This is NOT Your Parents Republican Party

In a January 2015 article I wrote about the conflict of visions within both political parties. In that article, I described the conflict as one of Globalism v. Nationalism. For decades the Clintons and the Republican Party establishment stood for (so called) free trade, a single global economy and a New World Order. I wrote:

The term globalization is how we discuss this conflict of visions and is used in two ways: as globalization with a small “g” and Globalization with a capital “G”. The former is a fact; the latter is a political ideology.

Small “g” globalization is the reality that technology, organizational advancements, and global politico-economic stability are increasing the level of interaction among nations, and as a result, formerly isolated people are rapidly learning what works best, abandoning ways that inhibit human development, and adopting ways of freedom and progress.

Small “g” globalism is a good thing, lifting many out of poverty and oppression. The challenge of globalization is global governance. How do we manage commerce and protect human rights and the environment in our highly integrated and rapidly developing world without jeopardizing the political sovereignty of nations and the personal liberty of individuals?

Leaders committed to capital “G” Globalism believe that the sovereignty of nations is a bad thing. Their goal is to dissolve all national boundaries, blend all cultures, and merge all nations into one big political/economic system.

In the 2016 primary campaigns, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders led a revolt over capital “G” Globalism. Bernie fell short, but Mr. Trump at the Republican convention in Cleveland completed the revolution within the Republican Party. The capital “G” Globalists were cast aside and a new Republican Party has emerged. Just as in its founding in 1854, this new Republican Party is a party focused on the needs of the people. Their platform, if maintained, will secure political control for Republicans as long as it remains focused on the people’s needs.

The public perception of Trump has gone from “it’s a joke – he isn’t serious” to a likely winner in November because of his refutation of capital “G” Globalism. Trump may have over-promised in his acceptance speech which remains to be seen, but if he can get government to do half of what he envisions, his party will be rewarded with confidence of a “right track” approach. How nice would it be if the public reversed their “wrong track” belief to a more positive outlook for America? This revolution in the Republican Party isn’t a first. We have several political realignments in our history:

Our nation was founded on a political realignment when the American patriots declared their independence from England and fought to establish the American Republic. The root of the perceived tyranny of England was over trade, resulting in the Boston Tea Party.

Again in 1854, there was an uprising from the political center of the citizens who demanded to be heard. The Tories and Democrats were deadlocked and nothing was getting done. The platform offered by a third party (Republicans) addressed the needs of the people and the Tariff Act of 1861 played a major role in the 50-year dominance of the Republicans.

In 1980, Reagan came to power after a decade of malaise and again addressed the needs of the people, and the Reagan coalition of Republicans, Independents and some Democrats was born. During the 1980’s, Reagan opened up trade with Japan but they immediately devalued their currency and pegged it to our dollar to gain a competitive edge. Reagan put a quick stop to it by imposing a 40% tariff on motorcycles and to make his point clear, he threatened to do likewise with autos. Japan got the message and began building plants in America, using American resources, American workers and American suppliers, easing tensions and re-balancing trade.

Each of the uprisings, revolutions or realignments had trade at its root.

Fast forward to today: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump put America’s trade policy front and center in their campaigns. Bernie fell short of a realignment of the Democrats. Mr. Trump completed a major realignment of the Republican Party and has taken a lesson from Reagan. He has discussed policies that will once again re-balance trade and the voters are rewarding him. His following looks a lot like the old Reagan coalition.

Trump’s trade agenda will end decades of policies put in place in the 1990’s by the Clintons and continued by Bush and Obama regarding trade. The voters are responding as they did in 1980. This and the safety issue will carry Mr. Trump to victory in November. Even famed liberal Michael Moore stated on live TV that it is likely Trump will be our next president.

All indications tell me Mr. Moore is correct. Hillary has no way of working her way out of her past support of Globalism and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Picking Tim Kaine, a another big supporter of Globalization and TPP, cemented the perception of the voters that her administration would continue outsourcing American jobs for the sake of the “holy grail” of Globalism.

This election is still all about jobs and the economy and trade policy is the number one driver.

Frank Shannon served in the U.S. Army, was an engineering/operations manager for AT&T for 27 years, was the owner of a small manufacturing business for 23 years, served as Colorado Chair of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and moved to Mesquite in 2013.



  1. johninnv says:

    GEE Frank….your bias is showing. How come you ascribe President BILL Clintons policies to “the Clintons” but don’t do the same with the Bushes and the Obamas? Bill Clinton was the President! Hillary Clinton was NOT! Do you believe that all wives must be in complete alignment with their husbands activities? While I agree that we must insist on FAIR TRADE, we must not allow ourselves to withdraw from the world markets. Counties with which the USA has a significant amount of trade and international business quickly become trading partners instead of military threats and enemies.

    • Frank Shannon says:

      Dear Johninnv,

      If Hillary is elected, TPP will be passed, more jobs will leave America and we will lose more sovereignty. I have never hid my bias towards freedom and an independent America. Thomas Jefferson warned us about “entangling relations” with foreign powers and banking interest but here we are. The Clintons, Bushes and Obamas have continued to entangle our economy with foreign interests. I oppose that.

  2. Connie Foust says:

    Trump is a populist and not a Republican in any sense of the word. He is running as a Republican, but does not share the platform of the Republican party. I don’t think he will win and this is why. He is out of control. What was once refreshing is now boring and monotonous. If you have heard one Trump speech you have heard them all. The average voter does not give a hoot about trade or TPP or globalism. They care about food on the table, competing for jobs at very low pay and their children’s education. Good trade policies will help; but they will not look at the big picture. The left is painting Trump as crazy, this is what they did to Palin and to Bachman and many others and the average voter believes the nightly news. We have a Trump because of the moderates in the party who supported moderate candidates the last two elections. The Republican Party is coming apart and deservedly so. Trump has done nothing to court conservatives, but has been trying to court socialist Bernie supporters. What is appalling is this seems to be okay with moderate Republican’s. Without conservatives he cannot win. I held my nose and voted for Romney and for McCain and here we are getting ready to lose another election to a woman who will destroy the Constitution and the Supreme Court. It’s far too early to think Trump can win. Check out Gopexodus online. Over 250,000 conservatives are set to leave the party on Sept 15th. They are fed up.

    • Aquaman.mesquite says:

      Connie – While you do not think Trump is a Republican, it clear that great majority of Republican voters must think he is. The conservative candidates were defeated. You supported boarder security and Trump is the one who will something about that as opposed to let them all in. The Platform in both parties is worthless; it is what the candidates say that counts. You say Trump does not say anything to attract the conservatives but they do not win elections, it the independent voter that will sway the election. If the so-called conservatives leave or vote for the Libertarian candidate, they are voting for Hillary.

  3. Carole Rawlings says:

    O. K. Read all comments BUT to no avail you have to be positive. I feel TRUMP is on the right track. so is England it is the peoples will we need trade with other countries keep our countries sovereignty all countries that is what the people want as to Palin Backman the socialist of the sixties tried social engineering but it did not work we are tribal. That is what they forgot. I live in America and I’m an American citizen I have had my jobs replaced by non citizens that is wrong. Also with the influx of illegals are quality of life has gone.Disease cleanliness.The quality of our Healthcare because they have lowered the standards of our Doctors and our Nurses Education has suffered for the same Changing our history to suit there agenda an d literally demonizing us as Americans as racists immigrants. I have lived in America for over 60 years and I have never felt such hostility by people in my whole life. It is not a blending as they call it I felt the Same way Pat Buchanan felt it is a genocide and not an assimulation. When Donald Trump said about the illegal Mexicans is true I lived in Calif. and could not believe what has happened I know people who have been raped by them they take over by numbers and are more racist than us.Lookin your own backyard inMesquit look,at ypur population and who has taken over your businesses. I lived there from 2001-2004. Pretty soon all neighborhoods are all Mexican I lived with Mexican in Calif. They were like family to me and still are we had respect for each other. NOt this new breed. They don’t even bother to understand English. That is what people are not happy about. Who decides this. Not the people. Look at Europe with the Syrian refugees and in our own Country. It is dangerous for us. The last job I had I had to go to Active Shooter training. I also worked at the airport again. This is not a world we need. I left Calif. for that reason because of the riots it was not the black people who were rioting it was the Illegal Mexicans doing most of the damage. CaroLe L.Rawlings

  4. Connie Foust says:

    Carol, Nevada is basically a sanctuary state. This is a subject they refuse to look at. The change in the lack of assimilation is accepted by too many people as okay. This is one reason our schools are failing, along with the state being so low on the recovery scale. This is about greed, not only on the corporate level but on the level of all Nevadan’s who turn a blind eye to the issue for fear of being called a racist. Taxes on small business as well as large business are rising with the casino industry being exempt from most of them. Who hires the most illegal aliens? The casino industry. We have one in Mesquite that uses E-verify and it is duly noted. I do not believe there is much hope for Nevada frankly as long as wages are pushed down by the illegal population. Nevada needs strong laws to protect all citizens, put that would take courage.

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