Defending itself against claims of fixing the race, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is claiming total neutrality and citing the need for a contingency plan should no candidate obtain a clear majority to win the nomination. Nevertheless, these meetings only included select individuals as well as some who represent current nomination seekers. Representatives of Mr. Trump’s campaign were not in attendance and it is unclear if anyone from his camp was invited. Clearly the RNC is intent on having Jeb Bush as the nominee even though Bush has never led in the polls. But, like the two previous Republican nominees who failed to win the presidency, the RNC feels compelled to tell us who the best choice would be.
Previously, Donald Trump smoked the peace-pipe with the RNC leadership and received assurances that he would get a fair shake in the race—just like any other candidate for the job. Of course at the time, the RNC was convinced that Trump was just a short-lived phenomenon who would soon drop off into Never Never Land. Obviously, that has not happened and Trump’s momentum continues unabated with other candidates like Jeb Bush holding on in the single digits. Now the RNC is desperate and running out of time. They have to find a way to stop him. Consequently, the RNC is out to stab Trump in the political back and use his commitment not to run as an independent against him. This is an underhanded move, to say the least.
Fear breeds strange bedfellows and Donald Trump strikes fear in the hearts of many. If he is to win the presidency in 2016, Trump will have to fight Republicans, Democrats, the White House, and the media to do it. Ironically—and for once—all of them are on the same side: working to get rid of Trump. In addition, RNC insiders believe that a true conservative cannot win elections. Therefore, they consistently back middle-of-the-road candidates who they hope will appeal to Hispanics, Blacks, and a majority of the independent voters. With Messrs. McCain and Romney, we saw how well that strategy played out.
I am a conservative and, up till now, the Republican Party has been where I would cast my vote for conservative representation. In the most recent elections, however, that seems to have changed— not so much because we elected the wrong people, but because the establishment Republicans (or RINO’s, if you prefer), have neutered their efforts to represent the people who elected them. In 2014 Republicans won the Senate, giving them control of both houses of the Congress, and still they cannot seem to block Obama or advance a conservative agenda. Conventional wisdom blamed the feckless John Boehner assisted by his sidekick Mitch McConnell, but Boehner stepped down and his replacement, Paul Ryan, similarly has not shown any appetite for leading the conservative charge.
Conservatism has been abandoned by the Republican Party because the leadership does not believe conservative principles can win. Republican strategist Karl Rove—with his whiteboard and twisted statistics—has convinced them this is so, despite the fact that surveys have consistently shown that conservatives have done a poor job of getting their message out effectively. So rather than attack the root cause of ineffective communication, the RNC persists in pushing conservatism aside and trotting out moderate candidates. Since frontrunner Donald Trump is unapologetically conservative and speaks to the people boldly in a language they understand, this gives the lie to their position.
Several years ago I concluded that the Democrat Party no longer belonged to the Democrat base, having been high-jacked by its Leftist-Progressive sector. What once was a party that took a liberal approach to sustaining and improving the American culture became a party seemingly intent on dismantling the American culture, its history and traditions altogether. How ironic is it that what has happened to the Democrat Party is happening to the Republican Party? It is clear to me now that most principled conservatives in Washington have been replaced by men and women who no longer care or support conservative values. Instead, they go along to get along —all staunch members of the good ole boy crony system, which is a byproduct of remaining in Washington for far too long. The half-dozen or so principled Republicans in Congress are therefore powerless, though they do still try to make their voices heard.
Where are we headed as conservatives in 2016? I really do not know. I do know that we are talking about a number of issues important to conservatives mainly because Donald Trump has made them central to this presidential race. The RNC must not be allowed to derail his candidacy and install some mealy-mouthed candidate, in which case the vital issues of border security, illegal aliens, and tax reform will be given short shrift.
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