To return to a state of democracy, like the one intended by America's founding fathers, Donald Trump needs to lose the 2016 presidential election.
America currently suffers from a failing system of political parties.
In his farewell address, George Washington famously warned citizens about the dangers of political parties, stating, “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.”
Washington was wise to warn Americans of such consequences. Centuries later, however, politicians are ignoring his advice.
Trump’s run as a Republican candidate illustrates a pursuit of the presidency steeped in a spirit of revenge, a desire for domination, and conflict within the party.
Time magazine writer Cody Cain claims the Republicans have operated this way for many years.
“The Republican Party made the deliberate calculation that its best prospects for success lied not in abiding by the system and offering its superior ideas for governing, but instead in undermining the system by seeking to destroy its opponent,” he writes.
While this is a lofty claim, evidence of the Republicans’ strong opposition toward anything and everything that President Barack Obama has proposed in the last eight years suggests that Cain may be correct.
After the 2008 election, Robert Draper published a book titled “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives.” The book, according to The Washington Post, documents a dinner held the night of Obama’s inauguration. Leading House Republicans attended the dinner, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.
Draper quotes McCarthy as saying: “If you act like you're the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority. We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign.”
That is precisely what the Republicans have done, and it is this attitude of supremacy and thirst for power that has tainted the American political system.
Cain suggests that Trump is continuing this tradition with his campaign, bashing Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton whenever possible.
Cain explains that the short-term goal of Republicans is clear: They want to win the election. If constantly criticizing their opponents is the way to accomplish that goal, Cain says they will do it.
Cain also says Republicans fail to recognize the long-term consequences of foul play in an election. So we have the tainted sense of democracy and purpose of politics in the supposedly "United" States.
“If Trump loses, he’ll likely be one of the few candidates in history who have only themselves to blame,” the National Review's Jim Geraghty writes.
Perhaps some Americans are catching on to the dirty tactics outlined by Cain. A landslide loss for Trump would force others to recognize the unfairness as well.
If Trump loses to Clinton by a landslide, the GOP will have to reevaluate its strategy for the coming years. Four years could provide adequate time for an overhaul and transformation into a more just representation of democracy in America.
A loss for Trump ultimately will result in a healthier political nation.