Now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the presumptive nominees of the two major political parties, America is pretty much screwed. I try to avoid vulgarities in my articles, but there’s really no polite way to put it. Americans are going to be asked to choose between someone who is certain to make bad decisions and another person who has the potential to make worse decisions.
In essence, we have to decide whether we want to roll the dice with Trump and hope that he won’t do what he’s done with every other endeavor outside of real estate and entertainment, namely crash and burn. The other option is to accept our fate of having a disastrous Clinton Presidency that might be more manageable. Hillary will do great harm without a doubt. Trump might do less harm… or he might destroy us.
That’s the sad state of affairs in Presidential politics. The Democrats did what they always do by nominating an ideologically backwards liberal. That was to be expected. What wasn’t expected is that the responsibility of nominating a competent conservative was completely botched by the Republicans. We can blame the media. We can blame the idiotic wing of the party. We can blame a field that was too big to start and that didn’t thin quickly enough to stop him. At this point, the biggest blame should fall on those of us who have been hesitant about Trump but who didn’t do or say enough before it was too late. Too many pundits failed to warn the party about Trump because they never expected him to make it this far. By the time they realized that his nomination was possible, the momentum was already too much.
The “solutions” are not very appealing. Option one is to find a third-party conservative. For whatever reason, nobody has materialized despite the notion that a run would be effective. Option two is to hold a convention coup and bring in Scott Walker, Mitt Romney, or some other white knight. Both options yield one result: a splintered party.
This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. It is. As disasters go, it’s the most necessary one I’ve seen in a while. For the sake of the Republic, the GOP must go down one of these paths. Will we be splintered? Absolutely. Are we already splintered? Absolutely. Like a badly fractured bone, sometimes it’s best to give it a clean break so that the different parts can be realigned and healing can be done properly. What we don’t want to happen is for the party to be fundamentally changed and physically morphed improperly by reluctantly accepting that Donald Trump represents who we are as a party. If we have to lose millions of voters in protest or if Trump goes his own way and forms a new party, so be it.
The current path seemed impossible a few months ago. The Republican party simply needed to put up a viable candidate to beat the weakest Democrat to run since Michael Dukakis. Instead, millions of Republicans helped the only candidate with a strong chance of losing to Clinton. The error must be corrected one way or another.