What Will Remain Of The Republican Party Philosophy?
Far be it for me to defend the current Republican Party. I can not abide their actions or intent most of the time.
But when it comes to the purpose of a political party and who should control its platform and messaging there are many folks like myself from the other side of the aisle who can legitimately weigh in and offer a word or two.
Every party desires new voters and robust energy. But what can not be abided is a wholesale take-over of a party by interlopers who have no real desire to make the party better or even understand the basic reasoning for the party in the first place. While it is true that in time interlopers can become members and a party can develop into something different there should be no tolerance for the hijacking of a party.
I have issues with how Bernie Sanders found the Democratic Party just in time to run for president. The whole nation is paying attention to how Donald Trump is placing his fingerprint and those of his clueless followers onto the party of Lincoln. No one can be comfortable with the angry ones who seem to think they have a right to the keys to the party just because they have some steam to blow off in 2106. That is not what those who have worked in the trenches of party politics for decades know to be the way things are done.
Yet the charge by Mr. Trump and his supporters isn’t merely an attempt to win the nomination; it’s also an effort to change what the party is about. It represents an attempt at a hostile takeover that, if successful, would change not only who leads the GOP, but also what it means to be a Republican.
How, for example, would a party that traditionally has stood for free trade alter its position if its nominee has espoused punitive tariffs on imports from China? How does a party whose members have declared religious liberty a core issue square that belief with a nominee who has called for surveillance of mosques?
And how does a party whose business wing has called for expanded use of H-1B visas for skilled workers square that position with a nominee who has called for reducing the program?
These positions would require re-evaluation of some basic Republican doctrines. They represent changes that, as Mr. Trump has been saying, could draw new members into the Republican Party—but also could drive away some Republicans who can’t abide the new direction.