Sunday, August 28, 2016

I've just about had it with Republicans

GOP candidate for governor Eric Greitens speaks at a Rolla rally Saturday.
This could be the last election in which I vote for a Republican.

It depends on what happens in November.

My dissatisfaction with the party started back in 2008 and it reached a breaking point Saturday in Rolla.

What started it was when the party faithful, or base, complained in 2008 that Sen. John McCain was too moderate for them to support. Add to that, the moderates were embarrassed by his choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. In sum, many of the Republican voters stayed home from the polls or voted a third-party choice. That is how we got Barak Hussein Obama, who offered hope and change. He fulfilled part of that promise; he gave us plenty of change.

Then in 2012, the Republican true believers were upset with the choice of Gov. Mitt Romney as their candidate. He was too liberal, having offered up a socialist medical plan for his state of Massachusetts. His vice-presidential choice, Paul Ryan, was lackluster. Also, Romney was a Mormon, and self-righteous conservative Christians just could not bring themselves to vote for a member of a cult. So we got a second dose of Obama.

Now, here we are in another similar situation, with the Republican moderates and the conservative Christians upset by the choice of Donald Trump. They have joined forces with the Democrats to begin a Never Trump movement. The Republicans say they aren't for Hillary, but if you aren't for Trump, you're for Hillary. The Republicans are going to fool around and hand the election over to the Democrats again.

The way things are going, I predict Hillary Clinton will receive 45 percent of the vote, the third-party candidates will receive a combined 15 percent of the vote, and Trump will receive 40 percent of the vote. President Hillary Clinton will be sworn in Jan. 20, 2017.

A similar situation exists in Missouri for the gubernatorial race, and it was illustrated in Rolla Saturday afternoon.

After an ugly primary, Republicans are not supporting candidate Eric Greitens wholeheartedly, because like Trump, he is a political outsider. The so-called establishment was against him, supporting people like the career politican, Lt. Gov Peter Kinder, instead.

Our Sen. Dan Brown was a Kinder supporter, but to his credit, Brown is now supporting Greitens. At least, he spoke favorably in support of him Saturday afternoon at a Greitens rally here in Rolla.

Sadly, I see Sen. Brown as an exception, for although there was a pretty good crowd for Greitens on a hot summer Saturday afternoon, I noted that there were no county Republican officeholders in the crowd. I admit that I don't know every single Republican central committee member, but I know a lot of them, and the ones I know were not there.

So it is clear to me that the Republican party has an intense discomfort for both its presidential and gubernatorial nominees. So much discomfort, in fact, that a bunch of them are apparently laying out this one.

Who can figure out a party that claims it wants to do away with politics as usual, but when the primary voters do just that, pulls back its support? Who can understand a party that claims it wants to run government on a business basis, yet turns its back on candidates that have leadership experience in business and other organizations outside politics?

I have never been a fan of the party of Lincoln, for I am not a fan of Lincoln, but I've always (at least since I became a parent and obtained a mortgage) been a conservative, and I've supported conservatives, who have been Republicans.

But if Republicans aren't going to support their own, and if they allow Democrats to win these two offices, then I'll quit them the way they have quit Trump and Greitens.

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