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.
Political opportunism is nothing new to billionaire Michael Bloomberg. As a life-long Democrat, he had no problem with switching political parties in 2001 to ride Rudy Giuliani’s Republican coattails and win the mayoralty of the city of New York. It didn’t take long for him to show his liberal, big-government, nanny state proclivities.
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.
Universities throughout the country are erupting in various forms of protest, all fueled by a culture of glorified victimhood. At Yale, we’ve seen students in an uproar over a professor speaking out for freedom of speech and the free exchange of ideas. The students interpreted this as a form of oppression and white privilege. (That professor subsequently debased himself with an apology to the mob.) At the University of Missouri, we’ve watched a movement sparked by racist incidents turn into outright intimidation by attempting to stifle opposing views, and drive student journalists away from recording their campus insurrection. The campus police have announced that they want students to report incidents of “hateful or hurtful speech” to them. They do admit that so-called offensive language isn’t illegal, but that the school may choose to take action anyway. Now the student body president is admitting that he lied when he reported that the KKK was roaming the campus. Things are getting out of hand very quickly.
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.
Tuesday’s Democratic debate was nowhere near as compelling as either of the two Republican debates, but it was eventful because the front runner wasn’t knocked from her position. Hillary Clinton made it through unscathed, and she’s the automatic winner as nobody scored any political points at her expense. That’s the way things work in primary debates and boxing. You need to knock the champ out to be declared the winner.
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.
As we all enjoy the spectacle of the Donald Trump candidacy, the other big story of the election season is being discounted by the media and the power brokers of the Democratic Party. That story is the unprecedented rise of an unabashed socialist as a legitimate contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. As I write this, Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the polls in the early primary states. In Iowa, Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton by 22 points in a YouGov/CBS News Poll. The Real Clear Politics average of polls has him dominating Hillary in New Hampshire 42.3% to 34.7%. And the new CNN/ORC poll has Sanders trailing Hillary nationally by only 10 points. If Sanders is consistently on the rise, and Hillary is steadily on the decline, why is there a movement by the Party and the media to find another candidate?
I am sickened that the mainstream media has been showing images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s dead body washed up on a Turkish beach. It is a grotesque breach of basic human decency to exploit this toddler’s death in order to sell newspapers in the Western world. The number of companies that have used pictures of this child’s corpse is too immense to list. Suffice it to say that virtually every major newspaper has used these images. No matter what reasons are put forward, there’s no excuse for it. I guarantee you that The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Washington Post would have never shown a dead German child rolling around in the surf on their front pages. Those who claim that there’s some social responsibility to show these images are simply more manipulative and disgusting than their competitors.