It has been astounding to see so many conservatives wringing their hands about the prospect of voting for Donald Trump. It has been unbelievable to see so many Republican women say they would never vote for him. It has been depressing to watch conservative icons draw a line in the sand and insist they will stay home or vote third-party in November if Trump is the nominee. Some have even gone as far to claim they will vote for Hillary Clinton.
What could possibly be going through the minds of these people?
There are two certainties developing among Republican voters: You will never convince Trump’s biggest supporters that he should not be the nominee, and you will never convince his biggest detractors that he is an ideal candidate. These two extremes have dug their heels in, and they aren’t going anywhere.
But let’s talk reality here.
Trump may not be a conservative by strict definition, but he is certainly not a liberal in disguise. As Rush Limbaugh has said many times, he’s not an ideologue at all. He’s a pragmatic businessman who thinks he can restore our country’s economic standing with the principles that made him a billionaire. He may not understand the core values that separate liberals from conservatives, but he understands intuitively that President Obama has wrecked America with his policies.
When you spend a lot of time obsessed with politics, you tend to forget that most Americans aren’t. Most Americans don’t listen to Glenn Beck. They don’t read Drudge. They don’t have dog-eared copies of William F. Buckley books on their shelves. They don’t know which party controls Congress, and they don’t care.
Instead of looking down on Trump supporters who are excited about politics for the first time in their lives, conservatives would be better off taking advantage of this unprecedented opportunity.
What’s going on now…it’s like a man lying on the floor of his home, weak and desperate. He hasn’t had anything to eat in a week. Suddenly, there’s a knock at the door. He musters the last remnants of his strength to open it. On the front porch stands a pizza delivery man. He offers the starving man a piping hot pie.
The man looks at it with disgust. “The toppings are sliding off the pizza,” he whines. “Onions? I hate onions! Oh man, and it’s deep dish, isn’t it? I don’t even consider that to be pizza.”
He sends the delivery man away. Better to die with principle than to settle for an inferior pizza.
Our nation is starving and Hillary Clinton will not feed it. Let’s not forget where the real evil lies.