Never Trump & the GOP’s Democracy Problem

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If Donald Trump is in fact the (GOP) people’s choice, as his “winning, winning, winning” so far seems to indicate, then why are Republican establishment operatives scheming to wrestle from him the party nomination?

I ask this question not because their scheming isn’t entirely understandable. Trump’s refusal to disavow authentically the KKK and David Duke, his rabid xenophobia, his willingness to boast (in a presidential debate no less) of his penis size: these are clearly good enough reasons – in a growing and apparently infinite list of reasons – why Trump is and should be unacceptable to party operatives, both as the GOP nominee and as the potential Leader of the Free World.

But I ask the question, nevertheless, because the ease with which we get lost in Trump’s and his supporters’ authoritarian, crypto-fascist acts and utterances seems to be blinding many of us to the fact that the Stop Trump At All Costs effort is itself an expression of the establishment’s own authoritarian tendencies. Talk of brokered conventions or of a fantasy Cruz-Rubio détente executed with the hope of thwarting Trump’s ambitions is, at base, talk about thwarting the will of the voters, the everyday GOP people for whom Trump speaks. In other words, this talk, this scheming is fundamentally anti-democratic (even if executed in the midst of a process that is itself anti-democratic). As such, we need to call it out for what it is – and that includes calling it out for being part and parcel of, say, the shenanigans that lead to Bush v. Gore; the gutting of the Voting Rights Act; the kind of redistricting that has sealed communities into partisan enclaves; Citizens United; and, a plethora of other GOP anti-democratic politics and policies that have led inexorably to – you betcha! – a Trump candidacy. The party has a Democracy Problem, plain and simple, of which the establishment’s anti-Trump crusade is yet another dangerous expression. To ignore this because the target is Trump is to do so at our peril.

6 thoughts on “Never Trump & the GOP’s Democracy Problem

    danielwalldammit said:
    March 4, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I think the unacceptability of this candidate is quite clear. I also think this is quite sufficient to warrant efforts to keep him out of office.

      Alycee Lane responded:
      March 4, 2016 at 11:47 am

      But unacceptable to whom? Certainly not to the folks who voted for him — which is ultimately the issue. Thank you for your comment!

    Julia said:
    December 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I take umbrage in the idea that this is hopefully the dying patriarchal culture’s final guttural, rage-filled, saliva-choked attempt to hang on to control. The electoral demographics suggest that angry white Toddler-men and the “Low-rettas” standing by their side are who made this travesty possible. I am, in my own p’culiar way, praying for them. I appreciate intensely that you have Prejudice-elect Chump’s face on your Buddha figure. He will teach us great lessons, I am sure–this Buddha disguised as a swollen, pompous ass fistula. We did not step up to participate in our democracy willingly and actively, so now it seems, we will be dragged forcibly to learn the hard way. President Obama is/was so comforting and kind and damn it, so honorable. but he did not push us to engage. Not that he should have…I mean we all think we are adults, right? His own election slogan, ‘yes, WE can’ was quickly forgotten and then so many of us just sat around bitching about how he wasn’t helping us. Not President Obama’s fault at all. Can’t tell you how deeply grateful I am to have found your blog.

      Alycee Lane responded:
      December 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, Julia. As you suggest, the time is long past for us to step up and get in the fray. Trump’s rise is really a searing critique of the ways we have been casual about our democracy. Each of us must ask and answer the question, “what must I do to make this thing work for all of us?”

      Peace to you and yours.

    Julia said:
    December 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you Alycee. You are an inspiration and a wise guide and I appreciate that you are here. I am appalled at where we have arrived, sure, as many of us are. but this is not the end of the world. This is the beginning of a brand new world. Birth is messy and often risky and terrifying. Thanks for the Peace. I humbly accept it and May I reflect that back to YOU and Yours! Just recommended your book to the St. Louis Public Library. Hope they take me seriously…:-)!

      Alycee Lane responded:
      December 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and support, Julia. You’re right: this is not the end of the world, though it is an end to old ways of being. I think that’s a good thing, but there’ll be a lot of suffering. We’ll just have to help one another and watch each other’s backs while staying true to our vision.
      Be well!

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