Donald J. Trump Hijacked The GOP…

I used to be a republican. My journey away from the republican party began several years ago and was the result of the party changing in ways I believed ill-advised. It was also becoming evident to me the party was losing touch with what many would call a moral compass.  The election of Donald J. Trump was the culmination of almost all of the reasons I left the republican party. It is my belief many have made this decision and many more will follow. The direct result of Trump and his morally bankrupt and incompetent administration. The excerpt from an article by John J. Pitney says what many are undoubtedly coming to grips with.

Until last year, I was as Republican as you could get. My family had belonged to the GOP since the 1850s, and both my grandfathers labored in local Republican politics. I started volunteering for the party nearly a half century ago, handing out Nixon pamphlets in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the age of 13. I went on to work for Republican politicians in the New York State Legislature and both houses of Congress. And for a couple of years, I served in the research department of the Republican National Committee.

But early in the morning of Nov. 9, shortly after Trump claimed victory in the presidential election, I took out my laptop and changed my registration to independent.

From the start of the campaign, I knew that I could never vote for such a person. Trump is a mashup of all the sorriest parts of Republican history: Herbert Hoover’s trade policy, Warren Harding’s incompetence, Charles Lindbergh’s dictator worship, and Joseph McCarthy’s dishonesty. Still, until election night, I was hoping that that he would lose, and that the GOP could rebuild itself. This hope died as big states tipped into his column. It was painfully evident that the Trump brand would stick to the party for years.

And it really was painful. It has become commonplace to say that the parties are “tribal.” The term is apt. Especially for people who have worked in campaigns and government staffs, a party is a social network. Many of my friendships grew out of winning together and losing together in Republican politics. I still count these people as friends — and hope that the feeling is mutual — but the election cut an important connection.

I don’t disparage those who voted for Trump. Economic change has left millions of working Americans behind. They think that an increasingly affluent professional class pushes them around. Voting for Trump was a way to push back. I get it. My father was a milkman in a college town. It was full of people with advanced degrees who looked down on people like us.

Those words represented the Republican Party at its best. By nominating Donald Trump, the GOP chose its worst.

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Of course, the GOP was not always at its best. During Watergate, Republicans learned about Nixon’s dark impulses and crimes. But as the scandal unfolded, key party figures declined to march in lockstep. Months before the “smoking gun” tape came to light, Sen. James Buckley of New York called for Nixon’s resignation. He wrote: “Inevitably the president is the focus, the essence of the crisis of the regime; the linchpin of its entire structure. It could not be otherwise. The character of a regime always reflects and expresses the character of its leader.”

Republicans don’t talk that way anymore. As Trump’s presidency confirms some of the worst fears of his critics, most party leaders are either defending him or expressing vague concern without holding him to account. House Speaker Paul Ryan backed the firing of FBI Director James Comey. In response to the news that Trump had spilled secrets to the Russians, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell merely called for “a little less drama.”

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Les Carpenter

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist working with those over 50 years of age. Currently work at Prime Fitness located in The Enfield Senior Center, Enfield CT. Semi retired and enjoying life in the semi fast lane with my lovely bride and super grandchildren!

6 thoughts on “Donald J. Trump Hijacked The GOP…”

  1. But where do you go from here? I doubt that the Democratic Party is a fit. Libertarians are marginalized on the national scene, and a bit kooky in their own right. So what’s left?

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    1. Answer… Independent. Neither major party encourages political independent positions that deviate from party ideology blessed by its power elite.

      Libertarian thought offers more flexibility in this regard but in reality hasn’t a realistic chance of wielding and influence. And yes, it does tend to get a bit kooky. Bottom line is the natural philosophical conclusion to libertarianism is anarchy. Which is why Ayn Rand dismissed it as a rational political movement.

      For me maintaining my politically independence precludes joining ANY political party or becoming active in one ever again.

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  2. Most people are independents in the sense that when it comes to voting, you can vote for any candidate on the ballot. In fact, you can vote for anyone as long as write-in candidates are permitted.

    So why have and why belong to any political party?

    1. It makes voting easy. You don’t have to think about it. Just vote the party line. I think there are a lot of Rs and DS that do this.

    2. You want to have influence on who is a candidate prior to voting in a primary election.

    3. In many states, maybe most, you can only vote for candidates in the in the party you belong to in the primary elections.

    There are probably more reasons, but this is what comes to my mind after a couple glasses of wine and a couple minutes of thought.

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    1. Good points. My experience has been political parties are as close to endorsing groupthink as it gets. I made the decision 10+ years ago to bolt from major party affiliation. No plans to return.

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  3. IMO, big..nay, yuuuuge $$$$ funneled into political campaigns is part
    of the problem of current politics. Even in my tiny Idaho district for state congressman, outside PACs, dark money and special interests affected an
    election of less than 10,000 votes. Buying candidates and owning politicians
    permits immoral actions like defunding healthcare to lower taxes on the wealthy: I have seen not a single alternative reason for such. Throw in
    borderline legal gerrymandering. I see nothing but good coming from
    getting all money out of politics. Perhaps offering free TV time and travel paid by we taxpayers. The candidates would be beholden soley to their constituents. We can dream…..

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