You know, I remember a time when the conservative movement — and the majority of the Republican Party — actually stood for something. I’m only 30 years old, but I’ve at least been alive long enough to witness the few times when we actually nominated and elected principled candidates who shared our values, beliefs and even our policy opinions. There were those two Bush guys and even Mitt Romney, for all of his flaws, was at least a nominee with morals, ethics and conservative standards. But, he wasn’t nearly as likable and socially popular as Obama and that’s why he lost. Maybe if Romney had danced with Ellen DeGeneres or played with selfie sticks, things would have been different. That’s apparently what it takes to win the presidency these days. Dance moves and selfies.
Well, that was 2008. Now, it seems a lot of conservatives are thrilled to nominate a progressive-liberal-serial adulterer-reality-TV-star billionaire who’s been unconvincingly masquerading as a Republican for months. Maybe I could understand their infatuation if Trump was actually good at pretending to be a conservative, but the silly buffoon can’t even keep his own policy claims straight. In the last three days alone, he’s backpedaled and changed his stance on the minimum wage issue and his tax plan, all while claiming to be a consistent and principled candidate. At this point it’s just embarrassing. Of course, this hasn’t stopped his sycophantic supporters — including his media lickspittles like Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and the entire Breitbart news network — from falling love with him like a drunken prom queen. It’s truly been an amazing and bewildering spectacle to behold. The very people we thought were leaders of conservatism have sold out on their principles to pledge allegiance to a pathological liar who praises Planned Parenthood, mocks the disabled, refers to women as ‘dogs’ ‘pigs’ and ‘fat slobs’ and spews vulgarities on a daily basis. I’ve done my best to shine a spotlight on Trump and reveal him for the slime-ball that he is, but now there’s really no point in trying to convince Trumplings to change their minds. They’ve chosen their fate and — with many polls indicating Trump would lose in a landslide to Hillary Clinton — they truly deserve whatever apocalyptic consequences are coming our way. A Trump/Hillary race is a no-win scenario. There’s no “lesser of two evils” argument here. I’ve heard enough of that. Trump and Hillary are just two sides of the same evil, repulsive coin. Whether we end up with a President Clinton or a President Trump, the country is screwed either way.
For these reasons and others, I’m walking away from the Republican Party. I’m done. I’m out. I have no desire to stick around and see what happens while a majority of so-called “conservatives” commit ideological suicide. If this is what the Republican Party now stands for — liberal populism, authoritarian tyranny and godlessness — then I want no part of it. I have certain convictions and adhere to certain values and a Republican Party with Donald Trump as its nominee has chosen to abandon those values.
Now, ever since their god-king clenched the nomination, Trumplings have demanded that we all unite “for the good of the party” and at least celebrate the fact that we finally have a nominee. Yes, we’re supposed to celebrate, I’m told. I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve seen across social media over the last few days that contained sentences like:
“Everyone should just be excited that we finally have a nominee.”
“All you #NeverTrump people need to get over it and party with us!”
“F*ck all you haters! Trump all the way!”
This is the sort of rhetoric that’s supposed to inspire us to unite and celebrate? I think I’ll pass. Sorry, but I won’t be launching any fireworks from my backyard or be drinking any Trump Wine with my dinner. This isn’t a time for celebration, it’s a time for mourning. Millions of “conservatives” have abandoned the very principles that once separated us from the liberal progressive leftwing lunatics and now I can’t even tell a difference between the two. And damned if I’ll even bother trying anymore. They’ve thrown their support behind a man who hurls degrading insults, divisive hate speech and disgusting lies at anyone who refuses to bow and kiss his ring, all while lecturing the rest of us on ‘unity’ and the need to ‘celebrate.’ So, forgive me if I have a hard time aligning myself with that sort of movement and those kind of people, much less being happy about the circumstances.
Moreover, I see no reason to be “excited” about a presidential nominee who — in addition to his immoral godlessness and authoritarianism — can’t even define or adhere to his own policy claims and proposals. In the last few days alone, he’s changed his mind on a dozen issues and displayed a level of inconsistency and incompetence that makes Barack Obama look like Abraham Lincoln. Is this the sort of change Trumpsters are looking for? Day-to-day changing of promises and policies? This is what we’re all supposed to be rejoicing about? Telling us to celebrate simply because we finally have a nominee is utterly asinine. Even more asinine is demanding that we revel in Trump’s victory just because his throngs of supporters are doing it. That's the sort of cultish conformity our moms always told us to avoid: “Don’t jump off the bridge just because everyone else is doing it.” And it makes sense if you really think about it. Better to keep your feet planted on solid ground than leap to your death with a group of idiots. Unfortunately, in nominating Trump, the Republican Party has officially leapt to its death. And if Trump wins the presidency, America won’t be far behind.
To celebrate Donald Trump’s win is to celebrate Donald Trump himself. And to celebrate Donald Trump is to celebrate liberal progressivism, alleged ties to the mob, the degradation of women, the mocking of the mentally-handicapped, the insulting of war veterans and daily deception, deceit, childish immaturity and clownish incompetence. And apparently that’s what Republicans have chosen to support. This is who they’ve decided to unify around. They’ve brought this destruction and this madness upon themselves. They’ve surrendered. They’ve compromised.
Fortunately, I’m not required by law to remain loyal to any political party, no matter the cost. My vote is my own. Nowhere is it written that I must be a Republican or a Democrat or an Independent or anything else. I could strike out with the rest of the #NeverTrump folks and join a third party or even start a new party. Of course, that will never happen because the vast majority of conservative voters — particularly the Trumplings — are whimpering cowards who have chosen to remain subserviently chained to the two parties wielding all the power.
And to that I say ‘so be it.’ But, in the name of truth and principles, I won’t go down with this sinking ship. And as our nation plunges to certain death, I’ll be one of the few not applauding.
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