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.