Partisanship Over Patriotism in the GOP

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Last year, the South Carolina GOP voted to cancel the Republican Primary. This despite the fact that South Carolinian Mark Sanford is challenging President Trump on the GOP side. The Palmetto State GOP abandons all pretense of patriotism with their latest move. The party is urging it’s members to vote for Sanders in the Democrat Primary. They want partisanship over patriotism. Why?

“Bernie Sanders is the most socialistic, liberal candidate running in the Democratic presidential preference primary,” Leupp told The Post and Courier. “So we feel we can make a strong point that our Democratic state legislators need to help work to close our primaries so it protects them as well as the Republican brand.” 

The Post and Courier

I am not suggesting that it is unpatriotic to vote for Sanders. However, the rationalization clearly is. Republicans believe that socialism would destroy the country. If, however, it will also help their party, they are clearly willing to risk it. Furthermore, they are not alone.

In Nevada, GOP activist Chuck Muth re-registered as a Democrat so that he could caucus for Sanders. He said that Trump vs Bernie would be a great civics lesson. Capitalism vs Socialism on display for the country. He also said the following.

“The nightmare would be if Sanders won, of course.”

Las Vegas Review Journal

President Trump chooses partisanship over patriotism.

Partisanship over patriotism.

In New Hampshire, President Trump got in on the action. Clueless as per usual, he suggested that his supporters in New Hampshire do something that it was too late for them to do. He did, at least, stop short of telling them to vote for Bernie. However, his suggestion was little better if any.

“We hear that there could be because you have crossovers in primaries, don’t you? So I hear a lot of Republicans tomorrow will vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats,”

The Denver Channel

Trump was wrong. New Hampshire doesn’t have open primaries. Furthermore, the deadline to register had passed. However, if he had gotten his way he was willing to risk the weakest possible President to further his chances of winning.

Patriotism should always win out.

When voting for a Presidential candidate in either party, country should come first. One should always and only vote for the candidate whom they believe would be the best President.

This is especially true for the GOP this year. Last election, Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots. Furthermore, his narrow electoral victory was secured by 77,744 votes in 3 states. That’s not a lot of room for error.

If Republicans ever wish to cross over to vote, now would be the time. Patriots would do so to nominate the Democrat that would be the best President if they win. However, partisans will choose the one they have the best shot of beating in November.

The Republican Party now pledges allegiance to The Donald, not the flag. They take an oath to the nationalist, not the nation. Their concern isn’t for the republic, it is for the Republican. They have clearly chosen partisanship over patriotism. This November, on which side will you be?

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