“An oath to a liar is no oath at all.”
–Craig to William Wallace, the movie Braveheart
We Republicans had enough long ago. This is, of course, an understatement. The pace of our lives, the need to provide for ourselves and families, and our near infinite patience and faith in America — these are the things keeping Washington from burning from the mere exposure to flyover country’s tangible fury.
In 2008 and 2012 pundits said, “We’re in the most important election in our country’s history.” They were right both times. Giving Barack Obama the presidency in 2008 hurt our country in ways we have yet to determine. And just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, in 2012 we gave Barack Obama another four years and a chance to lock in a toxic legacy that will haunt the planet for generations. Now we have this year, 2016, as our most important election.
We have no idea if Hillary will be the Democratic candidate. In the two bellwether
states that often predict the future, Iowa and New Hampshire, she’s tanking. Grandma is actually getting outmatched in fundraising and polling by lightning-hair-communist Bernie Sanders (please give me a practical difference between socialism and communism).
None of that matters. By health or incarceration, if for whatever reason Hillary exits the race, are we to believe her replacement will be any less Leftist? The question remains: Who will be her opponent?
My candidate is Ted Cruz. You may prefer others. Regardless, we’re going to have to select one person soon. When that happens, I hope we all take the same pledge the Republican candidates took in the first debate when they stood on the stage and raised their hand to support the eventual nominee. Speaking of that night, only one person refused to make that pledge: Donald Trump. He reversed himself shortly after.
I understand Trump’s initial reluctance. If the Establishment GOPansies mess with the nomination process, causing a brokered convention (no candidate receiving the requisite delegates by the Republican National Convention), I understand why someone with Trump’s popularity would lead his wave of supporters to a third party or independent run. In that case, you can virtually guarantee a Democrat victory because the Republican who
does get the Establishment’s coronation will find his or her campaign looking at
vast empty barrels of votes from people who didn’t show up. President Communist and America’s demise ushered in.
These people, the no-shows, are the ones I need to speak with now.
Most parts of our country still say the Pledge of Allegiance in school and in public meetings. In it we say: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
My fellow Americans, we pledge nothing to a man. Under God, we pledge our fealty to the Republic, to freedom, and to our lands and the broad spectrum of what it means to be an American. We are not just rare; we are exceptional in the only way that word can be defined. We can’t let this end.
To you who would stay home if you don’t get your preferred candidate, I understand.
Watching the DC political class make promises on November Tuesdays, and break every one of them the next morning, makes our blood go vapor. But if any of you find yourselves
staying out of the general election because your candidate did not get the nomination, you are worse than Democrats. I repeat: You are worse than Democrats.
It’s a harsh fact, but it remains fact. When you have the ability to at least put a pause on the march toward tyranny and you choose to pick up your sticks and go home, you are stepping aside to let the Democrats win. We have a lot of work to do. Picking a good, conservative president is just one step of thousands to steer this ship away from the iceberg and back toward the horizon. We will all be better off with the most conservative candidate but even if we get less than that, any Republican can beat any Democrat with enough people behind him.
My opening quote was a warning to the GOP. Over the decades when you promised conservative governance, we promised our support. We delivered, you did not. Whatever you do from here and especially in this November election, consider this your last chance for legitimacy. To my Republican and independent friends, keep in mind we’re already showing Washington what happens when they break their oaths of office. Eric Cantor is gone, John Boehner is gone, we hold historical numbers in state houses
and senates across the country.
Even Paul Ryan will likely be primaried. The tide is turning.
So please, stand with me. Support your candidate with as much time and treasure as you can. When the time comes to put up our nominee, whoever it is, let’s all get together and put him in office.
Don’t walk away. We can’t let tyranny win.