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When a Political System Collapses

August 16, 2019

The traditional pool of GOP candidates for President includes current and former governors and U.S. Senators. Some who sought the nomination in 2016 might have a shot at election in 2024, but none have chosen to challenge President Trump in 2020–except former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

Putting aside the usual obstacles to running a campaign for President, and adjusting for obstacles to challenging an incumbent from your own Party, there are good reasons to join Mark Sanford in challenging President Trump.

  1. Trump is going to lose the 2020 election.
  2. Trump doesn’t represent the Republican Party.
  3. Trump’s administration of the government left the GOP with little to no new talent that has acquired political experience that gives status for future candidacy.
  4. Trump’s spending has put U.S. solvency at risk.
  5. Trump has ignored the danger of the burden of Entitlements.
  6. Trump’s “grand standing” foreign policy has failed to design a working national security policy.
  7. There is a need for a third Party, one called a “New Republican Party.”

Of all those who sought the office of President in 2016, only Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz could challenge President Trump for six of these reasons and wrap their challenge in a call for a “New Republican Party.”

Gov. Scott Walker and Gov. Rick Perry are terminal “Local” politician lacking the intellect to go beyond State politics. Gov. Chris Christie is a Liberal from New Jersey and former Gov. Mike Huckabee is a Liberal from Arkansas. Sen. Marco Rubio is smitten by Neoconservatism and would do better if he were a Democrat. Sen. John Kasich wants to revive “Big Government” republicanism. Finally, Ben Carson is too inexperienced

Only Jeb Bush could make an effective challenge but he is a member of the family that destroyed the Republican brand. All this signifies the collapse of the American Party system.


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