As we come to grips with the reality that we are not only losing the presidency this year, but very likely the House and Senate and thereby the Supreme Court’s future and our own, what should we do? Clearly not what we have done that has brought us to this point.
First, we should acknowledge that there is a long game. Republicans have never accepted this. For this reason we find that the entire spectrum of political thought and action in America has moved rapidly to the left. In the past 50 years this country has moved from once staunchly anti-Communist, church-going, domestically conservative citizens who actually not only learned to read but studied the Constitution in school, to a functionally illiterate rabble who are unacquainted with our Constitution and are equally indifferent to Communism or religion. The American people have not only come to terms with a Democrat President governing by executive orders and edicts, but now have nothing with which to oppose it.
The Republican Party has become so sanguine as to accept a candidate for the Presidency who:
- Says he will spend twice as much as Hillary because “rates are good now”, when we need to pay down a $20 trillion national debt.
- Says the Scottish health care system is even better than Obamacare.
- Is more ignorant of foreign affairs than the average high school sophomore.
- Has waffled and played every side of the right to life.
- Wants to subsidize businesses and industries he likes (or just says he likes to get votes).
- Has never read, nor intends to read, the Constitution and does not believe in the First Amendment.
- Has thinly concealed his penchant for gun-grabbing.
- Is more at home with Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs than with our founding principles.
Shall we go on? Or is this enough to illustrate what has happened here? What this says is that the Republican Party no longer stands for anything. It is, in reality, nothing but the initial.
So is it nobler in the mind to go ahead and wallow with the rest of the lost souls in the mire with sellout pseudo-conservative press outlets and hide-bound delegates, and sink, bound in the chains of Trump, taking our House and Senate, and our principles and character down with us? Or is it better to suffer the slings and arrows attendant upon cutting this guy loose? We already know that he can’t win. If he did beat all the odds and polls and won, we – America – would still have lost.
We would have lost because there is a tomorrow. We hope, as Annie did, that the sun’ll come out. We need to restore our republic and the sooner we begin the process the better. So let’s look at the future prospects – let’s pretend we are Democrats who care more about our agenda than about this year’s candidates. The best way to do this is to envision the scenario of tomorrow – both options.
Scenario 1: Hillary Clinton wins (she will), and along with beating Trump she has also won a majority in the House and the Senate, guaranteed by Trump’s mishandling of, well, everything. Those Republicans who remain or who come in in the next election would be able to advocate their position. She would be easy to oppose. In 2018 we may find that her administration is so toxic and disliked that we manage to shoehorn in enough Republican conservatives to re-take Congress. In 2020, Americans are so fed up with the Hillary program and sick of hearing her that a resurgence of conservatism snaps back and re-takes the White House. They can do this because they have a villain to fight against now. It’s Hillary.
Scenario 2: Trump wins (he won’t, but play along) and either carries Congress to victory with him or not. Either way, we now have a president who is not only following Hillary’s model, but “improving” upon it. He will nominate a token conservative Supreme Court justice who will be shot down by the Senate and then revert to type, possibly resurrecting his plan of nominating his sister. No matter how unacceptable this nominee would be, we can depend upon Sean Hannity lecturing us on how much “worse” Hillary’s nominee would have been. Disgust with the expansion of oppressive regulation, favoritism in doling out federal benefits to chosen recipients, the general low tone of the culture that is ushered in, a dangerous – scratch that – threatening – scene of world conflict, ill treatment of the military and burgeoning debt – perhaps with his attempt to lay it off as though we were a failed casino – will dispose the body politic to hate the Republican label even more than the Democrat.
It is much more difficult to primary a sitting president than a field of possible other candidates – much more difficult to run Republicans for congressional and state offices in the miasma of a Trump Administration than against Hillary’s corps. And during these four years, no conservative would be able to stand up to Trump. He would have a hammer not available directly to Hillary. As the head of the party he could defund and disable their campaigns for reelection, and he could banish them from the arena of discussion. He has already said he will fund super-PACs to challenge both Cruz and McCain. Will he? Why wouldn’t he? He is, if nothing else, vindictive.
He has already subverted the conservative press, controlling both FOX News and Breitbart. His close ties with the Russian government threaten our own national security. He is very reasonably considered by many to be the ultimate Democrat – a plant that has successfully taken over a party through open primaries and manipulated press and a dash of TV celebrity jetsetter status (how would he behave any differently if he were a plant?). In his project he will probably also succeed, perhaps beyond his hopes, in taking down the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress.
To make this brief. With Hillary; conservatism stands a fighting chance. With Trump; it dies. We will have officially transformed ourselves to a one-party system.
This is not a fight for the White House – it is a fight for the soul of a once-free nation.
The only rational thing to do at this point is to remove him from the ticket. There is no point in asking who would replace him until that happens because who would go out there with a target painted on his belly? Once he is gone there may be legions of candidates who would be better – with him gone we could draft a candidate.
We have very little time to correct the horrendous error committed by the delegates who went to Cleveland – more concerned with their party’s “rules” than they were with their country’s future. Let us hope enough of them see the light and realize they’ve been had. But, there might be enough. Maybe enough to save the FIRST branch of government in this country – the Legislative Branch, Congress. As this is written, a number of key seats have gone from positive to negative in the polls.
There is no path to victory in reality for Donald Trump. The question that remains is this: will the Republican Party and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate be destroyed by him? Will the Republican Party let this happen? Will these delegates shoulder the responsibility as well as the champagne and confetti for what they’ve done? What can we do? At least make a call to your Republican National Committeemen and delegates and let them know you are holding them responsible.