And why they will fail.
Do you get the sense, like I do, that the Republican Party is not happy with Donald Trump? Not only not happy, but would actually like to destroy his candidacy. I could link to a few dozen examples of this effort by The Party from just the last week, but I’ll spare the bandwidth and your time. You already know.
Here are six reasons why The Party wants to destroy Donald Trump…
Immigration: The Party luvvsss immigration, both legal and illegal. The Party is arm and arm with the US Chamber of Commerce in ignoring our existing immigration laws so more cheap labor can enter the country. That is their Job #1. Neither The Party nor The Chamber cares that immigrants, both legal and illegal, take jobs away from US citizens, black, white, Hispanic, and Asian. They don’t care that wage rates have become stagnant or declined – in fact this is their objective.
Trump is in their way. He will be called all sorts of names to derail his immigration promises. He is the only candidate not making excuses. He initiated the call to arms regarding illegal immigration and he makes no bones about following through. The Party hates it because The Party profits from the status quo. Booo Hisss Party!
Build a wall: The Party says a wall is evil. It gives a bad impression. Is mean spirited. Is too costly. Won’t work. Gee, I wonder why they say this? Could it be because The Party wants most of all to perpetuate illegal immigration? Nah. And along comes this guy who is best known for building things, vertical things like walls, saying it’s a piece of cake. And gosh, this guy isn’t as dumb as The Party would like to make him out to be. Trump actually realizes that not just a wall, but triple the Border Patrol, electronic surveillance, and other monitoring measures are also necessary. The Party hates this. They prefer the status quo. Boo Hiss Party!
Deportation of “babies”: The Party is aghast at the thought of throwing out the babies with the bath water. The Honorable Judge Napolitano, the darling of anti-Trump FOX News, has decreed that the 14th amendment gives “anchor babies” automatic US citizenship. Trumps platoon of attorneys disagree. They and others point to the portion of the 14th that was omitted by His Honor – just a convenient oversight.
Napolitano version: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,
and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
The actual version: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
Did anyone catch the subtle difference? If the parents entered illegally, neither they nor the child was subject to the jurisdiction, i.e. the state or federal government. The Party would rather their interpretation, omitting “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof”, be the correct one so they can lean on it as an excuse to assure more job-sucking cheap labor for the future. And I thought Democrats reasons for open borders to get more Democrat voters was sinister.
Here’s a tidbit worth digesting:
Supreme Court opinion in Elk v. Wilkins (1884):
"The main object of the opening sentence of the 14th Amendment was ... to put it beyond doubt that all persons, white or black, and whether formerly slaves or not, born or naturalized in the United States, and owing no allegiance to any alien power, should be citizens of the United States ... The evident meaning of (the words, "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof") is, not merely subject in some respect or degree to the jurisdiction of the United States, but completely subject to their political jurisdiction, and owing them direct and immediate allegiance. ... Persons not thus subject to the jurisdiction of the United States at the time of birth cannot become so afterward, except by being naturalized ..."
Trump would rather try and fail. And he has Constitutional support. The Party would rather not try at all. They prefer the status quo. Boo Hiss Party!
No filter; not “nice”: Here’s my favorite: The Party luvvvsss political correctness. Anyone that does not parse words a la Bill Clinton’s “is is” is not a “real” politician. On the other hand, I’m not sure Trump even knows how to be politically correct. He’s not “nice.” He actually says what most of us are thinking. He is a great leader. He actually prefers the truth. What a concept!
Not totally faithful to The Party: Here’s my favorite (can I have two?): The Party is a machine. It is as dictatorial and self-serving as a Detroit union and bundled cable channels combined. Trump doesn’t need the party AND he knows how to negotiate; two big advantages over all other Party candidates. This really tics off The Party. Roger That!
Spoiling “the arrangement”: Most of us get the impression that Jeb Bush was “the chosen”, the party’s “golden boy.” He is as much the Republican Party man as Hilliary is the Democrat Party girl – yuck, that didn’t come out right. But Trump is spoiling the arrangement. Oh well.
Not a politician: OMG, Trump is not a politician. He has no political experience. The sky is falling. Where is Chicken Little when we need him? Colonel Sanders, Chick-fil-a, PDQ? Fortunately for the people in this country who give a darn for the country, Trump is NOT a politician. He’s a business man; a graduate of The Wharton School of Business. Would Trump and Carson make a great ticket or what?!
Here’s a bonus 7th reason: Trump is not really conservative: Well now, do we have some Republican RINO Kettle’s calling the Trump Pot Black? Here’s what’s going on. Trump is anything but politically correct. He is aggressively and successfully saying what is on his mind, in spite of the consequences such frank talk usually causes. He doesn’t care. That translates in the mind of the average dude on the street as straight talk. That perception of “straight talk” translates into believability that he is what he says he is: a conservative. Juxtapose this against the deceptive declarations and broken promises of Republicans as recently as the 2012 election and the outcome in Congress, and Trump comes across as Mother Teresa compared to el Diablo.