This election cycle was something to look forward to, until Donald Trump entered the scene.
He is no conservative. Those who are actual conservatives know this. He is not related to anything resembling conservative principle. He gleefully and embarrassingly mocks it all with his words, mannerisms, and empty rhetoric. I consider “the establishment” (an incredibly overused phrase) to be made up of those who abandon the foundation of conservatism in order to gain power. Trump is the establishment.
This has turned into Trump’s GOP, and we have a choice to make. If it turns out as it appears it will, we will have Hillary or Trump as our official options on election day. And I’m tired of hearing “you have to vote for the GOP nominee!” No, I really don’t. I’ve decided that neither liberal Hillary nor liberal Trump will receive my vote, even if it means the other will win. The lesser of two evils is still evil.
I’ve always considered myself a conservative who happens to be a registered Republican. But when I see Trump “conservatives” do things like defend Trump’s praise of Planned Parenthood, and foolishly laugh off pro-life issues as one of the foundations of the party, I absolutely cringe. When I see them follow someone who makes them feel, and not think, it reinforces the fact that the Trump phenomenon is no different than the Obama phenomenon; all that’s changed is the letter next to the candidate’s name.
As we continue careening toward a general election with Hillary and Trump, we must realize that we are headed toward misery, one way or another. And I, for one, refuse to be a part of that misery. I will vote, as I usually do, but will not support either of the two evils presented to us.
Winston Churchill said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” This election year, more than any in recent memory, has proven that to be true.