I do not believe in unity in Republican Party Politics.
There seems to be something fundamentally dishonest about the word itself, implying that coming together to support the Republican Nominee necessitates a kind of truce or ceasefire, which never materializes. Yet, the Republican Party and leaders of various defeated wings gather together after every bloody primary to call for unity. Maybe we’re calling for the wrong thing. Maybe unity is the wrong word. Maybe we’re mis-communicating our intentions to one another. Maybe we haven’t been entirely honest about what the Republican actually is in the first place.
Unlike the Democrat Party, which utilizes a lack of intellectual diversity and an affinity for party discipline reminiscent authoritarian dictatorships, the Republican Party is comprised of numerous factions and wide swaths of individual perspectives incapable of unification, discipline, or agreement. We aren’t all on the same side and we often disagree vehemently. These calls for unity amongst Republicans are not a call for agreement. They are a call for the survival of the party itself. See, if libertarians, constitutionalists, conservatives, moderates, corporatists, establishment insiders, and independents do not agree to support the victor of our own bloody hunger games, then the Party dissolves, and the Democrats (who have historically been mostly unified) take over, controlling everything.
If you’ve been reading my work since those distant days when a Randolph Macon economics professor challenged the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, you also know that I have been a die hard supporter of three United States Senators: Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz. When Rand Paul and Ted Cruz decided to run for President, I had a difficult decision to make, but was able to make up my mind when Senator Paul endorsed Mitch McConnell and Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate Floor to take McConnell head on. I supported Ted Cruz. I fought as hard as anyone in Virginia on behalf of Ted Cruz. I spent countless hours writing articles and arguments and organizing at the local level. I took on the lies and smear attacks which were vomited from the pits of the Trump Campaign and FOX News on an almost daily basis.
Sadly, Senator Ted Cruz was unable to defeat Donald Trump, and lost any conceivable path to victory after Indiana. Senator Cruz, understanding this, suspended his campaign.
As the loudest voice for Senator Cruz in the State of Virginia, I felt it incumbent to demonstrate leadership and to explain my reasons for supporting the Republican Nominee in November. Here are some of the kind words I received from my fellow Cruz supporters:
“You are a traitor to America!”
“If you’ll abandon Cruz so easily, good, we would never want to be associated with an evil person like you”.
“You’ve been a secrete Trumpbot all along!”
“You disgust me!”
“Donald Trump is evil and so are you!”.
Did any of these people actually read my article? I cannot say. They read enough to know that I campaigned my butt off for Senator Cruz and that I was acknowledging I would eventually vote for Donald Trump in November. Did any of their comments address my arguments? Of course not. I simply became another target in need of a social media bullet. Very well.
Here is my question: Why is my declaration that I will vote for Donald Trump in November viewed as a call for unity? I never declared peace did I?
I’ll vote for Donald Trump in November, but that doesn’t mean peace does it? Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart led the fight for Trump in Virginia. Am I supposed to forget about that next year when he runs for Governor? Or does my opposition to Donald Trump serve as fuel for taking out politicians who supported him so vigorously in Virginia during this primary campaign?
What about the rest of the politicians and current candidates that supported Donald Trump? Just because I am voting for the Republican Nominee in November doesn’t mean that I will come to the aid of Trump-sympathetic politicians in the future.
See, I’m not calling for unity at all. I simply understand that if we don’t vote for our nominees the Republican Party dies, and therefore we’ll all be ruled by Democrats. That’s called having eyes to see and ears to hear. It’s not unity. I don’t want unity and neither does anyone else in the Republican Party. We all have bones to pick with one another within this beautiful Republican Party of ours, where the individuals that belong to it are not obligated to agree or submit to one another. We have the most republican electoral process in human history, but when a Republican Candidate successfully exits that process on top, then that is who we ought to support. It does not mean that our civil wars are put on pause, nor that any of us lay our weapons down.
We vote for the nominee because we don’t want to be ruled by The Borg – the Democrat Party. It’s not a moral vote. It’s not an expression of our own political philosophies. It’s a vote of attrition. During primaries and local/state elections, we will battle each other for control of the Republican Party. In the general election we vote for the victor – or we hand our country over to Democrats, who will dig us holes requiring generations of effort and wealth to dig ourselves out from underneath.
Supporting the nominee isn’t unity. It’s survival.