GOP Elites Call for Purge of Trump
By Patrick J. Buchanan
In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016.
Trump would be wise to maintain his freedom of action.
For there is a plot afoot in The Washington Post Conservative Club to purge Trump from the Republican Party before the primaries begin.
"A political party has a right to ... secure its borders," asserts the Post's George Will, "a duty to exclude interlopers." Will wants The Donald "excommunicated" and locked out of all GOP debates until he kneels and takes a loyalty oath to the nominee.
"Marginalizing Trump" carries no risk of "alienating a substantial Republican cohort," Will assures us, for these "Trumpites" are neither Republicans nor conservatives. Better off without such trash.
The Post's Michael Gerson says "establishment Republicans" must "make clear that [Trump] has moved beyond the boundaries of serious and civil discourse." He loathes the Trumpites as much as Will.
Trump's followers are "xenophobic," Gerson tells CNN. They have a "resentment of outsiders, of Mexico, of China, and immigrants. That's more like a European right-wing party, a UKIP or a National Front in France. Republicans can't incorporate that."
But if the GOP has no room for Trump's followers, it has no future. For there simply aren't that many chamber-of-commerce and country-club Republicans.
Gerson mentions with disgust the U.K. Independence Party and France's National Front. What do those parties have in common?
Both are anti-New World Order. Both arose to recapture the lost independence and sovereignty of their nations from the nameless, faceless bureaucrats of Brussels, those EU hacks who now dictate the kinds of laws and societies the Brits and French are permitted to have.
What motivates these folks is not all that different from what brought the farmers to Lexington Green and Concord Bridge and inspired colonists to stand by the original Tea Party boys in Boston.
New parties arise and outsiders are drawn into politics to fill voids and vacuums created by the failure of incumbent parties and politicians.
Case in point: Ex-speechwriter Gerson's boss George W. Bush.
With the country united behind him after 9/11, Bush called for war on an "axis of evil" - Iraq, Iran and North Korea - that had nothing to do with 9/11. He then persuaded Congress to authorize an invasion of Iraq to strip it of weapons of mass destruction it did not have.
Cost: 4,500 American dead, 35,000 wounded warriors, $1 trillion dollars sunk, 100,000 dead Iraqis, half a million widows and orphans, a country ravaged and a Mideast now awash in war and bloodshed.
Political result: The Republicans lost both houses of Congress in 2006, and the White House in 2008 to an anti-war Democratic Senator whose voting record was identical to that of Bernie Sanders.
Yet the leading establishment candidate of the Republican Party elites, in national polls and cash raised, is Jeb Bush, who took five days to concede the war his brother started may have been a mistake.
And the leading candidate of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, voted for the war that proved a disaster and against the surge that staved off the disaster until the Americans departed.
Our Beltway elites are demanding that Trump apologize for his remarks about women. But when have they apologized for having inflicted this disaster upon our nation and the Middle East?
Thursday, the Census Bureau revealed that a record 42.1 million immigrants, here legally and illegally, are in the U.S., a population explosion being driven by Mexicans still flooding across the border.
Is it "xenophobic" to ask if Americans approve of this historic change in the composition and character of the country they love?
Is it outrageous to ask whether there is a correlation between this massive infusion of unskilled and semi-skilled labor from the Third World, and the stagnant and falling wages of native-born Americans?
The trade figures just came in for June. The trade deficit shot to $43.8 billion. Take out the $20 billion surplus in services, it was a $64 billion deficit in goods, pointing to a 2015 trade deficit of $750 billion in things Americans make with their hands, tools, machines.
This has been going on since Bush 41. And the correlation between these trade deficits and the trade deals our elites have negotiated is absolute. Trump says our negotiators have been getting their clocks cleaned by the Japanese, Chinese and Mexicans.
Is he wrong? Or are free trade and open borders now articles of faith, defined dogma, denial of which gets you excommunicated from the party of Gerson and Will?
Trump should tell the GOP, in the neocons' favorite phrase, "All options are on the table." And that includes the Samson Option.
Trump should tell the GOP that if it disrespects him and his followers, then he is prepared to do as did the biblical hero Samson, when, blinded and mocked by the Philistines, he pushed the pillars apart and brought the temple down upon the heads of them all.
The Republican establishment will understand that.
Not much has changed.I'm sure they were called something different in 1860 but the same "chamber of commerce and country club" republicans, lets just call them YANKEES existed way back then.
And our Southern ancestors seceeded 7 States in response to it. That number would grow to 13.
Our ancestors were not fighting to establish a new government. They just wanted to enjoy the freedom and prosperity of the old. Jefferson Davis said it oh so eloquently when he said that the Southern States were not fighting to do away with the constitution - but tom uphold it. It was their political partners to the North who had broken the compact!
Now, all these years later, the SAME issues are being fought about again. And in this case, we have a billionaire patriot who is willing to pony up hundreds of millions, maybe even a couple billion, of his own "dollars" to call his fellow yankees on it. I call them fellow-yankees because Trump is a New Yorker. But he is a New Yorker who loves his country and has only its best interest at heart.
Would Donald Trump be the best choice for President? I do not know yet. I do know that he can do no worse that those who have been running the government for some time now.
And might I say that if Trump had been president in 1861 he would have executed the office more solidly than did Lincoln.
I know some people have given Trump flack for saying that he would have put the battle flag in a museum. His comments were taken out of context. He said that it would be prominently displayed and that, "we must respect what we must respect." Remember that Trump is a New Yorker. So "respect" is important. When Trump made his comment about respect I am certain that he included in that a respect for our Confederate ancestors, our history, and our heritage.
At any rate, Trump may not be waiving the Confederate Flag. But he is NOT its enemy. This election cycle is starting early and will be an interesting one to follow.
It all comes back to what our late president Jefferson Davis said about any issue resolved only at the point of a gun is in reality unsettled and will undoubtedly keep reasserting itself until properly answered.
HURLEY, Va. - Chris Spencer is the only African-American student at Hurley High School, where the front doors he walks through each morning are painted with the Confederate battle flag, the first of many he'll see on any given school day.
The helmets of his Hurley Rebels football team sport a stylized logo of the flag, flying from a saber. Equipment in the weight room is stamped with the image too. Crossed battle flags are on the wall in the school's main office. Rebel Man, with a rebel flag, adorns center court in the gym.
But Spencer needn't wait until he arrives at school to see such images. He carries one with him wherever he goes. The senior running back has a battle flag tattoo on the underside of his right forearm, where he cradles the ball on each carry.
"It doesn't mean racism to me," Spencer tells USA TODAY Sports. "I just look at it as a flag. It's our mascot. It just means our school."
That's the party line in Hurley, a tiny coalmining community tucked into the southwest corner of Virginia, south of Kentucky and west of West Virginia, where longtime citizens say they just want to be left alone to rally around a symbol that's been with them for as long as they can remember.
"It means heritage, not hate," Hurley High principal Pam Tester says. "You won't find a single person in Hurley who thinks different."
And that includes Spencer, who wears his heart on his sleeve and his tattoo under it. In a community that's overwhelmingly white, the artwork on his arm is often offered as Exhibit A for the defense.
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