GOP Establishment Looks to Steal Democracy

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GOP Establishment Looks to Steal Democracy

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Donald Trump, the billionaire developer and reality TV celebrity turned presidential candidate, was not supposed to gain the attention and support of a wide swath of the GOP base and continue to hold sway over them for nine months running.

On Tuesday night, the “Trump Train” continued chugging down the tracks racking up wins in Mississippi, Michigan and Hawaii like a cattle catcher mounted on the front of a locomotive scoops up cows. Winning by large margins in places that couldn’t be more polar opposites; a deep southern state and a rust belt northern state, the appeal of Trump crosses geographical boundaries, cultural influences, and voting demographics. This despite the $38 million in negative attack ads and robo-calls targeting Trump having all been sponsored by his opponents super pacs and the establishment cabal.

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Trump has proven that he can muster support from evangelicals, conservatives, independents, Hispanics, and even union member Democrats. His win in Michigan no doubt attracted people in the auto industry that are fearful for their jobs or even now out of work. With automakers and other industries looking to move operations across borders for the lucrative cheap labor, people are now seeing Trump as someone who will act to stop the bleeding. He is the only voice in the field of Republican presidential candidates that demonstrates a willingness to confront America’s economic ills, woeful trade deficits and the loss of manufacturing industry that we are seeing flee to the likes of China and Mexico.

Since the third week of June 2015 Trump has dominated the national preference polls for the Republican nomination, yet that hasn’t stopped the GOP establishment from trying to thwart his candidacy. Last weekend a gathering of Silicon Valley elites and GOP power brokers assembled on a secretive island resort off the coast of Georgia to discuss how best to defeat the business mogul.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, CEO Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, billionaire Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page met with such GOP officials as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, GOP Strategist Karl Rove, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger. The first question that may come to mind is what interest does tech giants have in defeating Donald Trump?

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who was also in attendance, wrote in an emailed report to the Huffington Post; “There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he’s done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”

“The key task now … is less to understand Trump than to stop him,” Kristol continued. “In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn’t be president.”

In an interview last Sunday with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Wallace point blank asked Romney, “You say you won’t run for president, but you didn’t rule out a draft. So here is an opportunity?” To this Romney said, “OK, Chris, this is so ridiculous. I’m not going there. You’ve got three people who I’d like to see as the nominee. I’m going to endorse one of them. I’m going to campaign with one of them.” By the end of the interview, Romney did not state that he would deny an effort to draft him as the nominee at the GOP convention.

Karl Rove, who is known as “the architect” in GOP circles because of his election politics savvy, is currently working several strategies to derail the Trump bid. The “draft Romney” strategy is one where after the first ballot delegates are free to vote for whomever they would like to support at the convention. Here Rove and his ilk would insert Romney. Splitting the delegate count by encouraging the campaigns of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich to stay in the race and capture delegates in order to deny Trump a plurality necessary to capture the nomination is a second strategy.

At the end of the day this is a contrived effort and a conspiracy to undermine the voting base of the GOP. These are the same voters who gave Republicans the House in 2010 and then the Senate in 2014. The same voters who have supported candidates such as Romney, John McCain, and Bob Dole while holding their noses and pulling the lever.

Even still, despite the loyalty of the base to the Republican Party, these elite power players who control vast segments of the tech industry and who lust for centralized power in Washington look to dislodge democracy. Their intent is to steal the GOP nomination by use of their power, money, and influence. They consider the American electorate as paltry and absurd not understanding the finer more sophisticated elements in governing a nation.

Remember; the Affordable Care Act is “affordable.” Radical Islamic terrorism is simply “workplace violence.”  The Iranian Nuclear Treaty will make us “safe.” The economy is surging and the unemployment rate is 5.6 percent, (not counting the 15 percent who dropped out of the workforce). And the $19 trillion debt and $4 trillion deficit plus the $120 trillion in unfunded entitlements is a “non-issue.”

Maybe you should simply listen to the message of Karl Rove and the elitist experts; democracy is overrated.

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