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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Is The Party Over For Bushism?

Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees.

These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so.

For Trump’s nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma.

America crossed a historic divide and entered a new era. Even should Trump lose, there is likely no going back.

Trump has attacked NAFTA, MFN for China and the South Korea trade deal as badly negotiated. But the problem lies not just in the treaties but in the economic philosophy upon which they were based.

Free-trade globalism was a crucial component of the New World Order, whose creation George H. W. Bush called the new great goal of U.S. foreign policy at the United Nations in October of 1991.

Bush II and Jeb are also free-trade zealots.

But when the American people discovered that the export of their factories and jobs to low-wage countries, and sinking salaries, were the going price of globalism, they rebelled, turned to Trump, and voted for him to put America first again.

Does anyone think that if Trump loses, we are going back to Davos-Dubai ideology, and Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership is our future? Even Hillary Clinton has gotten the message and dumped TPP.

Economic nationalism is the future.



Anonymous said...

They need to put on their "big boy pants" and get behind Trump!

Anonymous said...

It was and you were good when around, but good bye boys.

Anonymous said...

Why are you guys so blinded by party politics? If a candidate does nothing but spout nonsense, why vote for him just because a the letter in front of his name? Same goes for a candidate who is a proven liar. Funny thing is 4 years from now, you'll be looking perplexed wondering why we are still facing the same never ending list of problems.

Anonymous said...

Hillary will say whatever necessary to get elected. Then she would do her mischief behind the scenes and lie about it to the American people. That's why we must vote for Trump/Pence.

Anonymous said...

Not long ago Hillary said she was "nearly broke" and now worth just under $190 million dollars. Who say crime doesn't pay. However, the last chapter has not been written on her (and Bill's) lives.

Anonymous said...

It was a happy day when Jeb bowed out of the race. It was a sad day when I realized the Bush's are all about themselves just like any other politician. At least I can admit my mistake for voting for Bush in the past. Can democrats admit their mistake and vote for Trump?

Anonymous said...

Just had a lady in my business said,"Hillary is the most honest person in politics". I didn't even try.

Anonymous said...

"..honest person in politics.."?

Indeed - Happy Hour must have started early today!


Anonymous said...

Bush ruined the party.