With the losses of Kris Kobach and Daniel McCarthy, as well as the primary losses of James Tulp, Jarome Bell, and many others prove that the America First wing of the Republican Party is not doing well in terms of winning primary elections. This is exceptionally sad, as a growing majority of the party base believes in America First principles when it comes to things like foreign policy, trade, and immigration. These America First principles helped allow Donald Trump to win the election back in 2016, as he shocked the world and defeated 17 Republicans in the primary before defeating Hillary Clinton.These principles include restrictive immigration, fair trade, economic populism, minimal interventionism, and restoring American pride into the soul of our nation. America First candidates rail against not only the Democrat Party and their establishment, but the establishment GOP as well. We understand that the establishment of the Republican Party is out of touch with their core base. Trump tapping into this was the reason why he won over so many voters in the Midwest, many of which had never voted before in their lives. Yet, even though it would seem that the party is moving in the AF direction fundamentally, Republicans that run on AF principles keep losing. This is because of several reasons, and we need to know why we are losing now so we do not let the current establishment control the party any longer.
The first reason is because America First candidates rarely receive any backing from their party. This includes President Trump, who rarely endorses AF candidates despite them aligning closer to his original agenda than the neocons he typically endorses. When Trump (rarely) does endorse an AF candidate like Josh Hawley or Ron DeSantis (even that's pushing it in terms of the definition), they tend to win their primaries with ease and become stars in their own right. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul will endorse the based AF candidates on occasion, but it usually is not enough to get them over the top. Trump's lack of proper endorsement skills have not only cost his principles being more prevalent in the party, but also his agenda being passed in Congress.
The second reason is tied into the first. I do not blame Trump for everything, many times he just endorses whoever he is told to by the establishment or he goes with the name he knows. This is due to the fact that there are so few AF politicians that are already in office. We need to get involved from the bottom up. A first-time politician running for Congress is rarely successful, even if we like the ideas of outsiders. We need more politicians in the local and state offices in order to truly make a change. Certain states' GOP's will align more with our agenda over time if we can change the establishment at the local and state level. I encourage more people to get involved, and run for whatever office that they can. That way, they can build up a profile for Congress. That brings us to our third reason, money. Incumbent officeholders are usually better fundraisers as they know how to play the game. I'm shocked that skincare magnate Daniel McCarthy was not willing to self-fund his campaign in Arizona, so it shows that we also need people that are willing to make sacrifices. Developing a network of local and state officials and helping each other will only help us in our pursuit for political power at the national level.
The fourth reason we struggle is electability. We need candidates who are electable. Obviously, we need to keep to our agenda, but limiting controversy is a must. It is true that no matter what, lunatic anti-free speech organizations like the SPLC and whoever else will always be at our throats. A network helps with that, too. Yet, if we maintain good optics and play the political game properly, the left will look like lunatics to the general public for trying to make their opponents look "bigoted" or whatever on policy that is not traditionally politically correct. For example, there is nothing wrong with restricting immigration, even to net zero. Yet, blatantly insulting immigrant groups in the process (for example, "group X immigrants are all lazy low IQ leaches," or something along those lines) does not help our agenda, in fact it harms our electability and does not represent our values.
There is also a misconception that America First candidates are unelectable, especially after Roy Moore and Kris Kobach were defeated back in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Roy Moore was not really America First, yet a super religious guy who happened to be an accused pedophile. He arguably deserved to lose. Kobach was good on social issues, but was too far right economically in terms of his defense of the Brownback administration. Populists on the right need not to be shilling for the free market, and lowering taxes for billionaires (who run corporations that push social Marxism 24/7) is not America First. Not all forms of welfare are bad, which is something that many America First candidates are beginning to understand. We can expand our party base to those who feel they have been left behind by our current system by running on reforming our welfare and healthcare systems instead of trying to take them away from people who need or use them. Deep-red Oklahoma and Missouri just voted to expand Medicaid, which shows you how out of touch the GOP establishment is with it's base. Offering a healthcare plan of some sort will win over a big portion of the electorate alone, and can help the America First movement gain a lot more traction.
I believe that we can improve our movement, party, and nation if we can stick to our core principles while getting involved at the local or state level first. Patience is key, and while we may not seem to have much time, we need to remain calm and coordinated to effectively make a change while we still can.