Joe Walsh, a former tea-party Republican and one-term Congressman front Illinois, is now the second candidate to bring a primary challenge to President Trump. Walsh joins former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in this effort.
Does this mean we may actually get a robust debate on the future of the Republican Party? Not so fast. AP reports that the Republican National Committee “has done away with their standing debate committee ahead of next year’s election” and has “also approved a nonbinding resolution declaring its ‘undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective presidency.”
While not surprising that the RNC would want to discourage a primary challenge—a serious challenge almost always ends up in a lost general election—their efforts to do so in the face of a Trump presidency sends a troubling message. Their own nonbinding resolution says it all—the RNC supports an “effective” Trump presidency. Translation: the ends justify the means. In other words, if we are satisfied with the policies put in place, we do not care how vile the rhetoric and how damaging the public perception is to the future of our nation. This is a short term view. And perhaps a good one in the short term. Politics is about power, and when you have power the natural incentive is to consolidate that power. In all likelihood, the next president may appoint one, or perhaps two, Supreme Court justices which will steer the legal foundations of this nation for a generation. A short term win here may mean a long term gain in that sense.
But the question I always ask myself is: at what cost? Putting aside the political and ideological differences among liberals and conservatives, of which there are many, at the core our most fundamental agreement is that we want are families, friends, neighbors, and children to be decent to each other. Without the foundation of basic decency, the whole house begins to crumble. That is what President Trump lacks, and it is a danger to the fabric of our nation. Forget policies. I’m taking the heart and soul of our country.
For in the midst of a young kid debating in his mind whether he should pick on that kid at the end of the table, he need only turn on the news and see our President calling a United States Senator “Pocahontas” to rest assured that if the President is doing it, it can’t be that bad…..