Requirements for Membership

Liberty's TorchIn recent years we have seen the GOP caucuses in Congress meekly surrender to the Democrats on various issues. Sometimes they did so when Republicans were in the majority and could easily have blocked initiatives from the left. Republican legislators who dared to castigate their fellow partisans for such betrayals have usually suffered for it. The explanation for such abandonments of their supposed positions is just as unpleasant as the large-font conclusion above. Yet the former stems from the latter and could have been foreseen.

The implication is simple:

The parties exist for the benefit of those who control them at the moment.

The party’s kingmakers decide what would best suit the members of the inner circle, and choose a matching course. Orwell’s famous dictum comes to mind once more: “The aim of the High is to remain where they are,” with all the perquisites and prestige that accrue to those of lofty stature.

This shouldn't be news to anyone who has been paying attention for the past 20 years. In particular, the Tea Party was a major attempt to force the Republican party to respect the actual beliefs of its voters. This was followed by Trump, with a similar goal (combined with a broader populist appeal). It's an ongoing struggle, and even if Trump wins a second time and practical control of the party, it will inevitably be necessary to repeat the process eventually.

The Democrats went through a similar process with Hillary v Obama. Their populists won when Obama was nominated, but Obama failed to fully seize control of the party itself. This led to Hillary in 2016. Now the Democratic civil war between the major factions -- party, or populism -- continues in the run up to 2020.

This entry was published Sun Oct 06 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-10-06 06:47:34.0. [Tweet]

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