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“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party,” John Boehner told a Mackinac, Michigan, gathering of the GOP faithful last week. “The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.”

Ex-Speaker Boehner should probably re-check the old party’s pulse, for the Bush-Boehner GOP may not just be napping. It could be comatose.

Consider. That GOP was dedicated to free trade, open borders, amnesty and using U.S. power to punish aggressors and “end tyranny in our world.” That GOP set out to create a new world order where dictatorships were threatened with “regime change,” and democratic capitalism was the new order of the ages.

Yet, Donald Trump captured the Republican nomination and won the presidency — by saying goodbye to all that.

How probable is it that a future GOP presidential candidate will revive the Bush-Boehner agenda the party rejected in 2016, run on it, win, and impose it on the party and nation?

Bush-Boehner Republicanism appears to be as dead today as was Harding-Coolidge Republicanism after 1933. And if Trumpism is not the future of the GOP, it is hard to see what a promising GOP agenda might look like.

A brief history: In seven elections starting in 1992, Republicans won the presidency three times, but the popular vote only once, in 2004, when George W. was still basking in his “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq.

What fractured and overwhelmed the Bush-Boehner Republican Party?

First, demography. The mass immigration of Third World peoples that began with the 1965 immigration act, and the decline in the birth rate of native-born Americans, began to swamp the Nixon-Reagan New Majority.

Second, the collapse of the Soviet Empire and USSR removed the party’s great unifying cause from Eisenhower to Bush I — the Cold War.

After the Red Army went home, “America First” had a new appeal!

Third, faithful to the free trade cult in which they were raised, Republicans championed NAFTA, the WTO, and MFN for China.

Historians will look back in amazement at how America’s free trade zealots gave away the greatest manufacturing base the world had ever seen, as they quoted approvingly 18th- and 19th-century scribblers whose ideas had done so much to bring down their own country, Great Britain.

Between 1997 and 2017, the EU ran up, at America’s expense, trade surpluses in goods in excess of \$2 trillion, while we also picked up the bill for Europe’s defense.

Between 1992 and 2016, China was allowed to run \$4 trillion in trade surpluses at our expense, converting herself into the world’s first manufacturing power and denuding America of tens of thousands of factories and millions of manufacturing jobs.

In Trump’s first year, China’s trade surplus with the United States hit \$375 billion. From January to March of this year, our trade deficit with China was running at close to the same astronomical rate.

“Trade deficits do not matter,” we hear from the economists.

They might explain that to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

And perhaps someone can explain the wisdom of handing 4 percent of our GDP each year to an adversary nation, as U.S. admirals talk tough about confronting that adversary nation over islets and reefs in the South China Sea.

Why are we enriching and empowering so exorbitantly those whom we are told we may have to fight?


Fourth, under Bush II and Obama, the U.S. intervened massively in the Near and Middle East — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen. And the forces that pushed up into those conflicts, and so disillusioned the nation that it elected Barack Obama, are back, pushing for a new war, on Iran. They may get this war, too.

Yet, given the anti-interventionist and anti-war stance of Trump’s winning campaign, and of the Bernie Sanders campaign, U.S. involvement in Middle East wars seems less America’s future than it does her past.

After his 16 months in office, it appears as though the Trump presidency, no matter how brief, is going to be a watershed moment in U.S. and world history, and in the future of the GOP.

The world is changing. NATO and the EU are showing their age. Nationalism, populism and tribalism are pervasive on the Old Continent. And America’s willingness to bear the burden of Europe’s defense, as they ride virtually free, is visibly waning.

It is hard to see why or how Republicans are ever again going to be the Bush-Boehner party that preceded the rise of Trump.

What would be the argument for returning to a repudiated platform?

Trump not only defeated 16 Bush Republicans, he presented an agenda on immigration, border security, amnesty, intervention abroad, the Middle East, NAFTA, free trade, Putin and Russia that was a rejection of what the Bush-Boehner Party had stood for and what its presidential candidates in 2008 and 2012, John McCain and Mitt Romney, had run on.

If the Republican Party is “napping,” let it slumber on, undisturbed, for its time has come and gone. We are in a new world now.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. I voted for Reagan out of high school, then the first Bushbot. After his reneging on “read my lips,” I never voted Republicuck again.

    Until Trump.

    After he manhandled the Republicuck minions in the 2016 primaries, it feels good finally getting to vote Republican again, instead of voting the loser third party candidates meant to send a message of contempt to Republicucks at the polls.

    Boehner, go kill yourself. Suck a tail-pipe, hang yourself, borrow a gun from a Yank friend – I don’t care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil machinat… Machi…? whatever, you know what I mean.

  2. Mishra says:

    All of this crowing would probably be a tad more satisfying if Trump actually stood for something–anything. Granted it would be really satisfying if he stood for the things he said to get elected, but really–anything.

    The MSM and their owners are planning one heck of a “reaction” you know. It won’t be pretty. I wonder who will be our Robespierre?

    • Replies: @Altan Goldman
  3. KenH says:

    John Boehner was not stating a fact so much as he was bemoaning this new state of affairs which he obviously objects to. We voted for Trumpism but Trump has given us Ryanism. We voted for less war and more neutrality but Trump has surrounded himself with invade the world neocon fanatics. We voted for a wall but we got a bollard fence.

    Immigration seems to have been shoved way down on the priority list behind Israel, naming the month of June African American music appreciation month, a posthumous pardon for woman beating negro boxer Jack Johnson, meeting with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and Israel.

  4. Indeed, Trump beat many Boehner-Bush republicans in the primaries; however, Pat is stretching things if he is including Rand Paul in that sorry lot.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  5. @KenH

    But how do we save trumpism from Trump and his “team”? Who can we trust to rise from the swamp of opportunism, mendacity and imbecility that America wallows in these days? The illiterate Evangelicals who put anti-abortion, Israel and regime change in countries they know nothing about first and who are the biggest consumers of MSM and Chinese junk? The “educated” classes who hate America? The oligarchs? The bloated, incompetent military?

  6. @Mishra

    But how do we save trumpism from Trump and his “team”? Who can we trust to rise from the swamp of opportunism, mendacity and imbecility that America wallows in these days? The illiterate Evangelicals who put anti-abortion, Israel and regime change in countries they know nothing about and who are the biggest consumers of MSM and Chinese junk? The “educated” classes who hate America? The oligarchs? The bloated, incompetent military?

    • Agree: Mishra
  7. Stick says:

    One other point to consider is that Obama has destroyed the Democrat party. Combine this with Trump basically usurping Bill Clinton’s 1992 playbook and you may have only one national party called Trump. If the Pubbies, Neo Cons, and Chamber of Commerce gimps have no direction compare where the Dems are. Do they have anything other than Trump hate to propel them? Trump is a force of nature when both parties are completely spent spiritually and materially. I think folks are getting used to having a Nationalist President instead of some odd form of wannabe Emperor.

  8. Anonymous [AKA "PKT"] says:

    I was involved with the Republican Party when Ron Paul was running for President. The Republican Party promotes their own and do not allow anyone with a different voice. They change rules to get what they want and to destroy who they perceive as enemies. If that is what Trump is doing, then he’s acting like a Republican. Ron Paul was correct in saying the Federal Reserve Bank system is a big part of the problem as well as the drug companies owning our health care system. President Trump has not addressed the real swamp. But to think the Republicans will fix any of this would be pure nonsense. Inflation is a hug enemy and the credit economy with the Federal Reserve Bank system running it, inflation only gets worse. But of course, my description of the Republican Party could easily be applied to the Democrats as well.

  9. The Republican Party died when Boehner became Speaker. It went on a few more years in a zombie-state, giving the Dems & Obama pretty much everything they wanted.

    Now the Republican Party is nothing more than a Republican Wake, drowning its sorrows and pining for the days when they were the minority and could spend more quality time at the country club.

  10. I wish what Pat writes is true. However I think the GOP will go right back to their playbook: mass immigration, endless wars, and “free trade”. The fact that nobody is buying what they’re selling is not important: this is what their donors demand.

    Come on white people in the midwest: we’re promising to flood your towns and your kids’ schools with unassimilable foreigners, if your kids join the military we’ll send them to fight and die for Israel, and while they’re over there, we’ll be working on sending your jobs overseas. Who wouldn’t support that?

    I would be more optimistic if there were some up-and-coming politicians echoing Trump’s campaign positions (as opposed to what he’s done in office), but as far as I know, there aren’t.

  11. Trump defeated the Corporate Media and in so doing defeated the Democratic Party AND the Republican Party.

  12. Rurik says:

    How probable is it that a future GOP … … will revive the Bush-Boehner agenda the party rejected in 2016, … … and impose it on the party and nation?

    how probable?

    this probable

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
    , @Realist
  13. @Rurik

    Give this man a cigar!

  14. @KenH

    I am as frustrated with Trump as anyone but I am beginning to think the 3D chess narrative is essentially right. I learned from psychologist Eric Berne many years ago that to find out what someone really thinks or wants, don’t listen to what they say but look at what they do. Trump has refused good opportunities to invade Iran or start up hostilities with Russia, and for the moment has failed to act on John Bolton’s preference for North Korea. Remember that Trump has a hostile congress, FBI, and NSA, not to mention the berserk media. He might be feeling his way. I am under no illusions of his saintliness but I don’t think he lacks the basic loyalties he evinces in his campaign speeches.

    • Disagree: Realist
  15. Dutch Boy says:

    Trump may have conquered the GOP but like the Manchus who conquered China, he is in danger of going native. He is increasingly Zionist, has forgotten about his promises to scale back on our foreign commitments and has embraced the tax cuts panacea so characteristic of the GOP.

  16. Renoman says:

    The World is on to the Dems and the Gops, no one with a brain believes their shit any more. I doubt Trump is any better but a least it’s a bit of change. We’re eating scraps these days.

  17. @jack daniels

    … and for the moment has failed to act on John Bolton’s preference for North Korea.

    Mr. Daniels, I’d like to believe the 3-D chess thing, but I don’t. Maybe I’m too stupid and can’t visualize the 3rd dimension of it, but why would you appoint the guy?! He has failed to act on Bolton’s … – why APPOINT the guy to that position, then?

    … but, hell, I’m no grandmaster…

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  18. KenH says:

    How probable is it that a future GOP presidential candidate will revive the Bush-Boehner agenda the party rejected in 2016, run on it, win, and impose it on the party and nation?

    As other commenters have already said I think it’s quite probable. The vast majority of sitting Republican Congressman are donor class whores. Trump was only able to perform an end run around the donor class mafia since he himself is a celebrity billionaire who didn’t need their money or their blessing. Same with Ross Perot in 1992.

    Trump’s partly to blame for his setbacks since he’s been playing footsies with the establishment instead of upending it.

    Any future maverick will likely not be wealthy and will get knocked out in the primaries and if they make it into the oval office the Mueller investigation is designed to serve as a warning to any future populist upstarts that they will be destroyed if they dare try to give Tel Aviv on the Potomac the enema it so richly needs.

  19. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:

    “As other commenters have already said I think it’s quite probable.”

    They will try, but Trump’s victory against overwhelming odds and GOP opposition shows that the base will ignore well-heel candidates for one of their own if given the opportunity. I think it will be too tempting for any young and upcoming republican to resist a populist run himself because it will give him great advantage, perhaps even guarantee him victory if he’s running against the standard elite republican.

  20. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:

    “why APPOINT the guy to that position, then?”

    1. He needs Sheldon Adelson’s cash

    2. Bolton is, at the very least, loyal; the Trump administration is filled with disloyal people.

  21. @Achmed E. Newman

    For me 3-D chess implies super rationality. Like Spock. That’s not Trump. More like Putin.

    I am a Nationalist and therefore an anti-imperialist. I had hoped Trump would actually begin to repatriate his legions. That was a false hope. But Trump has alienated Japan and South Korea with his threat of war. He has alienated Germany, France and Britain with his unilateral withdrawal from the Iran deal and threat of sanctions. Trump has done more and is doing more to hasten the end of the Anglo/Zio Empire that I could ask for.

    Trump may not be a genius. But he has a gift. Like an idiot savant. I’m not ready to give up on him. Not until there is a better alternative. Mike Pence ain’t it.

  22. Realist says:

    Pence was one of Chumps many piss poor picks.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  23. Well. Of course there is much to complain about. I’m an FDR liberal so I disagree with much of Trump’s economic agenda. However, he did offer to drain the swamp.

    So now he is up to his ass in crocodiles with Deep State operatives gunning for him and the deranged media establishment howling for his blood.

    I’m a BernieBro™, but I don’t think Bernie could have stood up to the Deep State as long as Trump has. In fact, I don’t think anyone could.

    They raided Trump’s private laywyer’s office and seized his privileged attorney-client information, which as a liberal, I find extremely disturbing. He has taken a media beat-down that would have left most men comatose. His friends and family are under attack.

    He wobbles but he won’t go down. He keeps going.

    Go Trumpzilla! Destroy the evil swamp creatures with your fiery tweets of doom!

  24. Rurik says:

    Pence was one of Chumps many piss poor picks.

    had to placate the evangelicals

    Pence is also part of GOP Inc. so that helped smooth a rough road.

    God help us all if he becomes president.

    • Replies: @Realist
  25. Anonymous [AKA "100Fires"] says:
    @jack daniels

    Jack Daniels, congratulations, you hit the nail on the head!
    Harvest the easy stuff first and when their guard is down, hit them hard.
    I like it.

    Trump still has a way to go before declaring victory, but he is smart and has a strategy. He is no fool.

  26. Anonymous [AKA "Raymond Miller"] says: • Website

    Thank GOD, we have a man in the White House, not a wimp like Jeb or you John. The best thing you ever did for your country is to step down, it’s just to bad for us/US that the Sewer Rats installed your shadow in your place.

  27. Hmmmm . . .

    we don’t need 3D chess. The rhetoric is ignoring some key details:1. the current president wants

    1. wholesale government healthcare
    2. he embraces same relational marriage
    3. his DACA ministrations are amnesty
    4. he supports torture
    5. he has not invaded Iran but even reneging on the proposal without warrant and then adding additional conditions unacceptable to iran is establishment all the way no great love for iran — but his actions here have been anything new from past admonitions.
    6. unilateral denuclearization is probably a nonstarter
    7. tariffs is not the sole solution to what ails the us private economy, if a solution at all
    8. wall building, immigration enforcement — not a scent

    If he is playing 3D chess he is playing by himself

    9. nothing new about carte blanche’ support for Israel.
    10. military spending
    11. regime change behavior and rhetoric

    or maybe he is playing 3d chess against those who voted just the opposite. Because that’s where the party constituents were and frankly where most of the public was as well. He fit the bill of where the constituents were, he did not lead them to where they were.

  28. Realist says:

    Pence is also part of GOP Inc. so that helped smooth a rough road.

    It doesn’t seem like it helped much.

    God help us all if he becomes president.

    That is for sure.

  29. Anonymous [AKA "san shi go"] says:

    I find it odd how few people recognize the media creation that was candidate Trump, and his ongoing maintenance as “outsider” President by the same media orgs. Good Republican candidates, who were not Bushbots nor Neocons were ignored while Trump got his name spelled right everywhere. You can’t buy that face time.

    His money did not insulate him — what’s a few billion in high risk assets against the control of trillions and the ability to crash the world economy?! What we are seeing is a form of Kabuki theater. They are all from the same group.

    Have another look at Trump:

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  30. @Anonymous

    President Trump won because he understood where the electorate was at, not because the media created him. In fact, the media left and right went after him with unsheethed knives and unholstered pistols . . . if one can refer to shotguns as unholstered.

  31. TheOldOne says:

    There won’t be a President Pence for the simple reason that nationalists like me will refuse to vote for him.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  32. Rurik says:

    There won’t be a President Pence for the simple reason that nationalists like me will refuse to vote for him.

    there are other ways

  33. Good arguments, but to pick some nits:

    [America] also picked up the bill for Europe’s defense.

    This was obviously true in the Cold War, but the situation today is more complex. Russia has strengthened its forces west of the Urals in response to US-led increases in NATO’s deployment in Eastern Europe. The US and EU helped foment a coup in Ukraine, replacing a corrupt Russia-friendly administration with a corrupt US-friendly regime. It is fair to say that we haven’t quite got the hang of “peaceful coexistence”, and the US seems to be driving higher defense spending by both Russia and the EU. We haven’t got the hang of the “peace dividend” either.

    Trump has got this far without starting a major war, despite the preferences of Israel and the US military. He has placated the Israelis by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He has placated the US military and its suppliers by continuing to increase defense spending. Whether they will remain satisfied for eight years remains to be seen.

    In fact, US military spending could be halved, and the US would still spend more than Russia and China combined – and that’s assuming that those countries do not also cut spending. Imagine the concessions that could be wrung from Russia and China in return for a halving of US defense spending. A superpower conflict on land or sea is unthinkable, yet the world’s largest countries maintain conventional forces and men at arms as if World War III were around the corner.

    Between 1997 and 2017, the EU ran up, at America’s expense, trade surpluses in goods in excess of \$2 trillion…

    Between 1992 and 2016, China was allowed to run \$4 trillion in trade surpluses at our expense…

    The basic problem is the globalization of financial markets, rather than anything intrinsically unfair about tariffs. America buys more than it sells – and the vendor nations lend the proceeds back to America so it can go on buying. This is not the economics that we learned at school: the lending sustains the overvaluation of the US dollar, and it will continue as long as America remains creditworthy. Increasing the tariffs on US imports does not address the root problem. Credit controls would do so; but either way there would be a significant decrease in US GDP. This should be obvious: living on borrowed money allows a more lavish lifestyle than staying in balance. So probably nothing substantial will be done about the trade imbalance.

  34. Mishra says:

    Meanwhile, Owner of the Universe George Soros says:

    George Soros blasts Trump’s presidency saying ‘everything that could go wrong has gone wrong’

    There now. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

    • Replies: @James N. Kennett
  35. @Mishra

    From that article:

    The billionaire [Soros] describes Trump as a ‘narcissist’ who ‘considers himself all-powerful’.

    Narcissist who considers himself all-powerful, meet narcissist who considers himself all-powerful.

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