“Each man is an island unto himself. But though a sea of difference may divide us, an entire world of commonality lies beneath.”
I want to begin with that premise.
When The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer won the presidency in 2008 Republicans of every stripe bemoaned the humiliating subjugation of John McCain.
Beltway Republicans lost Middle America because they were ideologically incapable of addressing two great concerns: economic insecurity and the perception that we are losing the America that we grew up in.
Economic insecurity is traceable to NAFTA-GATT globalization, under which it makes economic sense for US companies to close factories here, build plants in China and export back to the United States. Manufacturing now accounts for less than 10 percent of all US jobs. The most recent such example is Carrier which makes furnaces in its Indianapolis plant. The plant is moving to Monterrey, Mexico.
Social insecurity is traceable to the unprecedented massive illegal immigration which has brought in scores of millions who are altering the character of our communities and competing with US workers by offering their services for far less pay.
As long as the “establishment elite” in the Republican Party are addicted to K Street cash and the monomania of their own reelection it will not address either.
These transfixions have caused the Party’s base to splinter. We are witnessing good Republicans savaging each other at the water cooler, neighborhood block parties and most especially on conservative websites and cable television. We are destroying each other.
There can be no uniting the Party at this point. Passions are running high in both the Cruz and Trump camps. The loyalty pledge each GOP candidate signed in late September of last year affirmed they would endorse the nominee regardless of who it was. With neither candidate abiding by that pledge they have, by default, engendered a visceral loathing of the other’s supporters.
Cruz and Trump supporters are focused on eviscerating each other with venomous insults. What in the name of all that is holy does this accomplish? The fuse has been lit. Rather than doing battle against the gargoyle Hillary Clinton we are fighting each other. I could never have imagined such toxicity.
Is this how the Republican Party passes from this Earth?