• The Trump Future for the GOP Can Work — If Repubs Press Forward with It

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    Surge Summary:  Whoever is sworn in as President on January 20th, Donald Trump’s administration has left a model for future Republicans to follow: a multi-racial coalition, aggressive resistance to the Left’s schemings, combined with more of an emphasis on “populist” themes and policies.

    by Gary Bauer 

    Whatever happens between now and Inauguration Day, we shouldn’t be morose.  Donald Trump has shown the Republican Party the way forward to be the governing party of the United States.  Even Democrats see it and are worried about it.

    Trump has built an increasingly multi-racial coalition of working-class Americans.  They share his opposition to open borders and cheap labor.  They oppose international trade deals that send their jobs to communist China in exchange for cheap goods we don’t need.

    A recent Washington Post article warns that liberal gains made in the suburbs were most likely visceral reactions to the president’s style, and that much of the Democrat agenda is unpopular with suburbanite voters.  As one Democrat operative put it, “We are leasing that support.  We don’t own it.”

    I would add that the left not only does not own those votes, I don’t believe they leased them either.  Many appear to have been manufactured.

    Of course, this progress of more minorities voting Republican could be undone.  If we don’t fight back against the left’s cheating, they will do more of it.  Trump is right to keep fighting.  But the Republican Party must fight back as well.

    The GOP controls the governorships and legislatures in many states.  Republican officials at the state level must advance serious voter reforms and election integrity safeguards.

    The party establishment must also resist the temptation to return to corporatism, in which they appeased the Chamber of Commerce by allowing millions of legal and illegal immigrants, often with few if any skills, to pour into the country.  We must continue to expose corruption in Washington.

    The traditional Republican message of smaller government, lower taxes and a strong foreign policy is still valid, but it’s not enough.  It must be aligned with the growing populist mood that also puts American workers and their traditional values first.

    By the way, most Republicans agree with this analysis.  A new poll finds that 72% of Republicans see Trump as the model for the party going forward, compared to just 24% who prefer “the average Republican in Congress.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

    Image: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66881486

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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