The Rule-or-Ruin of Republicans

By Pat Buchanan

William Kristol plots against Trump at the expense of the GOP and sets up a win for Hillary.
William Kristol plots against Trump at the expense of the GOP and sets up a win for Hillary.
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( “Things reveal themselves passing away,” wrote W. B. Yeats.

Whatever one may think of Donald Trump, his campaign has done us a service — exposing the underbelly of a decaying establishment whose repudiation by America's silent majority is long overdue.

According to The New York Times, super PACs of Trump's GOP rivals, including PACs of candidates who have dropped out, are raising and spending millions to destroy the probable nominee.

Goals of the anti-Trump conspirators: Manipulate the rules and steal the nomination at Cleveland. Failing that, pull out all the stops and torpedo any Trump-led ticket in the fall. Then blame Trump and his followers for the defeat, pick up the pieces, and posture as saviors of the party they betrayed.

This is vindictiveness of a high order.

It brings to mind the fable of the “The Dog in the Manger,” the tale of the snarling cur that, out of pure malice, kept the hungry oxen from the straw they needed to eat.

Last week came reports on another closed conclave of the “Never Trump” cabal at the Army and Navy Club in D.C. Apparently, William Kristol circulated a memo detailing how to rob Trump of the nomination, even if he finishes first in states, votes and delegates.

Should Trump win on the first ballot, Kristol's fallback position is to create a third party and recruit a conservative to run as its nominee.

Purpose: Have this rump party siphon off enough conservative votes to sink Trump and give the presidency to Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose policies are more congenial to the neocons and Kristol's Weekly Standard.

Among the candidates Kristol is reportedly proposing are ex-Governor Rick Perry of Texas and former Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, both respected conservatives.

Kristol contends a third-party conservative candidate can win…?

He can't be serious. It is absurd to think Gov. Perry, whose poll numbers were so low that he dropped out of the race last September without winning a single primary, caucus, or even a delegate, could capture the White House on a third-party ticket.

Perry would not even be assured of winning his home state.

Trump and Perry would split the conservative vote in the Lone Star State and deliver its 36 electoral votes to Clinton, thus assuring a second Clinton presidency. Does Perry want that as his legacy?

As for Coburn, he is not nationally known. But his name on the ballot would take votes, one-for-one, from the Republican nominee.

How would that advance the causes for which Tom Coburn has devoted all of his public life?

Indeed, if the supreme imperative for Kristol and the “Never Trump” conservatives is to defeat him, they have become de facto allies of George Soros and, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street — and the party of Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

However, if the oligarchs, neocons and Trump-loathers, having failed to stop him in Cleveland, collude to destroy the GOP ticket in the fall, they have a chance of succeeding. And Clinton's super PACs would surely be delighted to contribute to that cause.

But, again, what will they have accomplished?

Do they think that Republicans who stay loyal to the ticket will not see them for the selfish, rule-or-ruin, wrecking crew they have become? Do they think that if a Trump-led ticket is defeated, they will be restored to the positions of power and preeminence that a majority of their fellow Republicans have voted to strip away from them?

The Beltway has to come to terms with reality. It has not only lost the country; it has lost the party. It is not only these elites themselves who have been repudiated; it is their ideas and their agenda.

The American people want their borders secured, the invasion stopped, the manufacturing plants brought back and an end to the conscription of our best and bravest to fight wars dreamed up in the tax-exempt think tanks of neoconservatives.

Trump is winning because he speaks for the people. Look at those crowds.

Establishment pundits are now wailing that they have gotten the message, that they understand that they have not been listening.

But still, they refuse to act on this recognition.

In June of 1978, Gov. Jerry Brown of California, who had fought tirelessly against Proposition 13, which would slash property taxes across California, did a U-turn when it passed in a landslide. And Brown himself implemented the tax cuts he had opposed.

He got the message and acted on it.

One sees none of this flexibility in the Beltway establishment, none of this acceptance of the new realities, only obduracy.

Donald Trump is only the messenger.

If these conservative defectors from a ticket led by Trump collude with Democrats, by running a third party candidate to siphon off Trump's votes, they may succeed.

But they delude themselves if they think they will have solved the problem of their own irrelevance, or that they have a future.

The party will survive. They won't.

The Rule-or-Ruin of Republicans
It brings to mind the fable of the “The Dog in the Manger,” the tale of the snarling cur that, out of pure malice, kept the hungry oxen from the straw they needed to eat.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 18 thoughts on “The Rule-or-Ruin of Republicans

    1. Mark Twain had it right ” If voting mattered -They wouldn’t let you do it”
      Trump scares the crap out of All the insiders because he knows enough about their BS jobs that he can call them on it!
      He does not need a plan! Maybe, just maybe ; the elected assholes will do their jobs for a change! Maybe they will even work together in a Bi-partisan manner to defeat him. It ain’t like the current crop of Reps haven’t banded together to thwart a sitting President before! No matter WHAT the issue-even ones they thought of. They have torpedoed EVERY initiative that The President has proposed. They can surely do it again with the Dems too!

    2. I for one only see only one solution for this once great country and it is Trump. He is not perfect, no one is but he is the best shot we have to turn this ship around. And we all have changed a position or two at the very least. As a born again Christian I changed pretty much all the positions which I held. The biggest revelation in all this matter of Trump and the Rinos is that they consider us no more than serfs. As long as we go along with there wishes no problem but let us step out of line and we are as dumb as dirt. Their great wisdom has been questioned by us, the silent majority and they are demanding that we come to grips with our stupidity and follow their lead. But I ask, where has their great wisdom, which they believe they have, gotten us? I will not make a list of their utter failure to do nothing but destroy us and America. Now they are destroying the Republican Party, not that is much their worth saving anyway. As others have said they don’t give a damn about the American people or our country. If America has any chance to survive we all need get on the Trump Train. And the the Neocons needed to get out of the way because they are and have been the problem. If they truly love America there will sit down, shut up and face the music of the no longer Silent Majority. I for one am going to disassociate myself, along with my wife and some close friends, from the Republican Party. We no longer feel as if it represents us and sadly no longer has.

    3. I find that I agree with a great deal of what Trump is saying today . . . but I find it troubling that so much of it is at variance with his previous positions, and I wonder which Trump we’d get should he be elected as President. HOWEVER, what I find even more troubling is the prospect of GOP bigwigs swindling the primary front runner (Trump) and perhaps even the likely runner up (Cruz, my 1st choice) by manipulating the rules to thwart the voice of the people. There is a reason that roughly 2/3 of the GOP base feels betrayed by the GOP leadership, and these persistent stories of possible “third party” runs which are designed solely to put Hillary in office rather than a Republican not approved by GOP insiders gives credence to the supposition that the GOP is infested with RINOs – Republicans In Name Only.

    4. Maybe there is some chance for Trump here. He is clearly popular among those of us fed up with both parties and all current politicians, so there are large forces amassed to bring him down, but those same forces might be working against themselves. It is becoming more obvious to many that the whole batch of scumbags currently in office want nothing but to increase their own well being and the nation be damned. That the Republicans would rather lose to the Democrats than go for a win with Trump is also pretty clear. What may be happening is that more voters are seeing this and ignoring the screaming windbag extremists, who then yell even louder and even more ridiculously. Sometimes it feel like the more the dishonest dirtbags malign Trump the stronger and more popular he becomes.

      I’m certainly not in agreement with all that “The Donald” offers or says or does, but after O’Bumma and with Hilary in the wings I’d try almost anything that might restore the rule of law in a current government of emperor dictators.

    5. Ever play chess? Just because the King is the most coveted piece does not mean that the King should be selected for every move while the other pieces just sit there and go to waste. Trump is the best piece to make a move at this time. So let’s stop whining about whether he is perfect or ideal. NO candidate is perfect or ideal. Jesus is not running, so we work with what we have. Trump is the candidate who can make the most progress at the moment, so let’s support him. Or would you rather have Hillary?

      1. “The solution is not to elect a progressive billionaire political insider who has absolutely nothing but platitudes and just his word that he can run it better than anyone else.”

        “No one has any idea what Trump is going to do once he is office, including Trump himself. Every position he has now, he had the exact opposite view a few days or weeks ago and sometimes in the same sentence.”

        I concur!

    6. Let’em eat cake! You don’t see the people of Venezuela complaining about their socialist/communist country do you? You don’t see the people of North Korea complaining, do you! Just because thousands of Americans have died and been maimed fighting wars against socialism and communism is no reason not to elect Mrs. Clinton who says she will protect America. (Just like the Benghazi Embassy) The traitor currently in the White House will have a new residence on Easy Street when he finally leaves the White House. Do you think he will try to steal rugs, furniture, silverware and dishes when he leaves, do you?

      If nothing else, Trump brings to the table the results of successful business.
      Mrs. Clinton brings to the table influence peddling and living very high on the hog through the Clinton Foundation, numerous failures as Secretary of State, Benghazi, jeopardizing the National Security through negligent and illegal storage of National Security information on an illegal mail server, and an attitude of who gives a poop! ‘Cause she is special. Yes sir, I’m voting with Bill Kristol.

      1. I may be wrong but I think a vote for Kristol’s b.s. will just insure Clinton will get it because there are not enough votes to support a split . I don’t understand your reasoning.

        Incidentally, it is always good to read Pat Buchanan’s articles because he tells it like it is. Not like the left leaning lawyer who wrote the article before him.

    7. Those crowds he speaks of are a small percentage of the total of the electorate. The rest of the electorate, the ones just watching what is going on, will make themselves heard in November. The fastest way to lose an election is to nominate a candidate who repels the vast majority of voters who will not identify with a candidate whose positions seem extreme to them. The fastest way to put Hillary into the White House is to make her appear more moderate than the candidate the Republicans put out there. Remember Goldwater in ’64, McGovern in ’72.

      1. You are correct. I can get better “policies” by walking into a bar and picking any guy on a barstool. He knows diplomacy and foreign policy and international issues from A to B. He is a repugnant clown to the very independents that we need to govern: women and Hispanics.

        He is and will be an unmitigated disaster that will give us 8 years+ of liberal crap.

    8. Have to agree with Grumpy old timer. Remember Khrushchev said they would sell us the rope with which we hang our selves.We think cheap shit from China and sucking up to dictators makes us great. Look at all the so called capitalists rushing to get into Cuba. The corporations are in league with the socialists.

    9. Ever since the “Civil Rights Amendment” blossomed into existence every draft dodging bullshit artist got into a college to hide from military service in Vietnam. The chosen profession of these anti American and specifically anti Constitution turds was LAW……hence the glut of ambulance chasing neo cons with their noon time commercials.
      Then with all the competition in the medical malpractice scene these blood suckers turned to politics, where they could force their “we know better” attitudes on the uneducated and undereducated.
      Now after almost 50 years of the country being run by liars who do nothing but lie to the people about any subject under the sun to cover their asses, they have finally been called to face reality and explain the decline of the Un kited States.
      This is why Trump is attracting support from all levels of society………!

    10. “they have become de facto allies of George Soros and, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street — and the party of Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton.”
      I could never tell the difference anyway, so this is no surprise to me.
      They are all bought and paid for by the super wealthy. This election season has possibly done the American people a great service. I say possibly, because I seriously doubt most Americans can put aside their preconceived notions and face the truth. The media and political elite are bought and paid for. They care not one whit for the American people or the country. They only care about their personal power and wealth.
      On second thought, it was almost a waste of time to post this as the American people will not wake up until it is far to late. Probably already is.
      Glad I was born when I was to see America great. It is sad to see the rot at every corner of this once great place.
      No problem for me at my age, but I despair for my children.

      1. “They are all bought and paid for by the super wealthy.”… So we should elect one of those super wealthy guys who has been buying politicians for decades? There is a real problem but the solution is not to elect a progressive billionaire political insider who has absolutely nothing but platitudes and just his word that he can run it better than anyone else. No one has any idea what Trump is going to do once he is office, including Trump himself. Every position he has now, he had the exact opposite view a few days or weeks ago and sometimes in the same sentence. Trump is an empty vessel that every one of his supporters fills with their own personal beliefs. If you ask 10 Trump supporters what they think Trump’s policies are, you will get 10 completely different answers other than he will build a wall and magically make Mexico pay for it. They ignore every negative and give him every benefit of the doubt because he yells louder than everyone else and makes them feel good inside. They trust him without question. It really is like a cult…

      2. Grumpy Old Timer…..You got it in spades!! Everything you wrote is correctI don’t know your age but at 60, I can say I also saw America as a great nation. We have fought battles to protect our nation’s integrity, morals, and ethics. Our country survived; maybe even thrived from adversity. Now…..I don’t have nearly the positive attitude that it can recover. I agree the wealthy and media only care for power and themselves. Christians have wandered from the fold and caved to societies whims and perversions. Our once great country has fallen. I believed we could survive and get over 8 years of a socialist president who only cares for himself and his personal desires. He simply hates America. I don’t know that we can survive 4-8 years of a lying horrible person like Hillary who only cares for personal power.
        I will survive even if I have to head for the hills and bunker down but I despair for my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

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