A Trumped Up Charge

It strikes me that the Republican Party has something of a problem. For eight years, the most vocal part of the party has spent it’s time questioning Obama’s birthplace, the exact shade of black of his skin, his religion and whether or not he is a gay communist who funded his youthful drug habit through male prostitution. And attempting to block everything he does regardless of its merits. The rational part of the party appears to have spent it’s time trying to appease the former. And no one has questioned what direction the party should take. Exactly what does the GOP stand for? What are their core values and ethics? How do these translate into policies in today’s USA?

And now here we are in 2016, with Donald Trump on the cusp of being selected as the Republican candidate for the November presidential election. What a pickle. Actually, Donald Trump should be easy for them to deal with. The Republican Party just needs to act as any self respecting organisation would. Expel him from the GOP, on the simple charge of him bringing the party into disrepute. Repeatedly. On an almost daily basis. Cancel the current nomination process, removing other extremists from the fray at the same time. That would be Cruz in particular. But Rubio too. Then choose a nominee from a moderate section of the party. An electable section of the party.

It’s hard to imagine that someone could, without being fired, expelled or otherwise being removed from their position, publicly ridicule disabled people, advocate torture, promise to commit war crimes, habitually come out with racist slurs, threaten free speech, demean women and generally marginalise anyone that isn’t…well, a white, male Christian. Other than members of the KKK. They’d get away with that behaviour. Which brings us on to the mysteriously under publicised ‘possibility’ that Trump is himself a white supremacist. Seriously, even FIFA would likely have expelled him. Think about that for a moment.

So. It would be that easy. Sure, there would be an outcry from a section of the party that he was being ejected on a trumped up charge, which makes great headline material. Their outrage would be full of ridiculous nonsense, and they can also be invited to leave the party. If a split is coming, the moderate Republicans would do well to martial the split themselves, on their terms and to start afresh. There’s nothing to lose. Whether Trump is their nominee or whether he is running as an independent, they are highly unlikely, barring any major Democrat catastrophe, to win the White House in 2016.

There are consequences of doing nothing and going with the flow. To return to the first paragraph, does any sane Republican really want the party’s values and ethics defined by Donald Trump? The longer the GOP remains at the extreme end of politics, promoting policies that are frankly shameful, the longer it can expect to remain a protest party, sitting at the margins of American life, dominated by oligarchs who are out of touch with real life and supported by a dwindling proportion of a poorly educatedinformed electorate. Who are also largely out of touch. With reality.

American politics is broken. But Trump is hardly the person to fix it. On a personal note, and within the realms of plausibility, albeit at the very edges of it, the best outcome at this moment in time would seem to be Clinton with Jeb Bush as her running mate. Clinton and Bush for once, rather than Clinton v Bush. Hey, those two families broke America pretty good. Maybe they should step up and fix it. Yes, I know….unlikely on every count. At least though, they might be able to get both parties working together for the benefit of the country to a better degree than has been the case for the last few decades.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it should be pointed out that Donald Trump almost certainly has a very small penis. He might think it’s big, but that’s just because he has very small hands. That’s the only positive thing about Trump’s candidacy. He’s giving the world plenty of laughs. At him, rather than with him. Sadly, he’s making the US as a whole look rather ridiculous too.

10 Comments

  • Very well written Gary, however you could have dispensed with the last paragraph, he’s disfunctional enough as it is hands down!

    At least it won’t be a boring few months anyway until the election, however I’m holding my breath.. You never know what he is going to come out with next!

    • The last paragraph did lower the tone. But this is a post about Trump. It’s in keeping with the subject material! Besides, I needed a link onto the last video….

  • Of course, he could stll win the presidency. My prediction is that a Trump administration would be almost indistinguishable from a Clinton administration — almost everything would be negotiable.

    • He could. All things are possible. Which is why I always prefer to talk of likelihoods and not certainties. My years of teaching English future tense reinforced my use of language in general, political language in particular. But I see only two ways that Trump could likely attain the White House. Through a complete and catastrophic implosion in the Democrat party. Or a catastrophic incident within the borders of the US. Barring those, the sensible money is on a Democrat president.

      I disagree that a Trump and Clinton presidency would be indistinguishable. Firstly, for the reasons I gave above for Trump to get the job in the first place. Secondly, Trump is just violently divisive. I wouldn’t be overly surprised at tanks on the streets in the event of a Trump win. Then there’s foreign policy and relationships. He’d make Bush look internationally popular. I don’t think you could overstate the level of contempt the chap is held in. It does matter.

  • The media makes its living selling words, they are making baskets loads off the GOP and Mr. Trump and have been for a decade or so. The more crazy a politician acts, the more “news” coverage he/she gets-it sells. But the thing is, they delude themselves, as a nation the US is still a pretty level headed place.

    Trump is going to give the presidency to the Democrats one way or the other. If they shut him out in the convention, he will run as a third party candidate and pull the GOP vote apart, running on the GOP’s ticket, he is unelectable at the national level, no matter what the talking heads would have you believe over in Jolly Old. Unelectable my friend.

    The Gop has dug themselves a pit without shoring up the sides, what with a planned obstructionist policy going on eight years. A total unwillingness to participate in the governing process. The sides of that pit are caving in. The election will go the Goldwater route. The GOP will lose the Executive office, the Senate and most of its majority in the House and of course the Judiciary will change for at least a generation. Turnout matters and the GOP will stay home in droves this November.

    And if you want audacity: Mr Trump may very well be a stalking horse for the liberals. He has been a Democrat most of his adult life and oh does he enjoy all the attention.

    • The GOP seems to me to be a collection of separate and competing entities with numerous contradictory values and no direction, united only in their disdain for Obama. It makes me laugh a little when people refer to him as the worst president in US history. What really changed in the last eight years? It’s a completely nuts thing to say. But regardless, Trump is not doing much to unify the Republicans. Quite the opposite. Some might say he’s just putting the last nail in the coffin. I’d disagree, but only because the GOP will, surely, one day reinvent itself. It sure is the end of one era though.

  • I am truly ashamed of what the rest of the world must think of my country. The very idea that someone like Trump could be the nominee for President is like something out of nightmare. And Cruz is just as bad. They are both very dangerous people.

    • The US system of checks and balances, via the senate, congress and Supreme Court, is often touted as a safety net against dangerous elements in a government. I think there is cause for concern though with the path Trump is going down. He is the most unashamed of liars and has learned that preaching from a fictitious manifesto of hatred doesn’t seem to hurt him. He is the cause of escalating violence. He is inciting it. You wonder where else this could go.

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