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Three Who Will Save the GOP

May 5, 2022

The Grand Old Party (GOP) has shown lack of conviction and imagination since “Watergate” and was suffering from the influence of “Internationalists” in Party leadership until Donald Trump asserted a new form of American “nationalism.”

The origins of Trump’s idea to “Make America Great” cannot be traced to anything we know about Donald Trump, the millionaire playboy. But Trump was listening to Roger Stone, a political conservative active in Republican circles. Operating as consultants, advocates and advisors to corporations, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Charlie Black focused on making money as opposed to “policy” as Reagan presidential appointees. Paul Manafort played a key role In Trump’s campaign for the Republican Party nomination in 2016.

Politics is perceived as “dirty,” but doing business in former Soviet Russia and its “Captive Nations” which found Paul Manafort pushing Russia’s interest in Ukraine requires violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Add the Trump Organization’s investment in casino gambling and Trump’s sexual appetite to the mix, and American voters were willing to put up with Trump for only one term as President. Even Bill Clinton was awarded two terms as President!

Still Trump/Stone were on to something–dissatisfaction with “democratic idealism” that was originated by President Woodrow Wilson and which has shaped the international order of nations to the present day.

That “paradigm” or way of thinking is now challenged by new Republican leaders, principally U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and J. D. Vance. They are new enough to the game of politics to have seen the failures of “Internationalist” Presidents #41 and #43 and are resolved to avoid the mistakes of #45 yet are appreciative of the nationalism of Trump/Stone.

Senator Scott has formalized what has been learned in what he calls a “Rescue Plan for America.” J. D. Vance, equally motivated, brings to politics life lessons learned from his struggle to avoid the disease of the spirit he encountered growing up in the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. After military service, he was graduated from the Ohio State University and Yale Law School.

In Hillbilly Elegy he recounts his grandparents’ alcoholism and abuse, and his unstable mother’s history of drug addictions and failed relationships. The lack of a work ethic fostered a culture of dependency that he struggled—successfully—to overcome. His victory in last week’s Ohio Senate Primary is significant for Ohio has elected politicians who believe in government. It remains to be seen if the voters of Ohio will take a liking to a man who believes in himself. If they do, Vance, Sen. Scott and Gov. DeSantis will dominate the GOP for the next fifteen to twenty years.

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