The Downfall of the Republican Establishment and the Rise of Conservatism


For decades, the Republican Establishment has yielded candidates that have been the lesser of two evils. Their love for candidates in the mold of Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney has prevented the country from experiencing the type of prosperity, strength, and freedom that we witnessed in the 1980s.

As I’ve said many times, I like Donald Trump and what he’s done to the election but he’s not my first choice for President. With that said, I am more annoyed than ever with the Republican Establishment for the way they’re handling him, which is saying a lot since I’m constantly annoyed with them.

If reports of a brokered convention are true, then the Republican Establishment must be stopped at all costs even if it means dismantling the party altogether and rebuilding it around principled, conservative leadership. That would mean a deterioration of the gains we’ve made in Congress and would likely cost us the White House. It’s a huge price to pay, but one that must be paid. The soul of the party is at stake.

Mitch McConnell, Reince Priebus, Karl Rove, and their favorite candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are all at fault. Some would say that the establishment candidates can’t be blamed for the actions of their backers, but they have failed to inspire. If they had been able to combat the Donald Trump and Ted Cruz momentum the proper way, then the we wouldn’t be here. Instead, Bush has run the most abysmal campaign imaginable and Rubio has been a more opportunistic politician than any GOP candidate since Bob Dole. They are to blame because they’ve been horrible candidates and they’ve forced the desperate puppeteers of the establishment to consider the nuclear option.

For a long time, I haven’t considered myself a Republican. Nearly all of the candidates I support have been Republicans, but I prescribe to conservatism as the core ideology that guides my votes, my thoughts, and my actions. This is the most important election in decades and the Republican Establishment is willing to blow it up in order to maintain their grasp of the party’s doctrines.

This will not happen. For the first time since Ronald Reagan, we have four candidates who can bring their different conservative perspectives to the table and actually fix the United States of America. Trump, Cruz, Rand Paul, and Ben Carson might terrify the Establishment, but the conservative movement is finally getting enough of a voice to inspire the party as well as a large percentage of Independents to believe in a Reagan vision rather than a Bush vision.

One way or another, this election will mark the end for the current power brokers of the Republican party. If they allow a conservative like Cruz to dust off the Reagan mantle that has been dormant for too long, then the party and the country will see why conservatism works. If they force their way into a Rubio or Bush nomination, the country will turn away from them once again. The difference this time is that we’re no longer going to take it. We’re not going to wait another four years to try again. The Tea Party revolution of 2010 will seem like a gentle wave compared to the tsunami of conservatism that will flow through the party after their manipulations come to pass.

This should be an election of celebration and hope. Instead, the Republican Establishment wants to take their ball home with them and end the game altogether. If they do, the party will be forced to split and I assure you that the conservative side will prevail even if we have to wait until 2020.