We’re coming up on a presidential election year, and never before has there been so much at stake. There’s more than just party-based pride at risk in 2016, there’s an entire nation at risk; from the economy to gun rights to health care, ours is a nation teetering at the edge of disaster. Candidates from all parties understand the stakes, and while the depth of their actual caring varies wildly, they know just what buttons to push. Although there is rarely a hesitation to sling mud and manipulate situations to suit a particular person’s needs at that moment in time, it seems we’ve reached an entirely new level of no-holds-barred. In late 2015, we are a nation sliding quickly into full-blown crisis mode, and by the time the 2016 presidential race goes into high gear, tempers will be flaring at new, white-hot levels.
If you’re conservative – and chances are good you are if you’re reading this – you’ve probably already evaluated the front-runners for the Republican Party nomination. Currently leading the pack is Donald Trump, of all people, and while he may be a skilled businessman, that does not make him the right man for the Oval Office. Others include Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz. Rick Perry has already withdrawn his bid, perhaps understanding the unlikeliness of his obtaining the Republican Party’s backing, or perhaps simply willing to admit when he’s woefully outgunned. Whoever you’re backing personally is beside the point right now for one reason, a reason begging the following question: do you really believe the Republicans can win in 2016?
It’s been a quarter of a century since the first time I, myself, sat down to stuff envelopes and cold call voters in an upcoming election. The man of the hour at that time was Jim McCune, and although he lost those early bids, he did end up representing Washington State in the House of Representatives in 1998, and again from 2005 to 2013. Those early forays into the world of politics only served to pique my interest, and thus began a lifelong passion for politics, and all the convoluted logic and warped rationale that goes along with it. Even at such an early age I was aware of many of the cold, hard, and, yes, negative, facts about politicians, and today that early awareness has evolved into a love-hate relationship with the political world.
One cannot help but be simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by the adroitness with which certain politicians twist reality to protect themselves or suit their needs. Has there ever been, or will there ever be, such a thing as an honest politician? Would we know one if we saw one? And could one survive in the current climate or would they simply be devoured alive, helpless and ineffectual, a babe among wolves? All these things are interesting to ponder, but they’re beside the point. Today we’re going to take a look at why the Republican Party is destined to lose the presidential election in 2016.
There’s no doubt immigration has become a major topic for the coming election. Even social media is abuzz with images of the Syrian boy who drowned attempting to immigrate (illegally). Although I, personally, agree with a hard-line stance on immigration, there’s more to it, thanks to who has been in office for the last seven years. Minority votes make quite a difference in elections, and although illegal immigrants cannot technically vote, they do. This is thanks in large part to the Supreme Court, which recently upheld a 2014 ruling that there’s no need to prove citizenship when registering to vote. You may need to prove your citizenship to obtain a valid driver’s license, but you’re free to participate in deciding who runs this country even if you’ve entered it by evading the border patrol and flouting the very laws whose creation you apparently feel entitled to have a say in. Yes, immigration is a serious issue, and the fact that the Republican Party has a tendency to believe people should enter this country legally makes them decidedly unpopular with the 11 million-plus illegals currently squatting within our borders. If you were here illegally, wouldn’t it be in your best interest to keep someone in office who was willing to ignore existing laws and create new ones to make you happy?
It’s been years since the Republican Party has presented a united front. Not only have they continued to splinter off into smaller groups, but they’ve done so at a rather alarming rate; conservative voters have been debating the wisdom of forming new, smaller parties for years, and that means fewer votes for the main party itself. Although it’s absolutely understandable to be deeply frustrated by the currently ineffectual, wishy-washy nature of the Republican Party, and, therefore, understandable to feel a deep-seated desire for change, saying it’s detrimental to vote for another party is an enormous understatement. Reality is it will always come down to Republican versus Democrat, and when you take your vote away, throwing it to the Libertarian or Constitution Party, you’re only hurting your own cause. All those votes being tossed to smaller parties chip away slowly but surely at the major party’s chances of winning, and while you may not be thrilled with the Republican candidate, you have to admit they’re better than the Democratic option. You may as well vote Democrat as vote Libertarian, because refusing to vote for the Republicans simply gives the Democrats the election, gift-wrapped and tied up with a ribbon. It’s understandable to be frustrated, but it’s utterly irrational to hand the election over to the Democrats just because you’re unhappy with the major political party. Why make it easy for them?
Something else it’s been years since we’ve had is a true leader. Yes, it’s true that it is rare to find any politician of any flavor who walks the straight and narrow of their own party, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a leader. Many conservatives see Reagan as the last true leader the Republican Party had, but it’s also true that George W. Bush, despite his failings, was a greater leader than any of the current front-runners. Ted Cruz seems like he may have the chutzpah and brass our party needs, but we all know he isn’t going to get the nomination. The Republican Party needs a leader, a candidate willing to tell it like it is, no matter what. Someone who can pull himself – and this nation – up by its bootstraps, economically, politically, religiously…the list goes on.
Some see Donald Trump as that man, but they seem to forget the man’s Democratic roots. In 2004 he told Wolf Blitzer he identifies more as a Democrat. He’s donated thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party, stated that he disliked George W. Bush, and questioned John McCain’s heroism in Vietnam based on the fact that he was captured. Apparently being captured during a war makes you less of a hero in Donald Trump’s world. And if you think he’s all for gun rights, don’t forget his statement in July of 2001 that he supports a ban on what the media considers assault weapons – remember, AR stands for Armalite Rifle, not assault rifle. In 2009 he registered as a Republican in New York, but he was registered as a Democrat before that, switching to the Democratic Party in 2001 after having been registered as a Republican in the ‘90’s. Flip-flopping, anyone?
It would be great if the Republican Party had a candidate strong enough to take back the White House in 2016. Heaven knows this country needs a strong conservative leader to get it back on track. Sadly, our chances seem slim to none. But as diminished in strength as the Republicans have become it seems highly unlikely they’re up to managing a successful bid for the presidency. And if Trump were to get into the Oval Office, would it really end well? Although it’s logical to put a businessman in charge of whipping the economy back into shape, it’s failed logic when that businessman is incapable of properly handling any other areas of the government.
This is something I would love to be wrong about. I’d be absolutely thrilled to see a strong candidate take the lead for the Republican Party in 2016, but it seems unlikely. As things stand today it seems most likely the Republican Party will simply continue its decline, and our nation will rush onward to its demise as well. Ours is a nation in crisis, and it’s past time the conservatives of the country stand up and fight back. We have a lot to lose, and we’re running out of time.
Before you hit the polls for the primaries, take a moment to consider the full impact of your voting choices. Just because we’re entering the holiday season doesn’t mean we should give the Democrats the gift of an easy win.
It’s time for a change, conservative style.
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