The “GOP Establishment” paints itself a victim of Donald Trump. However, there are no victims, not outside the context of force or fraud.
The GOP Establishment consists of most of the people who hold elected office in that party. It consists of the endless parade of Bushes and the decades-long office holders such as Mitch McConnell and John McCain. It includes the hapless, compulsively compromising and unprincipled-on-principle losers such as Bob Dole, Mitt Romney, and even the two term winning George W. Bush, whose lasting legacy, for such a miserable presidency, was a nearly unendurable 8 years of Barack Obama. It consists of their media handlers, such as Fox News’ Karl Rove, who have made lucrative careers out of helping these people lose, or – when they win – making those victories meaningless. It consists of awful, dishonest little hypocrites like current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who seeks a 40-hour work week to comfortably take his place in the transfer-of-wealth mecca known (disgracefully considering its namesake) as Washington DC.
This is neither a defense nor a condemnation of Donald Trump. It’s simply a fact: The Republican Party ignored its voters, for decades, and their voters are now fighting back. Donald Trump is the form that anger takes. To a lesser extent, candidates such as Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have done the same thing, with different styles, but for the same valid reasons.
These spineless, petty little absurdities in the GOP Establishment who run around and talk about Donald Trump as the next Adolf Hitler were nowhere to be found as Barack Obama ran the country into the ground. Why so upset over Trump’s alleged or potential fascism with little or no concern over Barack Obama’s very real fascism? John Boehner, when Speaker of the House, gave Obama nearly everything he demanded; his successor, Paul Ryan, gave Obama more than Obama ever dreamed. And it’s only Congress who can spend the money! You think they’d be at least as concerned with the neo-fascist Hillary Clinton becoming president as Donald Trump becoming president; instead, some of these hapless twits suggest they will vote for Hillary Clinton if Donald Trump is nominated. Now do you believe there never really was a second party?
Again, I’m no apologist for Donald Trump. I love that he hates Islam, because I love rationality, liberty and the non-negotiable separation of church and state. I love that he hates career politicians, because I love the concept of limited government where we elect officials whose primary purpose in life is something other than acquiring power for its own sake. I have no idea what Donald Trump loves, but at least he hates the right things, which is more than I can say for the GOP Establishment. The GOP Establishment seems to love nothing more than being liked and accepted by their morally tiny little socialist colleagues who control the agenda and the levers of power in our nation’s capital, not to mention much of academia and the media. In their hearts, they all seem to know that Bernie Sanders is–on their premises, at least–right.
Ayn Rand, who said more things well than I will ever be able to count, was (in my view) speaking of today’s GOP Establishment when she wrote:
“There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.”
By sitting on both sides of the fence, the people who run the Republican Party brought this all on themselves. If you like Donald Trump, you can celebrate any victory he might have. If you despise him, you can reflect on the fact that the GOP Establishment got exactly what it deserved. Win or lose with Donald Trump, that party is over. And it deserves to be.