The RNC Make America Great Again survey showed up in my mailbox one day after the Republican Party repealed its self-proclaimed mission to replace Obamacare.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.
With the nation at their mercy Republicans are about to blow the mission they staked their reputation to the instant Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act. We’ve heard the buzzwords: repeal, replace, dismantle. We might as well add destroy. The press isn’t great, but how could it be? Republicans will be lucky to make this sale to themselves not because their ideas are bad, but because their campaign to make this overhaul palatable is all wrong.
America hates losers. Our reputation comes from winning. We give consolation prizes for second best. Cities even throw parades for losing sports teams, but deep down we know what these things are: celebrations of shame. Whether or not the good fight was fought with integrity, a loss makes you a loser.
Losers have integrity, winners get political office
Americans go to incredible lengths to win.
What happened to the future of conservatism? Republicans killed it. Democrats were more than willing to assist. After years of blaming Barack Obama for everything from moral transgressions in his health care bill to handing a nuclear weapon to Iran, the right blew it again and we did it in the worst way imaginable. We set ourselves up to get stomped by another Clinton.
If Republicans are desperate they know who to thank. The party continues to collapse at the hands of a man the people chose to beat the Democratic Party’s first female nominee. Instead of backstabbing we’ve been waiting for a plan for an election win. What we got instead was a Better Way and its poverty war, a new GOP agenda unleashed while party members rush to add their names to the anti-Trump wall of shame.
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.
Less than three months to go before their convention and Republicans still don’t get it. There is only one big difference between the parties in the 2016 election:
Do we give it away, or do we make people work for it?
In politics “it” can be a lot of things. It might be higher wages. It could be equality for fringe groups, tax breaks, legal status for immigrants, free health care, free education, or retirement security.
Conservatives had a good chance to win the presidency this year. That opportunity is being flushed away as surely as Mitt Romney’s anti-Trump appearance made us look like fools incapable of uniting behind a common vision. After two terms of Barack Obama how can this happen? Because of Republican dishonesty. The party isn’t honest with voters who are sold an agenda upper echelon decision makers don’t stand behind.