What Is The GOP: The Party Of Reagan, Or The Party Of Trump?

The Republican food fight last weekend was a horrible embarrassment for the Republican Party.

With their childish attacks on each other, and with Donald Trump’s nasty bullying, they made the Party of Lincoln and the Party of Reagan look like the Party of Brats.

Only Ben Carson and John Kasich acted like adults.

Kasich was absolutely right when he asked why the Republican Party’s 2016 candidates for president were squabbling about arcane pieces of legislation that didn’t pass the Senate.

Trump showed his true liberal colors repeatedly Saturday night.

He even recycled old Democrat talking points when he said George Bush was lying about Iraq and lying about weapons of mass destruction.

Yet diehard Trump fans keep telling me he reminds them of my father.

That’s not just a total insult. It’s incredibly stupid.

Do you remember Ronald Reagan insulting his way to the presidency, as Jeb Bush would say?

Do you remember Ronald Reagan demeaning, disparaging or bullying the other candidates in a debate or in his campaign speeches?

Do you remember him saying nasty things about immigrants groups in America?

If that’s what you think Ronald Reagan was all about, you’re living on a different planet. Planet Trump, I guess.

And no, Ronald Reagan would not vote for Trump in the California primary, and he’d hope and pray Trump didn’t get the nomination in the Republican Party.

Anyone who thinks differently is just wrong.

Trump is not a conservative. He is not a Republican.

He’s not going to blow himself up, and the media can’t hurt him. And nothing he says or does in the primaries can hurt him, no matter how crude or stupid.

If the GOP doesn’t want to go the way of the Whig Party, it’s time to stand up and stop Trump now.

It’s time for the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus, to get off his laissez-faire butt and make a stand.

Preibus — and any other real Republican he can recruit to back him up — has to come out and condemn Trump for the Republican imposter he is.

Trump doesn’t represent our party or its values.

Our party doesn’t stand for deporting 11.5 million people from the USA.

Our party doesn’t stand for stopping an entire religious group from coming to America.

Our party doesn’t trash its past president, George W. Bush, by implying he lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and saying 9/11 was his fault.

Our Republican Party is smarter and better than Trump.

Our party can solve the illegal immigration problem without resorting to deportation.

Our party can prevent terrorists from sneaking into the USA without shutting our borders to all Muslims.

Our party knows G.W. Bush is not a liar. We know he was a great president who kept us safe.

The Republican Party used to allow talk radio to define what the party is. Now the RNC is allowing the party to be defined by Trump.

The GOP has to find its spine and define itself. Party bigwigs started thinking about winning the general election.

They have to rally around the party’s basic conservative values and heroes, point to Trump and tell the rest of the country that his crude character, horrible values and dumb Democrat ideas don’t represent Republicans.

If it can’t stop Trump, it may cost Republicans the Senate as well as the White House — which means forgetting any chance of a conservative filling Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court.

If Trump represents where the GOP has gone to, or if party leaders are willing to accept a fraud like him, then the GOP is no longer the Party of Ronald Reagan.

To paraphrase what my father said once about why he left the Democratic Party, if Trump gets the nomination, we conservatives will be saying we didn’t leave the Republican Party–the party left us.

You’ll be Shocked Which GOP Candidate this NYT Bestselling Author Likens to Ronald Reagan

A few years ago I wrote a biography of Ronald Reagan. I spent hundreds of hours extensively researching, studying and interviewing people close to President Reagan.

Now, I have spent countless hours getting to know, observe and study many of the GOP presidential candidates. And I’ve been struck by an uncanny likeness between Reagan and Mike Huckabee.

Not only are their personalities, styles and temperaments much alike, but they share many of the same principals, beliefs, talents and gifts, on top of having many similar experiences in their lives.

I don’t make these comparisons lightly. Here are some of the reasons why I think they are so similar.

The common thread begins in their backgrounds. Reagan and Huckabee successfully held the political office of governor of their state for two terms. Less well known is that before politics, Huckabee, like Reagan, worked in TV and radio.

The leadership strength both share is they are master communicators. The main essence of communication is to connect with others, and impart and share information or ideas. Both men share the keen ability to take complex ideas and difficult-to-understand problems and explain them in clear, concise and easy-to-understand ways.

“A leader,” Huckabee explains, “is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here’s where we are going to go, here’s why we need to go there, and here’s how we are going to get there.”

Reagan and Huckabee are deep thinkers, but they both explain things in a very natural and easy-to-understand manner, often using metaphors and analogies. Pundits and journalists make the mistake of assuming them not to be deep thinkers, but this is contrarily so, because it takes a great deal of intelligence and unique ability to take the complex and paint word pictures and stories with examples to help clearly explain a multifaceted situation, or take a gigantic numerical figure and relate it to a common object as a way of explanation.

Early on, some intellectuals erroneously assumed the ability to speak clearly and naturally to everyday people, as Reagan did, was the result of simple thinking. However, quite the opposite was true. It takes a very gifted and skilled communicator to achieve this ability.

Another huge leadership quality and advantage both share is their optimism, cheerfulness, sense of humor and storytelling. In fact, what might come as a surprise to some is the importance storytelling can play in the lives of extraordinary leaders. Think Lincoln, Churchill and Roosevelt in addition to Reagan.

Another shared trait is Reagan’s and Huckabee’s sense of humor. Leadership studies have shown it’s a powerful tool and sign of intelligence. A cleverly placed joke can ease stress, decrease conflict and increases comradery, cohesiveness and bonding in groups. Motivational speaker Mike Kerr says humor can boost morale, motivate people, increases communication and builds trust and relationships.

After almost 8 years of Barack Obama, who caused deep wounds and division by stirring up hatred amongst Americans, our nation sorely needs to unite. Reagan was masterful at uniting Americans, as now Huckabee seeks to do. By having a great sense of humor, Reagan and Huckabee found a good way to express something that’s hard for some people to hear, but softens it while getting the idea or message across without sounding too harsh.

Neither Reagan or Huckabee are narcissistic and self-centered, like some politicians. “Candidates don’t run for themselves; they run for the future,” Huckabee said in October. And Reagan had a saying on his desk in the White House that read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

Watch: Trump Asked To Define ‘Conservative’ – His Answer Has Some Supporters Worried

Donald Trump, when asked to define a conservative, responded first by saying it is someone who is risk averse, then adding it is someone who wants to conserve.

While a guest on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, the candidate went on to liken his evolution to being more conservative politically on many issues to the journey former President Ronald Reagan took.

Face the Nation host John Dickerson asked Trump how he responds to the charge GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz and others level that the businessman has not been a consistent conservative. “Usually, I just invoke the name Ronald Reagan,” Trump replied. 

“I mean, Ronald Reagan was a fairly liberal Democrat, and he evolved over years and he became more and more conservative. And he was not a very conservative person, but he was pretty conservative. And he ended up being a great president,” the candidate added. 

Cruz does not believe Trump’s comparison to Reagan is accurate. “I would note that Ronald Reagan spent decades as a principled conservative, spent decades traveling the country sharing his conservative, free-market views [and] defending the Constitution,” Cruz said.

“Ronald Reagan did not spend the first 60 years of his life supporting Democratic politicians, advocating for big government politics, supporting things like the big bank bailouts, supporting things like expanding Obamacare to turn it into socialized medicine,” the Texas senator added. 

Reagan was a Democrat who supported Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s and Harry Truman in the 1940s. In the 1950s, he joined the “Democrats for Eisenhower,” backing the popular World War II general who successfully ran and won under the Republican banner.

Reagan changed his party affiliation in 1962 (when he was 51), and threw his full support behind conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign. The Hollywood actor then ran for office himself later in the decade as a Republican, being elected twice as governor of California.

Reagan would say when explaining his switch to the GOP, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, the party left me.”

The three legs of Reagan conservatism are: limited government/pro-growth fiscal policies, a strong national defense, and support for traditional values.

When asked to define what a conservative is during his Face the Nation interview on Sunday, Trump responded, “Well, I think it’s a person that doesn’t want to take overly risks. I think that’s a good thing,” Trump responded.

“I think it’s a person that wants to — in terms of government I’m talking about — a person that wants to conserve, a person that wants to, in a financial sense, balance budgets, a person that feels strongly about the military. And I feel very strongly about the military,” he added. 

What the candidate failed to discuss was traditional values. Trump’s bona fides in this area are already suspect with many social conservatives because the billionaire candidate described himself as very pro-choice in 1999 and has voiced support for certain homosexual rights, though he has not backed same-sex marriage.

National Review dedicated an issue last week to arguing why Trump is not a conservative, hitting on his changing views on social issues, past support for Democrat candidates, and support of certain “big government” programs and bailouts.

Trump responded:

h/t: CNS News

Jerry Lewis Just Broke Hollywood Code And Dropped A Bomb On Obama, Uttered 2 Huge Words About Trump

In a recent interview, comedic legend Jerry Lewis offered praise for Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan and a harsh critique of Barack Obama.

In the interview with Catholic outlet EWTV, which aired late last week, the show’s host Raymond Arroyo asked Lewis about current events, including ISIS.

“They’re asking to be stopped and we’re not stopping them; we’re just reporting what they’re doing,” Lewis said of the terrorist organization. “It’s ridiculous!”

Arroyo followed up by querying what the star thought should be done regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. “Refugees should stay where the hell they are,” Lewis replied bluntly. “Hey, no one has worked harder for the human condition than I have, but they’re not part of the human condition. If 11 guys in the group of 10,000 are ISIS—how can I take that chance?”

Thirty-one governors share Lewis’ view and have rejected Obama’s push to re-settle refugees in their states.

The 89-year-old went on to offer a frank assessment of President Obama’s leadership. “What I’m watching in him is uncertainty. You don’t have uncertainty in a leader; a leader doesn’t give s**t what he does, but he gets it done,” Lewis said. 

In contrast, the comedian, who enjoys keeping abreast of the news, had praise for Donald Trump. “I think he’s great [emphasis added],” Lewis said. “He’s a showman and we’ve never had a showman in the president’s chair.”

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“Well, we had Ronald Reagan, he was a bit of a showman,” Arroyo interjected. 

“Well, that’s different,” answered Lewis. “You can’t make do a comparison on Ronald Reagan because I can do three hours on him with just praise, he was so good.”

h/t: Gateway Pundit and The Daily Wire

Wow: Donald Trump Just Officially Overtook Ronald Reagan In A Major Way

The latest national polling results show Donald Trump leaping to heights over his Republican rivals for the nomination not seen since the 1980s, topping even Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Polls released during the last week show Trump either 23 or 27 points ahead of his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, who himself has risen dramatically against the rest of the field.

The Weekly Standard reports, “Tuesday’s Washington Post/ABC News poll has Trump with more than double the support of the second place finisher, Ted Cruz. Indeed, Trump’s lead over his primary opponents is larger than both Ronald Reagan’s was in the 1980 race, and George H. W Bush’s was in the 1988 contest.”

Reagan’s former political director, Jeffrey Lord, sees similarities between his former boss and the current GOP frontrunner. Lord, who is supporting Trump, noted the establishment in Reagan’s day thought he was too extreme and put their support behind George H.W. Bush, the father of Trump’s current establishment rival, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“The growing chasm between the Republican establishment and the base of the party paved the way for a candidate like Trump, and that’s reminiscent of Reagan’s rise, Lord said,” according to Penn Live.

Trump, like Reagan, has been very involved in television and knows how to read an audience.

Trump, like Reagan, is also very independent and speaks plainly, Lord observed.

The former political director, who is now a CNN contributor, keeps in regular contact with Trump, though he is not working for the campaign.

“Two things really converged here [with Trump]: his personality and his bluntless. It clearly resonates with people,” Lord said.

h/t: Gateway Pundit