For a while now, I confess to having been ambivalent about the race for the Republican presidential nominee, including Trump’s lead in the polls. The Republican establishment has not served the country well, and hearing them howl about Trump allows me to indulge in a pleasant Schadenfreude. Also, I used to be a Ben Carson supporter, and found myself quite depressed when his campaign collapsed. Carson’s interviews, speeches, and most especially his book, America the Beautiful, struck me with their frankness, independent thinking, hatred of political correctness, and love of country.
No other candidate has given me such enthusiasm. Against the Democratic candidate, Trump would be the lesser of two evils. Cruz and Rubio feel like equally qualified conservatives. The rest, as fine as many of them (especially Huckabee) were, never stood a chance of gaining popularity. So, this led me to a degree of ambivalence: I would vote for whoever was on the Republican ticket.
However, an article by Rachel Lu in Crisis magazine has led me to believe that Trump would indeed be a nightmare for the Republican party. I understand why so many of my fellow Republicans support him, but the media are only propping Trump up to destroy him. (You must read this cogent editorial: click here.) The media has kept quiet about a Pandora’s box of scandals waiting to be released. And one can be assured that they will close the box on hope. No sane individual can imagine a candidate surviving such an endless parade of dirty laundry, and Trump’s loss of face will rebound to countless Republican races across the country. Trump is not the champion of the common man. To use the game Shadows Over Camelot as an analogy, Trump is a Lancelot who has pulled the traitor card. By the time he reveals his hand, all will be lost.
And, by all, I mean all. We have a Supreme Court seat open for the next president to fill. The next president may fill as many as four vacancies on the Supreme Court during his first term. Can you imagine the result of packing the court with four activist judges? We shall see the same flagrant disregard for law we witnessed in Obergefell vs. Hodges repeated with shameless consistency. Without conservative judges dedicated to judicial restraint and to the original meaning of the constitution, our country can be transformed into a People’s Republic within a few years.
We also see the results of Democratic foreign policy in a world gone mad. Hillary Clinton herself played a pivotal role in that mess. On the other hand, would Bernie Sanders, a socialist and perhaps communist (really the same thing in different stages), be any better?
However, the main question is whether the Republican front runners will sacrifice their campaigns for the good of the party. Cruz and Rubio teaming up against Trump stands a chance, but dividing the conservative vote will hand Trump the nomination. (Read this article if you still think it’s too late to defeat Trump.)