To so many of my Pseudo-Conservative /RINO /Establishment /Liberal "friends", this question is persistent, baffling and scaring the shit out of them.
The answer is quite simple. As a matter of fact, President George W. Bush pretty much summed it up quite "brilliantly" when he said "There's an old saying in Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me... You can't get fooled again!'"
For so many election cycles, Republicans have been running on issues that the American people agree with them on and winning. However, once in office they do not fight the good fight. They cite reasons like not having control over one or both houses of Congress, not having a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and not controlling the White House as reasons not to pass or even propose legislation.
But a quick look back into history shows that even when the Republican Party controlled the entire federal government under George W. Bush they didn't follow through on any of their promises. They even allowed moderate justices onto the Supreme Court!
This time around we have several real conservative candidates running for office BUT the American people (Republicans primarily but a significant portion of Democrats and Independents) don't trusTed (not a typo) them.
- First of all, New Hampshire has gotten the GOP candidate right 14 of the last 17 election cycles while only getting the Democrat candidate right 6 of the same last 17 cycles.
- Trump won every demographic on the Republican side and received more raw votes than Hillary Clinton.
- New Hampshire allows Independent voters to vote in primaries giving a more accurate view into how these same voters will vote in a General Election.
If all outsider candidates dropped today, where would their voters go? Most to Trump and some to Cruz. Even the candidates that are being labeled "establishment" (Rubio, Kasich, Christie) are more conservative than any candidates fielded by the Republican Party for President in quite some time and ALL of them have adopted watered-down versions of policies that Trump has brought to the forefront.
The problem for them is "...that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
Trump On The Issues That Piss Off Real Americans And Scare The S#!T Out Of The Left
"What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc."
"I'm gonna say, 'Mexico, this is not going to continue, you're going to pay for that wall,' and they will pay for the wall."
"New Hampshire has a tremendous drug epidemic, I am going to create borders. No drugs are coming in. We're going to build a wall. You know what I'm talking about. You have confidence in me. Believe me, I will solve the problem."
"When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families, they care about their lives, don't kid yourselves. But they say they don't care about their lives. You have to take out their families."
“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
"ISIS is making a tremendous amount of money because they have certain oil caps, right? They have certain areas of oil that they took away, they have some in Syria, some in Iraq. I would bomb the shit out of 'em,"
October 2014 and September 2015, I outlined plans for Republicans to win elections nationally. For those of you that know me, you know that I do not pull punches. I agree with Ronald Reagan when he said
“Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?”
Who fits that bill? The answer is simple. Donald Trump.
We have heard politicians say they want to "build a wall" and "defeat terrorists and evil doers." It has been almost 15 years since 9/11 and we are arguably worse off now despite controlling Congress and the White House intermittently since then.
In steps Donald Trump...
Disclaimer: This is an observational piece and not an endorsement of Donald Trump. I pledge to support whichever Republican wins the nomination and hope that my fellow GOPers will do the same!