The GOP "Establishment" bogeyman

Like the bogeyman hiding under a child’s bed, the Republican “establishment” is supposed to scare everyone, but it never seems to actually appear.

See, like the bogeyman is used to frighten kids into good behavior, the accusations about the fearful Republican “establishment” is supposed to terrify voters into supporting “outsiders” like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders.

Bogeyman and establishment share several things in common. According to Wikipedia,

The Republican "establishment?"

The Republican “establishment?”

This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief—for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs—or general misbehaviour, depending on what purpose needs serving. In some cases, the bogeyman is a nickname for the devil.

Call me a member of the “establishment,” if you will, although I have no clout, connections or pull of the kind that’s working behind the scenes to deny Trump the Republican nomination. But I’m glad there’s an establishment that’s doing it.

Moreover, I guess I’m part of the establishment because I don’t share the conspiratorial views of  Trump cultists. Sure, there is a coordinated effort of partisans who share the same political views and, perfectly acceptable and certainly expected, work together for common goals. You also can say that of “outsiders.”

More importantly, I apparently would be considered to be a part of the establishment because I don’t share the whacked-out fantasies of so many Trump fanatics. But that’s enough to label me as a dupe of the establishment.

The assertions of an “establishment” cabal that has tried to tie the government in knots make no sense. Why would the “establishment” think it could benefit from, say, shutting down the government?  Why would the “establishment” that has supposed frustrated stronger immigration restrictions fight so hard to keep out immigrants when corporations benefit from special skills or the willingness to work for minimal wages that immigrants bring?

Truth: Whatever the GOP “outsiders” wanted to accomplish, it wasn’t possible–even when Republicans controlled the Senate and House–as long as Barack Obama is president. He has the veto power and Republicans don’t have enough votes to overturn a veto. And “outsiders” were unwilling to build any compromises to gain enough votes to override. Thinking that threats to “close down the government,” so adored by “outsiders” have proved to be unworkable.

No, it’s the outsiders who have friged up government, with demands that are unrealistic and stand no chance of passage in a democracy/republic (whichever you prefer).

I recommend that the outsiders remember that the United States has a divided government by design. It’s incorporated into the Constitution and is meant to check radical, screwball, punitive and destructive measures being advanced by tyrants and goofballs. Maybe they should acquaint themselves with Montesquieu’s theories on the separation of powers, a concept that the Founding Fathers thought was so useful in promoting liberty that they made it the foundation of our federal government. Maybe they should read the Federalist Papers before they put their trust into an autocrat such as Trump.

This criticism also applies, to a lesser degree, to Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, who seem to think that they can waltz into Washington and, in defiance of the separation of powers, do it all themselves. Or at least make their acolytes believe it.

It’s a cliche, but perhaps because it is true and because it needs repeating, it takes compromise to govern in a democracy/republic. I don’t hear that thought coming from some of the leading presidential candidates.

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