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Dump Trump? Not So Fast!

By Rob Tenery, MD on March 5, 2016

The Tea Party movement began following Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration in January 2009. This conservative movement, which was the far right wing of the Republican Party, came into being in response to the Obama administration’s plan to give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners. Its basic premise was to ‘reduce the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing government spending and for lower taxes.’

The Tea Party members in Congress were considered more outliers by the mainstream Republican establishment, which had gradually moved more left as the Progressive element of the Democratic Party increased their hold on Washington. At the same time the American public was becoming more and more dissatisfied with the growing array of government mandates and regulations that were being heaped on them. Struggling business were increasingly burdened by high corporate taxes as others moved to more friendly environments. The remaining labor force was now fighting for the jobs that were still available as cheap labor from across the border vied for their places.

Neither side of the aisle was listening to what the American public was trying to tell them! The Obama administration was routinely going around Congress, shredding the Constitution along the way, while the Supreme Court was increasingly legislating from the bench. The voice of the electorate, dumbed down by their addiction to government entitlements, a higher education system that is raising a generation of self-indulgents and a liberal media that advocates more for socialism than capitalism, has finally broken their chains of silence.

This upcoming election is the breaking point! The gridlock in Washington, held by both the Democrat and Republication establishments, is about to implode.   On the left is the surprising popularity of Bernie Sanders. On the right is the ascension of Donald Trump. Although Trump is not a Tea Party member, his quoted positions on immigration, terrorism and trade deficits resound with the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Hillary Clinton seems destined to lead the Democratic Party into the election, unless her violations of national security, while she was Secretary-of-State, turn her from candidate to convict. Although Sander’s quest for Democratic Socialism seems to have been stopped, the increasing move toward socialism will gain further strength with the brainwashing by our universities and liberal media.

The ‘establishment’ of the Republican Party is in full-scale panic mode over Trump’s popularity. Although Trump, with all his negatives, is the clear favorite of the electorate as demonstrated by this first round of Republican primaries, he is in the position to make or break the party. It seems the more the wealthy donors and the ‘old guard’ try to bring him down, the stronger he becomes. Mitt Romney’s public dressing down of Trump on Thursday only seems to harden Trump’s supporters’ belief that the time for change is now.

Trump’s supporters are right! But is Trump the right person to lead this change?  One fear is that his high negatives will put another Democrat in the White House either by Trump losing the election or going independent, which assures four more years of an Obama clone. Just as important, the next President will pick the justice or justices that will determine the balance on the Supreme Court.

 Maybe the best answer to the current Republican dilemma came from former Republican Presidential candidate, Herman Cain:

 “My take is the ‘establishment’ thought, four months ago, that Trump was going to flame out. He didn’t. He got stronger. And so the ‘establishment’, I believe, is acting insane and irresponsibly. They are now in a panic, because they can’t control Trump. So now they do want to get behind Marco Rubio. There is nothing wrong with trying to promote the person you want to support. The problem, I have, is that they also, simultaneously, want to try and stop somebody else. The American people who voted for Trump have spoken. Let this play out! If he is the nominee, they ought to support the ultimate Republican nominee.”

The ‘old guard’ in Washington never seems to learn. This is just one more example of why term limits is the only way to run this democratic republic!





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