As we watch the Trump spacecraft careen remorselessly into the flames of the boiling super nova, we should begin thinking about the cold next few years as Hillary Clinton takes office. What will the Republican Party look like, post-Trump?
It appears that there will be a three-way split in the GOP. There seems no possibility of reconciliation here. We have the Old Guard Establishment, personified by Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. These people have no regard whatsoever for Trump, but were willing to place him at the top of the ticket just to prevent a “takeover” by principled conservatives, as exemplified by Ted Cruz. This they feared far more than a Hillary Clinton presidency.
The Trump boosters will also remain a factor – these people and their hucksters, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Establishment turncoat Chris Christie as well as Ben Carson, and their media counterparts: Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, will continue to whine about losing because of “rigging.” This will probably interest them more than policy, as it does now. These people we shall call the Alt-Right. Where they do reference policy it is in a jingoistic, Know-Nothing-Party sort of simplicity. No jobs? China’s fault. Crime? Build a wall – for free. Make Mexico pay for it. Those who have endorsed Trump this time have been required to leave their own values at the door. And those capable of doing so were only wearing them like a pair of shoes to begin with. Many of them fooled us until they took them off and went inside.
Many of Trump’s temporary supporters are reluctant at best, and these people will likely be most relieved to see the end of this campaign. These people are not really a part of the Alt-Right. Those left out of both these cliques are the conservatives who still believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They are those who still believe that Planned Parenthood is NOT doing great works; who believe that government should NOT be “taking care of everyone.” They still believe in honor, in love of country. These people have no home in the Republican Party now. They are the Tea Party patriots who still have their pocket Constitutions, where their erstwhile Tea Party neighbors threw them out a year ago as no longer relevant. These are people who know the difference between a Ronald Reagan and a Donald Trump. They still appreciate hearing a solid argument pro or con on issues that matter. They don’t care to be hustled into acquiescence in adopting a degenerate view of life as “normal” or “acceptable.” They aren’t there to be agitated into mindless frenzy. They also aren’t there to conform to the soulless rot of the Establishment, now so distanced from the people of the country that they can barely notice them.
The Establishment uses people as tools by twisting them, breaking them, contorting them into useful forms for themselves. This is why they have a gangster image with normal Republicans across the country. The last three presidential-year RNC conventions have been a showcase for thuggery. Threats, arm-twisting, not reason, debate, negotiation, have been the means to their pre-determined end. It has caused the rise of the second faction – the Alt-Right. In fact, look at Paul Ryan. We can hold him responsible in large part for Donald Trump. He sold out conservatives in his base.
Establishment is the parent, Alt-Right the spawn.
The Alt-Right or Trump-variety of Republican is governed, if at all, by a nationalistic, fascistic view that should concern more rational Americans. The idea that government needs to be bigger (shared with both the Establishment thugs and the Democrat Party) leave little to choose here. The ugliness of the Establishment gave birth to an equally ugly backlash, which looks as though it will remain. Trump supporters show no interest in moving toward any other position. Just read the commentary following articles on Trumpie websites, such as Newsmax.
Neither of these can become a home for conservatives or Libertarians. Conservatives and Libertarians share one important common goal – smaller government, devolving back to the states’ responsibilities and sovereignty. This should be enough to create a workable alliance with the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a glue. There are many now supporting Trump with great reluctance who will eventually become a part of this movement. There is no way that the Trump/Alt-Right forces can welcome conservatives, any more than Benito Mussolini could. These are at bottom strongly big-government people with more in common with the Establishment than with conservatives.
Only with the rise of a new third party will conservatives be heard again in America. They have been shouted down in every Republican venue left. As these destructive forces overtake the party and the election, this new party will rise from the destruction the Alt-Right and the Establishment have created. Without the implacable mafia attitude of the Establishment for many decades (remember Ford vs. Reagan, 1976), with its iron-fisted force to shut out conservatives from the process, there would be no Alt-Right, we would not have seen crowds driven to madness throwing even their own decency aside to support ANYTHING that would talk back to the Establishment. We owe the Establishment the blame for the chaotic disaster and we should remember to blame them for the results that will likely follow – a third term of Democrats in the White House.
There is no fixing the Establishment – they prefer Democrats to conservatives, and are, in fact, much more like them in character as well as political views. The Trump faction, the Alt-Right, will not go away any time soon. Just ask one of them. They will be out for revenge, just like their leader.
This movement has a very dark side; in it we hear a sinister echo of past fascist movements. Conservatives cannot negotiate with either of these factions. And these two factions will continue to bicker within the Republican Party.
This is why we need to hold fast to our principles as we ride out the turmoil and disorder now and to come. If you feel you must vote for Trump, then you must. But be careful not to lose your own moral compass in the process. If we lose sight of our founding principles and our basic morality in pursuit of anything #NeverHillary, we will not be able to come together on a positive plane to work toward building a movement and a party to exemplify it that will bring us a return to America’s greatness – which is to say her goodness. And this is the only way to restore our Constitutional Republic.