The RNC showed up in my mailbox with its hand out. The solicitation for political donations to the Republican Party came disguised as a survey with a vaguely threatening “FINAL NOTICE” at the top of the page. An offer to contribute $1,000 or more was at the bottom. Fortunately for the RNC there is no shame in politics, but that doesn’t mean I’ll pay for a party that won’t deliver. Here is a smattering of the questions that preceded the credit card form and my optional $15 “processing fee” for completing the survey.
I didn’t pay much attention to the hyperactive coverage of Barack Obama’s speech in Illinois on Friday. It felt like a tired follow-up to his thinly disguised campaign trail appearance at John McCain’s funeral that confirmed Donald Trump is the only issue for the midterm election. Obama and the Democrats who still follow in line behind him have nothing to offer except higher taxes, leftist extremism, more illegal immigrants, and an agenda that relies on turning Trump into a bad president. In my book that’s a go-nowhere offering that hints strongly at failure.
Donald Trump never got any credit for what he did to honor John McCain’s passing and I don’t mean the snafu over flying the flag at half-staff. I’m talking about making McCain great again for the last time. This is the question no one is asking: if so many prominent figures and the news outlets that covered the event didn’t have such a profound dislike for America’s president, would McCain’s funeral and ultimately his memory have received the same attention?
When a president oversteps his bounds there is always impeachment. Democrats have reminded us of that fact since January 20, 2017. When a political party takes over the legislature and the presidency there’s not a lot we can do until the next election. That’s what happened with Barack Obama and why we have a national health care system we can’t afford that doesn’t cover everyone Democrats claimed it would cover. Whether or not Trump is an authoritarian depends on your politics. One way or the other the people have an option we don’t have with an entrenched party of bullying progressives.
The RNC just came knocking, looking for money again. Republicans have a lot of explaining to do before they deserve a single cent, starting with their tepid support for the president and the America First policy they aren’t supporting. Are they afraid they will be accused of being nationalists or is this the timeworn tradition of separating themselves from a president who might interfere with their job prospects and control of a Congress they still can’t seem to take charge of?