In November, America will elect the worst President in the history of this great country. It doesn’t matter which liberal Democrat from New York wins the election. This isn’t about choosing the lesser of two evils. It’s about picking our political poison. With Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the Presidency will become a fatal dose of incompetence covered in corruption and mingled with deception.
Absolutely nothing Ted Cruz said in his speech at the Republican National Convention was against the country, the GOP, or conservatism. He told voters to defend freedom. He told them to embrace the conservative values that have kept the evils of liberalism from overrunning the country for over two centuries. He asked Americans to vote for their conscience because, in theory, one’s conscience should be able to guide their vote in the right direction up and down the ticket.
What Cruz did wasn’t wrong in any form or fashion. The outrage is that he exposed the truth: most of those who wholeheartedly accept and endorse Donald Trump as President must do so against their conscience. There are those who support him because they truly believe he will make America great again. That’s why he won the nomination; enough voters were fooled into believing that this corrupt, incompetent man was the beacon of hope they’ve been seeking since Ronald Reagan. Of course, there’s also a good number of Democrats who assisted in that, but now’s not the time to dwell on past misfortunes.
Many people will hold their nose and vote for Trump because they fear Hillary. This is acceptable because it’s still conscience-driven. However, that does not mean that any of us should be expected to pile on false praise in order to feign a sense of unity within the party. The anti-Clinton vote should stay just that – anti-Clinton. Pretending like Trump will be anything other than an absolute disaster as President is unworthy of anyone calling themselves patriots.
Ted Cruz said what many have hoped would never be said. Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, and even running mate Mike Pence are not the sheep following blindly. They are the ones who have abandoned their conscience in an effort to build a perception of unity in the party and for the sake of their political futures. They kissed the ring in hopes that most others would as well. They felt that anyone who didn’t would be in the minority and dismissed like John Kasich and Jeb Bush. The last thing they wanted was for someone to tell the truth that the party can only unify behind Trump by stifling their conscience.
As Paul G. Kengor noted on Conservative Review:
What ran afoul in Cleveland was nothing that Ted Cruz said or did; what was foul was the reaction of the Trumpists, a sect of followers who have taken on the persona of their leader, from their rank incivility to their belligerence to their juvenile, emotional, and often irrational cruelty toward anyone who does not go “all-in” for their dear leader.
We are faced with an impossible choice. It’s been said many times in the past, but what Alexander Hamilton wrote in the 18th century bears constant repeating: “If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. I will never vote for Donald Trump. I’m not crazy about any of the other candidates who don’t have a chance anyway. The only path forward for conservatives is to build on what we have left and start a new party.