Joe Gilbertson | Jun 19, 2022 | 10
Trump Is Not the Republican Party
One of the main narratives of the partisan left – a narrative we see played out in virtually every story emanating from the east coast elitist media – is that Trump’s worst traits – and he has them – are reflective and synonymous with the entire Republican Party.
There is one quite simple purpose in perpetuating this propaganda.
It is a desperate effort to prevent the voters of America from putting the House – and possibly the Senate – back into the hands of the GOP. Unfortunately, much of the left-wing east coast media is deeply involved in the Democrats strategy. Virtually every issue they cover is anti-Republican propaganda.
Democrat leaders are savvy enough to know that the policies of the Biden administration are an overreach economically and a danger to our personal freedoms – and they are becoming increasingly unpopular with the voters. Their best strategy is to use the media as their attack dog against the entire Republican Party.
Oh, I have seen the polls that show Biden to have a honeymoon popularity in excess of 50 percent. God knows, the media hypes that a lot as part of their pro-left spin. You see, it is equally true that Biden only exceeds Trump. When compared to other first-100-day presidents, Biden is second to the lowest – closer to Trump than those other presidents.
I do personally know people who tend to idolize Trump. They truck no criticism of him in any way. But they are rather few. Most Republicans who I know liked Trump’s policies but not his personality – and it is his personality that has done considerable damage to him and the GOP.
They believe that while Trump has advanced conservative policies to a great extent – but not always – they believe his personality had done harm to both the GOP and the very policies he was advancing – as do I. It is largely due to Trump’s pugnacity that we now have a left-wing Democrat administration unraveling most of his accomplishments.
When you look at the 2020 election, why is it that Trump did not do as well as Republicans down the ballot?
That is true whether you believe Trump actually won or not. The Republican Party had an impressive comeback in 2020 against long odds.
Keep in mind that going into the 2020 election, Democrats were expected to easily win the majority in the Senate. In the House, they were predicted to expand their 2020 38-seat majority even further. That is what the pollsters told us. That is what the pundits predicted.
Republicans are now tied in the Senate – with control technically in the hands of the Democrats because of the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Harris. Democrats would have failed to gain control of the Senate were it not for the unusual situation of having two Senate seats up at the same time in Georgia – and then to be determined by a stand-alone election. And even those seats may have been lost because of negative feelings about Trump.
In the House – and in complete contradiction to the pundits – the GOP made impressive gains.
The 2020 election cut the Democrat margin in the House to a narrow 7-seat majority. That means a switch of only four seats would give the Republicans control of the House. Traditionally, the Party in control of the White House in the first midterm election loses significantly in the House. Many believe that will be the case in 2022.
An indicator of GOP strength will be the size of a win in the House – and any win in the Senate. If Democrats maintain control of both house – and even expand their lead – then those predicting the collapse of the GOP may be correct.
Democrats and their media allies are throwing every bit of propaganda they can to discredit the Republican Party as a brand. Trump is central to that strategy. He is the albatross that Democrats hope to hang round the neck of the Republican elephant.
According to left-wing messaging, Trump is bad. Republican leaders are all bad. Republican officeholders are all bad – and even folks who vote for Republicans are bad. And, of course, conservatives are the worst of the worst. And as the media propaganda goes, it is all because Trump captures and capitivates the entire Party.
Entire segments on CNN and MSNBC – featuring contributors from the New York Times, the Washington Post and an assortment of other New York-based media – are devoted to constant attacks on the GOP. They are nothing less than negative political informercials benefiting the Democratic Party.
False accusations of racism are also part of the strategy.
Democrats want America to see every White Republican as a racist – and every Black Republican as the proverbial “Uncle Tom.” The media fails to address the fact that most of the systemic racism we find in America is the product of Democrat urban political machines.
It is hard to even believe that such hyperbolic bull dung would find credibility in the minds of anyone with an IQ of more than a winning hockey score – but it does work to an extent. They would – and do – have folks out there who believe Republicans are the authoritarian party that are on the verge of ending 232 years of American constitutional democracy. Gullible people apparently believe that stuff. Go figure.
The Republican Party is not characterized by a few nutcases that the media put forward to malign all Republicans. That broad-brush slander is propaganda 101.
It is a form of projection – attributing to others one’s own traits and actions. Republicans – and especially the conservative variety – are genetically opposed to big, powerful central governments – the essential structure of authoritarianism. Which party shifts more and more powers and programs from state and local governments to the more distant federal government – where they are out of the reach of the common citizen? Which party consumes more and more tax money – and more and more regulatory control?
So, which party LOVES powerful central governments run by an elitist class of public officials and bureaucrats in Washington?
Well duh! The Democrats. If you do not see that you are hopelessly partisan or just … sorry to say … not too bright. Limited government and maximum personal freedom – including the greater ability to influence our so-called public servants – is the bedrock of conservative Republican philosophy.
Conservatives are largely Republicans because that is the vehicle by which we can best advance our principles of democracy and self-government. Trump was elected to advance those principles – and he mostly did. Biden was elected to advance the nanny state and promote exaggerated victimization – and the acceptance of one-party rule. And that is what he is mostly doing.
BUT … Trump is not synonymous with the Republican Party. There is no such thing as Trumpism among the vast majority of Republican voters and elected officials. The Republican Party is NOT a cult of personality – the big lie that the left tells over and over. That is nothing less than the cynical Machiavellian philosophy of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels – tell a big lie over and over and the public will come to believe it.
Of course, they blame EVERYTHING on what they describe as Trump’s big lie about the election results. But that is not what drives the grassroots. Some Republicans believe Trump won the election, some believe he did not – and some like me are not sure one way or the other. Republican voters will vote the future, not the past. The mission is to defeat dangerous left-wing autocratic polices of the Democratic Party.
Trump loyalty is NOT driving Republicans – will not be a major influence in GOP voting.
What is driving the appearance of Trump loyalty is the same thing that got this controversial and flawed person elected President of the United States in the first place. It is opposition to the left-wing socialistic policies of the Democratic Party. It is our opposition to the Democrat leadership’s attempts to be a permanently ensconced one-party ruling class.
In many ways, Trump’s influence over the GOP – and the voters – is being promoted more aggressively by the left than by Republicans. They are attempting to demonize Trump – and then claim that he is synonymous with the Republican Party. No! Trump is a factor – as is any past president. He does have loyal followers, but he does not own the GOP. No one person does.
If Trump wins the Republican nomination in 2024 – which I personally doubt — I will most likely vote for him as I did in the past. Not because he was my favorite candidate, but because the prospect of a Democrat victory was more dangerous to our federal Republic and the Constitution – a least in my judgment. I assume that would be true again in 2024.
In 2016, the choice was in the abstract – which candidate would do what. Now we have seen what the increasingly radical Democratic Party does when given power. That makes me – and hopefully millions of other voters – determined to defeat the left-wing agenda in 2022 and 2024.
Trump is not a cult leader. He is not a dictator. His influence over even the GOP is limited. Trump is a player on the political stage – judged differently by different people.
Democrats and the media – who are working overtime to make Trump and the GOP one entity — may be surprised to discover that those 75 million folks who cast ballots for Trump were voting for conservative policies and against oppressive Democrat policies – and not exclusively for Trump the man. And … in 2022, it will again be about policies and issues. That is what scares Democrats more than anything.
So, there ‘tis.