Several weeks ago, I put forth the proposition that the Grand Old Party (GOP) may be headed for a steep decline or at the very least for a time in the “political wilderness.”
Well, the events that transpired this past week give strong evidence that the premise that I put forth might have some merit.
The (GOP) is in the midst of a full-blown Civil War!
Since the Republican Presidential victories in 1968 (Richard Nixon vs Hubert Humphrey) and 1980 (Ronald Reagan vs. James E. “Jimmy” Carter) the GOP has put together a unique coalition of
- Cultural Traditionalists – Judeo-Christian & Social Conservatives
- Economic Conservatives – Please read this “Libertarians” & Supply Side advocates; and
- Foreign Policy Defense Hawks – “Peace through Strength”
The illustration that has often been used is one of the three (3) legged stool. In order to win the Presidency a prospective Republican candidate must unify the three diverse branches of the (GOP) and pick up a significant portion of Independent Voters.
The recent ascendancy and primary victories by Donald Trump reveal that for the first time in recent memory a GOP front-runner could win the nomination by appealing to a different segment of the voting population.
How are traditional Republicans handling this?
Well, that depends.
The Republican Party regulars do not know what to make of Mr. Trump’s continued popularity.
On one hand, there are party elders such as former Secretary of Education Mr. William “Bill” Bennett who feels that people need to take a deep breath and relax because he said that Mr. Trump is doing two positive things:
- Bringing disaffected voters into the GOP fold, and
- Secondly, bringing many angry White voters (perhaps Democrats?) who normally would not vote for a GOP candidate.
Secretary Bennett states that Mr. Trump is winning his primary victories fair and square so there should be no effort to change the nomination rules.
No one would dare question Mr. Bennett’s “Conservative credentials” as they are nearly impeccable.
Nevertheless, the last two men who won the nomination for President from the Republican Party vehemently disagree with Bill Bennett
Former Governor Mitt Romney took a nearly unprecedented step and asked for time on National T.V. (FOX) and (CNN) to give an impassioned speech denouncing Mr. Trump’s lack of fitness to be President of the United States.
Governor Romney – the Republican Party nominee for President in 2012 – articulated many of the concerns and fears that this writer – and many others have stated concerning Mr. Trump’s lack of commitment to Conservatism and Constitutionalism.
Mr. Romney echoed Senator Marco Rubio’s charge that Mr. Trump is a fraud (read that “con-artist”).
Senator John McCain – the Republican Party nominee for President in 2008 (and a decorated Vietnam Prisoner of War and War Hero) – tells would be listeners that Donald Trump’s lack of “foreign policy” experience and unintelligible answers to defense questions means that our country would be at great risk placing a “novice” into the Oval Office.
Wait, it gets better!
Conservative pundits, writers, and television hosts as diverse as Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham – and even the great legal scholar Mark Levin have sung the praises of “the Donald.”
There is a Biblical Principle known as “The Law of Unity.”
There are many examples of The Law of Unity that could be cited, but some examples should suffice:
- “Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart” (Proverbs 11.29);
- “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to meet?” (Amos 3.3);
- “Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) dwell in “unity” (Psalms 133.1);
- “For when two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Jesus Christ – Matthew 18.20).
The current state of affairs in the Republican Party resemble anything but unity: more like “Street Fighting” and “Scorched-Earth” Warfare.
The Democratic Party’s historic Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) coalition of Working Class Ethnic Whites, Labor Unions, Jews, Blacks, and the South carried the Democratic Party to dominance from 1932 to 1968.
The Civil Rights Movement while essential fractured the (FDR) coalition for a whole voting generation from 1968 to 1992. It was not until the election win of Governor Bill Clinton in 1992 that the Democratic Party became a contender in Presidential elections again.
The phenomenon of Donald Trump poses problems for the Party of Lincoln that may last for quite some time until a new and successful coalition emerges that augments and strengthens the winning combination that the GOP put together during the Nixon through Reagan Eras.
Over the next few weeks, I am going to diverge from “political commentary” and spend the next month or two writing on how men and women of faith engage the prevailing culture with Judeo-Christian values and convictions.
May GOD Bless You!