Many will look at this situation and say, “So? What’s big deal?” Honestly folks, I do not see it that way. We have to remember that Trump is sitting down with the Establishment Republicans—the very group that comprises the majority of RINOs in Congress. These are the same people who have been selling out to Obama and Company since before they took over the majority position in both chambers. What do you think they are going to demand of Donald Trump in exchange for their support?
Messrs. Ryan and McConnell are afraid that Trump will alienate too many on the Republican side to win the presidency, despite having won the necessary delegates to capture the nomination—and having won them handily. They must be quite pleased with the status quo in Washington, and here comes Mr. Trump threatening to upset the apple cart. After all, if Mr. Trump represented the status quo, would he be the presumptive nominee? Probably not.
No doubt Mr. Trump—like any potential nominee—will have to soften his stance a bit and move toward the center to broaden his appeal beyond the Republican base. That is nothing new. But, if he softens it too much, he will lose those who have supported him thus far. Look at the ponies the Republicans trotted out in the last two presidential elections: McCain and Romney were either moderates or ”inoffensively Republican” to say the least. And what happened? They both got their butts handed to them. Do Ryan and McConnell want Trump to embrace the same mealy-mouthed attitude in order to gain their support? Now, there’s a winning strategy!
Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell can make all the speeches they want peppered with lovely phrases about standing up for America and promoting the conservative viewpoint in Washington but, ultimately, their actions speak louder than their words. Words are cheap if one does not expend the effort to make them a reality. Now some certainly may not like Trump’s demeanor, his personality, his approach, etc., but he does have the moxie to step up and say that our nation is being destroyed, that capitalism is under attack, and that our country truly is headed in a direction that will undermine the freedom and opportunity of our children, grandchildren, and beyond. Apparently such talk makes Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell very nervous and unsettled, being the “true conservatives that they claim to be.
When Trump is asked what he would do immediately upon assuming the presidency, he is clear: close the border, build up our military, and take care of our vets. On his first day he indicates he will repeal and replace ObamaCare and “rip up” the Iran deal. Sounds like a busy first day. It is no secret that the conservative voter feels betrayed—one has only to look at what has transpired since Republicans were given the House and the Senate in 2014: the Iran deal, Obama’s executive actions on immigration, passage of the omnibus. . .in short, nothing changed, we just got more of the same. And now the “chickens have come home to roost” for a party whose members overwhelmingly chose to take care of their careers rather than their constituents.
Certainly we need to see Mr. Trump adopt a more “presidential” tone, but it must not be at the expense of conservative principles. Too long we have tolerated the current going along to get along attitudes in Washington. If we give Trump the job to serve us as president, it will be because we expect him to charge in there and change the way things are done. Trump has indicated he is a man of action. We can only hope. We can hope he builds the wall. We can hope he halts Muslim immigration until we have a system in place to vet who is coming in. We can hope he dismantles ObamaCare. But, if he sells out now, we can only expect more of the same. And if that is the case, at least Ryan and McConnell will be very happy.
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