“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” -Burke

This primary season, while still in its infancy, has already shown this to be truth. Take notice not only at the lack of the good associating, but also those on our side who chose to combine with bad men.

Running for President, especially as a movement conservative, must be done from principle. Those who compromise their principle for a temporary tactical advantage, those who are more concerned with positioning in the polls and wither at the risk involved to associate with the good … these people have displayed a serious flaw in their character.

For myself, this was a very telling episode. I have lost friends, mentors, and a great deal of respect for certain individuals in the process. I am sure some have lost an equal amount of respect for me, but I can honestly say that I went into this and came out the other side with my principles intact.

It troubles me greatly that we are at a moment in the conservative movement, and the Republican Party as a whole, in which a 14 year Governor of the world’s 12th largest economy, a state that created 1.5 million jobs when the rest of the nation lost 400,000, is rejected out of hand for a pompous T.V. reality star attempting to purchase the GOP Primary. Even more troubling is the movement conservatives who have been either complacent, or complicit in the rise of Trump.

I can’t honestly remain a registered Republican if Donald Trump is to be the standard bearer. I shall wait patiently and see how this primary now shakes out with the departure of Rick Perry from the race. Hopefully someone will be able to break us from our lemming like march off the cliff and into the abyss.

If not, then for the first time in my life I will be voting for someone other than the Republican nominee for President. With that admission, and a full understanding of the rules of RedState, I will no longer be publishing on the front page. It has been a pleasure.