“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples saying “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” – The Bible, Book of Mathew, verses 1-3.
(Losing candidate Nelson Rockefeller accuses 1964 GOP nominee Barry Goldwater and his supporters of promoting “disunity” at the national convention.)
“Do as I say, not as I do.” It has been over 50 years since the Republican establishment walked out of their 1964 national convention. Barry Goldwater, a libertarian-leaning candidate favored by the grass roots rank-and-file, had just beaten blue blood champion of the warfare-welfare state, Nelson Rockefeller.
Unity be damned. The Republican Party establishment threw a temper tantrum and went home.
Country club Republicans then threw their support to Democrat incumbent Lyndon Baines Johnson. They got exactly the warmongering welfare pimp they wanted. Even so, they scared Americans into thinking Johnson was the “peace” candidate. Johnson’s so-called “Daisy Girl” ad even evoked the spectre of nuclear annhilation.
Soon thereafter, Johnson beat Goldwater in a landslide. He embroiled America fully in the Vietnam War quagmire.
Yet this stark lesson of GOP leadership duplicity somehow never sank in. Until 2016. Thanks to Donald Trump.
I had considered myself a Republican for 20 years before finally and forever cutting the apron strings of false hope and unearned trust in 2012. As a Ron Paul delegate, I saw the GOP leadership disparage mercilessly this learned doctor and scholar – a man of principle. They pulled out every dirty trick to thwart him.
(The RNC broke every rule and used every dirty trick imaginable to stop Dr. Paul in 2012.)
Dr. Ron Paul, retired Texas Congressman.
Yet why? I saw firsthand how he was drawing new life into the Party. I progressed only two levels beyond the lowly precinct caucus. I never even made it to the county convention. Yet I met throngs of people who would never before have imagined setting foot in a Republican Party function. Independents. Even Democrats sympathetic to the mild-mannered doctor’s message of peace and personal freedom. A highly literate, elderly Iranian couple concerned about sabre-rattling from both political parties, and what might happen to their relatives back in the old country if the US declared war.
The stodgy GOP seemed fresher and more alive than I’d ever seen it.
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