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Can this Administration be Saved?

April 10, 2017

Reports of infighting in the White House are focused on the increase in influence of the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter, Ivanka, and declining influence of “Old Right” entrepreneur and political strategist, Stephen Bannon.

In the middle is the President of the United States who was elected by offering something for everyone–for nothing–and the collapse of GOP leadership in the wake of the destruction of the GOP brand by George W. Bush, and eight years of destructive policies by a Leninist revolutionary ideologue.

Put in proper perspective, the rift between the top aides in the White House is child’s play to the disorder of the nation’s politics.

Abandonment of a philosophy of limited government and commitment to revival of Wilsonian “idealism” through imperial wars by George W. Bush had the effect of destroying development of new conservative leadership in the GOP.

All the aspiring GOP nominees in 2016, except Rand Paul and Donald Trump, were diminished by their loyalty to past Bush administration failures.  All expressed an itch to let loose bombs against radical Islamists and protect the innocent wherever in the world they were afflicted by their governments.  None had a sense of humor nor expressed exasperation with intrusiveness of government. And these were the Republicans.

Sure, they expressed a desire to reduce taxes and talked about deregulation–that’s the Republican brand–but none seemed to embody those ideas the way Ronald Reagan did.

Compared to Ronald Reagan, the entire senior class of GOP leaders are faux conservatives.

Now we have a faux Republican as President of the United States so totally at sea about how government operates that he has failed to fill top positions requiring Senate confirmation by brushing that duty off with the observation “we have too many people.”

Somehow formulation of American foreign policy was left in the hands of former South Carolina governor now Ambassador Nikki Haley who has assumed a vocal role in uttering what seems to be foreign policy positions.  U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is over his head in his role, but is placed into situations with foreign leaders without any institutional support or even one policy guru in his entourage.

On the domestic side, the President’s decision to hire wealthy men with business and investment banking experience has left the Supply-side economists sidelined. That is probably intentional. They had their run back in 1978 when Prop 13 made headlines and then began to become ‘doctrine’ for Republican politicians in 1980. Not any more.

Frankly, if this Administration is to be saved, we need to overcome the nation’s political crisis. That may require formation of a Conservative Party.

Maybe the Mercer’s will buy into that proposition.

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