The vast majority of Americans could not possibly be unaware of the unprecedented events and unprecedented conduct of the candidates, shaping the 2016 campaign for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States. The campaign has been covered by news media nearly to the saturation level, not only in print, radio and television, but in this 21st Century digital age, through the internet websites, blogs, e-mail, text, twitter and various social media. By June 16, 2015, with the entry of Donald Trump into the G.O.P. fray, there were, incredibly, seventeen aspirants, many highly qualified, and three prominent candidates who never held public office.
Vast amounts of conversation both in print and the spoken word have established the existence within the Republican Party electorate and the American people as a whole, a level of anger, frustration, fear and outrage that has not existed in this nation since the eve of our Great Civil War in 1860. As perhaps a majority of the G.O.P. electorate is aware, intra-party fighting between “the establishment” representing “moderates” and “the outsiders” or “conservatives” has escalated into full-scale intra-party warfare. The split between these warring factions within the Republican Party has become so severe that a political realignment in which the G.O.P. is either radically reformed or self-destructs, to be replaced by a new party, has evolved from “possible” to “likely” unless bold action is taken immediately. Furthermore, if a new party is needed to save our nation, “so be it”!
In the present Republican Party, the “center-right” or “moderate” faction dominates the “establishment leadership” in Washington, D.C. and has become perceived by the rank-and-file G.O.P. electorate as so liberal and so beholden to the “wealthy, corporate elite” that conservatives refer to them with the derisive term, “RINO”; “Republican-in-Name-Only”. The ever-widening split in the party could clearly be observed in the midterm elections of 2010 and even more so in the election of 2014. Within only a few months into 2015, it became obvious that the “Establishment” in Washington, D.C. and the Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress were doing absolutely nothing to oppose President Obama’s dangerous, destructive and lawless policies, and voters, realizing they had been sorely betrayed, became absolutely furious.
The smoldering anger of tens of millions of American conservatives manifested first in the Tea Party, and in local and state elections across the nation officeholders felt voter anger and rebellion in sweeping Republicans into scores of state and local offices formerly held by Democrats. By the midterm election of 2014, solid G.O.P. majorities controlled the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, yet the spring months of 2015 brought the maddening, milquetoast, cowardly retreat from the tyrannical actions of Mr. Obama. In 2015 Mr. Obama proceeded to again go after our freedoms in the Bill of Rights, including the right to bear arms, the rights of free speech and association, freedom of religion, forcing the gay rights agenda down the throats of Christians and traditional-marriage voters, and fomenting civil unrest in African-American communities nationwide. The G.O.P. majority in Congress did meanwhile, did absolutely nothing and clearly became as irrelevant in 2015-16 as the Whig Party became irrelevant in 1853-55. In the Summer of 2015, tempers flared, anger turned to rage and the simmering electoral teapot boiled over.
Just as the Whig Party of 1854 would disappear and be replaced by 1856 by the new Republican Party led by Abraham Lincoln, today’s “Establishment Republican Party” in 2016 is, in the opinion of this writer and tens of millions of other American conservatives, to be self-destructing and fading away, to be replaced by a new political party of “Constitutional Conservatives”. In both cases, regarding the Whigs in 1854 and the Republican Party of 2016, the root cause is total disconnect between the will and wishes of the electorate and the callous, elitist disregard of the voters’ strong message by the Republican-led United States Congress. The infamous Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court in 1857 “slapped the anti-slavery Abolitionists in the face” and served to further the anger and energize the new Republican Party. The equally infamous Obergefell decision by the Supreme Court in 2015 “slapped at least 150 million Christian and believers in traditional marriage in the face” and threw tens of millions of pro-traditional marriage votes in at least 25 states on a perverted ash heap at the foot of the alter of left-wing tyranny.
By that time, June 26, 2015, Donald Trump had announced his candidacy for President, and was taking over the lead in most G.O.P. political polls. Defying most, if not all, of the conventional wisdom and tactics of successful political campaigning, Mr. Trump catapulted into the front-running position this past summer to the complete astonishment of “Beltway Insiders”, the “G.O.P. Establishment” and the majority of the other candidates. Tapping into the anger, frustration, fear and outrage of millions of voters who put Republicans in office in Congress and across our nation between 2010 and 2014,- to no avail,- Mr. Trump blasted Republicans and said, even if clumsily, crudely and even profanely, exactly what was in the minds and mindset of those millions of Republicans and apparently, many independents and some Democrats, as well. Despite the unconventional and normally unwise style of bragging, sarcastic attacks, vulgarities, rank inconsistency in his policy statements, an obvious lack of requisite knowledge and sophistication on issues both foreign and domestic, Mr. Trump has managed to win 10 of the first 15 state nomination contests. It is a real-life testament to the stark reality of a near-fatal schism in the Republican Party, as well as a near-fatal schism in America.
The more Trump savagely attacked Washington D.C. as well as his competitors for the nomination in belittling, petty sounding excoriations, Trump’s popularity rose, and is explained by his well-timed and boisterous brand of populism. Seeing a vacuum in the Republican Party between the demand for strong and immediate action against failing Marxism, Pro-Islamist, Tyranny in the Obama administration and the flailing, sheepish, inexcusable cowardice and inaction by the Republican Congressional majority, Donald Trump quickly belted out some crude but attention-grabbing sound bytes boldly suggesting to voters that finally, someone would mount a white horse, grab a sword, and get it on with the “Darth Vaders” in Washington and beyond! Open borders, killing our national identity and culture, contributing to the growing terrorist threat on American soil, depressing the job market, wages and the already depressed economy, and draining the very life from the nation’s treasury in trillions of dollars in unearned, undeserved welfare benefits were gut-level issues which Mr. Trump immediately seized upon with a vengeance. Understandably he immediately raised the hopes of millions of disenfranchised Republican voters and raised the hair on the backs of necks among Washington’s elite and establishment Republicans. As stated this week by Pat Buchanan, and demonstrated openly by Mitt Romney on Thursday in Utah and score or more of endorsements for and against Trump by prominent establishment Republicans, the G.O.P. is in full panic mode.
The 2016 G.O.P. election year primary season has, by virtue of full scale voter rebellion against do-nothing politicians amidst a damaged and dying America, produced a frontrunner with zero experience in public office, with virtually no policy platform other than anti-illegal immigration, anti-free trade and vagaries about ending stupidity in Washington. His free-swinging, braggart style of tirades, insults, name-calling and constant belittling of other candidates, has changed the traditional rules of engagement to the point that “debates” are little more than bar room brawls, shouting matches and petty bickering. As of this week, Mr. Trump’s antics as well as his widely perceived emotional instability, lack of experience, lack of knowledge and thus unfit to hold the nuclear suitcase and unfit for the most powerful and difficult job in the world-the American Presidency – both “Establishment” and “Conservative Insurgent” Republicans are desperate to stop him at any cost. That “cost” is something many prominent Republicans are openly discussing; a disastrous loss to Hillary Clinton in November, as well as the destruction of the Republican Party.
This writer, a “Constitutional Conservative from deep in heart of Texas” unabashedly advocates and believes that only a Constitutional Conservative candidate from within the Republican Party winning the nomination, is not only the sole path to saving the Conservative Cause, but that the current Republican Party may not even be worth saving and we would be better served by the emergence in 2017 of the first brand-new political party since 1854. Not only is the nomination and election of a Constitutional Conservative in 2016, and the reformation of the party under the new Constitutional Conservative Umbrella by 2017-18 the sole path to the defeat of the deadly and evil Obama/Clinton agenda, but is in all likelihood the sole path to saving and restoring the United States of America.
The Holy Bible, in II Corinthians 3:17, says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”.
As Mr. Trump says, in spite of his many and dangerous shortcomings, we must “ Make America Great Again”. To accomplish that challenging work, even with a Constitutional Conservative in the White House, is a daunting task, for which we will need to fervently pray for the presence and guidance of the “Spirit of our Lord”.
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