The SMORGS are coming! The SMORGS are coming! Heaven help us all, the SMORGS are winning!
Well, they’re winning sort of.
SMORGS stands for “Sanctimonious Malicious Organizations.” You know what I’m talking about – well-funded, special-interest organizations that preach a good line but destroy any politician who won’t walk that line with them.
SMORGS have taken over politics, impacting both parties, but especially the Republican Party.
Years of efforts by SMORGS like the Heritage Foundation and its advocacy arm Heritage Action for America, the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, Tea Party Express, and others have wreaked havoc in the Republican Party. SMORGS attacked and undermined GOP incumbents and party leaders who were “soft” on their issues. Their narrow-mindedness showed a preference for martyrs over winners and inaction over incremental gains. They used conspiracy theories and truth management techniques through conservative and social media to build huge constituencies of mistrusting “aginners.”
This was the year their efforts were to pay off. This was the year one they birthed and molded would win the GOP presidential nomination and clobber the Democratic nominee.
Ted Cruz, rated “almost perfect” by Heritage Action for America, will not be the GOP nominee. Instead, the blustery super aginner, billionaire Donald Trump is the odds on nominee.
Cruz may be the spawn of the SMORGS, but Trump is the incarnation of their insurgence.
How ironic to see many of these SMORGS now attacking Trump hand in hand with the mainstream GOP establishment they deplore! How appropriate that this attack conspiracy will simply fuel the inner fire of the multitude of aginners these SMORGS have inspired!
For those who see the presidential campaign as the ultimate American reality show, this is great stuff. It is raw politics at its best.
For those who see the presidential campaign as a catastrophe, this is terrible. Bless their hearts.
There are huge groups in and out of both parties that are fed up with the status quo. They want radical change and don’t trust insiders. It is here that the SMORGS have won. They played the mistrust card to the hilt and it worked, making a Trump candidacy both possible and viable.
For those who still see America as a moral beacon and believe in the golden rule, it’s time to wake up. SMORGS are in, harmony is out. Their gift, Trump, has turned the golden rule to brass – “undo others before they undo you.”
The good news, if there is any, is that unto everything there is a season. The pendulum has swung far out. It will swing back toward the center at some point. New York Times sage Thomas Friedman has this hope, “If Trump uses (his politics) to open the way for a new, mature hybrid center-right version, he will have done the Lord’s work.”
Let us hope that through it all, as our founding fathers’ envisioned (Annuit Coeptis), God will favor our nation.
» Bill Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Meridian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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