Honestly, that didn’t hurt to type. It’s just the final acknowledgement of a once fine party dying off with a whimper. As the presumptive Republican candidate flounces to a victory in Indiana, we in Sanity Central can only watch for the coming fiddling fire. I don’t believe Conservatism is dead. I think it’s on hiatus, or hibernating. Years of being told what is good for us has led us down this path. We had a chance with the TEA Party elections in 2010, but those entrenched in the GOP Establishment didn’t take kindly to rubes coming into the Big Tent.
The Big Tent… my word, but what a myth that was. I say “was” because it was completely shattered in 2010. The RNC made sure to hinder several candidates in 2012, and steered the party towards a moderate. As always, the media chose its Republican darling early both in 2008 and 2012. Once they secured the Republican nomination, the media knives came out to destroy them. And this is another lesson not learned: the media is not a friend to conservatives. They elevate the Republican candidate that can be defeated in the general election, always. And if you think it is different this time, you are sadly deluded.
The presumptive Republican nominee is no conservative. He never has been. You may argue that businessmen give to both parties to cover all the bases, but DJT structured his contributions to benefit powerful Democrats in key elections.
He is fond of curtailing the speech of members of the military.
He has wooed people talking about deporting illegals back to their home countries, but has a plan to give legal status to those same illegals after temporary deportation.
He had pledged to eliminate the debt, but since flip-flopped on that pledge.
He wants to raise taxes on “the rich”.
He tells his followers what they wish to hear, because once he is secure in the nomination, he will behave in “a different way”.
He believes 9/11 was worse than the attack on Pearl Harbor, not because more people died, but because “great people” were killed.
He took money meant for rebuilding small businesses after 9/11 and used it for his downtown building, which was not damaged in the attack.
He wants to open libel laws to make it easier for him to sue news organizations.
This is what he is. He has conned his way into power, and those who support him excuse every action at every turn. He even admitted he would run as a Republican because it would be easier to do so (can you say Arlen Spector and Michael Bloomberg? I knew you could!). We have a liberal running on the Democratic ticket, and another liberal running on the Republican ticket. Anger and resentment has led us to this point.
Conservatives see the Constitution as a foundation. Liberals see the Constitution as a barrier. We had a chance to vote for conservatives who would adhere to the Constitution. But promises of a wall and paying the deficit and everything being Great Again sounded like sweet saccharin to the masses. I was taught to be wary of people who made grand promises, because they were difficult to keep. I thought this country learned that in 2008. Apparently I was wrong.