That’s how I characterize the primary electorate in the Republican Party. This is new for me. I always had faith in the wisdom of the average American. No more. I should have known after the mass delusion of 2008. I chalked that up to eight years of bad press for George W. Bush and two unpopular wars. I also thought that, beyond the die hard lefties, the people who put Obama over the top were swing voters who unknowingly were attracted to what they felt was some sort of movement, even if they didn’t really realize what exactly that movement was about. Here was a young, charismatic candidate that seemed to embody the American dream. They could be excused for not scratching too deep below the surface.
I used to have confidence that the “low information voter” was a Democrat or at least Democrat-leaning. Now I know that they form at least a plurality in the entire electorate.
As 2016 approached it seemed that the stars had aligned in favor of the Republican party and the conservative grass roots that were then engine behind it. The GOP had control of a majority of state legislatures, Governor’s mansions and the House and Senate. The Democrats appeared ready to nominate an avowed socialist or a corrupt former First Lady with blood on her hands and an ongoing Federal investigation hanging over her head. All voters had to do was pick one of the 16 or so candidates whose name was not Donald Trump.
But the Republican primary electorate is myopic, stupid and irrational. All of this talk of anger is hogwash. I’m angry too. But my anger doesn’t cloud my judgement. If you’re angry because of the debt, the constitutional overreaches, taxes, regulations, the liberal Supreme Court, crony capitalism, government corruption, Obamacare, and the federalizing of every problem then the rational answer is to nominate a conservative. But we don’t have a rational electorate in the Republican party. The average Trump voter has somehow decided that the way to solve all these problems is to nominate a person whose position on these all these issues at some point in the recent past was identical to the President’s. Why? Because they are myopic, stupid, and irrational.
Oh and because they’re bigots. That’s right, Trump’s incredible (in the literal sense of the word, as in not to be believed) rise can basically be attributed to one thing, his off-handed remarks about Mexican immigrants. I say off-handed because we now know that Trump doesn’t prepare speeches. He also doesn’t maintain any sort of consistency. He says whatever he wants whenever he wants and it doesn’t matter if it contradicts previous statements or actions. So Trump has a brain fart about Mexicans and suddenly he’s the darling of the bigots within the GOP. Then as he begins to snowball, a great mass of myopic, stupid and irrational people join in. The result is that the presumed nominee is the only person in the field that has lower favorability ratings than the old harridan, Hillary Clinton.
Let me tell you something about illegal immigration. A lot of Cuban-Americans look down their noses at illegal immigrants from Latin America. They will tell you that they came here legally and a country has a responsibility to defend its borders. Both statements are true, of course, but they are also only part of the story. Before the robolución, Cubans had an open door to this country. Despite that, more Americans went to live in Cuba than vice versa. Then, since cagastro took over, Cubans have enjoyed a very generous status to enter the United States. It’s easy to say you came legally when it was made easy for you. What isn’t easy is to leave your country behind because there’s no opportunity there and to search for a better life in America despite the fact that you don’t have permission to be here. Yes, it’s “illegal” but don’t kid yourselves, bigots. It’s an administrative violation. Yes, there are criminals among these immigrants but don’t kid yourself, bigots. We home-grow the vast majority of criminals in this country.
This nativist furor has been some time in the making. It started with Tom Tancredo and Lou Dobbs. Soon it was Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin Sean Hannity and, I hate to say it because she was once a great friend to this blog, Michelle Malkin poisoning the well with their anti-immigrant rhetoric. Oh and let’s not forget the patron saint of hateful bigoted bitches, Ann Coulter. A pox on all their houses. It all came to a head with Trump’s verbal diarrhea.
A message to Americans who hate illegal immigrants: if you lost your job to an illegal immigrant who doesn’t have an education or that doesn’t even speak English, then I humbly suggest the problem is with you, retard, not the immigrant. I challenge each and every one of you to go out and pick oranges in central Florida for a day like Morgan Spurlock did. Then come tell me about immigrants stealing the good jobs. Pfft.
And if you are one of those aforementioned “holier than thou” Cubans who thinks you’re somehow better than the Mexican who cuts your lawn, let me inform you of something: the people that vote for Trump don’t make any distinctions. You’re a lousy stealing, raping, murdering Mexican to them too. Don’t kid yourself. They hate you just as much.
Now having Trump beat Rubio so overwhelmingly in Florida is a double punch in the gut. Val had a great post on Facebook about it today:
…if you’re a bright, principled and young conservative candidate you will be running against three entities: The Democratic party, your own party candidates and the mainstream media. If you happen to be a true Hispanic to boot, you will also be running against the Latino advocacy media, the xenophobic fringes of your own party and the latino entitlement body politic.
I hate to admit that was naive about all of these things. Or rather I was kidding myself. I wanted to believe that the GOP really was the party of Lincoln, the party of Civil Rights. I wanted to believe that our party was indeed color blind. I wanted to believe that Nikki Haley and Tim Scott and Marco Rubio would stand as proof that what the truly hateful leftists say about the Republican party was false. But as it turns out, neither party has a monopoly on racists and we’re about to nominate the perfect liberal caricature of Republicans, and the best part is that he has always been and always be a New York liberal Democrat.
Each person must do what their conscience dictates. For me, the Republican party is merely an organization. It was once a great organization that stood for great things. It no longer does. I personally can’t be a member of an organization that Donald Trump is ostensibly the head of. I can’t be the member of an organization (The Republican Party of Florida) whose members rejected a conservative Floridian in favor of a liberal New York demagogue who feeds on bigotry to fuel his blind ambitions. I’m a conservative. That’s why I’m leaving the Republican Party. Today I mailed in the form to change to “no party affiliation” after being a Republican since my 18th birthday.
“But what about beating Hillary?,” you say. Well, I don’t want Trump to beat Hillary. If we are going down as a nation it should be on the Democrats’ watch. We can’t elect a Democrat who says he’s a Republican just to say we’ve won and feel better. Conservatives need to find a way to stop Trump and if we can’t stop Trump, then we need to find a third option for November. Sorry.
Besides Trump doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning in November and the reason is simple. ANY GOP candidate would need to do better than Mitt Romney did with women, young people, educated people and minorities. Guess who is completely turned off by Trump? You guessed it: women, young people, educated people and minorities. Clinton currently beats Trump by 6.3 points according to the Real Clear Politics average of head-to-head polls. Don’t believe that those polls are predictive? In 2012, during March, the polls had Obama ahead of Romney by 4 points. Obama’s margin of victory in November: 4 points. Don’t kid yourself, there aren’t enough disaffected hillbillies in Appalachia and the hinterlands to make up for all the people like me who voted for Romney but will never in a million years vote for Trump, the real estate seminar con man.
Secondly, what if Trump were to win? Could you imagine being saddled with this guy representing you for four long years and having to defend him? Remember defending George W. Bush? It was exhausting and he was George Fucking Washington compared to Trump. And then in 2020 to have defend Drumpf in a re-election bid? If you think I’m prepared to do that, you’re out of your Goddamned mind. I would prefer to oppose President Hillary than even think about defending President Scumbag. Why? Because I’m not myopic, stupid, or irrational.