Elitist Republicans are what is wrong with the GOP whether we are talking about South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s “response” to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Bob Dole’s assertion that Ted Cruz, a real conservative, winning the nomination would not be best for the Republican Party, or North Carolina Senator Richard Burr’s statement that he would vote for Bernie Sanders over Ted Cruz if they ran against each other in the general election. I just hope enough people realize that when it comes time to vote in the primaries and when it comes time to run real conservatives against these elitists in other elections.
A lot of Donald Trump’s support seems to be based on the assumption that he will go against the establishment of both parties in Washington and finally shake things up. Campaign Donald Trump is high on rhetoric, short on specifics. Lifetime Donald Trump is high on liberalism, short on good policy. I don’t think Trump will go against the establishment because when you break down his politics over his lifetime with all of his “New York values,” Donald Trump is as establishment as one can get. He even brags about getting along with them well enough to make deals with them. He knows how to speak their language and he is all too willing to do so to “get things done.” That sounds like more of the same of what we already have in Washington, not an outsider wanting to shake things up.
There are plenty of true conservatives in the race who would be willing to go against the status quo. It just so happens that Ted Cruz is the best one...and the only conservative within striking distance of Trump at this point. He is the most consistent conservative in the race and, unlike Trump, has a lifetime of conservatism behind him. Unfortunately, Donald Trump is not a conservative. He espouses some conservative views I like on border security and immigration, but not enough consistent views to make him a true conservative. Furthermore, the positions he does hold that do sound somewhat conservative are questionable as far as how deeply he really believes them. He has definitely tapped into the frustration we all feel with Washington and the GOP. The problem is I think he is all too aware of it, meaning I fear it is a purposeful political calculation rather than principle. Americans are justifiably angry over what has happened to the United States. In their anger though, they may be about to make an irrational decision that will come back to bite all of us in the long run.
- “S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley deliver GOP response to State of the Union” on January 12, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNz40oI17ts
- “Bob Dole Warns of ‘Cataclysmic’ Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better” by Maggie Haberman on January 20, 2016 in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/01/20/bob-dole-warns-of-cataclysmic-losses-with-ted-cruz-and-says-donald-trump-would-do-better/
- “NC GOP Senator Richard Burr tells supporters he'd vote for Democrat Bernie Sanders over Ted Cruz,” an Associated Press report in the Winston-Salem Journal on January 21, 2016. http://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/national/nc-gop-senator-richard-burr-tells-supporters-he-d-vote/article_f69ff57d-90cd-54ee-8ce7-34e835959407.html
- Donald Trump summary “On the Issues.” http://www.ontheissues.org/Donald_Trump.htm
- Ted Cruz summary “On The Issues.” http://www.ontheissues.org/Ted_Cruz.htm