There are a lot of things I don’t like about Donald Trump. I despise the way he mocks his rivals instead of debating the issues. I hate his sneering arrogance. I have serious questions about how he can accomplish even some of what he promises. Still, in spite of significant reservations, three things happened last week that have convinced me to support his candidacy. First, there was the endorsement of Dr. Ben Carson. Then there was the establishment attack led by Mitt Romney. Finally, there was the MoveOn.org sponsored demonstration in Chicago that shut down a Trump event.
Dr. Carson was my early choice for the GOP nomination. He is not a member of the Republican establishment or a member of the political class. His own life story is inspirational. He grew up in extremely difficult circumstances, overcame them and dedicated his life to helping people. As a candidate he exhibited wisdom and compassion. That such wise and reasonable man, someone who obviously cares deeply about others and our country, supports Donald Trump impresses me.
Second, as a conservative I’ve been very disappointed with the establishment leadership of the Republican Party. I feel that the political class of both parties has led our country to the brink of ruin. Traditional minded conservatives gave the Republicans the House in 2010, but nothing changed. The establishment gave us a losing candidate in 2012, someone who should have won but didn’t inspire enough voters to turn out and support him. In 2014 conservative base gave the GOP the Senate and still nothing much has been done to stop, let alone reverse, progressive policies. Donald Trump is not a member of the establishment and in spite of his flaws reflects the unhappiness of many Republicans like me. Instead of listening to our concerns the establishment runs out Mitt Romney to attack Trump, a man he praised when Trump endorsed him back in 2012. That’s just wrong.
And finally the MoveOn people decided that Trump shouldn’t be allowed to exercise his First Amendment rights and organized a protest to prevent him from speaking. That all by itself angered me, but anyone MoveOn doesn’t like must be doing something I agree with since they champion just about everything I’m against.
Again, while I have serious concerns about Donald Trump, these three things convinced me that supporting him is the best thing to do. Just look at what’s happened this week. The Republican establishment had Governor Romney make calls supporting Senator Marco Rubio in Florida and Governor John Kasich in Ohio at the same time. Their strategy is obviously designed to keep Trump from getting enough delegates to ensure his nomination so that they could have a brokered convention where they could choose someone they deemed preferable to Trump. If that’s not trying to overrule the will of the people, I don’t know what is. Worse, it would almost certainly lead to millions of Trump supporters either staying home or opting for a third party candidate. This tells me the GOP establishment would rather lose and keep their power than support the people’s choice. That’s just plain wrong, especially considering that the establishment is in large part responsible for the mess the country is in today.
This week the mainstream media and establishment Republican have increased their attacks on Trump citing the violence at his rallies as a grave concern. Yes, there was one jerk who struck a protestor being led out. One! The other videos of violent behavior looked to be started by the protestors. How this can be Trump’s responsibility is hard to understand. The protestors came out to prevent him from speaking. That tells me that they are afraid that what he says could damage their ultimate plans. Since I don’t share their philosophy if they are against him that speaks well for him.
In closing I am very aware that supporting Trump has potential dangers. The media will attack him relentlessly. As Al Jolson said in the Jazz Singer, “You ain’t heard nothing yet!” That will be coupled with vicious Democrat attack ads that are certain to be released. So there is a real chance that even if he is able to win the nomination he will lose to whomever the Democrats run against him, but Donald Trump is a fighter. Unlike the McCain’s and Romney’s he won’t just sit back and take it. Of course, if he loses in a Goldwater like landslide defeat the Democrats will likely regain the Senate, and have a minimum of four more years to further damage our country. The alternative, however, is the continued inevitable decline of our way of life orchestrated by the Democrats and enabled by the political class of the Republican Party.
The problems our nation faces are huge. Since they are the direct result of the political elites it seems obvious that only an outsider can hope to curb the power they have. Can Trump? We can’t know, but we should recognize that neither Democrats, nor go along to get along Republicans, have done anything to make things better. At least with Trump there is a chance for change. If there wasn’t, would he be attacked as viciously as he has been? It seems to me that sometimes you can judge the value of a man by the enemies he makes.
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