If you are looking for a caricature embodying the source of the anger within the ranks of Republican voters, look no further than John Kasich. Although he has no chance of winning a single state, he is still quite relevant because his 20% share in many states is tipping the vote to Donald Trump. Kasich is garnering a high level of support for someone with a comatose campaign precisely because few have shed light on his record.
The reason so many traditional Americans feel disenfranchised is because every time Democrats promote a radical new idea, Republicans accept it as the de facto new baseline of public policy. No matter how harmful, extreme, and divorced from our constitution, history, and tradition that policy might be, Republicans blithely cede the ground and “move on” to the next issue.
If you listen closely to Kasich’s words (I know, it’s painful) you will notice a pattern in which he tells conservatives to “get over it” or “move on” from some of the most vital and foundational issues. He pins the blame on conservatives, not the Left — as if we are the ones promoting revolutionary ideas and as if the views of the Left reflect the reasonable, default position.
Here are a few recent examples:
Marriage and Judicial Tyranny
“And I’ve said all along that when the Court makes a decision, we abide by the law of the land. And they made their determination and — just move on. [National Journal]
Kasich said at a Town Hall last August said that “Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.” [YouTube]
Birthright Citizenship for Illegal Aliens
Kasich believes illegal immigrants can break into our country, unilaterally declare legal jurisdiction, and obtain citizenship and welfare on behalf of their children.
“I think we need to get over that. I’m not for [ending birthright citizenship] anymore. Let these people who are born here be citizens, and that’s the end of it. I don’t want to dwell on it.” [CNN]
This, at a time when these same illegal families are stealing Social Security numbers and filing tax returns to secure refundable tax credits from those very same taxpayers.
Not only does Kasich believe the Supreme Court can redefine marriage, he believes that included in the decision is a mandate to force private individuals to service same-sex weddings. In response to Mississippi’s religious liberty law (HB 1523), Kasich gave the following constitutionally illiterate statement at Monday’s CNN Town Hall with Anderson Cooper:
“I read about this thing they did in Mississippi where apparently you can deny somebody service because they’re gay. What the hell are we doing in this country?” [CNN]
Then he chastised conservatives, as if religious people are the ones actively coercing people and violating property rights and creating wedge issues:
“I may not appreciate a certain lifestyle or even approve of it, but I can — but that doesn’t mean I gotta go write a law and figure out how to have another wedge issue. We have a Supreme Court ruling, and you know what, let’s move on.” [CNN]
Allowing Men into Female Bathrooms
Kasich castigated the brave Republicans in North Carolina for standing up to a transgender bathroom ordinance pushed by a convicted child molester:
“Everybody chill out. Get over it if you have a disagreement with somebody.” [CNN]
No, Mr. Kasich, YOU need to get over your radically liberal views. There’s something wrong when we have RINO politicians who can’t even hold the line on views Democrats themselves held just half a generation ago. Judicial tyranny, sovereignty, marriage, religious liberty, and even gender are all things to get over and move on from, in the estimation of John Kasich.
Well, Mr. Kasich, if religious conscience, property rights, and popular sovereignty — all rooted in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence — are issues we should “get over,” which line will you hold?
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.