Trollope on the Conservative Mind

From the Eustace Diamonds:

“It was bad to interfere with Charles, bad to endure Cromwell, bad to punish James, bad to put up with William. The House of Hanover was bad. All interference with prerogative has been bad. The Reform Bill was very bad. Encroachment on the estates of the bishops was bad. Emancipation of Roman Catholics was the worst of all. Abolition of corn-laws, church-rates, and oaths and tests were all bad.The meddling with Universities has been grievous. The treatment of the Irish Church has been Satanic. The overhauling of schools is most injurious to English education. Education bills and Irish land bills were all bad. Every step taken has been bad. And yet to them old England is of all countries in the world the best place to live in, and is not at all the less comfortable because of the changes that have been made. … To have been always in the right, and yet always on the losing side; always being ruined, always under persecution from a wild spirit of republican-demagogism – and yet never to lose anything, not even position, or public esteem, is pleasant enough.”

And now here’s Kevin Drum:

And you know, if you immerse yourself in right-wing media, it all makes a sort of sense. “This is not hyperbole,” one Republican told Andy Kroll last night, “This country is done. The writing’s on the wall. Dead.” A relative told me last night about a friend who’s literally afraid that her life savings are now in danger because Obama was reelected. James Fallowshas been following the story of a small businessman who says it’s over: he’s going to close up shop now that Obama is back in office. All of these people believe that Obama is something close to a dystopian antichrist. And yet….a majority of Americans decided to put him back in office. If Obama really is the guy you’ve been told he is, that’s not just inexplicable, it’s nothing short of criminal.

So what happens now? What happens when churches continue to thrive, the economy recovers, Obamacare turns out to be a fairly benign expansion of healthcare coverage, taxes don’t change much, and America doesn’t find itself under foreign occupation? I don’t know. Like I said, I don’t really have anywhere to go with this. But a big part of the conservative base has been told that another four years of Obama will literally result in America no longer being a free country, and their fear of what that means is quite real. So what happens now?

Basically, nothing will happen.