Which is why the GOP apparently needs a Trump-Grinch if we are ever to have a conservative political party again in the United States.
The increasingly curmudgeonly conservative icon, George Will, laid waste to Donald Trump this week, declaring that his nomination for president by Republicans would spell the “end of the conservative party” in this country.
But Mr. Will, when did we ever have a conservative party in America since the 1920s, except when The Gipper convinced even Boll Weevil Democrats to win just one for him, even as Establishment Republicans grumbled under their breath about all those Christian pro-lifers who crashed the party? They found out that one man with courage can make a majority, but a “conservative” party, we think not.
Yes, for a brief moment Gingrich-Grinch tamed Bill Clinton and some budgets were balanced. Pssst, the only reason that could happen was because Ronald Reagan told Gorbachev “nyet”, thus producing a peace dividend to go along with a what would grow into a 25-year recovery and inflation buried for two generations and counting.
No George, their has been no conservative Republican Party since at least people liked Ike. Yes, there have been some conservative tax cuts, regulation softenings, military build-ups, and attempts to appoint judges who weren’t tempted to impose their views in lieu of the actual requirements of the Constitution, but a “conservative” party, no.
The conservative Democratic Party of Jefferson and Jackson died more than half a century ago at least, and any hope it had of being one again passed away when John F. Kennedy was felled by a Communist in Dallas. Since then, and increasingly under Barack Obama, it has been the Santa Claus party for the One-Percenter cronies and government bureaucrats who enslave the 99%.
The Republican Party of Bushes, Bob Dole, John Boehner and even Paul D. Ryan have been little more than Santa’s elves, funding all the unnecessary toys. The GOP as tax collectors for the Welfare State.
Donald Trump’s threat to garner the nomination of the Party of Lincoln is the result of the long ago death of any conservative party, and isn’t it true that Will and others loathe the most conservative candidates today and since Reagan? I think so. Or did Will just endorse Ted Cruz? Didn’t think so.
One day in the distant future their may emerge a Party of Reagan again, but in the meantime we need to get at least a few laws repealed and a few tasks done, i.e. like securing the border, ending free trade as religion and unleashing parts of the economy that those who stopped looking for work after their 56th application at Wal-Mart.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson