WASHINGTON, August 21, 2017 — The election of Donald Trump was a seminal moment in the life of the Republican Party. Its base effectively dumped the party’s two remaining factions: the conservative and moderate (Republicans-in-name-only) wings.
All one has to do is read conservative journals like National Review and The Weekly Standard to see that the intellectualoid guardians of conservatism are displeased with the orange iconoclast in the Oval Office.
He, they insist, does not abide by “conservative principles.”
Since his election last November, President Trump has placed a constitutional originalist on the U.S. Supreme Court, rescinded President Obama’s job-killing and immigration executive orders and attempted to lead congressional Republicans into fulfilling their promise made nearly a decade ago to repeal dictatorial Obamacare.
This is certainly more than so-called “principled” conservatives have been able or willing to accomplish in more than a decade.
When “principled” GOP Senators, with Vietnam war hero John McCain among them, failed to repeal Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cynically told the press,
“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before. And I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.”
Trump was hardly “excessive.” After all, it was only a short six years after the GOP’s founding in 1854 that its second presidential nominee, Abraham Lincoln, sat in the White House. And only eleven years after its founding, Radical Republicans voted to pass the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending forever the institution of slavery.
When conservative and establishment Republicans talk about “principle,” it rings hollow. The GOP has devolved considerably from its days as a political party that prized freedom and was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Its early 20th century progressive deviation, which also infects its so-called Democrat opposition, rejects the fundamental principle of “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” and instead embraces the notion that a governing elite knows best how to manage the lives of those it considers its subjects.
It was conservative Dough Elmets, who served as an aide to President Ronald Reagan, that supported Hillary Clinton for president. It was Richard Hanna, establishment Republican representative from New York, that was the first GOP House member to openly support Mrs. Clinton’s White House bid. Other GOPers did so indirectly by distancing themselves from Trump.
This is why GOP conservatives and establishmentarians alike, progressive Democrats and their friends in the mainstream media, have been in a constant state of hyperventilation since “The Donald” defeated Hillary Clinton.
Last November’s outcome was a clear signal that voters – if not conservative journals, columnists, and Fox News – have had their fill with the phony conservative-liberal, left-right debate.
That’s because, as Abraham Lincoln said, “It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong – throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle.”
There is no left or right, only right and wrong. Only the truth and lies.
It’s worth remembering that Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped in the design of Obamacare, said the health care monstrosity’s complexity was “really, really critical” in preventing “the stupidity of the American voter” from interfering with its passage.
To further anesthetize the American people, President Obama added, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”
And, as we all know, that lie helped push Obamacare over the top.
Back in 2014, as the American electorate was poised to give Republicans control of the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell told the press,
“It’s no secret that every one of my [GOP] members thinks Obamacare was a huge legislative mistake. If I had the ability, obviously I’d get rid of it.”
And, as we all know, that lie helped push Republicans over the top.
GOP voters are discovering the truth in what philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once said: “The worst part about being lied to is knowing you weren’t worth the truth.”