Author: michaelwich

Republicans must hold Trump accountable

I mentioned in my previous post that I was drafting an op-ed for the Washington Times. Unfortunately, due to length constraints  I was not able to submit my article to the Washington Times. I, however, did submit it to the New York Times. However, because I have not heard back from them, it is clear that they chose not to run with it. None the less, I feel I need to, at the very least, publish it hear so I can go on record about how I feel about Trump.  So here is the article I wrote:

Less than a year in office, Donald Trump’s presidency can already be considered an abject failure. President Trump’s administration has been tarnished by outrageous tweets and provocative speeches that have shown no reverence for the office he holds or respect for the people he governs. Over these past nine months, President Trump has only demonstrated that he is an unstable leader, one unfit for the office of the presidency.

One of the latest examples of President Trump’s recklessness has been his verbal assault on the NFL and the players that choose to kneel in protest during the national anthem, brazenly referring to those players as a ‘son of a bitch.’ No sitting U.S. president should ever use such vulgar language in referring to his fellow American citizens. It is by the will of the people and their consent that Trump is president, and as such, Trump needed to show all Americans a deep respect and humility for allowing him to serve in this high office, even toward those who disagree with him politically or toward those whose actions he disagrees with. A proper presidential response to the NFL situation would have been “we need to listen to all those who are protesting racial inequalities and to work with them to find long term solutions in their communities so that everyone may once again be able to stand in pride and solidarity for our national anthem.” Congress could have then taken action and allowed NFL players the opportunity to express their concerns in congressional hearings and to start a national dialog on race relations. Instead, President Trump showed a callous disregard for his fellow Americans and their grievances by demanding they should just be fired by the NFL. As such, we are witnessing the very fabric of our society unravel as people are becoming alienated from those who are meant to serve them in elected office, and are becoming disillusioned with government institutions that are growing tone deaf to their interests.

President Trump’s insertion into the NFL player protests is but one of the many controversies that he has been solely responsible for creating throughout 2017. From infantile arguments he engaged in over the size of his inauguration crowd, the reckless public comments he made maligning our intelligence community, the ill-advised business dealings he has had with Russia, to his inability to adequately condemn the white supremacists and the violence they inspired in Charlottesville as a form of domestic terror, Trump has demonstrated he cares little for what is appropriate and proper in his role as president, or how his impulsive actions reflect very poorly on the stature of the presidency. Instead of trying to be a dignified statesman for all Americans, President Trump has chosen to put his own ego above the needs of his fellow Americans, choosing to engage in vicious attacks and public ridicule against any that would dare to criticize him, even when those criticisms are warranted, and he has shown he would rather be flattered and praised than face the ugly truth that he is doing a poor job as the chief executive, with his words and actions continuing to harm instead of uniting this country.

Ultimately, President Trump has shown little honor, integrity, or any manner of decorum while serving as president. These are the qualities the American people expect and demand of their president; these qualities are what mark a person to be worthy of the legacies of great presidents such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The American people do not consider Trump’s constant blaming “fake news” for all of his problems, or how he has undermined his own Secretary of State during negotiations with a foreign nation through his tweets or how he became combative with the San Juan mayor while she was working to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria as being particularly meritorious or presidential, but rather, consider it cancerous behavior that in itself is deserving of ridicule and condemnation.

There needs to be accountability for President Trump. I am a Republican and a former Congressional aide who has worked in a Republican-run congressional district office for five years. I am appalled that the current Republican leadership is turning a blind eye to President Trump’s irrational behavior; behavior that has led to great dysfunction in the White House and in the executive branch of our government. The Republican leadership needs to face the harsh reality and admit that Trump is not fit to be president. Individual senators have rebuked President Trump for his inappropriate behavior, but these efforts have failed to produce any kind of change from the president. An unstable U.S. president is a clear and present threat to the future of our nation, to our unity as a people and is a significant threat to our country’s reputation on the international stage. The Republican leaders in Congress must show they have the character, the conviction and the resolve to address this situation in the best interests of the American people. The Republican leadership needs to listen to those crying out, telling them President Trump is not fit for the office he holds, instead of ignoring or denying there is a problem or wishing it will go away on its own.

Addressing this problem of President Trump’s stability will indeed be difficult and will be publicly embarrassing to the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, and will likely cost them politically in the near future. However, those considerations cannot outweigh what is the morally acceptable thing to do for this nation if they believe themselves to be worthy of the responsibility and the privilege to govern. The Republican leadership in Congress must demand President Trump resign for his profound lack of exercising good judgment on numerous occasions and conduct unbecoming of the presidency or begin taking the necessary steps to remove him from office through impeachment.

Looking back on how many Republicans opposed Donald Trump in the 2916 primaries, it is disturbing to see how few are actually speaking out now about President Trump and his disdainful attitudes toward his fellow Americans. Are these politicians really going to wait until 2019 to start speaking out again against Trump, as part of their own run for the presidency in the 2020 election? By that point, would that even be considered genuine patriotism or just naked opportunism and self-interest to advance their own personal ambitions? And how much damage to our Union will have already been inflicted by President Trump during the remainder of his term if he continues to act so irresponsibly? How much vitriol will have been built up between our divided citizenry? The Republican leadership need to realize this is the time to step up, to fight for and to take the steps necessary to preserve the Union as Abraham Lincoln did during his era, or risk lasting damage being inflicted upon this great country by Trump’s unrestrained demeanor that pits American against American. If President Trump will not work to unite us, we must find that unity ourselves in our collaborative efforts in removing him from office. If we must shame the political leadership on Congress to take action, that is what we must do as citizens of these United States of America, out of true love and respect for all of our citizens and out of a desire to be truly indivisible.

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A follow up

So, for the record, I have been busy this week. I have written to the White House to ask President Trump to resign. I have written to Speaker Paul Ryan, and yesterday, I wrote to Mitch McConnell. The message is basically the same, but due to length issues, I had to truncate it.  I am posting it here to preserve my message for the Senate Majority Leader. This week, I plan on drafting an editorial for the Washington Post that expresses my views on President Trump. There is no guarantee that will even be published, but I feel that as a Republican, I must do the right thing and speak out against President Trump and his abhorrent behavior towards his fellow Americans.

Senator Mitch McConnell:

I am writing this email to encourage you to stand a stand against President Trump, and to start taking actions to remove him from office. I am a Republican myself, having worked for five years in the first congressional district office of now Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, from 2002 until 2008, when she was a Congresswoman here in New Mexico. What President Trump is doing as president is a national disgrace. His reckless behavior, from his unrestrained and ill-advised tweets to his speeches where he attacks and berates his fellow Americans, is unacceptable for the leader of the free world. But more importantly, his actions are unacceptable for one who should be invested in uniting us, and healing our nation’s wounds and divisions. The behavior President Trump is engaging in is not ‘making America great again,’ but rather, it is becoming cancerous and destructive for this great land. Our society is rapidly unraveling under his watch and is causing the American people to become disillusioned in our government institutions.

I feel that you and the Republican Leadership in Congress have a solemn responsibility in ensuring that our president is acting properly and is capable of acting rationally and prudently. So far, President Trump has failed to demonstrate these qualities. The Republican leadership in Congress should no longer turn a blind eye to President Trump’s inappropriate behavior.  Instead, you must act with the political authority that has been granted to you by the people and take a moral stand, and to acknowledge that President Trump actions are simply inexcusable and that there must be consequences for his actions. Simply censuring him or calling him out on his bad behavior is no longer enough. Removing him from office is the only morally acceptable response left. The Republican Party must acknowledge that President Trump is not a stable leader and that he has clearly demonstrated on multiple occasions that he is simply unfit for the office he currently holds. He shows no remorse for what he does, for the outrageous things he has said and done and the harm he has inflicted, and continues to be more interested in grandstanding and garnering publicity than he is in helping the American people. The Republican Party leadership must acknowledge the reality that this situation is not going to get any better over time by simply ignoring it or by appeasing it.  To not do something about President Trump would be grossly irresponsible.

Action must be taken now. The decisions you make now will determine the course of American history going forward. You must show the American people that the Republican leadership in Congress is capable of being resolved and acting with unity and courage to do the right thing for this country and rectifying the travesty that Mr. Trump’s presidency has become.

Continuing to speak out

Yesterday,  I wrote an email to President Trump asking him to resign based on the uproar he caused with the NFL and its players, another scandal in a long line of scandals involving his boorish behavior. Today, I wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan imploring him and the Republican leadership to act and to take steps to remove him from office. I am re-posting that email here:

Speaker Paul Ryan:

I am writing this email to encourage you to stand up against President Trump, and to start taking real actions to remove him from office. I am a Republican myself, having worked for five years in the first congressional district office of now Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, from 2002 until 2008, when she was a Congresswoman here in New Mexico. What President Trump is doing as president is a national disgrace. His reckless behavior, from his unrestrained and ill-advised tweets to his speeches where he attacks and berates his fellow Americans, is unacceptable for the leader of the free world. But more importantly, his actions are unacceptable for one who should be invested in uniting us, and healing our nation’s wounds and divisions. The behavior President Trump is engaging in is not ‘making America great again,’ but rather, it is becoming cancerous and destructive for this great land. Our society is rapidly unraveling under his watch and is causing the American people to become disillusioned in our government institutions.

I feel that you, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the Republican leadership in Congress should no longer turn a blind eye to President Trump’s inappropriate behavior.  Instead, you must act with the political authority that has been granted to you by the people and take a moral stand, and to acknowledge that President Trump actions are simply inexcusable and that there must be consequences for his actions. The Republican Party as a whole must acknowledge that President Trump is not a stable leader and that he has clearly demonstrated on multiple occasions that he is simply unfit for the office he currently holds. He shows no remorse for what he does, for the outrageous things he has said and done and the harm he has inflicted, and continues to be more interested in grandstanding and garnering publicity than he is in helping the American people. The Republican Party leadership must acknowledge the reality that this situation is not going to get any better over time by simply ignoring it or by appeasing it.  This problem with President Trump, if left unchecked, will, like cancer itself, metastasize, and become even worse in the future.  To not do something about President Trump would be grossly irresponsible and will only inform the American people that the Republican leadership is only interested in its own self-interests, and not in the welfare of the American people. President Trump and his callous and crude behavior is not an issue the Republican Leadership in Congress can be absent from.

If you or Senate Majority Leader McConnell need what is considered ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ to impeach President Trump on, why don’t we start with conduct unbecoming of the presidency? Military officers can face military court martial for actions that are deemed inappropriate for service members. Or how about bringing charges up against President Trump for being incompetent? Nothing President Trump has done has given me confidence that he can adequately lead this country. America cannot wait for Robert Mueller to come back with obstruction of justice charges. Action must be taken now. The decisions you make now will determine the course of American history going forward. I fully believe you and the Republican leadership need to be on the right side of history by taking steps to remove President Trump from office, and to reassure the American public that you can recognize a danger to our nation and to our freedoms in the form of an unstable leader and that the Republican leadership in Congress is capable of being resolved and acting with courage to do the right thing and to rectify the travesty that Mr. Trump’s presidency has become.  History is watching, Mr. Speaker, and I ask that you do the right thing.

It’s been a long time

It’s been a long time since I posted on my blog. But what I wanted to do tonight is post the letter I emailed to the White House today, asking him to resign. I have been thoroughly disgusted with President Trump and all of his callous, amoral behavior that he has demonstrated throughout barely his first year in office. I have grown tired of the childish tweets he has sent out, many of which have contained embarrassing misspellings. He has shown nothing but disdain for the American people, choosing to instead pursue headlines and to stroke his own ego at the cost of our own country. He carries on without showing any sort of respect or decency in his interactions with his fellow Americans, and is a national embarrassment and shame.

And what he said about the NFL and its players went so far beyond the pale that I wanted to go on the record. Something needs to be done about him. Trump is clearly unstable and needs to be removed from office.  The Republican Party needs to stop making excuses for him. They need to see his behavior for the cancer that it is and excise it. There needs to be consequences for his actions. This situation with Donald Trump is only going to get worse, and is only going to divide our nation even further. The Republican Party needs to stop enabling this man, and needs to utilize the political power they have been entrusted with to remove him from office, before his insults and his inability to show restraint leads us to nuclear war with North Korea. As a Republican,  I fully intend to do whatever I can to oppose Donald Trump, and do whatever I can and bring whatever pressure I can to get him impeached. At the very least, he should be impeached for incompetence and for behavior unbecoming of the president of the United States of America.

So without further delay, here is the text of the email I sent to the White House:

Mr. Trump:

I am writing this letter to express my great disgust with the way you have conducted yourself as president. Yet again, you disgraced yourself by weighing in on the NFL anthem controversy and referred to players who don’t stand for the anthem as ‘sons of bitches.’ This is contemptible behavior and unworthy of the presidency. A true president would be more interested in listening to the concerns of those protesting, and working on solutions so that one day, all could stand for the national anthem. You should have shown great respect for your fellow Americans, those whom you govern by their consent. You should have been able to understand and show some kind of sympathy for their perspectives and why they are protesting, against racial inequality.  They have valid issues that deserve to be addressed. But instead, you have aggravated the situation by your callous words. All you have done is inflicted untold harm on this country by causing even more Americans to become disillusioned with their president.

In your victory speech on November 8, 2016, you pledged to unite the county and to work with those that didn’t vote for or agree with you. But you have so not lived up to that promise, and have done nothing but display appalling behavior while in office, from wearing your campaign hats to hurricane recovery functions to promote your brand, to the crude speech you gave to the Boy Scouts of America, to the shameless rescinding of the Spurs visit to the White House. You, sir, have shown a disturbing inability to discern between what is appropriate and what is not, and you continue to cross the line with impunity. And frankly, sir, I am sick of this behavior from my president.

You, sir, are a national embarrassment. You are incapable of showing any restraint, or handling any kind of criticism, even if it is justified. You are more interested in grabbing headlines than serving the American people. Your desire for publicity comes at our expense as a united people. I expect more from my president. I expect honor, decency and humility at recognizing that they are in the office to serve the welfare and good of all the American people. The presidency is not there for you to stroke your ego. I am a Republican myself, and I am ashamed of how your behavior taints the party that I believe in. I am going on the record to add my voice to the chorus of people calling for your resignation. You, sir, are unfit for office and must go.

Getting Involved

As a few of you know, I started volunteering with my political party a couple months ago. I wanted to get involved again and to hopefully make a difference. So far, it has felt really good to make a  contribution, and being a part of the political process. Yes, it means helping make those calls that no one wants to receive. Yes, it means walking in neighborhoods, and knocking on doors, and potentially meeting irate individuals who don’t want to be disturbed by political stuff. But to me, it is important to help get the word out about candidates, particularly local candidates who are running in state house and senate races. It is nice seeing citizens interacting with the people running for office, talking with the candidates on their doorstep and seeing democracy in action. For me, it is important to be able to see the people beyond just the palm cards they hand out or drop off on the door knobs, and to actually get to know them. People should be informed on who is running to represent them at the state level, and are looking to make decisions for their communities.  And for me, over the last month or so, I have met some very incredible people. I met Christina Hall, running for House District 24. I’ve walked the neighborhoods in her district a few times already, and it’s been an amazing experience.  I do hope she goes far in her political career. And I’m particularly proud to say she’s become one of my Facebook friends. I’ve met Sarah Maestas-Barnes, and helped walk a neighborhood for her campaign as well. For me, she is another impressive and sharp candidate.  I’ve also met another candidate running for Sandoval County Commissioner, Jay Block, who is an upstanding guy who served his country in the Air Force. If you know me, the military and military service is a big thing with me. I also got to reunite with a gentleman running for a NM Senate seat whom I used to work with in Heather Wilson’s congressional office, Diego Espinoza.  Personally, I would encourage more people to get involved, and to actually get to know their candidates. There are some fine people running for office, and actually taking the time to walk the neighborhoods with these candidates might give you a new perspective on the political landscape (even if they don’t happen to represent your area). And heck, you might even make new friends out of the experience.

Reflections on the 2016 Republican National Convention

The 2016 Republican Convention, up to this point for me as an outside spectator, has been an unmitigated disaster. The Republican Party instituted a platform that continues to be intolerant and insensitive towards the LGBTQ+ community. The Republican Party still stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that we need to respect and honor the members of the LGBTQ+ community, and to allow their members to have the freedom to pursue their own happiness by recognizing their rights to get married, and to allow them to be treated no differently than any other American. The Republican Party still chooses to pass moral judgment over this community, and essentially condemning them for being who they are. And the party continues to ostracize and make life difficult for the transgendered in their party platform, including arguing against making discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification illegal. Discrimination against groups of people is wrong and our laws should reflect. But by taking these controversial stands, we are losing out on the opportunity to tear down barriers for members of this particular community and those that support the gay community from being able to believe in and vote for members of the Republican Party who are on the ballots. By outright dismissing the LGBTQ+ community and their needs through the Republican Party’s “defense” of marriage as being between “one man and one woman,” we continue to drive massive numbers of voters away. We want more people to be able to believe in the Republican Party’s message of limited and sustainable government, of lower taxes that do not burden the individual tax payer, a strong national defense and holding government and those that work it accountable for their actions. But we’re not going to attract any new voters to this message by continuing to alienate people by fighting the wrong fights, and sending the wrong message to voters that the Republican Party is bigoted toward the gay community, and implying that their votes or input are not welcomed within our party. Society changes with the times; America needs to be able to adapt to the needs of everyone by willing to change its views on traditions such as marriage. We need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot, and change how we approach and interact with the LGBTQ+ community and their issues. They are Americans too; they need to know that the Republican Party understands their issues and can govern over them fairly and justly, and see to it their needs are met. Right now, the Republican Party has not shown this community that they can be trusted with high office, as they would be afraid that we would insist on imposing our own moral views on their community, which we do not have a right to do.      

The Republican Party platform also continues to be heavy-handed with abortion. The way we approach this issue continues to drive away single-issue voters. The Republican Party needs to simply state that although it fundamentally disagrees with the use of abortion, that it respects the individual woman and will honor their choice in this matter. It should stop trying to overturn Roe v. Wade, and trying to actively take the right to choose away from women. The Republican Party needs to focus its energy and resources on adoption, and making it easier to adopt so that adoption can become a better and more preferred choice than abortion for women. We need to emphasize that we need to encourage all women to consider bringing new life into this world; and once it is brought into this world, that child will be cared for and protected. I am pro-life, and I want to see more women choose adoption, but this is not a choice we can force upon women. This is a choice they must make for themselves. As a religious conservative, I am a strong believer in the free will that was granted to us by our creator. By recognizing and honoring this choice that women have, and not working to take it away, we can slowly take down this barrier for women who will not consider the Republican Party based on the abortion issue alone. Just like the gay community, we want a broader number of people from mainstream America being able to consider our party, and to be able to say, “I can get behind that party and its beliefs.” Right now, many women cannot do that. And this is why, between how we treat the gay community, women and minorities, the Republican Party is hurting for votes, and is simply unable to win the presidency without outside help from independents.

For the 2016 Republican Convention, things were not helped by Ted Cruz and his choice not to support Donald Trump. I understand why he couldn’t support Trump, as I do not either, but the way he expressed his displeasure was self-serving and, in my humble opinion, “slimy.” He could have chosen to not speak at the convention, as other Republicans chose to do. He could have used the opportunity to show more grace, and focused on how the Republican Party can appeal to more voters. But he chose to use the opportunity to speak as a means to stab Trump in the back; and for encouraging voters to simply “vote their conscience.” To me, this only reinforced Donald Trump’s ‘Lying Ted’ characterization, and showed that Cruz is only out for Cruz in his political ambition. And worse, it only emphasized Republican disharmony on the national level. If we want the Republican Party to fracture into many smaller parties, than we should follow Cruz’s example, and continue this in-fighting. If we want unity within the party, we have to do a better job of putting forth what our core values are: limited government that is not intrusive in people’s lives, and is sustainable. No new entitlements such as free college tuition for everyone. No fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage that would crush companies and would drive them to bankruptcy. Responsible government that respects individual rights and respects the areas where individuals must take responsibility for their own lives. Tax policy that understands that over-taxation is a problem that can deny people the ability to achieve their desired quality of life and their own version of the American Dream. Tax policy that does not punish achievement or success. And a strong national defense. These are the things that must be at the fore front of the Republican Party platform, not opposition to gay marriage or its heavy-handed approach to abortion.

There were other issues that distracted from the Republican Convention, including the alleged plagiarism within Melania Trump’s speech. To me, if you’re borrowing material for your speech, why are you borrowing it from the current first lady, from the opposing party? The plagiarism issue is real and needs to be called out, but the fact that they borrowed talking points from someone on the Democratic side of the aisle was very troubling for me. To me, it only reinforces to me the fact that Trump and his wife identify more with the Democrats than they do with the Republican Party, and that they truly are Democrats in Republicans’ clothing.

And then there is the scandal with Scott Baio, and what he chose to tweet the day after he spoke at the convention, seemingly referring to Secretary Clinton with a derogatory term for women. The tweet was referencing a picture with Hillary standing in front of a banner, with one letter blocked out, that changed the meaning of the banner altogether. I am very much appalled by this tweet by Scott Baio. The Republican Party has enough problems with its image that it does not need this juvenile humor, or even appearing that it condones this message of referring to women with this term. The Republican Party should have distanced itself from Scott Baio and this tweet. This is yet another facepalm moment for me from this convention.

 And then, while all this was happening, we had Representative Steve King make an ass of himself while being interviewed by MSNBC, saying about white people and minorities, “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”  Representative King was basically bragging that white people made the most contributions to civilization. This is utterly disgusting, and degrading to minorities and the contributions they have made to western civilization. And this is once again another example of how the Republican Party comes off as appearing to be racist. We need more diversity in the party, it is a problem we need to address and work on, but we are not going to get solutions with insensitive and asinine comments like these.

There is so much reform that needs to take place in the Republican Party. The Republican Party needs to do some soul searching, and needs to confront head on the problems that it is causing for itself. I sometimes wonder if anyone is going to wake up inside the Republican National Committee and start pushing for such reform to take place, to make sure the Republican Party does not end up becoming extinct like the dinosaurs as demographics inside our nation continue to change, or more people begin to reject the Republican Party for the self-inflicted wounds that it causes to itself.        

Feedback on Recent Developments in the Political Arena

Today, Donald Trump officially made his choice for Vice President: Mike Pence of Indiana. I do not agree at all with this choice. Even though I do not support Trump and will not vote for him in November, I am concerned about the overall negative perceptions that this will leave with mainstream America in regards to the Republican Party.

So what is wrong with Mike Pence?  For me, it was his the handling of the Religious Liberties bill for his state. Within the LGBTQ+ community, this bill was perceived to be an effort to make it legal to discriminate against their community based on their sexual orientation. This is not the message I want to be sending to the gay community from the Republican Party. As I explained in my previous post, The Need to Fix Republican Branding, the Republican Party, to be able to be able to expand their voter base and to be able to win the presidency, needs to start being more welcoming, and to start fighting battles that do not drive away massive amounts of people. To do this, you need to send a message to the gay community that they are valued and accepted by the Republican Party for who they are and that their contributions would always be welcomed into the party. By choosing Mike Pence, someone who signed into law a bill that so many within the LGBTQ+ community opposed, you are only reinforcing perceptions about the Republican Party, that it is neither accepting or understanding of the gay community’s needs, nor do they wish them to ever be involved in the Republican Party. To me, having Mike Pence as the Vice Presidential pick once again drives more people away from the party than what it attracts, and sends them straight to the Secretary Hillary Clinton camp without them even considering other Republican policies.

I was further disheartened to have read that the Log Cabin Republicans reported that the Republican Party passed their 2016 platform that, for all intents and purposes, was the most ‘Anti-LGBT platform’ in the party’s history. Here is a link to that story: Log Cabin Republican President: GOP passed most anti-LGBT platform in p. arty history. I want my fellow Republicans to wake up. Demographics are changing in this country. The ways of ostracizing the gay community are not acceptable. The more you do this, the more you increase your chances of losing every presidential race from here on out, and are only increasing your chances of losing both the House and Senate. You risk marginalizing your entire party, and ensuring that the Republican Party will never hold high office again. The more you remain obstinate in your disapproval and judgmental nature of the gay community, your party will continue to lose. As a loyal Republican, I do not want to see this happen; I want this problem to be fixed before it is too late.

The Republican Party needs to earn the trust of the American People for them to vote them into high office; to trust them to represent their needs. Having someone like Mike Pence or encouraging language in the party platform that proves divisive, such as with the North Carolina bathroom bill and language against gay marriage, only shows many people that the party is not ready to be trusted with their needs. You have to prove that you are willing to govern over everyone, and not just your own constituencies. And until the Republican Party stops trying to enforce its own way of doing things on the whole population, the Republican Party will continue to see defeat every four years. This needs to change.