Donald Trump made a horrible misstep when he diluted his position on deporting illegal aliens. It’s been one of the primary reasons that he’s been as successful as he has as a first-time candidate. He seems to have corrected course (mostly), but he’s done his brand some lasting damage. I don’t believe that he can withstand making that mistake again. No matter what the media and the two political parties tell you, this election is all about the specific issues that Donald Trump has put forward — it’s not about the likability or popularity of either candidate.
For years, the two-party system has been failing the American electorate. On one side, we have the Democratic Party who’s packaged itself as the party of the people. They claim to be for higher taxes on rich people and greater benefits and services for everyone else. They’ve been the natural home for progressives, socialists, communists, and leftists of every stripe. They call for greater government powers, more regulation, and bigger budgets.
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.
I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul for years now. They have both proven themselves to be principled conservatives rather than tools of the Party establishment. I started off this election season as a fierce Cruz supporter and dreamed of a Cruz/Paul victory ticket in November. But then Donald Trump showed us that a populist could break the accepted rules and knock the presumed nominee out of the race. He electrified the race in ways that we hadn’t seen on the Republican side in decades.
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.
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.
When Donald Trump watched Megyn Kelly’s return to her show on Monday, he decided to take a few shots at her on Twitter. This caused a bit of blowback from the media, but who else really cares? It won’t cost The Donald a single vote. When Kelly decided to spearhead an attack designed to end Donald’s candidacy she became his political foe. Now she finds herself subject to his Twitter attacks:
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.