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GOP Committee Moves to Protect Trump 2020 Candidacy

So this is how it’s going to be.

When I signed up to be a part of the Republican party, it was based on the strength and legacy of men like Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley.

I believed then, and still do, that it is the people who should have the final say in governance. Those we send to Washington are our representatives – not our bosses.

There’s a Reagan quote that seems increasingly relevant:

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”

Indeed.

We on the right have taken to our soap boxes and shook our fists, thumped our chests, and decried the oppressive, big government policies of the left with every Democrat administration.

My, how things have changed.

And not for the better.

In fact, it took the Trump administration to expose what the party has become.

Republicans are no longer the party of limited government control, but rather, a bona fide cult of personality, and there is no room for, nor the will for free and independent thought.

In fact, so devoted to the purpose of keeping the party idol safe are the GOP powers that be, that they’ve taken the steps to assure that if even if Republican voters decided they wanted another option in 2020, besides Donald Trump, they can’t have it.

“RNC Resolutions Committee just voted unanimously to “undivided support” for Trump and his “effective presidency,” clearing way for passage before full GOP governing body on Friday,” tweeted Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller.

The Resolution Committee bill must pass through the full RNC to be adopted by the party. Presumably, the act would not stop any other Republicans from running, but the RNC would refuse to endorse the opponent.

In other words, they’ve made up their minds, intent to go down with the sinking ship.

There were many that warned before the 2016 election that Donald Trump would irreparably damage the Republican party. They were right.

The sad part is, the leaders of the GOP know that Trump’s presidency has not been “effective.”

The national debt has shot up. Our allies have been shaken, and they no longer trust us. Our enemies, on the other hand, know they have a friend in the White House. Donald Trump has never met a despot he wouldn’t cuddle up to.

He’s started economy-killing trade wars, and the nation is currently in the middle of a partial government shutdown that has gone on for over a month, putting roughly 800,000 federal employees in the bread lines. Literally.

Top that with the ongoing Russia probe, exacerbated by Trump’s daily, panicked tweet storms, and what we have is the opposite of an “effective” presidency.

So why is the GOP so devoted to this sinking ship? His tanking poll numbers should be enough to convince them to at least allow for another 2020 option to step forward.

Are they really that blind?

My sources are telling me no, they’re not blind. They’re just gutless.

A friend who was contacted by a Huffington Post reporter pointed me to just how broken and useless the party structure has become.

While some members privately expressed concerns that Trump may do serious damage to the 165-year-old party before he leaves office, few were willing to offer even mild criticism of their leader.

“We’re about the nuts and bolts,” said Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party. “Focusing on issues, that’s not our job. That’s the job of the campaigns and the candidates.”

One member, though, said the committee is, as a practical matter, beholden to the president. “The RNC has no choice,” he said on condition of anonymity. “The RNC is not independent of the person they put in the White House.”

Yeah. That’s how you know you’re in a cult.

My friend added:

“I used to think the party cared about value systems and philosophies and morality,” said Kendal Unruh, a longtime Republican activist from Colorado who led an unsuccessful effort to strip the nomination from Trump at the 2016 convention. “And then I found out: No, they simply care about winning.”

But they’re not winning. If the midterm election didn’t send a message, 2020 is going to hit them hard.

“If they don’t even have a plan, it proves they have their head in the sand,” said Unruh, who served as a delegate for eight straight Republican conventions starting in 1988 but who is now a registered independent. “They need to start having some courage. They need to stop defending him, first and foremost.”

That’s a good point.

Unfortunately, nobody in a position to do anything about it are listening.

We’re witnessing the evolution of politics in the United States. While Democrats rush towards full-on communism, Republicans seem to be embracing fascism, with a central ruling figure, as the focus of loyalty.

Our republic will not survive under the weight of such dueling political philosophies.

I just never imagined it would be Republicans that took the first moves to shut down voters.

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