Consider the events of 2016. Republican primary voters were angry, and maybe just a little vengeful, at all the Republican failures they saw to advance conservative policies and keep promises they made back when they ran for re-election. Some of them saw Donald Trump as the “outsider” who would kick the doors down and dismantle the swamp and the swamp things controlling it in DC. This is the change they sought.
Many people voted for Trump to stop Hillary, and because of the Supreme Court picks. I don’t blame them for this. But we must shed this binary choice mindset and hold our political parties accountable for their obvious failures. We must realize, as the great band Swirling Eddies once sang, “Evil is still evil, man – on the left or on the right”. Stop settling. Stop with the lesser of two evils – or Trump vs. Hillary is merely the genesis of spiraling decline down this slippery slope.
We were told that #NeverTrump was all wrong, and that Trump would totally break that evil establishment, yo. And yet…
Nothing has changed.
While we should be grateful that Justice Gorsuch has turned out to be a good SCOTUS pick, there’s much more that we should hold Trump accountable to do. There are many things we should hold the GOP accountable to do, including serious tax reform, completely repealing Obamacare and keeping promises made to the voters during re-election season.
But unless the GOP “leadership” gets some serious shock therapy in the form of crippling losses…
Nothing will change. They will still keep promising all the things, and delivering none of those things.
And the average GOP voter will keep enabling this dysfunction, because they are afraid to pay the price of surrendering Congress and the WH to the Democrats. Make no mistake, the damage that could be done by giving back the levers of power to the left could be devastating. But is this a sacrifice we need to make to wake the GOP from its slumber, and help it to recognize that the way they do business just isn’t working for the country or in their best interest re: winning elections?
Shock therapy may be the only thing that brings this dead party back to life. It’s worth considering.
Like I’ve previously said, I’m done with the GOP, but for the people who still care about it, there’s only one way to save it. It must be completely broken to be rebuilt. If you’re still hanging on to this party, ask yourself what the ROI is. What have they done for you lately? If you’re here for all that limited government, Constitution, free market stuff, this isn’t the party you are looking for, at least not anymore. If the policies the Republicans push are merely Democrat-lite, it’s time to go. Head for the lifeboats. Free yourself. Be an activist if that’s what drives you, but understand that this party has failed you, and don’t be a prisoner to a party label. Fight for principles, not for political parties. Keep your integrity and make the tough choices. We are all accountable to Someone greater than ourselves, and He doesn’t grade on a curve.