Ronald Reagan was the last Republican nominee who can be called an outsider. And while he had eight years of experience as the Governor of California, he ran for the Presidency with a campaign that established its own goals and opened the election to many who previously never considered voting for a Republican. Sadly, since the end of his two terms, most of those new supporters left again as the party went back to the same old, same old Republicanism of the country club set and the Chamber of Commerce.
Today, things are even worse. The Party of Lincoln is nothing more than a Democratic Lite operation, caving to crony-capitalism and depending on its money to fuel campaigns. And these very crony-capitalists, tied at the hip to the Chamber of Commerce, no longer put Americans first, working to undercut immigration rules in order to replace American workers with cheaper foreign employees. The very people who they should support and help have been cast aside and this has caused a tidal wave of opposition from the base of the party and a large swath of independents.
In steps Donald Trump, using his showmanship to tell it like it is and gain support while Ted Cruz supports this effort with his tireless attempts to make Washington politicians address the real issues. Ben Carson is also in the category, but in a more soft spoken and less direct way. And while some consider Marco Rubio among this group, sadly he sold out his Tea Party credentials early on with his link to Chuck Schumer with the Amnesty bill. And now most of his campaign dollars come from well heeled multi-billionaires pushing hard for mass immigration growth. Rubio can only get that support by kowtowing to them while trying to float a false agenda.
But Trump and Cruz offer two candidates not tied to big money. Trump, of course, is self-funding his campaign and Cruz has mastered the art of fundraising from average Americans who are tired of what is happening to their country.
We'll talk about this tonight on North Florida Writer Live at 9:30, looking ahead to the 2016 election cycle and where it might take us. I hope you'll join us in my last program before I change direction for the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow. The show will be available on demand after the live broadcast is completed. Here's the link to the show which airs on Blog Talk Radio: