The #NEVERTRUMP Geeks: A Party of Republicans who forgot why they exist

You can tell when I’m really angry about something because I usually prefer to talk about entertainment events– that topic is usually good non-emotional neutral territory discussion.  As probably was noted, I have spent the last three days talking about various entertainment observations as opposed to the hottest topic of the day, the betrayal of the GOP and their voters.  I do the same thing in one on one discussions, when people who know me observe that I start talking about entertainment—it is because I either find the politics of the person I’m talking to revolting and I’m looking for common ground to keep from wanting to snap their neck like a twig, or I have blown them off as irrelevant losers not worthy of any intellectual input other than entertainment appeasement.  And appalling is the word of the day for what has been happening.  (For the record, notice how I predicted this too, CLICK HERE TO REVIEW.)  Now several weeks later, many others are coming to exactly the same place that I have been—willing to quite the Republican Party after a lifetime commitment because of the evident corruption that has been exposed as a direct result of the Trump candidacy.  I have been feeling precisely like this old Colorado voter who burned up his registration for the Republican Party after a betraying visit to Colorado Springs.

Trump was wrong when he declared that the process which robbed him of all the Colorado’s delegates without a single vote cast was not very democratic.  He’s right about the democratic process, but America has never been a democracy—which is just a stepping stone toward open socialism.  America is a constitutional republic which should be better but in this case isn’t.  The voting process which was intended to select those representatives were sold to the public as being acquired through a democratic process—but in this case it was cut short and was sabotaged by the Republican Party.  That revelation has only served to substantiate the intense level of anger that has intensified during the primary campaign season.  Yes, the system is rigged, it always has been, and we all knew it.  But we didn’t know what the cost was to us because we had never seen another viable alternative that had gotten so far in the process other than Ross Perot many years ago.  Trump by his popular successes has forced the party leaders to outwardly show their protections for the first time to people who are learning about this whole process as it develops in front of them.  We should have learned all this in our public schools, but instead kids learned to riot and vote for socialism—so people are shocked by what they are seeing.

Among the #NEVERTRUMP clan, there is a feel of superiority over Trump and his supporters because those constitutional geeks work really hard to understand the Constitution and are legitimate nerds in a lot of ways.  They are like Star Wars fans who argue over little specifics of the movies because they know everything while the common viewer only see a fraction of what they do in casual viewings.  The #NEVERTRUMPs like the rules of the system because they worked really hard to learn that system—it gives them a feeling of superiority over everyone else—they are specialists on that topic and they secretly want to protect that specialty.  I know several of them personally.  So it gives them quite a charge to see that Trump is furious at losing delegates to Cruz.  They would argue that if Trump wanted to play the game, then he should have learned the rules.  But, what those #NEVERTRUMP geeks have forgotten is that Trump’s candidacy represents a large faction of the American population that have no desire to learn the rules of the game—because they hate the game—and the Republican Party has just solidified that sentiment epically.  They want a change in the rules, they want to play a different game, and they sure don’t have any desire to learn the old rules.

This notion that the Republican Party can do whatever it wants—that they can nominate anybody they care to is preposterous.  Sure they have their little club and they seem obsessed with controlling who is in it with them and where they stand in the peaking order in relation to others.  No question many of the party leaders want to be king makers deciding who county commissioners are, governors, and presidents—but that’s not the way it was supposed to be.  What they want to control is ultimately representatives of “the people” who elect them into a representative republic.  The Republican Party for instance isn’t bigger to me than myself, or my family, or my community.  It’s just a group of people who I either agree with or don’t.  I am not beholden to a sacrificial relationship with them in any way. So if they show themselves as philosophically deficient—as they are clearly in the run for presidency in 2016—I have a right, and obligation to reject them.  The “Party” does not have authority over “me” and is not empowered to provide “me” with a representative vetted by them for their own purposes.  Clearly the Republican Party interprets their role as such—but I along with many others completely reject that premise.  I will not vote for Paul Ryan for anything.  He screwed up in 2012 and he won’t get another chance by me.  I will not vote for John Kasich.  He is the governor of my state, and he has let me down—he’s turned out to be an idiot.  I will not vote for Mitt Romney—he has been a failure.  I will not vote for Ted Cruz—he’s just another attorney running for office.  I don’t want any more legal geeks messing with laws any more. I’m tired of the same old mess offered by the Republican Party and they either want to represent my philosophic conservatism, or they don’t.  If they don’t, I am not beholden to them to take whatever piece of crap they offer.

The Republican Party arrogantly believes that it is the end all of American politics—as if the matter has been settled long ago after the Civil War turned out in their favor.  They’d be incorrect, each age has its own challenges and the party leaders are either aligned with those challenges, or they will fail to lead their party to a position where it can be beneficial to the constitutional republic for which we are all a part.  That republic was always founded on the merits of individualism, not collective assimilation—and that is precisely where the Republican Party is going wrong—in assuming that the “party” is too big for any one individual.

Trump represents a public need to establish a return to individual association.  He is the ultimate pronoun “I” and that is what the people who vote for him want to see emerge in this year’s election cycle and obviously the Republican Party has a problem with that declaration.  That leaves Trump and his supporters without a party—which of course will give rise to a competing party to rival the Republicans and Democrats.  If 30% of the voting public doesn’t have a political party which represents them—or seeks to—then what are they to do?  Surrendering their beliefs to one of the two other options isn’t viable as individuals.  Yet the Republican Party seems inclined to insist on such a thing.  As Ted Cruz gloated about his legalese victories around the west, particularly Colorado—and the use of the party machine in Wisconsin to goad Donald Trump into throwing a fit because people weren’t voting for him—he is assuming that the masses are on his side.  Show me one time that Ted Cruz can fill a stadium with supporters like Trump does.  All Cruz has on his side are the political geeks, not the average people who make up our Republic.  They aren’t–wait until Cruz gets to New York, and Pennsylvania.  The masses are speaking, and they haven’t been picking Ted Cruz.  Cruz has been playing the legal game, but not winning the hearts of the masses.  When Kasich says that it’s the delegates that matter, he’s right from his perspective within the game of politics—but the party for which he belongs is supposed to serve the conservative interests of the republic and instead they serve a collective notion of consensus building which I would argue is un-American.  Want to see a national consensus established by the will of the people where they generally agree—go to a Trump rally.  Trump voters, me included, reject that collectivist philosophic position and the party should be listening, instead of working to hold society to a set of rules designed to protect a system they have learned to profit off of as public servants.

When the smoke clears, Trump will have won many more votes in the primary effort—yet the political party seeking to maintain their control of that system will attempt to ignore that fact and offer up the same old garbage as they have before.  And now that many of us have had a taste of what could be, we aren’t going to swallow that pill again—because it leads nowhere and we’ve learned.  It is not the voting public that has to learn a lesson here—it’s the Republicans.  They either get with the program, or they will be replaced.  It is they who are in the weakened position—the public holds all the cards because ultimately the “party” either serves the interests of the public—the conservative public—or they don’t.  And given their behavior against the popular front-runner Trump—it is obvious where all this is going.  When it gets there I’ll be joining that old man from Colorado.  I’m not going to hold my nose and vote for another Republican loser.  They either start winning—or I’m done too with them. And victories are measured by the popular vote in this primary race, not the legal gymnastics of lawyers and political geeks.

I’m at a point where I don’t think I could support Republicans even if they did get behind Trump all of a sudden. I think the process is so broken and the philosophies so displaced that there is no mending it.  As the link above describes the Colorado situation from the point of the of the GOP, the issue remains that the party leaders have made a system that ultimately they control, because it is rule heavy and requires a full-time staff to learn all those rules.  It puts the power of candidacy in pin-heads and political addicts instead of the best and most viable candidates and is the root cause for why the Republican Party has been so grossly ineffective for such a long time.

Rich Hoffman


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4 thoughts on “The #NEVERTRUMP Geeks: A Party of Republicans who forgot why they exist

  1. “I pledge allegiance to the flag and to the Democracy for which it stands”
    ….Um NO!
    The fact that he keeps reiterating that we are a democracy and it’s not how it’s done shows his complete ignorance to our basic core. It’s tragic that he does not know that we are a Representative Republic.
    It goes unnoticed because no one in power understands our Constitution. Nor do the serfs who now inhabit the Union. Thanks gov’t edumacation!
    Maybe all the Syrians (1% christian and the rest Sunni), Paul Ryan funded, will be able to explain it to them. (sarc)


    1. Good points, its sad how many people don’t understand the Constitution. All of a sudden, everyone thinks they are experts, but only because it serves the #NEVERTRUMP movement. The GOP makes me sick at their stupidity. It reminds of the time when Boehner had Congress read the Constitution on his first day. It was a show, they don’t know anything or care about it–until they can use it to stay in power.


  2. I’m a Trump fan and I understand that you are angry, but I think you may want to consider a slightly different view. The rules for Colorado were set in August when it was still a 17 man race. Trump’s campaign managers missed this one. The CO party leaders aren’t changing the rules mid-game. Trump is smart and a good manager. He can learn from Colorado and make certain that his campaign doesn’t make a mistake in the future and he has already shown that he is doing that by adding a person to his campaign to focus just on each state’s rules. As you said, we are a Republic and that is better than a Democracy. We are also Federalist, so each State does its own thing. The primary is a 50 State race. The General is a national race, which Trump will win. People make mistakes. Smart people, like Trump, learn from them. I think he may be doing himself a disservice by complaining about Colorado. He would garner more support by saying “I messed up on this one, but I promise you it wont happen again.” Which is exactly how he is acting. He should say so and go on and win.


    1. Those are good points, the system is designed to serve the needs of the advisor class. It’s kind of like going to a court hearing and having the judge ask you if you are represented by an attorney that they play golf with. If you say you are representing yourself, you get a different type of law in court. If you are playing ball, you get a much different verdict.


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