When John McCain ran against Barak Obama, I was stunned at the poor choice conservatives had been given. McCain was a RINO and did not have the popularity in the Republican Party to generate enough excitement among the base to win. It was dismal election and I was not the least bit surprised to see the man who promised to fundamentally change our country become elected. Then, for the next 8 years, he proceeded to do as he had promised, without the help of the Congress. I felt an aching hollowness in my gut for those 8 long years. I did not protest his election, pledge resistance or practice civil disobedience; I just waited for the next opportunity.
With 13 Republican candidates to choose from in 2016, I hardly expected Donald Trump to be the winning candidate, but it finally became obvious that he was really the only candidate that could actually win against the Democrat machine. Despite Hillary Clinton’s obvious flaws, it now appears that she not only had the press in her pocket, the machine on her side even before the primary was over, and apparently the CIA, the FBI, the justice department, the unions, and the rest of the Deep State apparatus on her side.
Despite his personal failings, Donald Trump generated excitement from the forgotten masses to go to the polls and was fairly elected by the system laid out in the Constitution. His promises rang true because they were what the conservative underclass wanted to hear: Stop Illegal immigration, build the wall, lower taxes, restore balance to the Supreme Court, end the rampant racism stoked by Obama, improve employment prospects for working Americans, etc.
While there has been the unfailingly negative coverage of everything he has done by the press, the unceasing sabotage from the Democrat party, and the endless partisan investigations, he has achieved several of his noteworthy objectives. Until today.
I was stunned to see the Republicans support a budget that was clearly against their stated interests so that each member of Congress could take home his own bit of pork. But what really disheartened me was that the President knuckled under and signed the spending bill that specifically disallowed the promises that his supporters expected to be fulfilled, i.e….the wall, and the funding of Planned Parenthood, to name but a few.
The empty hollowness has returned, and the excitement that the Republicans need to win the midterms has been dissipated. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have both declared a victory, despite the Republicans being in control of both the Presidency and the Congress. It is an embarrassment and a travesty…..hardly The Art Of The Deal.