The real attitudes
of the Republican Party are now on full display, courtesy of Donald Trump. McConnell's "we need to deny Obama a second
term", "only in cases of legitimate rape", and Romney's "the 47%" are stark examples
of those attitudes. Traditionally,
Republicans have feigned outrage. "Not
us" they say. "Racism is abhorrent, and
we value inclusion and diversity" they say.
But Trump is now an open reflection of what the party establishment has always
espoused. To wit: immigrants are bad for
America, a source of crime and a cause of inner city strife. Women's
reproductive health rights should be restricted because Roe v. Wade violates
our Christian principles. Poor people
are lazy and undeserving of social assistance.
If you're undereducated, it's your own fault even if inner city schools
are strangled for lack of resources. Unions
inflate wages and make American industries non-competitive. Rich people are industrious, deserving of
their wealth, and will fuel economic development that will benefit the working
class by giving them new jobs.
Government itself is the enemy, as it hamstrings those same rich people
with overbearing regulations that stifle development. The President is a liar who hates
America. The hypocritical outrage that
is now coming from the Republican establishment is breathtaking.
have tried to spin their way out of these realities. But what's really causing angst among the
Republican Party apparatchik is that in order to disavow Trump, they must
simultaneously abandon the attitudes upon which their party brand is built. So, the party is faced with a poor choice of either
immediate self-immolation or a "death of a thousand cuts." They can reject Trump, post up Cruz or Rubio
and in the short term, risk losing the 2016 election, because polls show
neither Cruz nor Rubio to be electable in November. They would cling stubbornly to old worn out
methods and ideologies, and risk moving further out of touch with the attitudes
of a rapidly changing demographic. Alternately,
they can support Trump, in which case, he represents a clear break from party tradition,
and the party simply blows up and changes instantly. Whichever way it goes, and whether or not
they are successful in denying Trump the nomination, the party will never be
the same. Further, it's a change that's
long overdue. But, Trump isn't the
cause. He's the symptom, a result of
policies and practices initiated by the Republican Party long ago.
We need a
vibrant, intelligent, respectful, and rational two-party system in
America. Hopefully, this year's election
cycle will be a catalyst for the changes needed to move us in that direction.
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