Ransom Notes, Cinco de Mayo Plus One: GOP Deserters

Why are so many Republicans shying away from Trump and promising to boycott the convention?

Whatever the answer is, we know it has nothing to do with principles, because they don’t have any.  What they do have are paymasters. In picking a side, e.g., the global war machine to which Maddog John McCain bends the knee, or the Megachurch pseudo-Christian pastors bloated on greed and ignorance that Ted Cruz adores, or the transnational business interests that force the Republican Party to stiff the American people by bringing in cheap labor and shipping jobs off to Chinese slave-masters.  Even the hint that a Republican might break ranks on trade and immigration is enough to send shock waves through the anti-American conservative movement that controls Heritage, Cato, and National Review.

A shorter and simpler answer is: Greed and  Fear.  Has anyone ever seen a more rabbity politician than Paul Ryan.  The poor guy should be played by Don Knotts.  Oh dear, oh dear, I’m not ready to decide whether or not to support my party’s candidate.  When the shoe is on the other foot, Ryan would be screaming his head off at any supporter of Buchanan or Perot who did not swear to abide by the party’s decision and support the candidate.

It used to be said that there was honor among thieves.  If that is still true, it puts ordinary thieves on or two significant steps above elected thieves.

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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

1 Response

  1. Robert Peters says:

    Ryan embodies the emasculated Western “man,” a cunning but henpecked coward.