The GOP Plays the Trump Card

by Chris Markham. 0 Comments

In this, the last quarter of 2015, I’m not terribly proud to identify as a Republican. We have a front-running presidential candidate who is a horror show and car wreck waiting to happen. And when it does happen, there are no other viable candidates to step in and take his place. We have a county clerk that’s refusing (for what appears to be little more than a publicity stunt) to follow the law of the land and has cheapened her office as a result. Finally, we have what may be blossoming into a very interesting, high-stakes fight in the hallowed halls of the House of Representatives over who would be the next speaker of that august chamber. No, these are very dark days, indeed.
But how can we pull ourselves out of this mess? The clerk matter should be a relatively easy fix. In the next election, she should be voted out of office. While I’m a Catholic, and I know, on a religious level, that the Bible teaches us that homosexuality is a sin, this great country was founded on the separation of church and state. I’m certain that elected officials (and even each one of us, from time to time) have had to make a choice between our moral code and what is required of us at our place of employment. These struggles, especially if one works for the government, should be private in nature – not to be played out before the cameras for everyone to see. Or, maybe in these days of the Kardashians, YouTube and Periscope, I prefer to be a bit more private than that. The clerk’s posturing and pronouncements should be more of a sin than what she’s railing against. One can only imagine the litigation that will flow therefrom.
Then there’s the question of the hour – the one all of my liberal friends want me to comment on (and some of my conservative friends as well, although we don’t really comment – we just hold our heads in shame and embarrassment). Something tells me the media is enjoying this “Rise of the Trumpster” if only because his front-runner status cements the narrative that its constructed around the GOP – that were small-minded, racist, religious freaks that enjoy unabashed capitalism and people who are apparently sociopathic. I mean, come on, the guy must have so many skeletons in his closet that the skeletons have skeletons. If the MSM can track down a nobody in Congress from Indiana and pillory him because he redecorated his office to appear more like Downtown Abby, certainly there are some things that they can find out about the “Donald.” Or, and I suspect this is the more logical explanation, they’re waiting for him to become the nominee before they release the really embarrassing material. Humiliate and destroy before the war is even fought, right?
Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, what can we expect if Trump bows out? Jeb, who’s sinking faster than the Titanic and Lusitania combined? Christie – who’s a great steward for New Jersey, but I doubt that can translate into wider support? Carly, who the media has already set in their sights (and also provides another interesting comparison – I know what Carly had for lunch on the 362nd day of her stewardship of HP (tuna sandwich and tomato salad) – but the media can’t give me any detail on Trump?) and will be the next candidate that is disassembled and dragged through the mud. In fact, I just learned today that HP invested in soy-dispensing chopsticks in the employee cafeteria to “game” the system. How is that even possible? Kind of like my Dad telling us kids not to eat too much at the salad bar because “that’s how they get you.”
Then we come to the race for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Looks like the media (and the public) have taken to dissembling the front-runner and heir apparent, and to criticizing him for being too “Tea-party-ish”. Into this “vacuum” steps another candidate (whom I like very much and, in the spirit of full disclosure, a person I have met with a time or two) that the media is basically calling a busy-body because he pays too much attention to governmental abuses. You just can’t win.
I know this isn’t a legal column, per se. Rather, it’s a take on a few issues that could very well become, and shape, the legal landscape for years to come. What happens next is anyone’s guess.


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