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.
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.
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.
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.