This Is Trump’s Repub­li­can Party Now

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - Pa­trick Buchanan

ore is now r e quired of us than to put down our thoughts in writ­ing,” de­claimed Jeff Flake in his ora­tion against Pres­i­dent Trump, just be­fore he an­nounced he will be quit­ting the Se­nate.

Though he had lifted the ti­tle of his Au­gust anti-Trump polemic, Con­science of a Con­ser­va­tive, from Barry Gold­wa­ter, Flake is no Gold­wa­ter.

Gold­wa­ter took on the GOP es­tab­lish­ment in the pri­maries, voted against the Civil de­clared, “Ex­trem­ism in the de­fense of lib­erty is no vice,” and then went down bat­tling to the end af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of JFK made LBJ in­vin­ci­ble.

Flake, with only 18 per­cent ap­proval in Ari­zona, de­cided to pack it in rather than get waxed in his own pri­mary.

Sen. Bob Corker is an­other calling on col­leagues to stand - tires to Ten­nessee. It’s no won­der the es­tab­lish­ment is viewed with such de­ri­sion.

Flake calls Trump “dan­ger­ous to our democ­racy.” But the real threat Trump rep­re­sents is to the GOP es­tab­lish­ment’s con­trol of the party’s des­tiny.

This is a strug­gle about pol­icy, about the fu­ture. And Trump is pres­i­dent be­cause he read the party and coun­try right.

How could the Belt­way poli­cies — open bor­ders, amnesty, free trade glob­al­ism, and mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in for­eign lands for ide­o­log­i­cal ends — were alien­at­ing its coali­tion? What has Bushite free trade pro­duced? About $12 tril­lion China alone, a loss of 55,000 plants and 6 mil­lion man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs.We im­ported goods “Made in China,” while ex­port­ing our fu­ture. Bei­jing is chal­leng­ing our po­si­tion in Asia. Could Repub­li­cans not see the fac­to­ries shut­ting down, or not un­der­stand why work­ers’ wages had failed to rise for decades?

What did the democ­racy cru­sades “to end tyranny in our world” ac­com­plish? Thou­sands of U.S. dead, tens of thou­sands of wounded, tril­lions of dol­lars sunk, and a Mideast awash in blood, with mil­lions up­rooted.

With the Cold War over for a quar­ter of a cen­tury, what is the case now for Amer­ica, $20 tril­lion in debt, go­ing abroad in search of mon­sters to de­stroy?

Con­sider: Bush-Obama “open bor­ders” brought in tens of mil­lions of Third World peo­ples, legally and il­le­gally, to ris­ing re­sis­tance from Amer­i­cans forced to bear the eco­nomic and so­cial costs. What was the GOP es­tab­lish­ment’s re­ply to the op­po­si­tion to amnesty for il­le­gals and calls for a mora­to­rium on le­gal immigration, to as­sim­i­late the tens of mil­lions al­ready here? To call them na­tivists and pa­rade their moral su­pe­ri­or­ity.

Flake and Corker are be­ing and Ge­orge W. Bush and John McCain cel­e­brated for their de­nun­ci­a­tions of Trump­ism. Yet no two peo­ple are more re­spon­si­ble for the blun­ders of the post-Cold War era than McCain and Bush.

About which of half a dozen wars were they right?

Yes­ter­day’s New York Times rec­og­nized Trump’s tri­umph:

“De­spite the fer­vor of Pres­i­dent Trump’s Repub­li­can op­po­nents, the pres­i­dent’s brand of hard-edged na­tion­al­ism — with its gut-level cul­tural ap­peals and hard lines on trade and immigration — is tak­ing root within his adopted party.”

A new ques­tion arises: Can the GOP es­tab­lish­ment be­lieve that if Trump falls, or they bring him down, they will in­herit the es­tate? Do they be­lieve their old agenda of open bor­ders, amnesty, free trade glob­al­ism and democ­racy-cru­sad­ing can be­come Amer­ica’s agenda again?

Trump­ism is not a de­tour. For though un­pleas­ant, it is not un­fair to say that if there was one de­sire com­mon to Bernie San­ders, Ted Cruz and Trump vot­ers, it was be rid of the regime rest­ing on top of all of us.

Should Trump fall, and a re­stored es­tab­lish­ment at­tempt to reim­pose the old, there will be a truly un­civil war.

Af­ter the Trumpian re­volt, there is no go­ing back. As that most Amer­i­can of writ­ers, Thomas Wolfe, put it, “You can’t go home again.”

Tra­di­tion­al­ists have been told that for years. Now it’s the turn of the GOP es­tab­lish­ment to learn the truth as well.

Gold­wa­ter lost badly, but the es­tab­lish­ment that aban­doned him never had its pat­ri­mony re­stored. It was the leaders they ab­horred, Richard Nixon and Ron­ald Rea­gan, to whom the fu­ture be­longed.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Ch­eryl, leaves the Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton Oct. 24, af­ter an­nounc­ing he won’t seek re-elec­tion in 2018.

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