Hello, my name is JD and I was once a NeverTrumper.
In fact, I left the Republican Party in 2016 and started a new party to bring limited-government policies back to Washington DC. It wasn’t over Trump alone. The GOP seemed to be heading in the wrong direction on many policy issues, choosing to slide to the murky middle the Democrats appeared to be vacating for the sake of political expediency. But things changed. The new party I helped build was going in a direction that I couldn’t abide, one that couldn’t abide by me.
The path to a stronger, more prosperous America through a new political party proved to be too challenging in an atmosphere that prohibits breaking the two-party system. I had a choice to make: Travel the ideological high road of purity and fantasy or affect real change in the way the GOP operates.
Thankfully, much of what has happened over the last two-and-a-half years made the choice much easier. The nation didn’t implode. The GOP goofed their way past their failed Obamacare repeal to deliver a good start with the 2017 tax cuts. The pro-life movement made strides at the state level. And while I can point a very angry finger at the GOP for not acting on asylum reform, wall funding, and border patrol expansion when they had control of the House of Representatives, I take some solace in knowing they (nor I) realized the situation would get as bad as it is today. I believe if they had a crystal ball that told them illegal immigration was going to explode in 2019, they would have acted when they had the chance.
So now we’re here and I realize the most viable path to fixing things in DC, in state capitals, and in mayors’ offices around the country is to strengthen limited-government conservatism within the GOP instead of playing the long game of building a new political party. America doesn’t have time for the long game. If we don’t act immediately and decisively to change our course away from the increasingly popular tenets of socialism, we will not have a country in which people can enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Without action, our lives will be dominated by thoughts of how we’re going to survive. This is why we are forming the American Conservative Movement.
Today, I am a full-blown supporter of the vast majority of President Trump’s goals, and while I still cringe at some of his Tweets and object to certain policies (sorry, Red Flag Gun Laws should be eliminated, not supported by the White House) I can say with honesty in my soul and with love for America in my heart that the best future for our nation can only be achieved by President Trump getting a second term and for the conservatives to take as many seats as possible in elections across the country.
Today, it’s easy to be a NeverTrumper. It feels good to sit there and balk at everything the GOP does, to condemn every Tweet the President puts out, and to scream about how bad it all is. But it’s not bad. It’s getting better. Jobs truly are rising. Leftist policies are showing their failures in cities like San Francisco and Seattle. Conservatives are rising even as big tech companies try to diminish us. And perhaps most importantly, all but the unhinged hyper-leftists and the unyielding NeverTrump crowd are realizing that prosperity is possible when government gets out of the way.
There is still a long way to go. The fight is ramping up all around us. Socialists are getting a foothold as a result of the clear prosperity around us because antagonizing is always easiest when emotions are high. There will always be a counter-movement that interprets the success of most as the reason others aren’t getting their “fair” share.
When I look at what would be best for America, it’s a no-brainer. The clearly biased mainstream media is generally against the President and as such, they’ve displayed their true colors of being not only against conservatism but against American itself. They have demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that they would rather see Americans hurt through their dishonest reporting than to give a truthful account of the things that are making and will continue to make Americans thrive. They willfully ignore real issues so as not to echo the President’s sentiment, then they highlight false issues to make the Democrats look better. It’s all a sham.
Whatever damage I thought President Trump could do, it’s minuscule compared to the good that has come to America as a result of his presidency. I’m not going to make excuses for my NeverTrump past even though I could do as so many NeverTrumpers and nitpick until I feel ideologically superior. That’s just not my way. My duty as an American citizen is first and foremost to the truth, and that truth is beaming across the country.
There will be those who condemn me for admitting I was wrong because doing so is an indictment against their own false justifications for keeping up the NeverTrump charade. That’s fine. I’m a big boy. #MAGA
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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JD Rucker – EIC