Angelo Codevilla, writing today at the Liberty Law Blog:
Some three fourths of Americans oppose making war on Syria. Hence the Republican leadership class’ reflexive advocacy of entry into Syria’s civil war is cutting one of the few remaining ties that bind it to ordinary Americans.
Since September 2008, when President George W. Bush, Congressman John Boehner, Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsay Graham and the entire Republican Congressional leadership plus Karl Rove and his big donors backed by The Wall Street Journal editorial pages were key to foisting the $816 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program on a country that opposed it three to one, the Republican Establishment has united with the Democratic Party again and again to legislate the ruling class’ domestic priorities. Before President Obama elevated the Syrian civil war onto the national agenda, the same cast of characters was chiefly occupied with gathering votes to secure funding for Obamacare against a popular movement to de-fund it.
In short, by 2013 the Republican Establishment had proved itself so alien to the domestic concerns of that majority of Americans who dislike the direction in which the ruling class is pushing it, that the party was becoming irrelevant. Despite the Bush Administration’s disastrous commitment to Nation-Building however, the memory of Ronald Reagan’s and Dwight Eisenhower’s forceful, levelheaded patriotism still lingered about the party.
But by urging war on Syria more vehemently than Obama, the Republican Establishment may have finished off the Republican Party, as we know it.
Angelo Codevilla is the author of The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America And What We Can Do About It.
In that book Codevilla defines the Ruling Class as a self-appointed elite that has been educated at prestigious universities and, convinced of its own superiority, maintains that it knows what is best for everyone else. They believe their privileged education justifies their power over every facet of American life, from family and marriage to the environment, guns, and God. The Ruling Class is populated by both political parties. The Republican leadership wants desperately to join with Democrats in a power sharing arrangement. It’s largely a futile attempt by them since Democrats although will accept their assistance on certain conditions when it advances liberalism, Democrats will never really accept Republicans of any stripe to sit at the table of power. The only path to power by Republicans is to defeat Democrats. Forming an illusory alliance with them is always a false promise.
The majority of the American people represent the Country Class who value self-rule over rule by an elite few. These Americans are asserting their right to live under the Constitution as the founders wrote it and not according to the strange interpretations being imposed by the Ruling Class.
Codevilla ends his piece at the Liberty Law Blog with this:
Like the Pharisee in the Temple, the Republican Establishment flaunt their differences from ordinary Americans. We should agree.
Many of the Republican Establishment, such as Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, and Lisa Murkowski, and others will be facing Tea Party primary challengers in 2014. Tea Party challengers offer the promise of a new birth for the Republican party along with the restoration of American liberty and prosperity.