The RNC Make America Great Again survey showed up in my mailbox one day after the Republican Party repealed its self-proclaimed mission to replace Obamacare. The appeal to greatness was printed in big, bold letters. The survey asked about optimism. It talked about being proud. The RNC asked for a donation to help get the job done.
Is conservatism dying? Is it already dead? The Republican Party is still the most viable option for pushing a national conservative agenda. It is also the biggest liability American conservatives face.
The left pushes a platform that seldom waivers, backed by Democrats well-versed in machine party politics. Meanwhile, Republicans have fragmented into a loose collection of conservatives with nowhere to go. Democrats play together as a team. Republican Party leaders seem more intent on undermining each other than worrying about the kind of cohesive vision that keeps Democrats elected and happily ensconced in the White House.
The love-hate relationship between the mainstream GOP and more conservative Tea Party hasn’t done conservatism any favors. The Republican failure to seize the right wing of the party is perplexing, given that the Tea Party was in large part responsible for the GOP retaking the House in 2010. Democrats are terrified of the potential of the far right and taunt the House with accusations of pandering to their more conservative elements whenever liberal legislative plans go south. Why doesn’t the GOP elite take notice?
The farthest right hasn’t helped conservatism, either. Religion and politics are an ugly mix. The failure of the White House to fix long term damage from the recession and its eagerness to add to it with anti-business policies should be all conservatives need to push their message. Instead, the effort to rid the country of the Affordable Care Act segued to arguments over religious discrimination and a Supreme Court case over contraception that played well in the fight against Obamacare but, in the long run, will paint conservatives into a corner.
Does conservatism have a future in this country? The rise of Donald Trump and Ben Carson shows that people rally when they hear what they want to hear. It is also true that conservative voters can be their own worst enemies, distracted by divisive issues like gun control and abortion that never go anywhere while sacrificing the big picture. The left doesn’t have that problem. With Hillary Clinton still managing to duck flak from her servergate scandal and Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels, are we seeing anyone emerging from the ranks of the GOP that stands a chance? At the moment it looks like Trump, the conservative solution to having a Democrat in the White House for another eight long years.
Stop complaining. Surviving Trump and the Republicans isn’t hard. If you read this post you will get some valuable tips to get you through the next eight years. You were hoping it would only be four? Then you really need to take these survival tips to heart.
Hot Tips on Surviving Republican Rule
Tip 1: Grow the hell up.
Some incredible facts were revealed during the first 41 days of Donald Trump’s presidency that began with his arrival in Washington and ended with Tuesday’s address to Congress. What we learned didn’t come from the president. It doesn’t have anything to do with our dreams or the nation’s spirit. These incredible facts came from America’s reaction to a presidency many don’t want including those sour, pouting Democrats sitting in the audience Tuesday night.
Kindness is a popular word nowadays. It doesn’t have much to do with generosity or random acts. Instead, kindness is the new word for attacks on the right and most of all, President Trump.
Even if the rumors and lies were true, Trump’s alleged hateful agenda would pale in comparison to what we saw during the inauguration.
Making America great doesn’t mean what it used to. These three words remember a time and place that vanished years ago, one that no longer has a lot of relevance to Republican voters the party is trying to win over with pleas to traditional values. The problem is that Republicans don’t understand traditional values in the way they like to think of them any more than they can fathom how Barack Obama so effortlessly changed America’s political landscape.
What do Marco Rubio and the Pope have in common? They both confronted a bully candidate for the GOP nomination who is more intent on seeking attention with insults and abuse than giving us concrete reasons why he should call the shots from on high.
Many conservatives applauded Donald Trump for his remarks on the pontiff’s determination to watch his church’s illegal numbers in the U.S.
Speaking to hope that’s always just out of reach doesn’t turn failure into accomplishment. That’s a mistake we heard more than once during Tuesday night’s State of the Union. Getting your party elected doesn’t create greatness just because you don’t like what the current administration has done, either. We heard that mistake during the Republican retort.
Albert Einstein was no dummy. He called what the House is doing insanity. Let’s cut Boehner and company a little slack and call it the failure to come up with any new ideas on how to get what the party thinks it wants. Does the GOP leadership grasp how badly it will stumble over Planned Parenthood after the House defunding vote goes up in flames?