After a promising series of battles against a far superior British force, the battle tested Continental Army found itself unable to capitalize on its early gains in 1777. The British had a stranglehold on New York that would remain until the end of hostilities. This was partly because of a strong naval presence in the harbor city, but also because of a strong loyalist presence in New York. After the Continental Army had managed to dislodge the British from New Jersey in January, the British generals quickly turned their attention on Pennsylvania and the capital of the young Republic, Philadelphia.
The British hoped to inflict a serious demoralizing blow to the colonies by unseating the Continental Congress. General Washington was forced to protect the capital in a series of unfavorable battles. While his army was growing in experience, it was plagued by poor logistical support. Many of his soldiers were dressed in rags, and as many new recruits that joined the colonial army, many experienced soldiers were deserting. Unable to maintain a well regulated fighting force, Washington was outmatched and outmaneuvered, ultimately forced into retreat.
In late September, 1777, a little over a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the British seized Philadelphia. The taking of the capital was a blow to the morale of the Americans. Only an early winter forced an end to major military engagements and saved the revolution. The British held New York and had a foothold in Pennsylvania, but Washington took his army to Valley Forge, a few miles away, beginning the hard work of reforging the Continental Army for the battles to come.
The campaign for our highest office continues just as it was expected to progress. The same old goats bleat arrogantly about their victories that they knew they would get, ignore losses they should not have had, and continue to cling to power and influence that they’ve become accustomed to. Meanwhile, younger insurgent campaigns continue to try to turn the page from the far left radical policies of the Baby Boomers, and restore the principles of the founding.
Trump, the boasting billionaire, brags about taking the New York GOP primary with 524,932 votes, and his supporters merrily parrot on about how Trump will deliver the state in November. Yet they ignore the inconvenient fact that Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic primary in New York, brought in 763,469 votes. For the many Trump supporters lacking basic math skills, that’s more than a quarter of a million more votes than Trump received. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic New York Primary with 1,054,083 votes. That’s twice as many votes as Donald Trump alone.
What does all of this mean? It means that the likelihood of Trump delivering his “home state” to the Republicans in November is slim to none. It means Donald Trump won 89 delegates in a state overflowing with Democrats that would sooner vote for the man in the moon than any Republican, let alone Trump. It proves that there is a faction within the party that is actively trying to destroy conservatism.
“The definition of insanity is doing something over and
over again and expecting a different result.”
There are two types of people who vote for Donald Trump, and this bears out when we look at the states where Trump has won. Outside of the Atlantic corridor and New England states that haven’t gone for GOP candidates since the 1980’s, states where understanding of civics and Constitutional principles is so poor that it infects even GOP voters (not just Democrat voters) are the states where Trump resonates most. This includes demographics where leftist policies are tolerable to the state GOP voters or the voters are so uneducated they are unable to discern leftist policies when they hear them. (Many Trump supporters aren’t even aware that Trump supports subsidized high speed rail, and the minority of GOP Trump supporters that are aware of this don’t realize this is a far left political platform that even Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama have been pushing for years.)
More troubling is that of the 10 worst states for high school graduation rates, Trump has won 6 states, including most of his “southern” victories, with 3 state primaries still pending. Of the 10 worst states for Bachelor’s degree level education, Trump has won 7, with 2 state primaries yet to be held. When considering only the 7 states that are dead last nationally in both categories (high school graduation rates and holders of bachelor’s degrees), Trump runs the board, with 6 of the 7 of these states where education is nearing third world rates.
Is this to say that lack of education about basic concepts like how the government works and what the role of Congress is lending itself to Trump’s success? While “correlation isn’t necessarily causation” and there are a few other factors, ultimately, what this shows is that, once again, the GOP nomination is being determined by the same groups of uneducated partisan voters and the Rockefeller Republicans that gave us moderate candidates like George H. W. Bush, Robert Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. These same Rockefeller Republicans opposed Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980, and these Rockefeller Republicans oppose the candidacy of Ted Cruz today.
It has been this powerful Establishment branch of the Republican Party that has foisted the myth of “electability” as a prerequisite for the GOP nomination, turning us into a party of popularity contests, rather than principles and values. It is this branch of the Republican Party that inexplicably run a primary process that bases the number of state delegate on the population of the state, rather than the number of registered Republicans or even the likelihood the State will go for the GOP candidate in the general election.
“You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll
do anything to get your freedom; then you’ll get it.
It’s the only way you’ll get it.”
The Republican Party is diseased. It is infected by a center left Rockefeller Establishment that has made one concession after another in order to secure its continued political influence in the Congress. They have no interest in giving up their cozy and lucrative power brokering arrangement to conservatives who wish to break the whole backroom political game up. They want to keep the status quo, with rank and file Republicans blindly voting for political rhetoric rather than political principle.
After decades of leftist dogma, GOP voters are no more aware of Natural Law than Democratic voters and are just as complicit in the institutionalizing of the political Establishment class as the Democrats that they claim to oppose. Just as it was during the Revolutionary War, New York is taken and likely will remain in enemy hands until the end of the Culture War. The authoritarian left is entrenched, and our forces still lack the discipline and mettle necessary to take the left head on.
We must use the time we have to spread the message of life, liberty, and property, and etch these virtues onto the hearts of all true patriots. Though bleak the night may seem, we must harden ourselves for the future of America and the Constitutional Republic given to us by our Founding Fathers. We must not yield Pennsylvania to the corrupted leftists who have poisoned our will. There will be dawn in America, and it will be an American dawn. The sun will shine on patriot faces. The sun will glint on patriot steel. The sun will clear away the fog of war, and the battle shall be ours!
Rise, patriots! Rise! Be Brave! Be Free!
Liberty is For The Win!