The insiders grow increasingly nervous this election cycle:
Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.
See, that’s most of the problem right there: the goal of the ‘elites’ is to defeat the candidates who are resonating with the public! Not to take a principled stand on something like, oh, say, limited government, or secure borders, or rolling back the surveillance state. No, the ‘elites’ are only interested in ensuring their continued hold onto power, no matter what form that takes.
So here we go again with the scare tactics (conveniently inserted into the second paragraph of the story):
Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands.
And that would be different how, exactly, from another ‘establishment’ GOP administration? Raising the specter of a Democratic win has become the last refuge of a useless opposition party. It’s emotional manipulation more worthy of an abusive relationship than a national party. Never forget the original amnesty deal in the 1980s occurred under St. Ronald of Reagan — and we STILL couldn’t secure the borders! Never forget that another GOP president — George the Second — inflicted one of the largest entitlement programs since the Great Society, expanding the government’s role in providing prescription medication. The elder Bush squandered the public support generated by a popular war — Desert Storm — instead of using the invigorated Bully Pulpit to demand we get our domestic house (including our finances) in order. The recent Republican Congress handed Obama ‘fast track authority’ to once again sell our our nation economically. And those “safe” GOP nominees like McCain and Romney simply ensured one of the worst Presidents in our nation’s history got not just one, but TWO terms in office. Way to go, establishment!
News flash for the GOP ‘elites:’ an entire generation old enough to remember Reagan has seen that you talk a great game but deliver NOTHING of substance when it comes to true conservatism. Rather than stay true to the ideals of individual responsibility and minimalist government, you’ve gotten sidetracked with “big tent strategies” and pandering to demographics. Well, there’s one demographic both you and the Democrats seem determined to ignore: the traditionalist Christian, Anglo-Saxon heirs of those who built this country in the first place.
You feel no need to listen to us anymore? Fine… that works two ways.
Other nations are finding ways to express their desire to return to their roots. “God, honour, homeland” — as Vox points out, there are worse causes. There’s an old saying: “lead, follow, or get out of the way.” The GOP not only isn’t the solution — they are now a large part of the problem, as demonstrated by their constant attempts to repress the “Tea Party” and any other expression of a desire to claw back the government. They’re past their sell-by date, and need to get out of the way.
Glad to know I’m not the only one long since done with them. I may occasionally vote for someone who happens to have an (R) after their name, but it won’t be out of brand loyalty and it certainly will happen only after careful individual scrutiny. As for the ‘party’ apparatus, they’ll get nothing from me ever again.
Let the voter beware.