A quick message to our Republican “leaders” and pundits: shut up and stop complaining about Donald Trump.
The IRS has been used to silence a political viewpoint. This is illegal but all the Republicans can muster are subpoenas for more emails. It has been three years. If you’ve got something, do something. If not, shut up about Donald Trump.
Immigrants flood our border in occasional waves. This is illegal but all the Republicans offer is talk about “comprehensive” immigration reform. In the modern fashion “comprehensive” has come to mean “incomprehensible, let the Supreme Court decide what we mean”. All of my grandparents were immigrants so I am not opposed to immigration; I wouldn’t be here but for immigration. However, if the laws on the books have no meaning, are unenforceable, stand moot and useless, change them. Republicans stand by silently as laws are ignored. They refuse to exercise any congressional power to defend the rule of law. Allowing federal immigration laws to be broken as a matter of policy is nihilistic.
Nihilism defined: a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless. A doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths. A belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility.
And that is exactly where our border policies have landed. Immigration law is treated as illegitimate, unfounded, senseless, useless, and devoid of moral truth. The law is being ignored without any constructive program to replace it. Sanctuary cities are blatantly illegal, yet they announce themselves loudly and no Republican says or does a thing. They should stand up loud and clear for the rule of law and pull the purse strings. Do that or shut up about Donald Trump.
Appellate and Supreme courts disenfranchise voters at every turn, rendering valid propositions approved by legal state election null and void. This is illegal; courts were never given such broad power. Courts are supposed to interpret the law, not rewrite the law, or create law out of thin air. Courts are not supposed to moralize from the bench. The four liberal justices always vote in lockstep. Of the five supposedly conservative justices two of them are as unpredictable as the path of a tornado. Their level of havoc on the rule of law is commensurate to an EF4.
And what action do the Republicans take? No action.
Do something or shut up about Donald Trump.
Now I could go on and on as the President kicks sand in the face of most hard working Americans, flitting from subject to subject, telling us who we must live with and how we must live with them, and where we must live with them, that we are inherently racist and that Muslims are fighting the good fight, that the climate sky is falling, that people who look like his imaginary son are more important than a young woman, who doesn’t look like his real daughter, shot to death by an illegal resident in an illegal sanctuary city firing a gun legally registered to a federal agent.
And through all of this the Republican establishment and punditry are loudly and in unison trying to tell us that Donald Trump is the problem?
Trump is a symptom of the silent disease killing the body politic.
You can eliminate Trump, but the disease will continue unabated and most likely undebated. The left shouts and throws a tantrum about everything but nobody on the right talks about anything unless Donald Trump brings it up. This is why the Republican establishment hates Trump; he forces questions they are not prepared to answer. They wish to remain silent and motionless, under the radar until some imaginary big day in November of 2016.
Trump speaks to the American tired of being bullied by words like racist, homophobe, xenophobe, and somehow privileged as unemployment continues in record numbers. Americans weary of being acted upon, who would appreciate some action on their behalf. Americans long treated as cash cows for global and local sanctimonious social engineering projects. Americans played as chips in a game of crony capitalism.
Nobody else even talks to that American.
Trump is probably unelectable, but he has the right to run, and to say whatever he likes. Why should he shut up when the whole of the Republican Party has carried on a conspiracy of silence and inaction in spite of being in control of both houses and most state legislatures?
And here you have the essence of it; Trump is loud, uncouth, and a loose cannon. Yet, as the mounting politically correct beating upon his business interests attest, he is fearless.
The rest of the Republican Party is just silently contemptible. Their heads are bowed and they are silent about everything; everything except Donald Trump.
There are many problems in America, but Donald Trump is not one of them. Decent people would admit to at least that.
The lack of decent people in governance, bureaucracy, politics, and media is the real problem.