THEY’VE LOST THEIR FREAKING MINDS

The battle has been won. Donald Trump has run roughshod over a field of 16 mostly-Establishment GOP primary opponents. Thanks to the wisdom of primary voters, the Party has been spared another same-ole, same-ole general election run by an ultra-conservative, destined-to-lose, candidate.

So it’s time to rally round the Trump flag. Everyone can now see that there are only two remaining general election options–Donald or Hillary. We know beyond a reasonable doubt that even 4 years of a Hillary Presidency would mean: (1) continuation of Obama’s failed, left-wing, un-Constitutional, and spendthrift policies, (2) continuation of the tax and spend practice that has left us on the precipice of national bankruptcy (we believe that four more year of profligacy would likely put the country beyond economic recovery), (3) continued decline of the economy with further loss of jobs and loss of American manufacturing businesses to low-wage countries, (4) billions of dollars squandered attempting to solve the Quixotic problem of global warming (if God wanted us to eliminate the accumulation of greenhouse gases, he would not have allowed us to invent the combustion engine–but, of course, the Democrats would have to believe in God to understand the wisdom of this position), (5) taxing the wealth and job creators until they are no longer incented to do their entrepreneurial thing (at least not in this country), (6) evisceration of the Second Amendment, (7) up to four new, ultra-liberal Justices appointed to the Supreme Court (an event the country would not likely recover from in this century), (8) constant, shrill, pontificating speeches about income inequality from the bully pulpit (this prospect alone should be enough to cause sensible people to vote for Trump, or at least against Hillary), (9) further diminution of the military to the point where we will be at serious risk of being attacked on the homeland, (10) further loss of respect around the globe (thanks to the naïve and immature policies of the Obama administration, most of the world already thinks we have abdicated any role on the world stage), and (11) the rise of ISIS and constant, brazen, terrorist attacks from both within and without the country. And readers, the foregoing is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the negative consequences of a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

And on the Trump side of the election ledger? Well we don’t really know all that much about him because he has not squandered his entire life “in the public service of the country” (that’s a compliment by the way)–but he appears to be a confident leader who understands the peril the country is in and possesses the business acumen to do something about it.

And so, with the scales of national destruction weighted so heavily in Hillary’s favor, and with the only other choice being Trump, how do our erstwhile Republican, Establishment leaders set about to advance the cause? They take every opportunity to bash Trump, call him unpleasant things, demand that he come to Republican leaders in Congress on bended knee to beg for support, withhold endorsements, and attempt to goad him into revising his message and its delivery in a way that is entirely inconsistent with the successful approach he used to blow away the Establishment’s toady primary candidates.

Are these Establishment folks stark raving mad? If they are not mad, the remaining conclusion can only be that the GOP Establishment is so contemptuous of GOP voters, so anxious to prove the voters wrong for supporting Trump, and so looking forward to being able to say “we told you so,” that they would prefer to accelerate the destruction of the country rather than support a candidate who does not fit the stereotypical mold of a GOP Presidential candidate (like Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney for instance). The Establishment would apparently prefer a nominee who would mindlessly go along with the program they believe is necessary to protect its sinecure.

Think of all of the times the GOP Establishment has asked voters to go along with its Presidential nominee preference. But now, when the voters ask the Establishment to go along with their choice, the Establishment treats the voters like miscreant children, or like people who simply cannot understand the complex working of politics at a high level, who are incapable of thinking for themselves, who are insufficiently attuned to the needs and wants of the other side of the aisle.   In reality, however, these are simply GOP voters who have refused to drink the Establishment Kool-Aid.

But enough about concepts of political loyalty (apparently an oxymoron). Let’s name some names and call out some Establishment types.

Let’s start with John Kasich: a good man, a competent man, an able administrator, who stayed in the primary race almost as long as Bernie Sanders for no apparent reason other than to castigate Trump at every opportunity. Kasich signed the pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee, just like every other GOP primary candidate. Apparently we were to take that pledge to mean–every potential nominee except Trump. Kasich has said that he is not sure that he and Trump share the same values, does not approve of Trump’s “demeanor,” doesn’t agree with many of Trump’s positions, and believes that Trump is “trending down”–in other words, Trump is not at all like John Kasich. Well, Duh. If Trump were more like Kasich, he probably would not be the Party’s nominee. In light of Kasich’s strident anti-Trump rhetoric, it would have been a fair comeuppance if Trump had insisted on moving the GOP National Convention from Cleveland to New Jersey.

And what about Paul Ryan? Ryan has repeatedly suggested that Trump needs to “earn” his endorsement by demonstrating that Trump is prepared to truly unite the Republican Party. As though Trump was the sole cause of division within the Party, and that the cause of Party division has nothing to do with the inaction and ineptitude of the Republican majority in Congress.   What chutzpah for Ryan to summon the man, who just received more votes than any candidate in GOP primary in history, before the Establishment to prove that Trump, and Trump alone, is able to resolve all of the Party’s differences. In other words, Ryan wants Trump’s commitment to join the “Good Ole Boys” club in D.C. Why Ryan would think it is Trump’s obligation to “mend” the Party, when it has largely been the members of the Establishment sowing the seeds of Party discord, is anyone’s guess.   Political civility (perhaps another oxymoron) would suggest that members of the Establishment should be congratulating Trump and offering their support and cooperation.

And then there was the allegation of racism, coming not from Hillary or Elizabeth Warren, but rather from Mitch McConnell (and even Newt Gingrich) over Trump’s statements regarding the New Mexico federal judge presiding over the Trump University fraud case. With friends like Mitch, who needs enemies? And Mitch is just dead wrong with regard to his interpretation of Trump’s statements. We need to get over the notion that alluding to someone else’s ethnicity, that allusion, per force, constitutes racism.   When Donald Trump drew an inference that a federal judge of Mexican heritage might not view Trump favorably or fairly, consciously or subconsciously, because Trump wants to wall off Mexico from the United States, it was hardly racist to raise such a logical inference. Trump was not calling the judge a racist, even though the defendant in the case is white, but rather is merely suggesting that, under the particular circumstances, the judge may have an “appearance of impropriety” problem. If Trump weren’t running for President, and hadn’t announced plans to wall off our border with Mexico, and had stated that he was not being judged impartially because persons of Mexican heritage are incapable of judging white people fairly–now that would be racist.

So why did Mitch go out of the way to declare Donald to be a racist, even in the face of reasonable inferences to the contrary? We don’t know. You will have to ask him. Perhaps, like Kasich and Ryan, McConnell is simply out of his freaking mind. These three individuals all know that a Hillary Presidency would be a long-term disaster for the country, and they all know that Trump offers the only possibility of defeating Shrill Hill, and yet they go out of their way to bash or impugn Trump. Madness.

There are lots of Republicans in this year’s political drama that need to mend their ways – but Trump isn’t one of them.

All Republicans should get solidly behind Trump and help him win the in November. If they can’t do that, and do it quickly, then they are part of the problem and, at least, need to quietly get out of the way.

© 2016

THE UNFOUNDED FATHERS

Founding Fathers

This will be short and sweet because it is both simple and urgent. We have 140 days, give or take, to put matters right, or matters may never be right again.

We all know about the Founding Fathers, those great men from centuries gone by who created the wonderful Constitutional Republic that has become a superpower, a global force for good, the creator of a protracted era of global peace (the “Pax Americana”), and, without question, the greatest, most-benevolent, and generous nation the world has ever known.

The Founding Fathers were legitimately concerned about the prospect of “Unfounded Fathers” (though they didn’t call them that), who, in spite of all of the checks and balances built into our form of government by the Founding Fathers, would become so corrupt as to cause our democratic fabric to come unwoven. While the Founding Fathers were concerned, they had to believe that it was unlikely that their carefully crafted checks and balances would be rent asunder, because that result could only occur if the people voted into office representatives of incredible greed, ego, self-interest, narrow-mindedness, stupidity, and lack of regard for the will of the voters and the general well-being of the country.

Well friends, the day of reckoning, the day the Founding Fathers hoped would never come, is upon us. The “Unfounded Fathers” are among us, suffused in Beltway ignorance and arrogance, egomania and self-centeredness, greed and narrow-mindedness, incredible hubris, and disregard for the country and its citizens.

And we are not here to castigate Congressional Democrats, or even the Democrat-in-Chief in the White House–those folks have always exhibited the character and other failings set forth above. No, concerned citizens and conservatives, the “Unfounded Fathers” are here and bent on destruction generally of the nation’s political balance of power and destruction specifically of the Republican Party. It is with much angst and considerable sadness that we have been set upon by the enemy within–current members of the Republican Establishment. The very folks who are supposed to act as a check and balance against the callow, mindless policies of the unenlightened and maniacal Democrats, have thrown in the towel, have stabbed their constituents in the back, have gone over to the dark side, and are in the process of throwing this great country under the bus.

Shame on you Paul Ryan, shame on you Ben Sasse, shame on you Mitch McConnell, shame on you John McCain, shame on you Mitt Romney, shame on you George W. Bush. Shame on all of you phony Republicans who have decided that your “consciences,” your “elitist attitudes,” your “unbounded arrogance,” your alleged political “experience,” your ostensible political “judgment,” your previously lacking “canny insight,” your “distain for the judgment of your constituents,” and your “unbounded egos” entitle you to dismiss the will of the voters who have selected Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for President.

We hate to rain on the GOP Establishment’s “pity parade,” but Unfounded Fathers, when it comes to honesty, candor, sincerity, loyalty, common sense, love of country, and desire to make America a better and safer place to live, you aren’t worthy of carrying the Donald’s gym bag.

Most startling is the fact that the Unfounded Fathers are not only incredibly ignorant, you are also incredibly wrong. It takes an arrogance of Obamaian proportions to tell your constituents that they are misguided idiots. More importantly, the Unfounded Fathers are apparently under the erroneous belief that they can ignore, demean, and oppose Donald Trump as the Party’s nominee while still saving their yellow, political skins by concentrating time, effort, and money in an attempt to keep “down-stream” Republican candidates from being “swept away” by a Hillary Clinton landslide. The Unfounded Fathers seem to have reached the illogical conclusion that they can bash the head of the GOP ticket and yet, somehow, help the GOP under-carders to carry the day. Unfortunately, these political geniuses have it exactly backwards.

If (thanks in large part to the unfounded opposition of the Unfounded Fathers) it appears as election day approaches that Trump has no chance of winning, millions and millions and millions of Trump supporters will stay home. Why should they make the effort to vote for a candidate that the Unfounded Fathers have beaten into the ground? And if the Unfounded Fathers think that the worst Republican turnout in history in a Presidential campaign is going to be good for their “down ballot” buddies, then they are even more foolish than we give them credit for. Perhaps these flighty Unfounded Fathers, who have shown little interest in supporting their constituents by challenging a political novice and lightweight like Obama, believe that, even though they have done everything in their power to drive away Trump supporters, those same voters will flock to the polls for the sole purpose of perking up the candidacies of beleaguered Republican Senatorial or Congressional candidates. Do they really expect the voters, whose candidate they have just willfully trampled, will come to the rescue of their favorite candidates?

Perhaps the Unfounded Fathers simply believe that the voters will have the common sense to want to preserve Republican majorities in the House and the Senate. But why should the voters respond to that self-interested appeal by the Unfounded Fathers? After all, the Republicans have had majorities in both the House and the Senate for 2 years, and have accomplished zero, zip, nada. Trump supporters are counting on Trump to shake up D.C., including the Republican majorities–to put an end to gridlock, ever-expanding bureaucracy and regulatory intrusion, petty bickering, and economic calamity. In other words: to mix things up a bit in the nation’s capitol. But, without Trump, there is no mix, no shake up, no change, and very little to hope for. Under such circumstances, do the Unfounded Fathers really think that, without Trump, the voters really give a fig whether the GOP retains its majority in either chamber?

Let us be perfectly blunt about this. The perilous path that you Unfounded Fathers are pursuing is guaranteed only to ensure 8 years of a Hillary Presidency, the loss of conservative influence on the Supreme Court for decades, the probable bankruptcy of the country, economic stagnation or recession for years to come, the Middle East in increasing flames and disorder, China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia unchecked on the world stage, further reduction in both size and readiness of the military, further fomentation of divisiveness on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, and socio-economic status, and vastly more attacks by Muslim extremists, both inside and outside of the United States. But not to worry, the Unfounded Fathers will still have reserved deck chairs on the USS Titanic.

But before the country goes under, or before anyone who can afford to leave the country does so, we will make sure that there is a huge monument erected to the Unfounded Fathers, prominently featuring all of their names and memorializing their destruction of the single greatest country in all of human kind–and for no reason other than the Unfounded Fathers’ petulance over the Republican primary voters having had the temerity (imagine the gall) to pick a Presidential nominee that the Unfounded Fathers would not have personally selected.   Election Day in 2016 will become the new day that “will live in infamy,” and the names of the Unfounded Fathers will forever be etched in the history books as the shortsighted individuals who singlehandedly destroyed the greatest and most successful political experiment of all time. And don’t forget that, after the destruction of the country, the loss of both the House and the Senate, and the ultimate consolidation of power to the Democrat Party, the lingering justification by the Unfounded Fathers will be an astonishing–“Well, at least our Presidential candidate lost.” Brilliant. Great political minds will be staggered for generations to come.

© 2016

ET TU MITT?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in Chantilly, Virginia, on May 2, 2012. Romney said he was "pleased" by US President Barack Obama's visit to Afghanistan, after the election-year rivals had sparred over the commemoration of the killing of Osama bin Laden. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)
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In a stunning (only in the sense of its counter-productivity) event, Mitt Romney recently held a press conference for the sole purpose of disparaging the front-running candidate for his own Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination. You may remember Mitt. He was the GOP Establishment’s pick to go up against Barak Obama in the 2012 election. By 2008, the bloom was well off the Obama “Hope and Change” rose.   Apparently assuming that the election was in the bag, Mitt chose not to challenge Obama with respect to any of his many failed policies.   And so Mitt sat on his hands while the 2012 election slipped away. Instead of driving Republican voters to the polls, he drove them to stay home (in droves). Many remain of the opinion that Mitt lost the most easily winnable Presidential election within memory.

In spite of his stunning loss in 2012, Mitt nonetheless apparently believes that he is qualified to judge the qualifications of other GOP Presidential candidates.   He began his analysis by launching a broadside attack against Donald Trump (whose endorsement Mitt sought and received during Mitt’s lackluster campaign in 2012). By way of apparent gratitude, Mitt called the most popular candidate in the Republican primary process a “fraud,” “lacking Presidential timbre” and “unqualified” to occupy the White House who is, essentially, and deliberately “misleading” the American voters (particularly those gullible Republican primary voters).

Good grief. Has the Republican hierarchy lost its collective mind (an obvious rhetorical question)? The Establishment has abandoned Ron Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” (“Thou shall speak no ill of a fellow Republican”) in favor of some sort of political hate speech (“Thou shall criticize, insult, and demean any other Republican candidate who stands between you and the White House”). Do the leaders of our Party not realize that the natural consequence of this incessant bickering is to ensure that all of the candidates, including the ultimate nominee, will stumble out of the primary process mortally wounded for the general election? How do we justify destroying the character, credibility, and honesty of all of our candidates before the Democrats even lay a glove on them?

The reduced number of debates and shortened primary season (compared to 2012) were supposed to help prevent the candidates from cannibalizing each other. The actual impact of these modifications is that the candidates have felt it necessary to hurl even more invective at each other to compensate for this year’s compressed primary time frame. Instead of meaningful debate with an occasional gratuitous barb, the debate appearances of all of our candidates devolved into acts of slander, libel, invective, mistruth, outright lie, and character assassination–leaving little time for examination of important issues. Those who characterized the GOP debates as being the political equivalent of a WWE “cage match” were not far off the mark. How can the Party leadership allow this self-destruction to occur, let alone continue for the entire primary season?

One of the original objectives of Honey I Shrunk the Government was to offer constructive advice to the GOP. But the Party may well be beyond mere constructive criticism. If the Party will not, or cannot, control the tenor of its candidates’ rhetoric, then the Party will surely self-destruct. Corruption, greed, self-interest, and apathy appear to be so ingrained in the current GOP Establishment that there may be little hope for overcoming the vitriolic patina that most of the primary candidates acquired.

Let’s take a candid look at the consequence of the Establishment’s attempt to bring pressure to bear from multiple sources with a view to destroying Donald Trump as a viable candidate for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Consider the nominees that the Party has put forward in 1988 (George H.W. Bush), 1992 (George H.W. Bush), 1996 (Bob Dole), 2000 (George W. Bush), 2004 (George W. Bush), 2008 (John McCain), and 2012 (Mitt Romney)–all Presidential candidates for whom the Establishment likely orchestrated or manipulated the nomination process to ensure that the “appropriate” candidate managed to at least limp across the primary finish line. None of the above-mentioned nominees was a particularly inspiring candidate that primary voters would have selected on their own. Instead, the voters deferred to the GOP leadership and, by and large, supported the Establishment’s nominee of choice. All of those Establishment candidates either lost handsomely or were elected marginally and conducted their administrations in very Democrat-like, tax and spend fashion. H.W.’s win in 1988 was likely attributable to the desire of the folks to continue the Reagan Revolution, and W.’s wins in 2000 and 2004 were likely attributable to the weakness of his Democrat opponents (Al Gore and John Kerry respectively).

And so, Republican voters, having had quite enough of years of Presidential loses or misery at the hands of the Establishment, have come up with a novel solution–namely, selecting a non-Establishment candidate like Donald J. Trump. And the GOP Establishment’s elitist response has been truly amazing. After years of expecting fealty from Republican voters for lousy, losing, legacy nominee selections by the Establishment, the Party’s response to Donald Trump has been–“Voters? What do they have to do with our selection process? We know what’s best for the Party and its members will eventually come to appreciate our wisdom and perspicacity.” The conventional beltway position seems to be that, if the voters lack the instinct to select a candidate who will play ball with the GOP Establishment, then the Establishment will just have to do what is needed to make sure the voters don’t hurt themselves or the country (or jeopardize the Establishment’s sinecure).

Having worked very hard to incur the wrath of grass roots Republicans since 1996 or before, the Establishment has decided to double down with arrogance, condescension, underhandedness, and electoral duplicity.

The Party seems intent on spinning into a self-induced death spiral. The Party professes to be concerned about the tenor and temperament of its putative nominee, Donald Trump. What the Party really needs to concern itself with, however, is the fact that more and more of the Party faithful are ready, willing and able to take a political hike–and it is only the prospect of a Trump candidacy that is holding them in check.

© 2016