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Where we are now.

October 14, 2016

We’re between a rock and a hard place, or more accurately, between three very different futures for America.

One, we become the Socialist States of America.  Two, we become the comeback kids of the 21st century. Three, we stumble along in gridlock until the rest of the world steamrolls us.

Whether Trump wins or loses, the rift between his supporters and the GOP’s  Establishment Conservative party members isn’t going to be healed anytime soon.

More to the point, the chasm between the American people and the entire political system has grown to Grand Canyon proportions.

There is a strong feeling that this election was decided before Donald Trump ever became the nominee.

One indicator of how sure the Clinton gang is that she will win is contained in this virtually unpublicized little nugget.

It’s fairly obvious that the Democrats think they’ve got this election in the bag, considering that they are already laying out some long range planning to control local law enforcement during the new Clinton years.

Edit 1:03 MDT:  Watch a video of AG Lynch’s explanation here.

It’s highly unlikely that DOJ boss Loretta Lynch just woke up on Wednesday and decided it would be a good idea for her department to begin collecting information for a database on every single citizen vs. police interaction in the country, even those not involving firearms.

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to ferret out what’s behind that.

That’s an expensive and time-consuming operation.  It’s also highly likely to spark a string of lawsuits centered around the idea that local law enforcement should not become a Federally-managed police force.

The implicit underlying future narrative will be that the police are crazies running around with a license to kill and torture everybody but white folks.

Divide and conquer works

The first rule of winning a war is to know your enemy, and the opposition research on the GOP seems to have been done well.

It seems the GOP doesn’t even know who its voters are anymore.  That makes it pretty easy to divide the party.

Despite the conventional viewpoint of some commentators, Trump is not a party of one. It’s more like a party of some 35-40 million Americans.

Donald Trump is the symbol of something, but it’s not the GOP. That part of his campaign is absolutely true.

This really is about an opposition movement, and no one saw that more clearly than the Democrats.

That they got an opponent who is loaded with gifts that keep on giving is just the cherry on the whipped cream.

If Trump wins, and that’s a pretty big if right now, his success or failure as chief executive will define his  “party”  simply by virtue of his performance. That’s admittedly a scary thought, given what’s at stake.

If Hillary Clinton and her “I can make your scandals look worse than my scandals” campaign comes out on top, the resulting voter backlash will make the last 18 months look like a child’s birthday party.

One thing the Democrats have down pat, and that’s how to control their voters.

The GOP hasn’t a clue what that looks like.

The overheated rhetoric may wind down in the media, but it has created a riptide that will generate a crosscurrent for years to come.

If Hillary wins, there may not even be much of a recess.

Prior to this election most people sensed but couldn’t prove that politics is a dirty, corruption-riddled process that the ordinary citizen can neither control nor change.

Now they have definitive proof.

Even while leak after leak shows that citizens are just pawns on a chess board for Democrats, the GOP continues its lemming-like march toward defeat.

This isn’t standing on principle. It’s party suicide on a national scale, but it was imminently predictable.

Realists have accepted that while Trump is not a knight in shining armor, he is the only shot they have to stop the slide toward joining global progressivism. The old line GOP party is still looking for a combination of Ronald Reagan and the late Billy Graham.

Those wringing their hands and despairing the loss of the (fictional) elegance in politics would do well to remember they had 16 other chances to take the stage. If any one of those 16 had read the national mood half as well as Donald Trump did, they could have spared themselves all this angst.

The GOP could be focused on what they have to lose if they lose the White House.

Like oh, the chance to pick the direction of the Supreme Court for the next 30, 40 or 50 years, or whether we can withstand an avalanche of un-vetted immigrants, or how much debt we are saddling the next two or three generations with, or whether to defend the country militarily.

Instead we are talking about electing a woman who in the name of ambition, tacitly endorsed it when her husband played Oval Office grab-ass.

That’s long-range planning at its best. Ruthless ambition will beat good intentions every time.

With the choices being between bad and horrific (which is which is up to you), many voters are beginning to talk openly about trying to throw the election into the House by voting for a third party candidate, effectively barring either candidate from getting 270 electoral votes.

Now that would be interesting. With the current GOP majority, that leaves members to either vote for Trump on the basis of party alone, or more likely than you might think, to vote for Clinton because they just can’t stand him.

Realistically that’s an unlikely scenario, but then this whole election has been outside the norms of historical realism.

Trump backers know what they are fighting for, and it’s not Donald Trump.

Whether that’s enough remains to be seen, even at this late date.

From → op-ed

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