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If you feel offended by this article then I guess I am referring to you.
Congratulations to all of the “Go Team Go” and “Win for our side at any cost” Progressive leadership. You just may have done it. It is probable that we just may have actually managed to make sure that the other ill-mannered globalist is elected.
By your demanding loyalty to the brand and support of a candidate that is furthest away from any grounded principle, you have managed with complete success to set our tent on fire.
I want to make it very clear about something. I signed a loyalty pledge as a sitting Florida Republican State Committeeman. While the pledge does not go as far as saying that I will outwardly support the candidate, it does imply that I will not actively campaign for the opponents of Republican candidates. (Either through endorsing, giving money or campaigning for them directly).
The oath did not say or bind me to sacrificing my principles and forsaking them for the benefit of the party or a candidate.
While we may disagree from time to time, don’t ask me to compromise my values or beliefs to accommodate your lack of conviction and grit.
There is something else that needs to be reinforced in this discussion of supporting Trump. And that is that the party structure through its professed values, principles and statements promised us the best of the best as candidates and that they were “all in” Republicans. You know, like Jeb, Marco, Lyndsey, John and the rest of the gang. Well guess what. Your “all in” guys are out!
I have to admit, I really never thought I would find myself in a place of like mind with Mitt, Jeb, Marco and Lyndsey but here we are. Even your Presidential Nominee is outwardly rejecting his support for fellow party members. So if following his example is somehow alright for him but not for me, well, you finish the thought. Because what I am apt to say will not be polite.
Furthermore, just because you disagree with me does not make me wrong. Just because you fear someone may hear me means you should have thought about it while you were making your choices. What this party has done by allowing itself to be represented in this light is undistinguishable from a mass suicide. This man has the very potential of not only losing the race, but he also has the potential of creating serious loses in the down ticket races as well.
And please don’t embarrass yourself by asking if I would rather have Hillary for President. How insulting. Only a person that has no real sense of reality would ask that. You see, there are more people on the ticket than the DEM and REP. Besides, what makes these two so qualified over other candidates? Is it the fact that you and I say so? No, that is not going to work any longer.
“What was once feared most by the Republican establishment – a third-party candidate for president – may represent the only slim chance for saving this country from a catastrophic administration in an age of proliferating nuclear weapons”.
“If a third-party candidate could divide the vote enough to prevent anyone from getting an Electoral College majority that would throw the election into the House of Representatives, where any semblance of sanity could produce a better president than these two.” – Garth Kant – WND
Our Party has lost its way because we have abandoned our values and principles. We elect those who believe in nothing, who routinely compromise their principles for political expedience and negotiate away our ideals. I refuse to do that.
Here is a partial list of some of the names of people that are well known Republicans not supporting Donald. I am sure you will find ideological fault with each of them in a disingenuous defense of your own fear of admission.
Oh and here is a list of National Security Experts that say “no way in hell”! read here -> National security letter
I never said they were all in my philosophical camp, but hey, it is a big tent right?
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
“Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy,”
Republican Rep. Richard Hanna
Republican Rep. Richard Hanna made waves Tuesday vowing to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over his party’s nominee Donald Trump. The New York congressman made his announcement in an interview with the Syracuse Post Standard published Tuesday. Hanna said that Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”
“I think Trump is a national embarrassment,” Hanna said. “Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?”
In an op-ed published in the Post Standard alongside his interview, the Republican wrote, “If I compare the life stories of both candidates, I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
“I simply can’t put my name down as someone who voted for principles that suggest racism or xenophobia, misogyny, bigotry, [for someone] who’s been vulgar time and time again,” Romney said in June. “I don’t want to be associated with that in any way, shape or form.”
“I’m as frustrated and saddened as you are about what’s happening to our country. But I cannot support Donald Trump.”
Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
“When it comes to the presidency, I will not vote for Donald Trump,” Paulson, who served as Treasury secretary under George W. Bush.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
The South Carolina senator told CNN he would not vote for Trump or Clinton in September.
“I don’t believe that Donald Trump has the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him,” he said.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
“I have no plans of supporting either of the presumptive nominees.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
“In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”
|Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.||Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.|
|Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass.||Brian Bartlett, former Mitt Romney aide and GOP communications strategist|
|Glenn Beck, radio host||Michael Berry, radio host|
|Max Boot, former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.||Brent Bozell, conservative activist|
|Bruce Carroll, creator GayPatriot.org||Jay Caruso, RedState|
|Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center||Linda Chavez, columnist|
|Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president||Eliot Cohen, former George W. Bush official|
|Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.||Charles C. W. Cooke, writer for National Review|
|Doug Coon, Stay Right podcast||Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director Purple Strategies|
|Jim Cunneen, former Calif. assemblyman||Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.|
|Steve Deace, radio host||Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill.|
|Erick Erickson, writer||Mindy Finn, president, Empowered Women|
|David French, writer at National Review||Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief, Ricochet.com|
|Michael Graham, radio host||Jonah Goldberg, writer|
|Alan Goldsmith, former staffer, House Committee on Foreign Affairs.||Stephen Gutowski, writer Washington Free Beacon|
|Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.||Jamie Brown Hantman, former special assistant for legislative affairs for President George W. Bush|
|Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard||Doug Heye, former RNC communications director|
|Quin Hillyer, contributing editor at National Review Online; senior editor at the American Spectator||Ben Howe, RedState writer|
|Former Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C.||Cheri Jacobus, GOP consultant and former Hill columnist|
|Robert Kagan, former Reagan official||Randy Kendrick, GOP mega-donor|
|Matt Kibbe, former FreedomWorks CEO||Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.|
|Philip Klein, managing editor at the Washington Examiner||Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard editor|
|Mark Levin, radio host||Justin LoFranco, former Scott Walker aide|
|Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney aide||Bethany Mandel, senior contributor at The Federalist|
|Tucker Martin, communications director to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s, R-Va.||Former RNC Chairman Mel Martínez|
|Liz Mair, GOP strategist||Lachlan Markey, writer for the Free Beacon|
|David McIntosh, Club for Growth president||Dan McLaughlin, editor at RedState.com|
|Ken Mehlman, former RNC chairman||Tim Miller, Our Principles PAC|
|Joyce Mulliken, former Washington state senator||Ted Newton, political consultant & former Mitt Romney aide|
|James Nuzzo, former White House aide||Katie Packer, chairwoman of Our Principles PAC|
|Former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y.||Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas|
|Katie Pavlich, Townhall editor and Hill columnist||Brittany Pounders, conservative writer|
|Rep. Reid Ribble, R- Wisc.||The Ricketts family, GOP mega-donors|
|Former Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa.||Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va.|
|Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee||Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security|
|Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post conservative blogger||Patrick Ruffini, partner, Echelon Insights|
|Sarah Rumpf, former BreitBart contributor||Mark Salter, writer and former aide to John McCain|
|Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.||Sen. Ben Sasse, R- Neb.|
|Elliott Schwartz, Our Principles PAC||Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow, Hudson Institute|
|Tara Setmayer, CNN analyst and former GOP staffer||Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief The Daily Wire|
|Evan Siegfried, GOP strategist and commentator||Ben Stein, actor and political commentator|
|Brendan Steinhauser, GOP consultant||Stuart Stevens, former Romney strategist|
|Paul Singer, GOP mega-donor||Erik Soderstrom, former field director for Carly Fiorina|
|Charlie Sykes, radio host||Brad Thor, writer|
|Michael R. Treiser, former Mitt Romney aide||Daniel P. Vajdich, former national security adviser to Ted Cruz|
|Connor Walsh, former digital director for former Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., founder Build Digital||Former Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla.|
|Peter Wehner, New York Times contributor||Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, R-N.J.|
|George Will, writer||Rick Wilson, Republican strategist|
|Nathan Wurtzel, Make America Awesome super-PAC||Bill Yarbrough, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio|
|Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state|
So where do you go from here? You ask for unity. But there is no reconciliation. You ask for unity but there is no justice. You ask for unity but there is little regard for rule of law. Unity is cheered while honesty is ignored.
So again I ask where you go from here. The tent is on fire. The masks are coming off. Progressive sediment, not sentiment, is once again carrying your mantra on the current of populist nationalism.
And please do not answer me by asking if I have read how wonderful and conservative the platform is. I doubt anyone outside of the platform committee can tell you what is in it let alone legislate from any of the foundational ideas and principles. Say maybe like, oh I don’t know limited government as an example.
No, the party is lost. We have ceded the brand and no longer represent the Republican values of our founding Party leaders. But I digress.
The tent is still aflame, where do you go from here?
~ Eric D. Miller – 2016