The 2016 Election
Trump versus Clinton was a dilemma in which many sincere patriotic Americans simply could not bring themselves to vote for either unqualified candidate. Both campaigns were totally egocentric and devoid of substance.
We knew what Hillary was like from her time as First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. She had already proven herself unfit to lead.
Those of us who are not into celebrity worship had never paid much attention to Donald Trump. He was just a rich guy from New York who always took every opportunity to draw attention to himself.
He certainly jumped into the GOP Presidential campaign to serve as spoiler and to bolster his own public image. It’s unlikely the thought of what he would do if he actually won the election ever crossed his mind.
One of the first people he consulted when he thought about running was his old golf buddy Bill Clinton. Slick Willie probably thought that Donnie getting into the race would just benefit Hillary. Then he could be First Dude and Tomcat around the corridors and stockrooms of the White House with young interns.
But, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will almost certainly someday lose an election to an opponent named Fido! Just being “Not Hillary” is enough to elect virtually anyone or anything that runs against her.
There is a very strong parallel between how conservatives absolutely loathe Hillary and how liberals completely despise Donald. It is a blinding rage that causes all issues to be totally submerged.
Where We Are Now
I anticipated the untenable situation that exists today. Having abstained on November 8th, 2016, those who did not put Trump into the Oval Office are now faced with another dilemma.
We see Democrat candidates trying to outdo one another showing just how far beyond all reason and common sense they can actually go. It’s more than just same-sex marriage and abortion these days.
Democrats fundamentally want to discard the United States Constitution altogether. They have no concept of national sovereignty. They want open borders to get more illegals to come in and vote for Democrats. They want to eliminate the Electoral College to focus their efforts on blue urban areas while disenfranchising voters in the red American Heartland.
Look at any and all of the Democrat contenders right now. There is no way to know where any one of them would go and take us all with them if they get elected on November 3, 2020.
The Choice We Must Make
What makes the disenfranchised conservatives’ situation so untenable is that now we must either defend and support President Donald Trump whom we did not want to ever become President Donald Trump ~ or ~ we face the unthinkable prospect of a radical Democrat President who would far surpass Obama in further transforming our beloved country into an unrecognizable banana republic.
Given his performance, and that’s exactly what it was, a performance, during the 2016 debates, my conclusions about Trump would be the same if we had it to do over again.
He has done some things that are much, much better than what Hillary would have done. Pretty much everything, actually.
His first Supreme Court pick was good and his second one was mediocre. If RBG ends her tenure, his next one could truly turn the tides for a generation of high court decisions.
He has thus far had Israel’s back in the Middle East. If he has Manila’s back facing down China, this will increase the positive aspect of his legacy.
But there are truly disconcerting things also about Trump. It’s greatly disappointing that he and his Secretary of State have our foreign diplomats promoting LGBTQ months.
But the most alarming failure of our incumbent President and Commander-in-Chief is his admiration for authoritarian world leaders. He feels right at home with Kim, Xi, Putin and Erdoğan. Their hostility toward the United States does not seem to matter as much to him as his personal relationship with them.
He really needs to remember that his legacy is really not about himself; it is about how he governs the United States of America and safeguards us against all enemies both foreign and domestic.
Which brings us to the crux of the issue. Disenfranchised conservatives rightly believe that Donald Trump has corrupted the conservative base of the Republican Party. He has shown that the cult of personality supersedes all value judgments by voters.
So, where do we go now?
There is some truth in the fact that if the Republican party is out of power for the next four years, it will cause conservatives to re-evaluate their priorities. But it will also put our national destiny in the hands of an erratic President, much more so than Trump has been or would continue to be.
We have had two narcissists in the White House in a row. At least two. But especially the most recent two.
Despite that, I don’t believe Donald Trump would intentionally send our country down the drain. He might do it inadvertently. But, many Democrat hopefuls today would do it intentionally just to perpetuate their own power.
The red line has indeed been crossed. We can no longer stand back and let things take their own course. We need to place our bet on the person least likely to do harm.
Yes, I do realize how terrible it is to have to formulate the options in such a dire manner. We can default and let a Democrat be elected who is overwhelmingly likely to destroy America. Or we can stay with Trump and encourage him to choose and listen to good advisors.
The 2020 Election
There is a very short time window for a GOP Primary challenge. Right now I wouldn’t give it more than a 1% chance of transpiring. So, come next year, we’re going to face that binary choice that we so much dread.
President [Fill in the Blank*]
~ or ~
President Donald J. Trump
*Only with names of actual Democrat candidates.
You will do what your heart and mind tell you to do. I will cross the red line of Never-Trumpism and balance idealism with realism.
In a second Trump term, we can expect at least one more Supreme Court nomination to give it a conservative majority. Our overall national security and our border security in particular will be in better hands.
It will be easier to articulate the clear choice as we see which Democrat candidate emerges victorious in Milwaukee next year. Then Trump will be re-nominated in Charlotte.
Any one of the Dems would be less like the Archangel Gabriel and more akin to Lucifer. I wouldn’t characterize Trump as either one.
Food for Thought
I’ll leave you with this. When you go into a fast food restaurant that has hamburgers and hotdogs on the menu board ~ please don’t order lobster tail!
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