There is No Longer A Difference

donkey-elephantOver the last few days, I have been amazed, and disappointed, watching people who have been considered Conservative leaders twist themselves into pretzels to justify the vile comments made by Donald Trump in 2005.

Let me stop for a moment, and make something abundantly clear:  This is not a rant against Donald Trump.  Period.  I am not going to change anyone’s mind who are committed to voting for him, any more than his supporters will change my mind about (probably) not voting for him (which becomes more likely by the day).

What Donald Trump said in 2005 does not surprise me at all, and I really don’t believe he has changed all that much since then.  The elites in this country, be they political or entertainer, believe they are above the law in every respect, and we see that, with both of these candidates, that’s essentially true.

No, what does surprise me are people I used to respect condoning his comments from 2005, and his actions during this campaign, because he has an R after his name, and he’s running against Hillary.

Once-upon-a-time, the Republican Party actually stood for the principles and values of “fly over” country.  In part, it is why the Party was founded in the first place, and how we came to elect Abraham Lincoln as the first-ever Republican President.  When the scandals of Bill Clinton came to the forefront, the Republicans stood strong, and spoke out against his reprehensible words and actions.  It was the Democrats who shrugged it off, and made it a resume enhancement, as they have done with nearly every scandalous Democrat for decades.

The Republicans didn’t do that.  We called out the people who had an R after their name who did wrong, insisting that they step down for the good of the nation and the Party.  It wasn’t, and isn’t, fair that the media lets the Democrats get away with it, while the Republicans are always hoisted by their petard.  However, someone had to do the hard thing and stand for what was right, and that used to be the Republicans.  Life is not fair, and anyone who tells you any differently is trying to sell you something.  It usually turns out to be something you never wanted in the first place.

Yet, in this election, because Donald Trump supposedly had some kind of conversion from Democrat to Republican (which based on many of his statements I really don’t believe actually happened) a year and a half ago, and it is Lucifer incarnate he’s running against, the Republicans who would have, as little as 2 years ago decried what he’s said and done, now make excuses for him.  You have sacrificed your integrity, and your credibility, to win.  In future elections, when you try to say that you uphold Constitutional Conservative principles and values, people like me will point to this election and say, “didn’t you endorse the man who’s “locker room talk” included bragging about sexually assaulting women?”

Oh, and don’t give me the meme that’s going around about comparing what this Presidential Candidate said to a piece of fiction written by someone NOT running to be the leader of the free world.  Or, that what Trump said is better than what Bill Clinton did.  Neither moral equivalence works.  Not if you say you hold to any of the values or principles upon which this country was founded.  Just because what he said was not as bad as what Bill Clinton did does not make it right, or worthy of excusing.  It may sound very black-and-white, but wrong is wrong.  This man is running to be the most powerful leader on the planet.  We used to, and still need to, hold those candidates to a higher standard.

I understand this was an “October Surprise” saved by the media to throw at Trump and try to derail the election, but it doesn’t alter the fact that he said those words.  His “political” apology means nothing.  It sounded like the apology that every politician makes when they are sorry they were caught, which makes him just another politician.

Today, I looked at what many of the “Republican and Conservative Leaders” have said to try to justify keeping this man as the candidate, and I realized something:  I honestly believe that Trump could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone, and not only his supporters, but the Party leadership would find some way to justify it because of “but Hillary”.  All these years that people have been saying there’s no difference between the Parties, and I argued that there were significant differences…well, I was right at the time, but not any longer.  There is no longer a difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Fear of what Hillary Clinton will try to do to this nation, has turned many strong Republican leaders into Democrats.  They just haven’t realized it yet.

Sadly, no matter which candidate wins in a few weeks, America will ultimately be the loser.



Now More Than Ever

This electionBallotBox season has been the craziest that I have ever lived through.  I thought the insanity of the Obama-ites in 2008 was nuts, but that has nothing on this year.

For the first time in my lifetime, I have reached the conclusion that I have to live by the axiom of “never talk religion or politics”, at least when it comes to the Presidential race.  The animosity out there for those of us who cannot support either of the top two candidates is really disturbing, but I think it does point out one very important thing:  Most of us realize that this election is going to have significant consequences for this nation.

For many, regardless of which candidate takes the office of POTUS, the feeling is that the United States, as it was founded, is well and truly dead.  To a certain degree I cannot argue with that.  In fact, I would argue that process began 8 years ago when the current President said he was going to “fundamentally transform” this nation.  Transform it he did, though not for the better.

However, there is one thing those of us not supporting either of the top two Presidential candidates can do:  Support the Constitutional Conservatives on the down ticket.

No matter who ends up as our next President, it is going to be critical for true Constitutional Conservatives to be in the House and Senate to stand against either candidate’s imperialistic moves (and I have no doubt that this will be the case whether it’s Clinton or Trump).

Now more than ever we need strong Constitutional Conservatives like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul standing fast against both the overreach of power by the Executive, as well as the spinelessness of the Establishment GOP who will cave to either because they won’t do conflict.

Find out who is running in your state for Senate and House, and support the ones who stand closest to your principles – always remembering the 80/20 rule…they stand for at least 80% of the things you stand for.  This year you may need to settle for the 70/30 rule in some places, but that’s still better than someone who doesn’t believe in any of the things you find important.  Remember that you will never find the “perfect” candidate, but you can hopefully find some people who are close enough.

That’s the first step, but let me point out something that is even more relevant for you – your state and local races may be even more important as they have the greater impact on your day-to-day life than any national office does.

Here in Washington State, a group of people who were working on the Cruz campaign have decided to stick together as a group, and work on getting Conservative candidates into office on all levels here in the State.  Members of the group have selected one State-wide candidate, and one or two local candidates to support insuring that as many candidates as possible have some strong Constitutional Conservatives working with them to get the word out.  Many of the candidates this year are new to politics, and don’t have the name recognition that the incumbent Democrat (in most cases) has, so they desperately need people to step up and help out.  Each Thursday, the former Cruzers get together on a conference call to discuss the candidates, what the needs are, and upcoming events with those candidates.

And, the efforts are starting to see results.  For the first time in decades, we have a real opportunity to get a Republican into the governor’s office, and take control of the State House.  Each of us gives whatever level of support we can, be it in time, knowledge, money or a combination of all.  We are individuals who share the same principles and goals that we would like to see prominent in this state, who come together to be more effective than we can be as individuals.

It’s tough though.  Given the extreme dislike for both, it would be easy this year for the #NeverHillary and #NeverTrump people to just sit out the election entirely.

Please do not do that.

Yes, we are not going to be happy with the top of the ticket no matter what.  Reality is, one of those two is going to be POTUS.  But we have an opportunity here to still make an enormous difference in restoring our Constitutional Republic.  It won’t be fast, and it won’t be easy, but if we truly believe that it is worth saving, and restoring, then we must put our apathy aside, and use our anger to more constructive purposes.

We are going to have to start small.  Most of us have never been really involved in a political campaign short of, perhaps, donating a little money to a candidate here and there (and the last statistic I heard was only about 3% of people do donate to candidates).  Money is good…they all need it, and that’s no doubt…but, what they really need are volunteers.  People to go out to meet their neighbors and talk about the candidate.  People who will come into the HQ to make phone calls and put address labels on mailers.  People who will walk in a parade with them just to show their support.  People who will write letters to the editors, or blog posts that will explain where the candidate stands on key issues.

I realize we are all really busy just getting everything done with our everyday lives, and it’s hard to try and fit in time to volunteer on a campaign.  However, even just a few hours a month can make an enormous difference if enough of us are doing it.

I would suggest, for those who were involved in the Cruz campaign, or that of another candidate, band together to determine the most efficient and effective means to help your local candidates.  It will allow you to begin building a network that will help strengthen the Constitutional Conservative movement in your state, and will lay the ground work for future elections.

It comes down to this:  Now, more than ever, we need to be involved.  We have been the “Silent Majority” for too long, and now we are left with choices that are really no choice at all.  If we want government to be a smaller part of our lives, we need to be working to elect people who feel the same way.

If we are not there to support them, and I mean tangibly support them, who is going to?

Voting is not enough anymore.  The time for action has arrived.  It is too late to do anything about the top of the ticket, but we can certainly make an impact down the ballot at the federal level, as well as the state and local levels.  Believe me, your local city or county council has a greater impact on your lives than POTUS really ever will.

Let’s show the Progressives and Establishment that they have not beaten us.  Let’s show them that Constitutional principles really do matter, and that we will fight for them with all that we have for as long as we have it.

No one else is going to do this for us.  The GOP has well and truly abandoned their Conservative base, and may soon be going the way of the Whigs for their stand in the primary and since.

For our “posterity”, the generations to come, it falls upon us to take up the fight and restore the principles in our government which were the basis of its foundation.

This may very well be the last chance to stop the tide for a generation or more, and it starts with the very small pebbles we will find locally.  No one pebble will make a difference on its own, but find enough to build a strong wall and it will make an enormous difference.

Now, more than ever we need to stand strong together and be the difference — the difference between the oblivion of history, or reigniting the “shining city on the hill”.