Like so many Democratic Party politicos who have shamelessly revealed themselves to be hardline socialists in recent months (with a few radical communists thrown in for good measure), we are now seeing power players among Republicans who once sold themselves as rock-ribbed conservatives revealing themselves as big-government socialists as well.
This phenomenon is manifesting itself in two ways: One is in the spate of GOP lawmakers who have seen the writing on the wall as regards the war on the political class catalyzed by the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and who have announced that they will not seek re-election.
A highly vigorous escalation of this war on the political class takes the form of Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon and his quest to unseat establishment Republican lawmakers. One amusing byproduct of this campaign and public disgust over Republican lawmakers’ intransigence is Sen. Mitch McConnell’s attempt to salvage his political career by falling into line with the administration over tax reform amidst calls for his ouster as Senate majority leader.
The second hallmark of this phenomenon has to do with high-profile Republicans who have jumped on the bandwagon of those accusing President Trump of fostering imprudent public policy. A week ago, former President George W. Bush lambasted President Trump in this area. Using words such as “nationalism” and “nativism,” Bush asserted that “We cannot wish globalism away.”
Perhaps not, but I’d wager we could beat it to death with the Constitution.
Bush’s condemnation came just a few days after Sen. John McCain dressed down Trump in similar fashion. Then, in the Wall Street Journal this week, former Bush administration senior adviser and deputy chief of staff Karl Rove slammed Steve Bannon and his efforts to unseat progressive Republican senators up for re-election in 2018, accusing Bannon of waging “jihad against incumbent Republicans.”
Rove – once considered by the Republican base to be an arch-conservative – obviously isn’t.
One thing I found particularly sickening was that these GOP luminaries have also taken to chiming in with the far left in advancing the notion that President Trump is somehow promoting racism and bigotry, as Bush did in his speech last Thursday. Attendant to this, these Republicans have apparently adopted the strategy of reinventing themselves, a common go-to for progressives and one that definitely serves to identify them as progressives. We are now hearing language referencing the GOP (or America, depending on the discussion) having to “recover our own identity” (as Bush suggested), reaffirm our values and embrace our rich history and tradition of immigration.
Inasmuch as many of these Republicans were once considered conservatives by the Republican base, we can now see that they are attempting to redefine conservatism in the same manner in which leftists redefined terms like “liberalism,” “progressivism” and even “democracy” over the years in order to manipulate public perception. Apparently, socialists now get to call themselves “progressives,” progressives get to call themselves “conservatives,” and anyone espousing that which was formerly known as conservatism is a knuckle-dragging, bigoted, reactionary scoundrel of the lowest order. By extension, the degenerative social and political agendas of the political left can now be considered mainstream, I suppose.
Another eerie similarity between these impassioned Republicans and their Democratic counterparts is the uniformity of message. What they’re articulating relative to the current administration is almost identical to what is being voiced by the most radical of the political left.
Chief among conservatives’ complaints about Bush’s speech last week was that the former president did not once in eight years see fit to speak out against the serial treason, unconstitutional governance and autocracy of the Obama administration, yet he felt compelled to join the former jihadi-in-chief in condemning Trump. This, coupled with Bush’s refusal to defend his own administration against the onslaught of leftist calumnies leveled against it while he was in office, speaks to the dirty little secret of which so many Americans became aware over the last few years, and which motivated them to elect a president who was a true outsider.
The dirty little secret, of course, is that all of the GOP politicos we’re discussing, the crestfallen Republicans who have elected not to seek re-election, Democratic lawmakers, the press and assorted Deep Staters are all one big, happy family. Bush’s refusal to defend his own administration against the left set the stage for Obama’s election, and this was by design. Now, we can see that the resistance of GOP lawmakers to the Trump agenda as evidencing their true allegiance – not to their constituents, nor their party, nor their offices, nor even to money. Their allegiance is to the Beltway system, a system that represents an ongoing transfer of power from the American people to government.
So, like him or not, Steve Bannon’s jihad, Crusade or whatever one wishes to call it, against establishment Republicans is most assuredly a necessary one, and it stands to reason that the establishment press, as well as Democratic and Republican politicos alike, are characterizing him as Lucifer’s evil twin. The political landscape being what it is at present, it is doubtful that the furtive machinations of these misadventurous Republicans will escape the notice of too many voters, and this is a very good thing.
The ironic upside? For the first time in recent memory, Democrats and Republicans in Washington are nearly all on the same page!
Article posted with permission from Erik Rush