Regardless of next week’s election outcome, the fact of the matter is that conservatives are going to need to have a long, hard look in the mirror. It is truly unfortunate that in an election where Democrats put up the weakest and most corrupt candidate in modern history, Republicans decided to nominate a candidate who is just as terrible. There is little doubt that if voters had nominated the likes of Rubio, Cruz, Paul or even Jeb Bush for crying out loud, there wouldn’t be a contest at this point. Even with the new FBI investigation launched against Hillary Clinton, the fact that Donald Trump could still lose this election is absurd.
There are three types of voters on the Republican side. We have the hard-core Trump base who will vote for him even if he shoots someone on Fifth Avenue. Then, we have the “Never Trump” folks who see Donald as a threat to the Conservative brand, and thus believe he could be even worse than Clinton. Finally, in my opinion, we have the largest group of voters, and that’s the “anyone but Hillary” voters. These are people who really can’t stomach Donald Trump, but realize how dangerous Hillary is and believe that she must be stopped.
This is where I find myself and it’s disheartening. It’s unfortunate that it has come down to what Mark Levin affectionately calls, “damage control.” This should’ve been a joyous election taking out Hillary Clinton and the Democrat machine, but instead what we have is a mudslinging competition surrounded by infighting on the Republican side.
Of course, one of the biggest arguments pro-Trump voters and surrogates like to throw around whenever he’s criticized is “hey, we’re not electing the Pope!” Another such argument is “hey, at least he’s not Hillary!” If that is going to be the standard for nominating and electing the President of the United States from now on, then we should ALL be alarmed. Conservatives must not be ashamed to be called an elitist, holier than thou, or any other slander, for simply wanting their values and principles represented.
While it is true that Political Correctness has our country in a virtual stranglehold and must be put down, let’s not confuse non-politically correct with the putrid vile Trump spews on an almost daily basis. It’s one thing to say “Men use the men’s room…. women use the women’s room.” It’s completely different to call people “disgusting slobs and losers,” simply because they differ with you. There’s a line and it is not distinct. It’s called decency.
So, what gave rise to an anomaly like Donald Trump? There are many theories out there, but the brunt of blame should be put on the GOP itself. For years’ establishment Republicans, have refused to acknowledge and listen to their base. The election of Barack Obama gave rise to the Tea Party Movement. A large group of conservatives who’d had enough of politics as usual, and pushed to get the House and Senate back under Republican control.
And that’s exactly what happened with promises of repealing Obamacare, restoring checks and balances, and a myriad of other campaign promises that would never come to fruition. Due to establishment RINOs like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain, Paul Ryan and so on (and on, and on), the left has run rampant with its Progressive agenda. Nevermind the outrageous spending akin to drunken sailors. Furthermore, the same culprits have tried to block true conservatives at every turn. The GOP has made it crystal clear that constitutional conservatives like Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Ben Sasse– and the citizens who elected them– have no place in Washington D.C. Therefore, for the most part, they’ve gone completely unchecked and the American people were just looking for a candidate to make it stop. Enter Donald Trump.
So, where does that leave Conservatives? Where do we go? The idea of parting ways from the Republican Party to form a separate party has been passed around for years now. And because of this election, it appears the GOP might have sealed their fate. When a political party no longer represents the ideals and principles of its constituency, it’s the duty of that same constituency to leave that party behind and find something new. Just ask the Whigs…
When asked why he left the Democratic Party in favor of Republicans, former president Ronald Reagan famously said “I didn’t leave the Democrat party, the Democrat party left me.”
The idea of splintering from the GOP does not leave me teary-eyed. In fact, it’s quite exciting to think about starting fresh. Perhaps this new party will not only include conservatives, but Libertarians and even Democrats who’ve had enough of their own parties as well? In any case, one thing is clear: November 8th will mark the end of this horrible election– but November 9th will mark a new beginning.