Ilya Shapiro presents an interesting thesis: That Donald Trump’s Candidacy is a product of a plurality of Republican voters having become disillusioned with America’s Constitutional form of Government. That the utter failure of the Republican Party to stop any part of Barack Obama’s radical agenda has convinced them that the only way to counter the left is to elect an equally authoritarian “strong man” who will similarly ignore Constitutional Restraints and impose his will on their behalf.
- The Republican Congress has not only been utterly ineffectual in opposing Obama’s policies, but has consistently voted to fully fund them. The one time the Congress very briefly, very tentatively stood up to Obama (the so-called “Government Shutdown” of 2013 that didn’t actually shut down anything), they not only folded immediately, but abjectly apologized and promised that such insolence would never happen again and those responsible (Ted Cruz, Mike Lee) would be punished.
- The Supreme Court … led by a supposedly conservative George W. Bush appointee … saved Obamacare twice through Cirque du Soleil quality legal distortions, overturned Arizona’s illegal immigration enforcement policies (because they displeased Obama), and created a brand new Constitutional Right to “dignity” in upholding gay marriage laws enacted in many cases against the wishes of the citizenry. Thus, the Roberts Court showed it cared not a whit for the Constitution, but would also… most of the time … roll over for President Obama.
- Apologists repeating over-and-over “There’s nothing we can do because we don’t have the Presidency,” is a de facto admission that Congress is irrelevant in the era of the Baracktatorship.
This is a very plausible thesis, and I say that from the perspective of having been at one time sympathetic to the idea of a Trump candidacy (before he got down in the gutter). He was not my first, second, third, fourth, or fifth choice. (FWIW: Paul, Walker, Cruz, Jindal, Perry) But I understood his appeal against a corrupt and ineffectual Republican Establishment, and before I came to the conclusion that his sudden conversion on issues like illegal immigration, trade, abortion, and gun control (the precise opposite of his previous views), was insincere opportunism, I could entertain the idea of a Trump candidacy. It was the sleazy campaign and the mounting evidence of his insincerity that pushed me to #NeverTrump.
But can I understand why someone would turn to Trump after every other instrument of the party had betrayed them? Totally.