The High Ground

The High Ground

When this all began some 17 months ago I sat back and watched as Donald J. Trump slowly rose through the ranks of Republican candidates.   He gained a fan base of disillusioned Republicans who were tired of “business as usual” politics.  Like a gunfighter in the old west he systematically removed each candidate not by coming up with a better plan but by intimidation.  I had expected a little bit of back bone from those that fell along the wayside but got none.  As each candidate disappeared Trump grew stronger and more confidant and his rhetoric shifted to personal attacks and bullying.  Still no one stood up to him.  Rubio and Cruz tried to get down in the dirt with the master but they were outclassed and never really had a chance.

Finally only Governor John Kasich remained.  As Trump began to attack the Governor in his usual style Kasich held his ground and took the high road deciding to discuss policies not hand sizes.  With every insult Trump threw Kasich countered with a question of where Mr. Trump stood on this or that.  Obviously Trump couldn’t answer because he stood nowhere…but he was “gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay.”  Eventually the Kasich campaign ran out of money and he was forced to withdraw.  But even in defeat Kasich refused to violate his moral principles and endorse Trump.  As it turned out it was the right thing to do.

My confusion in all of this is the panic we now see in the Republican Party.  They must have seen this coming after all it was their fault Trump was even nominated.  The people have been making their feelings known how unhappy they are with the present Republican politicians for some time.  But the leaders of the GOP just refused to listen…”Business as usual.”  So now they are faced with a nasty civil war that will probably end up with a split party.  They also now run a good chance of losing their majority in the House and the Senate too.

I have watched as dozens of Republicans disavow Trump then rejoin his circus train because Trump promised to not support their re election campaigns.  What does that say about their moral fortitude?  Presidential races have always been down and dirty starting with John Adams.  There were fist fights, lynchings, arson and riots that would make today’s race look like a pillow fight.  But somewhere along the way we grew out of it, somewhere along the way we found that perfect place where one could criticize their opponent without getting in the mud with the pigs.  We found that tenuous place called…”The High Ground.”

Well Donald J. Trump has nuked that pretty efficiently and has tried to drag everyone down into the pig slop with him.  It pleased me to finally see some Republicans with back bone and refuse to get on the Trump Circus Train.  That lets me believe there is some hope left for the party.  For me I will be glad when this election is finally over.  It has been nothing but a train wreck from the very beginning.

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11 Responses to "The High Ground"

  1. Unfortunately, Ira, you are missing the fact that Hillary Clinton is slinging the mud even more than he is. She is down and dirty and it’s a disgrace. In fact, we now know who the true racists are in this election. It is the Democrats. Per the Wikileaks barrage of emails, we now know that Democrats believe black and Muslims will never succeed, that Hispanics are need and that Evangelicals and Catholics are in need of a revolution because their religions are flawed with dogma.

    I ask you, who is worse? The Alinsky followers, or Donald Trump. It’s a shame that Hillary will probably win because we will almost assuredly get into another major war with her.

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  2. This is an article about Trump since he is the Republican nominee. Personally I don’t care about Clinton. And we are comparing apples and oranges here. Trump is a menace of far greater magnitude than Clinton. This is a man that uses his wealth and power to take advantage of woman because he can. He is a preditor and should be in jail along side Hillary. No more excuses for him he is not worthy of your support my friend. Trump is not the alternative to Clinton. I would vote for anyone but him.

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      1. Again Frank we are not talking about Clinton. Trump is the Republican nominee not Clinton. I never liked her anyway you know that and yes she will be our next president and we only have Trump and the spineless RNC to blame for that.

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        1. We’ll see about that Ira. It’s not over until it’s over. And you have no idea what the country really feels. We love Trump and he’s been nothing short of courageous in the midst of this shit storm permitted by rotten and no longer creditable news organizations. It’s a joke to cell them journalists.

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      2. Ira – HELL NO – Clintons have death lists (huge) around them. They have Raped America for their speaking fees from our enemies, have allowed our national security to be RAPED – They are more corrupt than Trump could ever be because he has not been a politician. And as for the help Clinton, Obama, gave Israel – I give you the Iran DEAL – BEND OVER – if You even say Clinton is a choice! You might as well join the guys in Little Nicky’s Hell and take your pineapple every afternoon in the rear, as you are reducing us to the WORSE of the EVILS! GAMMY SPARKLES

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        1. Gammy Clinton is the only choice other than no vote at all. I can’t in good conscience vote for anyone who has done what he has done and said what he has said. Sorry it’s between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. I chose the Deep Blue Sea. My opinion is Trump is worse than Trump. Not trying to change your vote just explaining my choice.

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  3. If you do not choose sides, one does not earn the right to enjoy the fruits of victory. Often the mind demands a benevolent dictator, an illusion. Do not hoist oneself on the petard of righteousness, with understanding that victory always comes at a price. Defeat is its own reward.

    Passion sans understanding obscures the intellect much like a dog which has raw meat in its jaws is no longer domesticated or safe. When will we lean the wisdom of the “greater good over the lesser evil” is a tough choice for warriors, not a path to the “promise” of an unattainable utopia. And learning it is not enough…we must act accordingly. You are either with us or against us, choose, no middle ground.

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  4. This article perfectly captures my feelings about Trump. Although Hillary is no better, I cannot bring myself to vote for “the Donald”, so I’m voting for the Libertarian candidate or no Presidential candidate at all. Either in the Whitehouse scare me, but the Donald clearly has no grasp of the Democratic process and the thought of him as the Commander in Chief scares me more than Hillary although the Donald might be better for the economy.

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