Apr 13, 2016
Angry Voters: Whose Fault Is It?
Today’s news reports are full of stories about how angry Trump supporters are. They’re just the tip, the visible ones of a tidal wave that’s driving the 2016 election cycle at both the national and state levels. It’s easy to look back a few years to see why conservative voters are beyond exasperated with the...
Today’s news reports are full of stories about how angry Trump supporters are. They’re just the tip, the visible ones of a tidal wave that’s driving the 2016 election cycle at both the national and state levels.
It’s easy to look back a few years to see why conservative voters are beyond exasperated with the Republican party — but who’s really at fault? Why blame the voters, who only want their voices heard and their votes acted upon, as our Constitution promises?
Voter anger is inevitable and easily understandable. Think of the huge numbers of conservatives who became politically active, aligning their values with the Republican party platform back in 2009/2010, only to quickly learn “how it works.”
Many of us wholeheartedly embraced local, state, and national GOP politics, thinking we would have a say inside the party “if we do the work” of helping raise funds and elect conservative candidates. 2012’s historic wave of Republican legislative victories was directly the result of our blood, sweat, and tears — but instead of gaining a seat at the table, the establishment GOP ridiculed us, calling us names and even questioning our patriotism. Where could we express our conservative beliefs and principles then? We certainly wouldn’t be welcomed as Democrats!
Then we watched in 2012 as the establishment GOP closed ranks again to “fight off” (their words) the rise of Ron Paul, changing the rules to deny Paul supporters critical delegate and officer roles within the party. Republicans still blithely refused to recognize and work with the similarities those supporters shared, and so the GOP again left huge numbers of passionate conservative supporters behind.
(We’re talking here about “inside the party” maneuvers. There’s not enough room to detail the GOP’s numerous and continual policy failures since they gained majorities in Arkansas, across the country, and in Congress. The GOP has failed miserably at doing what they promised once elected.)
Now in 2016, establishment Republicans are foaming at the mouth because a political outsider like Donald Trump (who studied this for a few years first) cleverly assessed the situation and gave conservative voters their voice, effectively harnessing that anger and passion to fuel his campaign.
It’s distressing and sad; the establishment GOP still doesn’t get it. The angry conservative voters they created will be their demise.