I am so sick of hearing pundits on TV and radio say they’re confused about why trump is popular, I’m almost to the point of vomiting on my shoe tops. I have some colleagues who despise Donald Trump and inevitably resorts to caricatures of his supporters as “right wing crazies,” “nut jobs,” or “people who don’t think things through.” Instead, they support either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, two men I loathe.
Before I’m attacked for being all in with Trump, I have criticized him on numerous occasions. More will be coming. I endorsed Ted Cruz myself. But when Trump is unfairly treated, I also defend him. It’s called having principles.
But, let me try one last time to explain to people who are still confused, why Trump is popular. If at the end of this article you still don’t understand, there’s no hope. You’re an example of why mental health matters.
Let’s take one issue, the border, for the sake of simplicity. If I’m a voter who is concerned about the open border, what are my choices? Over the last 40 years we have heard politicians promise to secure our border. Yet not a damn thing has been done. Jeb Bush cannot even bring himself to agree with building a border wall because he says it costs too much. This is coming from a man whose brother left our nation with greater than a $9 trillion national debt as he left the white house. His father didn’t do too well either. But don’t worry, Jeb is his own man. I guess that explains why he now has a punctuation point as a last name “Jeb!”. But he assures us he’s very proud of his last name. He’s so proud in fact that he promises W will emerge from the witness protection program and appear with him on the campaign trail soon. How soon? Well like his position on the Iraq war, he’s still unsure. But, don’t worry Bush supporters, there’s still 24 hours until voting happens in Iowa, so there’s still time. In short, many ordinary Americans perceive Jeb! As a Joke!
Let’s examine Marco Rubio, or as I call him the Cuban used car salesman. As I have pointed out on my show, Rubio has changed his position multiple times on immigration. He disagrees with Obama’s unconstitutional executive action, yet wouldn’t repeal it. In 2003 Rubio supported an early version of what’s now called the dream act. However, in 2010 during his run for the US Senate, Rubio said a pathway to citizenship was amnesty. Amnesty majically seemed like a better idea to newely elected Senator Rubio when he cosponsored the gang of eight bill. At the time, the border had yet to be secured. Now candidate Rubio assures us that since the border is not secure, immigration reform should not be discussed until a later time, preferably after his inauguration no doubt. Rubio excuses supporting the gang of eight bill because ISIS wasn’t an issue at the time. True, there was only a little problem called Al Qaeda. Like Jeb! Ordinary Americans see Rubio as just another politician who does so much running to get away from his record, he’ll be lucky not to receive an endorsement from Michelle Obama.
Some have accused Cruz of inconsistency on immigration. Others have explained and defended Cruz on this point. You can make of it what you will. I will only say that any accusations of Cruz supporting amnesty should be taken up with Jeff Sessions who agrees that Cruz has not changed his position.
Governor Krispy Kreme’s way of dealing with illegal immigration was to provide them in state tuition. Finally, the Ohio governor Penguin hands, aka John Kasich, whose inability to separate his fingers during debates caused some to wonder if he had an accident with a glue gun, was happy to change his position on illegal immigration after winning election as Governor.
With this fecklessness in mind, Donald Trump dedicates half of his presidential announcement to illegal immigration. He speaks about a border wall. Now many of us can point out his inconsistencies with former statements, and doubt his authenticity. But what has anyone in the GOP done to secure our border in the last thirty years? What has anyone in Congress done the last seven years to oppose Obama’s agenda for that matter? They fund Obamacare. They fund his unconstitutional executive actions. They fund Planned Parenthood. In short, the establishment GOP hasn’t done a damn thing.
We all know the establishment’s excuse is that they are completely impotent because the sky would fall if the government was shut down. However, as James Madison pointed out in Federalist 58; “The House of representatives can not only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse, that powerful instrument. This power over the purse, may in fact be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.” The only problem is, hardly anyone in the Republican party will exercise it.
Democrats often mention how minorities feel disenfranchised because their perception is that their votes don’t matter. This feeling is also prevalent on the so called right. We gave the GOP the house in 2010 and nothing changed. We gave them the Senate in 2014 and nothing changed. Now establishment figures want a third chance? There’s an old saying. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. People are sick of empty promises. When people are frustrated they become desperate for leadership. Anyone who promises change, even a loud mouth billionaire opportunistic charlatan, will garner support. So if you’re furious about Trump’s rise, don’t blame his supporters, most of whom are simple patriots terrified that our nation’s on an endless downward slope. Blame McConnell, McCain, Rubio, Graham, and yes Bush!
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