Just what is the GOP Brand? – Older Americans understand the fundamentals of what made America successful and why it attracts so many other people to our shores to participate in that success. Those fundamentals are, and have always been the rule of law that governs how we live, a Judaeo-Christian moral code that gives us social unity, and a Constitution upon which our founding laws were based, one that protects free markets, protects private property, the foundation of our great wealth, and encourages free-enterprise that makes it all happen. Obama doesn’t even have a clue what it is. It’s called “Exceptionalism.”
But what about the other issues? Will the Republican party be redefined by the candidate that wins the most primary electors alone? The rising anti-party crescendo clearly signals what the majority of grassroots Republicans want from their representatives, even if it’s out of step with what the GOP establishment wants.
It is time to ask the same question of the Republican party that former Democrat Governor of Georgia and later, one term Ga. Senator, Zell Miller, wrote in a great book published a few years ago, titled “A National Party No More?” Zell described his growing and complete disillusionment with the Democrat party he grew up in. Zell retired from politics in disgust to return to his Appalachian roots in Young Harris, Ga. to live out the remainder of his life quietly, as an American in the America he grew up in.
Zell Miller saw the self-destructive direction his party took and stubbornly tried to pull the party back to its once honorable roots, founded in Americanism. Zell realized that allowing the government to entirely run the economy would lead to authoritarianism, destroy the middle class and impoverish the lower classes while it enriched the elites.
That is the very position the GOP now occupies as it finds its brand at serious odds with its base. In its defense, trying to retain its warped self-serving brand of conservatism, it tries to shout down and defeat the rising tide of real conservatives out here that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have fired up. Most politicians, and especially Republicans, are really just followers, not leaders. Any leader that may arise from among them is quickly co-opted by the corruption of Washington, DC favoritism and twisted by rewards until they are unrecognizable to their constituents at home as the same electors they sent there. Seniority does not imply quality leadership, just good attendance.
I have sadly concluded that our politicians will simply not support individual liberty or limited government unless and until such time they are forced to do so by the voters. I wrote in a previous essay that a “major illusion of political trust is that the electorate can rid itself of it’s political failures every two or four years.” We are pretty certain that our Congress meets those requirements of corruption It’s in their genes I think, that having once arrived at that great feeding trough on the Potomac and lacking moral principles to the contrary, the unbridled urge to compete for the intoxicating favors of power, wealth, influence and job security is simply too much for most of them to overcome.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the constitution is the way.
Now, go get ‘em!
George G. McClellan