With the now presumptive nominee of this year's GOP field being Donald Trump, conservatism has been ran right off the platform. For the first time in decades, the GOP will field a candidate that is Pro-Choice. For the first time, the GOP will field a candidate that doesn't believe in defending traditional marriage. The GOP is going to field a man who believes people should be able to go into whatever bathroom they currently identify themselves as belonging to. The GOP is going to field a candidate that has given millions upon millions of dollars to the campaigns of the Clinton's, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the like. The GOP is going to field a candidate who admitted in an interview from several years back that if he ever did choose to run for president, he would do so on the Republican ticket because of their desperation and lack of knowledge and education. In other words, the Republican voter would be too ignorant to realize they were being hoodwinked. Well . . .
The man many want to be president taunts his affairs and the amount of women he's slept with. He states that he is a Christian, but he claims he's never repented to God, and doesn't plan to, because he's not done anything necessary to repent of. He demeans women on a regular basis, and not just the liberal ones that conservatives for some reason don't mind him bashing. Had he spoke of your daughter the way he likes to speak about the women he doesn't like or find attractive, you'd withhold your vote. But because it's someone with no recognizable name, or worse, some celebrity you don't agree with, it doesn't bother you as much. It's selective morality. It's partial Christianity. Famous Christian author Max Lucado said it best, "Mr. Trump lacks the decency to be president."
I know. I know. A lot of people like the bravado. It's beyond thrilling to finally hear someone on TV that has no need for political correctness . . . sometimes. If Trump's proven anything, he's a master of the media and the art of the deal. He knows how to say whatever he needs to say to get the result that he wants in the end. For a while, he was Pro-Life. At one time, he was for traditional marriage. Now he's not. Why? Because he's swept through the Bible Belt states. Trump's plan all along has been to secure the nomination at any cost, because he believes Hillary Clinton has hurt herself enough that whoever her opponent is stands a good chance of winning. He may be right, and if he is, give him credit for manipulating the system, the media, and the hearts of voters to accomplish his goal. With someone with that much power, money, and influence in charge . . .
I'm a political conservative. It's who I am. I'm not an extremist by any means, but a social / political conservative nonetheless. I held my nose and voted for John McCain even though he wasn't a conservative. It was the lesser of two evils. Besides, he had Sarah Palin. (On a side note, maybe she's not so bad at playing people either). McCain was trounced. The GOP lost. Then I voted for Mitt Romney even though he wasn't really a conservative. Again, the lesser of two evils argument prevailed, and again the GOP candidate got trounced. Then all of the Republicans gathered together and voted to get a majority in Congress. And what have they changed? Better yet, what have they tried to change? And now, with Trump the presumptive nominee, I'm going to be encouraged yet again, to pick the lesser of two evils. Sorry folks. I'm out.
There is no difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There are many who will say that we all need to unite behind Trump because at least we know who Clinton is and what she'll do. Indeed we do know her, and its scary to think she'll be president. But that argument assumes that we really know who Trump is, and we DO NOT. Trump is a chameleon and does whatever he needs to do to win and to make deals. We do not know who he is. If his past is any glimpse, he's as liberal as they come and he's going to do what's best for him and his ego, not the country. Will he probably be better on the economy and the military than Hillary? More than likely, yes. Is that enough for me to compromise my principles? Not even close. If he fixes the economy, but we keep killing babies, spitting on marriage, and creating a society where Judeo-Christian values are not only not respected, but are otherwise criminalized, then it won't matter in the end anyhow.
Should Trump have a massive change of heart and somehow prove that he's a conservative, I hold out a small percentage of possibility that I could cast a vote for him. Minus the improbable, if not, impossible, happening, I'll be casting my vote for a third party for the first time. Some will say a third party vote is a vote for Clinton, and if this was a typical election of conservative principles versus liberal principles, that argument would have some merit. But when the two choices for president are both liberal social and political propaganda pushers, a vote for a third party is a vote against the liberal epidemic that is eroding our values, destroying our country, and leading to Christianity becoming secularized at best, and criminalized at worst.
So I'm a political free agent for the first time. It's time for uncharted territory.