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GOP at the Crossroads


Many of the so-called “establishment” are seriously plotting ways to thwart the results of the primaries at the Republican convention. They apparently feel that “their” party has been taken over by the barbarians from flyover country. They think that a convention draft of someone who has entered no primaries, taken part in no debates, spent no time campaigning, would be preferable to either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Even a Hillary Clinton presidency (the likely outcome of such a draft) would be preferable to submitting to the rabble.

My first reaction was that they had seriously lost touch with the rank and file of the Republican party, but that is an oversimplification.

The party is defined by its voters – not those that consider themselves the “leaders”. Who are they leading? People like Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have much more in common with Hillary Clinton than they do with the “real” Republicans who provide the heart and soul of the GOP. Maintaining the status quo in Washington, with a heavily Progressive bureaucracy controlling more and more of our daily lives and a Congress that sees being the majority as simply a means to a bigger office and more access to lobbyist dollars, is the goal of both parties. The so-called “GOP leadership”, including our new Speaker who has given the Obama juggernaut everything it wants in their spending bills, have betrayed those that gave them the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.

I have been a Republican for my entire voting life and have worked for candidates at all levels since the 2004 re-election of George W. Bush. I held my nose and supported McCain, and supported (although with minimal enthusiasm) Romney as he threw away what should have been an easy win by running one of the worst campaigns in modern history. I will no longer support those who have such contempt for the voters as to tell us we are morons.

The McConnells and Boehners and Ryans tell us they can’t govern from the Congress – even though they told us if we elected them in 2010 and 2014 they would change the dynamic. Now they claim they need the Presidency.

In my view, we need an insurgent – a real change agent, to alter the relationship between our government and its citizens. Currently what we have is condescension and scorn, with a dose of fraud and deceit for good measure. We are at an inflection point in our history – the country is circling the drain and everyone out there in flyover country knows it but people of the “GOP leadership” just can’t (or won’t) acknowledge it.

Without drastic change, starting immediately, the country is lost. Donald Trump may not be a movement conservative, but he is a change agent. Stopping illegal immigration, negotiating better trade deals, changing our tax and regulatory structure to bring whole industries back to the US, repudiating the “America Last” policies of Obama and Clinton – that is his agenda. Ted Cruz would proceed with a similar set of goals, but I think that Trump has a better chance of actually becoming President. He has already put a dent into the Clinton’s machine by reminding us all that Bill is an un-indicted sex offender, and that she has committed felonies – whether the Justice department prosecutes them or not. He has already altered the party registration picture, generated unprecedented turnout and voter loyalty, and has a good chance to bring some blue states to the Republican fold.

It is not that Trump will “change the Republican Party” or if it can “survive”. The party has already changed – Trump is just the best candidate suited to lead what it has become. Any attempt to ignore the will of the voters with shenanigans at the convention will not just disrupt this year’s race – it will end the GOP.

Comments

5 Responses to “GOP at the Crossroads”
  1. Ed. Wolff says:

    I agree. It seems likely the GOP establishment is trying to decide how to give us another liberal candidate on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. It reinforces the sentiment I posted on October 13, 2014 in “A CONSERVATIVE’S CREED”.

    • Dawn Caruso Dienhart says:

      “Donald Trump is not conservative” seems to be the rallying cry for Cruz and the establishment. But, for a moment, ask yourself just what the so called conservatives have done after being elected. After given the House majority and the Senate majority what promises have they kept? The label of conservative has gotten so many elected because of the promises and high hopes of the electorate only to have their expectations dashed as everything remains the status quo or worse. And yet they still throw that label around thinking if they use it long and often enough the people will again fall under their spell. Not going to happen this time! They had their chance. 

  2. Bert Shadowen says:

    I really agree with your description of the “Grand Old Party”. I have been trying to label these guys for some time. Utterly disappointing, self preservationists, demagogues, etc. As disappointing as they may be, the citizens would never put up with a one party system. There must be two competitive parties to prove representation to the public. My observation over the last 23 yrs. is that one has become “the conciliatory party”.

    Talk tough, get press, complain, make excuses, work hard against overwhelming odds, no support from the in-office leaders (like their own party chums). Then at the first sign of opposition, from The Dems. just roll over with the feet up in the air, and loooose. Then they want us to re-elect them.

    I agree with you but, Crews can do everything Trump has promised and also comply with the Constitution.

  3. CAROL HURST says:

    AGREE WITH YOU 100%..OUR REPS IN D.C. HAVE DONE NOTHING POSITIVE FOR AMERICA IN YEARS..JUST TRYING TO GET ALONG SO THEY GET RE-ELECTED ! MCCONNELL AND COHORTS WHO HAVE BEEN UP THERE FOR YEARS ARE THE REASON I AM THINKING “TERM LIMITS” ARE NEEDED NOW ! THEY ARE NOT WORKING FOR US, THEY ARE “WORKING THE SYSTEM” FOR THEMSELVES. SAME REASON I AM FOR TRUMP..BUSINESSMAN,NOT A POLITICIAN !!! ILLEGAL ALIENS ,FREE THIS, FREE THAT FOR MANY IS COSTING US TAXPAYERS OODLES. FOR WHAT? BRINGING AMERICA DOWN ! TRUMP IS THE MAN THAT CAN CHANGE SOME OF THE WASTEFUL SPENDING AND LOWER THE “EMPLOYEE” COUNT UP THERE…WE ALSO ARE PAYING FOR “RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR ALL THESE “WORKERS” !!! THE GRAVEY TRAIN WILL END WITH TRUMP…

  4. Dawn Caruso Dienhart says:

    Cruz supports the Constitution when it suits him – Constitution Election & Voting Laws – Ted Cruz and John Kasich have actually conspired to commit a federal crime by denying the American people the right to even vote
    http://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/north_america/2016-u-s-presidential-election/ted-cruz-and-john-kasich-criminal-conspiracy/

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