Understanding Republican Deserters.
If you listen to the Washington Post, they would have you believe there is a mass exodus within the Republican party due to the party’s candidate, Donald J. Trump. They announce with glee…
There have also been reports from the Post regarding how Ohio Governor John Kasich deliberately ignored the GOP convention in his home state with the intention of embarrassing Trump.
First, we have to remember this is the Washington Post, the same newspaper who assembled a SWAT team not long ago designed to take Trump down. So, they are leading the main street media, in terms of scraping the bottom of the barrel for any tidbit of information or any hiccup in Trump’s speech that can be used against him.
There are many other Republicans who have voiced their displeasure with Mr. Trump, such as Florida Cong. David Jolly who is running for re-election and openly rebuffs Mr. Trump. This will cost him dearly as Pinellas County is a Trump stronghold. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is another who steadfastly opposes Trump, primarily due to an acute case of sour grapes. Interestingly, Bush’s son, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, is telling Republicans the GOP primaries are over and it is time to support the man who beat his father.
Then there are the “Never Trump” Republicans such as Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and their puppet candidate Evan McMullin who is making an independent bid. There are also the conservative political commentators who intensely dislike Trump, such as the Fox Network’s Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Karl Rove.
What these “turncoats” do not seem to understand is the people have lost faith in the party and desperately want to clean house, preferably an outsider not imbued with Washington politics. No, this is no longer your grandfather’s GOP, not even your father’s for that matter. Mr. Trump, who is a political outsider, goes against all forms of traditional political etiquette and tactics, and in the process, has won the party’s nomination. Think about that for a moment. And it galls Republican insiders greatly who like the way things were. The populace, however, have had enough and want change.
Aside from Trump and his supporters, nobody seems to realize the GOP is undergoing a cultural revolution, something long overdue. The same is needed in the Democratic party, but the Democrats appear to be content for the time being with traditional insider politics. This will inevitably change if Mrs. Clinton loses.
Bottom-line, the resistance to Trump is not so much about the candidate as it is about a change to the party, something insiders simply will not accept. It is natural to resist such change as it represents a fear of the unknown and loss of control. As Machiavelli said in, “The Prince” (1513)…
“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones.”
This is not about Mr. Trump’s gaffs in speaking; it’s about cultural change, change initiated by a disgusted populace. The traditionalists need to realize it is simply a new day. They either adapt or face early retirement as the people desperately want something different, particularly after eight years of Obama.
In order for Trump to win in November, and implement the changes needed, the public will have to step up its support for him and gain momentum. Trump’s detractors, the Republican deserters and the main street media will fight him every step of the way. More than anything, Trump supporters need to weed out the weaklings, take the press to task, and keep moving forward.
Keep the Faith!