By Bob Bennett
A trail of tears for conservatives
For the last seven years we conservatives have had to watch President Obama systematically dismantle our immigration enforcement system; bow to the Muslim world—including our self-declared enemy, Iran; destroy America’s economy and its standing in the world. It’s as if you were tied to your chair and compelled to watch a madman slice a loved one to ribbons.
He was ably assisted by acolytes Pelosi and Reid, but for the past 3 years, Congressional RINOs have helped him. This was all done in opposition to the wishes of Republican voters, who began to make their feelings known after Obamacare surfaced in 2009, while Congress was completely controlled by the Democrats.
In a special election on January 19, 2010, a strange thing happened: ultra-blue Massachusetts handed a Senate seat to a Republican running against Obamacare, chanting “41!”—the number of seats needed to sustain a filibuster against Democrats in the Senate. The Dems had already passed different Obamacare bills in the House and Senate in late 2009. But now Senate Democrats could not make changes in their version, that the House wanted. Conservative hearts soared that day.
Unfortunately, through trickery: the improper use of the reconciliation rule—which was designed to allow the two chambers to resolve differences in a budget bill with a simple majority—the Senate passed the changes the House wanted and the House voted for the Senate bill. Obamacare was on its way to the president’s desk in March, 2010.
In November 2010, after Obama had forced Obamacare on us, we voted out as many Democrats as we could, on the state and national levels. Republicans garnered a total of 63 seats and regained control of the House of Representatives, which they had lost in 2006. This was the most profound loss of a party in a House midterm election since 1938. It was unquestionably the result of universal hatred of Obamacare and the Democrats who forced it on them.
After that success, in 2012, the GOP establishment gave us a presidential candidate who was the one man in the nation who could not bring up Obamacare in his campaign, because he had enacted a similar program in his home state, dubbed “Romneycare.” The one man. His campaign was centered, not on the IRS targeting of conservative groups; not on the unconstitutional amnesty of 1.1 million illegal aliens that year, but on the economy—a typical, uninspiring RINO platform. Many in the GOP base stayed home. But again, we voted numerous seats in state houses across the nation, and in the House and Senate into GOP hands.
In 2014, we voted in GOP candidates to even more state houses, House seats and Senate seats. We turned over control of the Senate to Republicans, under Mitch McConnell, who had won reelection in Kentucky with repeated promises to stop Obama—particularly a new unconstitutional Obama amnesty of over 4 million illegal aliens.
Republican-Controlled Congress Betrays by Working with Democrats
The very first thing McConnell did, in 2015 was to fund the amnesty, after removing amendments from a House budget bill that would bar funding the amnesty. He could’ve easily used reconciliation to pass the House bill unchanged but chose not to. Unlike Obamacare, that really was a budget bill.
McConnell went on to whip votes for Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as attorney general, after she had declared in Senate hearings that she thought Obama’s amnesty of millions was legal, much to the consternation of several Republicans. McConnell later bragged that Obama had sent him a thank-you note. He joked, “We’re like the new Odd Couple.”
The Senate also voted away their right to advise and consent on the Iran deal. Later, McConnell decided not to pursue defunding Planned Parenthood. Conservatives were left to gnash their teeth and wonder why they vote in Republicans, but nothing changes.
McConnell and the RINOs felt working with the Dems = “getting things done.”
Enter the Ultimate Anti-Establishment Warrior
Then on June 14th, arose an unexpected champion: Donald Trump. In his speech announcing his candidacy for president, he said,
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
A storm of politically correct censure engulfed him. He shrugged it off. Many of us said, “Lo: he mentions the unmentionable, he attacks illegal aliens! He laughs at PC!”
Sixteen days later, Kate Steinle was shot and killed in San Francisco. The confessed shooter was an illegal alien released under Frisco’s sanctuary city policy, after the Feds had placed a detainer request for him.
That raised a head of steam in the Trump train. It soon became a runaway. He was seemingly the first candidate to publicly bring up the issue of illegal immigration, which for years, had rankled not only conservatives, but Americans of all stripes. No one remembered that Ted Cruz had fought for the same cause long ago.
Tough Love on Illegals: Deport, then Legalize
In July, he declared he would deport all illegal aliens. “I want to move ’em out,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash, “and we’re gonna move ’em back in and let them be legal. But they have to be here legally.” [at 4:39 on the video, at the link]
Critics went mad, while conservatives were utterly smitten. From then on, nothing he said or did caused his numbers to dip; they soared ever upward.
His supporters didn’t notice just one thing. The “move ‘em back in and let them be legal” part is amnesty, no different from that in the Gang of Eight Bill. So it’s difficult to fathom why they are so taken with Trump’s immigration position: it’s no different from the other candidates, who, aside from Ted Cruz, have all been for amnesty, some time, in some form.
Trump followed that position with an even less politically correct one: On December 7th after his poll numbers had dropped in the morning, he called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
But a temporary ban, if it could even be done, doesn’t begin to solve the problem. The likely result would be, after a short hiatus, Homeland Security would declare they’ve upped their game on vetting tourists and immigrants for terror ties, then travel and immigration of Muslims would resume.
After witnessing the disastrous rape epidemic across Europe perpetrated by Muslim migrants, we can plainly see their culture inculcates in their men an attitude toward women that’s incompatible with Americans. Will a short hiatus solve that problem? Does Trump even realize there is such a problem, and that there’s no solution, short of drastic and permanent restriction of Muslim immigration and resettlement?
He hasn’t mentioned it. He has shown no comprehension of Islam nor any inclination to acquire one.
Meanwhile, he’s seized on every conservative issue imaginable. He even appeared onstage at the Outdoor and Sportsman Channels’ 16th annual “Outdoor Sportsman” awards.
What makes his numbers continue to soar, no matter what he does? (He recently boasted he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose votes.) It’s an emotional reaction, in his fans. Many conservatives are like an abused wife who gets divorced and falls hard for the first man she meets that loudly promises to be good to her.
Have conservatives come this far, and suffered this much, only to choose a candidate based on emotion—the same error made with Barack Obama?
The Ultimate Deal-Maker Will Deal with…Democrats
As soon as Trump’s numbers dipped below Ted Cruz’s he began to attack Cruz, first with a bogus birther accusation, citing legal expert Laurence Tribe, who in reality had told ABC: “My own view as a constitutional scholar is that the better view — the one most consistent with the entire Constitution — is the broader definition, according to which Cruz would be eligible.”
Trump now says Cruz has a “rough temperament.” He added, “You can’t call people liars on the Senate floor …. It’s not a good thing if you want to curry favor and get the positive votes later on.” [Emphasis added.]
According to Trump, Cruz shouldn’t have called McConnell a liar, he should instead curry favor with Senate RINOs. Do we want a president who agrees with McConnell, the guy who’s giving away the store to Obama, the guy who whipped for Loretta Lynch? Did we want Cruz to curry favor with the RINOs who just funded Obama’s entire immigration program, including bringing in nearly 300,000 Muslim immigrants and refugees—even the 10,000 Syrians who can’t be vetted?
The “Anti-Establishment Warrior” is Himself the Establishment
After Trump stuck up for McConnell, the Establishment’s not so-anti-Trump; they’re anti-Cruz. U.S. News and World Report quotes Bob Dole, who sounds a lot like Trump: “‘I don’t know how he’s going to deal with Congress,’ Dole told The New York Times. ‘Nobody likes him.’” He says Trump will “‘probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.’”
Jonathan Chait, of NY Magazine is quoted: “‘The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which once savaged him mercilessly as a mobbed-up, un-conservative demagogue, has changed its tune (“Mr. Trump is a better politician than we ever imagined, and he is becoming a better candidate.”).’”
“Chait theorizes that Republicans have decided that Trump is ultimately someone they can deal with.” Sure looks that way.
Bryan Fischer, former Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, now hosts the radio program Focal Point on American Family Radio. He warns evangelicals:
“Part of Trump’s appeal is that a lot of evangelicals think he will be that outsider who will take on the establishment and bring them to heel. They are highly likely to be sadly, deeply, and grievously disappointed.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear by the day that Donald Trump is not only buddies with the establishment, he IS the establishment. He’s done deals with political insiders his entire business career, and openly brags about how he has purchased their access and their support. This is hardly the voice of an outsider.”
It gets even worse.
The Washington Times reported that Tuesday, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, Trump revealed: “I’ve always had a good relationship with Nancy Pelosi. I’ve never had a problem,” Mr. Trump said. Better sit down for the rest:
“But I think I’d be able to get along very well with Nancy Pelosi and just about everybody,” he said. “Hey look, I think I’ll be able to get along well with Schumer, Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways.”
I guess we’re supposed to elect Donald Trump to “find out what’s in him.” I think we just found out: Inside that tough, conservative-acting exterior is a man ready and willing to make deals with the very people who’ve been destroying America.