Politics does not only make strange bedfellows, but in the current election cycle, it seems that it makes prostitutes out of men seeking for power.
Donald Trump, for example, will say or do anything to not only woo supporters, but also gain their confidence and win their trust.
Trump’s sly and cunning positions on issues such as energy, taxes, immigration, minimum wage, and education among others are neither unique nor rare for a politician.
However, it’s a stunning lesson in style over substance and how to manipulate people’s perception.
The fact is it boggles the mind to think that the Republican Party that is supposedly made up of people who pride themselves as conservatives would abandon or sacrifice their core beliefs, principles, and values on the altar of convenience, just to win power.
Is there any soul in the quest for power?
There is no doubt that the conservative values that Trump espouses are not in keeping with the traditional values of the party and Mitt Romney, former Republican Presidential nominee, will tell anyone who is willing to listen this:
“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud.”
“His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
“Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark.
The foregoing is not the testimony from an outsider, but from one in the inner circle of business and politics — Mitt Romney!
So, what happens if Trump wins the presidency, will he show his liberal side, thus bringing the party into disrepute over conservative principles.
And, if he loses, where will the leaders in the party find cover? Will supporters begin to shout, the king is naked!
That said, the people have spoken and Trump is gearing up for his nomination acceptance speech in a 70-80,000 capacity stadium in Cleveland.
Most of his competitors and critics have already capitulated and are now rallying around the Trump’s brand — yes, the marriage of convenience has taken place and the consummation is set for November, provided that Trump gets a winning stance.
Now, the person who I think sums up the Republican Party’s position very well on Trump’s leadership of the party is Marco Rubio.
Rubio, of all the candidates who ran for the nomination of the Republican Party, was the brunt of Trump’s attack. He was often referred to by Trump as little Marco.
However, in a recent interview, on politico.com, Rubio is quoted as saying, “Look, my policy differences with Donald Trump — I spent 11 months talking about them so I think they’re well understood. That said, I don’t want Hillary Clinton to be president,” he continued. “If there’s something I can do to help that from happening and it’s helpful to the cause, I most certainly would be honored to be considered for that.”
Now, one gets a different picture when Rubio’s position is juxtaposed against Romney’s who is cited as saying, “Others, including myself, believe our first priority should be to stand by our principles – and if those are in conflict with the nominee, the principles come first.”
It shows the measure of both men and Trump may have been right in referring to Marco Rubio as “little Marco.”
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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