“If the Republican Party is incapable or unwilling to make a compelling case against the selling of baby organs or the emergence of a nuclear Iran or the funding of a cronyist state-run bank, or all three, then really, what exactly can it do? These are issues that strike at the heart of the modern GOP. And, on all three, the Republican leadership has, though holding plenty of leverage to raise a stink, capitulated. In fact, they have probably put more effort into evading confrontation than their standard response of pretending to court it.” David Harsanyi
Fed up with the establishment Republicans in D.C. selling out to Obama on issues such as bankrolling amnesty, ceding Congressional power on fast-track trade bills or refusing to defund Murder, Inc.? Think presidential candidates like Jeb Bush or Chris Christie are part of the problem by offering little to distinguish themselves from Democrats? If so you are likely part of a growing number of conservative voters that are fast becoming fed up.
Other than to offer a toothless public rebuke of Obama’s increasingly radical destructive agenda, you have to ask, what was the point of the 2014 Congressional landslide? Why does the Republican Party even exist? What is its purpose as a political entity? Whose interest do they serve?
They saunter through Washington’s halls of power serving the ruling class, a pseudo nobility that every year becomes more disdainful of the rights of the common man. They serve their own self-interest and continuity in power. They are in bed with liberal Democrats, looking down their noses at the commoners. And not only are they emulating liberals in making Obama’s radical agenda easier, but acting like liberals themselves in placing form above substance.
Is it any wonder that the downtrend in Republican self-identification directly corresponds to the uptrend in independents from 28% to 41%, according to Gallup. Pollster Pat Caddell reports that “the alienation among Republican voters is so high,” that conservatively “a quarter to one-third of the Republican party are hanging by a thread from bolting.”
John Hayward at Breitbart says that perhaps the Republican elite don’t realize just how dangerous a game they are playing against conservatives, or perhaps, they just don’t care. There is a part of the GOP power structure that has always been most happy to serve as the permanent minority, personally enriched by serving as minor, ineffective obstacles to the ruling Left. They win elections by cadging millions from conservatives desperate to do something about the mess in Washington, then sink comfortably into that mess as though relaxing in a jacuzzi, rousing themselves only to display true fury against the occasional cage-rattling, boat-rocking conservative insurgent.
There are always conservatives who denounce this state of affairs and pronounce themselves tired of serving as campaign-cash piggy banks for politicians who view them as far worse enemies than the Democrats, but in this election cycle, the “Let It Burn” caucus of disgusted, demoralized, and disengaged voters is particularly loud. I don’t think the Establishment understands just how bitter and dispirited their base has become. It is not random or cathartic, nor is it an eruption of malcontents looking for an excuse to air some deep-seated unhappiness.
Perhaps that explains Donald Trump, defined by his very loud willingness to tackle elite forces, especially the lap-dog media whose primary job it is to tell Republican voters which acceptable, genteel losers they’re allowed to support. Trump’s critic argue that he’s staging an anti-Establishment burlesque, or maybe even running a false-flag operation ultimately intended to hand the election to Democrats, but there’s no doubt a large number of people are responding to what he’s saying, and interpreting the lestablishment’s arrogant responses as assaults upon their own character, not just Trump’s.
While I would have trouble voting for him and can’t image any true conservative would, I do believe that what Rothman at Commentary calls Trump’s “bloviating manifestation of righteous ire” is a perfect message to send to the ruling elite in D.C.
Let’s hope they listen before it’s too late. Governor Ronald Reagan told a crowd of disillusioned conservatives in March 1975, that “our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakable clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?” We’re fed up with pastels!
As for Donald Trump, I have to agree with Francis W. Porretto at Liberty’s Torch. “My criterion for whether to consider a candidate for any office is simple: If I wouldn’t be willing to have him at my dinner table, I won’t consider him. I might not vote for his opponent, but I certainly won’t vote for him….We already have a vicious mouthed buffoon in the White House. Who among us wants another?”