Republicans Delude Themselves To Think Trump Is Destroying the Party

Actually the GOP has been in a slow motion death spiral for decades. Trump is merely feasting on what is left of the carcass. After all Republicans for the most part are little more than highly paid shills for the American plutocracy that is caped by Wall Street. Thus its natural voting constituency is quite small.

To overcome the basic fact that the peasants greatly outnumber the nobles, Republicans have had to resort to all sorts of mean and dirty tactics like “voter suppression.” But that one is just the tip of the iceberg.

All the Republican gibberish about lower taxes and smaller government was really about giving their rich handlers freedom to rip-off the average citizenry. The heart of Republican political strategy in recent times has been dog whistling White fears at the cost of losing White moderates. And so now the Republican base has become a pure quicksand of fearful and angry voters.

You see Trump, too, is part of the plutocracy, however, he is like an unwanted step child who is now seeking revenge for the shabby way he has been treated by his wealthy family. Having had to mostly fend for himself among the aristocracy has made Trump streetwise and tough as nails. In effect Trump has simply turned the Republican dog whistle into his own ruthlessly, superb foghorn, thus overrunning the establishment by its own means.

In effect Trump has overtly exposed the GOP’s covert tactics, bursting open the festering core of a dying party. If all goes wrong for the nation Trump may use the death of the GOP as a springboard to his own dictatorship at a time when national and world dynamics are perfectly suited to such a takeover.

Trump must be hoping with all his heart that Bernie in effect turns out to be a sort of Ralph Nader, causing the siphoning off massive numbers of Hillary votes to him. After all there is a fair amount of overlap among the Donald and Bernie supporters. In any event the GOP is a gravely if not a fatally wounded party of its own doing.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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