First, my thanks to BrianR who inspired this rant…
The national GOP has been anti-conservative and progressing towards leftism during all our lifetimes, at least as far back as Herbert Hoover. The establishment sees the party as a platform for re-election and not much else… to them, the party platform is invoked publicly for the appearance that they stand for something noble — about every four to six years. Window dressing.
As far as their “pledge” to force support for this year’s nominee goes… (intended to benefit Jeb Bush) now being used to further damage Ted Cruz, any pledge assumes that its’ adherents are honorable and will behave honorably one to another. That isn’t to say a contest can’t be rough, that tough truths can’t be spoken, but there’s rough in battle then there’s a line of civility that good people ought never cross. Once Donald Trump began lying, demagogue-ing smearing and viciously slandering fellow candidates, all via the Clinton playbook, attacking adversaries personally to destroy them politically, and of course in the case of Ted Cruz where that included attacking his wife then his father… that in my book negates any pledge dependent on the mutual honor of its’ adherents.
They say that the Party nominee won fair and square, well only so far as the technical/procedural acquisition of delegates was concerned, but mr. trump got there in a particularly despicable, disgraceful and dishonorable way, fitting of the vile left and which should not be rewarded or tolerated by a civil society. Through all of this, the GOP just couldn’t and still can’t get out of its’ own way. That’s what happens when a party rigs their system in an ongoing attempt to nominate establishment Republicans for POTUS and reelect the usual gaggle of incumbent miscreants as a further check against conservative activity — It has the potential to backfire in spectacular fashion. As it has.
The way the GOP establishment handled the process at their Convention, had marks of the pathetic Mitch McConnell and Boehner-proxy Paul Ryan written all over it. Unfortunately, though the party platform was strengthened by delegates, the power of the RNC to piss on us and call it rain was increased two-fold. What we have — hopefully — learned from this election cycle, is that there really isn’t and hasn’t been for a very long time, any credible conservative movement. The so-called Reagan [conservative] Revolution died with the election of George HW Bush and hasn’t been seen since.. only remembered.
We’re living among the very generation Ronald Reagan feared most, that generation of voters so unmoored from the principles of liberty and the Constitution intended to protect it, that the entire Country may be lost to the tyranny and despotism of the hard left. That, is STUPID beyond mere ignorance, it’s the stupid that comes from a morally bankrupt society and will not go away with the election of any one man or woman. We have a systemic problem among the electorate that must be addressed and changed. There’s lots of work ahead.