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Friday, January 08, 2016

If this is what they do, who needs the Republican Party?



Neo-conservatives make the argument that Donald Trump will destroy the Republican Party.

Cool.

Many people in the Republican Party would consider destroying the party to be icing on the cake. A two-fer, really. Trump builds a wall and destroys the Republican Party at the same time.

Voters have a legitimate beef. In 2010, the Tea Party flipped the House Republican in a historic fashion. The net gain of 63 seats meant nearly a quarter of the party's House membership drank tea, not Kool-Aid. Things went OK for a while. Boehner and company actually shut down the government to force concessions from our socialist president. But then in 2012, Obama played the race card, through a posthumous adoption of Trayvon Martin. Elected to a second term, Obama played hardball, and the Republicans shut down the government again. Things were working well. In 2014, the Tea Party gave Republicans the Senate. And what happened?

Nothing.

Boehner and Mitch McConnell refused to force Obama to veto a damned thing. Not one thing. A full repeal of Obamacare should have been on the president's desk the first day.

The economy is weak. The nation is being overrun by illegal aliens -- as one reader called them, correctly, colonists who want to take over our turf. Putin is now the world's policeman. We gave nuke to Iran, armed the Islamic State, and turned city after city into a hellhole run by Democratic mayors who have made their police departments stand down.

To hell with this. Yes, Republicans are not responsible for all or even most of this.

But where was the denunciation of the Democratic Party's amoral ruination of the country?

Republicans are Clueless in Washington.

The argument that Trump will get Hillary elected does not scare Trump supporters. They are more worried about electing a third Bush or some sellout. They want a Reagan, and guess what? Trump's the closest to Reagan, whom the Republican Establishment hated and still hates today. He brought Those People into the party and ugh, Donald Trump threatens to bring even more in. Virginia Republicans want to wall off independents and Democrats from their primary -- after opening up the primaries. If only Virginia Republicans were as tough on illegal immigrants.

From Peggy Noonan's end-of-the-year column:
If the GOP breaks it will be bitter. The establishment thinks they are saving the party from the vandals — from Trumpian know-nothingism. But Republicans on the ground think those in the establishment were the vandals, with their open borders, donor-class interests and social liberalism.
The distance between the top of the party and the bottom has been growing for years, at least since 2008. The bonds between the two have stretched and stretched, and this year they began to snap. That’s the story of the year, that the snapping became obvious. Mr. Trump and the Trumps of the future are the result, not the cause. The establishment does not see this. They think it’s about him. It’s about them.
Noonan is most famous for writing the six words that destroyed the first Bush presidency: "Read my lips: no new taxes."

It was a filthy, outrageous lie by one of Our Betters. Bush never bought into Reaganism, The first Bush faked it. He deserved the humiliation in 1992.



It is all about the Republican Establishment. Americans sent them to do a job. They didn't.

Republicans promised in 2006 to build a wall. Where the hell is it? Is it on back order? Or did we run out of money, because we have only "borrowed" $13 trillion since Republicans balanced the budget under Clinton.

Americans used to be divided between social classes and income, but increasingly we are divided by education. You have your College Educated people, and you have your Unindoctrinated. Colleges teach many good things, but they also indoctrinate. They flatter people into thinking they are intelligent, while feeding them B.S. about global warming and the like. Instead of advancing the American culture, colleges undermine it with crap such as Man Invented God In The Image Of Man and the Constitution is racist.

And so you have a chasm between the Know-It-Alls and the Know-Nothings, and frankly, the Know-Nothings are tired of the duplicity and the double standards.

In today's column, Noonan wrote: "I do not understand the inability or refusal of Republican leaders to take Mr. Trump seriously. They take his numbers seriously — they can read a poll — but they think, as Mr. Bush said, that his support is all about anger, angst and theatrics. That’s part of the story, but the other, more consequential part has to do with real policy issues. The establishment refuses to see that, because to admit it is to implicate themselves and their leadership. Political consultants can’t see it because they don’t think issues matter — not to them and certainly not to the dumb voters."

But then she added:
But issues do matter, and Mr. Trump has functioned this year not as a great communicator or great compromiser but as the great disruptor. He brags that he has brought up great questions and forced other candidates to face them and sometimes change their stands — and he has. He changed the debate on illegal immigration. He said he’d build a wall and close the border and as the months passed and his competitors saw his surge, they too were suddenly, clearly, aggressively for ending illegal immigration.
Mr. Trump touched an important nerve in opposing the political correctness that has angered the American people for a quarter century. He changed the debate when he asked for a pause in Muslim immigration until America “can figure out what’s going on.” In the age of terror, that looked suspiciously like common sense. Americans do not want America to become what Europe is becoming.
You only have to look at what is reported to have happened in Cologne, Germany, on New Years Eve to get a sense that Europe’s establishment, with its politically correct thinking, is losing control. Angela Merkel is a great lady and most of her leadership has been sound as a drum, but she will probably lose her job eventually because of her epic miscalculation in accepting more than a million Mideastern refugees.
So letting in a million invaders to rape your women is a miscalculation -- an epic miscalculation, but a miscalculation, not a complete and total utter failure to do the basic job of government: Protect the coasts and deliver the posts.

And she is wrong in another way. Trump is an excellent communicator -- or as I call it, salesman. He also is a great compromiser. He cuts deals all the time. Perhaps if Noonan did not hang around with people who openly lie to the public they scorn -- Bush 41 -- she might get that some people still say what they mean. Great Disruptor? Sure. Why not. Things are not going well in this country. It could use a swift kick in the ass.

Trump and Cruz are leading this race because they lead. Call them demagogues, but they lead. They act. They do.

38 comments:

  1. Under our two party system a third party will never be anything but a spoiler.
    The path to power is to seize control of an existing party. The liberals have done so, seizing control of the Democrat party.
    The Republican party eGOP will fight to retain control but as you point out, the Tea Party faction is ascendant.
    My point is that if the voters wrest control of the party from the elites, it will be a new party operating under an old name. And, yes, the voters are ready for a new party. The sGOP has schlonged the voters too many times.
    While Trump is by no means Tea Party, he is not eGOP. Cruz would be better but we will settle for Trump. At least he sounds different from eDem and eGOP.
    -Brad

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    1. We are NOT a 2 party system...we are a Majority-Minority system that includes all Parties allowed for by their various States of origin.

      The article is correct about the Parties at fault. We are to blame for abusing our system...the system is not at fault.

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    3. -Brad, the Whig party would be delighted to hear your analysis.

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    4. Yes they would Rob, as would the Federalists.

      And of course Republicans did not exist until the 1850s.

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    5. Didn't Peggy Noonan vote for Obama in 2008? Excuse me for ignoring her advice on what to do to save the GOP...

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  2. What you say, Don, is spot-on...However, as a conservative, I'm not on the Trump wagon because Trump isn't a conservative...maybe in the same state as a conservative but not in my town...he's a Clinton with better hair and clothes but he's still a statist that wants to us government power to enforce his 'vision' of greatness.

    Unfortunately, much of what I hear includes growing the power of government over the lives of citizens...Has he stated that Obamacare will be killed? Has he offered a vision of how much the Feds should be spending each year? or undo the fascist Homeland Security mess? or recant ALL of Obama's executive orders? How about his idea of a Supreme Court justice?

    I have no interest in placing another Caligula in the White House so neither Clinton nor Trump will get a vote from me.

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    1. After 8 years of Obama, I'd be happy to have a squish who simply believed in the United States. No more apology tours. Pres. Trump would not fight a conservative Congress because Trump isn't an ideologue. On the other hand, consider Trump vs. Putin a pissing contest. Are you sure Trump would be such a disaster?

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    2. yes, yes, yes, least Trump likes America and Americans! Trump 2016!

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    3. The narcissist Trump gets traction because everyone in Washington is a liar--even baby-faced Ryan. He once was Conservative and now he's Boehner without the cigarrettes. I want an administration who can break the big money vote-buying cycle. I know, wishful thinking.

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    4. "After 8 years of Obama, I'd be happy to have a squish who simply believed in the United States. "

      Amen.

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  3. Trump is what happens when there's no longer a choice. It's that simple. Put your hands between your legs.....do you still have your testicles? Then Trump is your man.

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    1. Yep. Got mine. But my first choice is still Carly Fiorina. There just has to be place for someone with her talent and potential on the ticket.

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  4. When you say "Republican Party", you mean what's become a replay of the Whigs.

    And it dying for the same reason and, just as the Republicans were born in an intolerable situation, a new Republican Party will be born.

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  5. Hello Don, it's been a while.

    My guess is that you have totally adopted the "paleo" diet. How else to explain what is clear evidence of Ergot poisoning in your various musings in this post.

    My advice is to just go with the Atkin's instead.

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  6. Perhaps I'm misjudging him, but I see Trump as liberal on most social issues but in favor of small government. That's OK with me. I think that's a decent fit to the current divided state of the union. Most Americans, even conservatives, tend to lean socially liberal or are willing on most issues to "live and let live" as long as they are allowed to live the way they want without having the government pick sides, telling them what they CAN do and what they MUST do. If the government largely keeps out of my private life, then I can accept an accommodation with liberals on most every social issue.

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    1. I'm very conservative, both fiscally and socially.

      I've alway been willing to "live and let live"; it's the leftists that aren't.

      I'm sick and damned tired of having leftists use the FedGov to shove its preferences down America's throat, all the while bleating about "right-wing extremism".

      #Cold Anger
      TRUMP 2016

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    2. You make me want to start to use twitter, just so I can follow that hashtag.
      +1 Like

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  7. Trump is closest to Reagan? Closest to Obama more like it. Perhaps not in policies, but in tactics
    Don't want a RINO? Don't elect someone who was a liberal recently

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    1. I think that was his point.

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  8. Gee, Don, awfully tough on the old gal. I couldn't believe that she actually put this 2 and 2 together, and was proud of it. Sure, she's missing on Merkel, but let Germany handle their business - if they will. The biggest disappointment is that nobody in the consultancy class will let one word of what she's written sink in. I just don't know if the consultants are total dumbasses, in total denial, or both (most likely).

    The Republican have been hell-bent on distancing themselves from their constituency (except at election time) for a good while now, and now they're seeming to get a bellyful of what they thought they wanted.

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  9. I gave up on Noonan years ago. I gave up on the GOPe 2 years ago.

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  10. He brought Those People into the party and ugh, Donald Trump threatens to bring even more in. Virginia Republicans want to wall off independents and Democrats from their primary -- after opening up the primaries.

    Remember Mississippi!

    The NRSC paid for ads against Chris McDaniel after he won the Primary against Thad Cochran. The GOP PAID Democrats to vote for Cochran, to keep McDaniel from winning. "Those people", indeed.

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  11. Instapundit linked this at 11:02PM.

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  12. Let's see now, we had a mortgage meltdown that almost took down our economy (Clinton-Andrew Cuomo), compounded our problems in healthcare with a failed law (Emperor Zero), the Chamber of Commerce wants to keep that law and Republicans do their bidding while telling the rubes they want to repeal it (Boehner-McConnell), sold out our industry for nothing in return (Bush-Clinton-Bush-Zero), bumbled into Iraq for no logical reason (Bush), whiffed on killing Bin Laden when he was handed to us on a silver platter (Clinton), we have three arsonists (Zero, Kerry and Cankles) setting fire to the Middle East, illegal immigration is out of control, abuse of H1B Visas is out of control, we have $19 trillion in debt and the Republicans in Congress just signed another spending bill that will take that debt to $21 trillion.

    And Republicans say we should be afraid of Trump? I'm afraid of the people we have there now.

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    1. your comment succintly captured my disgust, time to get a scrip for Ativan. Trump4me!

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  13. I'm a Cruz supporter, but I'm going to paste in this tweet every chance I get:
    Jeff @EmpireOfJeff tweets:
    "You "conservative" "pundits" still don't get it: Trump isn't our candidate. He's our murder weapon. And the GOP is our victim. We good, now?
    12:25 PM - 14 Aug 2015 "

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  14. Way back in 1992 I sensed something was wrong with the conservative movement. The success of Reagan was attributed to conservatism but as the 90's and 00's came to pass conservative politicians were few and far between. It wasn't until the 10's that I realized that the conservative movement is only about 15% of the GOP as measured by the numbers of house and senate conservatives. Then I thought that Reagan's success may not have been due to his conservatism so much as his nationalism and likability. So, Trump can satisfy those last two attributes and that is why he gets my vote. Cruz on the other hand is neither likable or politically successful. He is a bomb thrower that has squandered his influence in the senate.

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    1. Good God, if only more on the right side were "bomb-throwers." It's the exact reason I'm such a fan of Cruz.Go ahead and take more of the go-along-to-get-along crowd, I've had enough of them. As for Trump, I love what he's doing, but don't trust him as far as I can throw Michael Moore, but that's just me.

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  15. Usually I never read anything even marginally related to Noonan. She does not exists to me. Does she still exist? Don't know. Don't care.

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  16. I always find it interesting hearing why conservatives like or dislike Trump. Though skeptical at first, I think he'd make a great President for one reason that I think few people have latched on to -- namely, that he understands the role of a president as the executor (and not creator of laws), has acknowledged that he wants only to be a chief executive and not a legislator, and provides great examples from his past experience why he has those skills and why those skills will allow him to be successful in getting the most out of the resources available.

    No one ever seems to mention the fact that the president is really not supposed to create the law and/or set rules enforcing his policy agenda. That is why the executive branch is separately elected and not tied to congress (as in Parliamentary systems).

    The founders were very clear in proclaiming that the President is the chief executive officer and, in that role, he is supposed to EXECUTE the laws passed by congress in the most effective and/or efficient manner possible. He is also supposed to be the primary representative of the interests of the American people when dealing with other sovereign nations. It is important that the President focus on this role not just because it is mandated by the constitution, but also because its an incredibly tough job that requires literally all of the presidents energy and efforts.

    Looking closely at Trump's campaign, his lack of specificity when discussing how he would approach certain situations is very telling -- and very different from almost every other candidate (aside from Ben Carson, who also grasps this concept very well). The fact that Trump's agenda is largely "making America great again" is literally the perfect agenda for an executive, because that is his job.

    Any president who lays out a detailed policy agenda with specific rules and laws he wants enacted is, in effect, displaying his complete lack of understanding of the job he is seeking. A president must be a great communicator, a great listener, a quick study, a shrewd decision-maker and, above all else, an inspirational leader.

    To the extent a president has aspirations to make laws, he should run for congress or become a lobbyist. Any candidate with a comprehensive agenda as to what he is going to do 2 years from now with information not currently available to him (or her) also shows a lack of judgment, trustworthiness and a general willingness to deceive the public. The fact that Trump campaigns largely about his skills on the campaign trail and his past record of those skills helping him succeed, while leaving the details of his theories about policy to white papers available online is ideal.

    This mix of job qualifications and general positions on the role of government and an understanding of what works and what doesn't when running an organization is what our country desperately needs and is precisely what we have been unable to find within the existing political class.

    Trump is great at getting things done -- whatever needs to get done. He also projects confidence and optimism in himself and those around him. He makes people want to work to make things better and by using the term "Great" he sets a goal that attacks no one, no idea, and which literally no one can find disagreeable.

    Anyway, just my two thoughts -- particularly on how supporting Trump for the role of president doesn't necessarily have to entail agreeing with his point of view on all issues.

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  17. I honestly am baffled by this piece. Noonan writes: "Mr. Trump and the Trumps of the future are the result, not the cause. The establishment does not see this. They think it’s about him. It’s about them." And Surber says, SHE'S WRONG: "Noonan gets this wrong, too. It is all about the Republican Establishment. Americans sent them to do a job. They didn't." But she DID say it was about the Establishment. Basic reading comprehension: " It’s about them." So he's barking at her for agreeing with him. Pretty bad writing.
    FWIW, I agree with Noonan AND Surber that the Establishment is the problem. But Trump is a terrible solution - fighting Obama's caesaro-presidency with our own Caesar is absolutely daft. It's like watching the fall of the Roman Republic, and Trump is the 'defender' of the republic who will deliver its death blow.

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    1. Thank you. Fixed. I meant to write she is right and missed it on the proofing

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  18. The options are: Trump for the final act of the Train Wreck making the end of the Republic, or Cruz to put that off a few years.

    But,Cruz is too honest a man to treat the progressives - left and right - as they need to be treated. He cares about the Rule of Law.

    Trump otoh, knows how the Progs "emote" and is just as happy to give them a wedgie as not. To be honest, Trump is Obama when it comes to practice, but as he is to the right of Obama (which is not hard to do) he will run rough shod over Democrats and GOPe - and what cvan they say? "That's not constitutional unless Obama does it"? (well, yes, they will. Democrat Operatives with by-lines)

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  19. the same peggy who endorsed barryboy .... she needs to go away

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