Except for the years of President Coolidge, President Reagan, and President Trump, the Republican Party has been a party that believed its rightful place was to be second fiddle to the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat, - all virtually the same) movement. The Republican Party did not denounce the big controlling government movement so necessary to a Marxist totalitarian state. The tale of what has become known as the Republican establishment movement headed by the likes of the Bushes, Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and the rest was that elections must be won to not stop and reverse the collectivist movement, but to slow it so it would be seen normal and not rejected. In addition, these big government loyalists understood that their ability to accumulate wealth and power relied on them being perceived as opposition.
President Trump changed this frame of mind. It was the position of President Trump that it is paramount that when you win an election you do what you told those who voted for you, you would do. President Trump was not a typical politician who would go along to get along. This was different for the Republican Party of the last 40 years or so. President Trump closed the porous borders, he negotiated terrible trade agreements, he told our allies they must be contributing allies, he changed the mentality in the Middle East, he understood the importance of America being energy independent, and overall, he said America must be a strong and independent nation if it is to be the example of individual freedom and liberty it professed to be. President Trump also showed the Conservative movement that it was necessary to “fight for right” if we were not to become the Marxist totalitarian state desired by the Democrats and supported by the Republican establishment.
Today, the Republican Party is not a party that goes along to get along, but it has become the party that understands campaign promises must be kept, that America must be placed first, that greatness is not the result of big government but is the result of efforts by individuals in the pursuit of their happiness, that individual liberty and freedom is superior in every way to big government demands and control, and most importantly that to advance the principles of individualism upon which our nation was founded requires commitment and the will to “fight” for those American values.
Not a new party but a changed party.
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