posted on Jun, 8 2019 @ 09:53 AM
That's right... I, a fervent Trump supporter, just called Donald J. Trump, the sitting, 45th President of the United States of America, a
"Republican in Name Only."
It's no joke; I mean it. Sincerely. Please, let me explain.
For most of my life, I have been faced every two years with a choice: Do I vote for the Democrat or the Republican? It's not that big a deal in the
local elections, as the people running are both usually known to me and the party platforms are not as strictly adhered to. But in the national
elections, there is the concern over party platform. There is a lot of pressure on those we send to Washington DC to follow those party platforms.
So I do look at the platforms. And for most of my life, the Republican platform was biased toward wealthier individuals and the Democrat platform was
biased toward poorer individuals. But that changed in 1980 when another RINO came into power: Ronald Reagan. He wasn't like the other Republicans. He
considered those in need as well as those in prosperity. He helped the country to recover from a failed MidEast foreign policy disaster (some anyway)
and in the process eased the pressure skyrocketing gas prices and rationing had placed on people. The Democratic party had started to focus on
minorities instead of just the impoverished, reversing their previous platform positions (which were quite racist, as was the Republican platform) and
that left a whole lot of poor white folks feeling totally left out and abandoned. 1980 was the year the South switched from solid Democrat to solid
Since then, the Republicans have moved back toward their earlier position... they supported the wealthier Americans, with the only real advocacy to
those in poverty being, "make the economy stronger." Well, that's a good thing; we certainly need a strong economy. But capitalism alone won't fix
the problems. We also need to ensure that every citizen has a chance to pursue their American Dream.
That American Dream is different for everyone, too. The American Dream is the freedom to succeed, and success is not the same for everyone. Success is
"the ongoing achievement of worthwhile, pre-determined, personal goals." The "personal" part means that no one can say what someone else's
American Dream is, because that dream is success and success is personal. Some have money as their dream, lots and lots of money. Not me. As long as I
can pay my bills and work on my projects, it is enough. Some see social acceptance as their dream; not me. I couldn't care less if my circle of
friends is limited to a handful of people, as long as it's the right people. There are as many versions of the American Dream as there are
So it is obvious that freedom is the key to the American Dream. Freedom to follow the goals that one establishes for oneself. Freedom to live the life
one wishes to live. Sure, we have laws that exist to ensure fairness, but those laws have, for the most part, been pretty lax in terms of tightly
controlling people's lives. That is, they were until recently when we saw things such as Global Warming trying to force everyone to follow certain
lifestyles and anti-discrimination laws that went overboard to the point of establishing who could succeed where based on skin color or sexual
If you want to see an actual Republican, look no farther than either of the Bushes. Both were classic Republicans. Their primary concern was business
advancement, with the same old excuse that more business automatically results in better conditions for the poor as well. Sorry, but that's not
completely true. Business exists to make a profit, period. It will make that profit any way it can. The personality of those who own it do have some
effect on the working conditions and hiring practices, but the bottom line is still money.
We need those businesses; don't get me wrong! They do provide jobs and products, and those are good things. But we also want fairness between the
workers and the owners. That fairness does not extend to the workers being as important to the business as the owners and receiving the same
compensation; that is simply ludicrous. But it does extend to making a decent wage for the work they do, and being treated humanely. "For the work
they do" is the key phrase there... no one should expect to have a high standard of living for putting slot A into tab B. Education (including trade
skills!) is important here.
Now, I just repeated several of the Democrat party platform planks... so why do I support Trump? Because, as I started this thread saying, Donald
Trump is not a classic Republican. In fact, he is more of an Independent than anything... he was a registered Democrat, then a third-party supporter
(Reform Party), and now he is registered as a Republican. That's far from being a lifelong, dyed-in-the-wool Republican!
No, he's a RINO... an infiltrator into the Republican Party. I keep hearing how John McCain was a RINO, or that Mitt Romney is a RINO... no, sorry,
they're Republicans! Donald Trump is the RINO. And in his wake, the Republican Party is changing as more RINOs enter. That's a good thing, because
it brings balance to the party. And right now, we need balance in the Republican Party desperately, as the Democrat Party is itself being invaded by
"Democrats in Name Only"... the DINOs.
The DINOS are the progressives... Nancy Pelosi is a DINO (one of the originals). "Mad Maxine" Waters is a DINO. AOC is a DINO. Ilhan Omar is a DINO.
Hank Thompson is a DINO. Chuck Schumer is a DINO. The list goes on and on and on... and this infiltration started even before Reagan was elected.
Today, it has changed the party into something alien to what it once was... and has added a serious criminal element to the criminal element that has
always existed in politics.
A wise man once said to me, "the only thing that doesn't change is the fact that everything changes." I don't know if that was his saying or not;
maybe he got it somewhere. But it is true. Everything changes with time, and those who do not realize those changes will find themselves in the sad
position of hurting themselves in order to harm others. Both parties have changed, and we should all realize this. The Democratic Party once was the
party of slavery and segregation; George C. Wallace was a staunch Democrat when he stood on the schoolhouse steps in Selma, Alabama to physically stop
the court-ordered school integration. The first ever Republican President presided over the nigh-complete destruction of half of the country.
It seems to me that most of the complaints against Trump are complaints against his party affiliation... and if we were talking about the same
Republican Party that brought us the Patriot Act, sure, that would be logical. But this is not the same Republican Party. Elements of that era still
exist, yes, but it is those elements that are also complaining about Trump. Those elements are the true Republicans. So please, don't call them
RINOs... they're Republicans. Trump, and many of the newer Republican leaders, are the true RINOS.
And I proudly support the RINOs.