Wednesday, March 9, 2016

GOP Establishment vs the Voter

The GOP seems to be alienating the Republican voters. It seems logical that when one party doesn’t perform, they lose seats or even their majority. In the first two years of the Clinton administration, the economy suffered, growing at an anemic 2.4% after having grown at 4.6% the final quarter of George H. W. Bush’s term. Clinton promised middle class tax cuts in the campaign of 1992 but after being elected, on a February night, in an address from the oval office, Clinton said that after some very hard work he just couldn’t provide the middle class tax cut.

Following the scandals (whitewater, travelgate and the death of Vince Foster) along with the attempted take over of the health care system with Hillarycare, the Republicans, under the leadership of Newt Gingrich put together the Contract With America and took over the House and Senate in 1994’s election.  

After continued spending and an attempt at immigration reform that failed due to Americans calling in to Washington to protest it, the Republicans lost their majority in the House in 2007. The collapse of the economy the following year, led to the election of Barack Obama for the presidency in 2008. He immediately pushed a stimulus package that did nothing but increase the unemployment rate above 10% (and begin the Tea Party) and sent the money for the stimulus to his friends in the Democrat party and their supporters, and the passage of Obamacare in the spring of 2010,the House returned to the Republicans in 2010.

In 2014, the Republicans also took over the Senate as Obamacare was beginning to kick in. Instead of defunding it, they funded it. They passed a budget to Obama’s liking, although not to the countries liking. To their credit, they did vote to repeal Obamacare, but it was vetoed by the President and they did not attempt to override his veto.

The Republicans were elected to the House and Senate to offset the onslaught of the President and the Democrats. Instead of following through on their promises, they walked nearly in lockstep with the President.

Now it’s 2016. The voters are fed up. They intend to take their country back. It’s very clear that the establishment Republicans were not interested in the voters. They were interested in their own positions. 17 Republicans decided to run for the Presidency. Three of them were “outsiders”. Carly Fiorina, who was arguably the best debater. Dr. Ben Carson, probably one of the mildest mannered and brilliant men of this country and Donald Trump, a successful, bombastic businessman with no humility about his accomplishments in business.

My own personal choice was Carly Fiorina. She was direct, forceful, extremely knowledgeable, not afraid to take it directly to Hillary, and excellent at debating and hopped right on the planned parenthood issue when the videos came out. Donald Trump joined the field last June. He hit the right issues in a loud and boisterous way. Illegal immigration, political correctness and his confidence in his ability to solve the trade deficit. He was also crude, rude and never timid.

The success of Fiorina, Trump and Carson led others to realize that the road to the White House was to be paved for the one that is an outsider. So Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz declared themselves outsiders.

Rubio looked and sounded good, but he has a problem. The gang of eight. He was a part and pushed for amnesty. Then it came out that as Speaker in Florida, he blocked legislation from coming up to rein in illegal immigration and pushed for lower tuition for illegal immigrants. Now he says he learned from it, and we need to secure the borders. Unfortunately, he adds the word “first” to it ,then continues on saying once we have secured the border and proven to the American people that we’re enforcing the law, he’s sure the Ameican people would be happy to engage in a conversation about the rest. The “rest” being amnesty. This is not an outsider. This is an establishment candidate. He ran as a tea party member to get the Senate seat, now he’s establishment. So I’m happy to see him failing and soon to be eliminated.

Cruz is probably the most conservative, but he’s also a first term Senator and not liked within the Senate. We’ve already had a first term senator as President. We’re replacing him in the fall. Given the choice between he and Trump, I guess I'd prefer Cruz. 

Now word comes out about a secret meeting in silicon valley by the establishment on how to thwart Trump. Their apparent selected choice to get behind is Marco Rubio. Some of those in attendance were, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he "cannot support Donald Trump." 

Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).
This is according to the Huffington Post and the Washington Post.

The establishment is getting a resounding denunciation from the voters across the country but they are trying to thwart the will of the voters by negating their choices to put their own up. For what? The good of the country or for the good of themselves? Did they learn nothing in 2014 when David Brat beat Eric Cantor, the leader of the Republicans in the House from Virginia?

We now have two leading candidates for President. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. It’s appearing more and more as though Trump will win the nomination. But the establishment wants to put up Rubio or someone else rather than the two leading candidates that are being chosen repeatedly by the people. Any one of the 17 original candidates could have beaten Hillary Clinton in the fall. But these actions by the establishment and members of the press could very well hand the election to Hillary. If that happens, we may never get a chance again to be the country the founding fathers intended when they put together this country and created the constitution! If Hillary is beaten by the Republican, whomever he may be, the establishment ought to thank Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, because his victories are the only thing saving the Republicans from dealing with an onslaught from Hillary right now.

Under Hillary, the Supreme Court will be changed next January. Political correctness will be the law of the land. Illegal immigrants will pour across the border in even greater numbers creating a new voting block for Democrats that will never be corrected and terrorism will come full force to this country.

I have no idea if Trump will be a loose cannon as president, or if he will turn out to be another former Democrat, Ronald Reagan and actually accomplish much good for this country. But we DO know what happens if it’s President Hillary. Ash trays will again learn to fly. The White House will become a brothel and the country will be so far in debt in two years that we’ll never recover.

Mitt Romney, Megan McCain, and others that say they’ll not vote for Trump if he’s the nominee had better look past their own selfish desires and start considering the goo of country. Or hey, here’s an idea. Trust the people that actually elect who THEY want rather than dictate to them what they should do.

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