Who does Paul Ryan think he is? He’s not royalty. We shouldn’t need to court him like some reluctant school girl in order to get him to support the Republican nominee. He just came out and pointedly refused to support Donald Trump… again. For God’s sake, he’s the Republican Speaker of the House! Someone needs to explain to him that the #NeverTrump crowd has lost — and they were never a significant portion of the Republican Party in any case. He’s just an elected representative, not some sort of potentate. If Ryan can’t enthusiastically support Trump as the Republican nominee then he needs to be removed as Speaker — he is not representing the will of the Republican voting base.
For decades the working class base of the Republican party has voted for one loser after another. We didn’t like the candidates who made it through the process, but we understood the implied contract of party politics. Sometimes we had to deal with establishment insiders, like John McCain and Mitt Romney, but we sucked it up and voted for the party’s choice. Most of the time we thought that the candidates were outright tools of the corporate elite and donor class — but we were willing to respect the will of the voters and rally around even the weakest of candidates.
In recent years, the Democratic Party has lurched so far to the left that we sometimes forget that there used to be rational and conservative politicians who were associated with it. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president on a platform that included a promise to lower taxes in order to spur economic growth and thereby increase revenue to the treasury. Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 promising to “end welfare as we know it.” I doubt that either Kennedy or Clinton would be able to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016 — they would be considered too horribly right-wing for their party’s taste.
Donald Trump is still dominating the Republican field despite the dire predictions of everyone in politics and the media. Every time Trump says something politically unconventional, he is attacked by the professional political class. Currently we see the establishment in an uproar over his comments promising to temporarily stop Muslim migration into the country. Yes, he did say temporary, and he says it’s only until the nation’s leaders figure out how to address the incredible amount of hatred coming from the Muslim world. Unsurprisingly, his opinion is shared by a large segment of American society.
For years we’ve heard the disgruntled among us say that there’s really just one political party, and that Democrats and Republicans are just two sides of the same coin. It turns out that’s completely correct. The establishment of the Republican Party is much more interested in maintaining the status quo than in implementing any real conservative agenda. You and I have simply been the chumps that believed their rhetoric and gave them control of Congress as a check on the excesses of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.
We are witnessing an uprising in the Republican Party. With the rise of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, rank and file party members are making it clear that they’re completely dissatisfied with the status quo. Back in 2010, the Republicans were given control of the House of Representatives. This was a direct response to the Democrats forcing Obamacare down our throats. Americans have been consistently opposed to Obamacare, and stopping its implementation was the only reason that the Republicans were swept into power so soon after the unpopularity of the Bush years.
Let’s get a few things straight. I am not a dispassionate observer, I’ve been a big supporter of Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in their careers, and in with their current runs for the Republican presidential nomination. My major concerns have been about the ever-growing size of government, and it’s increasing control over the minutia of our lives. With those priorities, both Cruz and Paul have been my two main choices in this primary season. But Donald Trump has altered the political landscape and affected all of our choices.
The media and the professional political class are dumbfounded at the rise of Donald Trump. First they said that he was only pretending to run for President for the free publicity. Then they said that he’d never publicly release his financial information. Then NBC, Univision, and Macy’s severed business ties with him. That was probably a mistake if the idea was to stop his White House run, as he now has nothing to lose.
The media and the elite political class are apoplectic over Donald Trump’s statements. Some are just infuriated that he’s openly speaking about subjects that they don’t want to address, and some are simply too dim-witted to realize that, in the real world, when you hit someone, they’ll hit you back. Let’s try to look at the situation as dispassionately as possible.
We have been listening to the political elite of both parties publicly state that we need to “fix” our so-called broken immigration system. We are told that Republicans specifically, and candidates in general, must reach out and pander to the illegal alien population. We are told that we’re racist if we don’t accept the never-ending flow of illegal immigration. Most importantly, the political and media elites say that candidates for higher office will not receive the Hispanic vote unless they offer some sort of amnesty for the illegal migrants. I reject this notion as ill-informed racist nonsense.