Conservatives all over the country are gathering on social media wondering where some of their closest friends and colleagues have gone. What we thought were once hard-core conservatives have turned into Democrat-loving Trump supporters.
Many of them have become what we been fighting against for our entire careers as conservative activists. Once rational and thoughtful thinking friends and family have become loud mouthed, hot-headed defenders of a man who represents and is the embodiment of everything a conservative is not. Makes me wonder, were Trump supporters ever really conservative to begin with?
He has zero knowledge of our constitution and how it applies. He has zero knowledge or plan regarding foreign policy and is heard praising ruthless killers and dictators such as Putin and Kim Jon-un. His record of support for Democrats and progressive policy over the years would suggest that he has only recently jumped on the Republican band wagon. We aren’t talking about something small that could be overlooked, we’re talking about such things as partial birth abortion and universal healthcare.
He makes unattainable promises much like a girl in high school running for student council president. Building a great big wall and making Mexico pay for it, just isn’t going to happen. He stomps his feet like a blathering child and attacks like the snake he seems to be if anyone should disagree with him or gets close to his poll numbers.
Trump is one thing for sure – a business man, and even then he is only smart enough to realize that he should surround himself with advisers smarter than him. Frankly, he is out of his league. When it comes down to the last two standing, which I happen to believe will be Ted Cruz and Sir Trump, the battle of wits will begin. Trump will not be able to keep up. The man with the ultimate “NY values” may be forced to answer what he doesn’t know.
An article put out by the National Review calls Trump a “menace to American conservatism”, which most conservatives would probably agree with. What is interesting is that not only did Trump fire back, so did the RNC. At an Outdoor Channel awards show Trump said, “National Review is a dying paper, it’s got — its circulation is way down. Not very many people read it anymore. I mean, people don’t even think about the National Review, so I guess they want to get a little publicity, but that’s a dying paper.”
The National Review was to host the GOP debate in February along with CNN, but has since been stripped of it’s invite by none other than the RNC. The RNC un-invited the conservative publication as a retaliation to their article they published entitled “Against Trump”.
National Review publisher, Jack Fowler, wrote, “Tonight, a top official with the RNC called me to say that National Review was being disinvited. The reason: Our ‘Against Trump’ editorial and symposium. We expected this was coming. Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald.”
Trump seems to believe that the GOP establishment is beginning to warm up to him saying, “I think they are warming up. I want to be honest, I have received so many phone calls from people that you would call ‘establishment,’ from people — generally speaking, conservative Republicans that want to come in our team”.
If that is true, it’s only because their failed initial poster boy, Jeb Bush, was replaced by the nosebleed, establishment lap-dog Marco Rubio. After all, they have their meal tickets to think about. The Trump train seems like the only next logical step in the lineup of candidates. We all know the establishment doesn’t like real conservative principals, or they would be supporting Ted Cruz. But this election mirrors one that history knows well. The underdog was favored when Reagan took home the win in 1980 and we all know how history tends to repeat itself. Cruz knows all to well what it meas to be the underdog and will be living proof that the right candidate will come out on top.
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