Thursday, March 3, 2016

They STILL DON'T Get It...The Ben Sasse Edition...

Ben Sasse (R-NE)

The other day, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) posted an open letter to Trump supporters on Facebook. (

He ended by writing, “I genuinely appreciate how much many of you care about this country, and that you are demanding something different from Washington. I’m going to keep doing the same thing.” (Senator Ben Sasse R-NE)

Enough said and THAT is the problem - Republican “establishment” myopia.

Senator Sasse says, “I’m not for open borders. (The very first official trip I took in the Senate was to observe and condemn how laughably porous the Texas/Mexican border is...”

But STILL, NOTHING has been done to end the In-Sourcing of cheap foreign labor...and it ISN’T “the Democrats’ fault.” The GOP “establishment” supports In-Sourcing cheap foreign labor and that amounts to treason against American workers. There has been nothing more damaging to the American economy over the past half century than cheap foreign/migrant labor. It lowers the wage floor for ALL American workers.

The good Senator also calls “stopping Obamacare,” one of the GOP’s core principles. By his own cohorts' words, THAT is a lie. Boehner and McConnell BOTH surrendered on that score in the wake of the 2012 election, declaring Obamacare, “The law of the land.”

That same year NBC gleefully reported, “Republicans' efforts to undo President Barack Obama's health care reform law appear to have come to an end, as House Speaker John Boehner described it Thursday as the "law of the land."

In an interview with ABC News, the nation's top elected Republican seemed to indicate that Congress wouldn't engage in the type of repeated repeal votes the way it had in the past two years. Boehner's office provided a transcript of the exchange:

A couple of other questions about the agenda now. You have said next year that you would repeal the healthcare vote. That's still your mission?


Well, I think the election changes that. It's pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land. I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are gonna be very difficult to implement. And very expensive. And as the time when we're tryin' to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget everything has to be on the table."
Like it or not, agree with it, or not the Republican “establishment” has “shit the proverbial bed.”

FACT is, the support for Donald Trump has been well earned by the likes of John Boehner, Ben Sasse, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, the Bush's, the Dole’s and other Country Club Republicans who’ve steadfastly fought against the Tea Party and worse yet, tried to take a "mature and reasonable approach in dealing with the Democrats." In a bygone era that "mature and reasonable stance" may have been applauded....but NOT today. What's more, we cannot go back to those days. This "new consciousness" is part and parcel of the world we now live in.

Personally, I revile the GOP "establishment" precisely because they’ve tried to reach "reasonable accommodations" with a hostile Democratic Party. That amounts to trying to “reason with” a spoiled, petulant child. YES, I'd have much preferred loud, boorish, even obnoxious confrontation, despite the fact that a pro-Democratic media would've savaged Republicans for doing that. There’s always a price to be paid for principle.

There's also a way around that "stacked media" and that is to have wealthy Conservatives buy up a lot of it.

The problem the Republican "establishment" NOW faces is that their enemies (and the Democrats ARE their enemies...NOT "fellow Americans") have no respect for them and the base of their Party - Southern whites and northern ethnic Catholics, as well as Tea Party Conservatives no longer have any use for them. They not only feel "betrayed," but "managed" and kept on a GOP Reservation, the same way blacks are kept on the Democratic Plantation.

I'm from NYC, so Trump, despite his many flaws, and his "New York values" don't vex me so much. Then again, I'm from an old Tammany family and desperately WANT to see a reconfiguring of BOTH political Parties, one that'll return the Conservatives control over their original Party...the Democratic Party and let the Leftist "Progressives" and Corporatists keep the GOP.

At the very least, the GOP “establishment” should be aware of the sentiments out there among the electorate.

Trump is NOT seen as a savior, but as a giant middle finger to the Republican "establishment," even more so, it is the Republican base telling the Corporatist GOP “establishment” that “This ISN’T your Party anymore.”

Hey! A LOT of the GOP base have been told, "This isn't your country anymore," so the "go along, to get along GOP "establishment" pretty much had this coming.

So where are all these Country Club Republicans going to go?

Over to the Democrats? Or will they try and set up their own tiny “Corporatist Party”? HIGHLY unlikely.

OR will they try and set up a new “Northern strategy” seeking to consolidate the Leftist Progressive Democrats and Country Club Corporatists within the GOP, leaving the Democratic Party to founder along with its original base? Good luck with that one.

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