By Bob Bennett
A number of the other candidates whined and carped about Trump’s “insulting Hispanics,” by saying Mexico has been sending criminals here. Then, they whined and carped about his insult to McCain’s sacred heroism status. Two candidates—absurdly—called for Trump’s disqualification as a candidate. The latest news is that donors to Walker, Rubio and Bush say their clients should boycott a debate that includes Trump. With that, GOP doublespeak has become farcical.
This reaction reveals much about the candidates and the future of the GOP itself.
The RNC and the candidates act as if Donald Trump is the American version of Jean-Marie Le Pen, described by his critics in France as the “Devil of the Republic.”
Trump may not be the ideal candidate, but he spoke up, struck a chord in the hearts of voters and a struck nerve in the willowy spines of most of his fellow candidates.
The most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Donald Trump’s numbers are almost double those of his nearest rival.
It would seem simple: Trump’s soaring numbers mean voters want their candidates to deal with this issue. They really want it. Any self-respecting dolt would at least pretend to take it up. But they don’t even do that.
That’s because their real complaint is that Trump brought up the issue at all. They would’ve been content to steer clear of the whole “controversy.” Never mind that millions of illegals, combined with Obama’s lawlessness are a dire threat to America.
But, it’s a controversy of their own making, or more properly the making of their advisors, to whom they willingly listened. What a track record GOP advisors have! Two presidential campaigns in a row were lost—versus a Socialist radical. The second race, at least, was unquestionably winnable. Their innovative advice in 2012 was not to criticize Obama. So Romney decided to criticize “The Economy” instead. That was safe.
Since the economy has appeared to improve, the GOP shouldn’t even run a candidate next year, by that reasoning.
The advisors had no hand in the record-breaking wins in state houses and Congress in 2010, 2012 and 2014. All were grassroots-driven, by ObamaCare, and America’s disgust with Obama’s policies.
Emblematic of those policies, and a stain on our national pride, is the gargantuan, insolent flouting of law known as Illegal Immigration. The nation learned that stain was a bloodstain, with the news of the Steinle murder, soon after Trump’s illegal alien comments, and the revelation that there’ve been many more victims. This has not even slowed the other candidates in their Trump-bashing; they’ve intensified it.
That’s very instructive: now we know exactly what these candidates would do, if elected.
We know they’ve long been aware of the unprecedented immigration disaster and the president’s unconstitutional, widely despised amnesty, which our Republican Congress illegally voted to fund.
And they’re well aware that we’re all livid about it. Any candidates that did not bring the issue up pre-Trump, or issued a kill-the-messenger response should be summarily rejected.
Such candidates would rather do nothing about it; they simply pretend the problem doesn’t exist, pretend that ICE and sanctuary cities are not releasing criminal aliens onto American streets—104,000 last year, ICE Director Sarah Saldana finally admitted, when cornered by Ted Cruz at Tuesday’s hearing. Including 193 murderers. And that’s after hearing families of illegal alien victims literally begging Congress to finally do something about this travesty.
In a word: such candidates are RINOs.
They’re mesmerized by the fable that coming out against illegal immigration would cost them Hispanic votes, and cost them the election.
This is a fairytale on two levels. First, Mitt Romney would not have won, even if he’d gotten 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, because his base, less-than thrilled about his chosen issue of the economy, stayed home. Maybe they would’ve come out if Mitt had brought up the IRS targeting, during the debates. But he didn’t.
Following advice, in a tweet from Axelrod (the ideal GOP advisor), he also didn’t bring up Reverend Wright’s accusation of being offered $150,000 to shut up. From the May 13, 2012 NY Post, quoting Ed Klein’s book:
“After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”
It’s a myth, also, that citizen Hispanics would definitely vote against GOP candidates. What if they were told millions of illegals compete with them and Black Americans for jobs?
Florida is one of the states with the highest Hispanic population. That state lost 547,440 jobs to illegal aliens, in 2013, says FAIRus.org
Would Hispanics surely vote against Republicans if they were told California alone spent $25.3 billion on illegals in 2014 and even Ohio spent $880 million in 2012; if they were told tens of thousands of criminal illegals are simply released onto the streets of America?
For that matter, would Black Americans necessarily vote Democrat, if they were given the same stats?
Baltimore has been in the news, lately. Baltimore is a sanctuary city, since 2003. How has that worked out for Black citizens in Baltimore? According to FAIR, Maryland citizens lost 211,335 jobs to illegal aliens, in 2013.
A lab rat, getting food if he noses the white button at the end of a maze, but an electric shock if he noses the black button, will quickly learn to never touch the black button again.
But establishment Republicans apparently lack the intelligence of lab rats. They endlessly make the same error, election after election. They don’t tell Hispanics those things. They don’t tell Hispanics, if elected, they will immediately change the exceedingly long waits for Mexicans to legally enter the U.S.—some for over a decade. And, forgive a brief digression: they don’t tell them of the War on Christianity, waged by Obama and promised by Hillary to continue. But Trump has.
RINOs prefer to pander by pushing for amnesty in some form. These are Democrat tactics; therefore, they are Democrats dressed up as Republicans.
These candidates must be rejected out of hand. We have a president defying the Constitution, and, as DHS announced the day of that poignant hearing, he intends to dispense even more rights to illegals by fiat. We are indeed heading for Third World statehood.
There are a few exceptions, among the candidates. Find them and choose one.
But this episode tells us something larger: the days of the GOP itself are clearly numbered. There’s zero difference between the performance of Congress under Boehner-McConnell and Congress under Pelosi-Reid. None. Most of the presidential hopefuls openly and shamelessly oppose what Americans have so clearly expressed. True conservatives—the 40 Freedom Caucus members in the House and the twenty-odd in the Senate better stake out the lifeboats, because there aren’t enough to go around.
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.