Why We Love Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

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Pat Buchanan said it best — there are two Americas now. Standing at polar opposites are Americans who believe more in our First Principles and Americans who believe more in the Ten Planks. Oddly enough, those Americans live next-door to one another and are looking for someone to champion their principles rather than capitulate to the other side.

America is at a crossroads and Tea Partiers and Occupiers have one thing in common; they are mad as hell. While the Tea Party Wave and Occupy Movement have waned in the public’s eye, the lasting influence both sides have had on political elections can be found in the influence those activists have had on their neighbors. The guy who publicly says “Social Security is unconstitutional” (me) admits to his neighbors that repealing it would be a nightmare today. Conversely, the gal who publicly says to tax all the rich people more admits to her neighbors that instituting that sort of progressive tax code today would sink us into a decade-long depression.

That doesn’t make us less mad. As I said, we’re mad as hell. Our government doesn’t work because it’s rife with corruption and coverups, as well as infiltrated by control freaks more interested in personal agendas than representing “We The People.” This is where Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders step in. They fill a void. They both are willing to have the conversation which is going on in the angry people’s heads.

It’s working. Watch this MSNBC Clip; while Trump is hugely unpopular with swing state voters, so is Hillary Clinton. Hillary’s poor polling numbers has the MSNBC pundits baffled, but it doesn’t baffle me.  It probably doesn’t baffle my neighbor who loves Sanders either.

America is at a crossroads right now and our people are very confused about the direction of this country. This is the sort of vacuum which favors dictators in free elections. Sadly, Americans are looking for a “great leader” rather than a President who respects, follows, and champions the Constitution. Pray we find that candidate, who can champion our cause, with a message which resonates with most Americans.

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  1. Question, Brian:
    If the conservative half of America really is devoted to “first principles,” then why are they falling for a demagogic chump like Trump?
    The Sanders phenomenon is easy to understand. Leftists have always been good at–have approved of–fanning the flames of populist passion.
    But we conservatives are supposed to be the prudent ones, aren’t we? What happened to us?

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    “What happened to us?”

    That’s such a great question, Craig. I’ll offer an answer that could be a detailed blog post but will be abbreviated.

    1- Antonio Gramsci succeeded
    2- The neoconservatives hijacked the Reagan Revolution
    3- Republicans discovered “reform” rather than “restore” under Newt Gingrich
    4- Republicans learned to like big government under Bush
    5- The Imperial Presidency rose causing conservatives to seek “a great leader” rather than a constitutional President.

    Conservatives gave up on the influencing culture 50 years ago, gave up on limiting government under Reagan, and embraced the concept of utilitarianism ten years ago. We have, for all intents and purposes, become the “better” managers of the welfare state.

    It’s no longer about principles; it’s about power and “conservatives” admire the raw power one man can wield as much as liberals do now

    Trump is no conservative but he does say the right things to those who want him to wield power for them

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    “If the conservative half of America really is devoted to “first principles,” then why are they falling for a demagogic chump like Trump?”

    I would argue that conservative movement is fractured, badly. Reagan’s three-legged stool crumbled, with each of the legs looking to protect their own at the expense of the others.

    Social conservatives abandoned the free marketeers because they “care about the poor”. Free marketeers abandoned the social conservatives because they don’t care about gay marriage. National security hawks were handed money and power after 9/11 so they abandoned the So-Cons and FreeMarks.

    We’re all fighting our parochial battles while we are all slowly losing the war.

  4. Brian,

    I concur wholeheartedly. Nowhere was that more evident than our first encounter over the 52nd. We vehemently disagreed over core issues. Yet we are probably within the 80% Venn of our GOP/Conservative political positions…it took a beer (OK.. four) to determine we weren’t the political heretics we may have first considered. We quickly determined I was not the rabid homophobe portrayed by some, and you were not the RINO/Libertarian at times crafted by some…we were cordial, collegial, and ultimately realized this was someone I could work with…we discovered we both have had deep ties to the party over decades, have both worked passionately in different capacities to advance key candidates, and would most likely work with eachother in the future for the “right” GOP Presidential nominee…

    But…in our specific case, the RPSDC gets in the way…it alienated me (a former Chairman’s Circle Member, and Senatorial County Co-Chairman and CA GOP Veterans influencer, prepared to support more) and thousands and thousands of people that otherwise would be supporting near-aligned candidates and issues. As obstinate some conservatives have been on the “social issues”, it was matched, and some may say outpaced, by the vitriol and invective slander and viceral comments by some fellow GOP-ers upon those that simply were not going to endorse what they felt was not a conservative candidate(s). (was it that difficult to surmise that conservatives would not endorse or support a “GOP” endorsed candidate that advertised both Gay Marriage and Abortion as core issues he supported?)

    Yes, feelings were hurt, bridges were burned, and relations severed…but in the case of the RPSDC, they made it unmistakingly clear that conservatives were not welcome…and they were going to do (and had done) virtually anything to advance a very weak and risk-prone candidate in the 52nd. Those decisions, as short-sighted and self-serving as they may have been, set back the GOP in San Diego for years. The funding, talent, support, and effort that would have been brought to bare for any future candidates has been markably diminished as a result of unwise and unwarranted insider-pressure to advance that poor choice at all costs.

    I want Republicans to win….but as you and I spoke of all those months ago, many will not forgo their moral conviction and political principles to achieve it. Political pragmatism has a price. That price is losing those that are committed to an array of political idealogies that they feel have been abandoned by the GOP at their sacrifice.

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    FF–

    The 52nd is a consequence of the broken stool; not the tool which broke it. This coalition started fracturing under GHWBush when he signed a tax hike into law. (with two legs of the stool supporting that)

    Gingrich did a great job with his reform movement but the stool was broken–he could not keep the caucus focused.

    W betrayed the coalition with compassionate conservatism. To wit: Faith-based initiatives, Medicare Part D, and the hundred year war.

    Fast forward to 2007 and position yourself as a free marketeer in the fractured coalition. Schwarzenegger signed AB 32, Bush signed Medicare Part D and your Mayor resigned because of a pension scandal.

    What are you going to do? Jump on the Prop 8 bandwagon or listen to a young, full of piss and vinegar Council candidate who is willing to be courageous?

    RPSDC was trying to save what was left of a coalition, shattered by appeasers on the federal level. I’ve offered public criticism of our local leadership but, in the end, I know exactly why our Chairman made the moves he did. In the end, I’m proud of the work he’s done

    It doesn’t have to be fractured forever

  6. “What are you going to do? Jump on the Prop 8 bandwagon or listen to a young, full of piss and vinegar Council candidate who is willing to be courageous?”

    Brian-

    I don’t think it ever was an either-or. With regards to the “piss and vinegar Council Candidate (I’m assuming Mr. DeMaio)” too many San Diego GOP observers knew Mr Piss and Vinegar was flawed from the outset. We need not lose our way and forgo conviction to assume or expect the soft chewy moderates will somehow decide to vote for the Republican because we abandoned core values and shifted to the left in what many see as a crass political decision to try to assuage indies. We were the party of principles…not of whims…we leave that up to the Dems….if we continue to abandon core values we cease to be the principled party…

    I agree it needn’t be fractured forever…but conviction is the glue to put Humpy Dumpty back together again..not left-shifting, vote chasing “pragmatism” dictated by the NRCC or the RNC so the RPSDC can get funding and resources for elections.

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    “We were the party of principles…not of whims”

    That stopped decades ago when the social conservatives and security hawks whimsically raised taxes. I’m not going to offer a tu quoque argument for why free marketeers backed DeMaio but I will comment on this:

    “but conviction is the glue to put Humpy Dumpty back together again..not left-shifting, vote chasing “pragmatism”

    I’d argue that happened 25 years ago. One coalition member’s left is another coalition member’s “pragmatism”.

    You and I want the same thing, FF but I think I understand that that won’t happen for 10-20 years. That’s why I swallow my pride and win the local battles I can win while others wring their hands.

    The solution is simple– show up. We need you.

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