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.
It didn’t take a genius to figure out that McCain wasn’t going to win the election in ’08 — but we stuck with him and watched his spectacular loss to Obama. The Democrats became so arrogant and power-mad, having seized control of both houses of Congress and the White House, that they shoved an obligatory national healthcare scheme down the throats of the American voter — and they were punished in the next few elections by having the majorities stripped from them. With each victory, the Republican leaders said that they just didn’t have enough power to effect change. Now that we’ve given them the majorities they asked for, they tell us that they can’t do anything without having the White House too — even as they cut a budget deal that increases spending and balloons our debt even further.
The political class of the GOP has proven themselves completely untrustworthy. The voters were desperate to find someone who represents our interests — and along came Donald Trump. I can tell you that no one was saying to themselves a year ago: “Gee, if only Donald Trump would run for President!” — I mean no one. But Trump is taking the positions we’ve been demanding for years:
- Secure the border — and deport the illegal aliens.
- Engage in good old-fashioned economic protectionism to salvage manufacturing jobs.
- Put a temporary moratorium on migration from the Muslim world.
We are sick of being lied to by politicians from both parties. There are somewhere between 11 and 30 million illegal aliens in the United States. Like labor activist Cesar Chavez, American workers know that the presence of millions of illegal aliens suppresses Americans’ wages. We’ve been told (by both parties) that the illegals are here “doing jobs that Americans don’t want to do.” That is such a disgusting lie. I don’t think the political class knows just how angry this argument makes blue-collar workers. Do illegal aliens undercut prevailing wages? Of course they do — that’s the very reason they get hired. Americans have have always been willing to work in restaurants, in the fields, in construction, and as nannies — they’re just not willing to work for slave wages. Why do the political parties want the continued flow of illegal aliens into the United States? It’s simple, the Republican elite want the cheap labor — and the Democrats want who they see as reliable new voters. To add insult to injury, they prattle on about comprehensive immigration reform (which is their poll-tested term for amnesty) as they replace pesky Americans with a more compliant and cooperative population. Americans don’t want amnesty, they want the laws enforced.
We have watched factory after factory either go out of business or simply move to countries that offer cheap labor and lower taxes. This seems just fine to the ruling classes of both parties. They talk about creating jobs, but facilitate the outsourcing of our manufacturing jobs by allowing American corporations to manufacture abroad for sale in the domestic market. With manufacturing jobs disappearing, blue-collar jobs being taken over by illegals, and H-1B visa abuse replacing skilled laborers with cheaper foreign workers, we are all getting the shaft. We want good old-fashioned protectionism. If a company moves its manufacturing to another country, they should understand that they will have to pay a heavy price to import that product back into the country for sale in the American marketplace. Trump has been the only candidate in many years to show that he understands how these policies have benefited the wealthy — and are decimating the working class.
As the world is on fire, and the bulk of the Muslim world is steeped in hatred for America and the West, only a lunatic would say that it’s a bad idea to curtail migration from the Muslim world. In December I pointed out that:
According to Pew Research Center, 13% of the population of the Muslim world has a favorable view of Al Qaeda. Just as disturbing, 23% don’t know how they feel about Al Qaeda, and only 57% of Muslims worldwide hold an unfavorable view of them. If we look at individual countries we can see even more troubling numbers. 20% of Egyptian Muslims like Al Qaeda, as do 35% of Palestinians, and 23% of Indonesians.
If 20% of Egyptians, 35% of Palestinians, and 23% of Indonesians support the enemy who attacked us on 9/11 — what in the name of God are we doing allowing people from these countries to come here at all? If only 57% of the world’s Muslims hold an unfavorable view of Al Qaeda, how can anyone argue that a temporary moratorium is a bad idea?
Donald Trump’s positions have been described as “outrageous” by both the media and the ruling political class — but they’re not outrageous, they’re common sense.
There are a group of Republican voters who insist that they will leave the party if Trump is the nominee. The working class base of the party has remained loyal to the GOP for decades. We’ve accepted that we can’t always get the candidate that we want. But now that we have a chance to pick a candidate that will actually represent our interests, the pampered and arrogant elite who have maintained a stranglehold on the nomination process are threatening to leave the party — or actually campaign against our nominee. We’ve kept the faith in the past and stuck with the party’s poor choices for decades. If you bolt now, we will not be cooperating with you in future elections. If you attempt to destroy our nominee, the base will leave you marginalized for good — you will be as relevant a political force as the Libertarians or the Green Party.
You cannot operate as a major party in the United States without the working class base. You need to accept that you’re not getting your way this time around. If you leave, you’ll find that it’s the base who will survive without the moneyed elite — not the other way around. We can easily replace you with the similarly disaffected voters from the other side of the aisle. You are making an incredibly bad calculation — again.