There has been much political speculating that the Republican party will not survive if Donald J. Trump is the Republican nominee for POTUS. I have been mulling this over and I have come to the conclusion that maybe the Republican party should not survive, and here are my reasons.
Two years ago, during the last mid-term election, the voters of America once again gave control of the House and the Senate to the Republicans. That election should have been taken as the ‘warning shot across the bow,’ indicating that voters were no longer satisfied with the status quo or the Obama administration. My initial thoughts were that at least, with both houses controlled by the Republican party, a set of brakes would be applied to stop the Obama insanity. What have they done? They were elected to overturn Obama Care, and they have not done that. (Yes, I understand that Obama would veto anything concerning his health care program, More on that later.)
We got rid of the gatekeeper from hell, Harry Reed, as senate majority leader, and actually submitted and voted on budgets for the first time of the Obama administration. Are those budgets being followed? Are they cutting costs, eliminating waste, and reversing the spiraling national debt? No. No. And No.
What has this Congress done? From my viewpoint, Obama has forged ahead with all of his crazy ideas. We elected that Congress to protect its citizens. We elected that Congress to straighten out the financial mess that this country faces. Why do we have this Congress, and all of the expenses of supporting it….if they don’t do anything?
With the Republicans in control of both houses, I blame them. It has become obvious since the beginning of all those Republican presidential debates that the Republican party has lost contact with the average, conservative American. Rather than listening to what the average American is concerned about which caused the Republicans to gain control of Congress, apparently they are too stupid to have read the tea leaves, or, they are so self-serving they just don’t care. The perfect paragon of this was Jeb Bush. Two years ago, he was the ‘golden boy’ of the Republican party. He was known, and he was a dynamic fund raiser. But how well did he do in the debates? It was obvious that Jeb, much like the Republican party, had underestimated the concerns and anger of mainstream America. Gun control. Border security. Immigration control. Job creation. When Jeb was talking, if you would have shut your eyes, it would have been difficult to tell which party he represented.
And there is one more very big thing that both parties have underestimated. People are tired of the status quo, and they are really becoming tired of career politicians. It was refreshing to see three non-political career people in the debates: Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.
Now here we are with less than two weeks before the Republican national convention.
Dump Trump! Anyone but Trump! Trump Sucks! There is no shortage of this, and unfortunately, much of it is coming from career Republican politicians.
Here are three possible scenarios for the convention.
1. Attempt to undermine the delegate process and replace Trump with another candidate.
Now you would think that if your apparent front runner brought out more voters to vote in the primaries for one candidate than ever before in the history of the United States, your party would be ecstatic. Obviously that is not the case. There has been much talk about attempting to sabotage the delegate procedure and put someone else in, rather than Trump. Who would they get? That smooth talking Mitt Romney, who has gone out of his way to back stab and denigrate Trump at every possible opportunity? His little tirades are so despicable that I am sorry I voted for him in 2012. I would not vote for him in 2016. Many Americans who voted for Trump during the primaries would not vote for someone else if they feel their wishes have been cast aside. If this were done, for sure Hillary Clinton would be voted in as POTUS.
I have to admit that Trump has kind of been my guy from the beginning. I don’t have his hats or bumper stickers or have my lawn covered with his signs. When asked if I support Trump, my answer has always been the same, “Donald Trump may not be who you like, but he may be what this country needs.”
This is similar to the Rush Limbaugh approach. During the debates, one Cruz supporter called his show and wanted to know why Limbaugh had yet to attack Donald Trump. Rush’s response was priceless. “I will not attack anyone who has a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton.” That attitude should have been adopted by the Republican party.
2. Run someone as a third party candidate.
This option gives me nightmares! It brings to mind the 1992 election when Ross Perot ran against George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bush was seeking his second term. Perot, an egocentric conservative decided to enter the race. The end result? Bill Clinton won the election with only 42% of the popular vote. 58% of the country voted conservative, but the liberal won!
Just think. If it weren’t for Ross Perot, we may never had heard about Bill or Hillary Clinton.
Anyway, this is the worst possible scenario for the country. If some established Republicans decide this is feasible, they obviously don’t care what happens to this country. Hillary Clinton would win handily if the conservative vote is again divided.
3. Support Trump.
It would be about time for the Republican party to step up and support Trump financially and morally. He did not win so many delegates by mistake. There is no mistake about what he is thinking. He may not be as eloquent as Reagan, Kennedy or FDR, but everyone understands what he is saying.
Paul Ryan has played patty cake politics with his lukewarm, milk-toast attitude. So hear is a word of advice to Paul and all of the other backroom schemers concerning this convention: Support the people’s candidate….or be prepared to suffer the people’s wrath at the polls!
Mr. Ryan, you are the speaker of the House of Representatives because the people entrusted the Republican party to right this floundering ship of state. If you or the party decide to pull any underhanded shenanigans in this convention, you will not be speaker after the election, and you may not be a representative.
You gained control of Congress to repeal Obama Care. Will you accomplish that with Hillary Clinton as President? You gained control of Congress to provide security to the people. Will that occur if Clinton continues with Obama’s policies? Closing borders, and vetting immigrants are a top concern of the average American. Have you kept track of the number of murders being done by Islamic terrorists in our country and in other Western countries? Will anything be done about this if Hillary is President? The Liberals look at an open border as providing more potential voters for the Democratic party. How about the national debt? If people think it is a difficult economic environment now, what would happen if the US basically goes bankrupt like Greece. Like Spain. Like Italy. All Western countries whose socialistic policies have created a unmanageable burden because the governments were too weak and unwilling to address the overspending. Do you think this would improve with Hillary as president?
I am definitely tired of living under an administration where the cops and the military are the bad guys and the black thugs are the heroes. Is this what Obama meant when he said he was going to ‘bring the country together?’ This country has never been so divided!
So, Mr. Ryan and all you career politicians that appear to be quaking because a non-career politician may see just how deep the cesspool is in Washington, D.C; I suggest that it is time to quit worrying about how you are going to be reelected, and begin doing what is right for this country. If the Republican party does not unite to defeat Hillary Clinton, then the United States will suffer and the Republican party may very well disappear because of stupidity, timidity and internal bickering by self-centered, power hungry bureaucrats. Is this what the Republican party wants as its legacy?
Like I said earlier, “Trump may not be who you like, but he may be what this country needs.”
Make American Great Again. Amen.
PS. This blog was written the afternoon before the shooting of eleven police officers in Dallas, five of them fatally. My heartfelt condolences to the families of these policemen that were murdered by snipers in a coordinated attack during a protest. Some of these officers were standing in support with the protesters.