So revolting do many Republicans find the prospect of having Donald Trump as their nominee that three in 10 say they would not vote for him in November, some are now speaking openly about leaving the GOP for a third party. An exodus like that could wreck the GOP. But it might be wrecked already. And at least those leaving could look themselves in the mirror—rather than looking like, say, a horrified Chris Christie, who appeared behind Trump on Super Tuesday resembling Oedipus at the moment he realized what he had done.
But what sort of party would appeal to the GOP’s anti-Trump forces? The answer seems obvious: a party that embodies the opposite of Trump.
On the issues, that would mean:
- A party that does not merely welcome immigration, but celebrates it.
- A party that treats individuals as individuals, not as indistinguishable sub-units of larger racial, ethnic, or other cohorts (Jews, Muslims, “The Mexicans,” etc.).
- A party that is therefore not “fine” with either bigotry or affirmative action, as Trump is.
- A party that, unlike Trump, consistently supports the First Amendment.
- And the Second.
- A party that would never endorse a record-shattering $5.7 trillion-with-a-T tax hike – which Trump not only endorsed, but proposed.
- A party that, unlike Trump, doesn’t think it’s a good idea to go around killing the family members of suspected terrorists. Or torturing people, either.
- A party that believes in free trade, not 45 percent tariffs on countries that supply goods American consumers want.
- A party that steadfastly opposes forcing people to buy things they don’t want, such as health insurance.
- A party that finds eminent-domain abhorrent, not a “wonderful” club to bash little old ladies with.
- A party that, unlike Trump, supports equal rights for the LGBT community.
- A party that, unlike Trump, opposed government bailouts for the auto companies.
- And Wall Street.
Full column by A Barton Hinkle @ Reason http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/09/the-gops-third-party-optionhttp://reason.com/archives/2016/03/09/the-gops-third-party-option