Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, captured the essence of the 2016 election when he commented about a number of Republicans disavowing endorsements of or support for Donald Trump following the release of the vulgar 2005 video:
“A lot of these bed-wetting, hand-wringing Republicans: They’re not afraid Donald Trump is going to lose they’re scared to death that Donald Trump is going to win,” and “mess up the neat little package of fun they have and they all play to the donor class.”
Even avowed Hillary supporter MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski tore into Republicans who withdrew their support for Donald Trump over his hot mic comments, calling them “pathetic, weak and spineless.”
The arrogance of political establishment has only gotten more brazen since 1993, when Lewis H. Lapham (“A Wish for Kings”) wrote:
“The politicians dress up the deals in the language of law or policy, but they’re in the business of brokering the tax revenue, and what keeps them in office is not their talent for oratory but their skill at redistributing the national income in a way that rewards their clients, patrons, friends and campaign contributors.”
Corruption is now endemic in Washington DC, where politicians like the Clintons convert public service into personal profit by granting financial favors to foreign governments and international business interests.
I have long said that there is a Cold Civil War underway in the United States to determine who should control the federal government. It is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies, but a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political establishment versus the rights and liberties of the American people. It is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and the party leaders, who wish to continue the practices of political expediency and crony capitalism.
In this election cycle, Donald Trump has forced the permanent political establishment out of the closet, exposing it to the voters for what it really is, an oligarchy; a small, mutually supportive group of politicians, media outlets and financiers that exercises control of the government for corrupt and selfish purposes.
It should surprise no one that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t support Donald Trump and wishes to continue business as usual in Washington DC.
It is because Ryan’s policies more closely match those of Hillary Clinton.
Both promote open borders and international trade agreements that treat American workers simply as chips in a high-stakes globalist poker game.
The rise of Donald Trump can be directly attributed to a Republican Party that never practiced the principles that it preached nor pursued the policies it proposed. They are people who are only interested in maintaining their position as the junior partners in the ruling elite and courting the affection of the mainstream media.
As Charles Krauthammer noted, Republican voters have felt not just let down or disappointed, but betrayed, sold out to donors and lobbyists:
“Did they repeal Obamacare? No. Did they defund Planned Parenthood? No. Did they stop President Obama’s tax-and-spend hyperliberalism? No. Whether from incompetence or venality, they let Obama walk all over them.”
When the disingenuous Republican establishment talks about “limited government,” what they really mean is limiting voter choice, limiting the need to fulfill their campaign promises and limiting their responsibility to represent the views of those who placed them in office.
Likewise, Hillary Clinton champions policy positions in public that are meant to deceive voters about the true intentions of her private policy positions.
Hillary’s America will be defined by globalist exploitation of our economy and the further subservience of our workforce to those global interests.
In Hillary’s America there will be unlimited mass migration through open borders, which will forever change the demographics of the country in ways that will render American culture unrecognizable and ensure a permanent far-left Democrat Party majority.
The First Amendment will be replaced by political correctness and speech codes.
Black Lives Matters and other domestic extremist groups will be encouraged to create crises that can be exploited to limit individual liberties.
For example, the Second Amendment will be decimated by additional federal regulations and executive orders, further restricting private gun ownership and ultimately leading to universal confiscation.
Do Americans want eight years of a President Clinton, who, through top aide Huma Abedin, will do even more to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and impose its agenda on America, such as Sharia in our schools, courts and communities?
If, according to the political-media establishment, the 2016 election is “over” because of crude, but private eleven-year-old comments in order to elect a thoroughly corrupt, tyrannical and ruthless woman, then America is surely “over” too.
Nothing is more important than defeating Hillary Clinton. Nothing.
~ The Author ~
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. Colonel Sellin is the author of “Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution “. He receives email at email@example.com.
This column appeared originally at The Daily Caller on October 11, 2016.