|"What difference does it make?" Hillary Clinton|
I'd like to apologize for any hand I may have had in indirectly leading to this moment.
Let me explain.
I've been a loud voice challenging the political establishment for years. I had supported President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 but was severely disappointed in his leadership during his second term. The bailouts, the largest domestic spending increase since LBJ, the unwillingness or inability to find anything in government that could be cut. Texas v. Medellin where the Bush administration sought to subject U.S. criminal law to the United Nations (a crisis only averted because the Texas Solicitor General, Ted Cruz, argued against the Bush administration before the Supreme Court and won the case.) It all was a leftward drift. There was no real champion of conservatism.
During the era of bailouts, my eyes were opened to the horrors of crony capitalism. I didn't realize that the GOP was as corrupt as the Democratic party. Then came 2008. I almost vomited when I realized that John McCain was going to be the nominee. He didn't even really convincingly pretend to be conservative most of the time. When he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate, I became enthused about the ticket because I saw in Palin a conservative champion who was willing to stand up to the party bosses and do the right thing. I was tired of falling in line and voting for a lesser of evils. I was tired of hearing politicians promise me things only to drop those once in office because "compromise" or something.
I saw the party's treatment of Sarah Palin during that election as confirmation that there was a clear dividing line between the people and the establishment. I cheered on the tea party in 2009 and beyond. I blogged, tweeted, and campaigned for outsiders that challenged incumbent establishment moderates.
In 2012, I was willing to support anyone other than Mitt Romney. Everyone flamed out. Everyone. Palin sat it out, and no real conservative stood against Romney. Once again I conceded my vote to the lesser of the two evils. To be honest, I felt that Mitt did a better job in the campaign than I expected, but my vote was still really an anti-Obama vote and not a pro-Mitt vote.
So when 2016 rolled around, I had high hopes that the mood of the electorate had finally changed to the point where a anti-establishment conservative stood a real chance of winning the nomination. It was obvious from day one that the establishment candidates--Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and the gang wouldn't take off. There was no excitement or support for their candidacies. In previous years Governor Bush would have taken the nomination in a walk.
And yet I seem to have misunderstood the people I had aligned myself with for the past few years. You see, I believed that they, like me, opposed the establishment because of it's corruption, it's lack of conservative conviction, it's party over principle approach to governance and elections.
I was wrong.
It seems that many of the folks who stood beside me in the anti-establishment movement are simply anti-establishment. They have no guiding political convictions. They will talk about the constitution but have probably never read it nor care much for what it says. They oppose the establishment only so long as they are not a part of it, but if given the chance, they would enact their own establishment and conduct business the same way.
I support Senator Ted Cruz because he is a man of principle who has done exactly what he said he would do. He has stood, often alone, against his own party as it betrayed the constitutional conservative voters who elected it, over and over again. He has been our voice in a sea of madness.
And yet, the anti-establishment folks have chosen to support Donald Trump instead of Ted Cruz.
They are so against illegal immigration that they will support a man who was for amnesty as recently as 2014, who has time and time again employed illegals at his properties, who originally supported Syrian refugees before he opposed it, and who wants to kick illegals out only to let them back in via touch-back amnesty because "we're gonna build a wall."
The are so outraged by crony capitalism that they flock to an orange-tinted billionaire who has used the bankruptcy laws 4 times to defraud investors, openly brags about buying and owning politicians, and who literally supported every single bailout from Bush and Obama. A man who refuses to hire lobbyists until he fills his campaign with lobbyists, including a man who lobbied on behalf of Pakistan and the Palestinians and who is under investigation for fraud in the Cayman Islands.
They are so outraged by the usurpation of 1/5 of the US economy via the farce that is Obamacare that they support the man that continues in GOP debates during this election cycle to praise single-payer healthcare and who says the government will pay for healthcare because we can't have people "dying in the streets" right out of the Democratic talking points.
The are so solidly with Israel that they support a man who sees the Palestinians and Israel through a moral equivalency, and who canceled a trip to Israel because he doesn't like Netanyahu's attitude because he was once the grand marshal of some pro-Israel parade and his son-in-law is Jewish.
They are so horrified at Ted Cruz because his wife was a low-level member of a panel for the Council on Foreign Relations because this means that Cruz is a one world order guy, that they will support the guy who says he "supports everything the UN stands for" and who hired as his top foreign policy advisor the president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
They excoriated McCain, Romney, and Bush for flip-flopping on every issue that matters that they flock to a man who flip-flops on every issue that matters within minutes and then reverses back again because "telling it like it is" or something.
They loath Obama for his celebrity and mindless followers and his outright narcissism, so they flock to the guy who is a bigger narcissist and who is late for his victory speech because he's attending a swanky Time Magazine sponsored celebrity-filled party in NYC and who claims that his top advisor is himself because "he has a big brain" and he "says a lot of things."
The want rule of law enforced and the constitution followed, but support a man who when asked about Obama's unconstitutional executive orders, suggests that he will do executive orders better than Obama.
They mock Obama's lack of substance over "hope and change" but swoon and guffaw when Trump screams about a wall, and answers policy questions by saying," I strongly support policy. I strongly support being smart." This is policy meat to them because if Trump answered with specifics someone else would steal his ideas.
They demand to bring jobs back to the US and they think the man who can best accomplish this is a billionaire who makes his shirts and ties in China and Mexico.
This election has really revealed that a large part of this anti-establishment movement is nothing but mentally ill malcontents who are no better than the leftist socialists.
I will never vote for Donald Trump. He is not a lesser of the evils. He is just plain evil. He's a morally bankrupt con man who has no idea what he's talking about and who, until 5 minutes ago, agreed with everything in Hillary Clinton's platform. Mr. Trump's candidacy has not destroyed the GOP. It has re-made it into a populist-nationalist party. What his candidacy has done is destroy the conservative movement.
His dishonest attacks on a good man have severely damaged the reputation of one of the most principled constitutional conservatives of our generation. His candidacy has stripped Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Jeff Sessions, Laura Ingraham, Fox News, and other previous conservative leaders of their integrity and credibility.
The GOP can go ahead and nominate Donald Trump. I will not vote for him. In the choice between Hillary and Trump, I see no daylight between the two. I will find some obscure third party or independent candidate to support. I will also leave the GOP for good. I'm not anti-establishment just for kicks. I'm for constitutional conservatism. I'm really not interested in burning the GOP establishment to the ground only to hand it to a progressive conman who wants to date his daughter.
I will continue to fight for Ted Cruz until the last delegates are counted. I will maintain my integrity. I will remain #NeverTrump and feel no guilt or shame about that.
As for his supporters--I want nothing to do with most of them either. I've already purged my social media largely of Trump supporters. There are precious few who are rational. I don't desire to through in with people immune to facts and reason. It's not any cooler when it happens on the right. I'm sorry that I ever threw in with you folks to begin with and I'll not soon forget the ease with which they tossed aside their convictions as they swooned over an orange bloated billionaire con man.
May God have mercy on us all.