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Commentary: Establishment politicians’ true colors

Written By | Aug 4, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 2, 2016 – One after another, members of the Republican establishment have joined many on the left in criticizing and trashing their own presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. This past week of defections is reminiscent of a biblical story about the devil. Splash a cup of holy water on him, the story goes, and he’ll recoil in pain as if he’s burned.

America’s political establishment, the ones who’ve had things just about their way for many years now, seems to be acting like that devil. When candidate Trump and his non-politically correct supporters splash truth serum in their direction, they shrink back in horror.

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Trump’s observations about their self-serving, club-ish management of the country by the left and right, seem to have hit a nerve. The response has been to circle the wagons around their gated mansions and champagne lives to repel the outsider.

Normally at each other’s throats, this time it’s all hands on deck to keep this outside invader away from the hallowed gates of the Washington Beltway establishment.

Today Congressman Rick Santorum, R-Pa., was asked by Fox News about Republicans who are announcing their departure from the Trump camp, remarked that an exodus has been happening all along.

Santorum opined that these Republican defectors’ views have grown to be more in tune with Democratic positions anyway.

According to Santorum, candidate Trump’s “shake ‘em up” style has focused the public’s attention as he serves as voters’ own personal envoy and catalyst for real, meaningful change within their party. Santorum called what is going on in this volatile electoral season as nothing less than a total realignment of the Republican Party.

The new populism being experienced by Republicans was evidenced in the Bernie Sanders candidacy on the left as well. An aging socialist from the tiny state of Vermont gave the establishment candidate Hillary Clinton fits to the very end of her primary season. She and her fellow Democrats at the Democratic National Committee seemed blind-sided by the populist’s support over her own.

Even long-time conservatives could tell that Bernie was lit by the fires of truth and firm belief. What he was selling was fervent and real, unlike the manicured and re-tressed “New Hillary.”

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But, having successfully dispatched Bernie back to Vermont, Clinton and her DNC pals still must deal with that other populist, Trump. Conventional tactics are proving difficult to employ against this self-made politician.

Establishment Republicans, who did not create the candidate in the first place and therefore cannot destroy him, can attest to his populist powers.

They may not like them, but they can attest to them.

Finally, the little guy has a voice.

Do the establishment, left, right and major media like that?

Not on your life!

Their ox is being gored, their rice bowls are being smashed. Political correctness is being stood on its head. Business as usual is being threatened. Real fear is gripping the establishment in and around the nation’s capital and the mainstream media.

This week, President Obama joined his outraged establishment fellows to save his own legacy and attack the Hun, the Democrat- labeled “vulgarian” Trump:

“He is woefully unprepared,” Obama said, in a news conference with Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong. It was not the first time our president has brought partisan bickering onto the world stage. Recall his apology tours when he first took office.

The president implored Republicans to un-endorse him and asked what it says about the Republican party that Trump is their standard-bearer.

“This isn’t an ‘episodic’ gaffe, this is daily and weekly,” Obama said. Obama called on Republicans to repudiate and condemn the party’s nominee.

“There has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world,” Obama continued.

“There has to be a point in which you say this is somebody I can’t support for president of United States. There has to be a point in which you say ‘enough.’

“I recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or Hillary Clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreign policy,” Obama continued. “But you know, there have been Republican presidents with whom I disagreed, but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president.”

Teaming up with his colleagues on the right, Obama added, “he is woefully unprepared.”

“This is not just my opinion. What’s been interesting has been the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans. Including the speaker of the House, the majority leader, prominent Republicans like John McCain.

“The question they have to ask themselves is, if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you will endorsing him? What does this say about your party, that this is your standard-bearer?”

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To all those who fear their comfortable, business-as-usual lives ebbing away, if Trump were to achieve high office, the populists finally have a voice that’s asking, What have you been doing in our name? Have you dispensed with Islamic terrorism? Have you faithfully brought our debt under control? Will you ever answer for your rampant corruption and political feather bedding? How exactly does someone in public service her entire life, as Hillary Clinton has been, manage to achieve billionaire status?

Does the U.S. government pay all that well?! Really?

Donald Trump, the man who took his inheritance and parlayed it into a construction empire, oddly sees the true Americans more clearly than any other candidate in recent history. He sees the coal miners and steel workers, the displaced auto workers and the veterans.

He has hired women and minorities in his businesses, not because he has to, but because he sees value in their abilities.

He is taking on the beast that is the establishment. His political skills need honing, but he is a fighter. He is our fighter. And at this point in our history, as the constitution is being killed by a thousand blows, a fighter is sorely needed.

To the establishment and all of their sweetheart deals, we say, “We don’t need no stinkin’ banana republic.”

And to the strong man now in the arena, we say, “Fight on, populist leader. Fight on.”

Karen Hagestad Cacy

Karen Hagestad Cacy, of Colorado Springs, is a former Washington speechwriter and transportation lobbyist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA degree in Russian and Middle East Studies from Portland State University (and American University in Cairo.) Her four novels are available on She is also the author of two plays.