Humpty Dumpty – A Postmortem of the Shattered GOP

 

Humpty_DumptyI love nursery rhymes; subversive as hell, each is a short, pointed, political statement masquerading as a scrap of silly, sing-song verse. And since history tends to repeat, we should not be surprised to find current events that map quite nicely to Mother Goose. For today’s example, consider the crack-up of the GOP in the context of “Humpty Dumpty.”

The GOP has, indeed, “sat on a wall.” And though some might go for the low-hanging fruit and claim that this “wall” is our southern border, I think that that’s too easy. I think of it as it was probably originally intended: The GOP was consistently faced with important decisions and consistently refused, for a variety of reasons — some cowardice, some intrigue — to take a side. And when those decisions had been made for it, the GOP shattered. And now, no one, especially not our self-proclaimed best and brightest, can reassemble it.

Let me make this point clear up front: Donald Trump did not shatter the GOP; the GOP did that themselves. As I have commented in a previous post, the shattering of the GOP is the direct result of twenty-eight years of a preference for globalism over liberty (led by the Bushes), at least thirteen years of Bush/GOPe Play-Nice-With-The-Brass-Knuckle-Marxists policy, and more than seven years of GOPe The-Base-Are-Always-Embarrassing-Reprobates-To-Be-Impugned-And-Ignored policy. Had these policies not been followed, Obama would have been impeached and members of his administration — if not Obama himself — would be in prison. Period. And despite recent protestations to the contrary, the GOP pursued neither of these actions (for the previously cited policy reasons) and now there is no longer any chance of them making it right. Through its cowardice and machinations, the GOP has irreversibly abused and lost our trust all on its own. The Trump campaign was merely the wind that blew the GOP off of its comfortable but precarious wall.

Let me also make this clear, because it is important to some: I am not “for” Trump, though I probably will (as things currently stand) vote for him. This is one of many valid positions with which people are identifying. However, the motivations for identifying with each of these positions differ, and this is where any possible reassembling of the GOP becomes difficult, if not impossible. Each motivation is a piece of shell, and each of these pieces is further divided on position.

The three main motivations, as I see them, are: Establishment, Constitutional, and Disaffected.

The three main positions, as I see them, are: #NeverTrump, Reluctant Trump, and Enthusiastic Trump. Further, the #NeverTrump position has three sub-positions: Abstaining, Voting Third Party, and Voting for Hillary.

Of the varying combinations, I will address a few in detail:

  • Reluctant Trump – Constitutional: This is the first of two major positions/motivations to be found among conservatives in general — and here on Ricochet — and it’s the one I hold. I make no claim that this is the more popular of the two positions. A good (but hyperbolic) overview of it can be found in Kurt Schlichter’s recent column.
  • #NeverTrump – Constitutional – Abstaining or Voting Third Party: This is the second of the two major positions/motivations. A good overview of it can be found in Jon Gabriel’s recent post. Although I do not (yet) belong to this group, I find no fault with their principled position.
  • #NeverTrump – Establishment – Voting Third Party or Voting for Hillary: It is with this group that I personally place the blame for the GOP’s shattering. And the closer someone of this group is with DC, the greater his culpability. If it were up to me to cobble together something new of the remaining shattered pieces of the GOP, I’d leave these pieces out.
  • Enthusiastic Trump – Disaffected: These are the legions of Americans who have not, until recently, followed politics closely. All they know is that something is deeply wrong. Just read the comment section of any political article on the Internet and consider how much more frustrated content there is as opposed to even ten years ago. These people see one party that is openly “all in” on destroying this country. They see the other party as pooh-poohing them as reprobates and rubes for thinking so. They are frightened to their bones at what they see occurring, and — being political novices who lack a political rubric to examine our present situation — they don’t necessarily grasp that they are making Ayn Rand’s false choice of taking poison for antidote after being fed poison for food. Some have gone for Trump, some have gone for Sanders, but all have gone enthusiastically because they have nowhere else to go.

Now, whose fault was that?

(Your further examination of these combinations is welcome.)

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  1. BastiatJunior Member
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    Eudaimonia Rick:

    Richard Robinson:Excellent analysis Eud.

    Thank you, Rich. And welcome to Ricochet! It’s great to see you here. I hope to see more of your input. You should post an introduction to yourself for the other Ricochetti.

    For others reading this comment, Rich Robinson is a friend of mine from another Internet discussion board. He subscribed to Ricochet today.

    Welcome aboard, Rich!

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  2. Redneck Desi Inactive
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    The American people reelected obamato a second term…..after the lies of obamacare, the Iraq withdrawal, Benghazi, and  a horrific recovery. He still has close to a 50% approval rating. It is not a lack of fight on our side…..it is our fellow citizens who are the problem.

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  3. derek Member
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    Redneck Desi:The American people reelected obamato a second term…..after the lies of obamacare, the Iraq withdrawal, Benghazi, and a horrific recovery. He still has close to a 50% approval rating. It is not a lack of fight on our side…..it is our fellow citizens who are the problem.

    Sure. A populace who hates Obamacare and wall Street bailouts were offered the architect of Obamacare v1 and a wall Street investment banker as candidate.

    The populace who in its wisdom didn’t trust either parties so has maintained a divided government since 2010.

    A populace who has heard again and again the Republican leadership waiting for all these branches of government to be handed to them before they can even consider coming up with any ideas.

    This is the delusion that has destroyed the Republicans. That somehow somewhere the party of Hastert and Paulson has a constituency that could win an election.

    Trump is a buffoon and a fool. Maybe the republicans can get together with Kerry for a beer and commiserate over getting beaten by someone not as smart as they think they are.

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  4. Larry3435 Member
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    Eudaimonia Rick:

    Larry3435: Ooooh, we should have “pointed out” that there [sic.] policies are inherently Marxist and used Venezuela as a cautionary tale? Why didn’t you tell me that before? No Republicans ever thought of that.

    Really? Can you tell me of any Republican which took to the floor of Congress and shouted from the rafters about this?
    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01386/obama-chavez_1386798c.jpg

    Or perhaps they thought of it and decided that it would be oh-so indecorous to even bring it up.

    A quick google search turned up 3.1 million hits on criticism of Obama for yucking it up with Chavez in 2009.  Newt took the lead.  I don’t mind that strategy.  Getting one effective spokesman out there to make the case is better than a babble of criticism in the background, although we had that too.  And judging by the 2010 election results, the criticism may have been effective.

    Recognizing that you have already politely dismissed me from this conversation, I don’t expect much of a response.  But I want you to know that it is incredibly frustrating to me when the GOP makes an argument, and the so-called base undermines that argument by complaining that the “Establishment” didn’t say anything, even though it clearly did.  The case was made, but it is undermined when the “base,” instead of adding their voice to the criticism of Obama, attacks the GOP “Establishment.”

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  5. Larry3435 Member
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    By the way, if you want to make a case effectively, you don’t “take to the floor of Congress.”  You take your case to the media.  For the right, that most often means Fox News, talk radio, and the print media.  I don’t even know what was said “on the floor of Congress,” because I don’t read the Congressional Record on a regular basis.  Neither does (almost) anyone else.

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  6. J Climacus Member
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    Wrong thread for this comment – deleted

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  7. Duane Oyen Member
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    Eudaimonia Rick:

    Front Seat Cat: I would give anything to have GWB back.

    I would not. It was with GWB that the Play-Nice-With-The-Brass-Knuckle-Marxists policy started and became official. This is the policy which is most responsible for emboldening the Marxist wing of the Democrat party.

    OK, time to ignore everything written by this guy.  “The US was betrayed by the globalists and Communist Bushes,” etc.

    If we can’t have legitimately serious debate here, there is not much point in these posts, let alone promoting them in TDS.

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  8. Eudaimonia Rick Inactive
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    Redneck Desi: It is not a lack of fight on our side…..it is our fellow citizens who are the problem.

    It is our fellow citizens who are intentionally misinformed because of the lack of fight on our side.

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  9. The Reticulator Member
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    Eudaimonia Rick:

    Redneck Desi: It is not a lack of fight on our side…..it is our fellow citizens who are the problem.

    It is our fellow citizens who are intentionally misinformed because of the lack of fight on our side.

    Yes.

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  10. Eudaimonia Rick Inactive
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    Duane Oyen: OK, time to ignore everything written by this guy. “The US was betrayed by the globalists and Communist Bushes,” etc.

    No. The US was betrayed by the Communists (Democrats) and the Globalist Bushes.

    Ignore and impugn at will. That’s exactly what led to the crack-up of the GOP in the first place.

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