I’m going to level with you here – I was a Never Trumper. I’m still not impressed with this President, and find his morals and ego repulsive, although I will credit him when he does something good. (Gorsuch and signing the tax bill which gets rid of the individual mandate AND puts more money in my pocket. Can’t argue with that.)
This may make some readers unhappy, but I believe in principles over party and like it or not, Donald Trump is not a conservative. The MAGA crowd crows about RINOs in Congress but the biggest RINO of all is living in the White House. Sure he’s done a few conservative things but fundamentally, the President is nothing like the GOP party of old. And truthfully, that party has been slipping away for quite some time, but with the rise of a populist candidate like Trump, it seems that it will probably never return to the days of limited government and low spending.
So what’s a Never Trumper to do in a political climate where most GOP candidates seem to be riding the Trump Train to get elected? According to Vox, it’s vote Democrat.
And to that, I say: HELL NO.
I’ll lay out the case below, but the reasoning is not that complicated: There are, for all intents and purposes, two parties contending in the American system. If you believe one of them is an existential threat to that system … you should vote for the other one. Because one of them is going to win.
Popular conceptions of the GOP — that it is driven primarily by conservative economic principles like small government, low taxes, and deregulation — are also wrong. It turns out those things were the preoccupations of a thin and unrepresentative conservative elite, primarily in DC. The Tea Party uprising and its culmination in Trump were driven by white resentment and white backlash.
It’s a conundrum, really.
And let’s be clear – Trump didn’t win because he’s racist. I am tired of that argument and tired of liberal rags like Vox using that narrative. There were plenty of Obama voters who went Trump in 2016 and they probably propelled Trump to his victory.
But let’s get back to the suggestion that Never Trumpers should vote Democrat.
I’m not going to vote for pro-abortion candidates. I also won’t vote for someone who wants to take my gun away. And why in the world would I vote for a party that wants to tax me even more? As far as I can tell, Democrats that fit these requirements are nearly non-existent and if they are out there, they won’t go against their party’s platform when the time comes to vote.
There’s too much that ideologically separates the parties, especially when it comes to socialist policies. And socialism IS the rising star in the Democrat party. Look at Bernie Sanders – millennials loved him and didn’t turn out for Hillary Clinton, who arguably could be considered an old school, more conservative Democrat than what’s present in the party today.
If Vox truly believes that the majority of Never Trumpers are going to vote Democrat just to clean house, they’re sorely mistaken. It’s a much better idea to vote libertarian, as their principles usually align more closely with that of the GOP.
The best solution would be the formation of a new conservative party. And that would probably take generations to even make a difference IF they could somehow even make themselves a factor in our elections. The two party system has a stranglehold on that.
But probably the most logical solution would be to run GOP candidates who have the guts to stand up to the President when he’s wrong. A few already exist – let’s elect more people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Jeff Flake who are not afraid to criticize the President when he’s wrong and even go against their own party in the name of liberty.
Trump is a stain on the Republican Party but he doesn’t have to be a lasting one.