Hey, um, Republicans? Can we talk for a minute? Have a seat. Can I get you anything to drink?

No, really. I think you’re going to need something strong.

See, I have some bad news for you. It’s never easy being the bearer of bad tidings, but … well, there’s no way to break it to you gently, so I’m just going to come right out and say it.

This guy you nominated to run for president on the Republican ticket? I’ve been watching what’s been going on and, well … I don’t think you actually nominated a Republican.

I know, I know, it’s hard to believe. I mean, there’s this whole primary process, and all this “vetting” and stuff, so you’d think the end result would actually be someone who believes in the things Republicans are supposed to believe in.

Take, for instance, respect for our troops and for their families. I thought Republicans were supposed to be all about that.

But this Trump guy? He tells reporters he doesn’t respect John McCain’s service in Vietnam: “He’s not a war hero because he was captured. I don’t like people who were captured.”

I’m sure our servicemen and women will feel safer and more secure knowing that the man who wants to be their commander-in-chief will stop “liking” them if they have the bad luck to be taken prisoner.

Then he claimed he’s always “felt like” he was in the military because he went to an expensive military-themed prep school.

Recently, he decided to get into an extended Twitter rant against the parents of a Muslim soldier who sacrificed himself to save his comrades, even questioning whether the grieving mother was “allowed” to speak.

Then, when another mother of a serviceman asked Trump’s veep pick, Mike Pence, how the guy at the top of the ticket could be so disrespectful, the crowd literally booed her. Dissing Gold Star mothers and booing moms of living servicemen doesn’t sound very Republican, does it?

Then there’s his refusal to endorse other Republican candidates. I’m old enough to remember Saint Ronnie Reagan’s 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”

This rule has, in the immortal words of Mark Twain, been thrown down and danced upon by Donald J. Trump. Not just in the primaries, where you can expect a little back and forth, although Trump’s crude and childish disrespect for the members of his alleged party was extraordinary even by the standards of a contested primary battle.

Even after securing the nomination, however, Trump continues to slam other Republicans. He’s called New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte “weak” and “disloyal” and refused to endorse her in her own bid for re-election. He also refused to endorse McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan in their contested elections. Work across the aisle? This guy doesn’t even play well with people in his own party — or in what’s supposed to be his party.

Last but not least, there’s the whole small government thing. I thought Republicans were supposed to be all about decentralization of power. Yet they’ve nominated a man whose promise to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants would require the greatest mobilization of government power and the greatest suspension of civil liberties in our history. They’ve nominated a man who wants all power centered in himself, because, in his words, “he alone” can fix the broken system.

So that’s the bad news. You guys selected someone who not only doesn’t represent what your party’s supposed to, he’s actively driving out longtime members like former Jeb Bush staffer Sally Bradshaw, who’s worked for Republicans since the days of Bush the Elder and who told CNN that she’s leaving the party and, if the election is close in her home state of Florida, will vote for Clinton.

“As much as I don’t want another four years of Obama’s policies,” she told the network, “I can't look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump.” Rep. Richard Hanna of New York became the first, and probably not the last, elected Republican lawmaker to announce that he’ll vote for Clinton over Trump.

Of course, there’s always the alternative explanation. That is that Trump is actually the perfect Republican, and that the party is what its detractors have always said it is: mean-spirited, bigoted, racist, xenophobic and authoritarian rather than truly conservative and freedom-loving. That they have no actual principles, just resentments, grudges, and fears. Surely that can’t be right. Can it?

 

(13) comments

Bart Boudreaux

Let's see now what has Hillary accomplished as a senator - she sponsored 363 pieces of legislation and got 3 approved. A whopping 3. And as Secretary of State -1) she murdered 4 in Bengazi 2) she started up Isis 3) she gave Iran nukes 4) and she gave away top secret information. Impressed yet?

Jim Tomashoff

That should be Francis is clearly capable of initiating personal and unfounded attacks. Thinking, not so much.

Aren't you the pot calling the kettle black. You have inferred racist motives to your political rivals so many times its almost automatic. Its a disgusting practice but with the left the ends justifies the means.

Mark Hayes

jimt... What are you looking to gain from that comment, a soft shoulder to cry on. Candy.

Jim Tomashoff

Francis seems incapable of initiating personal, and unfounded attacks. Well, I guess that beats thinking?

Roland Kidd

jimt I have not heard any of the party of AWMPOPWACD whining about not being able to get a voter ID. Maybe the lowest educated ones are on your side. I bet they got an ID for all the free stuff available. The democrat party will be in trouble if minorities ever wake up to the fact that the party is the pimp and they are just being used. The NAACP of N.C. and the US Attorney General, when speaking about the ID law, had just as well said that white people are smarter than minorities. obama's judges must have also felt the same way.

Roland Kidd

jimt

Jim Tomashoff

Pecook is probably not a traditional Republican either. But he does personify what the majority in the Republican Party now believe. Perhaps in their autopsy of why they lost the 2016 Election, lost the Senate, and so their majority in the House shrink to fewer than 10 members, they will rename the Party the AWMPOPWACD (That's the Angry White Men's Party Of People Without A College Degree), for those not in the know)

Mark Hayes

jimt... I am confident that you, much like this author have little knowledge on what real men think, you maintain that bent over and receptive position which prevents a clear view of what is actually happening in the world, you are the perfect Democrat, a spineless individual with no thoughts of your own.

ken leary

That the FG thinks there is any difference between the so called Republicans and Democrats is where the real ignorance lies in this country. His generalizations are sophomoric. Ds and Rs are just two sides of the same coin, the flipping of which is controlled by our owners. It is a heads I win, tails you lose scenario. From a Princeton Study: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
https://youtu.be/5tu32CCA_Ig
Keep focused on those shiney objects America.

Peyton Cook

He may not be a traditional Republican but he does speak for millions, including me, that the Federal branch is not serving all Americans. We do know that you Democrats have nominated a Socialist who wants to continue the current Administration's Socialist policies on steroids. In addition she has demonstrated that she is a liar and is corrupt to the core. It seems to me that it is a slam dunk. Vote for Trump!

Bridget Gulka

Oh please he has been a member of at least four different political parties. 1987 registered as a Republican, 1999 the Independence Party, in 2001 a Democrat then in 2009 a republican only to register in 2011 as unaffiliated now a Republican again. How the GOP could let this egotistical, self absorbed, narcissistic, crazy, nut job hijack their party is totally unfathomable.

A review of history reveals which party is the party of racism, bigotry and authoritarianism, its not the R's. If you take a look at any large city in the US which has been run by the D's for decades then you would know that it has not turned out too well for black people. I can understand those who are not happy with Trump as our nominee, I count myself as one of them. However any R who would vote for H because of this is very confused. I would imagine they are about as rare as a leftist with honor. We know HRC is a serial liar. We know she compromised national security. She may have caused loss of life. We know she committed perjury even though she will likely never have to answer for it as we have no justice department. For any leftist to speak of Trump as a flawed candidate (using a lot of embellishment) considering HRC is laughable. But then again, that's the good thing about being a leftist, you don't have to be particularly bright or even coherent.

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