The Republican Party as an institution is facing an existential crisis there are those that passionately and completely support Donald Trump for president. While in our same party there are those that passionately and completely oppose Donald Trump for president. A wise Republican once said, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” In the 2016 presidential race we are going to put a test that axiom.
A political party must be more than a means to an end. It must be more than just a steppingstone to political power. A political party should be an organization of principles, and ideals, as well as experience and action. A political party should be able to inspire even when a candidate does not. A political party should have the skills and knowledge to win elections even when a candidate does not. In Massachusetts it seems a long time since our Republican party was seen as inspirational or talented at winning elections.
I am an ideologue. All that I do in politics is dedicated to the support and advancement of that ideology. Mr. Trump does not conform to my ideology. Mister Trump’s policies would violate several of my core principles. But I do not find myself in the #NeverTrump camp. It seems there is more to #NeverTrump than principled opposition to a candidate.
A sizable portion of the Republican Party has felt discomfort with the leadership of the Republican Party. This is not the place to rehash the long list of grievances that both cliques have built up. I am concerned that the 2016 presidential election will be the last straw will shatter the Grand Old Party into competing factions. I know that a shattered Republican Party is bad for America. We will not be able to create lasting political change that our nation so desperately needs by warring among ourselves.
That brings us to the more difficult challenge: “how to reconcile these two warring factions?” That is the most important question of the 2016 presidential campaign, not who will be the Republican nominee but who will be the Republican peacemakers?