Remember this phrase, “Smaller government, lower taxes”
When was the last time you heard any Republican in government today speaking about smaller government and lower taxes? In fact, we hardly hear anything coming from the elected Republicans today. Maybe because they’ve had their hands full protecting Trump? Let’s face it, Trump requires a lot of attention as well as a lot of protection. After three-and-a-half years I’m not certain if any of us know what Trump believes besides getting reelected. Forty years ago (1980) when Ronald Reagan ran for President, every Republican and every American knew what that party stood for: “Smaller government and lower taxes”
Bob Woodward has covered nine Presidents, and after an in-depth analysis of Trumps’s administration in relation to the American people, Bob was left with one word that best describes what he had discovered, “FEAR”. In 2018 during an interview, Bob said Trump is closed-minded and that we should, “worry about a crisis something unexpected”
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had this to say, “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership”. Former White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly said, “I agree with Jim Mattis on Trump”. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (11/20/17) reportedly thinks Trump is an “idiot” with the brain of a “kindergartner”. Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson reviewed Trump as undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, and tries to do illegal things. Lastly, John Bolton, National Security Advisor has written a tell-all book, “THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED”, and he thinks of Trump as being naive and dangerous.
Since Trump has been involved in government, twenty-five women have accused him of sexual misconduct, there has been a two year Russia probe that did not exonerate him, he has been impeached for bribery, and has had an endless number of unflattering books written of which he is the subject. Elected Republicans have spent much of their capital defending and protecting Trump ever since he came on the scene. This type of loyalty is unprecedented and for newer members unconscionable to give up their purpose on why they went into government. “Sometimes party loyalty asks too much” JFK
I don’t know where the Republicans are these days or what they stand for. I am baffled how one man was allowed to change an entire party from a platform they lived and breathe forty years strong. After this Presidential election, I believe the Republican Party will have some serious soul searching. Bill Kristol, George Conway, and other Never Trumpers developed a group called The Lincoln Project which is trying to save their party from total destruction as they see it. Strange as it may sound, losing this Presidential election may be necessary to save the Republican Party. Bill and George believe there are thousands of Republicans out there who would love to get back to basic, “Smaller government, lower taxes”. They believe it’s not complicated and it’s an easy sell.
On the other hand there is a growing new majority in the party, which is detached from the past, extremely vocal and loud, not for the party but for Trump. This group doesn’t have a name (although Sen. Clinton called them The Deplorables) they have continually supported Trump since his beginning in politics. This is the dilemma, 30% of Americans are 100% certain they will support Trump no matter what. The Lincoln Project is unwilling to let one man own their party and they are fighting back. They have angered Trump but they have not changed any of Trump’s hard-core supporters.
Another wing is growing in The Trump’s Republican Party, some Black Americans are turning to Trump, although the percentage is small the number is growing. I describe them from an earlier blog, WHEN JUSTICE MEETS WRONG (April 10, 2019), “This small number of people in which they have allowed to speak can only speak on Conservative Shows for the most part. They are given the same Talking points in which they have been handing out for more than thirty years now, Stop depending on Government, get off welfare, get off the Plantation, stop playing the race card and stop being a victim. I’m sure you’ve heard all of that before or something similar to that. Recently, they’ve updated their person of color spokesperson. Goodbye Larry Elders hello Candace Owens, new face but the same message and theme”.
Remember Bob Woodward concerns, “worry about a crisis something unexpected” well, we are now experiencing the Coronavirus which is approaching in taking 140,000 American lives…Trump and this administration call it a success. Mattis tried to warn us, “he’s not a leader”, John Kelly agreed, McMaster tried, “he’s an idiot behaving like a kindergartner”, Tillerson tried, “he’s undisciplined”, and Bolton even tried, “thinks he’s naive”. Are you surprised he is forcing Middle and Elementary Schools to open?
While the Republican Party search to find themselves, America at large is searching and changing, learning to acknowledge that all Black Lives do matter.
At this point I’m not really sure if Trump ever knew what the Republican Party once stood for, I’m not certain if he cares. As previously reported, he only cares about himself.
When Trump’s presidency is over will the party once again be able to re-embrace their ole familiar theme?
“Smaller government, lower taxes”
*Bob Woodward, FEAR
*Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (The Atlantic, 06/03/2020)
*Former White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly (CNN 06/05/2020)
*National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (11/20/17)
*Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson (12/07/2018, The Washington Post)
*John Bolton, National Security Advisor, THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED
*WHEN JUSTICE MEETS WRONG, https://xtradonaire.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/when-justice-meets-wrong-its-2-a-m-for-most-americans/
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