Back when the GOP Primaries were still in progress, I had hoped that once everyone but Donald Trump was mathematically eliminated from the nomination, things would settle down and people would begin to unite behind the obvious winner.
That didn’t happen.
And I also held out hope that once the news was released that Donald Trump had enough Delegates to go over the 1,237 needed to win the nomination, I hoped things would calm down and the GOP could get on with the task of winning on November 8.
That didn’t happen either.
And then the Ted Cruz die hard supporters led by the likes of Virginia’s former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and others in a few other states concocted a scheme to try to take the nomination away from Donald Trump by both stacking the National Delegates with Pro Cruz supporters and then working to unbind the Delegates who were bound by the State Party Rules and take the nomination away from the winner, Donald Trump. They made claims that they could not, in good conscience, vote for the guy who broke the GOP Primary record for popular vote. Yet when they signed up to be a Delegate, they knew the rules and they knew who the winner was. And they pulled some pretty shameful stops out at the Virginia Convention to make sure these “conscientious objectors” would go to Cleveland and be expected and bound to vote as dictated by the Virginia Party Rules and the voice of the Virginian’s who cast their votes.
To put it simply, these people fought tooth and nail to attend a Convention where they were bound to vote for someone whom they objected to. There was no shortage of willing Trump supporters lined up to be Delegates. So these folks pledged to support the nominee knowing they would not and pledged to cast their votes as directed by the voters, something to which they also objected. And they fought hard to put themselves in this position.
And once they got to the Convention they tried unsuccessfully to change the rules to thwart the will of their fellow Virginian’s and impose the will of a few people who supported the candidate who came in 3rd place. They attempted to disenfranchise my vote and that of everyone else not a Cruz supporter.
This was an unconscionable act from a handful of people who claim to have a conscience?
Whatever acts they find objectionable in Mr. Trump, their tactics and disregard for the voters of Virginia betray their feigned moral objections to the nominee. Such calloused indifference to others makes them as morally deficient as they believe Donald Trump to be.
Their actions took away the moral high ground they aspired to claim and show them for nothing more than petty would be tyrants.
Fortunately, their betrayal to the promises they made when becoming Delegates failed.
And now that it is all over and the final tally is in and all that is left is for Donald Trump to accept the nomination, you would think these people would accept the fact and support the nominee.
But, of course, they will not. Some did. Many have. But the most vehement of them have doubled down apparently wanting Trump to lose in November in the hope that Cruz can come back and try again in 2020. They are willing to allow Hillary Clinton to win because they are so blinded by Ted Cruz.
Whatever. As of today, these #NeverTrump people, their opinion and their crusade (in every sense of the word) to see Trump defeated puts them squarely in the Pro Hillary camp. They are political enemies of the Republican Party and they need to understand that we have an election to win. And no, we do not care about these little “snowflake’s” feelings. They need to find a “safe space” and just hug it out, or whatever it is these snowflakes do these days. After tonight’s speech by Donald Trump, the war for America is on. Trump has the high moral ground in this war and it is past time to move on from these malcontents. They become our opposition today and should be treated as such. Time to cut them loose.
Scott Cooper, a Facebook friend, wrote a short bit on Facebook yesterday that I found quite to the point.
My comments this morning to someone who is part of the #NeverTrump section of the Conservative movement –
I choose to unite behind the Republican National Committee nominee Donald J. Trump. I am not ready to blow up the party, like you are. I want work within the system to help ensure he surrounds himself with good people, then work within the system to help hold him accountable to the principles and platform of the party he chose to run under.
The history of going third party, based on perfectionist principles has proven to be ineffective. I believe we have incrementally lost our way – and we are going to incrementally find our way back. It won’t be through a 99 yard touchdown.
I understand and appreciate your frustration, anger and principles. I just don’t think that what you hope to execute will work. Too much is at stake with a Hillary Clinton administration. She needs a term in prison – not in the Commander in Chief’s home.
And Scott is right on the mark here.
Donald Trump has proven he listens. And he has proven he knows how to make a deal and he will make deals to win. The Cruz folks and people like Jeb Bush and John Kasich have squandered their opportunity to be a part of the solution moving forward. The Cruz folks who refuse to give up were very critical of Trump aligning himself with the GOP establishment to stop the insurrection attempts of the few diehard Cruz supporters. The thing is, it didn’t have to be that way. They could have joined in with Trump and negated the need for any alliances between the “establishment” and Trump. But they refused. Trump had two directions he could go to secure the nomination he had already won. If you do not understand anything about Donald Trump, the one thing you need to know is that Trump is going to beat you if there is a path to victory. It is his nature, it is what he does best, and you will see this behavior again and again.
This trait is what appeals to most Trump supporters. We couldn’t care less about Trump’s morality because he is no worse than most of the rest of America. But he knows how to win. Everything I have watched him do for the past year has been exactly what he has done most of his life. He will find the path to victory. He is a lot like a top ranked NFL quarterback. If one receiver is covered, he will go to a second, third, or he will tuck the ball and run it himself. Cruz wouldn’t turn around to catch his pass, but RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was all alone in the end zone. (NFL Season is about to ramp up.)
But the thing about Donald Trump, as we have seen over and over, once the deal is done, he wipes the slate clean. He solves problems in the present tense and his enemy today may be his friend in the next deal. Priebus didn’t start out on Trump’s good side, but when the path to the nomination went through the RNC, Trump took it.
Donald Trump will lock you out in a New York minute today and be your best friend tomorrow if it gets the deal done.
And man, America has needed that for so long!
I am finally optimistic that America has a future. The last time I had this feeling, Ronald Reagan was president. I assumed we would end up with another Bush or one of the other Globalists as our nominee. So when Trump came on the scene, I started to hope against hope that I wouldn’t have to back another candidate that I knew would continue America down the path to debt and destruction – all the while promising smaller government and a balanced budget.
This year I will not have to vote for the lesser of two evils. It has been so long since I could say that.
And one of the things I anticipate most is the look on people’s faces when President Trump starts turning things around quickly, bring pride in America back in fashion and looking out for the country first instead of apologizing for being a great nation.
The battle between Crooked Hillary and Trump will be one for the ages.
From the beginning all I wanted was to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.
And tonight, after his acceptance speech, the train will leave the station. Either be on it or get out of the way. We don’t have time for Snowflakes anymore.