The other day, two friends and I had lunch together. Naturally the conversation turned to politics. They were both voting for Trump and I was trying to explain why I couldn’t. One of the points they brought up was that if Trump was elected and did anything crazy, they were sure the Congress would rein him in. I argued that if they wouldn’t rein in a Democrat why would they rein in a President of their own party? Of course they wouldn’t. It would prove they’d all made a dreadful mistake.
With that in mind, I came across an article I think makes my point.
The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it’s only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. — Ayn Rand
If Trump wins in Nov. the GOP is finished as even a moderately conservative party. Arizona Congressman Trent Franks illustrates why:
A brewing civil war within the GOP has House Republicans picking sides, with plenty of members backing up party Chair, Reince Priebus in threatening consequences for those who don’t get behind nominee Trump.
“Ay person in this party that doesn’t support Trump at this point is increasing the chances of Clinton becoming a president and destroying the Constitution,” Franks told CNN Wednesday. “Therefore they are betraying this party. They are betraying the Constitution.”
This hyperbole on behalf of a guy who is explicitly running as a dictator and has zero respect for the Constitution is what we have come to expect as cowards scurry to toe the new line. But I didn’t expect it from Trent Franks, a respected “conservative, Reagan Republican” who backed Cruz in the primaries.
Hot Air’s Allahpundit considers some of the implications:
If you want to understand why #NeverTrumpers like me suspect congressional Republicans will rubber-stamp anything and everything Trump does, all you need is this quote and the logical conclusion it leads you to. …If President Trump decides that he meant what he said about the military obeying his orders even if they’re illegal, congressional Dems, will revolt and demand action to rein him in — hearings, court challenges, maybe impeachment. Trump will sustain some political damage from it. Whom does Rep. Franks side with in that case, his president who will send our troops out into the field to carry out illegal orders, or the party? If he and other Dems, will use it to bludgeon Trump in 2020 with the argument that he’s lost the confidence of both parties that he can govern responsibly and constitutionally. If Franks sides with Trump, he’s blessing the practice of illegal military orders. By his own logic, he’s forced to choose between “betraying the Constitution” and betraying the Constitution.
Also consider that Trump was a liberal his whole life prior to trying to pass himself off as a conservative to secure the Rep. nomination. He learned the tactic from fellow NY’er Michael Bloomberg, who switched to the Rep. Party to achieve the office of Mayor, then renounced his party affiliation afterward. Trump’s views have not been moderately liberal; they have been hardcore, including support for partial birth abortion, wanting Bush impeached for removing Saddam Hussein from power, and denouncing America for being too racist to appreciate Obama.
Over the past year, the mask has slipped many times, revealing the leftist behind it. Examples include:
9/11 conspiracy crapola, spewing Code Pink talking points during a debate, praising Planned Parenthood in the aftermath of the body parts scandal, supporting the intolerable Kelo decision, averring that our fundamental right to bear arms should be contingent on not having been arbitrarily placed on arcane government watch lists, backing wasteful crony capitalist ethanol subsidies, siding with the worst of the so-called GOPe against conservative resistance, calling for increasing the national debt, promising to raise taxes, denouncing Antonin Scalia for opposing Affirmative Action, supporting the large scale importation of “refugee” from Islamic world, et cetera.
Already he has proposed another federal entitlement, even as we plunge toward national bankruptcy
We have seen how fast invertebrates like Priebus scuttle to line up behind Trump, and how avidly talk radio personalities like Hannity and Rush, who formerly opposed him kneel to kiss his ring. If Franks is doing it too, there’s little doubt that Trump will enjoy Republican support even for a progressive agenda once in power.
As I told my friends, Republicans will justify it by asserting that people like Hillary are even worse. Which is what my friends argued. Maybe they are, if that’s possible — except for one thing: when Dems, force us toward ever greater collectivism and authoritarianism, Reps., often put up some resistance. No one will resist when both parties are controlled by progressive statist. Our national future will be bankruptcy and tyranny, regardless of who wins our meaningless elections. We will become Venezuela where the rate of inflation at the moment is 700%. and babies are born and put into laundry baskets because there are no beds for them.
Trump supporters sneer at the concept of principles. That is like a farmer sneering at the concept of food. Principles are the sole point. The moment you abandon them, the game is over and you have lost. It’s not as if those who have surrendered them to support Trump can ever get them back, they can’t. They will always be reminded they voted for Trump.
Now sadly, even Ted Cruz has knuckled under to endorse Trump, effectively signing his name to everything Trump is. Rest in peace America, Rest in peace, “Grand Old Party.” It’s time to start a new party if we’re allowed.