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America’s Future

May 2, 2020

The New York Times for May 2 published a report under the title, “Fearing Political Peril, Republicans Edge Away From Trump on Pandemic Response.” Times’ reporters, Catie Edmondson and Rebecca R. Ruiz, interview a less than exhaustive list of four Republicans who are unhappy with President Trump:  Fred Upton (R-MI), John Katko (R-NY), former Rep Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

One Member, Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) faces a primary challenger “from the Right.”

When, and if, The New York Times gets serious, we may see reporting that explains what Donald Trump unleashed in 2016, explains a massive rejection of Trump in 2018 that gave control of the House of Representatives to Democrats, and what a likely defeat of President Trump in 2020–or a move to Impeach–if Republicans lose the Senate in 2020, means for the future of America’s two Party system.

The missing piece in this Times’ reporting is rejection of a tradition of “Internationalism” represented in the GOP by two Bush family members, Bush 41 and Bush 43.

Rejection of Internationalist policies that neglect the national interest of the United States in favor of an ideology of “Globalism,” explains why a candidate like Donald Trump could revive voter interest in America, not the world.

In 2016, Trump alone–and odd ball politician Rand Paul (R-KY)–reflected policies associated with post-WW II’s exuberant “Americanism.”  All the other Republican aspirants in 2016 had bought, and were drinking,  the Bush “Kool-Aid.”

The 2018 rebuke was a rejection of Trump as a person, not his expressed desire to “Make America Great.”

As the President continues to give reason to believe that he is unqualified for office, we lose sight of the key contest in American politics between an aggressive return of Wilsonian democratic idealism that sought to destroy the balance of power between nations in WW I.

That Trump represented opposition to an ideology that gave us revolutions, “world” wars, and domination of Asia by a Communist regime is key to understanding the future of American politics.

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