From the moment Donald J. Trump came down that escalator in June of 2015 to officially announce his candidacy for president, I’ve been quite critical of him. There is more than enough reason for this, I believe.
Not only were the man’s policy positions highly questionable, never having been rooted in conservatism his entire adult life, but his demeanor, arrogance, and insulting behavior did much to turn people of substance off. After eight years of existing under Barack Obama, Republicans were ready for something brand new. Unfortunately, a good portion of them were more than willing to put up with an inexperienced reality star whose greatest quality was his ability to entertain crowds at campaign stops.
Since I’m concerned with morality and decency as well as policy, I could not support him on November 8, 2016. My vote went to Constitution Party candidate, Darrell Castle. Though I’ve been pummeled by the Left and the Right for going third party, I’ve never regretted my vote. Not for one moment.
During President Trump’s time in office, he has made some good decisions as well as bad. I’ve applauded him as well as called him out. Other than a severely limited knowledge of policy and procedure, the area he lacks in most of all is his character. Quite often, he steps over the line. This consistent immaturity and penchant for ridicule is something I can’t look past. It is not becoming of our nation’s leader.
Despite my concerns, I will still not support Democrats in this or any other election. As I wrote at Washington Examiner, such a direction is not even an option for me. Why?
…a party increasingly drawn to socialism. Democrats desire to expand the role of government and entitlements, take a lax approach to national security and defense, and protect a woman’s supposed right to violently destroy her unborn child. They should receive no proactive help from politically homeless, dissatisfied Republicans. There must be no support of these policy leanings no matter who resides in the White House. I can think of no excuse for actively propping up their platform, regardless of the national and international frustration and embarrassment our president brings. Such a direction is untenable.
The desire for a return to principled conservatism is understandable — I share it, too. But it is dormant, not dead. Discontent voters of the Republican variety may feel as if they’re valiantly fighting Trumpism by choosing to vote for Democrats. In reality, active support of the opposition only increases the likelihood that the GOP will find itself back in this position yet again.
There are those Republicans, disgruntled conservatives, and Right-leaning independents who viewed the Kavanaugh debacle and concluded that because the GOP put up such a fight in defending President Trump’s nominee against sexual misconduct allegations, that they should instead throw their support behind Democrats in the midterm elections.
This boggles the mind.
To some, Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh are one and the same. In their minds, a sexual deviant nominated another sexual deviant and the party machine that worked to place him on the high court dismissed all of that. This is entirely opposite of the truth. You can think what you want of the president and his history of behavior with and toward women, but Trump and Kavanaugh are nowhere near one another. The new justice has a long, documented history of respecting women. The allegations against him were unsubstantiated smear campaigns meant to take him out at the eleventh hour.
In every way possible, Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a better man than the one who appointed him.
Even Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), someone who didn’t vote for the president and is never confused for a conservative, looked at the facts and decided that Brett Kavanaugh, like all of us, should be afforded the presumption of innocence. In the end, she made the right choice and supported him with her vote. By looking at the evidence, there was simply no other conclusion.
I understand the desire to see a Republican Party that cleans out the cultism and looks toward conservatism, instead. I share the frustration. But what happened to President Trump’s second nominee is not reason enough to support the opposition.
There is nothing principled about forsaking principles to elect the enemy of your enemy. They are, quite obviously, not your friend. And they’re not a friend to the American people and our way of life, either.
As expected, some loud, ex-GOPers have announced they are voting Democrat to save the country. Whatever that means. While they are free to vote as they please, it is nothing but silly, emotional thinking that led them that way. In fact, they have more in common with the cultist MAGA crowd than they care to admit.
While my voting future may involve voting third party or abstaining entirely, it will not involve casting a ballot for any member of the Democratic Party.
I can think of other ways to hold the Right accountable that don’t involve giving in to the polar opposition out of childish spite.