CAN PAUL RYAN OVERHAUL GOP?
I wasn’t going to write about the presidential campaign again as there was nothing constructive to offer. I watched the two candidate debates and confirmed that neither president would be good for the United States of America.
On October 11 I was heartened to read that Paul Ryan withdrew his support of Trump. I had always hoped during the early campaign that the GOP would draft Ryan as an alternate candidate at the convention if Trump failed on early balloting. That did not happen. With so much controversy among the leaders of his party, he can still be influential as Speaker of the House of Representatives during the next presidential term.
Ryan took the brunt of Trump’s angry reaction calling him disloyal to the party. The other Republican leaders who have withdrawn support were equally vilified, especially John McCain. Ryan intends to campaign for Republican candidates running for Congress but not for Trump.
While Ryan sits out the next presidential term, he could provide the leadership to reinvent the Party of Lincoln back to its traditional basic ideals. He needs to obliterate the minority factions that disrupted the Republican Party in this campaign. Those ultraconservative, gun-toting adversaries of change in social moralities and the faith-based reactionaries do not represent a moderate conservative constituency and certainly do not attract younger voters.
That’s why Donald Trump appealed to the electorate and won the nomination.
The problem with the right-wing Republicans is their refusal to step into the 21st century. Party policy has endured too long in opposition to abortion, same-sex unions and practical control of immigration. If any of the subject’s come up on the floor of Congress for discussion, the conservatives squelch any attempt to legislate updates to meet the demands of the majority of Americans.
So Donald Trump won the nomination from a disgruntled electorate that wants to change how Congress does its business rather than continuing the gridlock that has stifled necessary legislation.
With only a two weeks left before voting, what can the GOP do to counter the recent shocking revelations about Trump’s personal life, failure to disclose his tax returns and his compulsion to make false statements? One of the problems confronting Congressman up for reelection is a majority of the Republican voters want to vote for Trump but not for incumbent Congressmen.
The primary ballots and caucuses certainly sent a message that Trump supporters are disgusted with the Congressional gridlock. They have blind faith that Trump can change this culture. I don’t think so.
As I stare at my absentee ballot I have to make a decision. More of the same-old, same-old give away programs and Congressional snarl or take a chance that Trump won’t push the button for a nuclear conflict in a moment of anger? Some choice!
I will put my faith in Paul Ryan’s skill to manage legislation in the House for four years and find some means to deal with a president he obviously is not politically compatible. His time should come in 2020.