"In contrast to the ebb and flow of eternally shifting multiparty systems, America has a rigid, inflexible two-party choice:
One party is supposed to be the party of big government, the other the party of small government. When the Big Government Party is in power, the government gets bigger, and, when the Small Government Party is in power, the government gets bigger.
One party is supposed to be the party of social liberalism, the other the party of social conservatism. When the Socially Liberal Party is in power, the country gets more liberal, and, when the Socially Conservative Party is in power, the country gets more liberal.
One party is supposed to be the party of foreign-policy doves, the other the party of foreign-policy hawks. When the doves are in power, America loses wars, and, when the hawks are in power, America loses wars."And that, my friends is the problem. You may well be right that Trump (or Cruz or Fiorina or whatever candidates you hate) are "no goddamn conservative candidate" but I would argue (to use the hated Hillary Clinton line) -what difference does it make? As a tiny "one", of thousands who stood on the street, phone banked, organized events and fundraisers, and sacrificed more than I care to think about these long past 9 years, what did we really get? High unemployment, government controlled health insurance, unmitigated government overreach that only gets more "reachy" and a quality of life that is NOTHING compared to the time before Obama.....all the things the anti-Trumpers accuse Trump of supporting. The problem with that argument? These are all things we already have. Don't you see that? They argue Trump is no conservative because he has/did/does/will support these things, all the while, the "true conservatives" in the House and Senate have done no real thing to stop or even slow the tidal wave. In fact most of them support it in one way or another. So, the argument is you can't be for that guy because he is for those things, yet none of the elected conservatives are doing anything either? Well that's stupid. It disgusts me how much all those people did and sacrificed and worked for-getting people elected, trying to make them accountable, only to be sold down the river over and over again. The argument of the "smart thinkers" is this time it will be different if you'd just stop supporting the idiot. Well, sorry to break it to you, but the people don't agree. It would make me laugh....if it didn't stab me in the face. Again.
Someone I once knew said it's not a sprint, it's a marathon and that's right it is. But when people get screwed over and over, at some point you just quit caring. People out there in the regular world have jobs and struggle everyday. They have aging parents, dependant "kids" in their 20's (who struggle to even leave the nest, let alone stay out), failing small businesses, health problems, financial problems whatever. They don't have time to sit around and judge the conservative cred of someone. They want someone who they feel will get things done. I would venture most of them even know they might not be the right things, but what has striving to get the "right" candidate to do the right thing gotten them? They don't care about saving the party, or conservatism for that matter. They care about saving their own asses. Yes, you heard me right, they don't care what you think. Liberal policies and government overreach and illegal immigration have gotten so far out of control, there is nothing but panic out here in the "rest of the world". Some days it's real panic about feeding your entire family with what you can scrape out of the pantry to make a meal tonight. Some days it's panic about the checking account with 5 bucks and the $700 mortgage. They don't give a shit about conservative cred on those days. And frankly, why should they? Again I ask, what has fighting for conservatism actually gotten them these long last 8 years?
No President will alone save us and people who are rabid in their support of ANY candidate, in my opinion, are delusional. Presidents are people, not gods. The right person could possibly begin to turn the tide and possibly not. It could be too late. Everyone should get behind the candidate you think will do that, but to admonish others as wrong for having lost faith in those with "true conservative cred" is a mistake on your part. Until you can point to something real and far reaching that hasn't been compromised or bastardized by the very conservative cred you want to preserve so badly, don't talk to me about your bullshit.
I don't know if Trump is the right candidate. I don't know if it's Cruz or Carson or Fiorina or god forbid, Jeb Bush.....because there is NO FAITH in the system we have been given. None. I don't think any of them are the right candidate truth be told, because I don't believe there is such a leader these days. But if one of them wants to prove me wrong, I'm totally cool with that.
Reagan is dead. The 80's are dead. It's time to stop being wistful for what was and concentrate on what is. These are new times and politicians with "true conservative cred" have left us to wither on the vine for too many years. And don't take this post mean I don't support any of the candidates that call themselves "true conservative(s)" (though I'm more of a libertarian), I do. But I don't support someone just because they walk around with a big conservative button on their shirt or because some TV person told me to. I support the candidate that doesn't just hand out platitudes and pats on the head. Those guys can suck an egg.
So....good luck to the winner and do something worthwhile this time, ok? In the meantime, I'm going to spend the afternoon with my beautiful granddaughter tomorrow. She's 5 and when she says she's going to do something, she does it. Now that's some cred I can get behind.