WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 — This 2016 presidential campaign is different from any other. On the Democrats’ side, through the use of super delegates, their likely candidate has been selected by party leaders, although she may not be legally permitted to run. On the Republican side, the entire party establishment wants anyone except Donald Trump. It’s time for the GOP to embrace the people’s choice.
Having followed presidential campaigns for more than 40 years, we find that this campaign is indeed unique. It is the first time that well-respected politicians and commentators are not directly endorsing a candidate but are rather issuing negative endorsements where they argue for the voters to select anyone but Trump. Usually, at this point, supporters give reasons why a candidate is worthy of election rather than why a candidate is not worthy.
Perhaps this phenomenon will be known as the “Trump effect.” Established Republican leaders are accustomed to providing financial support to the candidate of their choice, which usually results in that candidate being nominated. Because Trump has run a very successful campaign without needing financial support, the establishment has lost control of the nominating process.
Trump can use his own money to campaign. Surprisingly he has used very little money so far. This is mostly because he already has strong name recognition, so he doesn’t have to spend money to get his name out. Also, he is a master at getting results as efficiently as possible, so he uses low cost or free social media.
Trump is also able to correctly read the needs of the population. More importantly, he is not afraid to say what it is on the minds of voters, even if those thoughts are not politically correct. On immigration, for instance, many people are so frustrated by the Federal government’s lack of action, that they just wish the government would round up the illegals and deport them.
Even though few believe that could actually happen, Trump says that is exactly what he would do if elected. He says he will round them all up and deport them, even though he knows he probably can’t do that.
Many Americans feel frustrated by the current administration’s “turn the other cheek” approach to foreign policy. For the past seven years, America gets slapped in the face, turns the other cheek and then gets slapped again. America turns the other cheek again and continues to get slapped. At some point it’s time to hit them back.
At a recent Trump rally, an elderly supporter punched a protestor. While this action was not justified, certainly improper and even illegal, the public has not responded negatively. Even though most supporters knew it was wrong, it seemed to symbolically relieve their frustrations as they likely felt that someone has finally struck back.
Americans are fed up with political correctness. They want someone to tell them the truth and to tell it without sugar-coating it. Donald Trump has done just that. America appears to be losing its greatness primarily because government policy has placed the needs of minorities ahead of the needs of the majority. This approach inevitably leads to America becoming a mediocre country instead of America being great. Trump wants to make America great again.
It’s time for the Republican establishment to move over and let the new Republicans gain control. The establishment wants a very conservative Republican party in all areas. The new Republicans want conservative fiscal principles, but want a more common sense approach to other issues where moderation may fit better than true conservatism.
At a time when the Democratic party has moved too far to the left and the Republican Party has moved too far to the right, Republicans and most Americans want leadership that is conservative when necessary and tolerant when appropriate. Trump fits that description.
It is always difficult for those in power to pass the torch to the next generation. But the time has come for that to happen. Republican voters have clearly spoken with Trump winning about two thirds of the state primaries and caucuses held thus far. Trump will lead the new Republicans. Already he has attracted record numbers to the polls and some independents and Democrats to the Republican party.
It’s time for the GOP to embrace the people’s choice and halt the party establishment’s futile attempts to deny Trump the nomination.
*Cartoon by Branco. Reprinted with permission and by arrangement with LegalInsurrection.