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Donald Trump’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party, Inc.

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It’s hard to square the apparent two obvious inconsistencies between the open opposition to Trump from Republican Party operatives, and the Donald’s ability to bring a new enthusiasm to the Republican Party not seen since Ronald Reagan.

That is until we consider the reality that the Republican Party is, in fact, a private and publicly traded corporation. And the only difference between the Republican Party and McDonald’s – in terms of its corporate governance – is that its members are not stockholders, but any voter who chooses to join the party.

In short, every American is a stakeholder – whether they choose to exercise their right to vote on Republican Party affairs depends on their willingness to identify as a member of that corporation.

Fact is, fewer and fewer voters are willing to join either the Republican or Democratic Party.

Trump has experience buying shares in a company to takeover its corporate governance. But in his most ambitious corporate pursuit ever, he is executing a hostile takeover that requires winning over the hearts and minds of Republican stakeholders who are sick and tired of their own corporate governance.

Just think about the massive public relations machines that companies like Apple, Google, Koch, AT&T, and other multi-billion dollar organizations have. These machines exist to protect the company, its image, and at the end of the day – the decisions being made by its corporate leadership.

This is how the American enterprise works. Shareholders put their money into companies when they have confidence in the company’s leaders to produce monetary gains.

So why do voters give their loyalty to a political party? Simple – to produce political gains.

The problem with the current Republican corporate governance is in the way they measure their gains. Namely, by the number of seats they occupy in the government.

But the frustration that Trump (and Bernie Sanders for that matter) has tapped into is a genuine belief among many Americans that political gains should not be measured by how many seats a political party fills, but by how that political party uses those seats to improve their government – and, in turn, their lives.

And by that measure, the Republican and Democratic parties are doing a terrible job. Sad thing is, they are doing such a bad job that I don’t have to augment this assertion – it’s just a fact to the average American.

But, if you listened to the mainstream media and their “expert analysts” who are almost universally employed, and therefore wedded to the public relations infrastructure that has been built over the years by our two most powerful political corporations, you’d think the voters are crazy for participating in a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. But in America, unfortunately, the only meaningful vehicle they can ride on the road to producing a government that measures its strength by how well it serves its stakeholders — American citizens — is through one of the two most powerful and private corporations in the world.

Maybe the two parties need to refocus their efforts on winning voters instead of winning seats. This could start by viewing more inclusive election reforms like open primaries as opportunities instead of obstacles.

And maybe, just maybe, the two major political parties will win back some popularity by forcing their governing members to be accountable to more people. Otherwise, America is destined to witness a hostile takeover of a greater magnitude.

And if you thought Donald Trump was scary, who knows where a hostile takeover of the entire system would end.

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John Butterbaugh
John Butterbaugh

All of the Republican candidates would be better than Socialism which is what we have now. I'm looking for a candidate that's both a Christian and a Conservative and has a track record of both. Proven track record. Trump , in my opinion, has a track record of neither . By your fruits you shall know them. That's all we can and should go by. Your moral values influence all of your decisions in life. If you don't have that right, then all of your decisions in life will be based on an incorrect moral compass. Romans 3;23 says all have sinned and come short of the kingdom of God. Mr. Trump has stated that he hasn't done anything to ask God's forgiveness for. So according to the Bible, he is not a Christian. His mob affiliation , Womanizing , vulgarity , etc, is not the fruit of a good Christian. His track record, or fruit in the political arena is that more of a Democrat than that of a Conservative. Hillary even says that. It's not just one or two items, but on a host of issues. There again it goes back to a lack of a good moral compass to guide a person. Reagan said everybody becomes a conservative when running for President on the Republican side, but where is the proof before or after.? Trump still believes in Government run health care, the biggest transfer of wealth in our nations history. (socialism ) He thinks Canada is a good example of it working good. Really? The use of eminent domain for not just public but for private use, his blaming Bush for 9-11,(that's code pink stuff.) When out in Iowa, telling the farmers( I/e buying votes) that he is actually for more government subsidy for ethanol, just last year saying that his pro partial birth abortion sister would make a good supreme court judge, I mean the list goes on and on. I've been trying to wrap my arms around Trump, but the more I look into him the worse it gets. If somebody could convince me that he was a stanch Christian Conservative I would vote for him. but so far I'm not convinced. My vote is not swayed by polls but by my convictions. I'm not smart enough to know everything about politics , but I do try to educate myself on what's going on by listening to Rush, Mark Levin, James Dobson, David Barton from our Godly Heritage , and others that are trusted conservatives to get an idea of what's going on. Although I will support whoever gets the nomination, Rush made a statement that sums up really why I'm for Ted Cruz. Rush Limbaugh: "If conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz... this is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan." Amen

WalterTFlatt
WalterTFlatt

WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANOTHER POLITICIAN FOR PRESIDENT, ESPECIALLY ANOTHER FIRST YEAR SENATOR, OR GOVERNER, CONTROLLED BY BIG MONEY PACS. TRUMP'S IQ IS IN EXCESS OF 156 AND THAT PUTS HIM ABOVE 99.9 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.





 I AM 85 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE AS INTELLEGENT AS DONALD TRUMP RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I VOTE FOR HIM REGARDLESS AND I AM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT.IF YOU DO NOT WANT HIM FOR YOUR PRESIDENT, THEN YOU WANT PUPPETS TO BIG PACS THAT WILL SAY ANYTHING TO GET AND STAY IN CHARGE AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, OR YOU AND I.HE HAS ACCUMULATED BILLIONS, IS A STAND UP IN YOUR FACE, NOT OBLIGATED TO ANYONE, TAKE NO CRAP FROM ANY ONE INCLUDING THE PRESS AND THE ONLY PERSON RUNNING CAPABLE OF RUNNING THE LARGEST BUSINESS ON EARTH, THE US GOVERNMENT.

WalterTFlatt
WalterTFlatt

WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP.


DONALD TRUMP IS SELF-FUNDING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT. THIS, IN MY 85 YEARS, IS THE FIRST PERSON RUNNING FOR OFFICE THAT I HAVE SEEN DO THIS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT LEVEL. THIS SCARES THE POLITICAL ELITE IN WASHINGTON, AND THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA. NOBODY WILL OWN TRUMP, EXCEPT THE PEOPLE.  WE FINALLY HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN WHO IS STRONG ON THE ECONOMY AND WANTS TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE.  THIS MAN LOVE HIS COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE IN IT, IF HE DIDN'T HE WOULDN'T BE SPENDING IS OWN MONEY ON HIS CAMPAIGN. VOTE DONALD TRUMP.17 DO AWAY WITH OBAMA CARE16 WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ONLY.15 REBUILD OUR FAILING INFRASTRUCURE.14 REPEAL OBAMA CARE HEALTHE OBAMACARE MESS.13 PRESERVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT.12 LOWER TAXES FOR BUSINESSSES.11 LOWER TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS.10 ABOLISH COMMON CORE EDUCATION.9 DEFEATE ISIS. IF THEY BLOW THEMSELVE UP, OR IS KILLED BY BULLETS COATED WITH PIGS BLOOD OR GREASE, EXPLOSIVES HAS GLYCEERINE & GELATINE, BOTH FROM PIGS. SO, NO VIRGINS OR HEAVEN FOR THE ONES BLOSING THEMSELVES UP.8 ILLEGALS OF ALL COUNTRYS SEND THEM HOME.7 KEEP RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS OUT.6 BRING JOBS BACK TO OUR COUNTRY.5 MAKE OUR VETERANS TOP PRIORITY.4 RE-BUILD OUR MILITAIRY.3 STOP ILLEGAL DRUGS AT THE BORDER.2 BUILD A WALL ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.1 STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SIMPLE, PLACE A TROOP OF 20 EVERY MILE ACROSS BORDER, ARM WITH A QUAD 50, BACKED WITH TANK AND ATTACK HELICOPTOR.TRUMP PROMISES TO, SOUNDS LIKE THE KIND OF PRESIDENT THE US NEEDS.Megan Kelly hates Trump & it seems Fox also. Gov. Brown says California will build a wall  Al Sharpton says he will leave the country  Rosie says she will leave the country  Whoopi says she will leave the country  Mylie Cyrus says she will leave the country Cher says she will leave the country  Bonus points Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump  Radical Muslims don't like Trump Ilegals don't like trump Koch Bro's are against Trump MoveOn.Org is against Trump  Black Lives Matter is against Trump  Soros is against Trump  Mexico is against Trump  China is against Trump  The EU is against Trump  The UN is against Trump  The Pope is against Trump  The establishment Republicans are against Trump  The establishment Democrats are against Trump  The Media is against Trump Obama is against Trump LOU DOBBS SHOW 83% TRUMP, NEWS MAX HAS 75% TRUMP, VIRAL AT 73%, A NEW POLL FROM NEWSMAX POLLING REPUBLICANS 3/18/16 SHOW 79% FAVORING TRUMP, 11% FOR CRUZ. ANOTHER POLL IN CONSERTIVE TRIBUNE SHOW TRUMP 64%, CRUZ 12%.

Anatole Evans
Anatole Evans

Looking like things have to get worse before they get better! No Bernie Sanders to make it better, I vote Trump to make it worse! Tough Love! Change is coming! Getting very top heavy! Will not stay home and will not vote HRC! Anyone not shouting about our corrupt and broken political system is part of the problem! When I see HRC smile and pay lip service to what Bernie Sanders has been fighting for his whole political career it makes my blood boil! Clinton's done more damage to black families than the KKK! Do your home work on the private prison industry and the get tough on crime legislation and the resulting militarization of the police! HRC and Bill Clinton as guilty as sin!!! I think the notion that congress will work in harmony with HRC has been completely dispelled! Yes I think that revolution is going to be necessary!!! Without a revolution nothing changes! Question is who is energizing voters! Who is growing the voter base? Who will turn out young voters? Who will get voters out that traditionally don't vote? Who is getting the independent vote? By far Bernie Sanders is the best hope for meaningful change and HRC is the best candidate for more status quo and republican obstruction! Look at the polling trajectory of where Sanders started and how far HRC has fallen! Amazing and totally missing from the discussion! Hillary Clinton is asking us to believe the corrupting influence of money does not change congressional bills and votes! She is asking us to believe the one percent are spending billions in lobbying for no reason! If you are buying this I got some things I would like to sell you!!! Yes the media blackout is in full effect! Check out Trump coverage Vs. Sanders!!! Guns and abortion! Keeping the people distracted and stuck on stupid! Divide and conquer! Only rich lives matter? Stand up to Hill first!! Trump is next! About as fair and balanced as the Corporate media! Feel the Bern! The two party system has been playing the same game for forty years! The only ones benefiting and getting what they want is the one percent! Just a trending news story brought to you by repetition creates reality inc. Also brought to you by just ignore Bernie Sanders inc. Not all that different from how Bill Cosby handled these questions! Bill Clinton is just a much better liar! Check out the list of allegations and the number of women making them! I believe victims and I don't trust the Clintons! Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby used power, intimidation, and a persona larger than life to silence a lot of women! Just wrong! Rape was part of the allegations and money was paid out! How many women need to come forward before we believe them? HRC is enabler in chief!

Jill K. Harper
Jill K. Harper

This needs to stop being a game of monopoly and return to a Representative Democracy -

Dawn Skully
Dawn Skully

He didn't study the rules. He forgot to nail down his delegates. Sort of like getting a consensus, but forgetting to actually buy the stock needed for the corporate takeover.

Jadan Bliss
Jadan Bliss

They need to focus on their job, as described, not on gaining sponsorship and representing corporations.

Josie Bolton
Josie Bolton

He is a dictator who wants to take over the American country. He is awful.

Ben Hardin
Ben Hardin

The rules committee of the Republican party should determine that the voting method for the second ballot should be an approval plus grade voting system

Debra L Ackerman
Debra L Ackerman

HERE ARE SOME FACTS ON CRUZ AND HIS WIFE. If you plan to vote for Ted Cruz, you MUST know these things! Educate yourselves on him and his wife* It has also come to my attention with google that Cruz's wife file for separation in 2011 & 2012 and her reason was given as "infidelity".........i'm just saying he's lying about this news too!!~ * Heidi Cruz has been employed by Goldman Sachs since 2005. She is currently on leave. * Heidi Cruz is a member of the leftist council on foreign relations, advocates of world Government and a New World Order. * Ted Cruz was George Bush's top policy advisor. * Ted Cruz was in the federal Trade Commission. * Ted and Heidi met when they were both Bush staffers. * Cruz advised on legal affairs and Heidi on economic policy for the bush administration. * Heidi was director for the Western Hemisphere on the national security council under Condoleeza Rice. * Heidi served as deputy U.S. Trade Representative to USTR head, Robert Zoellick, working on China trade policy. * Ted Cruz' campaign chairman, Chad Sweet, is a former CIA officer. He also worked for Goldman Sachs. * Ted Cruz voted for cloture on TPA, (trans pacific partnership agreement) fast track trade authority, removing the hurdle of concern for further amendment, and clearing the way for passage! It didn't have to be recorded, so nobody knew this. He voted NOT to require approval of congress before other countries could join, including China. * Cruz has openly stated that he will NOT use a deportation force, and will continue to use the failed ICE system, where an illegal has to commit a crime first, then be caught. * Cruz belongs to the radical Christian sect of 7 mountains dominionism. Heidi, also was arrested in TX, she was wondering around on a busy main Hwy. in the middle of the night. Police took her to jail and then to a crazy hospital stating she was a danger to others and herself. Wise up, he's not who you think he is he has always been establishment, he is bought and paid by the banks.

Jan Lambert
Jan Lambert

I am aware of this as well it is the Truth.

Dan Miguel Torres
Dan Miguel Torres

Corporate BS never stops ; the media pounds bang bang ' you shot yourself in the foot !

Dan Miguel Torres
Dan Miguel Torres

We only have two people running for the president that are not excepting bribes ; what else can be said

Maritine Smith
Maritine Smith

It wasn't hostile. It's what their constituents want...

John Butterbaugh
John Butterbaugh

I read in The Enquirer that Ted Cruz had an affair with Chelsea Clinton and impregnated her with bat boy. Hillary Clinton had to do an emergency C-section when bat Boy's wings wouldn't pass through the birth canal. While all this was going on Dr. Ben Carson was performing brain surgery on Hillary to remove a massive cancerous tumor, and at the same time he was molesting several small children! Emotions are a powerful, wonderful, and necessary part of a healthy functioning person. Facts, logic, and reason are how healthy adults steer their emotions into positive actions, but failure to combine the two properly leads down a very Twisted path. It leads to things like people saying: I know the political candidate I'm voting for has supported the opposite policies of everything I've supported my adult life, but I'm angry, he's angry and he's going to make it better. It could lead to Christians saying things like I know the Bible says that it's a sin, but someone I love is engaged in that behavior, so I no longer believe it's a sin, even though they still claim to believe that God's word is true. If you strictly use facts , logic, and reason and do not let your emotions control, you may be walking down the correct path... however it can lead to dangerous places that the populous sometimes just doesn't want to go, or acknowledge.

Sherry Hitchcock
Sherry Hitchcock

Between the ignorance of the RNC and our fantastic big media, they created Trump and gave him the free press for the last year. Ha-Ha vote blue!

Kelly Garner
Kelly Garner

LOL. he's not taking over the GOP hostilely, the voters of the T.P. are the politically active sect of the party and they are GIVING him the votes. They don't even realize they are being epically punked.

Richard J. LaScola Sr
Richard J. LaScola Sr

he is just telling folks what they want to hear and playing on their fears but not how to do anything.

John Spicer
John Spicer

Seeing this so often keeps me convinced the voting people of this great nation do not have a clue how the politicians have this country tied up. THEY will decide who the next Republican candidate will be ----- not the voters. When this election is over and they finally see the light, I look for a complete overthrow of the "political syatem as is". Folks you don't elect anyone for President. You elect people called "delegates" to vote for you who only have to vote for you O N C E !!!!! That's it ! After that, the "establishment" tells them who to vote for. Hide and watch, folks.

Ben Hardin
Ben Hardin

Dan Miguel Torres The duopoly's system could be thoroughly overhauled without armed hostilities of a civil war.

John Spicer
John Spicer

Dan Miguel Torres Stupid ??? Civil war ??? Where the hell is your head ? Tell me exactly where I am wrong. Do you really think everyone in the south are just a bunch of backwoods hillbillies ?

Robin Milam
Robin Milam

I'm saying it... "free thinkers" are not happy that they might have to even consider attaching either parties label on themselves.. And these people are DOING THEIR HOMEWORK!!! A bird is still a bird without its wings... They don't fight... they discuss and share. It's more productive and it's working

Walter Wieczorek
Walter Wieczorek

He is the GOP's savior, it ends if it does not change towards the people

Garry Kellogg
Garry Kellogg

"Hostile"? Donald J. Trump is 'Not' the "Hostile" one in this particular situation. The amount of "Attacks" daily that he receives is beyond necessary. It shows the level or Desperation that the other (Career Politicians, Soros, etc...) have. They fear that their little schemes and other activities will be revealed (which it should happen).

Steve Stratton
Steve Stratton

Both partys need to start representing the American people, not corporations, special interests, lobbyists, illegal immigrants, phony refugees, etc!

Chuck Lundy
Chuck Lundy

Totally agree with Mr. Stratton, but good luck ever getting it changed.

Gary A Wilson
Gary A Wilson

too deep in their pockets Time for a clean break and start supporting 3rd party candidates

Jimmy Plix
Jimmy Plix

Hostile, schmostile, GOP DNC is weak and brainwashed

Andew Gripp
Andew Gripp

Maybe the two parties need to refocus their efforts on winning voters instead of winning seats. This could start by viewing more inclusive election reforms like open primaries as opportunities instead of obstacles.

And maybe, just maybe, the two major political parties will win back some popularity by forcing their governing members to be accountable to more people. Otherwise, America is destined to witness a hostile takeover of a greater magnitude.

And if you thought Donald Trump was scary, who knows where a hostile takeover of the entire system would end.

Don't politicians win seats by winning voters? I understand that, in reality, the parties are good at winning seats by disenfranchising some bloc of voters, but, in principle, winning seats is achieved by winning voters. They are not conceptually at odds.

I don't understand the desire to preserve the political duopoly. Why not, instead of finding more ways to get citizens to vote for Republicans and Democrats, help expand voter choice -- and make voting for another party/candidate a rational, non-self-defeating decision?

It is worth looking at the success of Trump and Sanders critically. Clearly, both parties, as institutions, oppose their candidacies. Voter support for them is clearly a sign that people crave choices. They don't want only to choose between the parties' establishment choices. Yet, Trump and Sanders felt it necessary to run within these parties. That's a shame. Especially in the case of Sanders, it is a travesty. Why should a candidate, obviously one with widespread support, have to run as a Democrat to get attention, when he is not shy about having major disagreements with it? Think of how many candidates (of all persuasions) do not run, much less succeed, because of our protection of the two-party system? We don't just have a "demand problem" (getting more people to vote), we have a "supply problem" (getting enough diverse candidates for voters to choose from).

Any thorough analysis of this election has to take notice of this. Simply making every primary an open one won't address the problems of limited choice and phony candidate posturing (to appear as the genuine party representative). Indeed, limiting reform to opening primaries will simply channel independents' popular discontent into the two-party system rather than where it belongs, at the two-party system.

Sal De Los Angeles
Sal De Los Angeles

Trump is a joke. He's not qualified for the Presidency. He never wanted it. He only ran to breakup the Establishment monopoly. And now, since his run has taken on a life of it's own thanks to the sheeple who believe him, he doesn't know how to back down. His pride is in the way, which basically makes him his own worst enemy. He's playing into the angry voters that are tired of the current BS. He has absolutely no idea how to run a country. Ruin it, maybe, but not run it.

Paula Perkins St Arnaud
Paula Perkins St Arnaud

...exactly! ...that should be a slogan...'he know how to RUIN it...not RUN it'...good one Sal.

Ed Cravey
Ed Cravey

You are obviously an illegal immigrant! You are a criminal and have no say in what goes on in this country! Go back where you came from!

Sal De Los Angeles
Sal De Los Angeles

And you obviously know nothing Ed. I'll tell exactly what it is uou don't know. You wouldn't happen to know I'm a born and raised American, to born and raised American parents. Another thing that I'll tell you that you don't know is, that I am not a criminal. I have no criminal history. Never been to jail or prison. I'll tell you what I am Ed...a law abiding citizen with a right to say what what I want. How about that? And what I say is, you're just an old fart with nothing educated to say. Bye now.

Dennis Dion
Dennis Dion

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James Holzmann
James Holzmann

They need something Trump for President All the way to the White House Go Trump Go Make America Great Again Trump is the man Get on the Trump train Together we can win

James Holzmann
James Holzmann

It appears that nobody else is either Paula Trump is the man so vote for him or don't that is your choice Trump for President All the way to the White House Make America Great Again Go Trump Go

Steve C Wixson
Steve C Wixson

Please tell me what he will do for you and how will he do it?

Paula Perkins St Arnaud
Paula Perkins St Arnaud

...James..you're just wrong, it's as simple as that...he is not qualified, in any way, to hold the most powerful office in the country.

Kathy Thompson
Kathy Thompson

The GOP is doing it to themselves.........they don't listen to us and have done nothing to help this country

Phil Cole
Phil Cole

How about they focus on helping someone who isnt already rich? It would sure be a nice change of pace.

Eamon Hunt
Eamon Hunt

It's time for Bernie to break away and start an independent run. He has tried to do the right thing, the right way, but the system is so currupt it's dysfunctional. Sanders has the donations. Sanders could win a three way race with the two most unpopular candidates in history.

Sal De Los Angeles
Sal De Los Angeles

Socialism is the precursor to Communism. That's what Sanders represents. Goodluck with that.

Mariel Lauzon
Mariel Lauzon

Sal De Los Angeles Canada has been a socialist democracy for over 100 years & hasn't floundered yet. Actually, it's thriving. Engage your brain before making stupid remarks...

Amanda L Arteno
Amanda L Arteno

Because Paul dropped out and I don't trust any of them