The Republican Party was born in 1854. It died officially in Cleveland in 2016.
The GOP had officially been on life support for a while. The end came quickly. On Wednesday night, the Republican Party booed the Constitution. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the voice of conservatism, told the Republicans to vote their conscience and to vote for someone who would defend the Constitution.
He was booed.
Four years ago, such a speech would have gotten a standing ovation from the Republican convention. Four years ago, the Democrats booed God and the Republicans had a field day with it.
Now the GOP, led by Donald Trump, has booed the Constitution.
If anything, that was the opening for Trump’s acceptance speech.
His speech stood in sharp contrast to Ted Cruz’s speech. Cruz talked about the principles of freedom and liberty and never mentioned himself. Trump’s speech was all about Trump. “I will” he said time and time again. The only thing he did not promise was he did not say, “I will stop the rising of the oceans.”
Trump promised to restore law and order. He promised to make America rich again. Those are noble goals but what is Trump going to do? More importantly, how is he going to do it.
The tragic answer here is that like Obama, the Constitution seems to mean nothing to Trump and he appears to give it even less lip service than Obama does.
For conservatives in the Republican Party, the end has come. The Party is splitting because of Donald Trump. Perhaps the Party could have survived a little while longer if Trump wanted to make an effort at unity.
He wants to crush anyone who disagrees with him and that means conservatives no longer have a home in the GOP.