By Rohn Bishop
I’ve always supported the Republican nominee for President, even when the candidate was far from my favorite. Bob Dole and John McCain come to mind; but at least Dole and McCain were decent people from within the mainstream of Republicanism, although they were way more moderate than I would’ve preferred.
However, when it comes to Donald Trump, I just can’t find it in myself to sell out every principal and belief I hold, just to ‘go along to get along’ with fellow Republicans.
I cannot bring myself to support a man who supported John Kerry in 2004, supported the impeachment of President George W. Bush in 2007, has strange conspiracy theories about the September 11 terrorist attacks, and lied about America’s entrance into the Iraq War.
I cannot bring myself to support a man who has donated to democrats like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shummer, Rahm Emanuel, and Terry McAuliffe. He has also supported liberal organizations like the Clinton Foundation and Planned Parenthood.
I cannot bring myself to vote for a man who came to Wisconsin and lied about Governor Walker’s budget reforms, lied about their impact on our schools, lied about our state budget, and lied about Wisconsin’s economy.
I cannot bring myself to support a man who opposes Paul Ryan’s agenda, specifically entitlement reform.
As a father of two little daughters, I will not vote an immature misogynous jerk who thinks it’s acceptable to mock a female reporter’s menstrual cycle, to mock a handicapped reporter’s physical ticks, to insult other candidate’s wives, and worst of all, insult POW’s!
I cannot bring myself to vote for a man whose racial scapegoating sounds a lot like George Wallace.
I cannot bring myself to vote for a New York City Liberal Progressive, who supported the auto bailouts, the bank bailouts, and the Stimulus Package; he supports higher taxes, increasing the minimum wage, single-payer health care, an assault weapons ban, a change in libel laws, a trade war, and is a huge supporter of eminent domain.
These are not Republican values, and that’s why I feel so strongly about not supporting Donald Trump. His candidacy will likely destroy the Republican brand for a generation, and his nomination turns our back’s on our proud Republican heritage. We’re the party of Civil Rights, the party of Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens, Frederick Douglass, Everett Derksen, and Dwight Eisenhower.
As a grassroots member of the Republican Party (I have served as Treasurer of the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County since 2011, and was elected an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland) I see my role, beginning on November 9, 2016, as helping rebuild our party from the ash heap.
Rebuilding this party into a majority party with conservative principles means guys like me are going to have to reach out to African-American, Hispanic, and female voters, and convince them that Republicanism and conservatism is a better path forward.
How do I do that with any credibility if I’ve spent six months supporting Trump’s losing campaign?
Oh, and I’m sick of fellow Republicans trying to shame me into voting for Trump because, “Hillary would be worse!” I don’t believe that. How can she be worse than Trump when their policies are so similar? If she’s so rotten, why was Trump financing the Clinton Foundation, and why was she at Trump’s wedding?
Plus, a Clinton Presidency would be better for conservatives. I can foresee many Republicans, falling in line for party unity, defending Trump as he pushes forward on liberal issues, whereas conservatives and Republicans would stand united in opposition to a President Hillary.
I’m a Constitutional Conservative, so I’ll take guidance from the great Alexander Hamilton, who in the election of 1800 said, “If we must have an enemy at the head of government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.”
I will not be responsible for Donald Trump!
So if you’re looking for Republicans to sell out conservative principles for short term gain, tune into The Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh programs. They whored out to Trump months ago. But, if you’re looking for a consistent conservative who’s proud of the strong history of the Republican Party, you’ve found him!
Rohn W. Bishop is a regular contributor to The Scene.
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