“I used to rule the world. Seas would rise when I gave the word. Now in the morning I sleep alone, sweep the streets I used to own.” –Viva la Vida by Coldplay
The Republican primary is a race against the GOP elite who have enjoyed Viva la Vida for far too long. This is not the time to ask the candidates to swear allegiance to Karl Rove and Reince Priebus.
Conservatives tend to have short memories. They forgive too easily, and sometimes that gets in the way of their better sense.
The GOP demands a promise from Trump that he will not run as an independent, when instead they should make the party a place where he and millions of other conservatives want to hang their hat.
Conservatives forget who the real enemy of a 2016 Republican victory is: the GOP elite. Their goal: to preserve their Viva la Vida. They are betting you will help with that. But if you have a lick of sense in you, you won’t. Here’s why:
1) They carry water for the Democrats.
2) They talk the PC narrative.
3) They let Democrat threats scare and even stop them.
4) They compromise before they even negotiate.
5) They negotiate away their chips, and they do not use their leverage.
6) They give up before they start.
7) They avoid some issues entirely, already ceding defeat.
If you take a close look at the list above, Trump doesn’t do one of those things. There are others in the GOP race for POTUS who might make a better president than Trump, but conservatives who cuss Trump at this moment have lost their vision. It’s like they forgot the past 20 years of compromise, failure, spinelessness, elitist politics, broken promises, political correctness and lost elections.
He’s childish. He’s boorish. He calls people names. But conservatives need Trump in this race a lot more than he needs us to approve of his candidacy. Here is why:
1) Before Trump was in the race, illegal immigration was off the table for the GOP candidates. Now it is on the front burner.
2) Before Trump was in the race, Karl Rove was still writing the playbook. Trump has effectively taken Rove’s pencil and slapped him with his playbook. Did we not want this to happen?
3) Before Trump, the mainstream media were still winning, even in their current state of recession.
4) Before Trump, we sat on pins and needles worried who the left would next accuse of being racist, and knowing the femme-bot GOP elite would wilt under the heat.
5) Before Trump, we were begging our candidates to lie to us because we knew the truth wasn’t sayable. Trump has stated his truth and stood even when they demanded his head. This has emboldened the other conservative candidates, and emasculated the bully-statists on the other side.
6) Before Trump, capitalism was a losing tune, and Bernie Sanders and his commie drums were dancing on our heads. Trump made capitalism cool again! Not just capitalism, but raw, thorny, John Wayne/Clint Eastwood don’t-even-think-about-it capitalism is cool again. And oh, crony capitalism? He somehow strangled that and left it in his dust, to boot!
7) Before Trump, conservatives had about as much chance of defeating a Bush tumbleweed primary victory as Rosie O’Donnell has of winning Miss America. Bush would be the nominee, Rove would make another 10 mil when Jeb lost the race, and America would fall. Conservative candidates like Cruz and Fiorina are now free to be radically honest, thanks to The Donald, and that becomes them. The party is hushed and afraid that The Donald might run third party and they might be further exposed in their weakness.
Whether or not The Donald is elected, conservatives can not only fight to win (finally!), but when they are elected, they don’t have to operate business as usual. They can tell the so-called leaders and consultants to sit down and shut up, for example. They can tell Rove he only gets paid for races he actually wins, for example.
As my friend and former congressional candidate, Katrina Pierson, wrote, “Be careful what you wish for. … Donald J. Trump is the only thing standing between your conservative favorites and the SuperPACs created to destroy them one by one.”
Two very distinct Bible quotes run through my mind when I consider Trump, whether or not he is a real conservative, a Republican or a Christian.
Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Esther 4:14 “… and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Those who claim to be Christian conservatives should not be so sure that God isn’t using this bizarre phenomenon of Trump for His glory and purpose. Somebody had to shake things up, and conservatives had no one. Cruz, Santorum, Huckabee and anyone else who dared defend life or sovereignty were being methodically pushed out by the establishment. Is it not possible that, by God’s purposes, Trump is in this race to be the shield so a real conservative can withstand the firestorm that is the establishment wrath, to go on and give “anyone but Jeb” a chance?
I believe, should a bona fide conservative win the primary, Trump will stand down and be supportive. I believe that if Jeb, Chris Christie or Lindsey Graham are nominated, Trump will run third party, and the conservatives in the GOP might just follow him.
Thus, RINOs are confounded. They need to find a way to get Trump out of the race, because any other outcome means they lose their life of luxe. They see three potentially devastating (for them) outcomes:
1) If he stays in and wins, they know he will say, “You’re fired!” to all the crony capitalists, RINOs, elitist consultants and spineless D.C. hacks.
2) If Jeb gets the nomination, Trump will move to third party, take most of his huge support base with him, and that still doesn’t get their boy, Jeb, elected.
3) If Cruz or another true conservative wins, and Trump supports the nominee, they are probably still toast.
So, it’s best to just make sure Trump somehow goes away. To do this, they must get conservatives to demand that Trump pledge himself to the GOP. They have to. Their entire corrupt Viva la Vida livelihood depends on it. They will stop at nothing.
Certainly, the easiest avenue is to manipulate conservatives into demanding Trump commit to “be a team player” and stay in the party, even if he loses. That way, they can thank the always oh-so-nice conservatives for their help, and get back to the business of electing a Bush/Christie ticket and their fun in Viva la Vida.
Conservatives: If nominating a compromiser elitist and losing to the Democrats is your goal, don’t let common sense or historic truths get in your way. There is nothing to see here. Carry on.