It appears that the Republican Party has found its leader, personified in Donald Trump. He is not changing the GOP, he is only accepting a position that has been prepared for him by the party leadership over the past 7 1/2 years.
Shortly after the American people elected President Obama in 2008, Republican elected officials started pledging to have only one focus: obstructing the Obama presidency. Once that bandwagon started rolling, more and more Republicans — particularly elected officials — jumped on. In effect, they were saying to the majority of American voters that they, the Republicans, knew better and therefore rejected the voters’ decision.
After the American people re-elected Obama in 2012, the Republican Party redoubled its pledge to sacrifice everything to obstruct the administration. It was disgraceful.
Has anything changed? No. It has gotten worse, as we have seen since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the immediate statements from the Republican leadership in Congress that they would not even consider an appointment by the president. Now they are sacrificing their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States in their shabby effort to sabotage the American peoples’ elected leader.
The Republican Party has died under the leadership it has had for the past seven years. Now Trump has emerged as an appropriate new head for the corpse. This once Grand Old Party is now a shambling wreck lurching towards — what? The party no longer has any direction other than the latest surge of imagined fears and shapeless anger for which Trump is the most appropriate mouthpiece.
It is a shame. There are millions of Republicans, independents and some Democrats who would like to have an alternative to consider in November. It doesn’t look like there will be one.
(I am a member of the Brunswick City Council. However, the opinions expressed in this letter are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of the city of Brunswick or its government.)