What Difference Does It Make? Diagnosing the Problem
March 18, 2016
Senator Rubio was not able to translate his vision into a winning campaign this year, but he did give us something important – a clear description of where we are and why. This is from his concession speech last Tuesday.
The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party, they are going to leave us a fractured nation. They are going to leave us as a nation where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions.
That we find ourselves at this point is not surprising, for the warning signs have been here for close to a decade. In 2010, the Tea Party wave carried me and others into office because not enough was happening and that Tea Party wave gave Republicans a majority in the House, but nothing changed. In 2014, those same voters gave Republicans a majority in the Senate and, still, nothing changed. And I blame some of that on the conservative movement, a movement that is supposed to be about our principles and our ideas. But I blame most of it on our political establishment.
A political establishment that for far too long has looked down at conservatives, looked down at conservatives, as simple-minded people. Looked down at conservatives as simply bomb-throwers. A political establishment that for far too long has taken the votes of conservatives for granted, and a political establishment that has grown to confuse cronyism for capitalism, and big business for free enterprise.
The politics of resentment have been perfected by the Democrats and are now being adopted by the Republicans. The politics of resentment have shut down free speech on college campuses and have shut down free assembly at a major rally for a presidential candidate. The politics of resentment have fostered violence on the left, with riots and looting, and on the right, with violence against political opponents and journalists. The politics of resentment have prevented us from solving the real problems we face at home and abroad. We are less safe, less free, less successful and, yes, less American today because of the politics of resentment.