SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2016 — It happened. Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee. Now the liberal media is salivating because they are so sure Hillary will beat him. The GOP golf and country club establishment is aghast because they are also sure Hillary will beat him.
Actually, a few of the latter want to be sure Hillary wins. Yes, some of these elitist GOP pundits are calling for Republicans to stay home, consequently throwing the election to Hillary for the sake of “keeping our Republican party pure.”
Otherwise (supposedly) Donald Trump will re-write the very meaning of the word “Republican.”
There is another group within the Republican Party, a more honest, sincere group driven not by power but genuine ideology and values.These people call themselves “conservatives.” Conservatives are split almost down the middle. Some are licking their wounds from the defeat of Ted Cruz. They were hoping for a contested convention.
They do share one thing in common with Trump supporters, but only one: They were both disenchanted with the spineless GOP establishment. The problem is that they don’t trust Trump either. They don’t view him as a real conservative.
They are disgusted by the insults that come out of Trump’s mouth. They were shocked at the name calling and mud slinging. They have zero faith in his promises. And they have seen him change positions more times than a gymnast on a balance beam.
They feel that a vote for Trump is a vote against their conscience, their convictions, and against God.
So how do we navigate through these disappointing and turbulent waters? Is there any hope left? Is there anything Evangelicals and other conservatives can do?
Yes. We can admit that Trump was not our first choice; not even our second. He may have even been at the bottom of the 17 Republican candidates’ list. But he did get the nomination.
That alone isn’t a reason to vote for him. Preventing another 4 years of the leftish, destructive policies of Barack Obama is a reason. And that is just exactly what we will get if Hillary, Bernie, or any other Democratic candidate wins this fall.
And so we may need to vote for Trump. That will be hard. We’ll need to plug our noses while we do it. But difficult as that may be, it needs to be done. Yet, that won’t be the hardest part. We have an even trickier task to perform first: We must persuade other conservatives to also vote for Trump.
“Well, now you’re just asking the impossible.”
It may seem that way. But it can be done. How? We start by pointing out that we are not so much for Trump as against liberal, Democrat alternatives
After that, we will point out that there are two different kinds of Trump supporters; the groupies and the realists.
We are in the second camp and we must be willing to express criticism of the first camp; those who defend the man right or wrong and follow him as if he was some kind of Messiah.
Let’s be honest. Many of Trump’s groupies are marching in lockstep for the same reasons people followed Obama in 2008; blind, uncritical, emotional euphoria based on charisma and talking points that don’t offer a lot of substance.
“Make America Great Again.”
“Hope and change”
They almost sound the same, because without elaboration, nobody knows what they mean.
Ironically, many in the “anything goes with Trump” camp are true conservatives who detest the policies of Barrack Obama. How ironic that they now follow another pied piper.
But Trump realists are a different brand.
We are not groupies. We are not so naive as to portray Trump as a conservative. He’s not a conservative. He’s a populist who skillfully felt the pulse of an angry, betrayed nation. At the moment, he’s a populist who articulates a few conservative values. That’s not as good as a real honest-to-goodness conservative, but it’s light years from allowing the leftists to completely control our country. Not only will we admit that Trump is a populist, we will point out that he’s a very flawed populist at that.
When he makes mistakes, we will acknowledge them, not as quick, obligatory disclaimers, but as genuine concerns.
We will admit that much as Trump calls other people liars, he has lied himself, many times. We will even site examples, such as his claim that George Bush was responsible for 9/11 and his attempt to walk it back days later by saying that Bush may have been responsible.
Politicians are notorious for claiming they didn’t really say what they said. Even in the age of video playback, they still explain what they “truly meant.” Apparently, they have been led to believe they can get away with it. Almost all of them do it and Trump, the self-proclaimed non- politician, has been quite political himself.
True, in some ways he is different from other politicians. The man speaks without a filter, then thinks about what he said the next day. Upon better judgement, he adjusts his position. The adjustment is fine. But it should be accompanied by an apology, or at least an honest admission. He should simply admit he was wrong instead of trying to spin it. When he spins, he has gone full circle, sounding like a politician once again.
And so, Trump realists will be honest, even when Trump himself is not.
Our honesty will squarely face his problematic track record:
On both social issues and foreign policy, he’s been all over the map; for a single payer system; against a single payer system;f or abortion, against abortion.
He woos Evangelicals, yet when asked, he cannot name any personal examples of asking God for forgiveness. He holds up the Bible as a good book to read, only slightly higher on the list than his own book.
He’s a man who at any time could say anything, do anything, or stand for anything.
And yet, scary as this profile looks, there is another side.
The brass and tactlessness of Trump may make some flinch, but it is still satisfying to see somebody who does not consult a politically correct dictionary before talking.
Meanwhile, there’s more than brass. There has been a modicum of substance, hopefully the tip of a bigger iceberg. While Trump groupies only memorize his talking points, Trump realists have listened to some of his meatier speeches on foreign policy and trade. When well thought out detail is offered, it is not so bad.
Should the man surround himself with a conservative cabinet, (maybe even some of the people he ran against) we might see his business executive experience kick in, the experience of knowing that one must listen to advice and consider all angles before making a decision.
He has gone on record as saying that he will at least take the advice of generals more seriously than Obama did. That alone, is significant, given the global anarchy Obama will leave behind.
As for the way Trump insults his opponents… An insult is abominable… IF… it was unnecessary and IF it was untrue.
Such was the case when Trump used insults during the primary. That will not be the case in the general election. If Trump were to go after Hillary with the same fervor he went after Rubio, Bush, Cruz and others, we might just experience that rarity of rarities; a Republican presidential candidate winning an election for a change.
Not that we would want him to be cruel or crass. But frankly, he wouldn’t need to be. All he’d have to do is speak the truth.
Both Mitt Romney and John McCain walked on eggshells to not insult Obama in 2008 and 2012. They were surrounded by campaign strategists who warned them again and again to avoid being offensive.Therein lies the Republican trap.
Democrats are not shy about attacking even if the attack is a downright lie.
Harry Reid shamelessly commented on Romney’s tax returns without offering a shred of evidence.
President Obama claimed that Republicans wanted dirty air and water. None of this matters to the Democrats. It works. Without hesitation, they lie about Republicans, while Republican candidates will not even speak the truth about Democrats. These days, there is a lot of truth to be spoken; truth which puts a spotlight on Democrat lies; lies about Benghazi, lies about health care, lies about Fast and Furious and lies about countless other things.
Trump will not be so timid. He has shrewdly calculated that conservatives (at least a significant portion of them) are tired of the mealy-mouthed approach. They want a candidate who takes on his adversary as if he were stepping into a ring.
They want somebody to fight for their values, even if they are uncertain how much he actually shares those values.
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