When blacklisting oneself, does one have a right to complain of being blacklisted?

During the 2016 elections, there was a very vocal group of generally-Republican voters who loudly declared themselves permanently outside of the support for candidate Donald Trump. Thus, the “NeverTrump” movement was born. Its members were loud, proud, and resolute that they would never, never, never, NEVER support Donald Trump for President and had plenty of rather withering things to say about Trump and those that supported him. Now, apparently, several of these folks are just shocked, bewildered, and downright fearful that the incoming administration might feel they can get by without their services.

They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again.

But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae.

Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.

Well, folks, what did you honestly expect? You make a huge deal out of your opinion that he’s lower than pond scum, that he’s an idiot, that he’s just not the right kind of person, and then you’re surprised that he doesn’t want to hang around with you, let alone rely on your “expertise”? After all, you lot were convinced he was going to get absolutely crushed at the polls. Look how your accuracy turned out on that one.

The frankly petulant tone these people are taking where they point out that before the election the Trump campaign was asking them to change their minds and now that the election’s over, they don’t get calls is irritating to me. Yes, he asked you to change your mind. People like me who were none too sure of Mr. Trump but knew beyond doubt that he was a superior candidate to the only other serious contended asked you to change your minds, too. Fat chance of that, is what we were told, when we were addressed even that considerately. The fact of the matter is that you didn’t. You didn’t change your mind, preferring instead to do what you could do to reduce the level of Mr. Trump’s support and, in doing, increase the effect of the support Clinton was getting. Given the chance to reconsider, you doubled down. And now you have the gall to act somehow victimized because the Trump Administration is taking you at your word?

Here’s an idea. If you want them to reconsider getting you involved, I suggest you start showing them something in the way of concilliation and support – hell, even a little kindness would be a start – and see what that does for you. Because complaining on being on a blacklist that you, yourselves, wrote and published just makes you sound like whining losers.

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