By Richard A. Viguerie | 4/21/11
I certainly don’t agree with much of what Donald Trump says, but when it comes to his recent criticism of the policies of Karl Rove and George W. Bush, I couldn’t agree more.
As I’ve said for some years, big-government Republicans are every bit as much of a problem as liberal Democrats. The Republicans lost the House and the Senate in 2006. They lost the White House in 2008. And it had nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. It had everything to do with Republican policies.
“[Karl Rove] really should be ashamed of himself…because what he did is he gave us, indirectly through President Bush, he gave us Barack Obama,” Trump said on Tuesday. The Bush/Rove policies were so bad, Trump says, no Republican could have beaten Barack Obama in 2008. And he’s right!
As I wrote in my book, Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause, when conservatives are unhappy, bad things happen to the Republican Party. The Bush Republicans turned their backs on the conservative base, and they paid the price.
Donald Trump is not an ideal GOP candidate for president in 2012, but he’s one of the few who realize and are willing to speak openly about the real problems with the Republican Party.
Like I told a group of Tea Partiers last weekend in Chattanooga, TN, it’s easy for these Republicans who are thinking about running for president to attack Obama and other Democrats, but where were they in the 1990s and 2000s when the Republicans were significantly growing the government? They were silent, and many were involved in that growth of government, which is why we have the problems that we have now. Democrats would not have ousted the Republicans from power in Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 if not for flawed Republican policies and politicians.
The Tea Party is the answer conservatives have been waiting for to challenge the big-government RINO Republican control of our political system. The Tea Party helped conservative candidates across the country defeat big-government Republicans in the 2010 primaries, and must continue to lead the charge going into the 2012 primaries.
Of all the mistakes most conservatives made in the last 15-20 years, number one is they became an appendage of the Republican Party. Now the number one need we have is for new leadership – leadership unfettered by old ties and old relationships, as Ronald Reagan said. It’s not enough anymore to just put Republicans in office and hope for the best, we need true constitutional-conservatives to bring real change in America.
We’re not going to get to the political promise land until we get new Republican leadership in Washington and the state capitals, and that’s only going to come from the Tea Party.