that the Democrat Party is the Evil Party and the Republican Party is
the Stupid Party. This cannot be repeated often enough. The Republican
Party has repeatedly demonstrated that it has no idea what is best for
its continued viability and the people who actually vote for it.
The persistent problem with the Republican Party is that every
election cycle it pitches to the besieged middle class in Middle America
and then goes to Washington and does the bidding of donor class fat
cats. The flyover country middle class has continued to go along with
this game because in our alleged “two party” system at least the
Republican Party pretends to like them. The Democrat Party on the other
hand, which is historically supposed to be the party of the working man,
long ago gave up the pretense of actually caring about the economic
interests of or even liking flyover country yokels. Instead Democrats by
and large see such yokels as a major part of the problem due to their
Bible-clinging and gun-toting ways and status as bearers of some
mystical privilege. But the masses can only be expected to put up with
this dynamic for so long before they’ve had enough and demand change.
This appears to be happening, yet the Republican Establishment scratches
its collective head in befuddlement. “Why are the plebs so angry?”
What the success of the Donald Trump campaign should clearly
demonstrate to the GOP leadership and its elected representatives if
they are paying attention or care is that average Republican voters are
not really motivated by the prospect of cuts in the marginal income tax
rates of the rich. They believe the middle class is under siege from
well-connected corporatists above and a permanent underclass below, and
that the federal government works for the interests of both of these and
against their own, and about this they are manifestly correct.
So how does the Republican Party respond to this disconnect? It
elevates to the House Speakership a man, Paul Ryan, who is a virtual
caricature of all that is wrong with the GOP, and I might add, it does
so with the acquiescence of a lot of the “Freedom Caucus.” What? Was the
Monopoly Man not available?
Donald Trump is resonating with the flyover base, much to the chagrin
of the Establishment and their lackeys in the “conservative”
punditocracy, on two issues in particular, immigration and trade. Both
are near and dear to the heart of the base because both address two of
the main things that have caused middle class fortunes to stagnate,
economic globalization and the mass importation of cheap labor, both
illegal and legal.
In the midst of this rebellion in the heartland, the Republican Party
keepers of the flame insisted on anointing Paul Ryan as Speaker, after
their original choice crashed and burned, but Ryan could not be more
wrong on these two issues at the heart of the base’s uprising.
Ryan is a hard core amnesty supporter. By Republican standards he is
an “extremist” on the issue. He also supports virtual open borders with
regard to legal immigration, a policy that not only would perpetuate the
problems of unemployment, underemployment and stagnant wages that
already plague us, but would guarantee that the Republican Party will
become a permanent minority party, virtually irrelevant on the national
stage, within a few election cycles. Talk about the Stupid Party. Many
of them appear to not be able to do basic math.
On globalist managed trade deals (To call them free trade deals is a
scandalous misuse of language.), Ryan is again the worst of the worst.
Ryan is not just a casual supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP) and the legislative gimmickry of fast track that enabled it. He
co-authored (along with faux populist Sen. Ted Cruz, I might add) a
blatant piece of apologia for fast track and the TPP in the Power Elite … err I mean … Wall Street Journal before said power elite ramrodded the fast track abomination through Congress. Way to represent the peeps there, GOP.
What this shameful Ryan spectacle once again demonstrates is that the
Republican Party is worse than worthless when it comes to representing
the interests of the majority of people who actually vote for it. It’s
recent history (since the ’60s +/-) has been to serve as a sort of
safety valve to diffuse periodic fits of anger from the masses when they
wake up and realize they are getting screwed. People of good will may
differ on whether this means the Republican Party needs to be reformed
or scrapped and replaced, but what should be obvious to all who are not
beholden to the donor class is that the current situation is
intolerable. I suspect that for now the one most helped by the Ryan
debacle is Donald Trump.