Of course, American presidential elections are always pivotal events. Any time there is a potential for changing leadership and government policy, there can’t help but be repercussions felt throughout the American landscape.
We have always had the two major parties – the Democrats and the Republicans, both with assumed allegiances – the former to government, the latter to business. From time to time, there has been a third party interloper representing a narrow slice off one or the other major parties, sometimes enough of a slice to carve off enough votes to influence the outcome of the election.
My read on 2016 is that it will be different.
The Democrat candidates revealed at the CNN debate that not only are they the party of government, they have moved far enough left now to become the party of TOTAL government. The Fringe leftists (like the American Communist Party) have always supported and endorsed the Democrat candidate but the candidacy and popularity of Bernie Sanders has emboldened the rank and file Democrats to drop the mask of progressivism and reveal who they really are. The danger is that they are unified behind the identity politics of electing the first female president regardless of her experience, track record, character [lack of], her policies or her criminality (alleged, of course). Same song as electing the first black president in 2008, just a different verse.
The Republicans are not unified.
Let’s examine the Trumpians first. The Establishment GOP (GOPe) dislikes Donald J. Trump because he jumped in the head of the line ahead of their anointed candidate, Jeb Bush (or the baby Bush, Marco Rubio). This kind of breaking line is just not cricket in the world of the cotillion GOPe where polite order is expected – but while Trump talks like an outsider, he represents perfectly the cronyism the GOPe rewards and expects. He just embarrasses them by being so blatantly honest about it. The GOPe doesn’t like Trump’s hostile take-over bid and their soon to be realized future as a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump Politics, Inc.
In the first debate Trump said of politicians he had “worked with” in the past:
“I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what, when I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. That’s a broken system.”
It isn’t a broken system to either the Democrats or the GOPe – this is what they have worked together for years to pervert and contort our representative Republic into. It is pay to play crony capitalism and they like it.
Trump represents the same ideology that was once called “compassionate conservatism” – the nonsensical idea that government is a tool to be used to advance the cause of less government (think Dub’s Medicare Part B). In reality, it is no different to the aims of the Democrats. It is corporatism and fascism. When more power is given to government for any end, the only winner is government.
The “other” faction in the GOP are the Tea Partiers, a group dedicated to the limited government as designed by our Founders. This is a group that both the Democrats and the GOPe look down on – the Ted Cruzes and Rand Pauls – the “wacko-birds” (Carly Fiorina is right on the edge of this group as the anti-Trump business outsider candidate. I don’t really know where Carson is – there is just something a little too kumbaya about him.) This faction knows and respects the Constitution, the rule of law, true equality under the law and true liberty. They clearly understand that the mechanism of our government, the progressive Leviathan built on the collectivist policies of FDR and the racism and disdain of the Constitution of Woodrow Wilson, has become as self-aware as the SkyNet of the Terminator movies and is just as dedicated to the destruction of humans.
If a person is truly known by their enemies, this last group is the group all true lovers of liberty should be supporting. With the Democrats and the Trumpians, you will get the same thing. The Democrats and Trumpians both want Yuge government, the only difference is that while the Democrats don’t care how well government works (they measure success by burn rate just like Wall Street did during the dotcom boom and bust), the Trumpians promise the most classy, phenomenal, tremendous, efficient well-oiled China beating Leviathan ever.
Should be an interesting 2016.