The race for the U.S. presidency is heating up and Reince Priebus and the rest of the much vaunted Republican leadership have decided on a plan of attrition and self immolation as the best approach to this year's general election. We are now over a year into this political farce, and we still have more wannabes than can even fit on stage for the debates. Isn't it about time for the leadership to tell the candidates who can't even put together double digits in polling that their time is up? If you can't even pull more than 5% of Republicans how in the world do you expect to take down Hillary in a general election? Even if Hillary "iCloud" Clinton is in prison by that time, she would still beat most of the lifeless Republican campaigns by double digits! Which brings us to the aforementioned elephant in the room...Donald Trump.
The Republican Party in this day and age is fractured into four main categories:
- Category 1 is Rhinos (Republican In Name Only). This group includes guys like Lindsey Graham and John McCain who continually sell out their supposed Republican stances for overtly political expediency.
- Category 2 is Establishment people like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney who are seemingly out of step with groups ranging from moderates to tea party members to well…just about most everyone.
- Category 3 is the wild cards—guys like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. This group is very deeply rooted in their beliefs and strikes a chord with many people with equally deep rooted beliefs. But, many times these guys don't stop to come up for air and realize some "evolution on stances" is absolutely vital in survival of a general election.
- The final main category is well...Captain Comb-over. He is his own subcategory since, actually, there has not been anyone quite like him in modern U.S. political history. Sure we have had our fair share of Ross Perots and George McGoverns, but "The Donald" is in a separate category. There is a well-known history of self-confidence and, some might say, narcissism that enables a person to even feel they should attempt to be the leader of the free world. But Mr. Trump’s narcissism has morphed into a delusion of grandeur that goes far beyond that of your typical reality show star turned political neophyte. To call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on" seems short sighted, at the least; but more to the point, it is un-American fear- mongering with a complete dismissal of our founders' wish for religious freedom in this country. Trump seems more circus barker than commander-in-chief. Although when asked about his specific military plans in any region of the world or a viable solution to any of the grave global tensions going on now, The Donald assures us that he will be "great with the military." Well, a few more specifics other than religious persecution might be necessary for a comprehensive defense policy.
Of course, the real reason for the elephant in the room is that a leadership vacuum has been opened up by the ineptitude of our current commander-in-chief. A primary reason this leadership-starved electorate is even falling under the spell of this Trump zeitgeist is that we have a leader who refuses to fully articulate our current all out war with Islamic Terrorism. Denying the severity of a conflict doesn't make it go away. The fields of history are littered with the empty promises and decaying bodies of those who when evil attacked looked the other way in a foolish attempt at self-preservation and a maintenance of the status quo.
In 2016 we need a true leader. That person could very well be in front of us on a crowded debate stage, but until the Republican leadership decides to take its job seriously and give Americans a viable option from four more years of leadership obfuscation, we will never know.