot be elected, he thereby guarantees that a Democrat will be our next president.
The problem with that theory is that Trump is a habitual party switcher. According to The Washington Times, he has switched parties at least five times. The Times history of Trump’s political affiliations starts in 2001, so I have no idea if his party-switching habit goes back even farther. In August 2001 he registered as a Democrat, presumably having been a Republican before that. He switched back to the Republican Party eight years later only to leave the party again after two years. In December 2011 he indicated that he did not wish to be a member of any party, and in April 2012 he re-registered as a Republican. So, to set the record straight, during the past decade and a half, he was a Democrat only half the time.
One of the more famous quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson is, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” We certainly can’t accuse Mr. Trump of that sin. What would Mr. Emerson have written about a foolish inconsistency?