GOP is a Powder Keg Giving off Sparks

Power showdown could burn through the strings to Trump’s puppets and form a new and stronger conservative party.

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We’re about to see how far Trump’s puppets will go to continue to dance to his tune. It doesn’t look good for them, as several national news outlets reveal there is collective power among those who want out from under Trump’s banner.

The GOP on Wednesday removed U.S. Representative Liz Cheney from her position of House leadership because Cheney has a mind of her own and doesn’t intend to join those who are dangling on Trump’s strings as he continues to manipulate and damage the party of Lincoln.

It may prove to be the single biggest mistake the republicans have made aside from being too slow and too prissy in denouncing the January 6 insurrection.

Cheney has refused to go along with Trump’s lies about the election and has continued to condemn his causing the riot and insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. She does not believe President Biden is an “illegal president,” as Trump and his cronies keep saying. She refuses to say the election as illegal or to mimic Trump’s supporters in saying he is the rightful president. Good for her. There are a whole lot of people who agree with her — millions. And even democrats are in her corner. Especially women democrats.

It’s been brewing for a while, as Cheney, representing the more moderate (and more truthful) branch of the Republican Party, has refused to lick Trump’s boots or dance even a little on his puppet strings. Considered the third most powerful republican in Washington, Cheney continues to appeal to a large number of Republicans and the Trump-owned members may have picked a fight they can’t win.

Now there’s talk of a third party emerging. The Republican Party is said to be dangerously close to splitting. It could happen. The split of a major political party wouldn’t be altogether new in American history. Remember the Whigs?

Republicans like Cheney and Senator Mitt Romney of Utah have had enough. They don’t agree that for the party to survive, it must continue to support Trump and even endorse his lies about the presidential election. Only the most uninformed voters believe there was anything illegal about the 2020 election. Trump’s puppets somehow believe that they must stick to Trump to continue to win their seats and thereby stay in office. They are probably wrong.

Hopefully, many conservatives will start to pull away as they realize that there’s not enough Trump republicans to win an election, and besides, he’s a monster.

Backing Trump as he attempts to do further damage to the US democratic republic may wind up being a very unpopular thing to do. It may be political suicide. But they’ve moved at his pleasure, doing his dirty work (as in removing Cheney) thinking they will ensure they keep their seats. Dancing on Trump’s strings may be the worst decision any of the GOP office holders make. They believe the voters will come out for them because of their support of Trump. In another year, that may be highly unlikely as the Democrats continue to point out Trump is a clear danger to democracy.

Running for re-election as a Trump puppet may come to be like hooking your wagon to a billy goat and believing you’ll win the race. Trump is a goat, and he’ll be lucky to stay out of prison, never mind carrying his puppets to mid-term election wins in 2022.

They’re going to denounce him.

There may be a statement coming out tomorrow (Thursday, May 13) or later this week wherein 100 prominent Republicans denounce the Trumpian arm of the GOP. That will be a historic event.

According to several national news sources, the preamble to the statement is: “When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice.”

Those are strong words. And they may be the beginning of a new political party in the United States — which wouldn’t be an altogether bad thing. Especially if the organizers of the new party don’t dance at the ends of Trump’s strings and return to the kind of true conservative party the country has been lacking since Donald Trump showed up on their back porch and bullied his way into the White House.

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.

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