On Friday, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh dissected a Washington Post editorial which admonished the Republican Party to block a Donald Trump nomination in the interest of preserving the democratic process. In fact, the Post’s stable of over-educated crapweasel opinion columnists have had a field day bashing Trump over the last 72 hours or so. Since I don’t read that particular fishwrap cover-to-cover on a regular basis, I find it amazing when I do peruse the Post that the publication hasn’t included a red hammer and sickle on its masthead.
In any case, the aforementioned crapweasels, including token ethnics Fareed Zakaria (who found it necessary to remind readers that he went to graduate school) and Eugene Robinson (whose narrative I find barely articulate enough to follow), as well as Danielle Allen (who reiterated the abject slander that Trump “routinely” advocates violence against opponents) marshaled their limited intellect toward convincing their readers that Donald Trump is the Devil himself.
What’s truly sad – as I and others have pointed out – is that the GOP establishment is echoing identical sentiments. What’s even sadder is that so few Republican voters seem to notice the significance of that deportment.
In dismantling the editorial – and I don’t remember nor care which crapweasel wrote it – Limbaugh pointed out something which should be obvious: That it is the democratic process which enabled a well-heeled outsider to all but clinch the GOP nomination. Limbaugh noted the fact that the left and the GOP establishment have deemed the two most popular GOP candidates – Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz – entirely unsuitable as nominees.
Forgetting for a moment that a lot of Americans have forged a negative opinion of Donald Trump over the years for reasons unrelated to politics, what we have is precisely the candidate who might have the political will to do what voters want him to do. Regardless of our personal opinions of the man, minimizing the significance of his popularity would simply be foolish.
If one were to ask a rank-and-file conservative or independent voter what sort of candidate might be able to surmount ideology, party politics, and the beltway establishment, then circumvent the culture of corruption in Washington and govern according to the will of the people if elected, their answer might look something like this:
- He or she would have to be independently wealthy and have the facility to subsidize their own campaign, as not to wind up beholden to special interest donors and party allegiances,
- He or she couldn’t be an ideologue who would alienate swing voters or who was unable to moderate their policies according to pragmatism and the will of the people,
- He or she would have to possess at least a bit of a nationalistic streak and passion for American exceptionalism in order to regain an upper hand with regard to trade and foreign policy,
- He or she would have to respect the rule of law (the Constitution), and have a working knowledge of capitalism as a path to collective prosperity.
- Barring the enormous wealth cited in #1, the candidate would have to be one of such conviction that they wouldn’t care about being despised by those in the political establishment, a quality that would necessarily ingratiate them to voters.
The first four of these describe Donald Trump, assuming he would do as he says if elected, which of course is always an unknown with any presidential candidate.
The second four describe Ted Cruz.
What’s significant here is that the popularity of these two men transcends party; it isn’t just hard-line conservative Republicans who are coming out for Trump, for example, it is conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters.
In the GOP establishment’s demonization of Trump and Cruz alongside the political left, truly what we have here is the hardest evidence for a bipartisan elitist oligarchy that is determined to rule – one cannot even call it “govern” – against the will of the people, quod erat demonstrandum.
If one is concerned about preserving the democratic process, they should work to ensure that this evidence is judiciously exploited by whichever candidate secures the Republican nomination.