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A Split in the GOP Deepens

August 2, 2016

On the surface, Donald Trump is conducting a campaign for the entire GOP. He’s not doing a very good job bringing the Party together but, then, that effort is window dressing.

The Republican Party is very deeply split and the lack of leadership by President George W. Busch, GOP Chairman, Reince Priebus, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, and a newcomer John Ryan (R-WI) is the reason that there is such a split and why a most un-Republican candidate has been nominated for President of the United States.

Much of that weak leadership may be laid at the feet of George W. Bush who led his Party into new entitlements for prescription medicine, outspent all six presidents preceding him, including LBJ, and mistakenly thought he could bring Democracy to the Middle East. During the years leading up to his election as President, nothing prepared him for the crises he faced and most times during his Presidency he made the wrong decisions.

But, those decisions had appeal.

Elderly got nearly-free prescription medicine, the eyes of the American government were shut to waves of illegal immigrants, American military defeated the Taliban that hosted Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, critics of Saddam Hussein got his head in a noose, Millenarian Christians advanced Christ’s Second Coming and Israel’s enemies were rebuffed.

Oh, and George W. Bush won a second term.

But, then, a piper had to be paid.

John McCain was defeated by a junior Senator from Illinois, Mitt Romney lost to that same youngster. Then, as if in a B-Movie, a character from Central Casting who built hotels, had a television show, and ran beauty pageants became the Republican nominee for President.

In order to express their disdain for being rebuffed by a person they consider a bufoon, the Bush family will not support the GOP nominee, and most of their coalition will do nothing to support him, probably expecting to pick up the pieces after their Party’s defeat in November.

There won’t be any Party to piece together, however.

The Democrats will spend, spend, spend, and elect, elect, elect for at least a generation or until their house of cards collapses. Only then will there be something of a loyal opposition that can aspire to a return to power. And, if we’re lucky there may still be a United States of America.

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