Turn of Phrase

I look to the Republican party as the party more sympathetic to creative business enterprise, more respectful of work and achievement, more cautious about social experiments such as mass migration, and more committed to preserving American world leadership. So I stay. And when people who claim to be the membership committee tell me that I’ve flunked some ideological purity test, I reply that I don’t accept their jurisdiction.

Via I’m Still a Republican—and I’ll Fight to Reclaim My Party by David Frum published by The Atlantic on July 1, 2016.

Over the past nine months I have been struggling to explain to myself where I stand on the ideological spectrum of American politics. In the past week I have increasingly come to see, like Mr Frum, that this questions is almost impossible to answer because the constellation of policy positions held by the Republican Party and Democrat Party respectively have become largely incoherent. Mr Trump has made the incoherence of the GOP plain. The incredible noise created by the Trump campaign has simultaneously masked the incoherence of the Democrat party. To that end, Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 Presidential Election partially because a large number of people will vote for her simply to be the people who had the first chance to cast a ballot for a female President. Another group of people will go to the polls telling themselves they need to vote for Hillary because Donald Trump is a truly unacceptable alternative. A further group of people will cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton because this election will shine a very bright light on the fundamental contradictions of the modern Republican policy framework. This last group of voters will likely not understand that the Democrat party of the Clintons is equally incoherent. This is the trap that awaits the Democrats in 2020. In this year 2016, both of our major political parties are failed institutions. In Donald J. Trump, the failure of the GOP has become evident. On November 9, 2016, the process of building a new political party can begin for Republicans. The same cleansing process will start for the Democrats in late 2020. A new American political reality is rising. The first mover advantage in this transformation will go to the Republican Party. Which raises the question: Who will lead the Republican Party from January 2017 onwards?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s