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Dear GOP: This is what happens when you trade morals for… whatever you saw in Trump

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Dear GOP This is what happens when you trade morals for whatever you saw in Trump

Porn star sex scandals. Crooked lawyers doing crooked things. The National Enquirer spilling whatever beans they may have locked away in the vault. Campaign managers going to jail for a long time. Disgruntled former employees writing books. Playboy Playmates getting paid for silence.

These are the sorts of things that one might expect from Bill Clinton or Anthony Weiner. They should have never been the centerpiece of a Republican President’s emerging legacy, yet that’s exactly what we’re seeing. Unfortunately, we could have seen this coming back in 2015 when Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy.

Some of us did, but not enough.

Trump is and always has been a devious, corrupt, lecherous man. He never hid these facts. He wrote books about his devious, corrupt, and lecherous adventures throughout his life. The GOP base he energized with amazing rallies and harsh words knew beyond a shadow of a doubt what this man represented in his life and they chose to let him represent them as a candidate and President.

It hasn’t all been bad, though. Many of the policies enacted while he’s been President have been positive. But there haven’t been nearly enough to justify the baggage and embarrassment he’s brought to his nation and the GOP. Don’t get me wrong; Hillary would have been far worse for different reasons, but Trump’s scandals are still very bad.

If things continue to sink, he may represent the downfall of the Republican Party. If they get worse, he may take the country down with him.

Just as Trump supporters have been calling on NeverTrumpers to admit he’s done some good things, I now call on his supporters to admit overall he has been a terrible mistake. We had Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or Rand Paul who could have done even more on the policy end while not turning the White House into a tabloid punchline. Heck, I would have taken moderate squishes like Jeb Bush or Lindsey Graham over what we have now.

I don’t think I could have made the leap to John Kasich, whose best quality is that he’s not Hillary Clinton.

I am no longer a Republican because of Trump but also because of what he brought to light within the GOP. He’s a symptom of both a party that has forgotten what it represents and a nation that has forgotten what it needs.

The 2016 election could have been the shift towards conservative values and federalist practices that can truly make the country great again. Instead, we have Trump values and big government policies as the backdrop to scandals that would make the Clinton’s blush. All the while, the Republican base seems oblivious to the catastrophes screaming around them.

We are seeing a sharp rise in people willing to adopt abominable ideologies like socialism, reproductive rights superseding human rights, and self-defense abdication. Trump and others in the GOP are giving people reasons to consider the failed economic philosophy that’s destroying Venezuela. They’re making it more and more popular to see pre-born babies as medical side effects to be purged. They’re promoting the notion that it’s not our responsibility to defend our families or have the means to protect ourselves from tyranny.

Trump and the GOP are giving progressives everything they could have ever hoped for: reasons to abandon the conservative values and federalist principles that we so desperately need in America today.

There are two important things that must be immediately learned and forever embedded in the minds of patriotic Americans. The first is obvious from the headline. Never, ever trade morals or values for whatever shiny object Trump represented to you. Whether it was his “straight talk” (that often turned out to be lies) or his bold promises (when do we get the check from Mexico to build the wall?) or the business savvy (more myth than reality since the vast majority of his business endeavors failed miserably), remember that a devious, corrupt, lecherous man will be a devious, corrupt, lecherous President if you put him in office.

The other thing to take away from this debacle is that we must return to the original intent of our founders. Read the Federalist Papers. Learn and teach what is required of self-governance and limited powers. Remember and remind that the individual, the family, and the community are exponentially more important for the success of the nation than anything enacted in DC or at state capitols and therefore should be the seats of power. Our founders didn’t envision the juggernaut of control that DC has become. It’s up to us to take back the power and localize as many political decisions as possible.

This isn’t about “I told you so.” It’s about how we move forward with the expectation that President Trump’s scandals are going to be distractions at best and a catalyst for failure at worst. We the People must work to bring conservative values and federalist philosophies back to the nation. Stop being sycophants. Start being Americans again.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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