“The great presidents never forget the principle of the republic and seek to preserve and enhance them – in the long run– without undermining the needs of the moment. Bad presidents simply do what is expedient, heedless of principles. But the worst presidents are those who adhere to the principles regardless of what the fortunes of the moment demand.”
― George Friedman
I feel it necessary to preface this letter by stating that I am a huge fan of your work; your guarding of right wing principles exemplary; your fervent, relentless defense of free speech in the face of left wing authoritarianism and tyranny, truly meritorious. However, I feel that your position on the Republican nomination is utterly short-sighted at best, and completely dishonest at worst. This letter hopes to convey, as [not] briefly as possible, some of my contentions for your consideration.
First and foremost, while I concur that the ‘establishment’ is the central cause of the woes of the Republican party, I do not believe the picture you paint accurately reflects the entire story.
It’s pertinent to face the fact that if we are to admit, however vague, the existence of the establishment, one must also admit that the political arms of the establishment — that is the Republican Party and the Democrat Party — are ultimately in the same bed together. In its current form, the political landscape stands to serve the interests of a corporate globalist behemoth that knows no national identity, no political ideology, and stretches from the U.S, through the Middle East, to the EU.
In this sense, political ideologies merely serve the purpose of buying up voters in an ideologically and demographically fractured society. The two-party system evokes opposing ideals, values, morals and vision – keeping the nation divided, but ultimately serving the same globalist interests that lay quietly behind the scenes.
And it is here that you seem to absolve yourself, and the millions of conservatives like you, from any role in the death of not just the Republican party, but also of conservatism.
Hardened ideologues that exist en masse have for generations given the Republican party little room to move, to meet the fortunes of the moment, or to embrace a modicum of moderation that would’ve served to grow the Republican base. Election by election the need to pander to the ideologue conservatism of the increasingly fractured Republican party has been eroding the resilience of the party on a national level.
Ted Cruz is this this year’s establishment pander to the ideologue conservative that has for too long been the rotting core of the Republican party. Rubio is his moderate counterpart.
Cruz will evoke the power of the constitution, talk gleefully of limited government and free markets, and he’ll elicit a deep spiritual response from his audience by selling them Christian morality and ethics with all the repulsion of a simeball, sleezebag used car salesman-turned-televangelist. And then he’ll sell you down the river to the same corporate globalist interests that you’ve been getting sold out to for decades.
Except he won’t. Because he has quite literally zero percent chance of ever being elected over Hillary Clinton. I know this will come as shock-horror to some, but slimeball, sleezebag used car salesmen-turned-televangelists don’t tend to go over too well with the other 75% of the populace.
Ted Cruz would be the final nail in the coffin for the hopes of libertarianism and conservatism. His defeat to Hillary Clinton — no matter how bad her presidency — would seal the fate of the Republican party not just for a couple of generations, but permanently. What people don’t seem to understand is this: the GOP is in the middle of its final stand. Do or die; now or never.
Donald Trump is everything that the Republican party has for so long needed, but not wanted. He’s bringing an appeal that reaches across the demographic spectrum in a way that Republicans could have only ever dreamed of; he would ensure the legitimacy of the Republican party into the future by growing the base and shattering the identity-politic stranglehold over America’s political landscape, under an inclusive banner of America-first nationalism.
The Republican party needs him. But they don’t want him. In fact, they’ll do anything to stop him. It’s not because he’s racist or bigoted or pandering to white supremacists; it’s because he’s walking through the most powerful globalist interests in the world, upending the entire system, and there’s not a damn thing they can do to stop him hitherto.
Make no mistake, Donald Trump would decimate the House of Clinton in ways that would make what he did to the House of Bush look like child’s play. In the process, he would effectively do to the Democrat party what he has done to the GOP. Donald Trump has become a destroyer of worlds, and in a roundabout way, is the only hope that conservatism has going forward. Donald is on the brink of initiating the most peaceful political revolution in history.
You are spot-on in your observation that the Republican party, for too long, has not represented conservatism. Indeed, the Republican Party is no longer a party of conservatism but rather one of fractured demography and fractured ideology.
Your acknowledgement of this reality, however, calls into question your premise of withholding support for Trump out of principle. If this were truly about principle, Ben, you would’ve left the Republican party long ago; the Libertarian Party while not a wholesome representation of conservatism would be a far better fit. Given your base of support, name recognition, and loyal viewership, one can only figure you’d be able to start a grassroots conservatism movement of your own.
With no invective intended, I suggest that perhaps Trump, as a destroyer of worlds, is actually a destroyer of yours, too. Perhaps a Trump presidency, through populist conversion, would erode the validity of your business model.
Or worse yet, perhaps — as one commenter suggested — you’re simply part of the wider system that takes advantage of America’s landscape of identity-politics by whipping up a base of ideologue support and then sending out his finely groomed bots come voting season.
At any rate and whatever the case, you’re far too intelligent to be as intellectually dishonest as your surveying of the Republican nomination suggests.
Conservative ideologues, like yourself and your supporters, put conservatism on life support and buried the Republican party in the process. Ted Cruz, God’s last true conservative, would simply be the final nail in the coffin of a dying institution. Donald Trump is, if not anything else, your last best hope to salvage the remnants of what you stand for (and drown Social Justice Warriors in their own tears for good measure).
An unprincipled Donald Trump backer.