There are a lot of rumblings going on in the Republican Party. The rumblings are supposed to be because of Donald Trump. But, that is only partly true. The rumblings we see spilling over in public have been going on for years inside the party. The only thing Trump has done is bring them into the open.
From the time Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President in 1860 right up through the early 1960s, the Republican Party was actually the one that fought for civil rights. They were the driving force behind the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in the 1960s.
Remember, it was a Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent the army into Little Rock, AK to ensure the safety of African-American children when they first entered an all white school. These small children were hounded and threatened by white people as they tried to simply go to school.
As the civil rights movement gained strength, it was Republicans in Congress who were on their side. Lyndon Johnson could not have gotten the Civil Rights Bill or the Voting Rights Bill passed Congress without the help of Republicans.
Right after he signed the bill, Johnson reportedly told someone behind him “I have just lost the South for a generation”. That was because he knew the so-called Dixiecrats, Democrats with racist views, would create a huge backlash against the Democrats.
In 1968, Richard Nixon took advantage of that schism in the Democratic Party. He came up with his “Southern Strategy” which relied on getting the Dixiecrats to switch parties and support him for President. It worked and he became President in 1969.
The Republican Party has been using “code words” and “code strategy” ever since to keep power for as long as they could. Then, in 2008 the unthinkable happened. An African-American Man became President.
Over the years, the Republican Party had been partnered with a group that calls themselves “Conservative Christians”. They merged religion and politics as much as they could. Problem is this group is anything but Christian. In my mind, it is impossible to be a Christian and a Conservative. Christianity is a religion based on revolution and change. Conservatism is based on “status quo”.
These so-called “Conservative Christians” are really the white supremacists that were against the Civil Rights laws that were passed in the 1960s. They are the people who were in favor of Jim Crow laws and very huge supporters of George Wallace in 1968.
They simply changed their open racist language to “code speech”. When Barak Obama became President, pace makers stopped. In 2010 they politicized their hatred even more and formed something called the “Tea Party Movement”.
There was no doubt from the rhetoric that what they really wanted was to figure out a way to get rid of the “black man in the White House” anyway they could. Since the GOP was very active in gerrymandering Congressional Districts in many states” these haters had a huge election victory of sorts and they formed a large minority caucus in the House of Representatives.
That was when all government functions came to an end. Since this so-called “Freedom Caucus” came to be, the House became dysfunctional in incapable of doing their job. I call it so-called because the only “Freedom” these people want is the freedom to tell you and me how to live our lives.
The party waged war within the Republican Party for five years. Then Donald Trump announced he was running for President. The problem for the Republican Party was that Donald Trump didn’t care about the party, he only cared about himself.
So, he openly said what the “Freedom Caucus” and the Republican Party in general was saying in “code speech”. The racism that has fed the Republican Party since Richard Nixon suddenly came to the forefront. But it didn’t stop there.
He went on to attack women openly, including that disgusting tape released last Friday. He went after Muslims and basically said they were all terrorists and needed to be watched if not rounded up. He proposed a total ban on Muslims from immigrating to our country.
He proposed a “religious test” on our immigration practices. He keeps talking about his infamous wall to keep those “rapists and criminals” from Mexico from crossing the border and killing us all in our sleep.
All of this has been being said for about 16 months. Since that fateful day he came down that ugly escalator in Trump Tower and announced his candidacy for President we have suffered through this mess.
The Republican Party did nothing to stop him. The other candidates refused to let the world see what a racist and xenophobe he really is and he cast them off one by one. Now this dictator wanna-be is actually the nominee of their party.
And, one by one the rats are abandoning ship. Meaning that Trump will get even worse than he has been. The last four weeks of this election is not going to be a mud-fest, it is going directly into the sewer and Trump is taking it there.
Trump isn’t satisfied with just attacking Clinton. Now he feels free to go after his own party leaders. Today, he has basically declared war on Paul Ryan. This is going get worse and worse.
The problem is, the Republican Party has brought this upon themselves. Their “code speech” for the last 40 years and divisive language against minorities, like the “welfare queen” rants from Reagan, to today’s open racism from Trump has resulted in this “civil war” within the party.
Before the Republican Party became a reality, the Whig party was the big thing. That party disintegrated because it was infiltrated by the Know Nothing Party. The stupidity and anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant stance of the Know Nothing Party made the Whigs disposable. The party fell apart.
Today, the Tea Party is making the Republican Party meaningless. Maybe if Trump can really destroy this version of the party, the real Republicans will pull themselves together and a valid second party will emerge.
Donald Trump’s candidacy is the direct result of the Republican Party and their policies for the last 40 years. Richard Nixon laid the groundwork for this mess of a political party.
When a political party is based on the policy of hate and divisiveness, government stops functioning and opens the door for authoritarian rule. It never happens quickly. But it usually becomes inevitable.