Who does the GOP think it is, after 2016?
One of the great realignments of political alliances that few are willing to admit today is that the ultra-rich, the ones who can afford restrictive regulations they lobby governments to impose on their competitors, have aligned themselves squarely with the State, and in the USA, the State has been squarely an instrument of the Left.
Progressive culture permeates media and its values have become lucrative for corporations to appeal to. What company doesn’t support a woman’s right to choose, for example? And what company wants to look like a Christian fuddy-duddy anyway?
The religious right’s loss of legitimacy in this election makes it even easier for larger corporations to find mutual benefit with the left. As they squash small businesses along their expansionist path, fewer and fewer families are able to maintain businesses, and with the loss of those businesses, the Protestant work ethic that has kept small communities generally solvent is going away.
Professional culture is like food culture, and it gets supplanted. Entrepreneurship without manufacturing is a joke, and when ideas for widgets being shopped out for funding get stolen and manufactured faster than you can file a patent that you can’t enforce anyway, it becomes extremely dispiriting. Professional culture is now in the “everyone eats fast food” phase. I hate the term “wage slave,” but we are but wage earners for another day, spending on creature comforts to distract from the horrible realization that this basically is all we have to look forward to.
What then are the options left for the GOP after this election? There’s a strong protectionist ethic among the vocal majority of its members now. And the white nationalist ethic isn’t going away either. It’s full of people who want to take their country back, but from whom, they really can’t answer.
American consumers are accustomed to a certain standard of product quality and price point, and it would be extremely difficult to see the culture shift away from that, in an effort to support US-based product development and manufacturing.
But perhaps the worst calculus the GOP faces is that being the party of middle-income wage earners, small entrepreneurs and the poor comes with very little income in the way of donations and organizational infrastructure. Technologists are few and far in between, and they would be hard pressed to risk their professional reputations to support a party that has been labeled by the media as mostly of racists and uneducated malcontents.
I hope that party loyalists are aware of the great task ahead. Being the real party of Main Street is going to take a lot of work. Making it clear that when Main Street’s interests are Wall Street’s, and not the other way around, is a Biblical-scale shift.
All the while, holding on to the principles of Hayek, or Mises, of being a party that enables and represents freedom, not just for its members but for all Americans, is. going to be a challenge too. How does one support Main Street without engaging in the same State-sponsored tactics of the Left?
Because there needs to be that distinction. The GOP loses when it is Democrat-lite, and this year, it’s losing for that reason.
Maybe it’s time it figured out what it is, before it tried something all together.